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DMR Sidekick Frameset

4.75/5 (24 Reviews)
MSRP : $250.00


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DMR Sidekick


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lovedaride a Downhiller from Victoria, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2009

Strengths:    Very strong, Awesome Geometry, Tons of tire clearance on newer models (like mine). Integrated Headset so wont get ripped off paying extra 20 bucks to get headset cups for sealed bearing headsets. Awesome deal for quality and super light for a chro-mo

Weaknesses:    dents pretty easy, mine tipped over while building and put small dent in it... :.( , maybe chain stay a bit long but im riding 24"s so like that for everything. Try the Transition 24" if you plan on 24"s aswell. Extras kinda rare too

Bottom Line:   
Awesome frame. Super sweet for Dirt Jumping and urban street etc... sure more pricy frames out there but mine is rare here and rides amazing so not even comparable to RM Flow DJ or SC Jackal.

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Favorite Trail:   Secret DJs

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   Martys Mountain Cycl

Similar Products Used:   Norco 1 hun 4hun 125 250, almost all djs.

Bike Setup:   White SideKick, Rockshox Pike, Juicy 7 and s-types

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rip a Downhiller from Annandale, NJ, USA

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2009

Strengths:    Snappy, yet very confident response when cornering.
Very tough frame, in the 2 years that I have owned this frame, it's seen just about everything.
Very controllable in the air, the whole time I have used this bike, unless I was doing something really stupid for the moment, it felt like I was in complete control of the bike.
The geometry of the bike is good.
Good frame for the price.
Frame weight is good considering it's a 4130 tubed frame.


Weaknesses:    Only real weakness I have found with the frame is the paint. It's not exactly the toughest of paint, wound up repainting it this past August.

Bottom Line:   
Overall, I am very pleased with the DMR sidekick. Got a lot of miles on the bike and will be building up another sidekick in the spring that will be geared and used for racing purposes. When to hit some switchbacks with it when I originally built the bike up and when cornering in a berm, nearly fell off due to the quick steering that the sidekick has with 100mm of travel. Actually was a pleasant surprise. If you are looking for a bike that can be raced on a 4x or Dual Slalom Course, yet very capable dirt jumping this is a definitely a bike to consider. For cross country you are barking up the wrong tree with this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Cushetunk Trail at Round Valley

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Bikeking

Similar Products Used:   Giant STP, Kona Stuff, Kona Cowan, Cannondale Chase.

Bike Setup:   DMR Sidekick, 2005 NOS Manitou Black set at 100mm, Chris King nothreadset in the blue. Thomson seatpsot, wtb laser v saddle, Gravity Light OS Stem 50mmx 0 degree rise. Truvativ Hussefelt DH riser Bars, ODI Rogue Lock Ons, Avid Juicy Sevens. Dun MTX rim laced to an XT disc hub up front, Mavic XM517 rim laced to an XT disc hub on the back, singlespeed. Saint crankset 170mm arms, 32x14 gearing, E13 32 special bash ring in Trans Blue. 26x2.2 Continental Mountain Kings.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tbowdle a Downhiller from park city ut

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2008

Strengths:    very light and stiff frame

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
this bike is smooth in the transtion and very solid

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   qbp

Similar Products Used:   azoinc stealhead

Bike Setup:   sidekick with dt swiss fr2350 wheels with the maxxis holly roller 26x2.4 tires, dj 1 dmr single speed kit, fsa gravity 4130 crankset

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jim a Weekend Warrior from massachusetts, new england

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2008

Strengths:    wicked stiff and a ball to dirt jump or huck

Weaknesses:    wicked stiff if your a trail rider youll feel every bump

Bottom Line:   
really solid bike give props to the seat frame which mimics the old GT performers yee haa sweet bike for the smooth dirt or big drops prob steer away from for all around riding including good amount of miles but its a sweet ride great value to i havent yet dropped seriouse deniro for a hardtail but F*** spendin 600+ dollars on a hardtail frame

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Favorite Trail:   Kyber pass, whistler

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   B+

Similar Products Used:   santa cruz chameleon, small specialized stumpjumper,

Bike Setup:   26" 8 speed evil chainguide truvative crank FSA bars shorty stem avid & shimano cable discs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Worth from Lr Sackville,Nova Scotia, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2004

Strengths:    Tight looks.
Sweet Geo
26/24 Brake Bosses
Very nice for the price
Light (for a steel frame)
Double Butted 4130 Cromoly


Weaknesses:    Long Chainstays.


