How fast do you want to go? How high do you want to jump? These questions are not necessary when you own a Sputnik. Hit that jump, the 7005 double-butted Trumpet tubing can take it! Carve that berm, the adjustable brake mount won't let you down. Hand-crafted goodness at all times, the Sputnik is function and looks combined to make sure you get to the podium first!
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 3, 2011
Strengths: This frame is indestructable the welds are massive the trumpeted tubing adds loads of strength and looks awesome ! the box frame stays can take anything and the droput welds are incredibly strong !!! considering how this frame was build for strength its suprisingly light too.
Weaknesses: Can't fault it at all !
This frame is a bargain well worth its money and 10x more been riding freeride and downhill aswell as xc and am on this frame and its handled everything without a hitch !
EVERYONE SHOULD BUY ONE OF THESE FRAMES!
Similar Products Used: Like a marin b17 but tons better
Bike Setup: sputnik frame 16" magura thor forks, azonic worlf force stem and bars, halo sas front wheel with nukeproof hub and halo combat rear wheel, truvativ hollzfella crank + bb and sram gear setup+drivetrain, hope mono v2 brakes
from Lansing MI
Date Reviewed: March 16, 2007
Strengths: Seems light and strong so far
Weaknesses: the frame takes a 31.4 seatpost... weird size! They are somewhat hard to find for cheap.
Seems pretty good so far. We'll see this spring. My first single speed.
a Weekend Warrior
from Bellingham, WA, US
Date Reviewed: March 9, 2003
Strengths: This frame is literally full of strengths. I can't flex the rear triangle (square seat and chainstays), even without a tire on it. The welding is so beefy and the tubes so huge and gussetted that I can't imagine anything ever happening to it. There are no problems with bottom bracket compatibility unlike what I heard when I was shopping for this frame (I run a 68/73mm Evolve FR 113mm BB w/ Prodigy DH crankset). It's geometry is wonderful for both freeriding (if you want a hardtail for that sort of thing) and XC/uphill. All I have to do is move the seatpost and lockout my fork. The disc brake dropout was made well, and the vertical dropouts on mine are a plus (you can get the frame with either vertical or horizontal dropouts). It is a tad heavy as hardtails go, but the weight is worth the strength. The paintjob looks very nice, but I already managed to chip it once with my chain (before I put on a chainguard). My feet don't ever rub on the front tire. Riding wheelies is easier now. Top tube length is perfect for me. It turns really fast, and is light enough to throw around. And if you can get it at or near the price I paid, it's an incredible deal!
Weaknesses: It is so pretty that I am sometimes afraid to scratch the paintjob. Oh, and they don't cover the bottom bracket shell when painting, so chasing and facing becomes necessary (as if it wasn't already).
If you want something that can go uphill with far less effort than any FS bike suitable for taking any kind of drop (Fuel, Liquid, etc.), then go with this. It has great geometry that enables you to ride both XC and freeride with just one or two adjustments. If you want something to learn to do trials on, this frame would work well, unless you're advanced, I suppose. It is made for dirt jumping and dual slalom, both of which I have yet to try. If it works this well for freeriding and pedaling, then I can't imagine how well it will work for what it was made! If you have any questions, feel free to drop me an e-mail.
Similar Products Used: Ridden my friends Azonic DS1 for a few hours prior to purchasing this (ceteris paribus, I prefer the Sputnik). Used to ride a Trek 9900 for a few years. Ridden a RM Switch a little bit too.
Bike Setup: 16.5" Red Sputnik on XT disc hubs laced (14g) to F219's, wrapped in a 2.5 comp Weirwolf (F) and 2.35 50a Mofo. XT disc brakes, King headset, Race Face Evolve FR bottom bracket. All XT 9 spd Drivetrain (requires 34.9mm front derailleur, Race Face Prodigy DH cranks (2 rings w/ bashguard). Found a 31.4mm Syncros seatpost on www.bikenashbar.com for $35 (best quality post made in 31.4mm). 2002 Marzocchi Z.1 Freeride with 135mm x 0 Syncros stem and a 20mm spacer under it (only until I get a new stem/handlebar setup). Around 27-28 lbs. I hope that gives you an idea...
from Milford,MA, USA
Date Reviewed: March 8, 2003
Strengths: Strongest frame i have ever seen!! It had a great feel and can be used by a beginner or pro
Weaknesses: Nothing...This bike is AMAZING
THIS BIKE WILL STEAL YOUR GIRLFRIEND, KICK YOU IN THE SHIN, GIVE YOU A NOOGY, THROW YOU DOWN A SKI TRACK, THEN RUN YOU OVER...THEN BACKUP OVER YOU AND SPIT HYDROLIC FLUID ON YOUR CHEEK...all in all...BEST HARDTAIL FRAME ON THE MARKET!
Similar Products Used: None, I only have this and a K2 Disco Monkey
Bike Setup: SPUTNIK frame, Hayes hydrolic discs, ALL GOOD CRAP I DONT FEEL LIKE LISTING
a Weekend Warrior
from Santa Cruz, CA
Date Reviewed: December 25, 2002
Strengths: Big trumpeted down/top tubes, gussets all over the place, CNC work on chainstay and seatstay yokes, thick horizontal dropouts
Weaknesses: Odd size seatpost. At 31.4mm only Kalloy and other cheep posts are made for it. R derailleur cable routing is kind of lame. I found myself catching the cable loop with my heel when I ran a low profile set of cranks. Not an issue with wider crank/bb setup I run now though.
