a Weekend Warrior
from Victoria, B.C ,Canada
Date Reviewed: March 18, 2002
Strengths: Super strong RAD frame,hydraulic discs, great mix of overall, XT and Raceface components.
Weaknesses: Manitou X-vert and stock headset. The manitou can't handle the big hits and if left in the headset will ovalize your headtube(could be big bucks to rapair!)
This is quite possibly the best freeride hardtail that's ever been built. It's a great downhill/freeride bike and is nimble enough to haul around the XC trails. Other than the weaknesses listed above the only thing I have to do is true the rear wheel every couple of months, otherwise it's bombproof! I recommend this bike to anyone who wants a top of the line hardtail and who likes big drops and jumps, downhill and anything else. Brodie has the finger on the pulse of the West Coast Freeride craze and has the best line up out there.
Similar Products Used: Brodie Evolution, RM Reaper
Bike Setup: After the manitou broke I got a Z3 Qr20 5"(kicks ass and handles awesome!), replaced the rear ditch witch with a D321, installed a deep cup Pig headset, put on highrollers 2.5(best tyres out there)otherwise stock.
a Weekend Warrior
from Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Date Reviewed: September 26, 2001
Weaknesses: i seriously cant think of any
Im back with many improvements to bike, this bike still rules and i cant think of a better free-ride hard-tail, i have jealous friends who think that their cannondale F-500 is as good a frame, e-mail me to hear your opinion, n e way, if u r looking for a good strong hardtail buy this bike, im so pleased with brodie im looking into a diablo or thumber baby
Similar Products Used: Ruckus, stuff, evolution, stiffee, hucker
Bike Setup: 2000 white frame, 2001 Z-3, xt v-brakes, race face turbine lp cranks, xt bb, bontrager xxx riser, powerliet stem, beefy wtb headset, 9.0 shifting, fsa 32 tooth ring, ring god, race face grips, mammoth rims laced to lx hubs, kujo dh tires
from st. thomas, ont, Canada
Date Reviewed: August 10, 2001
Strengths: strong frame, xt components.
Weaknesses: titec seat post folded over, manitou x-verts didn't make it out the shop
the bike is decent for all types of riding, its great for downhill stuff on the trail and could be competitive in the odd downhill race. perfect dual slalom bike but is o.k for riding xc if you don't mind the weight. This bike could be a lot better if it came with a marzocchi long travel fork because the manitou really drags it down.
Bike Setup: jr T, custom 3/16 wall seat post. the rest stock
Date Reviewed: June 29, 2001
Strengths: stiff frame - no gussetts needed, ability to throw around in tight terrain, jumps like a bunny on crack! frameset comes with touchup paint :)
Weaknesses: the bike looks so good there are too many people who stare at your bike - it gets annoying.
This bike is sick. Not only does it inspire you to pilot huge airs, but it is fun to practice manuals on it. The beefy easton RAD tubing is so ridiculously stiff, and yet it gives some compliance to a harsh ride. What i love the most is the s-bend seatstays, thick 1 inch square seat stays that look beautiful, but give a stout rear triangle.
I would recommend this bike to anyone who desires urban epics or insanely technical trail riding. This frame can take the long haul of a sherman tank anyday. 5 flaming sluts for dream performance at a dream price.
This is a great free-ride bike, I had the frame and built it up to where it is now, a great free-ride bike, the frame is bomb proof and it looks cool, I think the 01 roast is the same frame, I will for sure look into another brodie for my next bike, Cudos to brodie for a great bike!!!
I bought this frame (bigshot) used and built it up with xc parts (soon to be replaced) and christened it for its first ride on the Shore today!!! Sweetest frame ever... I rode the best I had ever rode and I swear it was due to this frame. Just point and go, the thing is stable at any speed, in the air... it's great for technical and big hits! and it climbs amazingly well for a freeride hardtail! Buy this frame if you want a bike that can handle anything you throw at it and feels at home in ANY conditions! Probably the best, and last, all around bike that I will ever own! :)
Bike Setup: marzocchi z3 flighlight 100 and a bunch of other xc junk from my old bike.
from Halifax, NS, Canada
Date Reviewed: March 24, 2001
Strengths: Incredibly light and strong hardtail. Quick and responsive, yet slack enough for big drops and crazy steeps. Wicked RAD tubing and beautiful dropouts.
Weaknesses: That I didn't by this bike many years ago!
I bought this as a frame and fork combo from a friend of mine, when he was buying a new VPS. He had used it for less than a year. I have always admired the Brodies, for their quiet, subtle beauty, but had never had a chance to ride one. When my friend offered it to me for a good price, I couldn't pass it up (I have no idea how much longer my Trek would have put up with the abuse!!!). This bike is a dream. It handles well enough to be an occasional XC race bike (which is important to me, cause I can only afford one rig), but that is not where this bike excels. THe frame is incredibly light and strong. It handles large drops easily, descends smoothly and tracks straight and true. The beauty of it is that it also climbs very well with it's short chainstays and ridiculously rigid back end. This is the best all-around bike I have ever owned, it can do it all. If you have an opportunity to buy one, do not pass it up.
