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DMR Trailstar Frameset

4.72/5 (57 Reviews)
MSRP : $250.00


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DMR Trailstar


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bilbobaggins a Downhiller from Wellington, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2009

Strengths:    Steel! Versatile Geometry.

Weaknesses:    Weight.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome street/commuter machine which is what I mainly use it for. Also goes well on the trails and occasional DJ's. DMR forever! So, so much fun to ride on anything. You'll be tempted to throw your other bikes away. Good price.

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Favorite Trail:   The next one

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Private 2nd Had

Bike Setup:   Manitou Nixon. 8 spd. 7 inch hydro brakes.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben from San Antonio, Texas

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2008

Strengths:    2006 DMR Trailstar with horizontal dropouts. Inexpensive. Super stable geometry for DJ and trail riding: an apparent oxymoron, but the truth. 4130 chromo is strong enough for jumping yet the 14.25" chainstays seem to offer some spring for takeoffs. They certainly help take the sting off of short landings. The riding feel of this frame, with 80mm DJ fork, reminds me of an old favorite XC bike (that's a good thing) but is relaxed enough for confident jumping. And, the standover is much better than any XC bike I've seen.

Weaknesses:    A wee bit heavy and tire clearance is lacking. Fits a 2.2" Maxxis Larsen TT, but barely. I can sometimes hear a little rub when pumping or during a tweaked landing. I weigh 188#. Could use a lower seat tube collar to allow the seat to slam a bit lower.

Bottom Line:   
Spot on geometry for dirt jumping. Just feels right from takeoff to landing. Steel frame inspires confidence that the thing won't let you down. Plus, it is somewhat forgiving on square impacts. Not super easy to manual and standover could be lower. However, with a proper seat and post, you could ride this thing all day on singletrack AND go big on the DJs. That, sir, is rare.

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Favorite Trail:   "my" DJs

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   eBay (lightly used)

Similar Products Used:   '04 Specialized P.2, '04 BigHit Comp, '05 BigHit SPEC, '06 Haro Backtrail X.3 BMX

Bike Setup:   80mm Manitou Gold Label Dirt Jump Series 2 20mm thru axle fork, Avid rear rim brake and lever, Haro bmx grips, 32x16 singlespeed, 26" Singletrack up front, 26" DitchWitch out back on noname hubs, Demolition seat, other parts off a P.2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mike blosser a Racer from New braunfels, Tx, U.S.A

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2007

Strengths:    frame size

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This bike is the best wellrounded bike I have ever owned. I like trail ride, but I also do alot of urban assualt, and north shore style. That wa=hat I like about this bike is that I dont have to have 3 different bikes. I can do it all on this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   modrone, canyon lake, tx

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   bikework new braunfels

Similar Products Used:   KHS Dj200

Bike Setup:   am3 fork, raceface cranks, x7 drivetrain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kyle veal a Downhiller from wausau, wisconsn, U.S.

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2006

Strengths:    this frame is amazing. The fram sings when you tap it with your finger so you know the steel tubing is nice, and the geometry is right on. this fram is a simple frame that works.

Weaknesses:    none, but just to say something, It is 3 pounds heaver than my last frame. (maby thats why all the tube were not round)

Bottom Line:   
buy this frame...becasue it works and it works well(it is also soo simple a monkey could figure it out). It is also tough as nails. plus it looks good.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Quality bicycle products

Bike Setup:   SS the way to go. I got a bmx drive train(crank, chainring,chain, rear cog), and the rest of the bike is freeride stuff

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by joe stalin a Downhiller from uk

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2006

Strengths:    good frame, stong

Weaknesses:    no rear disk mount,(ive got a 92 model)

Bottom Line:   
good all round bike

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Favorite Trail:   clapham woods

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   mate

Similar Products Used:   giant-stp kona-stinky mongoose-ritual

Bike Setup:   halo sas wheels dirtjam forks raceface crank

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Six Foot Jesus a Downhiller from barrie ont

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2005

Strengths:    everything DMR TRAILSTAR LT BOO YA!

Weaknesses:    my old dmr trailstar03 broke by the seat tube and the rear triangle.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. dmr 4 ever.

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Favorite Trail:   mont saint anne

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   norco

Similar Products Used:   nothing!

Bike Setup:   My Ride.
2005 Dmr TrailStar LT
2004 dirtjumper 1 20mm
double wide rear rim w/ formula sealed hub
big mamouth fat rimon axiom 20mm sealed hub
race face evolve dh cranks
race face diabolus stem
chris king headset
connex whipperman chain
sram x7 derailer
sram x9 shifter
sram cassette
michelin mountain xtream tires
dmr dirtjumper seat
dmr v8 peddles
dmr handle bar
hayes nine hydrolic disks
243 bar end caps
ruffian lock on grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark simpson from oxford,UK,the world

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2005

Strengths:    this frame is 1998 and has seen it all FREERIDE,DOWNHILL,DIRT JUMP,STREET,PARK has no disc mounts so is queit old but is the best hardtail ive ever ridden its got a flex crack in the paint from landing short on a dirt jump, bent dropouts,lil rusty, the paint is half gone (being sprayed as we speak
:-D)and seat post seized in but i still love it and it will stay with me til i die it is also resonably light


