Weaknesses: The non-replacable derailleur hanger is a little sketchy for serious north-shore riding...
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.
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
from Camden, ME
Date Reviewed: September 23, 2001
Strengths: Burly, beefy, strong cromo rear
Weaknesses: chain rubs on chainstay in granny gear
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
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.
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
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.
I've got 3 heads that all work, but my two remaining batteries are toast. Have 3 chargers as well.
Night riding has lost it's novelty for me but I'd hate to see these once top of the line lights collect dust. Is there a market for this stuff? e-bay?Read More »
I've got a box full of old old old NiteRider lights and batteries. They would wear out & I would just buy a new system. *sigh* Those were the days. I know I can take the batteries to a recycling center (or if you have a better idea, that's great), but is there anything useful I can do with the head ... Read More »
I noticed that whenever I have my handlebar mounted light on, my cat eye wireless computer quits reading. The light is somehow interfering. The light is mounted on my handlebar just to the side of the stem, and the computer is mounted on the stem. Anyone else have this problem?Read More »