DeKerf TeamST Frameset

4.33/5 (12 Reviews)
Weight : 1750 g MSRP : $1250.00


Product Description

The Team ST is the ultimate cross-country weapon. With its one-of-a-kind bonded-in titanium chainstays and pivotless softail suspension unit, the ST provides all-day comfort without the maintenance and power-loss associated with most full-suspension designs. A Reynolds 853 main triangle and our super-precise and stiff wishbone stays give the ST laser-sharp handling and maximum power transfer in a feathery-light package.


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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David a Weekend Warrior from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2004

Strengths:    Beautifully built, very light and agile, handles very well, takes the edge off small bumps, climbs like a goat.

Weaknesses:    Rear end can feel a little sloppy side to side at first.

Bottom Line:   
Incredibly responsive bike. This rig climbs like none other and handles beautifully. I've had no problems with the paint (which looks fantastic, even after four years) or the frame, although I probably don't ride as much as others, and I take my older bike out if conditions are wet/muddy. The TeamSL is a great alternative to a Moots YBB, and is much less frequently seen. The rear triangle is a work of art. It's not going to give you a super-plush ride like a true full suspension, but if you are looking for a light, comfortable cross-country ride, consider the TeamSL.

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Favorite Trail:   409

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Superlight, Fisher Sugar

Bike Setup:   RS Sid; RaceFace cranks, BB, headset, stem, post; XTR rear, brakes; XT front, shifters; King hubs; Speedplay pedals. Copper paint with matching fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jack a Cross Country Rider from Breckenridge, CO

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2004

Strengths:    Rides like a dream!!! Softail takes the edge off but it still rides like a HT. Excellent workmanship. Beautiful welds. Innovative technology. Steel is real!

Weaknesses:    Mine broke :-( but DeKerf took care of everything and it is now better than new. Paint chips.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is awesome! It rides awesome and looks great! It is obviously not a full blown double banger, but it doesn't try to be. It is the perfect compromise between a wimpy and uncomfortable racing hardtail and a short travel full suspension. This things blows the pants off of bikes like the Sugar and Float. I have used it for everything from racing (rode it to 4th in a NCS national) to 7 hour epics and have done a lot of very hard riding on it. It did break at the Bottom Bracket like most, but Chris DeKerf personally fixed it with newly designed parts and it is better than new. This is one frame that I could own forever.

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Favorite Trail:   Jack's Cruel Joke

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   MTBR Classified

Similar Products Used:   Moots YBB. Trek STP. Fisher Sugar. Trek Fuel. Spec. FSR, etc. etc.

Bike Setup:   8 speed XTR, race face Next LP crank, Marzocci X-Fly 80.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Of the Joe yes a Cross Country Rider from London, UK

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2002

Strengths:    Seems pretty strong - it's survived world cup DH courses - and trails that make said world cup DH courses look like a sunday picnic. Worth noting that this might not be the case for everybody - I'm only 10.5 stone.

Pretty light for 853 - lighter than the 853 hardtails that I was previously considering. Makes a very satisfactory XC and endurance race bike.

Rear suspension may not soak everything up, but it takes the edge off, stops you skittering around so much, and leaves you feeling less beat up after an epic ride.

Geometry is confidence inspiring and fits me like a glove. Might not be the same for you of course.


Weaknesses:    Looks sweet, very well put together, work of art.

The paint job is pretty flimsy which is a shame.

The head tube is very short and looks gay.

On big bad terrain you feel like a twat for buying a frame with 1" of travel when you could have had 6.

In XC races you feel like a twat for buying a frame that weighs 4lb when for the same money you could have had one that weighs 3.


Bottom Line:   
Great trail bike. Build it up to do it all. Might put some 100mm Marathons or Floats on to make it a bit more versatile, but apart from that, the only bike I think I'll ever need (tho there's plenty more I want...)

Value rating is in terms of what the frame costs new. In terms of the 400 UK squid I paid for it, 10/10/.

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Favorite Trail:   the one from Avoriaz to Morzene that is sick

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   private sale

Similar Products Used:   OCLV ST and various ti frames briefly, plus lots of ally and steel hardtails over longer periods.

Bike Setup:   18" C-T in bronze, LX/XT drivetrain, Bomber X-Fly 80s, Times, Hope hubs on 317s with Sapim spokes, Hope Minis, RaceFace bar, Titec stem, USE post, Flite sadle (with maple leaf!), tyres depending upon, er, well, conditions...? Oh yeah and ODI lockon grips.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mik fenwick a Cross Country Rider from west yorkshire,england

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2002

Strengths:    rides like the wind
looks like true love
feels like i won


Weaknesses:    dont be silly[it`s a DeKerf!

Bottom Line:   
the finest bike on the planet and if you disagree then you`re wrong!

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Favorite Trail:   dalby forest

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   the fridge,london

Similar Products Used:   generation/team sl/litespeed/moots/merlin

Bike Setup:   judys/xtr/hope/white industries/middleburn/bontrager/ritchie

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chad Johnston a Cross Country Rider from MEEECHAGAN

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2001

Strengths:    The ride is SHWEET!!! I love this bike. The paint chips, but it looks sooo good. The frame has a little bit of flex that makes long rides so smooth. I don't know what is so hard about the suspension adjustment, got some directions and did it - easy as that. If you get a chance - buy this bike, you will love it. Oh - lifetime warranty.


Weaknesses:    paint, but it is painted - not powdercoated.

