Strengths: Solid construction, uninterrupted seat tube, needle bearings, grease ports, adjustable geometry, 4 bar, canadian made. nice low COG and super stable. great frame to upgrade components on.
Weaknesses: named johnson [you can tell your friends its an ollie... same frame]. Not light by any means, but dont get a DH/FR bike if you're counting grams. Not a fan of the Manitou Metal.
Superb bike. Excellent design engineering and beautiful precision in the build - real Canadian quality here. It's is a heavy duty frame - very solid, beefy frame components - machined - not stamped, larger high grade bolts, etc. This thing can take a beating.
Long wheelbase for a short feeling cockpit, but good front end geometry makes for a stable yet nimble ride. Feels like a much lower centre of gravity than it looks. Back end takes a bit of dialing, but once it is set it is superb - with nice manners in the chowder and on the big hits. 4 bar = very little brake jack, which is nice for a heavy sled like this where you'll be on the binders going into the rough stuff. 7" + 7" is the right setup for the terrain I am riding, but it's nice to be able to have 8" of travel if required - I'm still experimenting with configurations.
You could build it up lighter, but I dont think it would make a good AM / Trail rig [maybe for Clydesdale] the frame is wickedly strong and designed for harder terrain. With that said, you can still bring the seat up [full seat tube remember?] and climb when required, but expect huffing, puffing, and swearing.
All in all, just a brilliant little bike. They make a great platform for building a really nice DH rig for very little money. Same frame as the ollie, but usually found a lot cheaper. In stock configuration they are a great deal, but it's a frame that you could load up with some higher end components and ride for years.
a Weekend Warrior
from Vernon, B.C, Canada
Date Reviewed: May 27, 2010
Strengths: Great build, very strong frame, good welding, 2008 boxxer race - great, great DH bike, no problems with the gearing or brake systems.
This bike is great, i am very hard on my bikes and so far there has been no problems at all, this bike is great for DH and Freeride, i recomend this bike to everyone who likes riding DH and freeride.
Strengths: - Good Frame
- Nice Welding
- Daredevil parts aren't as bad as they say they are.
- Looks good.
- This bike is awesome!
- Variable suspension travel
- Drop off triples are not bad.
Weaknesses: - NONE
Bottom line. This bike DOES NOT compair to my last bike at ALL.
Ive owned this bike for about a month now. Hasent seen alot of action since it is winter..Took it out to the trails today. Performs really well in deep and hardpacked snow. Drop off triples aren't too bad. The bike is a bit heavy but does not feel heavy at all when riding. Rockets downhills and pedals well up them.
I'll give the bike 5/5 for value since it had a 2500.00 pricetag new and i bought it used after 4 months for 925.00 CAD.
Overall rating...4.5/5 just cause the drop off's make it a bit heavy...so lets just say 5/5
Similar Products Used: Oryx 66 spitfire
Bike Setup: Devinci Johnson - Stock
Date Reviewed: June 26, 2008
Strengths: Strong and rigid, Lifetime Warranty, Looks good, rides well. Comes fairly well spec'd,(except for fork). Two travel positions.
Weaknesses: Stock fork, Does not corner as well as I would like.
It's a good Intermediate Freeride/downhill bike, Could handle better. It is very fun to ride. If your looking for something that will take the big hits but still handles fairly well, this is the bike for you.
Bike Setup: Frame set to 180mm travel, Rock Shox Boxxer Team, Truvative Holzfeller Cranks, Syncros DPS32 laced to Ringle demon hubs.
from Saltspring Island
Date Reviewed: July 5, 2007
Strengths: i love the frame,it's strong, good amount of travel, good weight, awesome for freeride but can do downhill too. and it looks good, lots of frames work well but look like something that came out the back of a cow but when you look at it, you can't help but say "damn that guy's got a nice johnson".
Weaknesses: it comes with truvativ Hussefelt cranks, mine came loose, kind of a hassle, but other than that nothing
awesome bike, i love mine, it just takes whatever jumps or drops you take it off and rips it up on the downhill course. if you are a serious freerider then this is a good bike for you, i would suggest getting new forks, drop offs are ok for a while but they don't stay good, my friend used to have some and they started sticking and leaking after a while.
Similar Products Used: it's unique, works like a dream and looks sexy
Bike Setup: DHX 3, Marzocchi Shiver (none of that drop off crap), e-13 guide, Kenda Blue Groove tires
Date Reviewed: October 9, 2006
Strengths: frame compnents exepting the rims
Weaknesses: the shock came with a low spring rate so But before it bottomed out it hit the seat and tore it a bit, and the weld frum the frame to the steer tube has a but of a lip in ot. i thought it was a crak..but other than thats NOTHING
KIK ASS BIKE! i loves it its really plush, fun to ride, good frame good components extremely fun! i reccomend this bike to anyone who loves to have fun!
Similar Products Used: Giant Faith Cannondale Gemini Giant DH Comp
Bike Setup: Stock cept the seat and i cut the bars a few inches sorter, they were to big
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2006
Strengths: Frame is superb, very strong, great attention to detail and excellent frame specs, including 1.5" headtube 83mm BB shell and 150mm x 12mm bolt through rear axle. The horst link gives superb suspension action. And the Manitou metel does a very good job, especially after i had it custom tuned at tftunedshox. I bought this bike and stripped it to fit my own stuff, so cannot comment on the componetry.
Weaknesses: none so far
I've used this bike for downhill, cross country - yes it does go uphill well too. Drops upto 18foot and street. From Scotlands DH tracks, to the French Alps and the Sierra Nevada range in Spain. It takes everything i throw at it in its stride and just begs to be pushed harder. It is a very stable bike when pointed downhill, but is still nimble enough to be thrown around even the tightest singletrack and skinniest shore that I've ridden. Nice frame details like the uninterrupted seatube, massive rear tyre clearance, adjustable travel and wheelbase (for 24" wheels) and replaceble dropouts on both sides. I certainly would get another one of these if i had to choose again.
Similar Products Used: Mountain cycle shockwave, intense m1, specialized demo 8, specialized big hit
Bike Setup: Medium frame '05 frame with stock parts except... marzocchi dc shivers with mojo kit and direct mount stem, race face diablous cranks, e13 drs, saint brakes, hope bulb hubs with mavic 729 rims, easton ea70 bars and seatpost, michelin comp32 and maxxis high roller dual ply 2.5, wellgo b57 pedals
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