Oryx 1999 HTA 500 Hardtail Bike

4.31/5 (13 Reviews)
MSRP : $1350.00

Product Description

1999 Oryx HTA 500, mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Judy XC fork

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Reviews 1 - 13 (13 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by J.P. Money a Cross Country Rider from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2001

Strengths:    Light, handles well on technical trails. Climbs well. Great components.

Weaknesses:    Formula mechanical disk brakes. Requires a lot of adjusting. After a year of tinkering with them, I'm taking them off and going to V-breaks until I can afford a superiour set of disk breaks.
4ROCKS chain rings seem to wear out quite fast.

Bottom Line:   
Great value. This bike competes with those which cost 50% more. Great frame and components. This bike is for the intermediate to expert rider who is a little short on cash.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Purchase used

Similar Products Used:   Norco Torrant

Bike Setup:   Judy XC, LX front, XTR rear, XT V-brakes, Formula hubs,
LX shifters, Avid SD 2.0 brake leavers. Balance mix of Formula and 4-ROCKS

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bruce a Cross Country Rider from Dover, NH, USA

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2001

Strengths:    XTR Rear, Light even considering weight of disc brakes

Weaknesses:    Brakes are touchy -- you need to know how to work with them to make them tight

Bottom Line:   
I like the bike. It is solid and dependable. Brakes take some fiddling, but work in any conditions. Front fork is plush although a little noisy, and the addition of the suspension seat post makes a great ride. If you're at least an intermediate rider and know something about MTB's then this bike is for you.

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Favorite Trail:   Any at Pawtuckaway

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Recycled Sports

Similar Products Used:   Other misc models and types

Bike Setup:   Judy XC front suspension, Suspension seat post, XTR Rear, LX clipless, Formula disc brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Louis a Racer from Rothesay,NB,canada

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2001

Strengths:    For a cross country frame, iit's been pretty good for putting up with small drops and dual courses. Great deraileurs/shifters. Time atac pedals are sweet too and an overall good components, frame and fork.

Weaknesses:    BRAKES!!!
for a bike that comes disc ready its not that hard to upgrade and i suggest you do so before you get hurt. sell the formulas to some kid on a wal-mart bike. sprockets are weak too and some of the 4-rox stuff doesent last too long

Bottom Line:   
I got this bike for cheap because i bought it the year after it came out and the local bike shoppe was clearing em out. ITs amazing for value(disc ready, lx xtr shifting, Z4's...) and after a few upgrades, this bike can be one tricked out racing machine and its built around a solid frame.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Alternatives

Similar Products Used:   norco sasquatch, gt outpost, specialized rockhopper, trek 8000....

Bike Setup:   hayes hydraulic discs/levers, LX crankset, THE fender (cuz its spring), hutchinson python rear and velociraptor front tires, easton seatpost and handlebars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by oryx boy` a Racer from wyevale

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2001

Strengths:    well the frame
some components
almost off the shelf racer

Weaknesses:    the orignal brakes SUCK!!!!!!!!!!
some house name partslike the seat post cranks hubs

Bottom Line:   
well after aboute $1800 this bike is the best iv got it set up more for ds and urban asalt but i can race xc and do dh on it to the frame has got to be at least as strong as a free ride hard tail if not more the frame is beefer than well i dont no something thats beefy iv took 6 foot drop offs and
a 10- 13 foot rolling drop but i gess my frend on a hard tail did it to but other than the brakes that suck the bike is good well thwe 2001 has hydrolic discs so its all good for you new oryx riders well i love this bike so much i would get another 1 like i normaly do evry year but naaa i dont want to giver her up

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Favorite Trail:   well anyy that are technical

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   gorgan cycle

Similar Products Used:   schwinn se bike

Bike Setup:   xtr front and rear d
hayse hoydro brakes
xt hollow tech cranks with xtr bb
xt shifters
hot s red rear and comp s green tiers
axiom seat post and dh bars
radical ingot dh stem
fsa dh haed set
t.h.e. fender
titech dh sattel
and lots of stickers
rest well whats left is stock

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jeff Setton a Weekend Warrior from Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: November 28, 2000

Strengths:    It is a very light bike and has awesome acceleration.

Weaknesses:    The disc brakes don't work! I took it for a test ride and hit a pedestrian. She jumped infront of the bike and the brakes hardly worked and I hit her in the back of legs. The brakes have absolutely no power and the pads need atleast a few months of hard riding. This bike is a piece of junk!

Bottom Line:   
This is probably the worst bike you can buy. If you do buy this bike, I reccommend you put the 6" disc brakes From Hayes. They are fully Hydraulics and own a pair. They stop on a dime, you will never find better disc brakes.

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Favorite Trail:   Alpine In Vancouer

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Bike Depot

Similar Products Used:   My Ass.

Bike Setup:   nothing

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike Horlick a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2000

Strengths:    This is a great bike for great price and quality parts.
and Canadian made.