Sick ride thus far. I have a more detailed review over in the hardtail section: http://www.mtbreview.com/reviews/Bike_hardtail/product_87022.shtml
Here is my condensed opinion after about a week of riding this rig. It is a great frame. Very stiff. Good slalom and dirt jumping geometry. It is very stable and even confidence inspiring. I find myself just looking for things to jump off. With a 4" fork the frame is a little choppered, but very responsive still. I have been riding mostly urban/trials thus far, but have thrown in a couple of good singletrack rides too. Everything is taken in stride. I would highly recommend.
Since these guys also make the Azonic frames there are striking simillarities. If you take all the stickers off someone will eventually mistake it for one. Main difference is the price. After sizing mine up side by side with an Azonic Evolution I would still take the Da Bomb any day.
Bike Setup: Slalom setup: profile cranks, mrp mini-me with race face bash ring for the outer guide (yes, it is the same diameter as the mini-me), Atom labs wheels/stem, steel crowbars, 4" travel fork w/ thru axle
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: December 16, 2002
Strengths: Nice geometry Fairly beefy Nice welds and nice and strong not gonna break off a 10 footer, perty cheap oh and its DA BOMB
Weaknesses: HELL NO ITS DA BOMB
This bike is the shiznit for freeride/jumping/street anything its a nice do it all hardtail and best of all its a hardtail. Not to mention if ya get one of these get a sick paint job(i have the flame job its sick as hell)Bottem line get ur self one of these and ride it into the ground and it aint gonna break. BUY DA BOMB YA WONT BE DISAPOINTED Now GO RIDE.
Similar Products Used: Kona muni mula that i broke(peice o crap)
Bike Setup: Z3 QR20s, avid disc,d521s,kooka freeride cranks,race face bb,xt derailer, funn stem and stuff
from Flagstaff AZ
Date Reviewed: November 25, 2002
Strengths: Well, it was pretty cheap, and it sure as @#%# is industructable, though I seem to have bent the drive side horizontal Dropout. (very bad fall from 4 ft wall) The geometry, while strange at first, is bad ass in the long run. I love this thing. Great Cheap Trials Frame.
Weaknesses: Weird Seatpost size.
Real nice geometry. I am 6-2 and 190, and I love the 14 inch that I ride. (the thing is really more like a 12 inch) The top tube is real nice and long, and the thing jumps like no bike I have ever been on. Landings are so solid, makes you very confitant. I am more confident on this bike than on my frieds Stab for anything but stairs.
I recomend this bike to anyone. I am thinking about getting another (bigger) for freeride/xc
Similar Products Used: hmmmm, a freinds 6 and 6 Kona Stab
Bike Setup: Maxis Mofo Down hill tires, 100mm Z-3 (odd for trials, but I like it) Strongarm Cranks, hand made bashring, welded rhynolytes with straight gauge spokes (bombproof)
from burlington, vermont
Date Reviewed: June 29, 2002
Strengths: Very strong and beefy frame for the price. The bike is good for many types of riding. Great Value.
Weaknesses: The paint scrathes easily, but is not a big deal
this bike can do it all. one of the best hard tails i have every seen for the money. I have used mine hard for over 3 months and have had no problems. the horizontal dropouts are also very strong. great frame.
Strengths: strong trumpeted frame, cheap and the same qualities as a $1000 frame.
i took this bike up to a local state park and was jumping cliffs, stairs , and small waterfalls. and flatbottomed on a 30 ft kicker at my house and was sent to the hospital for minor injurys. when i got out i wnt home and hopped on the bike and was riding it again. GOOD BIKE . GET ONE!
Similar Products Used: Da Bomb XLR 8R, 24 seven Dark Angel V 0.2
Bike Setup: Psylo SL, d321 on hope biguns, C2's, MRP and 24 seven cranks and DMR V12's
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: May 23, 2002
Strengths: This frame is beautifully made it has great welds and is super strong and stiff.
Weaknesses: Odd sized parts required to build up a full bike. Other than that it's DA BOMB.
This bike is a great all around bike if you want to use it as that. I didn't like the fact that it uses a weird sized seat post and bb, but other than that it is bad@ss. I would compare this frame to my Kink revision b BMX frame. It really feels just as solid. When you finish building this beauty you will want to jump it so have fun and its f#$@ing cheap too. Made by the same company that makes Azonic ds1 frame.
Holy Crap! I can't believe they put the most boring colour paint job on this site. These guys have the some of the sickest looking paintjobs in the business. Hand done. Don't believe me? Check my site http://www.geocities.com/limmykev/Others.html I have several photos there of some of their fancier paint jobs. The plain colours tend to be powder coated with a really thick lustre about them. The Tiger job looks heaps better than Planet X's lame attempt. They have a nice camo and this sick looking Flame colour job that a guy from Da Bomb mailed me (by the way people these bikes are Da Bomb bikes, distributed by Bombshell in the USA). While looks aren't everything, there is definately some pysche factor in have the sickest looking bike at the top of a run. Go Hard! Check their site www.dabombbike.com
Any experience on here with this bike, or Da Bomb in general? I currently have an Azonic DS-1 frame, so this frame would be a definate upgrade for me, and give me the ability to do disks. Thanks in advance.Read More »
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