Bontrager 1999 Privateer Hardtail Bike

4.75/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $999.99


Product Description

1999 Bontrager Privateer, mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Judy C, 2.5" travel fork


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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by scottyoh a Cross Country Rider from Red Deer

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2005

Strengths:    Excellent handling on tight single track, what do you expect for steel....Tough, Tough, Tough.

Weaknesses:    Well, steel is heavier then Aluminum (so they tell me).

Bottom Line:   
Well I bought this frame in 1999 in Victoria, BC. It is now 2005 and I was just repainting it and wanted to hear what other people were saying about this frame. I still love this bike as much as the first ride I had it on. I will have this thing for hopefully another 6 years. Too bad Keith does not make frames anymore....

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Victoria, BC, CANADA

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper, Look

Bike Setup:   RaceFace, XTR, Hugi-Hope, Mavic

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pedar a Cross Country Rider from Sacramento

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2001

Strengths:    The forgiving qualities of steel...excellent handling on tight trails. That goes for squirrely single track as well as hairy technical trails. A "very" smooth ride.

Weaknesses:    Stock stem with riser bars could be a little more rigid, but that's a small change on my part. A little hefty, but then again, I've never met anyone that couldn't ride it or pick it up!

Bottom Line:   
The bike that you'll love on "every" ride and never have to worry about breaking. You'll only worry about it getting stolen since they're hard to find!

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Favorite Trail:   American River Canyon

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   bike shop in Montana

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale M800.

Bike Setup:   Embarassingly old cranks, stock Judy C, my own wheel conconction: Specialized Stout/Sun 0degree wheels, and some Fire Pro tires. A yardsale for parts, but damn nice ride.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jumpdaddy420 a Downhiller from San Diego, CA

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2001

Strengths:    balanced for anything, handles dope. can be built to suit DH/urban assault or XC. US built in santa cruz (I have 2 race's). rides hella smooth. Not a common ghetto T-rek or crack-n-fail

Weaknesses:    finding 1" parts is lame but doable. a little flexy if not built right. They look rickety, but after the first ride that feeling goes away. They're really not otherwise I'd have broken both of mine in half by now!

Bottom Line:   
These bike prove that F/s bike rely on suspension, not skill. I can ride more stuff on thes than most people would on their M-1's! The one w/ the marzocchi on it I love the most. That bike couldn't be more sick! They descend and corner great and do it smoothly. I ride DH and most people don't even know why I have these bikes. Versatility, young jedi... They look flimsy, but go the full 9 baby. I'm thinking about racing DH on the more hooked-up one. If you get one, which you should, go for splined cranks and go threadless. I had bad fork and flex problems (The SID fork, threaded stem, and reg. cranks) on the first one but all was gravy after the second one saw some combat. sell your bike now and buy one if you can find one. I ride this more than my 6"/6" DH bike no kidding.

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Favorite Trail:   stagecoach/san juan

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   the hood

Similar Products Used:   homegrown, FSR, buncha other crap I get to check out working at a shop

Bike Setup:   the better one is setup XT/XTR drivetrain CODA splined crnks (helps big time w/ the flex), Avid disc up front, Z-2 80mm fork threadless 1" (again better w/ flex) IRC 2.25 kujo/El Gato basically setup for FR. The other one has a SID XC, maguras, XTR more regular stuff. Both ride awesome.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nate a Weekend Warrior from CT

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2000

Strengths:    Maneuverable. Take a lickin' and keeps on tickin'

Weaknesses:    Heavier than other material bikes. LX parts, and Suspension

Bottom Line:   
Great bike if you want something that will last. Change the suspension, and LX parts and you have a great bike.
Keith still rules.

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Favorite Trail:   trumbull

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Similar Products Used:   Trek 8000, Specialized S-Works (self-custom built)


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Happy Sky Rocket a Cross Country Rider from Pedukah, TX

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2000

Strengths:    INDUSTRUCTO. Today after crossing a "Man Whole" mud puddle...she breached (pitch polled) tossing me endo...
then started to sink. I sacrificed all and dove in after her....she must have been 7 leagues under. You think I'm kidding. Ahr be-dar. The whole in my chest proves it. INDUSTRUCTO!!!!


Weaknesses:    Don't know yet. But looking at Sugar or FR bike for grins. Face it...they are getting close to hard tail

Bottom Line:   
I just love to ride. Period. I have twisted, pounded and punished this bike like a red headed step child (sorry MTBR, couldn't resist) and it has taken EVERY @!? THANG. I've never owned carbon, Tia or Al, all I know is that this thing "Takes a lickin and still keeps tickin" So, if you want reliability and to be able to give it up to your child when the time comes....it will be there.

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Favorite Trail:   Lick my wound

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Confession: My bike is 1997 - maybe pre-Trek..but I don't even care...still love to hear Kieth's rants.

Bike Setup:   '98 Z.2bam w/1.00 sinch steer tube. (last year they offered) Rock Shox seat post. (who needs full suspension?) Mustang rims. Avid 1.0 with XT V-brakes. Salsa stem with AHEAD set. Cat Eye Mity 3 Computer. Stock Bonty bars. Yeti grips (They are trick)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Christopher Lawler a Cross Country Rider from Somerville, MA

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2000

Strengths:    You can't get beat a steel frame like this for the money! Excellent frame geometry and the Bontrager Crowbar riser bar give this bike quick handling in narrow technical single track. The steel frame with the Judy XC makes for a real smooth ride.