Weaknesses:    cyclone chain rings,they tend to bend easy for trail riding

Bottom Line:   
This is the best bike ive ever rode.
its a smooth ride and tears up the trails
like nothing.
Oryx are making amazing bikes for all ages with
great canadian craftsmanship
i can wait to see what else Oryx will come out with.

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Favorite Trail:   ravenshoe

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   bikesports

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   The bike setup is great xtr rear and lx front de. Bomber z.4's and disc brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by david pearson a Weekend Warrior from toronto,ontario,canada

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2000

Strengths:    the frame is nice and beefy, it has a pretty great component spec for the price, farely light

Weaknesses:    the formula brakes need to adjusted constantly to get good stopping power or you can jam on the levers all you want but you'll still keep going, the pads don't work that well get some after market pads

if you are into trials or hust jumping the rims will go

Bottom Line:   
its a great bike for the money, i'd suggest getting new pads for the brakes and mabye new rims if your kinda heavy on your bike

but for overal ratting this bike kits ass

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   kona roast

Bike Setup:   xtr rear derailer, tioga seat, lx components, ring god(bash guard), formula disc and hubs, time pedals(kick ass), judy xc, rox bar and seat post

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug Smith a Racer from US

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2000

Strengths:    This is great i like the Disc Brakes i think they are great in the mud and rain!!!

Weaknesses:    There is no weaknesses on this bike!

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike i highly recomend it!!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   some Kona's

Bike Setup:   Well is got XTR and LX, Formula disc Breakes, Kore Stuff and ROX!!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Racer from Canada

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2000

Strengths:    Its a great cross country bike!!
Light in the front.
I like the Disc Brakes(formula)

Weaknesses:    the tail its kind of weights a bit to much.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great Bike i highly suggest you buy one!!!
about $1999Can The Formula disc brakes are not the best there should be hope or hayes on there. i have some problems but nothing i could not handle. I find that all Orxy bike are worth getting. the are made in canada which means the are a bit cheaper. SO GET OUT THERE AND BUY ONE!!!!
thats all i have to say about that!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   NONE

Bike Setup:   i like the idead of the fatter frame good support
XTR and LX der. and shifters disc brakes, rockshox judys XC

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ian a Racer from Windsor junction

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2000

Strengths:    price
parts package
good frame,stiff,quick

Weaknesses:    a little heavy
not sure about formula cables yet

Bottom Line:   
great bike for money.
does it all racing,fun ricing..whatever
fgreat parts and a great deal with a canadian made frame

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Favorite Trail:   wrandees

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   kona lava dome

Bike Setup:   xt,xtr

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nigel a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, Ontario

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2000

Strengths:    frame, fork, xtr rear, formulas[ after break in ]

Weaknesses:    fork rebounding isn't perfect YET
ORYX sizings

Bottom Line:   
A great all-around bike
Awesome ride, go with small companies cause they get the job done right. The parts suit the bike and the BRAKES are good and i haven't even broken them in yet. Don't mess with your brakes cause one mistake and your $%@^&%. The fork is ok but it sags and the rebounding isn't all that good. Maybe it will get good.
This thing is a rocket on trails.

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Mountain

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   LOTS

Bike Setup:   STOCK
short titec stem, 25psi on Bomber

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Richard a Cross-Country Rider from Lachine

Date Reviewed: May 29, 1999

All the bike.

The seatpost is not good size, but I change it.

Bottom Line:   
I have ride about one month and I am very happy about it. On this bike, I like everything on it...the price (1900$ CAN), the components, the frame, the weigth and the hand built in Québec (Canada).

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Oryx Équipe 4000
Oryx 14K

Bike Setup:   
Rock Shox Judy XC
Formula MD-1 disc brakes
LX components with rear deraileur XTR
Pedals Time ATAC
Sun Rim SUB IV
DT Spokes
Kore component

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jumpin Jim Bronzel a cross-country rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: March 12, 1999

Bottom Line:   

Wow!! $1699 Canadian for a bike w/ duel disks, Judy XC's and a splatering of sweet components like Kore, Avid, & XTR rear der......
There has to be a trick...... Thats what i first thought....
Bought the bike early Jan. on impulse..... At first i wanted a Specialized or Giant or something, but most of those big name brands r made out in Taiwan...
THis baby is hand built in Canada by the guyz that bought Rocky mountain!
This bike rides soooooo sweeetttt...... at first the disks didn't work that great but that just took a few hours to wear in.....As if i could ask for more, the bike came w/ Time Aliums... i had 747's from my old Cannondale, (that the bastards didn't warranty plus left me on the limb for 4 months just to tell me NO) but all they did was catch mud.... plus if u guyz r tired of clipping out by accident on shimano crap get these pedals u won't regret it!...
I've even taken some huge bails on the bike... Paint job is still PERFECT and not a dent on my frame..(good thing this ain't a cracl'n'dale).....
Chek this bike out ..... Sweet ride , nice components, cheap price, & hand made in Canada!!! I must be dreamin'! its worth its wait in gold.....

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