Thin Blue Line 1999 CO² Max Hardtail Bike

5/5 (5 Reviews)
MSRP : $1949.00

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Thin Blue Line CO² Max

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by brian edwards a Weekend Warrior from peterborough, ontario,canada

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2001

Strengths:    light, fast

Weaknesses:    wtb seat not the most comfortable

Bottom Line:   
this is one year update to my review after one month. I still love this bike. the ritchie tires are fast on hardpack but useless on muddy inclines. if you can't give up the speed, then you pretty well need 2 sets of wheels for these vastly different conditions. no problems to report with the manitou mars front suspension. still a great hard tail

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   second hand

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by felix a Cross Country Rider from toronto

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2000

Strengths:    Good handling, front end doesn't lift on climbs.

Weaknesses:    Braking power could be better with Avids and knobbies.

Bottom Line:   
The price is good for what you get. A definite improvement from my Fisher. A different ride for a different rider. The geometry is better for my body (average proportions with a lighter upper body). The 2 things I mostly notice is the improved handling and the front end not lifting on climbs. The smaller geometry is good for movement over the bike and I don't feel any less stable going downhill. Don't notice a difference between steel and aluminum. Maybe should have gone for the Tornado. The XTR & XT is definitely better than XT& LX in shifting. SID XC vs Judy XC feels the same. I'm not sure if it's the tires but I liked the stopping power of the Fisher with Avids and Velociraptors than the Shimano's with Laser's. It could be the tires. So far the WTB SST 2K hasn't given me numbness. I have to go for a long seated ride. The only thing I had to change was the stem to a shorter one and flip it. The real thing is the geometry. Way better.

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Favorite Trail:   I like variety

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   the only possible dealer

Similar Products Used:   gary fisher big sur

Bike Setup:   reynolds 853, xt & xtr, 517, SID xc, and WTB & Kore stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by brian edwards a Cross Country Rider from peterborough

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2000

Strengths:    23 pounds, fast, comfortable, great value, nice blue colour, the buzz

Weaknesses:    stock bike setup did not suit me

Bottom Line:   
I was prepared to buy an airborne XTR lucky strike but was leary about being unable to test ride. I test rode several top of the line store bikes but did not like them. a salesman at Silent Sports had his own personal CO2 MAX for sale and it felt just right on a test ride. it was a big improvement in the ride over their stock setup and only cost me $1800 canadian. I saved thousands of dollars and am completely happy. the ride is so great that I'm kicking myself for not buying a better bike years ago. my lessons learned are that top of line parts do not guarantee a good ride. if you have a grin on your face as soon as you start your test ride then that is probably the right bike. I wouldn't consider buy ing a bike now without a test ride. chrome moly frames are underated. air suspension and carbon fibre handlebars can even be embraced by a retro guy. note , the CO2 MAX is pretty scary on downhills compared to my old bike and these semi-slick tires are fast but lose traction fairly easy, I will probably try panaracer XC fire pros next for better control

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Favorite Trail:   starts at the end of my street

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   silent sports

Similar Products Used:   previously rode a rigid bianchi mtb for last 18 years

Bike Setup:   Reynolds 853 frame, Easton C2 handlebar, XTR shifters, rear derailer, 8 speed cog set, XT brakes, BB, Lx front shifter, Chris King hubs on mavic 517rims, manitou mars C fork, tompson elite seatpost, cook brothers crank arms, 747 pedals, Ritchey 1.95 semi-slicks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Bardwell a Cross Country Rider from Oakville, Ontario

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2000

Strengths:    - 853 frame smooths out the ride
- custom paint job
- Marzochi forks
- Weight

Weaknesses:    - Shimano 9 speed (will 8-speed ever return?), I've run 8 speed for 6 years or so and never had a problem (and I don't baby my bikes). 9 speed gets dirty and it doesn't want to shift - THIS ISN'T A ROAD BIKE, IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE DIRTY!

Bottom Line:   
sweet bike, with nice moves (better bike than I am a rider)

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Favorite Trail:   Waterdown

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Silent Sports

Similar Products Used:   Previous bikes include
- 1986 Norco Pinnacle
- 1989 GT Karakoram K2
- 1992 Cannondale M1000
- 1994 Marin Indian Fire Trail
- 2000 CO2 max

Bike Setup:   Reynolds 853 frame
full XT with XTR rear d.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Cross-Country Rider from Toronto, On

Date Reviewed: December 19, 1999

853 Frame
CrossMax Wheeles
XTR/XT Komponents


Bottom Line:   
Quite a nice machine! a bit pricy, but just rips up the trails! Five flamin' chilis for this bike!

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Favorite Trail:   

Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
TBL Duster
TBL Tornado
TBL Comet

Bike Setup:   
Stock everything

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