I put this bike together with the intention of riding it in the Alps. It never made it to the Alps, but that's a story for another time.
The frame is from 2016 and I experimented with various combinations of suspension and setups. The final and best combo was the an all Manitou setup with a Mattoc upfront and a McLeod in the rear. Manitou's suspension offerings may be under-rated but once dialed in are superb.
I ran the Banshee with 26" wheels, 160mm fork up front and the 26" dropouts in the highest setting. This made for the best combination of handling but without a bottom bracket that was dragging on the ground.
The Spitty frame isn't the lightest out there but I did have the weight of this bike as low as 12.5kg. Even the final "burlier" iteration with Syntace W35 rims and chunky tyres was well under 13kg.