BombShell da bomb Sputnik Hardtail Bike

4.47/5 (15 Reviews)
MSRP : $460.00

Product Description

  • 7005 alloy construction
  • Trumpeted tubing
  • Forged chainstay yokes
  • Horizontal dropouts
  • Adjustable caliper mounts
  • Replaceable derailleur hanger

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    Reviews 1 - 15 (15 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Uncoiled a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: January 22, 2013

    Strengths:    Strong
    Runs 24in wheels well

    Weaknesses:    Paint is weak
    Dropouts don't allow BMX chain tensioners
    Sits very high with 26in wheels

    Bottom Line:   
    Good frame, I really like it, I have had no problems in the 4 year I have had it, paint scratches easy though, and running 26in wheels makes the bottom bracket really high. I run mine with 24in wheels and its awesome.

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    Duration Product Used:   4 years

    Purchased At:   Chain Reaction Cycle

    Bike Setup:   DMR Comp 24in wheels
    Avid bb7
    Kenda K-rad 24x3
    Marzocchi dirt jumper

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by adeathfromadove a Downhiller from UK

    Date Reviewed: October 3, 2011

    Strengths:    Weight, Stength, Height and Length, The design is awsum! Very bulky

    Weaknesses:    I landed hard and my knee dented the frame! But left no crack which is good. Needs to be set up correctly

    Bottom Line:   
    Excellent frame on a budget price, Im keeping this frame until it dies!

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    Favorite Trail:   BUGS

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $150.00

    Purchased At:   EBAY

    Similar Products Used:   Dirty Fiend III

    Bike Setup:   FORKS- Rock Shox Phsylo's BARS- Race Face Evolve STEM- El Gallo Hubs- Novatech Rims- TBD SADDLE- Dirty's Own SEAT POST- DA Bomb Brake Set- AVID

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by hardrocker77 a Downhiller from Charlotte NC

    Date Reviewed: February 25, 2009

    Strengths:    Boxed chain stays(VERY beefy), high BB, light, horizontal dropouts with sliding brake mount

    Weaknesses:    paint scratches easily, drop outs are hard to use chain tensioner with

    Bottom Line:   
    I run both 26"s(for the trails) and 24"s(for street and jump) and this bike rocks, the drop outs are a pain because they are set into the frame and makes it nearly impossible to use a bmx style chain tensioner. Other then that I love it! For the price it cant be beat.

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    Favorite Trail:   Beech Springs/Poplar Tent

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $160.00

    Purchased At:   Chain Reaction UK

    Similar Products Used:   Azonic DS-1

    Bike Setup:   Marzocchi DJ, Avid bb7, FSA V-drive, singlespeed

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by xerxes_667 a Racer from Romania (E'rn europe)

    Date Reviewed: February 6, 2009

    Strengths:    lightweight yet strong. A good frame for a beginner, also for the 4x or dual races. FAST and easy to manouvre at high speed

    Weaknesses:    it does its job, but don't try to build a skill on this bike, 'cuz it defenetly doesn't help you! It's not some frame just like all others. It's longer, and this makes it a little harder to manouver at low speed, and in tricks.

    Bottom Line:   
    it's a good 1'st frame, or one only for 4X and dual trails. Otherwise, it will be very hard to get the best out of it, and out of yourself. And that could lead to your disappointment.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   local bike shop

    Similar Products Used:   never used another frame with this angles. so...

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by James from Kelowna

    Date Reviewed: April 19, 2007

    Strengths:    good geometry, easy to flick around. strong design with ample gussests and tire clearence.

