Awesome Dan. This almost my exact experience with the Prime as well for riding in Squamish. Phantom wouldn't feel like enough, and the Titan was just too much bike for my level of confidence.
I have not had any bearing issues yet... I don't know if they are INA or Enduro, but when it comes time to replace I will look for the highest quality I can. I think I am going to check those trunnion bearings though... I did not notice any catches when I re-greased recently, but didn't really focus on it either.
I did not know that there was the template for the inner fender! The first thing I did for winter riding was cut out a clear cranberry juice container and sip tie it in there. The amount of mud that builds in the lower linkage is unacceptable without.
I do use the "climb switch" on the DPX2 for road climbs and use the middle setting for rougher trail climbs. It is tuned to be a really minimal compression change vs older true lock out modes so it isn't necessary. I have been a "sit and spin" climber for a long time; however contrary to Andrew, in the last few weeks I have seen a lot of success in getting up out of the saddle with a slower grind cadence for technical parts... maybe the Prime is a little more suited for it.
I too have debated trying a mullet, and if I can find a reasonably priced rear wheel with an old HG driver I may just plunge in. Have also considered trying a coil but the 185x55 coilers are harder to come by (and I really don't know how much money I am willing to throw at a bike trying things lol).
Industry can't even really sort out proper sized adult cranks, so there is no surprise kids are an after thought.
I can customize handlebars for the lengths of my arms and width of my shoulders, but I generally have to choose between probably too long and way too long sizing for the item that goes round and round 10,000 times per ride.
I was immensely disappointed when I got my new Prime V3. Banshee advertised shorter seat tube in order to fit a wider range of droppers, yet I ended up having to stick to 125mm. The old Prime ran 125mm external routed reverb slammed to the seat tube, the new bike needed a stealth dropper which further increases the insertion length, so I was about 5mm short of being able to run 150mm post comfortably, so I am still stuck with 125mm post that I need to keep lifted about 2 cm. There wasn't a One-up post to be found during my build.
Eventually the One-up or PNW post will be on my upgrade list. If only to get rid of the stupid hydraulic actuator.
So I pulled the trigger on one of these yesterday and installed it in my fork last night. I got it done, but it was a challenge I did not expect. The fit tolerances of the carrier are very tight, so I don't know if the steer tube got slightly out of round while trimming last time or if a couple different installations of star nuts roughed up the inside, but I could not get that sucker to drop in like the installation videos show. I ended up having to go to town with a round file and emery cloth on the inside of the steer tube to get the carrier to fit down with a reasonable sized spacer. First go had me having to use pliers to get it back out in order to try and clean things up, damaging the sweet finish.
This was likely not due to quality of the EDC carrier. But at least if you are cutting threads, you know that the carrier is going to fit.
It's a tight fit now, but at least I can get the actual tool in and out without feeling like I was going to brake the lip.
Interesting. I have been hammering my Prime as hard as I can all winter and haven't had any troubles. I re-greased the pivot bearings a couple weeks ago and the grease inside looked fresh. Lower headset bearing came out last night and looked ok.
Ha ha ha, I am such an idiot. Not sure why I didn't think of measuring bolt centre to bolt centre.
4mm cable housing. I probably just never noticed a rattle, but now I probably will.
When I get the opportunity, I am definitely going to try slipping a 27.5 on the back and try the mullet set-up. I went with the short dropouts; the bike is already a bit longer than the old version so wasn't sure I wanted to go to a full freighter long.
I have a V3 Prime, and from what I have read so far on Andrew's Titan review translates directly. Especially the perception of having more travel than you actually have. Now, I am not one for big hits, but I have never really had a hard bottom out on the 135mm travel. It feels like way more.
Some additional thoughts:
- I haven't noticed cable noise, but maybe I am such a shit rider that I don't notice the noise, possibly drowned out by my heart rate
- I owned the previous version of the Prime... I actually haven't noticed much difference in suspension feel despite the radically changed design. This is not a bad thing, the previous bike was great. Maybe it was just an attempt to get a water bottle in?
- The shock cage is BEEFY but makes it a bitch to measure sag. Andrew, have you got any tricks for that? getting a tape measure or calipers in there is imprecise
- They are on the heavy side, but weight weenies don't shop for Banshee
I don't think you will be disappointed with the Prime.
Andrew, if you find yourself up in Squamish, I'd be happy to let you pop on the Prime for a bit for a comparison if it is within your size range (it is a medium, so I think on the smaller side).