Overall a very capable bike. The suspension handles technical, rocky, rooty, steep terrain like a pro. Very fun on the berms and jump lines.
I was also surprised at how well this bike handles super steep climbs!
Weaknesses: At 42.4 lbs stock, its a beefy, but nothing a real man can't handle. To be honest, it doesn't feel that heavy on the trail- so i guess it's not a weakness after all.
All in all the best bike I've ridden. Probably greatly due to the DW Link. I ride alot of very technical trails, and this makes them super fun. I plan to hold onto this bike for years to come. If you're not sure about buying one, take my advice and buy it- you won't be disappointed!
Bike Setup: 66 slata, 5th element rear, nokian gazza 2.6, mavic ex325 wheels, wtb seat, otherwise stock
from Holly Springs, NC
Date Reviewed: November 2, 2007
Strengths: STURDY, TIRES GRAB LIKE MAD I AM AMAZED ON HOW MUCH THEY THOW ROOSTS, EASY TO MOVE IN AIR, LOVES TO BE THROWN AROUND... FRONT FORK IS AMAZING, FEELS ENDLESS... REAR SHOCK IS PRETTY GOOD... I NEED TO TUNE IT THO,THE GRIPS ARE NICE... I LIKE WHERE THE CRANK IS GIVES IT A GOOD CENTER OF GAVITYT... X-9 IS AWESOME
Weaknesses: NOT TO FOND OF THE CRANK... IM GUNNA SWAP IT OUT TO GET A SINGLE RING CRANK... TIRES ARNT THE GRATEST ON HARD PACKED OR ON THE ROAD, BUT I CAN LIVE WITH EM... I DONT KNOW WHY BUT MY REAR HYDRO CABLE GOT A HUGE HOLE IN THE LINE SO I HAVE TO REPLACE THAT... I DONT KNOW IF IT WAS PINCHED OR WHAT???
THIS BIKE IS THE AMAZING!!!! I LOVE IT SOOOO MUCH FRONT FORK IS AMAZING!!! LIKING THE REAR SHOCK...
Similar Products Used: GIANT GLORY, BIG HIT SPEC, IRON HORSE KUMMY TYPE R
Bike Setup: STOCK... EVENTUALLY A PUSHED ROCO, AND BOXXER RACE
Date Reviewed: September 21, 2007
Strengths: overall stability in turns in air, good over modulation in hilly trails, excellent at absorbing with 7" of travel, very comfortable cockpit and easy to jump the big hiots with.
Weaknesses: poor turning radius with triple crown fork, gearing is a, chain jumps and gets sucked in to the rear tire after big jumps
GOOD CENTER OF GRAVITY & PERFORMANCE. OUT PERFORMS OTHERS, PEDALS UP THE HILL JUST AS FAST AND GETS DOWN THE HILL EVEN QUIKER, TAKES THE BIG HITS & HUGE DROPS WITH THE REST OF EM. ID PUT THIS BIKE UP AGAINST ANY IN A BROAD SPECTRUM OF TRAILS, RACES, COMPETITIONS AND TAKES A BEATING
Bike Setup: 06' boxxer ride u-turn team model... beautiful performance...
Date Reviewed: September 16, 2007
Strengths: stiff frame, good on large impacts like drops/hucks, nimble in the air
Weaknesses: geo is a little off for steep/sketchy terrain. i have an 06 and i have had too many problems with my linkages. they developed play that wouldnt go away and i wasted alot of time trying to fix them. i found that on successive hits the suspension packed down, it could have been the shock but i changed it and nothing changed.
I really wanted to like this bike, but was let down by linkage problems and trouble in some situations with suspension performance. I found this to simply be an average ride.
Similar Products Used: banshee scream, spec bighit, can Gemini, gt ruckus, stinky primo
Bike Setup: stock except changed the fifth to a roco
from Fair Oaks CALI
Date Reviewed: July 23, 2007
Strengths: This bike is for starters is the most responsive freeride that I have ever ridden for the price. I takes big hits and allows you to make some errors because the bike is so versatile. The Forks in the front are also off the charts!!
