Haro Extreme X3 Freeride Full Suspension

4.31/5 (29 Reviews)
MSRP : $1600.00


Product Description

Frame Material: 6061 Alloy
Frame Angles: 69.5 Head, 72.5 Seat
Forks: Marzocchi DJ2 130MM Travel
Rear Shock Fox Vanilla R, adjustable 5" or 6" travel
Stem: Truvativ Hussefelt
Headset: Sealed Cartridge Bearing Zero Stack Threadless
Front Derailer: Shimano Deore
Rear Derailer: Shimano XT
Crankset: Truvativ Hussefelt 22/32/Bashguard
Pedals: Haro DH Platform
Tires: Maxxis Minion DH 2.5


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hanmojo a Weekend Warrior from sunnyvale, ca

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2011

Strengths:    great brakes, enough travel, fast on down hill and switch back.

Weaknesses:    weight, but once it gets rolling it not that bad. I weather lost 5lb then pay more for a lighter bike.

Bottom Line:   
great price for a very capable bike at the time.
Took it to northstar many times, without any problem.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1500.00


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Eric a Downhiller from Tempe, AZ

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2007

Strengths:    the tires... about all that's good on it

Weaknesses:    everything, including the frame

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is if you're looking for a bike that can handle even the slightest of freeride, move along to a different bike. This one is nothing more than a waste of money, heavy XC bike. I used this bike for what it is supposed to be used for, light freeride/downhill and the frame snapped right where the swingarm attaches to the rear shock. The front brake went out within a year of ownership, had to buy a whole new one. Of course, right after buying that is when the frame broke. It's a piece of crap, just don't waste the money unless you plan on using it for trail riding.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Tempe Bike

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nick a Downhiller from jackson wy usa

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2007

Strengths:    good stock parts, very nice dubing design, strong build

Weaknesses:    stock suspension that comes on it(manitou stance flow and metel rp). the bike store i bought the frame from gave me a 550lb spring on my metel rp!!

Bottom Line:   
great bike for the money. solid design. this bike is very heavy(42 lbs) but i can pedel it around well. even used to take it on some cross country rides when i let my girl ride my xc bike. great bike for freeride and light downhill, which is what i use it for. can take drops well. now that i upgraded suspension every thing feels better underneith me. as i said, great bike for the money because you get great stock parts, and you can build up from there.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Similar Products Used:   gary fisher 3plus, giant faith

Bike Setup:   stock...truvativ cranks, stem, bars, hayes 9 8 in. sun single track rims, maxis high rollers. upgraded to 06 66 rc2x and 5th element 5 way coil.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by curt phillps a Downhiller from ca

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2006

Strengths:    great ghost rider off of 20 foot cliffs

Weaknesses:    ok lets see the supsention, crank set, derailer, every thing

ps if you buy this bike ur dumb


Bottom Line:   
this bike blows ass

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Favorite Trail:   in front lawns

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   From Sponser

Similar Products Used:   azonic eliminator, stinky

Bike Setup:   z1freerides, rocco

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ollievon a Weekend Warrior from Albany, NY

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2006

Strengths:    For my first freeride full-suspension it was a harsh introduction due to it's weight. The bike can take a lot of abuse and can handle most large drops with ease. The bike muscles through nearly any terrain. A great intro bike, but you better have good upper body strength to get the front end up.

Weaknesses:    Shock broke after 5 rides, oil poured out and after 1 month I am still waiting for Manitou to send the repaired shock. Not impressed with the Stance shock and will be upgrading to a Marzocchi asap.

Bottom Line:   
A good bike for an intro, the best thing that one can do with this bike is break all components over time and slowly replace them with upgrades. The frame is sweet and the overall comfort of the bike is excellent. Would like to see (for the price) Haro not skimp on front end suspension next time.

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Favorite Trail:   Boston Fells

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   CK Cycles (Albany,NY)

Similar Products Used:   Rocky Mountain Switch.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Mike Crowe a Weekend Warrior from Saint John ,New Brunswick

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2006

Strengths:    beautiful looking bike spec'd to the max.worked great.

Weaknesses:    cracked the frame where the swingarm mounts to frame.my drop outs had to be hammered in on 3 ocassions because they streached and misaligned the rear tire.oh yeah did I mention that the frame cracked.i read the other reviews and seems that no one else had the same problems until i brought the frame to the bike store. i learned that 2 other Haros broke in the same spot

Bottom Line:   
i am wondering if anyone else has the same problem? 4ft max flat landing and under 6 ft trannys is as big as i go.Haro blood still flow through my veins as i set my sights to the 357 magnum 9....f n sweeeett!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Purchased At:   Bike Works

Similar Products Used:   .Haro 8.3 with jr-t 24" mag 30 rear wheel.Haro vse

Bike Setup:   all sram x-7 drivetrain,shifters and deraillers, mag30's front & rear(best rims ever) Jr-t

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by graham from berkeley CA USA

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2005

Strengths:    strong, super oversized bearings, very plush and just sucks alamost anything.

