Karpiel Armageddon Frameset

5/5 (24 Reviews)
Weight : 10.5 lbs<br>(4.77kg)


Product Description

  • Frame Size: Med 22.75" TT Lg. 23.75" TT
  • Head Angle: 65-68 degrees
  • BB Height: 14.5" - 16.5"
  • Brake Mount: Intl. std.
  • Swing Arm: 26"std. (24" custom)
  • Wheel Travel: 9" - 11" (228 - 280mm)


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Shiver a Downhiller

    Date Reviewed: March 4, 2013

    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

    Bottom Line:   
    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 !

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    Favorite Trail:   CBC

    Duration Product Used:   Few months

    Price Paid:    $1200.00

    Purchased At:   The Competitor

    Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Super 8, Brodie 8-Ball, Devinci Ollie

    Bike Setup:   Stratos S8, Armageddon Frame, Trail Pimps, Azoniz Galore

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by ddstuntjump a Downhiller 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!

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Favorite Trail:   A-Line

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $1300.00

    Purchased At:   Off Craigslist

    Similar Products Used:   Nothing like it.

    Bike Setup:   Kowa inverted fork, hayes brakes

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Erick a Downhiller from San Mateo CA

    Date Reviewed: September 24, 2008

    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),

    Bottom Line:   
    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"

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    Favorite Trail:   Juggs, 911, Superbowl

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $6500.00

    Purchased At:   custom build

    Similar Products Used:   to many too list

    Bike Setup:   Fox 40RC, DHX 5.0 coil, Saint cranks, Diablos bars and stem, Hayes brakes, D517 rims, Azonic petals, XT, Maxis & Michelin Comp32

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Glen a Downhiller from San Mateo Ca U.S.A.

    Date Reviewed: July 31, 2007

    Strengths:    11" of travel ! eats up ever thing in my way

    Weaknesses:    none!

    Bottom Line:   
    The bike is stronger than ever thing I have rode, so if you are looking for A super strong frame, the armageddon is for you!!! Downhill & Freeride only! No light wight here!

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    Favorite Trail:   A. line

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1625.00

    Purchased At:   ebay.com

    Similar Products Used:   M-3, V-10, But NOT as strong!

    Bike Setup:   it is an 04,with A fox vanilla DH, king, 888RC, IN Stem, race face Diabolus crank's, 50/50, mrp, sram xo, odi double wide rim's.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Travis Allen a Downhiller from Lewiston, Idaho

    Date Reviewed: August 1, 2006

    Strengths:    Suspension, adjustable geometry, build, parts, look!

    Weaknesses:    None!

    Bottom Line:   
    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.)

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    Favorite Trail:   Tamarack Big G

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $1500.00

    Purchased At:   online

    Similar Products Used:   bullit, rm7, bullit, v-10

    Bike Setup:   Stratos s8 (avy on order), avalanche dhs w/ ti spring, deemax rims/king hubs, king headset, mag brakes, xpedo peddals, rf n. shore cranks, kenda bluegroove/nevegal combo tubeless, pro taper 31.8 bars, thomson x.4 stem thomson post, wtb laer v dh ti saddle, x.9 components, etc...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by codie thomas a Racer from canada

    Date Reviewed: May 28, 2006

    Strengths:    crazy totally insane can huck this bike off anything. i would take this bike off jaw drop.to bad i dont have as big of balls as josh bender. but hell one day.

    Weaknesses:    little on the heavy side but no worries lighter than my last set up 2003 norco aline with monsters

    Bottom Line:   
    killer deal if you got some muscle to man handle this beast.

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    Favorite Trail:   psychosis 7

    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Purchased At:   demo

    Similar Products Used:   Norco team dh, santa cruz v10


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jake Womack a Downhiller from Granite Bay, CA

    Date Reviewed: March 18, 2006

    Strengths:    Lots of front travel(10)and lots of rear(12)! Frame is industructable! And the bike pedals well for alot of travel!

    Weaknesses:    It's 56 pounds!

