Mtbr's 2016 Winter Biking Gear Reviews and Roundups





McMahon Moonshot Frameset

5/5 (3 Reviews)

Product Description


Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Al Cantey a Weekend Warrior from Santa Clara

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2000

Strengths:    Over Built...great for fat asses like me who don't get out much. Climbs very well, looks cool, handles great.

Weaknesses:    Crappy pivot design. Just like the other reviewers, my main pivots came loose also. A little blue loctite fixed it for now. Too bad McMahon went belly up...hope I can find new pivots someday.

Bottom Line:   
A very good bike. If you find one used, snap it up, you'll dig it. Can't wait to get a 8" disk up front and really get into some trouble ;-) I really does handle nice. No creaks from the four bars yet. Too bad there are out of production.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Skeggs Point

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   None.

Bike Setup:   98 Z2 Bomber up front, king headset, AD10 shock, mostly XT parts, thompson post (the best!), Easton monkey bars.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve Bernard a Weekend Warrior from San Francisco

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2000

Strengths:    Great handling, Horst link, tough frame

Weaknesses:    Poor customer support and lousy business plan put the company out of business, luckily I have some spare parts.

Bottom Line:   
I've had this bike in my stable 4 bikes for 2 1/2 years, it's the bike that I use the most for all around trail riding. I previosly owned a Heckler and wanted to try a four bar suspension frame. Now that I've owned one for a while, I think it's the design for me. The geometry is spot on and the build is of a very high quality. The Horst link section on this frame is better then any Horst link that I've seen, very beefy and stiff, as stiff as your going to get. The bike rides damn near perfect for me, the handling and suspension action is great. The bike doesn't squat or bob as you power up a hill or on the flats. It has very quick geometry making turning a lean the body affair. Where ever I point it goes. It's not a long travel bike that allows you to take on a 10' drop, but it works for rational trail use as good as any bike out there. It actually feels like it has more then 90 mm of travel. The paint while nothing fancy is very tough (black powder coat the rear is anodized) When I received the bike it came from McMahon with a chased and faced bottom bracket, faced headtube and reamed seat tube, all was good except for the stickers and rocker arm had been damaged in shipment. The stickers were torn and the rocker arm had minor scratches. I informed Steve McMahon of the problem and he promised to send a new sticker kit, which he never did. Very poor customer service which is probably the reason he's out of business. Also the drive side main pivot came loose on my second ride, after using locktite I've never had another problem in 2 1/2 years of use. The bolt should have been reversed threaded. All and all it's a fine bike, I can't think of any other bike that I would want to replace it with. There are plenty of other bike that I would buy but in a heart beat (tracer, racer X), but as long as this frame is working I can't find a logical reason to replace it. I'll be getting a Ti Softail soon and my Moonshot will stay while the other bikes that I won will be sold.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   anthing in Santa Cruz

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Heckler, Specialized FSR and FSR/XC, Ellsworth,Canondale Raven, a ton of hardtails

Bike Setup:   Cane creek AD10, 2000 Sid XC fork, King headset, Action Tec BB, Sram 9.0 sl shifters and Derail(XT front) XTR hubs laced with DT revo's to Mavic rims, Thomson seatpost, Flite gel saddle, Icon stem, Nytex carbon fiber crank arms, XT rings XTR cass, Titec carbon 100 barends bolted to Bontrager EA70 bar, Avid AR50 brakes, Kore Skewers. Bunch of Ti bolts

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Green Giant a cross-country rider from Illinois

Date Reviewed: November 28, 1998

Bottom Line:   

This is my initial review of the Moonshot frameset. I've put on about 60 singletrak miles so far, and will do at least one follow-up review as more miles are put on. My initial impression is that this is the BEST bargain going in a XC FS frameset right now. As a reference I've owned an Ellsworth Truth, Ventana Marble Peak, and a Klein Mantra in longer travel frames in the past couple years and have sold them for various reasons, everything from financial, to customer support, to bothering my knees, and more. The Moonshot has the same basic design as the Ellsworth truth, but in my opinion the suspension action is better, it feels like a true 3 inches of travel, whereas the Ellsworth claimed 4 and got maybe 3. The Ellsworth is a fine bike, but is it worth the extra coin - not in my opinion. The Moonshot weighs around 1/2 lb more. For specific comparisons e-mail me. The Moonshots geometry is spot on for me, and the frame is stiff, I'm 210lbs give or take 10 at any point in the season. The handling is very neutral, I have a McMahon Pipe XC fork up front, with 3 inches of travel or so. The rear end of the bike is built fantastically, the chainstays are big, but the seatstays are HUGE, and stiff as can be. The rocker arm is machined quite nicely - as good or better than any I've seen. The welds are clean and the frame came faced and chased of course. The cables are ingeniously routed under the top tube, the seatpost slides with ease and as I've mentioned the price is unbeatable (got mine from Bret at Kalo - give him a ring). The only problems so far are the pivots came loose during the first ride as expected, but with a cleaning and loctite blue have held up so far. The pivots aren't the most engineered I've seen, HOWEVER, they are cheap and very, very easy to replace and work on, and are completely user serviceable. In my opinion that is better than some elaborate design, or worse yet one you have to send back to the factory for work. The frame also has a replacable der. hanger a nice touch. The new graphics are sweet as a bonus. All in all my inital impression taking into account the price is a 5 Chili ride, this could change in time of course as the durability long term will be tested. I will also review the Pipe XC fork soon but I need to get the spring rate dialed in, but my inital impression of it is also good, stiff to say the least.

Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating