Iron Horse Yakuza Sohon Bucho Downhill Full Suspension

4.36/5 (25 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Frame - 8" Travel Dual Suspension Single
  • Rear Shock - Manitou Metel RP Coil, 9"X2.75"
  • Fork - RST Rapide Dual, 180mm Travel
  • Handle Bar - Alloy DH, 31.8mm Clamp
  • Stem - Truvativ Hussefelt, 31.8mm Clamp
  • Headset - FSA 1.5 To 1-1/8 Reducer
  • Pedals - Wellgo Alloy Platform


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by andypav a Downhiller from columbus GA

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2011

Strengths:    its INSANLEY durable. no frame flex at all. i have an 08 boxxer race on it and it complements the bike nicely. i have the 5th element progressive in the rear, finely tuned by myself its nice. no its perfect. im 220lbs and theres very little pedal bob. its such an amazing set up and so inexpensive...the company is now called AIRBORNE not ironhorse. they still make the yakuza, they just call it something gay

Weaknesses:    of course its heavy....but its a downhill bike? you get what u pay for. get over it or get some lighter parts. i love it. i race it. its heavy. its heavy blah blah its awesome

Bottom Line:   
this bike is AMAZING for the price. if u cant stand hiking it up hils 3-6 times a day, then u dont need a DH bike and u are spoiled. get over the weight issue and GO SHRED!

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Favorite Trail:   diablo freeride park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   rockshox 08 boxxer race
5th element progressive
azonic everything
sram the rest of it.
nuke proof 550 lbs spring
hayes stroker ace brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yakuzafx40 a Downhiller from ireland

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2009

Strengths:    the bike is very sturdy due to its weight but it remarkably monuverable! thick frame blast trought any thing! responsive if u have the right set up!

Weaknesses:    i have spent lots of money tryin 2 cut the weight of it!
i have mine at about 42-3 lbs


Bottom Line:   
great bike plenty of travel to take ny thing on. fast mover and great feel! if your a downhiller like me and u have sum cash 2 spend on a good frame this is the bike also if ur a freerider strong frame wont let u down!

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Favorite Trail:   anything with a slope ahaha

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1050.00

Purchased At:   sum guy in cork :P

Similar Products Used:   norco aline, lapirre froggy, giant glory, specialized demo 9-8, grossman 520, ironhorse yakuza kumicho type r!

Bike Setup:   ironhorse yakuza frame, Fox 40's(white),fox 5.0,sunline v1 bars,easton vice stem,tomson saddle post,shimano 105 derailer and 9speed cassette,azonic outlawz(white and black spokes)wellego lg1 breaks,ti saddle,suline grips hayesn hfx nine,maxxis tires,and few other bits

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by rockin downhiller a Downhiller from Belmont, CA US

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2008

Strengths:    Bulletproof frame will handle anything you throw at it. I felt very confident on the bike when hitting the trails.

Weaknesses:    Shock is always loose and is a really expensive fix sounds horrible. Frame feels a little small. Derailler sucks. Really heavy

Bottom Line:   
If you ride and are looking for a downhill bike to start on this might be it, but isnt good in the long run. I recomend getting a different bike; there are plenty more out there for the price.

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Favorite Trail:   dead campers

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   pinkbike

Bike Setup:   everything stock exept fork, brakes, derailler, and cassette

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ulysses liquigan a Downhiller from manila

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2008

Strengths:    got the frame from a friend who bought it from japan, Very stiff frame, throw everything at it, and you'll be surprised with the results. can go fast and fly good, hit and jump everything, very nice frame indeed

Weaknesses:    the rider

Bottom Line:   
very nice frame, i believe there's only two in the philippines, they don't know the power of the yakuza but i do.
very nice frame indeed. no questions, and it's better than a sunday.

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Favorite Trail:   Philippine DH Trails

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   friend bought it home from japan

Similar Products Used:   -

Bike Setup:   FOX 40 FORK, FOX DHX 5.0, vision chainguide (LG1 taiwan ver. look-a-like, hussefelt cranks, da bomb wheels, low-rise handlebars, et al.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ethan from CA

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2008

Strengths:    good rear shock and a bullet proof frame

Weaknesses:    about 46 lbs and the front shock wont move more than an inch unless you take it off a building (not adjustable

Bottom Line:   
if your just getting into downhilling this is right bike for you if your a more serious rider i would not reccomend it

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Favorite Trail:   Mathis

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $899.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Downhiller from Flagstaff, A-town

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2008

Strengths:    Just about everything. Back shock is plush as hell. The frame is bulletproof. Good components. Awesome tires. Scores a 9 out of 10 in the badass-ness category. You can almost fly.

Weaknesses:    heavy...not good for going UP by any means. I walk most of the remotely steep hills. The front fork came wayyy too stiff, I got that taken care of and now it is much better. Brakes are kinda crappy.

Bottom Line:   
Oh my holy hell, this is the best bike on the freaking planet. Seriously. Fast as a mother, corners like crazy. Burly as hell. Did I say it is faaasst? Awesome downhill bike for the money, good for beginners I suppose, but even better if you know what you're doing. Ive raced and ridden alot of bikes, and this one probably takes the cake as far as overall awesomeness goes. A quality death machine for sure. All hail the great sohon bucho.

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Favorite Trail:   too many

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stinky dee Lux (awesome), Specialized Demo 9 (also awesome)

Bike Setup:   fatty

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Duvon Thomas a Weekend Warrior from Yokosuka, Japan

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2007

Strengths:    The bike is a thing of beauty. It's suspension allows me to tackle much more than I thought possible. Great price for those like me who arer just entering the downhill scene.