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike will eat any DH or FR course the world can give it!

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    Favorite Trail:   Auburn DJ's

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $2050.00

    Purchased At:   Mtbr.com/Classifieds

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized P.1

    Bike Setup:   Karpiel Armageddon with Risse Jupiter 5 rear shock, stratos superstar s8, Pro Tapar bars, Tiogo factory Dh tires 2.60 with red walls, and gold hubs!

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Erick a Downhiller from San Mateo, CA ,USA

    Date Reviewed: March 15, 2006

    Strengths:    STRONG AS HELL, Ton of adjustments, 11" of VPP travel

    Weaknesses:    No Longer available to the public. Slow uphill (that's why we have shuttle vehicles, RIGHT?)

    Bottom Line:   
    This is the sickest Big Drop/DH bike PERIOD. Makes you do things you only thought posible in you wildest wet dreams. It doesn't go uphill real well but goes down real fast.

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    Favorite Trail:   Rattlesnake, Dirt Merchant, Auburn

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   used

    Similar Products Used:   Bullit, Stab, FSR, Remek DH

    Bike Setup:   Champ, Jupiter 5R, Azonic, Mavic, Hayes, Maxxis, MRP

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by mark a Downhiller from pacifica

    Date Reviewed: February 26, 2006

    Strengths:    everything

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    this is the sickest bike ever made hand down will huck anything and when you get in shape you can ride anywhere..

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    Favorite Trail:   crack/boyscout

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $3500.00

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   double wide monster t raceface azonic

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Travis Allen a Downhiller from Idaho

    Date Reviewed: February 19, 2006

    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.


    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Favorite Trail:   All

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1500.00

    Similar Products Used:   bullit, rm7, bullit, fsr

    Bike Setup:   deemax/king, protaper, avalanche dhs, stratos s8 (world cup for dh), hope m4's, etc...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Kirk Kaufmann a Downhiller from La Crescenta, Ca

    Date Reviewed: July 21, 2005

    Strengths:    totally bombproof. and the fact that everyone is jealous of it

    Weaknesses:    bearings in one of the pivot points got crushed and fell out.

    Bottom Line:   
    buy this bike

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $2800.00

    Purchased At:   used

    Similar Products Used:   theres nothing similar

    Bike Setup:   stratos S-8 fork, sun double wide rims (24in. rear), hayes 8in, fox r/c vanilla rear shock.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by sam a Downhiller from UK

    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!

    Weaknesses:    NONE,

    Bottom Line:   
    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

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $1800.00

    Purchased At:   used

    Similar Products Used:   Karpiel Disco Volante,

    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

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Crazyfoot a Downhiller 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.

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Favorite Trail:   Coney Hill Possie

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $12000.00

    Purchased At:   ROXY

    Similar Products Used:   Similar to Karpiel Apocalypse.

    Bike Setup:   Fork Avalanche MTN 10, Shock Avalanche DHS,Brakes Hayes HFX, Hubs Hadley DH, Crank Raceface NS isis, B/B Raceface signature, Rims Sun double wide, Saddle SDG Bigboy. Handle bar Azonic DW. Tires Arrow Savage 3.0 Chainguide MRP

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mtbboyz a Downhiller from Boise,ID

    Date Reviewed: March 4, 2004

    Strengths:    Everything!! adjustablity, strength, suspension rate, beauty

    Weaknesses:    None so far

    Bottom Line:   
    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.

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    Favorite Trail:   Ussery jumps

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1560.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Specialize bighit, GT DHi

    Bike Setup:   Stratos S-8 ultra fork, romic rear shock hope bulb hubs, m4 discs raceface stuff, evil chainguide saint rear derr.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Eric G a Downhiller from Ontario

    Date Reviewed: August 3, 2003

    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:   
    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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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   East Side

    Similar Products Used:   Cortina dh8,Foes dhs tube, balfa bb7,devinci big bang

    Bike Setup:   Risse champ 8, risse j7,mr dirt,xtr,profile,hurricane,seismic,hope

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