Strengths: the tires... about all that's good on it
Weaknesses: everything, including the frame
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Similar Products Used: Prophet, divinchi chilli pepper.
Bike Setup: turativ, shimanno, maxxis, raceface, husselfelt, rockshock
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
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.
Bike Setup: all stock with Psylo front shock, Fox spring-over rear, Kenda kinetic 2.35
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bike Setup: all the stock parts with a new double wide rear rim it got demolished on a gap at the local skatepark
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.
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
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).
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)
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 :)
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
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.
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