The banshee geo chart shows 450reach and 595 stack. I don’t get how your stack can be 625 without reducing reach. No need to get so worked up man, it’s just aluminum tubes. Believe me, I rocked small bikes for way too long and had tons of fun. Now on proper long bikes and it’s been a revelation. I believe them vastly superior, especially in BC. As does the rest of the bike industry looking at the common geometry trends.
And calling me a sheep for swallowing long reach trends? Cmon man. I’ve tried both, and made my choice what’s better.
My takeaway from your piece is you can breathe new life info an old rig with angle set and new parts, but IMHO, you leave one of the best MTB innovations (modern reach) off the table. So I personally dont think it’s worth it, dependant on rider height and old frame size. Cheers.