Weaknesses:    not enough front spention at all I'm bottiming it out on drops all the time, I would recomend buing a higher travel fork

Bottom Line:   
A great bike all together and I would defininitly recomend buying one

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Favorite Trail:   cinderella

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $575.00

Similar Products Used:   Prophet, divinchi chilli pepper.

Bike Setup:   turativ, shimanno, maxxis, raceface, husselfelt, rockshock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Armed1 from Grand Junction, CO

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2005

Strengths:    durable, reliable, great components and great value, takes hits bigger than my ability

Weaknesses:    heavy (35 pounds trail ready), bouncy climber, poor technical resonsiveness, poor turning on switchbacks

Bottom Line:   
This was my first MTB and has been an excellent training tool for the 3 years I've had it. It has withstood well over 2000 miles of riding plus many crashes, endos, mudslides, lemon squeezers, and cliff hangers with only a broken derailleur hanger and broken brake handle. I've worn out 2 chains, 3 sets of brake pads and 4 pairs of tires, but the bike shows no sign of decrepitude other than cosmetic issues. It has ridden over every type of terrain possible in Western CO and Eastern UT. However, this bike is not for the technically inclined. It is heavy, bulky, and "truck" like in it handling especially over loose and/or rocky terrain. It is built for freeriding and does that very well. I think I will graduate to a 575 or Enduro.

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Favorite Trail:   Tabeguache

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Brown Cycles

Bike Setup:   all stock with Psylo front shock, Fox spring-over rear, Kenda kinetic 2.35

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Caraway a Weekend Warrior from Oak Harbor, Wa. USA

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2005

Strengths:    Built sturdy with good components.

Weaknesses:    Heavy on the uphills. Broke the rear brake lever in the first crash. (Over-did a stoppie)

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. Im brand new to this stuff from ridin dirt bikes and this bike can do a lot of stuff i thought bikes couldnt do. Any body who is new in the sport but wants to start with mild drops should buy this thing.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort Ebey

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Bicycles Northwest

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Bone stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ian black a Weekend Warrior from salt lake city, utah, usa

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2004

Strengths:    great price for this bike, all the components are really good.the shock is really good, holds up to alot of stuff. also the frame is strong and very sturdy.

Weaknesses:    i think haro could added that 7" of travel to this bike. Dj2 is not that great for downhill riding (like the actuall racing). But hey if i wanted that 7" i should have paid more.

Bottom Line:   
this bike is really great for the price i love it. i think that it makes a great bike for the riding that i do probably 2 times in the weekend. if you are looking for a good freeride bike than i think this one is for you. but if your a croos country rider think it over this bike is made go downhill not climb them.

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Favorite Trail:   snowbird tram

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   big hit spec 04

Bike Setup:   factory specs.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hammer a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2004

Strengths:    Great spec for price.Very laterally stiff for weight. Ready for anything as is .130mm DJ2 keeps front end low for climbing with strength for droppin at a good price.

Weaknesses:    Truvativ BB. DJ2 not a Z150 or Fox 125RLC and it's a heavy fork.

Bottom Line:   
Very versatile bike.With Z150 ready for a day of downhill or freeridin.Even with ETA a mediocre climber at best.With 125RLC bike is above average climber, and when matched with 5th Element traction control rivals 4-bars.Fox rear shock has a lively feel with more pop off stunts/jumps but dosen't pedal as good as 5th (down or up).When you can buy a COMPLETE bike for what some co's want for a frame only and ride it out of the shop to just about any mountain bike venue somebody's doing their job for you.You can do DH,XC and all that All-mountain in between as is.Or with a few component changes dial in a more specific ride.This is an all mountain bike. If you race XC or ride DH every 2nd weekend get something else.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   PictouCountyCycle

Similar Products Used:   Specialized FSR,Norco VPS Shore,,Haro XLS

Bike Setup:   Z150(5 months),Vanilla 125RLC (1 month).5th Element coil-over.Kenda Nevegal 2.35r/2.5f sticky-E.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by keefe carvelli a Racer from aspen, colorado

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2004

Strengths:    strong frame rigid fox propedal shock it really softens your landing

Weaknesses:    the marzocchi dj2 fork very heavy, very very stiff

Bottom Line:   
this bike rocks it holds up and wont break a great freeride and beginner downhiller bike but i m looking for a bigger bike as i get more into the bigger hits but it is a great bike onestly BUY IT

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Favorite Trail:   durango dh course

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Purchased At:   BSR sports

Similar Products Used:   giant dh team rocks

Bike Setup:   all the stock parts with a new double wide rear rim it got demolished on a gap at the local skatepark

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ezweave a Downhiller from Co Springs

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2004

Strengths:    Frame. Truvativ components.

