When the first prototype Phantom first hit the trails back in 2013 there really wasn’t a category for this kind of hard charging short travel 29er. “Downcountry” hadn’t been coined yet, and the 29er haters thought a bike with these numbers could only be for XC, and not any fun. Well, the Phantom helped establish a whole new classification without even meaning to. It was simply a bike that we enjoyed riding ourselves. The Phantom V3.2 still spearheads the fact that short travel 29er’s can be a blast to ride.
The playful Phantom V3.2 sports the KS2 linkage with 115mm of travel. Incredible trail feel with the perfect amount of feedback that rewards you for nailing the perfect line, yet lets you flirt with the limits for when you push things. The Phantom V3.2 really provides that amazing flow state synergy between the rider and trail that we all dream about.
Vitalmtb Test Sessions - “It’s awesome! Best bike in test for pumping and getting speed!”
Mountain Flyer Magazine - Excellent review covering Phantom model attributes, as well as in depth design and manufacturing principles of the Banshee V3 frames.
MTB Telly - First ride video review.
MTB Telly - Full video review. (Including very detailed mullet setup review.)
Gear Hacker - Written Review ‘This bike is built super well and will give that ultimate feedback of speed and control when you take it down the right line.’
BLISTER - Two testers compare. Written review. ‘I enjoyed my time aboard the Banshee Phantom V3. It encapsulates what I think a good “downcountry” or “short-travel Trail” bike should do. It can thrive in most trail environments and survive almost anywhere.’
Shock Incompatibility: Push 11-6, DVO Topaz 2 and 3, Suntour TriAir2 and FAST Fenix are not compatible with this frame model. The Manitou Mara Pro requires the short reservoir option, and side knob climb switch.