Azonic DS1 Frameset

4.63/5 (110 Reviews)
MSRP : $359.00


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Azonic DS1


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ti a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2014

Strengths:    Great frame. Stiff as hell as others have commented. Horizontal dropouts. Good looker too.

Weaknesses:    None for its intended purpose.


Bottom Line:   
Love this frame. I ride this thing around town on the paths and sidewalks or take it down to the corner store for a soda. Little practice at the pump track too.

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Favorite Trail:   Sunset West

Duration Product Used:   6 years

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   Cambria Bike Outfitt

Similar Products Used:   Redline Proline 24" BMX

Bike Setup:   I've had this set up as a single speed, a 9 speed and now a 7 speed. I've had suspension and solid forks on it too. Now it's setup with an ATC 6" travel double triple clamp fork,Ringle SlamaJama headset, Hope Big 'Un front hub w 160mm rotor, 26" Atom Lab Trail Pimp wheel, laced with 14g spokes, Intense Zero 2.4" tire, Hope Mono Mini brakes, Hope stem, LP composite DH riser bar, Azonic DH 454 170mm cranks, Azonic BMX bottom bracket, Salsa trials chainguard, 32t front sprocket, Hope Bulb rear hub laced with 14g spokes to a 24" Atom Lab Trail Pimp wheel, Intense Zero 24" x 2.4" tire, Shimano 7sp cassette, Onza trials derailluer, Shimano barcon shifter on Paul thumbie perch. I cut the cantilever brake mounts off the frame because it's running a 24 inch rear wheel now.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by shanleyds1 a Downhiller from Horsham

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2009

Strengths:    very light and stiff nice short wheelbase crome looks the nuts too

Weaknesses:    none found

Bottom Line:   
get one of thease if you want an all rounder with looks to kill can be used for ni on anything, plus it just looks the buisness.

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Favorite Trail:   leith hill

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   got it for a days wo

Similar Products Used:   sidekick (dmr)

Bike Setup:   ds1 kore dsfr speed rims on dmr revolver hubbs hope momo mini back break shimano hydralic front break truavity husselfelt crankset rock shox pike 454 air u turn forks full sram x9 gearing

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gary a Weekend Warrior from warwickshire

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2008

Strengths:    Light,strong

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This has been a great bike for the last 8 years no problems whatever you throw at it.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   john atkins leamington

Similar Products Used:   giant, felt, gt

Bike Setup:   97 judy dh, xt v brakes,mavic 517,xt hubs,shifters, fsa cranks. New set up, rock shok revelation 130mm, bontranger racelite, magura disc brakes,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gary a Weekend Warrior from warwickshire

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2008

Strengths:    Light,strong

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This has been a great bike for the last 8 years no problems whatever you throw at it.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   john atkins leamington

Similar Products Used:   giant, felt, gt

Bike Setup:   97 judy dh, xt v brakes,mavic 517,xt hubs,shifters, fsa cranks. New set up, rock shok revelation 130mm, bontranger racelite, magura disc brakes,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jason smith from england

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2007

Strengths:    verry light comfotable bike

Weaknesses:    none found

Bottom Line:   
i like this bike because it is verry light and moneverable i went straight from bmx to this bike so its a bit of a change but it is a easy bike to ride

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   friend


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by james isaacs a Downhiller from dorset

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2006

Strengths:    this is one sturdy frame, its taken alot of crap from me and stil rides like a bute.

Weaknesses:    i dont think there is a weekness 4 this frame, its mint.

Bottom Line:   
its one lush frame and for how long iv had it, its bin a great ride.

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Favorite Trail:   canyons

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   bicycle world

Similar Products Used:   azonic skid lid

Bike Setup:   azonic ds1 frame, race face dh crankset, e13 bash guard, dmr conrod stem, race face dh bars, hayes hmx disk breaks, mavic ex 721 rims with reinforced sokes, a lush gel tech seat.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sjoerd Blaauwgeers a Downhiller from Zoetermeer

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2005

Strengths:    Has no problems with anything i throw at it, looks ok, horizontal pads, light.
Allround geometry


Weaknesses:    my weirwolfs 2.5 just fit in the back, there is 0.7mm clearance left at both sides.
If you ride with discs you have to take the caliper of everytime you want your wheel out.
No 24' brake bosses (not that i ride with v's or m33' but if someone does..)


Bottom Line:   
I really abused my slut but i gues she likes it. never failed on me!
Drops of 1.5 feet to flat without grumming, i think she will never leave me.
Started to ride street with her, after that some agressice xc and she is good for moth, next summer i'l take her out to winterberg, germany.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   second hand

Similar Products Used:   Planet x pitbull, specialized bighit 99'.

Bike Setup:   Azonic DS1, mavic 321 rims with point racing hubs, Hayes Hfx9, WTB Weirwols 2.5, Bombshell Wicked Wendy fork, single speed setup.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by brian from berkeley

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2004

Strengths:    Dual Slalom as the name implies, Heavy Duty XC or aggressive XC. Not really a huckster.

Weaknesses:    If you judge it on intended desing it's quite good.

Bottom Line:   
Some one made a comment about it being made in Taiwan and frames made in Taiwan are not designed for people who weigh more than 150lbs.

First of all this is patently false. If some one at a bike shop tells you this, leave the store immediately. If a friend tells you this laugh in their face.

The notion that Taiwanese frames are inferior is that for a long time cheap bikes were made there. But the rear end for your Specialized Enduro, Iron Horse, KHS FXT, GT I drive, all made in Taiwan. Most quality XC frames are made there and are designed for a 180lb rider with 20lbs of gear added.

Scott has frames made in Taiwan!!!