Weaknesses:    If you're a weight fanatic, then maybe you would hesitate. It can easily be lightened up with light Kevlar tires and ultralite tubes. Even having said that, the weight really isn't a factor. I don't know what it weighs exactly, but I know it's not over 26lbs.

Bottom Line:   
If you're looking for an affordable high performance steel hardtail, this Bontrager is the way to go. I rode a flatbar for 8 years and I love the riser bar. It took some getting used to on the downhills because it turns so quick. After a couple of good hard rides, you'll be fine. The geometry and the riser bar make for speedy climbing and the 9 speed setup comes in handy on those tough climbs that leave you searching for that extra granny gear. Unfortunately, this is the last year Keith had decided to make these. If you can get your hands on one, I would buy it in a second. You won't regret it. Oh yeah, and the cool rasta paint job adds a nice aesthetic touch to it all.

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Favorite Trail:   Trail 401,Vietnam, Fells

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Fisher Kaitai, Kona Kilauea

Bike Setup:   99 Bontrager Privateer S, 99 Judy XC, stock comps. LX front, XT rear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Santa Rosa

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2000

Strengths:    Excellent gearing; strong uphills.

Weaknesses:    Can't shift easily going up hill.

Bottom Line:   
Very good bike; I would buy this bike again any day.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sully a Cross Country Rider from San Diego, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2000

Strengths:    Smooth ride offered by STEEL frame. Why would anybody ride anything else? Mine came with LX front and XT rear so never have problems with the components. Don't listen to people who say steel is heavy, Can't tell the difference between the Fischer Big Sur or this one. Maybe a pound or two lighter than other hardtails in same category, but the smooth ride is worth it.

Weaknesses:    I have a very long torso and this bike doesn't give me the option of adjusting the length because it comes with a boner -stem already. Will probably have to eventually move back to a Fischer because they are longer.

Bottom Line:   
Get it if your not too scared about your friends snickering at you about riding steel. It is so much smoother than Aluminum, I want to hang myself that I may have to go back to a Fischer. Don't give in to pure pressure, remember where it got you in Jr. high and high school.

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Favorite Trail:   Any trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Big Sur, Kaitai

Bike Setup:   LX front, XT rear, Avid brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by charlie green a Cross Country Rider from wilm, DE

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2000

Strengths:    handles great, loves to go fast , doesn't hurt my ass-bone

Weaknesses:    a little heavy, but hey, I dind't pay alot for this muffler...what the hell is with that antichainsucker on the bottom bracket/chainstays? that thing broke my chain 3 times before i took it off. get rid of it.

Bottom Line:   
i paid $600 bucks for mine. you can't beat that price with a bat. swap out the fork and upgrade parts when needed and this bike is all you'll ever need( or want)

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Favorite Trail:   crackhead bob/fairhill, MD

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   specialized rockhopper, (this bike is tons better)

Bike Setup:   I swapped out the Indy xc on my 98 bonny for the new Judy race 200 ( 100 mm) and a rocksshox seatpost. I can dust the full suspension guys going down now too....did some one say roots?

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Cross-Country Rider from Salem OR

Date Reviewed: November 25, 1999

Strengths:    
Strong frame, quick confidence inspiring handling.


Weaknesses:    
Tendency to plow frontend during very sharp and slow turns, but have since learned to compensate for it.


Bottom Line:   
I've put two thousand miles on this bike in all kinds of weather and terrain. Other than the occasional flat tire and one snapped chain, I have not had one problem with it. It is without doubt the best mountain bike I've ever owned.

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Favorite Trail:   
Anywhere

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Ritchey Mongoose Fisher


Bike Setup:   
Stock but swapped derailleurs for XT parts, XTR cogset 12-32, Easton flat handlebar and Tioga XCs or DHs (depending on season).

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Kelly Fraser a Downhiller from Colo. spgs., Co

Date Reviewed: November 12, 1999

Strengths:    
Very solid ride, is quick in technical terrain and capable of getting back on track when you get out of your 'line'.


Weaknesses:    
Gotta stretch for this one! If anything, it's weight, but if you can't handle it, stay on your tricycle!!


Bottom Line:   
It is a very fast and maneuverable bike due to the frame geometry. It's almost like a BMX bike with 28 gears. Speaking of gears, the 'mega 9' rear cassette is awesome!! Smooth shifting and a gear for every situation make it the best bike for the money.

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Favorite Trail:   
Captain Jacks

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Having worked in a bike shop, I am familiar with a lot of bikes. Primarily, the Schwinn Homegrown and the Specialized Rockhopper.


Bike Setup:   
Standard components, except for the 'Frog' pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Dave a Cross-Country Rider from DC

Date Reviewed: November 3, 1999

Strengths:    
Excellent frame geometry; steel frame gives comfort on long rides and control on fast downhills.


Weaknesses:    
None -- could be lighter but nothing has this bike's strength/weight ratio for under $2,500.


Bottom Line:   
This bike goes everywhere better than any other bike anywhere near its price range. Unless you're ready to pay $3,000 or more for custom grade aluminum, steel is superior. Keith Bontrager wouldn't lie.

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Hardrock


Bike Setup:   
Rock Shock Indy XC, standard components

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