Scott 1999 OCTANE FX 2.5 Full Suspension Bike

4.4/5 (5 Reviews)


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Scott OCTANE FX 2.5


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ANDY DURHAM a Cross Country Rider from SWINDON, WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2001

Strengths:    Strong frame, rear-swingarm geometry, and the fact I haven't seen many in the UK!

Weaknesses:    Original suspension devices. RST forks, SCOTT coil-over rear unit. Front-mech cable is routed under the bottom-bracket, and therefore clogs up as soon as it gets muddy.

Bottom Line:   
Firstly I am a big bloke (6'0", 16st), and my Octane has stood up to all sorts of punishment. I mainly do singletrack, and conventional XC, but I also use it for DH expoits. I find it works better with a stiffer spring at the back, and the SIDs on 80mm travel. It climbs well in this spec with hardly any bob. For twisty trails I change the standard stem for a short CLUB ROOST part. I love my bike, it has ressurrected my interest in mountain-biking and I recommend it highly for begineers, new full-sussers, but not for full time DH riders, who would need more travel!

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Favorite Trail:   FOREST OF DEAN

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   FROM A COLLEAGUE AT WORK ( bikehut @ HALFORDS )

Bike Setup:   Rockshox 2000 SID XC, Rockshox DELUXE 99, Shimano LX, MAVIC D521 rims, TIOGA Factory muds (XC) or MICHALIN DH Comp 16 (DH), CLUB ROOST bars & stem, uprated rear spring.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ben Newman a Downhiller from Jersey (U.K

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2001

Strengths:    nice looking,offers a bit of adjustability, not heavy but not too weak etc

Weaknesses:    f-all travel, bit bouncy, bottopms out a bit easy...

Bottom Line:   
I'm gonna be honest now and admit that i don't have an FX 2.5, i bought an FX 3 off a mate (frame) but it;'s got an FX 2 swingarm and a slightly better than o.e shock. I like the bike as a whole, it handles pretty well and sits nicely into corners,but the travel (or lack of) is a bit of a pain in the arse.Well, it is when going along rockyish trails and jumpoing and generally pissing around, but at least when you're on the road or on flatter ground you haven't got 8 inches of bouncyness to piss you off. Works well with 100mm travel forks,anything less just feels gay

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Favorite Trail:   hmmmm....

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   from a mate

Similar Products Used:   GT i-drive 5.0,

Bike Setup:   2001 judy SL's, XT discs, FX 2 swingarm,LX bits, PLanet X bars, DMR speed reactor, other crap bits currently being upgraded.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Thomas a Weekend Warrior from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2001

Strengths:    strong swingarm, light, durable

Weaknesses:    stem too weak, forks not enough travel

Bottom Line:   
Good bike for people that like to do freeriding. Just upgrade the forks, rear shock and rims if you want to do hard riding. Good for downhill and cross country. An alright racing racing bike if you upgrade the components. This bike is good for beginners and experts with the right components.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Similar Products Used:   Avanti Barracuda

Bike Setup:   Rock Shock Judys, Xt derallier

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Stevo Gilliver a Racer from Northshore,Auckland,NewZealand

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2000

Strengths:    good buld,

Weaknesses:    only 2 inches of rear travel . I've broken it once at the head of the frame,and I've seen them brake where the swing arm clamps around the pivot bearings

Bottom Line:   
not a bad frame I'm currently under going mods to the rear suspention to get more travel This will become my training bike as it is not a good frame for racing .There is some bobbing under climb Suspention mods may help reduce this.The original forks (RST)& rear shock were crap and replaced before anything else.Expensive here in New Zealand when compared with KHS and Specialised

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Favorite Trail:   Woodhill,Muriwi,Riverhead

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   X vert T forks, XT drive, shockworks rear,Mavics etc

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Carl a Cross-Country Rider from Dorset , England

Date Reviewed: September 5, 1999

Strengths:    
NO bob when working hard on road or up hill.very roomy fit.easy to service.Build quality is excellent,really does take hard riding v well.


Weaknesses:    
could do with anouther bottle cage mount.needs cable protection pads to stop frame scratches


Bottom Line:   
Realy great bike,finished in blue white and grey,SCOTT do not have it in any brouchers which is a reall shame.(missed sales you guys)I Had being useing a saracen ridged for years, thinking full- sus was for rich play boys, i was wrong !. I am 6.0ft & 14/15 stone the large frame is spot on. GO BUY ONE girls and boys

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Favorite Trail:   
Dartmoor,Exmoor,Trent

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Trex VRX 400.Marin east peak/B17. and some Univega models.Cannondale freeride 700


Bike Setup:   
The FX 2.5 comes with Hi5 front forks(dump them )and change to Judy XLC triples (which can be ordered in matching DK blue)as they work really well and do not go OFF/SOFT on a long ride.Mich-wildgriper ss tyres work very well.Bike comes with LX group set.and smooth AC-9 rear shock(which is fully adjustable)

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