Weaknesses: not an I.S. rear disc mount,it looks it but you need a rotor 20mm smaller than the caliper. no bottle mounts but I use a camelbak n e way! crap rear shock
I ride the bike everyday and use it for XC,jumping,downhill, and some street when im bored. Rides V nicely and I am very chuffed with it. It is very light compared to my mates bikes and it does everything I want. I dont think it is much of a pure XC bike, its more of a 'bit of everything' bike which i think is better. I have used 3 types of fork on the frame:marzocchi Z.3,fox forx vanilla R and the manitou flick plus, the bike rides better with the larger travel fork so I would recommend a fork with atleast 120mm.
The rear disc mount looks like I.S but its not,you actually need a disc 20mm smaller than your caliper and it will need about 6mm of spacers. To solve both problems I made a plate from 5mm aluminium which gave extra reach for the caliper and you then just need a few shims to center the caliper.
im not sure about the carbon fibre swing arm, it should be fine for XC use which is what the bike is so I cant complain. I dont know if it will snap using it for downhill but I do a bit and it is ok at the moment.
use a lizard skin on the swingarm/chainstay as the last thing you want is the chain chipping your swingarm away!!
Bike Setup: Full 99 lx, front hope 185 closed disc, rst mozo pro 3.5
a Weekend Warrior
from Bedfordshire, UK
Date Reviewed: October 29, 2001
Strengths: lightweight, strong, very good functionally, looks good (apart from paint job)
Weaknesses: paint job a little OTT, CF swingarm aesthetics spoilt by the paint. Top tube length slightly short. Looks like a DH bike despite it's low weight. Crap rear shock.
I get to ride a lot of other peoples bikes at my local MTB club, and lots of people ride my bike.
All I can say is that most people are very impressed with my bike, apart from the weight. First comments on riding it along are usually things like "wow, thats armchair plush!". It's true, I have not ridden another XC full susser as plush as my coyote. Generally people expect it to bob loads because of the plushness, but sitting down spinning, even in the granny ring, there is little bob (you only notice it if you look down at the swingarm, you cant actually feel it). However if you stand on the pedals and stomp like you were on a hardtail, it wallows, and bobs far more than say a Marin design.
Generally I cant fault my bikes function, on my last bike I spent 800 quid on upgrades in 2 years and still wasnt happy with it in the end, Ive had my coyote over 2 years, and I havent changed a single thing on it (although I could do with getting some lighter forks and other bits, as its fairly heavy set up like it is atm).
Handling is fairly neutral, but it just begs to be carved through turns, going along a carpark or deserted road its difficult to resist carving low sweeping turns around drain covers etc. It's the best non DH bike Ive ridden for doing drop offs, I can drop a 2 foot drop onto flat ground and stay in the saddle the whole time, it just soaks everything up.
No bearing problems at all yet, although where the swingarm fits in does tend to fill up with water and add to the weight of the bike, but a quick turn upside down sorts that. One annoying thing is that theres not much saddle height adjustment available, and you will have to cut down any seatpost you buy to a smaller size.
Who should buy this bike:
This bike is perfect for anyone who, like me, likes to do it all on their bike. It makes the perfect lightweight freeride bike, its pretty good for long days in the saddle (although the slight shortness of the top tube does hamper you a little), and in my set up would even be good for a spot of DH racing (obviously nothing too big). I have also done XC racing on it, it was hard work up the hills because of the heavy parts I have on it, but I was usually quite a way up the field.
Anyone who is planning to use their bike for trials, this is NOT the bike for it
Bike Setup: Judy up front, LX/XTR/Bonty/FSA throughout.
Date Reviewed: July 9, 2000
Strengths: Is able to push and pull at the same time
Weaknesses: Isn't able to push, pull, and drag a dog into a lake at the same time.
Olly mentioned the fact that the lack of bottle bosses meant he had to carry everything on his back. He then noted that he got round this problem by buying a camel back. Surely the word 'back' within this product name should hint at the fact that this product is designed to be carried on the back. So, no, you didn't get round this problem by buying a camel back. To get round this problem in a more efficient way you could purchase a camel's back (with the rest of the camel still intact) and make it run along with you. All in all a great product that I am going to give 5 out of 5. However Olly gets 1 out of 5 for his school boy error in the camel department. I thank you.
Similar Products Used: Phillips head screwdrivers of all sizes (exept 5/8ths)
Bike Setup: Stock but without Oliver sitting on it.
a Cross-Country Rider
from Cheltenham, U.K.
Date Reviewed: September 16, 1999
Strengths: Lightweight, Handles like a dream, Looks gr8 m8.
Weaknesses: Too much rebound! No bottle mounts.
The bike continues to be great. A couple of things have struck me since the last review. Firstly, the rear suspension has a tendency to bounce back over ridges, throwing the back of the bike into the air. Maybe its not set up right for me, but its a bit disconcerting. The stock FastTrax SL (who?) shock doesnt have rebound adjustment, which is annoying, but is otherwise good, with a wide ranging compression adjustment.Secondly, the lack of bottle mounts is a little irritating. It means I have to carry everything on my back. However, I got over this by buying a CamelBak. Great stuff.
a Cross-Country Rider
from Cheltenham, U.K.
Date Reviewed: August 20, 1999
Strengths: -Superb single pivot suspension design. -Lock-out shock. -Looks superb.
Weaknesses: -The finish on the swingarm isnt great. -No bottle cage mount. -V-Brake Rub.
This bike handles superbly. Uphill it grips like a demon (partly because of the WTB Velociratpors I had on there) thanks to the superb sus design. Downhill it tends to aim for ludicrous speed. The only major gripes are the lack of a bottle cage, and the reat V-brake tends to catch my leg occasionally.A work of art? Yes. A decent XC bike ? Yes. I love it.