Balfa 1999 Nouveau Riche Full Suspension Bike

5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $2649.00

Product Description

BALFA Nouveau Riche

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dominick Menard a Racer from Laval, Quebec

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2000

Strengths:    8 inches of progressive travel
Very smooth
One of the few DH bike to be in cromoly
Adjustable from 5 to 8 inches
Head tube and bike's length are also adjustable

Weaknesses:    A little bit heavy
Regular maintenance is required

Bottom Line:   
When I first saw this bike in 1997, I was really amazed by his 2 chains... a bike with 2 chains ??? Why ?!? To be honest, I was not connvinced... until I had the chance to try it...

God, it was great !!! I will always remember this feeling. At this time, it was still a prototype but we knew all the potential this bike had.

Finally during the 1998 summer, the bike was officially release and ready to rock ! I got mine in 1999. The only thing I was worried about, is the weight. But I soon realized that the bike was only heavy on the weighing machine...

The Balfa uses a special rear suspension system, a system that very few bike use. The parallel rear wheel trajectory with the front one, making the bike very well balanced since both wheels are working together.

I hardly suggest this bike ! It's a beast.

I'am getting the new one for next year, so if you want a Balfa Nouveau Riche with all his parts for 2000 us $ !!! Send me an e-mail at

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Favorite Trail:   Mt Ste Anne DH World Cup

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Bike Setup:   Boxxer fork, Hayes disks, Deemax wheels, Nokian tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Phil a Downhiller from Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2000

Strengths:    the 8" of travel
the high pivot point
the swwwwwwwwweeeeeet suspension
the aggressive head tube angle

Weaknesses:    the weight
the difficult acceleration...but the 2000 model is far better!!!

Bottom Line:   
I tried the 2000 model...go see it on the Balfa's web page

This is an Ultimate DH bike...Nothing better

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Favorite Trail:   Bromont 1999 DH world cup course

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Tomac 204 Magnum

Bike Setup:   1999 Boxer
Magura Gustav disc brakes
Mavic Dee Max wheels

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