Balfa NR Frameset

4.8/5 (5 Reviews)
Weight : 9.5 lbs

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Balfa NR

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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave H a Weekend Warrior from Hingham, MA

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2003

Strengths:    Cornering / Agility, Weight (7.1lb), Tire clearance (up to 3.0), Durability (Aluminum / Crmo),

Weaknesses:    The non-replacable derailleur hanger is a little sketchy for serious north-shore riding...

Bottom Line:   
The 2Step is an incredibly versatile and adaptable mountain bike. The ultimate jack-of-all-trades, it is usefull for all sorts of riding, XC, DJ, SL, 4X, DH, FR, you name it. The stock 2Step is a bit under-spec'd, mounting a Psylo SL up front. A Marzocchi Z-1 or Manitou Sherman would be a good investment. So the bottom line of the bottom line is, if you want to get an all-round, good, full-suspension mountain bike, forget the Specialized Enduro and the Kona Stinkee, and throw a leg over a Balfa 2Step.

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Favorite Trail:   Where Ever

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Go-Ride.Com

Similar Products Used:   Cove G-Spot FR, Yeti ASX, Ellsworth Joker

Bike Setup:   Romic D Rear Shock, Marzocchi Z-1 Freeride, Blackspire Shore Headset, Woodman Rockster-S Stem, Easton EA70 Monkeybar, Easton EA50 Seatpost, Tioga Multi-Control Saddle, MRP Bones Crankset, Profile Racing Gas-Pedals, Shimano 105 Chain / Cassette, Deore LX Shifter / Rear Derailleur, Magura Louise Freeride Disc Brakes, Tioga Factory DH Rims linked to Hadley Disc Hubs, 2.5" Maxxis Mobsters F/R.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by chris decoliss a Downhiller from magog

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2002

Strengths:    the swing arm is in cromoly (dont know the word in english)so it you bend it you can bend it back. This bike is by far the PHLUSHEST thing out there and it looks way cooler then any bike.

Weaknesses:    Wayyy too heavy, you cant go uphill, if youve never seen this bike it has 2 chains, so theres a Sh!t load of moving parts, theres always something going wrong. arghhhh!!!!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
If you want the plushest ride ever, buy this bike and then pay a mechanic full time. Well for 1998 the bike was pretty good but now mountain bike has moved on.

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Favorite Trail:   something gnarly and quick

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   some guy

Similar Products Used:   bighit dh, super 8, m-1, bb7

Bike Setup:   its never setup, its always broken

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michel Beaupré a Downhiller from Montréal

Date Reviewed: December 18, 2001

Strengths:    Everything. The jackshaft works incredibly well

Weaknesses:    A bit on the heavy side but not enough to slow me down.

Bottom Line:   
This is the best bike I've owned by now. It has the plushiest travel...

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2750.00

Purchased At:   Mont-Vélo

Similar Products Used:   Giant AXT-ONE, Kona Stab Primo

Bike Setup:   Hope Enduros, two DoubleWide 24 inch, Nokian Gazz, Profile Cranks, Azonic pedals, Funn Serial Killa stem and handlebars, Fsa headset, Shiver and so on

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jake H. a Downhiller from Camden, ME

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2001

Strengths:    Burly, beefy, strong cromo rear

Weaknesses:    chain rubs on chainstay in granny gear

Bottom Line:   
This bike is the greatest thing since sliced bread, it is a freeride machine, can handle any drop or stunt you throw at it. this thing blazes down DH trails faster than I ever thought possable Fox Vanilla RC gives it the softest 6 inches of travel out there. if you want the perfect freeride/DH bike buy a 2Step

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Favorite Trail:   all of them

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $875.00

Purchased At:   Downeast bicycles

Similar Products Used:   yeti DH6, Kona Stinky D. Jamis dakar pro

Bike Setup:   Balfa 2Step, XT discs, X-vert super, XT/XTR drivetrain w/ icon DH cranks and blackspire ring, thompson SP and tioga seat.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kim Huard a Racer from Laval, Québec, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2000

Strengths:    Plushest bike I've ever tried
The compression rate is so different than any other bike on the market, you don't need to destroy the wheels to get the complete travel.
Works really quickly in technical stuff and short turns.
Remain stable even on high speed courses.
The wheel base increases on fast large curves and that help for traction.

Weaknesses:    It's a little bit heavy, but for a 110 pounds women, every douwnhill bike is heavy.
The excess material will only help the bike to last longer

Bottom Line:   
This frame requiers a little bit more maintnance than some other DH bikes but, the ride you get on a Balfa New rich is awesome.
The bike helped me a lot to improve my ride, espacially at high speed.
This is a forgiving bike that helps rider to get better.
Every body who wants to improve himself, have fun on every kind of courses will love the Nouveau Riche. They will never been slowed by the bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Bromont world cup 1999

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   sponsorship

Similar Products Used:   Nothing compare to it.

Bike Setup:   Manitou X-Vert carbon, Nokian tires, Dee Max wheels, Hayes brakes, Tomac and Bontrager parts, XTR

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