Bottom Line:   
BOMB BIKE..
I love her..
thats the Bottom line..

Buy it if you are a smooth rider and love the urban/DJ scene

get the Trailstar or the Trailstar LT if you are more into the XC type of riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Concrete

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   my LBS

Bike Setup:   Smack Daddy Crankset.
Rear 24" trailpimp
front 26" Ryno lite
Cheapy Rigid fork (for now)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick a Weekend Warrior from Surrey, UK

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2004

Strengths:    Strong, looks ace, rides ace.

Weaknesses:    Rear tyre clearence

Bottom Line:   
This frame would be perfect if it wasnt for the limited rear tyre clearence. Tried putting on a Tioga factory DH 2.1 which didnt fit. I now run DMR Moto RT tyres as these fit nicely

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $209.00

Purchased At:   chainreactioncycles.com

Similar Products Used:   Cardhore jump bike

Bike Setup:   Sidekick frame, DJ3's, halo rims, FSA cranks with DMR saturn chainring. Rear magura julie disk brake

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam Cain a Racer from Leighton

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2003

Strengths:    Spot-on geometry, loads of extras i.e. ISCGM, APS system. Mentally strong and looks the poodles plumbs!!!

Weaknesses:    None, wicked

Bottom Line:   
One fablious frame, none like it, proper bo!

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Favorite Trail:   Horton Hill

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $575.00

Purchased At:   Chaineys Cycles

Similar Products Used:   nothing compares

Bike Setup:   DJ!'s Gusset pigmy, hope bulbs on sun double tracks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SkiD a Downhiller from montreal

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2003

Strengths:    geometry, the fact that its english, a full line of components by dmr to which you can mate the frame, its stiff, cromo, looks wicked, and around here its rare. i love the way it rides, its very huckable, great stickers, and horizontal dropouts.

Weaknesses:    only one size

Bottom Line:   
this bike is a beautiful and rare bike. the only downsides are that dmr parts arent too readily available in montreal, so i gotta really look hard for parts.if you are considering it or have the means, get one, and ride it fast, high and hard. thats what its made for!

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Favorite Trail:   the street

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $336.00

Purchased At:   some dumb stoner

Similar Products Used:   azonic ds-1. anyone notice you cant make new topics for review? like rare frames and hubs, etc? i cant find .243 frames or parts here, and much more stuff like that!. the options suck. not everyone is either a dher or xcer. freeride!!

Bike Setup:   kona rigid fork, (soon to be a dmr fork)
raceface cranks and bb (both ns)
hti/dx/wellgo/kona pedals( i switch periodically)
raceface headset, underworld stem, specialized bar, profile brace, nokian 3.0 front tire, irc tube, 521/xt front wheel, rhynolite/xt rear wheel ( looking for dmr revolver rear hub, if you have one contact me)
titec post, sdg seat (if you have a dmr seat, email me)
deore rear breake, will be a maggie soon , , tioga rear tire, will soon switch to whatever i can fit in a.s.a.p.
full rigid singlespeed and rear brake only. the way a dmr should be ridden

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pete a Downhiller from shropshire, england

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2003

Strengths:    Geometry is spot on for trails and blasting about in the woods. Its light and flickable and the steel frame give a really nice ride feel.

Weaknesses:    Limeted tyre clearance on the early models

Bottom Line:   
This frame is wicked, its taken well over 3 years of punishment and still comes back for more. I streched the headtube about two years ago but shimmed it and its been fine since. These frames just keep going and going. Oh yea and if it snaps you can get it welded cos its steel.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Kona roast, saracen x-ile (custom build), Burner, Trek bruiser.

