It's official - CHUMBA has joined the 29er movement. Built as a tough trail bike similar to the HX1, the HX2 is designed around a five-inch fork and also offers a sleek eccentric bottom bracket for set up as a single speed or with gears. It also comes with a replaceable derailleur hanger. The HX2's rigidity makes sure all of your power hits the ground - and its elegant styling gives credence to CHUMBA's heritage of the highest quality craftsmanship.
Strengths: Great geometry, flickable for a 29er, amazing stiffness, great to charge and blast about on this frame. Acres of mud clearance.
Weaknesses: Did I say stiff? Oof! completely, totally and utterly stiff, which over a long ride can get pretty tiring. But then, it makes no bones about that.
I am fat and tall, bike fits perfectly, i love blasting around on this, just a superb ride and fit for me (large frame, I am 6'4", with shortish legs). Superb fun, and regardless of conditions it just keeps going. As mentioned above, do not use this a long distance machine if you value your spinal health. STIFF!
Strengths: Great Geometry, tyre clearance, design, stiffness, EBB.
This bike is fantastic! You can set it up for XC races or for hard purposes and it handles always well! Great stiffness, big tyre clearance (I'm using now two Kodiak 2,5) and I've even more clearance!
It's a very funny bike, not very light, but funny!
If you are looking for a versatile frame, you have found it!
This bike does so many things really, really well. It climbs like a billy goat, soaks up chatter/vibration better than my old full suspension bike, is built like a tank without without being too heavy and handles beautifully at all speeds but especially when its really moving.
Bike Setup: scram x9, fox 120, ztr 355, 2.1ignitors, juicy 5
from South Bay
Date Reviewed: November 3, 2009
Strengths: Rigidity of frame, comfort, hydroformed tubing, eccentric bb
Weaknesses: Doesnt have ss speed drop out
I ride this thing like a slave owner and its incredible how it handles. Its wicked fast, climbs sweet, and will drop into almost anything. Also, I'm 6' 4" and 225lbs. It holds its own and setting it up as a ss makes it great for training and fun as hell on flowy single track. I freaking love this thing and its a killer addition to any quiver. After getting on this for the first time, having ridden full suspension for years, I had an epiphany....less is more.
Strengths: This bike is my first 29er. He's got a very handling with my carbon rigid fork. I'll build a suspension fork later.
I like the stiffness of this frame too. It's fantastic to push this bike all the time.
In third time, it's important to speak about the confort of the HX2 (aluminium frame). Before this bike I ride with a Voodoo Bizango (steel frame) and Spinergy wheelset. So, the confort is equal between these bikes. Cool
Weaknesses: For the moment only one weakness.
When I'm climbing, it's a little bit difficult to pass on the rocky steps.
I rode this HX2 about 40 hours now and I'm a big fan of this bike.
So if you like stifness, handling, confort and style, go to buy it.
With a 4" suspension fork, it will be a wonderful mountain bike too. Simply.
Favorite Trail: In general a trails like a singletracks with rocks to up and down !
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Purchased At: Draille Bike (french
Similar Products Used: Nothing
Bike Setup: Exotic 29er carbon fork, wheelset with Chumba hubs, ZTR 355 rim and DT spokes, Specialized The Captain S'works tires, Formula R1 brakes, Syntace F99 stem, titanium bar, NC17 Imperator Pro headset, Kore seatpost and saddle, Shimano XTR rear derailleur, Shimano 105 front derailleur, Shimano XT Shifters, sprocket and chain, Aerozine BB and cranckset with two Specialite TA rings.