Favorite Trail: Wrandees, Fight trail, Jack's Lake
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Similar Products Used: Norco Torrent & VPS, RM Reaper, Brodie Thumper & Enduro, Kona Roast & Stinky, 24 Le Toy, Specialized P3, My Trek 7000 (what a freeride machine!) many others
Bike Setup: 2000 white Brodie Holeshot frame, 2001 Z1 Drop Off, Sun Rhyno Lite TCB rims on Deore/LX hubs, Hayes HMX-1 disk front/XT V rear, Axiom DH stem, Amoeba DH bar, Rock Shox post, Bontrager seat, Schwalbe DH tires, XT cranks/ders/cassette, LX shifters, Avid SD 1.9 levers
a Weekend Warrior
from thunder bay, ON, Canada
Date Reviewed: March 15, 2001
Strengths: Everything, the way the guys set up their bikes @ Brodie has some real majic to it. Everything flows together perfectly for a smooth, and pretty light top end hardtail (for free-riding). The fat tubes and tires make it feel like a soft tail. Frame is beautiful, bike wheelies straight forever. Couldn't ask for a better free-ride hardtail..impossible.
You'd be stupid not to buy this kick ass machine. Don't be cruel to yourself...buy one. I have yet to ride a better hardtail.
Similar Products Used: brodie evolution, marin quake 6
Bike Setup: identical to complete bike see: www.brodiebikes.com
from Victoria, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: March 5, 2001
Strengths: Gee...everything..almost everything...Great frame, great component Spec
Weaknesses: The Manitou is a bit too Stiff, and tended to BLOW APART... (well MINE did)
God....just buy one!!! they are SWEEEEEET. For drops and stuff, they're a bit harsh, but I mean, it's a hardtail,live with it. It can handle anything you throw yourself off of. just, replace the Manitou before you do anything that involves you hurling yourself off a 7 foot+ bridge, cuz...you...migt blow the forks innards to pieces on the trail..and that sucks...(speaking from personla experience)
Similar Products Used: Rocy Mountain Reaper Cove Stifee
Bike Setup: Pretty much sock, but added a Mr. T and a Gaz on the front
from Prince George B.C.
Date Reviewed: December 8, 2000
Strengths: strong tubes, strong brakes,awesome fork, every thing
Weaknesses: the xvert supers adjuster knobs hit down tube when turned half or past.Ijust took them off no problem.
I do a whole lot more freeriding than racing so this bike is kind of the race bike too.Every thing the other guys said on this review is pretty much right. the bike just feels perfect fom the second you get on it. Ive been doing all kinds of stuff ive never done before after getting this bike.Good parts . I got an awesome deal on it (2300cdn)so they are even better.If a kick a$$ freeride hardtail this is the bike ther are no others that are nearly as good.
from Summerland\Tofino BC
Date Reviewed: December 5, 2000
Strengths: Unreal feel once in the saddle, super strong tubing for confidence and the best component package for the buck. Plus awesome warranty back up.
Weaknesses: The paint job doesn't match my shoes, I look a bit queer when I ride!
This bike is the sh*t for sure. I test road all the free ride hardtails out this year and nothing had a better feal in the air and on the ground. Weight should not be an issue with these bikes, I am at 38 pounds right now and can still climb to the top of the trails. Learn how the bike rides and use it right. This bike is definitley what you want if you are into urban assaults. I never thought I would ride such a fat beefy bike the way I do now but this bike makes you fearless on the drops, it loves it rough. Go spank your bike!
Similar Products Used: Reaper, chute and many ccm's straight from the zeller factory.
Bike Setup: z3 qr 2o up front, xt compnents, big fat avro rims, 2.5 rocco tires, titec bars and race face north shore cranks with r\face bracket and rings. And really cool stickers.
a Weekend Warrior
from Prince George B.C. Canada
Date Reviewed: November 19, 2000
Strengths: Super strong Easton RAD tubing No sissy V-brake bosses on frame Huge tire clearance
Weaknesses: It can't make a good martini
I bought this as a frame and built it up but I do know that the Holeshot comes with an awesome factory spec. Rides so nice and makes you ride better cuz you know your bike aint gonna break! Made in CANADA fow BIG, BAD, BC boys. I give it five burnin' moose from up north!
Bike Setup: Hayes/Grimeca, Rynolites with tioga factory 2.4's, Judy 100's(crap) soon to be JrT's, assorted DH goodies
a Cross Country Rider
from Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Date Reviewed: September 25, 2000
Strengths: -rad tubing so its strong -great geometry -nice feel vibration qualities
Weaknesses: -a little harsh because its a hardtail
I have had the bike for a year and love it. I bought it as frame so its a Bigshot. I feel its for someone who could go with dually but likes the way a hartail reacts. The rear end is much easier to lift than a dual but the landing is harsher if you mess up. You can sprint it around town much faster too. My bike weighs about 37 pounds, has one gear in the front and is 2 sizes too small. It sucks at climbing but I don't think you should buy this bike if you want a bike that climbs better than a dual you should get it if you want to have fun every where you go.