Balfa 2001 BB7 Full Suspension Bike

4.67/5 (9 Reviews)
Weight : 11.1 lbs

Product Description

  • Frame Material: 6061-T6 Aluminum
  • Swingarm Material: 4130 Chromoly
  • Shock: Fox Vanilla RC DH
  • Travel: 7.6 inches

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    Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brian Alexander a Downhiller from Buellton, CA, United States

    Date Reviewed: February 26, 2006

    Strengths:    *****2006 BB7*****insanely strong, incredibly lightweight, pedals better then any other downhill bike I have ever tried, integraded roller, looks siiiick

    Weaknesses:    a lot of chainguides make it so you don't have very much tire clearance, but just get a different chainguide

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is insane, if you have a chance to get one, do it. If you are in the market for a new frame, GET THIS BIKE. Don't waste your hard earned money on anything else. This frame with a 5th element and a titanium spring shipped to my door was only 1950!!! I was scetchy at first because this was a little cheap, but I am more then happy with it. I corners like it is on rails, and you can pedal over ANYTHING. No matter what I throw at this bike, it begs for more

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    Favorite Trail:   Tunnel

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $1950.00

    Purchased At:

    Similar Products Used:   DHR, 2step DH, super 8, stinky

    Bike Setup:   5th element, boxxer world cup, juicy carbons, saint cranks, full X.0 drivetrain, MAXXIS tires (nuttin but)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by mike gaudet a Downhiller from abbotsford b.c canada

    Date Reviewed: January 26, 2006

    Strengths:    STRONG!!!!!STRONG!!!!!STRONG!!!!!STRONG!!!!!STRONG!!!!!STRONG!!!!!STRONG!!!!!STRONG!!!!!absorbs everything pretty much perfect

    Weaknesses:    if u can find any let me know because i don't know any

    Bottom Line:   

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    Favorite Trail:   woodlot platinum

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   second hand

    Similar Products Used:   its one of a kind

    Bike Setup:   shivers,hope m4and i don't know all little parts

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tyler a Downhiller from Newburyport MA usa

    Date Reviewed: April 10, 2005

    Strengths:    the rear end is very strong with its Cro-mo construction. the whoel frame pretty much.

    Weaknesses:    one thing, now dont get on my back quite yet. t was the rear shock blot, i kept on bending i dont know if i just put it on incorrectly or i hucked too much. well i sent it to balfa and they sent it back with a race bolt that was 3 times thicker! now thats customer service at its finist!

    Bottom Line:   
    a great bike for racers and freeriders alike. customer serive is the best. even thogh thier site is down. nothing beats a handmade in canada Balfa!

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    Favorite Trail:   mt snow

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   used from

    Similar Products Used:   kona stab,kona stinky (no comparison)

    Bike Setup:   Balfa BB7, DNM USD-180, 8 inch XT hyros, double wide sun rims, all XT components, Husselfelts, blackspire CG, rest is Race Face Diobolus

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Joel a Downhiller from ON, canada

    Date Reviewed: December 16, 2004

    Strengths:    Everything...suspension, pedalling....drops...everything

    Weaknesses:    nothing

    Bottom Line:   
    The bike kicks ass...thats about it...i read other posts and the dumbass's said they bent things on 6 foot drops...honestly there's somthin wrong with their riding cause i've done a 24 by 27 foot road gap on this thing and it didn't even bottom like i said the guy who said he bent sh*t is full of sh*t...bottom line this thing is an awesome race machine, good freerider and super smooth...don't listen to cojack and his horrible riding

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    Favorite Trail:   Whistler

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $2200.00

    Similar Products Used:   Gt DHi

    Bike Setup:   03 Frame, 05 Dorado, 05 deemax's, hayes, 5th element

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dylan Morrow a Downhiller from Stratford, Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: April 27, 2004

    Strengths:    The Frame is Very Strong! Has a Steel rear end that is industructable, and an aluminum front end to be a bit lighter. So Plush! It is a Portable tranny as my friend says!

    Weaknesses:    YOu have to make a tire guard where the chain hits the frame to stop chain slap ,it is very loud if you dont.........but thats no big deal

    Bottom Line:   
    If you want a Bike that is going to have to be sent in for worrenty after 5 mounths, dont buy a Balfa! These things are built to last!! They are not mass produced , so every one made is made perfectly without a flaw, because they take the time to make them perfect, Unlike some bike companys.