Weaknesses:    DJ2 is not sufficient for real riding. It is only good on big hits. Needs a chain tensioner. Needs bar ends and lock ons, but I guess that is part of pimping your ride.

Bottom Line:   
This is my last post. I just wanted to give all of you the best review I can.

I have ridden this bike hard. I have used it to it's intended purpose and it has come through farily unscathed. Granted I have started riding it above what it should be used for (medium duty freeriding). I have learned that my next bike will be just a full on DH rig that I will freeride with.

The bike was at first used just for dropping retaining walls and cruising around local trails. As I got more confident I upped the ante -> skinnies, bigger drops, bigger jumps, rock gardens, teeters, wide open DH courses... and so on.

Putting the Z-150 on certainly has helped, as has the DRS. I also ended up replacing the headset, which in my opinion is a bit of a weakness as there are not alot of options out there (the standard headset had some damage on the lower bearing, I suspect this was due to poor installation).

But I feel that the bike is not quite supple enough nor does it have enough travel to handle rough terrain at high speeds. I think you will find this of many lighter freeride bikes. So bear that in mind when purchasing. If I were to do it again (and I will next season... this is going to be an urban/lighter bike) I would have shelled out closer to 3k or so for a better bike. It is a good entry level freeride bike that will see you far into the game. I underestimated my own capabilities so the bike is a little bit of a mismatch, which is my fault. Hopefully haro makes some bigger bikes :D

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   CS Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Any and all competitors (almost)

Bike Setup:   Z-150 ETA
e.13 DRS
Primo Pro Bar Ends
Lock-on ruffians (whatever the smooth ones are).
Of course, Marzocchi integrated fender (only decent fender out there).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gal Ben-Haim a Downhiller from Ramat Yishai, Israel

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2004

Strengths:    price, parts spec., overall feeling, just about everything except the fork.


Weaknesses:    weight, stock fork (DJ 2)

Bottom Line:   
great bike for a great price, feels just great with 6" of rear travel and 5" in front, I switched to a Z150 after about 2.5 months of usage and the bike feels perfect with the new fork, Im a starter at freeride and since changing the fork I doubled my speed in rock gardens.
If you are a starter - medium level freerider this bike if for you, just get rid of the stock Dirt Jumper.
note to Haro: ride with a Z150 and feel the difference, you'll see that you won't sell it with a DJ ever again :)

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Israel

Similar Products Used:   big hit comp, haro x3 2003

Bike Setup:   changed the stock fork to a Z150 FR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James Nivin a Downhiller from CA

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2004

Strengths:    the bike comes with pretty good components, but i bought the frame by its self. My haro is anything but stock. I Bought the bike because it is almost te same as a santa cruize bullit. The bullit frame is quite a bit lighter than this haro frame, but the frame is so thin that you can feel the metal flex when you squeese it. If you crashed hard on with the bullit , u could but some major dings in the frame. With the haro bike, its made out of a harder metal alloy, so they had to make the frame a little thicker, which puts on some weight, but allows the frame to take brutal beatings. also the sealed berring pivot is super stiff, so lateral flexing is almost eleminated.

Weaknesses:    none so far, but i think it would be awsome if haro gave the option of icp hook ups

Bottom Line:   
the frame is awsome, its a simple strong disign.that u can bash around the frame around all u want. I use this frame as my full on dh bike, and i have been soo happy with it. Stock this bike is setup as a trail bike, but if ure looking for some dh potential, here it is. this bike as a full bike is perfect for beginners. It comes as a pretty hardcore trail bike, and then as you start swapin parts, it has the potential for an awsome race bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Coldsprings

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   bullit, the orange

Bike Setup:   i have a manitou sherman slider up front, a romic twin tube in the back, the mrp slaum system 1 chain guide, kona dh stem and bars, truevative cranks, powertools fron 20mm hub in the front, shimano xt rear hub.dual duty rims, nokion gazza 2.6 tire up front and in the back, hayes hfx mags and a speed v seat

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