Bike Setup: - Panaracer FireXC Pro's - Time ATAC Carbon Pedals - FSA Crankset (awesome)
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 8, 2003
Strengths: Kick ass geometry. Good component setup. Light, strong rims & brakes.
Weaknesses: Crappy tires.
This bike kicks butt for the money, especially over a Trek 6500. Once you get rid of the crappy Bontrager tires and get some decent ones, it'll corner like it's on rails. Quick handling, very lightweight. If you can get your hands on one for a good price, definitly go for it. The Rolf Dolomite wheels not only look cool, but are very lightweight and very strong. I'm a big guy who has put a lot of miles on this baby and haven't had one problem.
Bike Setup: Stock except for Panaracer tires, rockshox seatpost, icon barends
a Cross Country Rider
from wilmington, de
Date Reviewed: November 19, 2002
Strengths: Update: I've had this bike for well over a year now and it is fast, light and efficent. I've crashed this bike hard on several occasions, once fracturing my scapula and only a few minor scratches on the frame came from it. This bike is an excellent hardtail and has decent components for the $$. Light, manuverable and an excellent bike on the climbs. Even good for some minor jumping and log hopping. Awesome Rolf Satetite wheelset.
Weaknesses: AC Jones tires not too great in wet or muddy conditions. Best suited for dry conditions. Rockshox Judy fork and Bontrager cranks are adequet but not th best.
A light, fast, efficent hardtail with decent components and price. Can take hard riding and abuse. Nice paint job that doesn't chip easily.
Similar Products Used: Specialized Hardrock, Gary Fisher 29", Trek Fuel.
Bike Setup: Shimano drivetrain & pedals, Bontrager cranks and tires. Excellent Rolf Satelite Wheelset, Bontrager grips, handlebars, stem and seat. Rickshox Judy Race Fork.
Date Reviewed: October 30, 2002
Strengths: Moderatly light, great handeling, can take abuse like no other- 2 years of raceing and i havent had anything break, an all aroung good bike for the money.
Weaknesses: There are not to many just a few little up grades like new tires maybee a lighter bottom bracket/ crank set.
A great bike. It lasted me for 2 great years of raceing. Ff you are looking for a nice modrately priced bike this is the choice for you, but if you want a bike that can take anything and come back for more get the Klein. Also if you are in the market for this bike i am trying to sell mine if you are intrested E-Mail me at DWalker@nc.rr.com thanks.
Similar Products Used: demoed many bikes not many around as responsive as this bike
Bike Setup: just bought a Klein Adept Pro -sweet- full XTR, Fox Forx- cant be beat- its one great bike if you have the money and realy want a light race specific bike.
a Cross Country Rider
from Lincoln Nebraska
Date Reviewed: July 7, 2002
Strengths: Light weight frame, Hayes brakes, Tamer seat post, XT rear derailleur,
Weaknesses: Way to much Icon crap on it, no-name hubs, bontrager tires.
After i got the bike and rode it for about 200 some miles, I decided I wanted to upgrade all the Icon parts on it, and the shock. So I bought a Rock Shox Psylo race with a Chris King headset, new bottom bracket with a Race Face Next LP crank, Chris King disc hubs with Mavic X618 rims, and my old shimano 858 pedals. Now i would say its a pretty sweet ride. Putting some of these new parts on it really lightened it up too. Over all a good bike but dont worry about buying new parts to upgrade the crapy Icon parts it will be worth it later when you are XC racing and you have better quality parts on it now.
Strengths: This bike has a narley frame and a put it through a lot. I went off a 6 foot drop on to cement on this supa ligt rig and it hardley fliched. Judy fork is near indestuctable the bike just has a dam nice feel
Weaknesses: Bontrager RE-1 clipless scare me they do not clear mud and are some times impossible to get out of if mudy. Tires suck they don't hold at all they just slide. pick up some WTB mutano raptors the 2.4's pretty lite and worth it. Rolf wheels: a little shaky but lite and pretty good for XC. Cranks have chain rings that break leaft and right after two years of hard use my cranks stripped out. SCARY!!!
Dam good frame/fork and most other parts.! worth the money. If you want an light Xc machine for a good price go snag a 8000 thumbs up. Change out the tires and pedals!
a Weekend Warrior
from Surrey Hills, UK
Date Reviewed: May 21, 2002
Strengths: Good frame and forks. Good brakes and gears
Weaknesses: The other componentry just doesn't cut it, although I do agree that there have to be compromises at this price, especially with a reasonable fork and frame. All the moving stuff wore out very quickly, the icon chainrings seem to be made of butter, and the bontrager saddle is a bit short and generally lacking. The bearings in the Rolf Wheels gave up but I could not get any replacements, so I had to ditch them and the spokes always creaked. I would say that they were really good when they were in full working order.
Excellent first bike, I was in love with it for some time until it all started to wear out within a year... although that might be down to a relatively high milage.
I'm in the process of rebuilding it, keeping just the frame, forks, cranks and seatpin... I would say it was worth getting it for the frame alone then you can upgrade components as they wear out.
Similar Products Used: Lots of road bikes, cyclo-cross bikes and a few non-suspension bikes... this is my first MTB
from A2 MI
Date Reviewed: May 3, 2002
Strengths: everything! climbs like a scared monkey on steroids, sweet wheelset, Tight @$$ frame, good tires and part selection
Weaknesses: i dont like clipless pedals, they bother me... maybe im juss being too critical....
this bike rocks! it will eat anything u throw at it, jumps drops, hills, anything. Its a rocket on the uphills, and on the downhills its just as good. Its got nimble handling, great for whipping around tight technical singletrack. The avid SD3s are sweet brakes the have really good stopping power,and they look sweet. This bike is definately the best in the bang for your buck catagory. Oh yeah, and the Judy race fork is a beast, nice and plush even for me, a 125 pound schoolboy. Go buy this bike NOW! You can do practically anything on this bike!
Strengths: Updated review. Great weight, very light and fast. Judy Race is tough and comfortable. Excellent paint job. Jones AC Tires and Satelite rims are very good. I think the traction is excellent. Great value.
Weaknesses: Seat is a bit uncomfortable but I'm getting used to it. Shimano XT Deore rear deralieur need adjusting after a few rides. Jones AC tires ride a tad hard.
Great value. This frame is tough! I ride three to four times per week and this thing can take a beating.
Similar Products Used: Trek 4500 Great bike for someone just getting started into biking.
a Cross Country Rider
from Wilmington, DE
Date Reviewed: September 17, 2001
Strengths: This bike rocks! The frame is awesome, light and durable. The Bontrager wheels and tires are excellent. Shimano XT Deore shifts very well after some minor rear derauiler adjustments. Nice Bontrager clipless pedals too! Rock Shox Judy Race front suspension is sweet.
Weaknesses: The seat isn't quite as good as my Specialized but I'm getting used to it. It can bother your rump after about 20 miles or so.
Great bile for a great price. I ride 4 times a week and this thing is taking a beating no problem. The paint job is sweet too! If you want a durable bike that can take a beating, Trek 8000 is perfect.
I have a Trek 8000 SLR (year 1999 -2000) with the 22mm direct Hayes disk brake mount (on the chainstay) , but all brakes are IS mount these days. I've looked long and hard for some to fit my bike, but no luck. Hayes have stopped making them too.
Does anyone have any they are selling/get ... Read More »