Haro 1999 Extreme MX3 Full Suspension Bike

4.33/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $3150.00


Product Description

1999 Haro Extreme MX3, mountain bike, front & rear suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Judy XL, 4.0" travel fork


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Dalby a Weekend Warrior from Oadby Leicester UK

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2005

Strengths:    Great build quality! I heard these things were made by intense. Long travel and you can still get a front mech on. Lots of shock options if you like to play around. Good bearings and a stiff back end (compared to my old bike!) only cost £40 ... yes really!

Weaknesses:    Slack Stearing angle even when linkage is inverted and cable guides dont like hydraulic hoses and need filling out. Rear tyre clearance is about a 2.3 inch max.

Bottom Line:   
Fantastic!!! for £40 i have a frame that should have cost hundreds of pounds (£40 is around $75!) A bit slow to stear on fast dual tracks but the new stem may help. will also try some shock sizes to alter the geometry, but what a fantastic freeride bike, find one and do everything you can to buy it. you will not get a bigger bargain.

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Favorite Trail:   Whitick & Chicksands

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   Used frame in dirt magazine

Similar Products Used:   DDG cleaner. Specialized BIG HIT.

Bike Setup:   05 Junior t. clarks 6 pots brakes. Acor dh stem. XT transmission with bashguard. Rockshox rear shock with Stendec 850lb spring.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Roscoe a Downhiller from Colorado Springs, Colorado

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2003

Strengths:    Great pivot bearings, strong monocoque main-frame and 4-link rear triangle. Good finish and welds. Lighter than most freeride and downhill frames.

Weaknesses:    Monocoque frame amplifies all noises and creaks - can get a bit annoying, but cured with ample grease at all contact points and pivots (bottom bracket, links, headset, etc) - hardly the frame's fault.

Bottom Line:   
I have now raced an entire Mountain States Cup season with this bike. I lost the two-ring set-up after Moab and switched over to the MRP guide - much better! I switched to an 8" rear rotor (close fit), and again the results were great! The EBC pads are wonderful, but wear down quickly. The Fox Vanilla RC (7.5" w/2" stroke now)is about to be changed to a slightly longer RC with a bit more stroke. I want 7" of travel so switching to a 7.875" with around 2.5" of stroke should do the job without any frame contact, as what happens when dudes switch the link around - not a good idea. Overall, this was a great ride for me. It was light (40 lbs), accelerated quickly and stood up to my heavy weight and tons of abuse over the season. I would recommend this ride to anyone looking for a cheap way to get into DH racing. Have fun on the trails!

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim, Jones Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   From a friend

Similar Products Used:   No other downhill rides, but numerous freeride hardtails.

Bike Setup:   Haro MX3 frame, Marzocchi Super T, Fox Vanilla RC shock, Mavic D521 / XT / Atom Lab disc wheelset, Shimano M555 hydraulic disc brakes w/ Hope Gothic 8" rotors and EBC red pads, Shimano shifter, Shimano M545 pedals, Truvativ Holzfeller DH cranks, ring, stem, and handlebar (these rock!), MRP Slalom 1 chainguide, ODI Yeti Lock-on grips, Koski saddle.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Roscoe a Downhiller from Colorado Springs, Colorado

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2003

Strengths:    Smooth pivots (4-link design); nice monocoque design with good welds; front derailleur compatible; no flex; looks good without the loud Haro stickers

Weaknesses:    The monocoque front triangle is a bit easy to dent; you hear all the noises on the bike amplified through the frame; a bit short in the top-tube with a short DH stem.

Bottom Line:   
I just built this bike, so this is the first review of a couple I'll do on this custom build as the racing season progresses over the next few months. I started with the Haro MX3 frame with nothing on it, and from there, I built the bike to the specs that I wanted, as Haro originally intended this bike to be built. The set-up described above seems to work well for this frame, as initial test runs have proven the bike to be predictable, smooth, and well balanced. The components I chose are indeed higher end products, so that probably helps, but my pocketbook is a lot lighter now, while the bike weighs in at nearly 40 lbs. That is all for now.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim, Jones Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   From a friend

Similar Products Used:   No other DH / Freeride bikes, but a GT Rebound, Specialized Rockhopper, and a Devinci Kingpin all built as freeride hardtails.

Bike Setup:   Haro MX3 frame, Marzocchi Jr. T, Mavic D521s w/ Shimano XT and Atomic Lab hubs, Michelin Wildgripper DH 24.1 softs, Truvativ Holzfeller DH 2-ring Rockguard cranks, Truvativ ISIS GigaPipe BB, Shimano Deore Hydraulic disc brakes w/ Hope Gothic Rotors (8"F, 6"R) & EBC Red pads, Fox Vanilla RC rear shock, World Force Shorty Stem, Easton EA70 bars, XT drivetrain, Koski saddle, Shimano M545 pedals, Heim 3Guide chainguide.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Eder Giovani Savio a Downhiller from Florianópolis

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2001

Strengths:    Good and plush 6,25" rear travel

Weaknesses:    Flex, stupid flex. There are two Haro MX3. The single pivot and the 4bar. The single has a serious problem with flex. This kill the rear shock

Bottom Line:   
Do not buy the MX3 single pivot.

The MX3 4bar is a a good bike.

But the rating is about single pivot, because Haro could not sell this trash!

