a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 9, 2003
Strengths: Very good bike, nice light strong frame, needs upgrading, good for freeriding
Weaknesses: shocks need upgrading, handlebars + stem need upgrading, crankset sucks, rims + wheels need upgrading
Great all around bike and excellent bike to "build on" and upgrade. Perfect for beginners and experienced riders, cause you just upgrade when you demand more! Perfect for freestyling, city riding, downhill mountain etc. Great deal! Im giving MY bike 5 Flami' Chilis cause it kicks ass.
Bike Setup: 02 DJ2, front hayes hydraulic, mavic rims, lopes bling bling dual tires, monkeylite bar, raceface stem, intense lock on grips, axiom seatpost, hussefelt DH crankset, easton cully pedals, chris king headset, tioga DH seat,XTR deruailler, LX front
Date Reviewed: August 7, 2002
Strengths: good weight,awesome for a starters bike,good componenets,upgradble
Weaknesses: cranks,pedals,fork,needs a tension or chain will come of all the time.
Cranks sett is very weak if you like drops,but it would be awesome at cross country. You basically need to upgrade if you free ride or else it suck d!ck.The fork is Ok but it would be better with dirt jumpers on them and diccs too.ow ya i have a bash guard on it and it save my ass alot of times.
Bike Setup: same as when i bought it except i added a bash guard
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 29, 2002
Strengths: Strong frame, good forks, rear derailleur
Weaknesses: weak cranks (snapped them), weak stem and bars
For a great alround bike for a cheap price this is the bike for that. A couple of things need to be changed such as the cranks and stem and bars but other wise is a good bike. The frame is very strong I did a two meter drop and the frame is still fine. Since I bought it i haven't had any problems with it, i got a new set of cranks under warrenty. If you are a free rider or cross country rider and on a bugget this is the bike for you. You shouldn't have to spend much money fixing it. I have only spent money upgrading, not fixing.
Similar Products Used: Norco Charger, Specialized Rockhopper A1
Bike Setup: derailleur LX, Allivio, Mazzorchi Z2 2001, Kenda Kinetic tyres, Avid arch rival 5.0 V brakes, deore cranks, race face prodigy stem, titec hellbent bar
from Horsham,Victoria, Australia
Date Reviewed: August 31, 2001
Strengths: Marzocchi Bombers, Rear changer, Frame fairly strong, Pedals, Excellent crank and good shimano V-brakes
Weaknesses: Stem and Headset are piss weak
Bike excellent for price, best fork brand on market (better then rock shox forks easily), Good strong frame, needs some minor adjusments to cranks etc. The specs on this bike are generally of a high standard and need few upgrades but be worrried about the stem and Front Hub. The perfect all rounder bike for the guy who likes a bit of everything.
Similar Products Used: Norco Torrent and VPS-Team DH
Bike Setup: Titec knucklehead stem and FSA Orvisit Headset
a Cross Country Rider
from Kanata, Ontario, Canada
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2001
Strengths: Fork, Derailleurs, Frame
Weaknesses: Seat, cranks.
This is a really good bike for the price it costs. The Marzocchi fork is really good and doesnt bottom out. The derailleurs are awesome for a bike in this price range and the frame can hold up to anything. The only downside i've seen is the seat which had to be replaced after the first heavy duty ride after it broke off the rails. I've also been told that the cranks are not that good and will probably need to be replaced soon. It's a bike for someone who wants to get serious about x-country riding. For the money, it's the best bike available.
a Weekend Warrior
from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Date Reviewed: June 1, 2001
Strengths: Fork, pedals, price.
Weaknesses: Rims are ok, but might not be able to stand lots of abuse. One of the cranks got broken quickly.
This bike is great for any newcomer to mtb. The components are quite good for the price. The 1999 z.2 superfly's are ok (80mm), but if your into more of the drops and urban riding, if you have the cash, then go with a higher model.