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Chameleon, Rumble


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Colin a Weekend Warrior from Kitchener, Ontario

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2004

Strengths:    Light solid frame. stiff box chain stays, not over built. Great price. Good all round geometry, stable at speed, tight enough for street. Stickers come off real easy(they're not paying me, im not advertising)

Weaknesses:    couldn't fit much larger then a 2.3x26" gazz in the rear, 73mm bb shell would be better then the 68mm for more tire clearance.

Bottom Line:   
Sweet all round frame. Especially the price(although i got a really really good deal, normally 400 USD). I have had no problems with the frame and i am a hack (sorry rhyno lites, too many deore axles, and my poor poor judy). Bike is only 32 lbs and i wasn't trying to save weight. I ride street, downhill, dirt jumps, even a little agressive trail and this frame feels at home in every type of riding. cause im poor it even doubles as my commuter bike. Although they don't make the ds1 anymore the Evolution II is the same geo but stronger. i would recommend this frame.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   bikeroom.com in CDN dollars

Similar Products Used:   2002 ds1, 03 sasquatch, px jackflash and zebbi, morphine

Bike Setup:   2003 ds1 16", 03 Sherman Firefly, MX 22 on Deore, OEM Norco Bar & stem, FSA PIG, 8" quad xt front, 6" twin xt rear, gazzas and arrow launchs, lx rear der. crap drivetrain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nik a Downhiller from portland, or

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2004

Strengths:    inexpensive, hardy, light, nimble geometry

Weaknesses:    stickers, paint quality = yuck

Bottom Line:   
This frame is a great buy. I got the 2003 which is the only one worth it in my opinion because of the vertical drops and box stays. this frame is quick and agile enough to play in skate parks with, and strong enough to take some big ass drops to concrete. Anyone that breaks this should have gotten an Evolution II instead.

You WON'T be disappointed. Every time i get on this bike it feels like it was built just for me. It is a joy to ride.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $260.00

Purchased At:   QBP

Similar Products Used:   Specialized P2

Bike Setup:   2003 LIGHTWEIGHT URBAN = Psylo SL, XTR, King, DeeMax+ Hookworms TUBELESS, Thomson, Raceface, Avid Discs, EVIL bash ...29lbs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rory Danger a Weekend Warrior from Scotland

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2004

Strengths:    Tough light, responsive

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
Good alround bike at a good price, best for hard riding jumping, street etc. Suits a 130mm fork best really chuckable, fun ride.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Similar Products Used:   DMR trialster, zaskar,

Bike Setup:   Z1s, Hope 521s, LX stuff.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by graeme a Downhiller from christchurch

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2004

Strengths:    cool looking, light, good angles rides well

Weaknesses:    only having 4mm thick alloy where the derillar hanger mounts on, this is weak and can bend when derillar hanger bends also there is fine threads cut into this which strip when derillar hanger bends. weak tubeing cracks after a while

Bottom Line:   
I have been riding this this 2nd hand alloy frame for a year it has fatuged as all aluminum alloy frames do sometime. There is a small crack next to the weld on the downtube and head tube gusset there is also a stress mark on the gusset.

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Favorite Trail:   off camber

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   2nd hand

Similar Products Used:   wheeler 990 czx

Bike Setup:   dirt jumper 3, d521s, yd open front brake, dmr handlebars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam a Weekend Warrior from Ann, Arbor Michigan

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2003

Strengths:    Beefy Frame
Amazing at Dirt Jumping
Easy to control
Light enough


Weaknesses:    Horizontal Dropouts
Stickers (not a big deal)


Bottom Line:   
What a great frame. I absolutely love it. I do everything on this bike. Since the bike has a rather long down tube, you peak late on jumps. This alows you to clear those doubles you never thought possible before. When your in the air the bike is soooooooo easy to whip around. You can completely control if you go up or out of both. This bike takes a little getting used to for street riding but its fantasic. All you have to do is get used to the down tube. This frame has gone through all sorts of ab(use) and is holding up just fine. I even take it free riding. It take 7 - 8 footers to flat with no problem. This is the best buy on a frame.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $225.00

Purchased At:   Pricepoint

Similar Products Used:   None that compare

Bike Setup:   Azonic DS-1 frame, manitou x-vert 01, old wore out Giant Rainier Parts

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Skip a Cross Country Rider from Acworth

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2003

Strengths:    Horizontal dropouts make for a great singlespeed, yet capable of running gears also. Light enough for cross country, strong enough to ride urban.

Weaknesses:    Only weakness is that they discontinued the horizontal dropout for 2003. =(

Bottom Line:   
I have only had this bike set up as a singlespeed. It is great for cross country and also for urban rides. The geometry feels great with a 4 or 5 inch fork. I am sure that I will break a bone before I break this frame.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   too many...

Bike Setup:   OEM Trek wheels (Bontrager Corvairs I think), XT Cranks, Thomson post, X-Vert Air fork, and a big fat BMX chain after I broke my second 8 speed chain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kai a Racer from Tiburon

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2003

Strengths:    Incredibly Strong
New Box Chainstays Dont Bend
Manualing Heaven
14.5 Frame Fits Perfectly
Awesome Price On Sale At WheelWorld For Like $70 More And Its 70 Percent Better


Weaknesses:    W-e-a-k-n-e-s-s-e-s?

Is That a Word?


Bottom Line:   
Get It It's Awesome....Dual Dream....Great For Freeride/Urban Too

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Favorite Trail:   Sand HIll Ranch

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Wheel World

Similar Products Used:   My Friends Have A Roast And Jamis Eureka

Bike Setup:   Black Beauty....All Black 14.5 DS1..Psylo Sl's..Xt...Race Face Crank/BB..Azonic Bar/Stem/Pedals..Magura Julie Hydraulic Disks..Rhyno Lites Covered In WTB MotoRaptor 2.4 Rubber......Coming Soon MRP MiniMe ChainGuide

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