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Favorite Trail:   Costa da Lagoa

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Bikerspoint

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stink, Foes Weasel, Cndle V1000, GT LTS

Bike Setup:   tires maxxis 2.35, sadle specialized body geometry comp., Hi5, grimeca s 8 disc brake, STX group, DH Power Tools stem, DH Bar.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eder Giovani Savio a Downhiller from Florianópolis/SC - Brazil

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2001

Strengths:    Light, simple, strong, nice, soft on holes and rocks.

Weaknesses:    The mega size parts are hard to find. The swimingarm pivot is not bearing.

Bottom Line:   
I used the bike few times, but I already like it because the rear suspension is fine. The swmingarm is not "four bar linkage". It is a single pivot, but has more course ( 6,25 " ). See the picture: http://www.eder.com.br/bike/frbikes/pages/mx3.htm

If you consider the rear course, the bike is very light.

In Brazil the price is very good. A new frame, 1999 model, cost only U$ 700.

It is not a top DH bike, but is a top free ride.

After some months I will back for post a new review about the resistance of the bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Pedra Branca

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   http://www.bikerspoint.com.br

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stabe Dee-Lux, Santa Cruz Bullit.

Bike Setup:   Free Ride. RST Hi 5, Deore 2000 Kit, 2.10 tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dhbiker14 a Weekend Warrior from santa barbara, CA

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2000

Strengths:    everything, it is a very stong leightweight frame and it hasn,t given me any trouble.

Weaknesses:    intensifies creaking from other parts because of hollow monocoque design.

Bottom Line:   
this is a great bike, i have never ridden anything better. with an aftermarket shock i have increased travel and a way smoother ride. if somebody is looking for a strong leightweight long travel frame this is the one!!! it could be used as an XC bike because of the low amount of bobbing in the rear suspension when climbing but i do not recomend it.
overall this is the best bike i have ever owned and i will never get rid of it, it is a sweet bike.

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Favorite Trail:   cold springs

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   mtbr used market place

Similar Products Used:   GT STS DH, kona stab(98)

Bike Setup:   1998 stratos superstar, fox vanilla RC, hayes, 24" doublewides, race face, XT

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by SHANNON@NiteRider a Cross-Country Rider from SAN DIEGO

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2000

Strengths:    
VERY LIGHT FOR THE AMMOUNT OF QUALITY SUSPENSION TRAVEL IT HAS,LOOKS FREAKIN' SWEET,HARO'S A GREAT COMPANY TO DEAL WITH


Weaknesses:    
NUNYA


Bottom Line:   
BOTTOM LINE- THIS IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST BIKE I'VE EVER OWNED, SINCE I NO LONGER WORK IN A BIKE SHOP, I NO LONGER TAKE CARE OF MY BIKE, AND MY HARO JUST KEEPS ON ROLLIN. IT'S A BEAUTIFUL, SIMPLE DESIGN, AND IS FAR AND AWAY THE BEST CLIMBING FS BIKE I'VE USED. MAJOR BONUS POINTS FOR IT BEING AN EXTREMELY LIGHT LONG TRAVEL FRAMESET, MY WHOLE BIKE, DOUBLE-TRIPLE CROWN FORK AND NON FANCY PARTS AND ALL WEIGHS A SVELTE 27 LBS. REALLY AN AMAZING MACHINE - GOOD JOB MY HARO
BROTHERS!

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Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
TREK Y-22
CANNONDALE FR1000
DBR X-6


Bike Setup:   
MX3 FRAMESET (W/2000 SINGLE PIVOT SWING ARM),
MANITOU FORK, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH -XT/LX BLAH

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Clive Portman a Downhiller from Derby, England

Date Reviewed: June 2, 1999

Strengths:    
Light, stiff, looks gorgeous


Weaknesses:    
creaks - I think


Bottom Line:   
What is going on? I bought this frame (Haro MX3)late 98 direct from the suppliers and its different from the one in the catalogue. Wicked. Only two in the country. Single pivot, no 4-bar linkage. Broke the swingarm, got it replaced. awesome. People drool over the yellow monocoque. Why? Cos its different. But why is it different??? Help.

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Favorite Trail:   
Jacob's Ladder

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
GT LTS 5
GT STS 5
Gary Fisher Joshua


Bike Setup:   
MX3 frame, Z1 Bams, x-lite bits, Kujo DHs

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Jean-Luc a Downhiller from Vista, Ca.

Date Reviewed: April 7, 1999

Strengths:    
Lightweight, rigid, accurate, good basic DH geometry


Weaknesses:    
Stock shock will be more progressive and more subtle on the first 1 of travel...it fits smooth courses quite well right now.


Bottom Line:   
Once again, as with the MX2 (please check review), these bikes are only available as framesets and we only received the first ones (as of late March). No one has received them so far and the only persons that rode on them are myself (product manager at HARO) and Mike KING (for the first time yesterday...).As assembled (full DH set-up) the bike is rather lightweight (to the contrary of what that virtual user says below or above...) and works well.Mike used it on a very demanding course yesterday and felt fine on it even though the course has a lot of uphills (SAGEBRUSH / Lake Morena, Ca.).Our goal is to have him to race this frameset with the same kind of equipment, once we establish a specific racing geometry for him. That geometry will be used for the Y2K model...Good rides to everyone....

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Favorite Trail:   
Telonic & Big Bear

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
'98 SUNN DH RADICAL +, INTENSE M-1, INTENSE UZZI


Bike Setup:   
ROCK-SHOX BOXXER 151, HAYES disk brakes, SUPER DELUXE rear shock (stock on the frameset), MAVIC 321 rims, FORMULA hubs (TW), SHIMANO XT cranks w/ MRP chain-guide...

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