Weaknesses:    After lugging this thing up the side of a few hills and mountians I can say with certainty that it's heavy. If you are a person of slight build, you might want to buy something lighter or find a good friend to carry it up for you.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike. Awesome frame that I look forward to keeping around for a while. One small problem is that riding a bike called Yakuza Sohon Bucho in Japan gets you a lot of laughs.

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Favorite Trail:   Duck Pond (Zushi)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   RSCycle

Similar Products Used:   Kona Big hit, Giant STP

Bike Setup:   Stock until something breaks

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by andre rivera a Downhiller from santa barbara

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2007

Strengths:    frame is solid feels great looks freakin awesome!
can take whatever you throw at it great for drops and racing


Weaknesses:    them damn rst forks but i got rid of them
the manitou metel is kinda sucky but ok
the heaviest bike i've ridden


Bottom Line:   
this bike can take anything
great for starting
best price for the quality
nice components
easily upgradable

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Favorite Trail:   knapps

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   $750

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky

Bike Setup:   drop off triples- stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan a Downhiller from Boston, MA

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2007

Strengths:    Frame is nearly bulletproof, very steady the faster you go. Easily upgradable and it will last me a while.

Weaknesses:    Both front and back shocks are a little slow but work fine for what i do (beginning freeride) and i can always upgrade everything later. The thing is flippin heavy, not really a downside, just a fact.

Bottom Line:   
Its a great value if you can still find it for under 1000$. It's going to last me a very long time because the frame is soooo strong.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   RScycle.com

Similar Products Used:   Intense M3

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Evan Krisiunas a Downhiller from Burlington CT

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2007

Strengths:    great fork and rear shock brakes work well very strong frame will take alot

Weaknesses:    a little heavy but expected my stem seems to be loose no matter how tight the screws are but that could be a defect

Bottom Line:   
Great bike perfect for my experience level cans take drops easily and climbs suprisinly better than expected but im a good climber over all its the shiyte!!

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Favorite Trail:   Nepaug

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $899.00

Purchased At:   rscycle.com

Bike Setup:   Everything stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by stephan graef a Downhiller from cork.ireland

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2007

Strengths:    awesome bike nice frame does da job 4 wat i do

Weaknesses:    rst forks cld b beta other wise gud

Bottom Line:   
very good bike for its money bt becareful buying bikes from usa tax,s catch u out . got da bike for 700euro bt wen postage and taxs added up it cost 1600 euro other den dat sweet bike

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Favorite Trail:   trackton

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   rscycle

Similar Products Used:   big hit . scott octane

Bike Setup:   rst 180ml forks hayes highdros nice sohon bucho frame . and a nice 8inch rear shock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fernie Fernandez a Downhiller from El Paso, Texas, USA

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2007

Strengths:    Everything

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Very fast bike. Great for freeriding, downhill, trails, and streetbiking. Everybody asks where I got it and how much I bought it for cause they don't see too many bikes like Bucho. The fork is really great and so is the rear shock. It is a really great bike for the price.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Randall Scott Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Nothing

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Danny from Reading, PA, US

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2007

Strengths:    this is an updated review @ 3 months. Still a strong frame. still a very capable dependable bike for the price.

also, for the guy under me complaining about IH's service and all that because he can't get the bike, he has no business reviewing the bike. he doesn't even have the bike. people like this lack some great deals of inteligence and because they're frustrated they put bad reviews on the BIKE that they don't even have. get it through your thick head. this is reviewing the BIKE not the COMPANY or the fact that you don't have the bike yet and you want it.


Weaknesses:    sure it's heavy. Mine's at about 46lbs, but for the price its fine and it feels lighter than it is. plus, if you really want you can lighten it up (tubeless, light rims, air shocks, etc). and the RST fork isn't the greatest so i did upgrade it. Marz Super T, check it out:
http://gallery.mtbr.com/showphoto.php/photo/112795/cat/500/ppuser/317850

also, one more thing. the rear coil is a bit soft for me. i weigh right around 160, and it's GREAT for the downhills, but when you start getting into the medium sized drops it bottoms out. so i gotta get a firmer spring, not the end of the world.


Bottom Line:   
sick. sick bike. i love the looks and the feel. very solid at high speeds. solid in the air. it's my baby. i think i'll keep it forever.

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Favorite Trail:   anything that points down.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $899.00

Purchased At:   rsCycle

Similar Products Used:   Rocky Mountain RM7 dh, Yakuza Aniki

Bike Setup:   stock except road saddle, white 185mm Super T, White BMX platforms with replaceable pins.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Rob a Downhiller from Vernon B.C. Canada

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2007

Strengths:    Dont know yet, I've been waiting for this bike for almost 4 months now. BTW the bike was supposed to take 1 to 2 weeks for delivery.

Weaknesses:    I've contcted Iron Horse and they dont give a shat about me or my order! I told them I'm really getting frustrated waiting and they told me to cancel my order anytime!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Another weakness is that they r built on the other side of the world! Why should I buy stuff that is made in China when there is comparable stuff from companys closer to home who actually care about riders?


Bottom Line:   
I am really pi ssed! Average joes mean nothing to this company. Just pray you dont need anything from them. If this is how long it takes (and how rude they have been to me while i've waited)to get a bike Im paying for, imagine how long it would take to get a warranty replacment or something you dont have to pay for! I hope this message inspires people to really look for other companys to purchase your bike from.

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Favorite Trail:   Spanky's

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Iron Horse Factory


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kyle from Canada

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2007

Strengths:    Wicked bike except i have only ridden it for like 20 min so far.

Weaknesses:    Nothing that i have found so far other than the fact that its pretty heavy.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the buck. Easily upgradeable but hey you dont even need to do that the components are already pretty good.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $899.00

Purchased At:   rs cycle

Bike Setup:   this bike.

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