Univega 1999 DS-950 Full Suspension Bike

3.27/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $869.99


Product Description

1999 Univega DS-950, mountain bike, front & rear suspension, Mountain Mix components, Answer Manitou Spyder, 2.75" travel fork


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by paul perowicz a Cross Country Rider from erie, pa, usa

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2001

Strengths:    solid and stable downhill at speed; responsive in turns; components

Weaknesses:    a little heavy; front is a bit lively on quick climbs, but you get used to it

Bottom Line:   
great ds bike for the cash; bike's stability inspires confidence on descents; proves that an athletic rider doesn't need to spend thousands; other brands i've or friends have owned are very nice too, but much of their inflated prices are due to the manufacturers' high advertising and marketing costs, i.e. - cannondale, trek, gt; i reccommend this bike for the novice and experienced rider alike

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Favorite Trail:   the breaks - gainesville, tx

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   cycle spectrum - dallas, tx

Similar Products Used:   cannondale raven; dean ti; voodoo sobo

Bike Setup:   shimano xtr f&r; manitou spyder f, fox r

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Matt harney a Cross Country Rider from manchester, england

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2001

Strengths:    fun to ride bike, easy and controllable

Weaknesses:    cranks creak, front shock was only a jett and is not too good on the small stuff, rear rst shock rebound adjustment is negligble

Bottom Line:   
thought it was good for the money (i got it at half price). very lively bike that is easy to throw around, but not too stable at high speed cornering. Tends to tip or slip when climbing. downhill single track is easy and fun,, the suspension needs a bit of speed and boulders to really make a difference.. overall a fun bike that will make you smile but not worth the RRP

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Favorite Trail:   Lake Districts england

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   pauls cycles, norfolk

Similar Products Used:   proflex 856, gt xcr3000, a few others

Bike Setup:   jett front, rst rear with rebound adjustmen,, stc-rx/ lx , alex rims

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by mike a Cross Country Rider from olathe, ks. usa

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2000

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    horrible components

Bottom Line:   
bottom line is that univega sucks, they replaced my 600.00 dual action pro frame with this junky ds-950, my fox alps 5r was worth more than the whole frame. dont buy univega they dont honor their warranties. I couldnt even get the old frame back. BOTTOM LINE dont do business with univega.

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Favorite Trail:   poison spider,portal trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   univega dual action pro

Bike Setup:   rst rear shock

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Victor a Weekend Warrior from Ajax, Ontario

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2000

Strengths:    
Great value and ride.


Weaknesses:    
A little heavy.


Bottom Line:   
The trails I ride are mostly cross-country with some very steep, rocky downhills. This bike can take all the punishment I give it. Very, very tough. I have had no problems with the bike so far. If your a weekend warrior I can't think of anything this bike won't do for you. If your a pro and are competing then why are you reading this review???

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Favorite Trail:   
Greenwood

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Specialized Rockhopper
Giant ATX


Bike Setup:   
RST Mozo Pro FS
Stratus Helix Expert rear shock

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Mark Nowicki a Weekend Warrior from Mesa, AZ

Date Reviewed: November 2, 1999

Strengths:    
Great bike for the $700 spent. Good reliable components. Handles the rocks well and easy to shift for the ascents. Good enough for me.


Weaknesses:    
None so far


Bottom Line:   
For a weekend warrior that does not want to spend $1000's on a bike this is a very good deal. I'm sure there's better out there, but I'm perfectly happy with what I have. Beats the old hardtail I was riding for 6 years.

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Favorite Trail:   
Hawes, TRW

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Univega 600-S


Bike Setup:   
XT rear derailer, Manitou Spyder front fork, RST rear suspension

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by JERRY WHITE a Weekend Warrior from KNOXVILLE

Date Reviewed: July 8, 1999

Strengths:    
GOOD FOR ANY TRAIL


Weaknesses:    
LITTLE HEAVY IN FRONT END


Bottom Line:   
GOOD BIKE FOR THE MONEY, BUT I RECCOMEND UPGRADE OF COMPONENTS TO AT LEAST LX.

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Favorite Trail:   
HAW RIDGE

Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   
CANNONDALE RAVEN


Bike Setup:   
INDY XC

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Takashi a Weekend Warrior from Denver, CO

Date Reviewed: June 28, 1999

Strengths:    
Cheap(er). Can take some nice technical downhils in ski resorts in Colorado - rocky, bumpy, steep, muddy, river crossing, gravelly...).


Weaknesses:    
Tail sinks as I pedal, especially on uphill, although it's not that annoying. A bit chunkier than hard tails for XC. Rear triangle not rigid enough to hold up hard brakings (ok with a bridge). Not for a hardcore downhills - frame (especially rear) doesn't hold up the yaw (side force) momentum over 30 mph.


Bottom Line:   
Good bike for the money. Especially here in Colorado, XC trails are mixed with steep adn rocky downhills and good ascend, making this relatively lighter full suspension bike valuable. I used to get sore arms after good 15 minuets downhill from braking hard and vigorous vibration, but now I don't. In the future, I want to upgrade the rear shock to the one with adjustable damping unit (rear a bit weak with RST setup).

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Favorite Trail:   
County Open Spaces (a dozen)

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Bike Setup:   
Indy C front suspension, Shimano V-brake, aluminum rear brake bridge

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Richard a Weekend Warrior from Edmond, OK

Date Reviewed: May 29, 1999

Strengths:    
Smooth ride and gears.


Weaknesses:    
A little soft at times but with a little tweak may be better.


Bottom Line:   
A solid bike for the money, you do get what you pay for. Dont let the monkeys that complain about this bike bother you, they want to pay $800 and demand that they get the performance of a $3000 bike, WAKE UP! If your out to have a good time, smooth ride and save some $$$ then this is the bike for you. I ride mostly trails and the bike handles it well. 150 miles of trails in two months and it still rides like a champ.

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Favorite Trail:   
Arcadia Lake

Duration Product Used:   
3 months


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by David Baker a Cross-Country Rider from Kirby Vermont

Date Reviewed: May 22, 1999

Strengths:    
Good xc bike not too heavy. Great for doing some down hill


Weaknesses:    
none


Bottom Line:   
awesome have a lot of fun with it.
Your a monkey if you don't like this bike

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Favorite Trail:   
East burke trails

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
DS-900
FSR-pro


Bike Setup:   
rst 281
manitou x-vert R

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Jon Taylor a Cross-Country Rider from Chattnooga, TN

Date Reviewed: May 20, 1999

Strengths:    
NOTHING


Weaknesses:    
you said it


Bottom Line:   
Can you say SUCK!

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Favorite Trail:   
Tsali, NC

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Litespeed Owl Hollow MTS


Bike Setup:   
98' SID

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by David Mason a cross-country rider from Chattanooga TN

Date Reviewed: January 15, 1999

Bottom Line:   


I think that the Univega DS 950 is a plain out piece of junk. I hate that bike so bad that I am going to smash it if I can get a chance I will smash it

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