from Aberdeen, Scotland
Date Reviewed: August 12, 2011
Strengths: Great Frame... thats it. everything else rip off!
Weaknesses: cheap parts
AMAZING frame, iv had this frame for a good 4-5 years, (06 model i think) obviously iv stripped the parts and just kept the frame and seat, (see custom parts listed above) its been down Fort William, Glentress, Lagan, name a scottish DH and its been down many a time, also been thrashed at skate parks, dirt jumps, not the lightest of frames, but the look and strength is awesome. best frame i have ever riden hands down.
and plus.....you never see another one around.
Strengths: great frame, awesome geometry, climbs like a goat
Weaknesses: crappy low end parts
great bike. just be prepared to be replacing the low end parts as you break them, and if you ride hard at all you will. the first thing i did was change the derailluers to shimano saint,and the forks to duke xc's because the stock suntour ones just sucked,then also went to disc and so on... but anyways the frame is nearly bombproof and its a pretty decent bike for the price.. i like it
Bike Setup: Pretty much stock upgraded marzocchi fork, shimano crank, azonic stem, and animal bmx platform pedals
a Weekend Warrior
from Rapid City, SD, USA
Date Reviewed: August 9, 2010
Strengths: Strong frame, looks,
Weaknesses: fork i think, paint scratches, pedals are plastic, Chain get dirty easily i replaces chain, seat stem gets loose pretty regularly i will replace that seat feels like wood
I like the frame alot apart from the scratches it is very stronng the fork is ok but once i was riding and i hit something pretty big and the adjusters came out and hit me in the face. The adjusters on the fork are plastic and they dont really do anything. The cassete is nice but a sproket broke after the first month on mine. i would recommend changing the chain.
i got it pretty recently but i know i am going to replace the brakes with disc brakes, i would replace deralliuer because i want a better one, the one i have works pretty well sometimes messes up. and cassete and the fork. I replaced the pedals with metal ones.
a Weekend Warrior
from Sugarbottom, IA, USA
Date Reviewed: June 21, 2010
Strengths: This frame is tough and has the best geometry I've Ever ridden!
Weaknesses: Stock components are low grade; just enough to get you going so you can upgrade as you brake 'em!
You can't beat this frame for ruggedness and geometry.
For the "never know what the next day holds" riding I like, this is your beast. It takes a downtown fountain plaza and staircase just as well as a dirt single track around a corner, down a ravine, through a creek and up the other side. As you break the stock components, upgrade to exactly what you want and don't fret because you didn't buy the Mullet that costs twice as much for marginal upgrades.
Bottom line: with the "Gary Fisher Collection" Trek roll-out this frame looks like it could get rare. Get it while you can.
Similar Products Used: A big GT BMX frame a friend rebuilt with gears!
Bike Setup: OPIE Frame, stock shifters & cogs, tougher chain of unknown brand, Nashbar MTB2 rims, Tektro IO disk brakes, Crank Bro's Egg beaters pedals, and a Bontrager "save-your-nuts" saddle.
a Weekend Warrior
from Kansas City Missouri
Date Reviewed: December 28, 2009
Strengths: Handles great on roots,rocks, and other elements that are on the dirt path(s). Very rugged bike. Took a couple of tumbles with the bike and there are not any noticeable dents or scratches. Fairly easy to jump and do some amount of stunts on. Front suspension very good on taking the brunt of the impact when jumping/stunting. I recommend it.
Weaknesses: Could be a little bit lighter frame. The hybrid tires are nice for just your average ride, but when the rain falls and your on the trail that is more technical, its definitely worth it to have some true mountain bike tires.
The Opie is a good mountain bike to have esp if your starting off your mountain biking career. I have had nothing but the best experience with the Opie. When purchasing the bike, not only did i get a great deal on the Opie, but at the location where i purchased the bike, a life time service and repair warranty was given at Walts Bike and fitness. That has definitely made this bike well worth it.
a Weekend Warrior
from Austin, TX, USA
Date Reviewed: March 23, 2009
Strengths: 1)Ruggedized frame.
2)Matte Black unmarked paint job.
3)Cheap bike for upgrading.
4)Stock crank doesn't make a clicking sound in neutral.
5)Tool-less quick release wheels and seat height adjuster.
Weaknesses: 1)Heavy frame
2)Gear slips in 2/8th gear
3)Crank makes a grinding sound after heavy use.
I've had this bike for over three years and had no major componet failures.
The bike is a little heavy if your like me and drag your bike up the side of cliffs, or constantly clibing over barbwire fences.
Other then the extreme abuse this bike has indured, (it's been thrown down 10-15' drops, hit by a car, draged under muddy water, and left out side constantly) I'd give it a 9 out of 10 rating. It works best if you swap out the stock shifters for grip-shifters. The plastic pedals are fine also if you have a problem with pedals hitting you in the shins or back of the legs.
Bike Setup: *2008* STOCK, except rear derailleur hanger(because it bent), and chain(because a sprocket broke).
a Weekend Warrior
from Kansas City, Mo
Date Reviewed: December 19, 2008
Strengths: Haldling. Climbing ability. Great bang for your buck.
Weaknesses: Clunky transmission. Just a little dirt in the components and the bike will miss shifts.
I'm new to the sport so take my comments with a grain of salt. I bought mine used off of craigs list for $180.00. It was pretty beat up but after an $80.00 tune up and rim truing it worked very well. Mine came with after market rims and tires that kept me glued to the trail even in the loose sand of the Arizona desert. I've really enjoyed this bike. My wife rides a Wahoo and it feels a bit heavy compared to my Opie. All in all this bike has worked great for me. My skill level is starting to go up so I'll probably upgrade to a Cobia but for the money the Opie is a great entry level bike.
Strengths: nice bike to ride i used my friends for a day or to when i went to do some freeriding but he has totaly changed components nice to ride though. took everything ithrew at it.
Weaknesses: cant think of any atm
good bikeit was reallyfun to ride im looking at getting one but i dont know whether to just get the mullet which hasd the same frame but the componenets are twice as good but its twice the price so i dont know if i should get this bike and get some marzocchi forks new rims and a new crank and disc brake but atm i would recommend thisbike. and my friends had his for 5 years but for a year of it hes used his 2000 pound marin downill bike. ITS GOT A GREAT FRAME
I inherited this frame a while ago from my upstairs neighbor. The Opie frame was almost identical to the Mullet as a slope-style HT, but came with less features. The one lucky thing was that it came with a Raceface Prodigy crankset, which I left on. Everything else I scrapped and replaced. After 6 m ... Read More »
Hey i have a 2005 Opie, Im 6'4'' 260 looking to replace worn out parts, i was a huge rider till i got my license lol im 22 iv had the bike since new. The only upgrades are a heavy duty bontrager crank and arms in 2005, and kona metal pedals. Im looking to replace the rear derailer, rear gears, wheel ... Read More »
I remember being 15 and saving and buying a good mt bike cause i was 5'10'' 200lbs and breaking cheep bikes so i bought a red Opie and about a month later i stripped the crank, so I bought a Bontrager heavy duty crank set and pedal arms, then another month went by and broke the plastic pedals so i b ... Read More »