The Pro level DH frame from Cheeta. 7.75" of awesome travel via an excellent linkage system. Available in two sizes sm/med, and med/lg. Color choices are red, blue, black, and white. Designed specifically to accept a MRP chainguide system which is included in the frame price. Rear disk brake mounts for Hayes or Int Std are available. A super rigid rear swingarm, and full sealed bearings make this a great frame to plan your 2001 DH season around. Std rear shock is Fox Vanilla RC.
Bike Setup: manitou dorado fork and romic rear shock
Date Reviewed: August 7, 2006
Strengths: the bike is very strong the structure of the bike is amazing
Weaknesses: there are no weaknesses, just tighten the linkage up every few weeks which takes 2 minutes!!
overall this bike has been amazing i have only had it a month and its the best bike iv riden it corners amazin its so fast on the downhill. and if you like freeride you will not be disapointed this it so strong you can jump off anything! and when you ride long distance there is hardly and pedal bob due to the awsome linkage.
Bike Setup: magura big egos, dee max wheels, hope mono m4's
from boseman montana
Date Reviewed: January 3, 2003
Strengths: incredible working suspension, very tight in corners, solid for freeriding
Weaknesses: bearings and linkages
i was so happy when i got my bike. when i first rode it it was the best thing i ever dropped with. i noticed a little bit of play on the linkage when i got it but the previous owner assured me it was ok. i never saw this type of linkage before, so i had no idea how to check it, so i thought it must be ok. well, just a few small 5 foot drops later, the whole linkage and bearings shattered. the only bearing that DIDNT break was the needle bearing, but it has been worn a little loose. the linkage arms broke and when this happened, they smashed into the swingarm, causing severe damage. I really love this bike and feel it could be fixed with stronger bearings and a new linkage, but have yet to get anyone on the phone at the company.
Similar Products Used: santa cruz bullit, super 8, rm 6, rm 7, ellsworth dare
Bike Setup: 2002 cheeta proline dh frame stratos mx-6 fork hayes hydrolic diskbrakes xt drivetrain sun ringle doublewides with ringle 20mm hub/real desing rear hub azonic 454 crank mrp chain guide
from Southern California
Date Reviewed: January 21, 2002
Strengths: It jumps, corners, and pedals better than any 8" travel bike out there. Its low profile and progressive travel will help anyone who knows how to ride a bike.
Weaknesses: The linkage in the rear will come loose but I had no problem tightening it(had to take the cranks off, though).
This frame is light, responsive, and looks great. I liked my intense but the travel was very linear. The Cheeta pedals like a 4" travel bike. It is also about a pound lighter and a couple of hundred dollars less than the big companies out there. If you want a bike that will help you jump, manual, and race like a pro, get this bike.
Similar Products Used: Intense M1, Foes DHS Mono, Specialized team DH
Bike Setup: Dorado forks, Hussefelt cranks, XT shifters\derailleur, Hadley hubs laced to Sun Rhyno Lites, Tioga tires and Answer bars
Date Reviewed: October 13, 2001
Strengths: I'm still trying to figure out if there is any strengths to this product under my current situation with this bike!
Weaknesses: The whole rear swingarm is weak. The 2000 model I have has been upgraded so I've been told,but that hasn't done me any good.
I can sympathize with the downhiller from colorado because I could have written the exact same review, the same problems that he describes is exactly what has happened to me,three bearing kit replacements(all purchased from Cheeta). The same unsatisfactory response initially from customer service. I have spoken with a manager now from the company who assured me that the problem would be corrected both with the bike and customer service. They are still unwilling to listen to me about the problems because they say they are not having this problem with any other person. He also said when I returned the frame to them that I would have a frame repair,replacement,or whatever it takes to correct the problem within 24hrs.14 days still waiting.
Similar Products Used: Specialized,Foes LTS,GT,K2.
Bike Setup: Stratos S8,Race Face all around,Hope DH4 brakes, Formula hubs,mavic 321 disc,MRP chain guide,Thompson post,Maxxis tires
Date Reviewed: August 21, 2001
Strengths: Great stability at speed, great small bump performance.
Weaknesses: CUSTOMER SERVICE. I waited 8 monthes for a new frame after breaking every piece on it. I replaced my linkage 3 times, and then cracked the frame. Customer service is horrible. I kept being told I would recieve a new frame the next week for 8 monthes.
It's a good bike for the first 3 monthes. Then when you break bearings...and you WILL, don't ask them to replace them because they will screw you over. THis not only happend to me, but also 2 of my buddies that had the same bikes and the SAME problems. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!! PLEASE DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!! DO NOT BUY THIS BIKE.
Similar Products Used: Comming of a foes weesel this rocks
Bike Setup: stratos s8 fork goldtec hus on mavic 521s goldtec stem and qranc bars , ac cranks michelin and kugo tyres
from Lakewood, CO USA
Date Reviewed: February 7, 2001
Strengths: Extremely supple in rough, nothing under 6 inches is even noticed. Pedals as well if not better than any big name out there. Lighter than Intense, Turner, Karpiel, and Santa Cruz.
Weaknesses: Needle bearings in a secondary pivot not quite tight(same on Yeti dh8, Schwinn 8, M-1) not a problem.
This bike rocks, it really floats over things very well. The low bottom bracket and agressive head angle make it a turn master. If you can find a fork set-up to match the rear-end the trails seem a lot easier than they should.
Similar Products Used: Santa Cruz super8, Cannondale sv4000dh, Schwinn Sraight 6, and Specialized FSR dh.
Bike Setup: Manitou X-Vert carbon, Razor Rock hubs, THE rims, Azonic shorty deluxe stem, DW riser bar, Azonic 454 cranks, Mr. Dirt Gizmo chainguide, Nokian tires, Sram 9.0 drivetrain, ODI grips, and Grimeca system 12 DH brakes.
Date Reviewed: January 1, 2001
Strengths: High Quality Construction, Great frame/suspension geometry. When you call they ship frame based on riding style and size and weight of the rider. They also gave me my choice of two rear spring tensions\load options. They even offered a different powder coating color for the swing arm. Same if not better quality of Intense, Remec, Cortina and frame is much less expensive and sharp looking
Weaknesses: 2001 has better swing arm hardware but only come in powder coating. 2000 model swing arm is comes polished but hardware is not as as high quality. Hardware meaning bolts and pivots not frame material or spring material
The bike is a solid performer and worth the money. again several hundred dollars below that of the competitors products. I was given special attention when placing my order and even inquired to be a reseller. Good customer service is hard to find and Cheeta cycles has good service. I hope they continue to have this when they gain market share :)
Similar Products Used: Like any other bike in regards to metal and welding however size and overall geometry makes it a great performer. I rate it up there along with Cortina's DHExtreme 8, Intense's M1 and GT's DHI. Compared frames only such as weight, rear travel and materials. components vary depending on how its built.
Bike Setup: White Cheeta Proline DH, Setup....Rockshoxs Boxxer 7" Fork XTR DH Crank and DH 48T Ring with MRP UltraSpeed chain guide. XTR Rear shifter pods, XTR cassette, XTR BB, XTR Chain, Thompson elite SeatPost, SUN/Ringle slamma Jamma HeadSet, HED DB45 DH Rims, Nokia Baby Godzilla Tires, Easton MG60 Stem, Shimano DX4 pedals, 1.5 riser handlebars, ATI Jackson grips, Magura F&R Louise Disk Brakes, Selle Marc saddle, marawi Ti spokes, SUN/Ringle ABBAH F&R hubs,
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I need to replace some sandblasted, broken bearings and therefore the exact dimensions.
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