Bottom Line:   
SHWEET!

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Favorite Trail:   Highland Rec.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Willits Ti, Cannondale

Bike Setup:   SRAM 9.0, XT Front, 9.0 brakes, xt cranks, 8 speed, sram rear cass. marzocchi z2 bam

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ben from Pocatello

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2001

Strengths:    ok, so i sent my bike back in,
the fixer upper is very very nice.
paint problem has been fixed, and i dont anticipate breaking this bike.
this last weekend at fruita was supreme, and no problems. once again my fave bike.
i guess ebay will have to wait...


Bottom Line:   
excellent

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Favorite Trail:   gib jack (still)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by ben from Pocatello ID

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2000

Strengths:    handles well, i agree. very comfortable...

Weaknesses:    a little sloppy tracking through the corners, you can feel the frame twisting when you turn. oh yeah, and it breaks. mine broke right where the ti stay is bonded in, and this is a common problem. just check the f/s reviews. 3 out of 6 folks broke this frame...!!!

Bottom Line:   
ok bike. i will not buy another one. in fact when (and if) i ever get my frame back from them, look for it on ebay...! heh heh.

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Favorite Trail:   gib jack

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   private

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Nick Kraly a Cross Country Rider from Washington, DC USA

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2000

Strengths:    weight, ride, style

Weaknesses:    paint chips very easily, rear shock was unmaintainable, frame cracked at bottom bracket

Bottom Line:   
Great idea, great ride, frame was recalled within 3 months of purchase to inject epoxy to reinforce the bottom bracket weld. 5 months later frame cracked right at the bottom bracket, Dekerf offered to re-weld, not acceptable. Also,I was unable to take the rear shock apart to clean it after hours of frustration and a set of directions that didn't add up. I'm moving on to a less experimental more consistent ride. If you're looking for a bike to frame and hang on the wall I recommend the Dekerf. But if riding is a big part of your life go with something more predictable.

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Favorite Trail:   Gambrill State Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Dean, litespeed

Bike Setup:   Race face, xtr, manitou sx ti, bontrager racelite

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from Alberta

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2000

Strengths:    handling and craftsmanship

Weaknesses:    Ok so my paint is chipping pretty easily to but you forget about that when riding this amazing bike

Bottom Line:   
What an amazing bike. Recent review in bike magazine called it the best handling bike in the world and they are right. Quick, nimble, smooth riding bike that carves a tight line but is still stable at high speeds. Climbs like a dream. Had a chance to ride this bike on the wet, twisty and rooty Vancouver trails where it was born and it never flinched once. The inch or two of travel in the softail smooths things out great and helps tons with the climbing. I ride this bike as hard as I can and it still wants more. Wow. this could very well be the last bike I buy. By the way I bought the 98 frame which had the Ritchey steel stays not the new titanium ones. Apparently the switch to the Ti stays was because of delivery delays from Ritchey and not quality. I've heard a few reports of the Ti stays breaking where they are bonded to the steel but I guess that's a repair issue to take up with Dekerf or your dealer.

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Favorite Trail:   Lake Minnewanka (Banff National Park)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Ritchey, Schwinn Homegrown

Bike Setup:   XT with XTR rear der. and brakes. Syncros stem, Ritchey
complite bar,Thompson Elite seat post,WTB saddle, Judy SL Mavic 517 CD rims, IRC Mythos kevlar tires


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Al a Weekend Warrior from Philadelphia, PA

Date Reviewed: October 15, 1999

Strengths:    
Flawless construction


Weaknesses:    
None


Bottom Line:   
Unbelievable craftsmanship

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Favorite Trail:   
Pennypack Park trail

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Cannondale Super V


Bike Setup:   
DeKerf Team ST and Judy SL
Litespeed with Bomber - SuperFly
Cannondale Super V

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Bill a Cross-Country Rider from Billings, Mt

Date Reviewed: August 18, 1999

Strengths:    


Weaknesses:    


Bottom Line:   
This bike climbs like a mtn goat, corners like a chetah and takes off like a jack rabbit. My only complaint is that the paint on the down tube is chipping. After 5 weeks and 200 some miles I expected more durable paint.This bike is so light and responsive that I have to learn to change my riding style. First time out I bunny hopped a water bar on a turn and cleared the whole trail... face plant...I am making it up climbs that I never even bothered trying before. And easily clearing many of those that often took two or three tries. Nothing is perfect so I would give it a 4.8, if available. Minus .2 for the chipped paint. Rounding off, I guess that would be a 5.

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   


Bike Setup:   

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Sean a Cross-Country Rider from Elko, Nevada

Date Reviewed: March 28, 1999

Strengths:    
The frame handles exceptionably well in all phases of riding.


Weaknesses:    
steel can rust


Bottom Line:   
I couldn't ask for any better ride out of the TeamST. The bike is an exceptional climber and is actually inspiring through tight technical sections. I could rave all day about how great this frame is, but I don't want to sound like i'm just hyping my own bike. The only concern I have about the bike is that it is made out of steel and is therefore susceptable to rust. In any case, I strongly recommend it to anyone who want a great handling bike; just be sure to treat the inside of the frame with frame saver before building it up.

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Favorite Trail:   
Amasa Back

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Specialized M2, Kona King Kikapu


Bike Setup:   
White Bros XC70UL fork, XTRshifters/derailleurs/brakes, King/Mavic517 wheelset, Carumba cranks

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