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Banshee Darkside Zee Jenson Bike 2015

Item #: BI204B02
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Banshee Darkside Zee Jenson Bike 2015

Banshee Darkside Jenson Zee Bike 2015

Want to join the Darkside, do you?

If you choose the fast and unforgiving path as Vader did, you will become an agent of shred. Yes, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the Darkside. Rage, fearlessness, aggression; the Darkside’s side of the Force are they. Easily it flows, quick to drop in for a run. If once you start down the gnarliest trail, forever will it dominate your density, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice. When you look at the Darkside, careful you must be. For the Darkside looks back.

Named after a local DH trail in none other than Whistler, Canada, the Darkside focuses on inducing smiles and inspiring confidence through its perfect blend of stability and flickability. The linkage provides a predictable but lively feel, similar to what you might get from a well-designed single pivot design, but with all the benefits that come from using the KS Link virtual pivot system. The benefits of this linkage over a single pivot are that it offers optimized active braking, a tunable leverage curve, increased lateral stiffness, improved axle path and direct actuation of the RockShox Vivid R2C B3 rear shock to reduce DU bushing rotation and friction. The result is a very supple suspension at the start of the travel, which ramps up to give a nice bottomless feel towards the end of travel while tracking, carrying speed well, and minimizing pedal feedback throughout.

The short chainstays on the Darkside conceive a bike that begs you to whip it, boost it or scrub it off jumps with panache. When combined with the linkage, you’re able to brake later, carry speed longer, boost bigger off lips and obstacles, and land big hits with poise. Additionally, the Darkside has a longer front-center and reach, and a slacker head angle that allows the bike to remain dynamic and playful when you sit back, and quick and mean when you lean forward and punch it.

Our custom build pairs the Darkside with Shimano’s Zee 10-speed drivetrain to bring high performance at a stellar pricepoint. The Zee M640 trigger shifters lets you play with the CS-5700 cassette, while the Zee brakes provide the power efficiency to have you riding with confidence. We round out the Darkside Zee with a Spank cockpit. The Darkside has a Shimano FC-M645 17x36 tooth crankset that powers Spank’s Spike EVO Race28 27.5” wheels, which are wrapped in Kenda Honey Badger DH Pro tires.

"Powerful you have become, the Darkside I sense in you." - Master Yoda


  • Travel: 180mm of KS-Link suspension optimised for playful DH / park riding
  • Short Chainstays: 16.5" chainstays make the Darkside really easy to manual, whip and scrub, as well as rail round corners
  • Progressive leverage curve: Optimised to get DH race levels of traction with a fun poppy and bottomless feel
  • Taper Headtube: 44mm ¦ 56mm (1.125" zero stack top, 1.5" zero stack bottom) allows angle sets ad tapered forks
  • Hydroformed 7005 AL tubes: Increases strength and stiffness, and reduces weight
  • Splined ISCG2005: Latest standard in ISCG for chainguide mounting with a splined interface to give infinite adjustibility
  • Integrated fork bumpers: We have worked with ODI to offer interchangeable fork bumpers that protect your frame and fork during a crash
  • Pedal neutral linkage: The suspension linkage has been optimised to result in minimal pedal kickback for a fun neutral feel
  • Internal ribbed stays: Increase stiffness for railing berms and holding lines through the roughest of trail sections, and boosting acceleration
  • Aggressive geometry: Slack angles, short chainstay, long front centre... all adds up to fun at speed
  • Tire Clearance: 26 x 2.5 or 650b x 2.5 (with 650b dropouts)
  • INA Bearing pivots: Fully sealed high quality bearings throughout
  • KS Link pivot system: Optimised suspension kinematics for a fast, nimble, agressive and fun ride
Frame Banshee Darkside
Fork Rock Shox BoXXer Team 27.5" 200MM, Diffusion Black
Rear Shock RockShox Vivid R2C B3
Headset Cane Creek 10 ZS44/28.6 56/30
Shifters Shimano Zee M640 10-Speed
Front Derailleur TBD
Rear Derailleur Shimano RD-M640, 10-speed
Crankset Shimano FC-M645, 17X36
Bottom Bracket TBD
Pedals n/a
Chain SShimano HG-54 10-SPEED
Cassette Shimano CS-5700 11-25T
Brakes Shimano Zee with SM-RT86 6-Bolt Rotors
Wheelset SPANK SPIKE EVO RACE28 27.5"
Tires Kenda Honey Badger DH Pro 27.5"
Handlebar Spank Spoon 785mm wide, 31.8mm, 20mm rise
Stem Spank Sike Director 31.8mm Direct Mount
Grips Spank Lock-On
Seatpost RACE FACE RIDE 30.9MM, 375MM
Seat Clamp TBD
Intended Use DOWNHILL
Weight TBD

