Gunnar 2001 Rock Hound Hardtail Bike

4.56/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $2100.00


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kade Stackman a Cross Country Rider from WI

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2003

Strengths:    everything, its steel, very strong

Weaknesses:    none what so ever, steel is real

Bottom Line:   
build up a gunnar frame fully rigid and you will have yourself one great bike

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Favorite Trail:   standing rocks

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   schwinn moab, schwinn mesa, gt aggressor

Bike Setup:   surly rigid fork, xt-bb, crankset, f.der., shifters,,, avid sd7 brakeset,,, sram chain and cassette,,,eggbeaters, thomson post, sdg comp saddle, race face prodigy stem, easton ea70 bars, mavic crossride ceramic wheels...i think i covered everything

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by sarah rasmussen a Racer from australia

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2003

Strengths:    nothin its all SSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTT

Weaknesses:    everything its all
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Bottom Line:   
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Favorite Trail:   none

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $999999999.00

Purchased At:   super market

Similar Products Used:   huffys coz there SSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHIIIIIIIITTTTTTTT

Bike Setup:   wudent have a clue but ill guees SSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHIIIIIIIIIITTTTT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by E Double D a Cross Country Rider from Chico

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2003

Strengths:    The geometry is perfect for tight, tech riding. But its not too twitchy when you get up to speed. Lowish bottom bracket rips turns. Its light, compliant, and nothing rides like steel!

Weaknesses:    None. Some people are complaining about the paint chipping, but its a mountian bike. Its going to get chipped and dinged. Just touch up the chips so it doesn't rust.

Bottom Line:   
Nothing fancy to look at, but its the best ride I have owned. And even as a shop manager/buyer, I haven't found anything else yet that I would rather ride.

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Favorite Trail:   South Rim

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Similar Products Used:   Too many to list

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Marathon S, XT/XTR, Easton carbon risers, Mavic 517's, Hugi's, Ritchey stuff,and WTB Motoraptor 2.4" tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim Cohen a Cross Country Rider from Rutland, Vermont, USA

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2002

Strengths:    I put on a Kelly rigid front fork and the bikes Climbs like a dream, Even when I'm way off a fireroad or track the bike has enough bend to go over anything, Fast and quick on the road or on the trail... It is a one bike wonder. I've put my road bike to bed as well as my full suspention

Weaknesses:    I havn't found any yet.. Maybe the paintjob but Gunner runs a special with Waterford and gives you 3 choices to upgrade for free... I did so with the Waterford Dark Silver

Bottom Line:   
This is by far the best value and bike I've ever been on.

The bike rides like a dream and it blends into the background perfectly so that people don't tend to knowtice it until they see me fly by..

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Favorite Trail:   The Long

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Speed Goat

Similar Products Used:   Specialized S-works, Univega Ultima, Trek Fuel etc etc

Bike Setup:   I broke down my s-works and put mostly XTR with a mix of XT and put on a Sram 9.0 front d and shifter. I also put a rigid Kelly front fork on for fire road and snowmobile path adventures. Right now I have Acrobat tires but usually use a simi slick...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark a Cross Country Rider from New England

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2001

Strengths:    Great ride. Not everyone has one.

Weaknesses:    No clearcoat.

Bottom Line:   
Aside from the ride and the value of this bike, which are both GREAT, I like the fact that not everyone has this bike. In fact when I show up to ride with a group I am pretty confident in two things 1) no one will have the same bike as me & 2) When the ride is over I will not be left wanting what someone else was riding. In our current "walmarting" trend, it's nice to find somthing unique. Gunnars are cool!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Hearns Cycling & Fittness

Similar Products Used:   Only cheap steel and good aluminum.

Bike Setup:   Marzochi 100mm, XT/LX

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tyler from Austin, TX, USA

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2001

Strengths:    Sturdy frame, at a 21 inch frame it has a reasonable weight (24 pounds built up), smooth assembaly, and nice feel.

Bottom Line:   
Sweet, Kosher assembaly, godam

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1080.00

Similar Products Used:   Gunnar makes a nice single speed (Ruffian) that I enjoyed.

Bike Setup:   LX/XT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Guy Spiher a Racer from Wiinston Salem, NC

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2001

Strengths:    A REAL BARGAIN

Weaknesses:    Maybe the paint Maybe not otherwise this bike is cherry

Bottom Line:   
Straight out of the box I entered a 60 mile Mtb race. The bike climbs like a rocket.The ride is like buttah. I am the racer that Matt aludes to in the beginning of this review. The Litespeed was very slow to change direction fom side to side. It reqired quite a bit of control input. The Gunnar While not as agile as a Zaskar or a Yeti is just perfect for me.It is the perfect combination of handling , fast but not too fast. Yeah, steel is real. BONUS>>you should see the looks you get from some of the FREDS at the trail head. Yeah bro, it really is steel no it doesn't weigh a ton yes a battleship is also made of steel. Thanks to Les, Kristen, Matt and all the rest of the folks at Friendly Bike in Greensboro. Throw em a bone when you come to ride the kick butt trails in NC

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Favorite Trail:   Real long ones

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $695.00

Purchased At:   Friendly Bike Greens boro NC

Similar Products Used:   Litespeed Ocoeeeeee weeeee weeeee

Bike Setup:   Race rocket, Rock Shox Sid race, Cane Creek Wheels XT controls, Avid arch supreme brakes Various home made goodies and a Cane Creek Seatpost for my back

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Cross Country Rider from Greensboro, NC

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2001

Strengths:    Steel Ride, low BB, stable handling. I love riding epics and not getting a sore back.

Weaknesses:    Paint is basic, chearcoat would help a lot. Mine is chipped from lose babyheads I kick up with my cranks.

Bottom Line:   
I have raced it really hard since getting it in january. Very smooth, nice handling. Mine was about 4.4 lbs, sweet welds. I think its an exceptional value to get a US made steel frame for this price, as well as all the custom upgrade options available normally found on bikes twice as much. I like it so much I plan to get another one with an eccentric bottom braket so i can run a rear disk as well.

As an aside, one of the local racers broke his litespeed. Since litespeed consolidated, the service is crap. Six weeks to fix. So he would have been out for the season. Gunnar/Waterford worked with me and the customer had a snow yellow Rock Hound frame in his hands in a week. He likes the ride better, he is selling his litespeed when it comes back, which will more than cover the cost of his frame.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $695.00

Purchased At:   Friendly Bike

Similar Products Used:   Fisher hardtails, Aluminum bikes, Tange Steel bikes

Bike Setup:   Its the Ruffian, the singlespeed version of the Rock Hound. Phil Wood/Hayes/Avid disk brake on Mars elite, etc.
BMX chain tensioners, Surly 1x1 rear hub, handbuilt wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by john a Cross Country Rider from eugene OR

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2001

Strengths:    Climbs awesome, way fast. rides like a dream, nobody else has one just like mine

Weaknesses:    i have not found any yet

Bottom Line:   
i can climb all day on this bike, it is very light, very responsive, i dream of riding it and sometimes find myself just staring at it while doing my post ride cleaning. this is definetely among the sweetest bikes around right now. the price is definately right. i think i spent about $15OO building it up. bar none best money i ever spent

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Favorite Trail:   single track everywhere

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Paul's Bikes

Similar Products Used:   cannondale, test rode lots of other bikes

Bike Setup:   manitou mars, xt drivetrain, king headset, xtr-valient wheels,time atacs, thomson post stem

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