Weaknesses: The DW Link is great but the rear spring would have been a lot better if it came with a 450 LB. spring.
The bike is great and has made the style of riding that I do very enjoyable! I couldn't ask for anything else this bike is great. If you don't like it you bought it for the wrong reason or the wrong style of riding. So the bike is great and for the price you can't beat it!!
from broomfield, co, usa
Date Reviewed: July 6, 2007
Strengths: this thing is bomb proof! very sturdy- it screams throw me down the mountain as hard as you can. plush ride; buttery suspension soaks bumps nicely. component line (stock) is pretty good in MY opinion. suspension is what needs the upgrade.
Weaknesses: suspension- the 5th element 3 way in the rear- worthless. they don't even support bike suspension anymore! the sprin in the boxxer is very soft- must upgrade to a stiffer one. this being a DH/FR bike, you don't sit much. but when you do- the saddle is like a rock. so for those pedal days up- ditch the saddle for a better one.
amazing/awesome/gnarly/burley bike that can take the hits and keep going. you read alot on how HEAVY it is- well it is a DH/FR bike- so its going to be heavy. so man up and pedal! i have riden this thing somewhat cross country and did fine! in fact it did alot better i thought it would. so don't let heavy discourage you.
the tires and front fork give it alot of the weight it carries- can always go tubeless.
all-in-all this bike is sick! buy it. ride it straight to hell and back- she'll be fine (the bike that is)
from Black Mountain, NC, US
Date Reviewed: June 10, 2007
Strengths: Excellent Frame, Updated the stock 300 lb. coil to a 450 lb. coil. The Geometry of this bike is wonderful. It does everything that Iron Horse claims it will do. It pedals, uphill, easier than most downhill/freeride bikes.
Weaknesses: A bit heavy, but I don't think it's any heavier than many any other downhill/freeride bikes with 7.5 inches of travel.
I got an incredible deal on this bike from Epic Cycles in Black Mountain, NC. (The owner is a good friend of mine, so check them out if you're ever in the area, he'll hook you up!) I weigh anywhere from 165-175 lbs. at any given time and the stock 300 lb. spring wasn't really sufficient so I upgraded to a 450 lb. spring, now I have bearly any sag in the shock. It goes uphill like a champ, and the suspension is EXCELLENT for big hits, free-ride and downhill... This bike should never bottom out on you. Unless you huck off of a 20 foot high bridge onto flat concrete. ......Bottom-Bottom Line- This bike is as good as if not better than many other freeride/downhill bikes on the market. It's also the best value anywhere around. I'd rather have this bike than a Specialized Demo, hands down...Not to mention I'd have an extra $2500 in my pocket!!
a Weekend Warrior
from Durham, CT, US.
Date Reviewed: March 22, 2007
Strengths: Frame is mega fat, love the forks (they acually respond to adjustment) Great stock pedals, grips and tires
Weaknesses: I had to use spacers for the E13 DRS for smoother operation, heard about 5th Element, we'll see. HEAVY!!
This is the 2006 model. I'm 190lbs. and this supports me very well. The bike screams quality out of the box. I'm used to the Giant so this seems like a slight chore to pedal for now untill my skirt comes off! running 140-150lbs. in rear shock, seems good but don't have enough time yet. I must have the sag or something wrong because I do feel some pedal feedback while cranking uphill on the small chainring. I seem to be the only dork w/this problem. If you want to get the hills over with as soon as possible then don't buy, you may be pedaling for a while with the reminder of being on a beefy freeride, (and forget about any street/urban) But if you can deal with the slow uphill time because you creak n' tweek a normal ride, then this most likely is the best choice w/the Dave Weagle link rear end. Otherwise, THIS BIKE IS SOOO SICK!!!!!!! Rating is based on my price and what is was designed to do, pedal ok and shred without breakage!
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 12, 2007
Strengths: Great components for the money, bombproof and alot of fun!!!
Weaknesses: None so far.
I have the 2006 model and I love it. It is a much nicer colour than the later/earlier models. I havn't owned it long but my initial impressions are great. Will post an update later, but so far my opinion is that you have to buy this bike!