Note: Components are subject to change without notice.

GEOMETRY (mm / inch)
Size Small Medium Large
A: Seat Tube Length 380mm (15.0") 395mm (15.6") 410mm (16.1")
B: Effective Top Tube 570mm (22.4") 597mm (23.5") 627mm (24.7")
E: BB Height Low - 348mm (13.7") / Neutral - 354mm (13.9") / High - 363mm (14.3") Low - 348mm (13.7") / Neutral - 354mm (13.9") / High - 363mm (14.3") Low - 348mm (13.7") / Neutral - 354mm (13.9") / High - 363mm (14.3")
G: Head Tube Length 125 (4.9") 125 (4.9") 125 (4.9")
H: Head Tube Angle Low - 63.5° / Neutral - 64.0° / High - 64.5° Low - 63.5° / Neutral - 64.0° / High - 64.5° Low - 63.5° / Neutral - 64.0° / High - 64.5°
I: Seat Tube Angle Low - 72.5° / Neutral - 73.0° / High - 73.5° Low - 72.5° / Neutral - 73.0° / High - 73.5° Low - 72.5° / Neutral - 73.0° / High - 73.5°
J: Standover Height 693mm 700mm 708mm
K: Chainstay Length Low - 435mm (17.1") / Neutral - 431mm (17.0") / High - 432mm (16.8") Low - 435mm (17.1") / Neutral - 431mm (17.0") / High - 432mm (16.8") Low - 435mm (17.1") / Neutral - 431mm (17.0") / High - 432mm (16.8")
L: Wheelbase 1159mm (45.6") 1186mm (46.7") 1214mm (47.8")
5.0 / 5.0
5 Reviews
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Best Park Bike I've owned.
Service was amazing, Lee was an all star. The shipping was hard to believe, processed on a Mon and at my house in Canada on Tues. It literally took 1 day!!! Packaging was awesome, not a mark. The other thing I loved was the "To Your Door" price, no guessing if Customs "picked" it for duty charges etc. Ive been burned with that from another large online retailer and it ended being more than if I bought it here.
June 6, 2016
Whistler, BC, Canada
Took a trip to the Darkside...
Fantastic customer service through out the purchase process, very helpful answering my questions.. Very professional packaging job. Jensen delivers again!
May 12, 2016
Bend , Oregon
The bike arrived a day before UPS and JesonUSA said it would which is always a huge bonus!
September 15, 2016
Milwaukee, WI
Looks pretty in my garage...
Service, build, delivery, and unboxing was excellent. Real easy to put the bike together again.
November 29, 2016
Join the Darkside
Love this bike. So much fun at the park. Burly yet still playful and snappy. Jenson did an AWESOME job building and packing it safely for shipping all the way across the country.
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Im new to the sport and curious if a build like this or this bike in general would be good for XCross ? Assuming using the lock out on the rear suspension to maintain efficiency would be necessary
Yikes Bikes on Sep 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This bike is intended for descending big mountain and d/h type trails. I climb on mine, and the pedal platform is impressive for this type of bike. Having said that, it is almost 40 lbs, and feels like on climbs. If your looking for a d/h type bike you can climb on, i say pull the trigger. If you are looking for anything else, keep shopping.
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Is the rear spacing 142 or 150
jake on Aug 21, 2016
I am 6 fret tall average build. What frame size should I get?
J on Jun 20, 2016

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