    Weaknesses:    high bottom bracket makes the bike feel unstable (dual 24" wheels cured the problem however)

    Bottom Line:   
    good bike for doing whatever you want to do with it.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $250.00

    Purchased At:   Gerick Cycle

    Similar Products Used:   hardtail bikes... there are many

    Bike Setup:   16.5" frame, marz Z150sl, single speed, race face cranks, dual tracks, hayes, 2.7" highrollers or 2.4" holy rollers.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by carl b a Downhiller from shoreline washington usa

    Date Reviewed: July 30, 2006

    Strengths:    great geometry
    built strongly
    easy to ride

    Weaknesses:    foot hitting the front tire

    Bottom Line:   

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    Favorite Trail:   innis arden dirt jumps

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   i have my sources

    Similar Products Used:   kona roast

    Bike Setup:   Marzhocchi Z1 freeride: 6 inch hayes mech disc brakes
    kona db bars: intense locking grips: world force stem:
    shimano hubs: ditch witch rims: tioga DH tires:

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Jensen from Hong Kong

    Date Reviewed: February 5, 2004

    Strengths:    umm...geometry is great...

    Weaknesses:    this piece of s**t...i cant believe i spent my money for something this the following

    Bottom Line:   
    i cant believe i wasted my money
    the disc mount....the thing never can be tightened...i cant use any 4 pot calipers with it or else the thing will go loose and the mount scratches the paint off the frame when it moves....4 pot calipers are too good for this i m stuck with either hayes or avid mechs....oh...8 inch rotors...dun even think about it....
    i was using hope enduro 4..i locked my rear wheel and the tire just starts rubbing the frame since the mount is loose and the wheel just shifted towards the left

    oh second problem...the paint...i was scratching the frame to get dirt off....and...the paint came off as well..i mean wtf...why would i pay this kind of money for s**t like this

    third problem...the ppl that da bomb finds the weld frames obviously are stupid....i need to hold the frame open so i can insert the rear labour..

    conclusion : this frame isnt worth anything..i m selling it

    ok there is a good point about this frame...the geometry is great...easy to manual/wheelie/bunnyhop...i m 5' 7 and riding a 16.5 inch's kinda big but...more stable i guess...da bomb's frames have awkward size....i tried the 14.5 but my toe hits the front tire when i ride

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $170.00

    Purchased At:   hk

    Similar Products Used:   too much to say

    Bike Setup:   xt with 8" rotors/dirt jump 3/d521 rim with front formula and rear ringle hubs/truvativ hussefelt cranks and bottom bracket/hutchison tires/funn stem and bar (the big fat one)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Austin Groves a Weekend Warrior from WELLS, MAINE

    Date Reviewed: September 19, 2003

    Strengths:    Intensly strong frame, great angle for dual slalom and DJing, I love that this bike is so beefy and at the same time so light.

    Weaknesses:    NONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bottom Line:   
    All i got to say is with my setup or not this frame is insanly sic. This frame is SOOOO light but at the same time it is SOOOOO beffy, I have the red frame i kinda wished I had the white one but o well it doesnt make a difference so go out and buy a da bomb Sputnik of your own!!!

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    Favorite Trail:   CLAYHILLS

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $100.00

    Purchased At:   friend

    Similar Products Used:   Cant think of any!

    Bike Setup:   Da bomb sputnik 16.5" frame, 5" of rock shox Psylo SL, Shimano cranks, Azonic Fusion pedals, XT rear duraller, salsa moto ace handle bars, a shorty stem(not azonic shorty), Tioga factory DH 2.3 rear tire, WTB motoraptor 2.4 front tire(of course with michellin DH tubes).

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from Freeport, NY, USA

    Date Reviewed: August 6, 2003

    Strengths:    Sturdy, strong frame. Doesn't flex under my 200 pounds. Makes a nice jumping bike.

    Bottom Line:   
    I love this frame, and the bike that it became! A very simple, very tough little jumper/XC/freeride/big boy BMX machine. Worth every penny. If you're looking for a good, stiff frame, buy it!

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    Favorite Trail:   rocky point

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $220.00

    Purchased At:   price point

    Similar Products Used:   Kona Stuff (Still have it), GT outpost (killer frame, crappy parts)

    Bike Setup:   CR-18, 36 hole rims, 2.5 Weirwolf race in front, Tioga Fac. DH 2.3 rear, Raceface prodigy DH crank and Evlove FR BB, Ritchey Severe conditions bar, generic DH CNC stem, Pig DH headset, 2001 X-vert fork, Bulletproof BMX seat, Avid SD-5 brakes. Bike is set up as a 32-16 singlespeed.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Senator a Downhiller from Janesville, Wi, USA

    Date Reviewed: March 12, 2003

    Strengths:    All of the welds are beautiful, and the geometery is assume for all types of riding park/DS/DH/FR/XC.

