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Date Reviewed: September 10, 2010
Strengths: absorbs all hard hits, very adustible and looks cool.
Weaknesses: a little on the heavy side but not bad: 43 or so
Duration Product Used: More than 3 years
Price Paid: $1300.00
Purchased At: from friend
Similar Products Used: rides similer to the ghost northshore 800
Bike Setup: stock
Date Reviewed: July 3, 2010
Strengths: Adjustable geometry, slack DH or trail/FR. Solidly built, very well designed frame. no brake jack issues
Weaknesses: It's two bikes in one, but they are both kinda heavy :) ~40lb freeride or dh though, not bad.
Price Paid: $450.00
Purchased At: used frame
Similar Products Used: Transition bottlerocket, blindside
Bike Setup: 2007 ollie 1, Rockshox Domain 180mm, good FR components, chainguide
Date Reviewed: May 9, 2009
Weaknesses: magura brakes are a pain. I put on Hayes 9.
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Price Paid: $900.00
Purchased At: craiglist
Similar Products Used: ironhorse sgs expert, azonic force2, demo7, giant glory.
Bike Setup: 888R, Hayes HFX9, 4-way swinger, Intense Intruder tires.
Date Reviewed: January 3, 2007
Strengths: It's a damn good frame. The DareDevil saddle is surprisingly light and comfortable.
Weaknesses: The DareDevil components are truly crap. Rear hub has engagement problems (loud popping) and constantly ghost shifts under load. I had an LBS in Tucson, AZ pull it apart and inspect it: turns out one of the bearings is hosed. This is on a brand new stock wheelset - used lighter grease when reassembling which seemed to help, but not resolve entirely.
Bike Setup: '06 Ollie upgrading wheelset (Mavic XM819 Disc rims, DT Comp spokes, Hadley hubs, full tubeless setup), Thomson Elite seatpost, V2 Gyro bars, FSA FR230 stem.
Date Reviewed: November 26, 2006
Strengths: The frame has got to be the best looking and well designed frame I've ever seen. This is in direct comparison to the Santa Cruz VP Free. All stock components that are not DareDevil brand are top notch. Bike climbs with ease and the 888 RC2/DHX 4.0 fork/shock selection give you the much needed adjustability for climbing and then ripping down the mountain.
Weaknesses: The stock DareDevil components are heavy and IMHO, not aesthetically pleasing. The only exception to this would be the pedals and the saddle, which are AOK. I guess that would leave just the handlebars and stem.
Price Paid: $3460.00
Purchased At: Cyclepath
Similar Products Used: friend's Brodie 9-Ball.
Bike Setup: '06 Ollie w/FSA FR-230 stem, VP handlebars, Thomson Elite seatpost.
Date Reviewed: April 12, 2006
Strengths: Frame design, weight and ride. Part spec, value for the dollar.
Weaknesses: paint rubs off a little easy
Buy one... you won't regret it!
Similar Products Used: Bighit, Fuse
Bike Setup: 888, hayes, diablous, e13, etc. (stock 05)
Date Reviewed: June 29, 2005
Strengths: Feels good at first
Weaknesses: Snaped frame received bad customer service, bad welders, a good bike with a bad backround. and NO REPLACEMENT GRANTED when there weld was made wrongly
Price Paid: $1050.00
Date Reviewed: February 29, 2004
Strengths: well fist off you nave to give creit to devinci for building one of the best frames on the market. the needle bearings in the rear make a huge difference compared to all the other catrige ball bearings out there. the bb is perfect in the fact that its high to begin with but sags to the perfect level when weighted. the gerometry is perfect for rocketing downhill, but it has a uninterupted seat tube so you can have a full length seat post (that means you can still climb up hill).
