Strengths: just an update/word of advice on the Project X. two years later and it is still rockin. after bending an outer leg on my Stratos S8 fork, however, I have switched to a fork I thought would never work well on such a beefy/long travel bike: a Boxxer, and it is perfect. other X owners told me that a Boxxer was a great fork for this bike, but I always saw this beefy frame coupled with a beefy fork, such as a Stratos, Avalanche, Risse... etc. if you are considering this frame, consider the Boxxer to go with it. I have been extremely impressed with how well they match and how the bike rides like a bike, not a chopper.
Weaknesses: cant think of one!
the bottom line is this bike rules. the risse jupiter 5 shock with the big shaft is superb, and i am psyched on the boxxer with this frame. you wont be disappointed with FTW's work.
Bike Setup: 2001 project x, 2001 ss8, hope enduro brakes,profile cranks, mr. dirt chain guide, xt, titec parts,double wide rims, the usuall kick ass hardcore components on any urban bike
Date Reviewed: October 19, 2000
Strengths: Bearings, insane head tube, good powdercoat paint job, replaceable drops, 3" stroke shock (fine tunes better), lower standover height, high BB, adjustability, attention to detail, absolutely BEAUTIFUL welds, STRENGTH
Weaknesses: the rear has a tight fit with any tire above 2.6 I am running a 2.65 Kujo, and it rubs. So Frank The Welder is going to make me some custom dropouts that will place the wheel where it wont rub on the swingarm. however, this may not be a weakness because HOW MANY COMPANIES WOULD DO THAT?!
This frame is worth every penny I have put into it. I have had some problems with setup, but there is not other frame on the market with the simplicity, strength, and especially customer service. I am only 16 and have been working in a bike shop for 3 years. I make only 7.50 / hour, but saving my money for this long has been more than worth it, and i am feeling really good about next season.... hear that? YOU'RE ALL SCREWED IN 12-18 EXPERT DH in the NORTHEAST!!! just joking, but there is no question that this bike will allow me to ride one step higher than I ever have before. Frank The Welder YOU ARE THE MAN!!!
Similar Products Used: Intense, Kona, older Spooky Project Xs
Bike Setup: 2000 X, flat black. Stratos Superstar 8 fork, King HS, Hayes hubs, 8" DH Hayes brakes, ProTaper bars, 2.65 Kujo tires, Mavic 321disc rims, Mr Dirt guide, Profile cranks, XTR 9sp.
Date Reviewed: August 6, 2000
Strengths: The company as a whole - especially Frank the Welder.... He is the man behind the X, and a downhiller himself.
I just wanted to say how much people can appreciate Spooky's customer service and the company as a whole. I talk with Frank the Welder regularly, and with how many companies can you actually talk to the person that is going to build your frame? not many... the X that i will have built by the end of the year (it takes a while, working at 7.50 an hour to buy this bike!) will be my fourth Spooky frame, and if these things would break it wouldnt be my last! but with the care that the frames are built, i dont need to worry about any one of them breaking. so THANKS FRANK and everyone at Spooky, and goodluck Adam with your new Schwinn deal...
Similar Products Used: Intense m1, Kona Stab Deelux
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2000
Strengths: BEST DH FRAME THERE IS. Frank the Welder is awesome at what he does, I highly recommend you pick one of these frames up. Anyone who thinks otherwise does not know how to ride DH, this bike handles like no tommorow and is extremely versatile and adjustable.
Similar Products Used: Intense, Mt. Cycle, None of them compare
Bike Setup: RST front, Risse rear, Formula brakes.
from San Diego
Date Reviewed: February 9, 2000
Strengths: This frame is the best on the market in my opinion, and I would never get another DH frame. If you have a chance to get one, go for it, Frank the Welder in a pro and his frames kick some serious ass ripping up the downhill trails. Beefy welds and great design make this frame a perfect DH beast.
Similar Products Used: Intense Uzzi and Schwinn Staight 6
Bike Setup: Risse Champ and Hope brakes.
from New England
Date Reviewed: January 15, 2000
Strengths: Beautiful welds, incredible strength, smoooooth strong bearings/pivot, BMX (yankee) bottom bracket so you can run Profile cranks for strength (if you've snapped BBs, you'll appreciate this one!)
Weaknesses: weight? but it's DH, so don't worry!
saw the Project X at Mount Snow, and I've seen them at all the races all around New England. This is the strongest, meanest, fastest bike on the East Coast. The frame is 100% adjustable, and there is tons of innovation built into it. FTW does a great job on these and designed and races one himself. just a sick DH bike that's not gonna blow up on you like bikes have done to me in the middle of races :( If you're looking for strength, craftmanship, innovation and a reliable, functional, bombproof design, save up enough dough for one of these frames because it will be the last frame you buy. The crazy chainguide that is integrated with the frame is the best chainguide design I have ever seen. It protects the sprocket as well as guiding the chain, and the PX has the best chainline too... you can use all your gears!
Similar Products Used: Supergo Max Link fs frame (suck! - I cracked it in one season!)
Bike Setup: I dont actually have one, but I am saving. When I have enough, it's gonna be with a Risse fork, Hayes, Hayes hubs, doublewides, Profile cranks, 636s, ESP 9.0, custom spooky chainguide
from east side
Date Reviewed: December 11, 1998
This thing is the biggest overpriced, under-engineered, sloppy, flexy,piece of shit that you can buy for $2000.00 . I feel sorry for anyone who bought into the hype of this company only to get screwed right back by the fight the power attitude that defines them. This bike couldn't be a more archaic design. I don't care how many gussets you put on this wet noodle, it still is gonna corner like a rhyno. Speaking of rhynos, this thing weighs about 41 pounds, which wouldn't be that bad if it worked, but for that weight it should be a bit more solid than it is.... This is a poor representation of what frank can do. I feel sorry for anyone who trusted the hype.
These are supposed to be a great lightweight AM/XC shoe. I see reviews from last fall for these but a Google Shopping search shows 1 pair for sale on Ebay. Anyone know what's up with availability?Read More »
The Momsen 650 b build starts monday 8th April -watch this space for pics and impressions.
I think this will be an awesome ride!
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Pearl Izumi X Project Shoes, anyone find these for sale yet? The way they are designed fits the riding in Thailand to a T (at least what they are described as). I would like a real world unbiased review and maybe where I can try/buy the darn thingsRead More »
I started with a 2011 Trance X sl1 and upgraded the bike as follows:
- Flow Wheels and Project 321 Hubs(10mm rear axle) - Thank you project321.com, for the Awesome wheelset.
- Marzocchi 44 RC3 ti
- XTR cranks / MRP guide / RaceFace 34 tooth ring / XTR shadow Plus rear derailleur
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So I've had a few requests to post up progress pics of the 20" hotrock I'm building up for my son.
I don't have any "before" pics of the bike still assembled. I do have them of the frame before and after sandblasting.
Here's what I'm working with. I HOPE to pick up the frame from the painter ... Read More »