Bike Setup:   Z3 flylight 100's, hope xc on 521 front and lx on 521 rear wheels,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt Evans a Weekend Warrior from Highburton, Huddersfield, England

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2002

Strengths:    Very rigid rear end, ideal for pulling up and doesnt flex with the maguras like ive found with other frames. Strong as hell and the bottom bracket is nice and high so obstacles are easy to get over.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
Superb budget all rounder for both trials and dirt jumping. Definately worth every penny!

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Favorite Trail:   Street trials in Bude, Cornwall

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $210.00

Purchased At:   Chainreaction

Similar Products Used:   Azonic ds1, Giant martyn hawyes, identiti dr jeckyll.

Bike Setup:   Trials- Magura hs33's, Middleburn rs7's, Fatty forks, Sunn Ryhno rims, IRC kujos, Azonic double wides, FSA orbit XL2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by erik a Weekend Warrior from Stockholm

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2002

Strengths:    4130 - strong, tolerant, weldable.
Great geometry.
Much bike for a low price.


Weaknesses:    The paint won't stand up for very much abuse.
It's so cool you just can't leave it alone for more than 24 hrs or until the latest bruises healed enough.


Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike if you're into street and playaround and want to be able to try out different riding styles with the same bike. Set it up for trials, dirt or urban attack. Or XC, if you are really short. :)

It really lifted my riding enormously already within the first days on this bike. Plus, the steel frame gives confidence - it won't break and if it does it probably can be fixed decently.

I have had it since this spring and have constantly a little pain or bruise somewhere, as I just have to ride it every free moment I can find. And it tricks me into doing stuff I never mastered before, thus the pain...

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Azonic DS1 - also a great urban bike but cannot match the DMR for trials as it needs a longer fork.

Bike Setup:   Street-trials setup: Marzocchi Z2 80mm (no ECC :(), 105 rear mech+cogs, Deore disc front, Avid SD3 rear (come to me, HS33...), Torque bar (well worth the money - awesome!), Deore shifters, LX front mech (it's a long way downtown), Nokian Fat Hakka+D521+XT rear wheel, Conti twister+X221+Ritchey/Specialized front wheel, Specialized StrongArm S-works cranks, DMR bashring+pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by george a Racer from somerset, england

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2002

Strengths:    really strong and wicked geomatry

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
a nice frame for dual/jump but my M1 is a hell of a lot better for DH

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Favorite Trail:   ham hill

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   ralph colmans cycles

Similar Products Used:   intense m1?

Bike Setup:   Dmr sidekick frame
XTR groupset
hope m4's
mavic 321's on big'un hubs
marzocchi shiver sc's
Chiefton Cranks
azonic finishing kit

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Scott Harmer a Weekend Warrior from England

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2002

Strengths:    it is made from 4130 steel so its strong as hell!

Weaknesses:    NONE!!!!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
strongest frame i have had and it isnt that expensive

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Favorite Trail:   Royston trails (jump spot)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $219.00

Purchased At:   chain reaction cycles

Bike Setup:   DMR sidekick, marzocchi dirtjumper2,DMR cheiftain cranks,DMR wingbars,Identiti halos 24/48

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by noble a Racer from mississauga

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2002

Strengths:    EVERYTHING

Weaknesses:    nothing other than the fact u need to buy that adaprtors for the brakes if u dont ride disk on rear

Bottom Line:   
the best frame ive ever had, amazing value for the money! much better than any of my other frames (above)

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Zone

Similar Products Used:   kona roast, kona stab, specalized p3

Bike Setup:   avid disk, magura (rear) double-wide front and rear (24") dmr bmx style cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by soromjo rojomso a Downhiller from sweden

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2002

Strengths:    Strong stiff. 2,6 tire clearence, that means gazzaloddi! nice colours

Weaknesses:    rust if you ride when it's raining.

Bottom Line:   
nice frame

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Favorite Trail:   högalidskyrkan

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   cykelspecialisten

Similar Products Used:   Crescent oden 00 sux alot

Bike Setup:   rims: mavic d321 and planet x 24 inch rear
hubs big'un front and rear
hope c2 brakes
dmr cheiftain cranks
xtr derailleur
roox commander stem
roox torque bar
odi ruffian lock on grips
gazzaloddi 2.6 tires
fsa pig dh headset

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