well lets go front to back, the tires are awsome I have been able to take some of the scariest, slipery lines imaginable thanks in part to those super grippy 2.8 michelins. next would be the 888RT, I changed to the 888R for racing purposes, the fork is the best fork I have ever ridden, this is honestly the best fork out there for downhilling and freeriding,. it has monster T (12lbs) stregth at manitou darado(7.5lbs) weight, really who has the money to buy a $3000can carbonfiber composite downhill fork that only weighs 1/2 lb less than the 888r (8.1lbs) which is half the price ($1650msrp can.) the fork is extreemly sensitive and plush, moving with the smallest of bumps. definaly sprung for racing they are a little soft for people over 160lbs. the dampening works really well, only gripe being having to open up the fork to adjust the preload, but once its set few people ever changeit anyways. sensitive but can take really big hits it took a 15' drop to bottom them out, but i just turned up the compresion dampening a little and now its good to 20'.
next would be the super strong and smooth smooth 2 inch!!!! (1.5" steer tube compatable) cane creek headset, increabaly stable great idea. the easton bars are a excelent touch as are the odi lock on grips, lx shifters nice choice-> afforable if they ever get broken in a crash.
the direct bolt stem is great, its super strong and light weight, and best of all no more centering/alinging you stem. easton seat post very nice, wtb sadle is a little wide for my liking but its comfortable. the cranks are strong and stiff. a little bit of resistance in the bb so you cant do crank spins, but thats cause there are 4 seald bearings in it. the chain guide is the best i have ever used, its quiet and works like a charm. hayes mag disk brakes are good as always. the hubs leave more to be disired but they work fine. the rims are actualy very strong and devinci put spoke prep on the nipples so truing is a cinch. over all the best bike for the buck I have ever ridden.
Weaknesses: none so far, it works for what its intended
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Purchased At: Cpa's south shore cycles
Similar Products Used: norco shore, intense m1, rocky mountain rm7, kona strinky dee-lux, brodie devo, banshee screem.
Bike Setup: STOCK except 888r
Date Reviewed: February 14, 2004
Strengths: Check out below
The frame rides really nice, and the frame design is flawless. There is no brake-jack whatsoever on it at high speed. Cornering is really nice, it rails like mad. The bolt on dropouts are held in place with massive 8mm(I think) allen bolts, and the dropouts themselves are crazy beef. The whole thing is super burly, while keeping the weight down. The fact that I can adjust my shock without having to squint around a linkage it like a giant DH is also real nice.
The shock itself is amazing, It basically makes pedalling as if im on a 46lbs hardtail with an 888. No bob at all, I rode up Joes on sfu, and galardi with ease.
The parts spec is really nice, the 888RT is perfect for me, rebound how I like it, and perfect springs in it for ME. This could e a huge problem to others, because I am 145lbs. If you are in the 160+ range, or if you go huge, youll be swapping out the stock 888 springs. (hows yours by the way?) Witht he 1.5 headtube, beefy headset, and 888 with integrated stem, the front end is really stiff and precise.
Wheels are a bit heavy, im gonna be demo'ing stans notubes pretty soon, so that will get rid of some rotating mass.
The cockpit feels really good, the easton bar has a nice sweep, and the Hayes have worked flawlessly (except the pinched hose, Its getting replaced with a goodridge ) I liked the fact that the lock on grips came stock too.
The drivetrain is great, highlight being the e.13 DRS guide. The Inner plate on it was rubbing for the first couple days, but as dirt and grime got in there my chain just wore off the plastic that was rubbing, and now it runs silent. The Saint rear deraileur is really nice, cause now both thumb shifers shift into a harder gear, and triggers are easier gears. The deraileur itself shifts OK I still have to fine tune it a bit when I get time. Holzfeller cranks are awesome, period. Pedals stink (wellgo b-19) they feels great, but I blew out a bearing in them 3rd ride, and I can hear it flopping around, gonna go to BC bearing someday and replace it and pack em with grease.
Overall, im really happy with the bike. Ideally it would have a slider plus, and Id ride it in the shorter travel position, just cause I dont use all 8.5 inches in the rear, but what I have works flawlessly. For what you pay you get a load of awesome components that are built to last.
Price Paid: $3000.00
Purchased At: Caps Bicycles New Westminster
Similar Products Used: Everything you can think of....I work in a shop.
Bike Setup: stock.
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