    Weaknesses:    My biggest complaints about mine is the paint job and seatpost size. Very cheap job, there were blotches, and drip dries. I had to sand out the the derailure hanger so it could fit. Plus the Flames are just stickers, and cheap ones at that.
    Seatpost took me a week to find. I don't understand why they picked this weird size.

    Bottom Line:   
    Haven't had a real chance to ride a trail since it is winter. But I have been tearing it up at the skatepark. Can't wait to take this bike out on my local trais for some XC/DJ. I will post how it goes.

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    Favorite Trail:   The one with all the dirt:)

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $200.00

    Purchased At:

    Bike Setup:   14.5" frame
    Ryno Lites w/ XT hubs
    Truvativ Husfelt crank/BB. BR/22/11
    Hayes 6" hydro

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tim C. a Downhiller from Bethesda Md

    Date Reviewed: February 22, 2003

    Strengths:    I have the DaBomb Sputnik Vertical which means the angles are better and Vertical Dropouts which are better for deraileur, the geometry is awsome for dropping off stuff and pedaling with the seat up for XC, the top and down tubes are sooo strong they are gusseted together for like 1/8 of the bike.

    Weaknesses:    the disk mount is weird to get set up right(might just be me) seat tube size(solved with shims or I am running a 30.9 seat post .5mm diff so no biggie

    Bottom Line:   
    Buy this bike, if you want a good DS, Dh and XC bike that can hang on the jumps and North shore stuff. I got mine on sale but its worth any price.

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    Favorite Trail:   Urban and XC (wierd mix)

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $216.00

    Purchased At:

    Similar Products Used:   SC Chameleon sweet bike but disk set up sucks

    Bike Setup:   Sickst set up possible, profiles, onyx hubs, king HS, Z1 FR, Hayes hydro, thompson post.. list goes on...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Doug Brummett a Weekend Warrior from Santa Cruz, CA

    Date Reviewed: December 24, 2002

    Strengths:    Thick dropouts, nice looking welds, gusseted and ovalized tubes, nice graphics, horizontal dropouts, replaceable derailleur hanger and disk mount, adjustable disk mount to work with horizontal dropouts, long top tube.

    Weaknesses:    Poor cable routing on rear derailleur. I find my heel catching on the cable every few minutes. Personal fix will be to run solid housing down the seatstay from the top tube. Odd size seat post. At 31.4mm only a couple of brands make post for this one. I had to special order a Kalloy.

    Bottom Line:   
    My initial impression of the Sputnik is very high. The short chainstays make for a very easy to manuever rig. It manuals and wheelies very well. The long top tube is very accomodating for larger riders. Even though their biggest frame is a 16.5" I am comfortable at 6'3" riding it.

    I personally think it would be a chopper with a 5" fork, but YMMV. At 4" it handles very well and still has a bit of the dh chopper feel to it. I am currently running a dho, but think I am going to throw my Marzocchi dirt jumpers on it once I get a 4" adapter kit. Wheelbase is good, no tagging the wheel with your toes.

    The ride is very stiff. I thought my Chameleon was stiff. Well, the machined out chainstay yoke and extra bracing on the seatstays put Santa Cruz to shame. I have found the rear end to be very responsive and even inspiring bmx style sprints, out of the saddle with the front wheel off or barely touching the ground. The frame just screams to be accelerated. Another possitive for the frame is that it is wide. Even with my wheel a bit out of dish there is no clearance issues with my 2.25" tire.

    On a side note, this wide frame will require a long bottom bracket and spindle. I swapped my profiles off of an old bmx to find that by the time I had the cranks out far enough to get clearance for the mrp that the spindle was only about 1/3-1/2 way into the crank arms. I think I need to get at least a 6" spindle. With my profiles on I find the cable routing less of an issue. Guess when I ran my xtr cranks with no guide they were far closer to the frame. I am running an MRP Mini-me, which has a 34t max. If you decide to run a slalom guide I would recommend getting an ultraspeed 2 design with a stationary inner ring. Otherwise you will have to run the cranks even wider to accomodate the 40t ring gaurds. Thus far I have found the 34-11 high gear to be enough for all but screaming fireroads.