Weaknesses:    no disk mounts (1998) disks were unheard of
stickers are crap but who cares, not me
too strong


Bottom Line:   
if u need some thing cheap but bombproof then buy this it will last longer than u will and still run strong its great with any components EVEN MONSTER T'S its also great for street,dirt jump and even a BUDGET downhill bike this thing will just keep running and running and running 5/5 \\m//

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Favorite Trail:   local dirt jumps (kiddlington)

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   dads m8

Similar Products Used:   CBR,clubroost,specialized,haro,

Bike Setup:   dmr trailstar in white 1998, halo combat 48 spoke,FSA, and atom aircorp, mono mini, azonix,dmr parts, forks ive ran on it :marzocchi JNR t,marzocchi MONSTER t, Z1 dropoff,phsylos,manitou black super air,manitou X vert E,insync elixer 582,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zach a Racer from Bournemouth, UK

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2005

Strengths:    well i ride track everyday, and so far its been a treat to ride.. well, looksgreat, US BB so can be run with 3pc cranks, and horizontal dropouts for SS(and with the dmr chain tugs you can run gears aswell). the aps brake mounts are a marvel, often change it from 26" to 24". not run a disk but ive heard they're well placed with the horizontal dropouts. rides well with 130mm, just as it rides nice with 110mms, so versitile on the suspension front. can be built up to look great. easy to ride and quite flickable even with 26".

Weaknesses:    some find it a bit on the short side, other dont..
flexs quite a bit.
not the lightest of frames, but then again not the heaviest.


Bottom Line:   
great bike for beginners and advanced riders alike. can be built up in many ways, and feels different with every setup. takes 24s just aswell as it takes 26, so a great frame for the DJer and 4Xer alike.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $190.00

Purchased At:   chain reaction cycles

Similar Products Used:   Le Toy III
Specialized P1
GT Moto


Bike Setup:   2004 trailstar frame
03 DJ3s 130mm
24 bikes stem with easton EA50 bars
Profile cranks
XT hubs on DV Rims 24", or XT on mavic 521 on the rear, 219 on outland hub on the front
single speed setup
Avid Ti V-brake

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Neb a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2005

Strengths:    This is for the Trailstar LT 2004 model
- Geometry; spot on
- Steal; bloody strong and good feelin
- Looks fully sick indeed


Weaknesses:    The paint is a little crappy, but who really gives a toss?

Bottom Line:   
This frame is just too good:

Steal is much more springy than aluminium, and this is particularly noticable when boosting off the lip of a jump; u can realy load the thing up and sort a 'spring' into the air.

The geometry is spot on; super short chainstay length means thight handling but in general, the geometry means u can DJ the thing or ride great distances.

Overall, buy this frame! Its inexpensive and a top performer. Yes, i love it..

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Favorite Trail:   ummm...

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   A shop

Similar Products Used:   - Cruz Cameleon
- Giant STP
- Specialized P2 and P3
etc, etc...


Bike Setup:   DMR Trailstar LT Frame
- Rock Shocks Phylos; not bad, but not real good too
- XT drivetrain; Hollowtech cranks etc
- White Industries hubs (frickin nice hubs; i love em)
- Sun Rhino Light XL rims
- Hayes HFX Carbon discs
- Rock guard
- I used IRC XC tyres for DJ; super grippy, easy rollin. I use Maxxis Mobsters for trailriding.

-> Its set up to be a trailbike and a dirt jumper. Think the frame is heavy? Think again: my bike weighs less than 26 pounds!! Frickin light people!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by david willetts from birmingham

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2005

Strengths:    weight to strength ratio is good. excellent build quality never had a single problem with the frame build quality at all.

Weaknesses:    stickers come off incredibly easy

Bottom Line:   
this is a killer frame set, i know that they have updated it now but shurely that just makes the damn thing better. steel frames rule!!if you can go for horizontal dropouts, they are a bit fidly when removing the wheel but it allows for perfect tension if you are going to go singlespeed.

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Favorite Trail:   ludlow

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Similar Products Used:   coyote dual slalom, azonic ds1

Bike Setup:   dmr trailstar frame, 98 bomber z1bam, hope bulbs on mavic d521cd rims,azonic short stem with doublewall bars, avid archrival50 brakes, shimano xt cranks 40t blackspire sproket with dmr speed guide, xt rear mech with sram 9 sproket and chain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lach elmo a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2004

Strengths:    verry strong, looks sick, light, easy to do well every thing, cheap as, aps, and well what else is there to say it's udescribably awesome.

Weaknesses:    paint bit thin and comes of easly when ajusting deraluers and such like and built for 5"forks



Bottom Line:   
dmr alll the way the guys at dmr are arlike the goods of all bikes and there frames rule supreme. BUY A DMR TRAILSTAR LT. it realy is a trail star

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   250

Similar Products Used:   ds-1, da bomb cherry bomb

Bike Setup:   bombers, race face prodogy dh, dmrchaincage, dice smo 24" back wheel and mx22 26" fronteaston stuff, deore rear, and other stuff oh and can't forget the dice wiplash hydro disc's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ross from Holywood, Scotland

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2004

Strengths:    Good solid jump frame. Lt version allows for wide choice of forks

Weaknesses:    N/A

Bottom Line:   
Great value for money jump frame, but can also be used for other aspects of mountain biking. Better value for money and more worthwhile buying the Lt version. Can withstand hard and regular punishment.

