Strengths: Rediculous travel - a true 2000's pig of a bike ... will take anything and carry enough momentum to roll you through any challenge
Weaknesses: H-E-A-V-Y to todays standard but on par with the 2002 era
Great ride with endless travel. Will take most any drop and downhill course. I bought the bike because I always wanted one and could not afford it when I was young... I would strongly recomend this as a throw back bike to ride a few times a year !
Similar Products Used: Santa Cruz Super 8, Brodie 8-Ball, Devinci Ollie
Bike Setup: Stratos S8, Armageddon Frame, Trail Pimps, Azoniz Galore
from Issaquah, WA, USA
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2009
Strengths: This is the craziest bike ever. unbelievable suspension, soaks up rock gardens, motocross size whoops, and whatever jump you point it at without blinking an eye. Looks badass to.
Weaknesses: It weighs as much as an anvil, or a ton of bricks, building, car, you get the idea. ITS A FREAKIN TANK!
This bike is crazy. It takes whatever drop, jump, rock garden, downhill situation i throw at it, chews it up, spits it out, then looks down the trail for the next victim. The suspension is amazing, it builds tons of confidence and is awesome while hammering through the whoops at mach 1. It is also tons of fun, cause its like riding a lazyboy. The 11inches of travel makes for a really difficult time pedaling though. I raced it at Mnt. Hood last summer, and small section of the course was flat with an uphill ladder, and this probably took at least 10-15 seconds off my time, because this bike isnt meant to go up hill. At all. Under any circumstances. If you race on courses that are super gnarly, bomb the whole way down rock gardens, there isn't a better bike on the planet to ride. Its also a blast on freeride stuff as well.
Strengths: Lots of butter smooth travel, tons of adjustments (ride height, headangle, bottom-bracket height), stong as hell
Weaknesses: no replaceable dropouts, standard rear quick reliese (not 150mm),
This is actually my 3rd Army I've owned and I currently have 2. One is set up for full on DH (bashing rockgardens) and Big drops and pretty heavy on the 55 lbs side. The other is set up more DH race style weighing in at a rather light 41 lbs as listed on my bike setup list. The bike handles like a dream and can get through all that it approaches from techy tight stuff to more aggresive DH rockgarden/drop type stuff. It really gave me a lot of confidence to do the BIG stuff that most riders only dream about. To all the Haters out there ripping apart Yon and Karpiel, get over yourself. That said "This Bike Rocks/ Long Live Karpiel"
This is a follow up review from the last one based on more experience. 2 Thumbs way up, handles as a dual purpose bike from DH to FR, Thrashing courses (brundige) to big drops and technical stuff like Tamarack. It is built to take abuse and laugh at it, this is a must buy frame if you are looking to ride and want 1 bike to do it. (as long as it's not x/c.)
Strengths: Incredible, absolutely hammers out the worst terrain and overcomes alot of rider flaws in it's travel and geometry. A little tricky to set up at first but after that it's all common. Drops big hucks and sticks landings as well as rides the toughest DH courses beatifull. Makes rock gardens seem like pebbles.
This is a do it all bike, I looked for a frame sturdy enough for me to ride urban fr and typical fr as well as huck and race. This design and frame is the one.
Bike Setup: stratos S-8 fork, sun double wide rims (24in. rear), hayes 8in, fox r/c vanilla rear shock.
Date Reviewed: May 4, 2005
Strengths: EVERYTHING!!! THIS BIKE IS BOMB PROOF, This bike seems to be un breakable, it pedals almost aswell as my hardtail and feels tight enough to get through the smallest switchbacks on and DH traks but still has the power to do drops well in excess of what ive tried doing on it, The biggest ive done on it is 21 foot and it didnt flinch, i managed a drop of about 10 foot to flat tarmac landing and the travel just soaked it up!
This is the greatest frame ever manufactured, The high price tag is nothing when you think about the quality and how many frames this one will out live. This is a Hardcore riders must own bit of kit!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Bike Setup: Shiver DC, 8" hayes rear disc,8" hope front disc, MRP, AZONIC 454, Hope big un on Double wide (f+R), Xt mech, Dx pedals e.t.c
from London England
Date Reviewed: May 30, 2004
Strengths: rock solid, very plush, handle like a dream, great hucking machine,
Weaknesses: You must be on drug this bike you can`t fault.
What can I write about this bike? I had Kona,Specialized.Intense M1,Azonic,Santa cruz each one had be good in one respect, but this is the best taking big huck,rocky terrians,road gaps, urban riding. I could say what you what to read, in order to make your decision but unfortunity there a price to pay. If you what the best then you have to pay the price or if your lucky your sponsors will pay. Ride hard to be successful there are no room for mistake.
This bike flat out destroys anything in its path, yeah it's expensive but if you want the best ever made you have to pay for it. This bike takes ten foot flat drops to concrete like its nothing, goes through boulder fields like a cloud and begs for more at every turn. I can race it in the morning and my 12 year old brother can race it in the afternoon with just a few simple adjustments. This bike is truly unbelievable and i will never ride anything else.
Strengths: All the minute adjustments, solid construction, easy to replace cartridge bearings,detailing
Weaknesses: Shock options. Not all shocks will fit. Some shocks that do limit the adjustments. As far as the ride goes its flawless
Bottom line is im impressed! I came off a foes dhs tube and i had figured nothing was going to top it. I didnt expect all that i have recieved from this frame. What a surprise. The numerous adjustments are incredible but leave me frustrated as id like to try all the positions. Paid alot of money for this frame but cant say i regret it.
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