    In the air and ripping the frame down a tight singletrack it is right at home. We have had too much rain for the local jumps to be dry. At this point I have been doing some trials, muddy trail rides, and some urban assualt. It has a good feel in the air, very stable. On the ground it is right at home carving tight berms and shooting singletrack.

    I have only been riding the frame for about a week, so most of this is preliminary impressions and notes on how my build came together. YMMV on some of this from frame to frame. These are cheep since they are made in China, hence the high value rating. But they suffer no major flaws and appear to be a well thought out design. It is a fun bike to ride and looks sick so my overall is high as well.

    One last note. Bombshell is a US distributor and not the manufacturer of Da Bomb bicycles. Personally I think that the reviews should be placed under the correct brand name of Da Bomb. Especially since Bombshell doesn't sound too stoked on them right now. Sounds like it is pretty hard to get parts since they are foreign.

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    Favorite Trail:   Anything in Santa Cruz

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $175.00

    Purchased At:   MTBR classifieds

    Similar Products Used:   I used to run a SC Chameleon dual slalom.

    Bike Setup:   Dual slalom setup: 4" forks, thru axle, mrp mini-me with race face bash gaurd for external ring, profile cranks, Atom labs wheels/stem, steel crowbar, xt rear der.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dinesh Rajan a Downhiller from Selangor, Malaysia

    Date Reviewed: December 21, 2002

    Strengths:    Angles are just right.
    Dropouts are pretty much indestructable.
    Sizing are perfect for me. (I'm 5'8" and the 14.5" frame is just right)
    Very strong built.

    Weaknesses:    The weight of the bike, but not really a big probelm.
    The limited colours (lightning, flame) might look attractive, but they are only stickers. Should have been painted.

    Bottom Line:   
    This frame is very worth the money. You get all the requirements like beefy chainstays, weldings, drop-outs, tubing in a very affortable price. Anyone who wants a hardcore freeride hardtail instead of a boring-old full suspension bike should take notice of DA BOMB instead of other leading brands like Azonic, Kona.

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    Favorite Trail:   Urban, Trails, Dirt Jumping

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $250.00

    Purchased At:   Bike Shop

    Bike Setup:   Marzhocchi Z3, Shimano LX hubs and gears, FSA V-drive cranks with an AIREAL chainguide, MAVIC D-521

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Brian from Hong Kong

    Date Reviewed: February 20, 2002

    Bottom Line:   
    This frame is also getting reviewed over in the framesets section.

    Looks sick in the flame paintjob

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    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Justin from Canada

    Date Reviewed: December 12, 2001

    Strengths:    Beautiful Construction
    Only 4.5 lbs
    Nice Paint Job (I have camoflauge)
    Adjustable wheelbase via horizontal dropouts
    Replacable hangar
    Beefy dropouts, tons of tire clearance, box section curved seat and chain stays
    Nice CNC detailing on seat stay yoke
    Main tubes double butted and trumpeted (round to rectangular @ headtube juncture)
    Can easily accept 8" rotor
    removable disc brake mount
    Top tube is a good length, despite the small frame sizes
    (I am 5'9" and the 14.5 is plenty long for me)

    Weaknesses:    only 2 sizes available 14.5" and 16.5"
    Welding detail on seat stay yoke is not first rate,
    all other welds are good and fat

    Bottom Line:   
    Excellent frame, I am currently using it for trials and urban, light enough to bunnyhop , tough enough for big drops to flat (concrete landing).
    I plan to post another review after a season of abuse.

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    Favorite Trail:   trials, urban assault, dirt jumping

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Similar Products Used:   Kona Stuff frame (16.5")

    Bike Setup:   V brakes, Bombshell stem, Race Face NSX Cranks with bashring
    Flat pedals, Ditch Witch rims, etc.

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