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Favorite Trail:   Whistler - black comb

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   G and G (Dumfries)

Similar Products Used:   Diamondback jumpsport, Orange Airo (plus many crappy Y-frames)

Bike Setup:   Trailstar Lt with -
04 Marzocchi drop offs (ETA)
Front (200mm) and rear (185mm) Hope mono M4's
Alex downhill rims
2.1 front and rear factory tyres
DMR V8 Pedals
Shimano Deore rear mech
Downhill/Dual slalom MRP
Raceface Cranks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick B a Weekend Warrior from Stamford/UK

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2004

Strengths:    The Trailstars the original jump/trail frame thats super strong, looks great and in my opinion is the best hardtail frame thats a al-rounder. The frame can take 24" or 26" wheels, has huge overly built rear drop-outs that look great and best of all is 100% cromo tubing. 4130 cromo always lasts longer than aluminiom frames. excellant geometry

Weaknesses:    Why have cable guides for a front mech when its meant to be a hardcore trail/bsx/4x/street machine??, And the Laquer isnt that hard wearing unlike the rest of the frame.

Bottom Line:   
One hell of a frame. It looks good, is very versitile, very strong and will last a life time. My first trailstar was second hand, i liked it so much i have just ordered a new one in a different colour! now i have two trailsrars!!!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   rutland water cycling center

Similar Products Used:   saracen x-ray, x-ess, cannondale chase, azonic ds-1, Orange msile, kona scrap, DMR side kick

Bike Setup:   Dmr trailstar frame/seat clamp and seat post
Dmr 24 inch Dee Vee rims on Dmr revolver hubs, and Dmr motos
Dmr v12 pedals
Dmr speed guide (when running gears)
Gusset single speed converter/ XT rear mech
Raceface DH 36t chain ring/ DH riser bars/Diabolos stem
FSA pig
Hope mini front(185 rotor)
Shimano hydro deore rear disc (160 rotor)
Marzocchi 04 DJ 3
Koski seat
Truvativ Hussefelt cranks
Sram pc-69 chain

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Price a Weekend Warrior from Halifax

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2004

Strengths:    4130, steel is real. Out of all the DJ or street bikes that I have ridin, this is by far the best.
Adjustable frake bosses for 24" or 26" rear wheel, tough as hell, awsome geometry, and its even quite hard to scratch the paint.


Weaknesses:    It would be a nice change is if on the frames with horizontal drop outs is that if it had a built on der hanger. Otherwise you need the chain tenioners with the built in one which retails in canada for $80.

I don't know about the newer frames, mine is fron 2001, but you can't seem to fit anything larger the a 26X2.1 in the frame, or 24X2.3


Bottom Line:   
Awsome, just simply awsome. I ride it street, dj's, agressive xc, drops, stunts, 18km commute everyday. At a price of $420 canadian new you can't go wrong.

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Favorite Trail:   Whopper

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Used from a friend

Similar Products Used:   Kona - Scrap, Stuff, Roast, Chute.
Norco - 125, 250, ryde, 4hun.
Cannondale - Chase
Balfa - Minite man
Specialized - P1, P2, P3


Bike Setup:   Trailstar, EXR PRO 4", Funn bar+stem, Race Face cranks, 8 speed, xtr der and xtr shifter, rhyno lites, tioga 2.1dh tire, xt v-brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hugh a Weekend Warrior from Australia

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2004

Strengths:    This review is for the 1998 model, with MTB BB and Horizontal drop-outs. I've only had the frame for about 3 months, but it is around 5 years old now.
The guy before is an unreal rider and rode this bike hard, so there are no doubt in my mind that this frame (The older ones anyway, hand made in the UK) is damn tough.
I've used this bike for just about eveything (DH/XC/Street/DJ/drops)and have found it to work well in all situations. Deffinatly a great frame if you want something you can have a dabble in everything with..


Weaknesses:    No derailleur hanger (need a chain-tug one)
Chainstays are a bit long (16.5")
Top-tube is a tad short (22")



Bottom Line:   
I bought the bike complete, but put all the stuff off my old ride on it and sold some stuff, which basically meant I got the frame for free..
The smaller diametre chainstays do a good job of taking the sting out of hard edges and landings. The steep head angle give quick, precise steering.
Umm, It looks downright sexy..
I love it, and I think it'll be with me for a long time to come..

I give it 4.5 flammin' dog turds

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Off a mate

Similar Products Used:   Norco 125/250 5hun morphine etc


Bike Setup:   Dual 24" wheels. Marz DJ3/ or old 4" Z.1
3-pce tubular CrMo Cranks. XT hydro/HMX-1, Single speed, DMR seatpost/seat etc.

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