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    Favorite Trail:   Blue mountian

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1500.00

    Purchased At:   "Used

    Similar Products Used:   Super 8 , Turner , Giant team dh..........

    Bike Setup:   White brothers DH-3, 24" double wides, 3 inch gazzys, Funn 3-peice cranks,Protaper handles bars, Hayes 8" hydros,Azonic love seat,XT gearing

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tony DiMarco a Weekend Warrior from Mukilteo, Wa, USA

    Date Reviewed: March 8, 2003

    Strengths:    Lots and Lots of smooth, plush, and buttery travel. Very strong and reliable. Haven't got to do any drops on it quite yet becuase I just bought the frame, but I know it will perform well. Balances well with other 7 inch travel forks for maximum fell and overall smoothness. Chain never falls off. Those Candian know how to make a good bike.

    Weaknesses:    It is a very long bike and quite difficult to manual, wheelie, or street jib, but that goes away after you get used to it. But that is the only thing, nothing else!

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike rules over them all! I have not rode a better 7 inch travel bike. I know that when I am on the bike that I am gonna get a good ride and that it can take a beating. I cant wait to get this thing up to Whistler and get where I can really get the bikes full potential. It is a little bit long but hey, wheelies arent that big of a deal, but I can still pull them off and I am a little guy. If your looking for a freeride/DH bike, then stop looking. I cant enforce enough that this bike is quality stuff! But man, I cant sit here and type, I have to ride it! Somebody that is looking for an Urban full suspension bike probably wont prefer this bike though if they are hard core about wheelies. So I suggest that anyone out there who is looking to get a great freeride bike, and doesn't want to pay all that green for a Kona, get the Balfa, trust me, you will glad you did.

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    Favorite Trail:   Jap Gulch

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $550.00

    Purchased At:   Tim's Bike and Hobby

    Similar Products Used:   Norco Launch, Kona Stinky dee-lux

    Bike Setup:   03' Jr. T. Hayes, Vueltas, MRP, Kona DH PRimo Bars and stem. XT.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Todd Kerbs a Downhiller from Denver, CO

    Date Reviewed: March 8, 2002

    Strengths:    this machine truely eats up bumps and increases speed. The steel rear triangle takes the worry off rocks and everything else and the highdrive pivot is unbelievable.

    Weaknesses:    I have not really found a weakness, the boys up North will fix any weakness that you have or find, It is a handmade bike

    Bottom Line:   
    If you want a truely finely produced hand made bike with precision welds, that is going to last for the number of years that your investment means to you, then I would look no further. I have seen too many of the other Mass Produced bikes get sent back because of defects. The real riders dont go for trends, they go for what works. All bandwagon lovers please buy something else and leave Balfa's to the purists of the sport.

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    Favorite Trail:   wouldnt you like to know

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $4199.00

    Purchased At:   Recycle Ski & Bike

    Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz, Intense

    Bike Setup:   Boxxer,Pig,XTR,Hayes MRP World Cup ISCG,Koobi saddle

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jay a Downhiller from Thunder Bay,ON

    Date Reviewed: February 3, 2002

    Strengths:    Works great, bottomless, plush, smooth, pulley system is great! Really strong until.......

    Weaknesses:    .....bent 5, thats right...5 shock axles on brops no bigger than 8', linkage plate snapped in half ON AN XC RIDE!! causing my swingarm to twist and screw up the whole a$$ end of the bike. I have a friend with the same bike only a 2000 model and he had no problems with it, I guess there was a gremlin in mine....oh well, I sold it and bought a norco vps..... I am happy again.

    Bottom Line:   
    ask the friendly boys at balfa if they worked out the bugs before you buy one.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $1000.00

    Purchased At:   cyclepath

    Similar Products Used:   vps, bullit

    Bike Setup:   bb7 mozo xxl 7" fork xt discs hussefelt isis cranks blah blah ...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by SlimJim a Downhiller from Chambly

    Date Reviewed: January 4, 2002

    Strengths:    strong frame...good balance...stiff...mine is a 2000...

    Weaknesses:    None so far...

    Bottom Line:   
    this bike feels good, its not too heay and it handles really well...

    it's made in Quebec so its easy for us to get technical help...but it doesnt matter where you're from 'cause the guys at Balfa are cool and always willing to help!

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    Favorite Trail:   19

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Similar Products Used:   Marin Team DH 2001...blew the frame in pieces...

    Bike Setup:   Manitou X vert Carbon, hayes, blackspyre...

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