Iron Horse Yakuza Kumicho Freeride Full Suspension

4.33/5 (43 Reviews)


Product Description

  • 3-way rear shock
  • DH frame
  • 8" travel
  • 1.5 headtube


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MarzRider a Racer from Redmond,WA,USA

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2010

Strengths:    Bomb Proof, Super stable at high speeds, cheap, not too heavy (lighter than my old 7 point), fun bike to ride, can huck what ever you want...

Weaknesses:    shock bolts are finicky, little bit of flex in rear, stock cranks are so so

Bottom Line:   
This is an awsome bike that for the money has amazing performance. You can huck almost anything and this is really a fun bike. I know people who have owned a Ironhorse Sunday and the Yakuza at the same time and have said they felt no difference between the 2 bikes (beside a little bit of pedaling on the Sunday)
If you don't have much money, then you should look towards this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Gem State

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1625.00

Purchased At:   Big Tree Bikes

Similar Products Used:   IronHorse 7 point

Bike Setup:   2009 Marzocchi 888 RCV, Marzocchi Rocco WC, RaceFace atlas FR bars, Azonic outlaw rear, HALO SAS up front, Maxxis Minions DHF (front and rear),M800 Saints,Sram X-7 rear,Truvitiv DH cranks, e-13 chainguide, DH cassette, Welgo magnesium pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ChiliPepper1 a Weekend Warrior from Sunny, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2009

Strengths:    Simply put, this is a bomb proof frame and has handled anything and everything I have thrown at it, from gnarly fast and furious DH runs to hucking it off 15' to 20' drops. Mine was custom built by a pro racing bike mechanic so it did not have all the stock components. I elected to go with a 180mm travel single crown fork, but I do have the heavy 203mm travel 888 dual crown fork on the side (not a Boxxer fan). If you want reliability and a great ride without the hefty coin, then this is the ride for you.

Weaknesses:    None that I have noticed or important enough to post, but of course I do not have any stock components either.

Bottom Line:   
Handles anything and everything you will throw at it and rides just as great as the Sunday. Single pivot design is a rock solid performance on this sled. Awesome price for such a great rig. Too bad they discontinued this design. It will never be forgotten.

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Favorite Trail:   Santos (any extreme riding)

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   IH Aniki, Sinister R9, Mongoose BDT (black diamond triple)

Bike Setup:   180mm single crown fork, '07 Progressive 5th Element cvt5, WTB Speeddisc & Laserdisc DH wheels w/Formula Hubs, Truvativ DH cranks, E.13 chainguide & bashguard, 2.5 Kenda Nevegal DH casing tires, Hayes 9 FR fluid brakes, Sram X-9 drive train, etc. etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kt24 a Downhiller from Thousand Oaks CA

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2009

Strengths:    looks and feels great. corners well rides smooth. balanced very well.

Weaknesses:    the stock forks suck. Replaced mine with marzocchi junior t. and the weight

Bottom Line:   
This is a good solid bike for beginners. it handles very well even though it is a little heavy, but once you get used to it it isn't even noticeable. It is also very stable going downhill. I have not yet once felt like i was going to crash. I would definitely recommend this bike

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Favorite Trail:   china flats

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   craigslist

Similar Products Used:   specialized big hit

Bike Setup:   stock except forks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steve-815 a Racer from Aberdeenshire

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2009

Strengths:    Good solid bike, is a great beginners DH bike, have raced twice on it this year at Pitfiche and Fort William and only problems were bearings and bushings, which can be replaced under warranty. Good for the price and lighter than my mates Norco A-Line

Weaknesses:    Bearings and bushings went on mine after 3 months + racing at Pitfichie and tubes in tyres were thin.

Bottom Line:   
Great beginners downhill bike, needs small upgrades but overall a brilliant bike for the money. Have raced twice on it this year at Pitfiche and Fort William and only problems were bearings and bushings, which can be replaced under warranty.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort William

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Alpine Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Norco A-Line

Bike Setup:   Stock with Funn grips, E.Thirteen Taco, Funn Seat, and Intense FRO tubes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BlackDiamond-1 a Downhiller from Space Coast, FL

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2009

Strengths:    This is one awesome FR/DH MTB at a very reasonable price for the budget minded individuals. It takes one hell of a beating, big hits, and lands smoothly on big drops. I love it! I got this to replace my heavy DH specific Sinister R9.

Weaknesses:    My Yakuza was custom built by a pro world cup bike mechanic, so I have had no issues with my MTB. I do know that the Marzzochi dual crown forks that come stock with this MTB are very heavy. I have a 180mm single crown fork on mine.

Bottom Line:   
One hell of a FR/DH MTB! Takes a beating and always ask for more. Quality as good as my DH specific Sinister R9.

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Favorite Trail:   Santos, Fruit Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Custom Built

Similar Products Used:   '06 Yakuza Aniki FR/DH

Bike Setup:   Basics: 17" frame (chrome polish finish), 180mm single crown fork, 5th Element cvt 5 rear shock with piggy back, 203mm rotors F/R w/Hayes 9 DH brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chuckthecanuck a Weekend Warrior from Dillon Colorado USA

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2009

Strengths:    The frame, the suspension travel the tires, and the headtube

Weaknesses:    havent found any yet except the weight but who gives a crap

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike for anyone lookong to get into dh riding for a good price. Really takes the drop zone which is like a 20 foot drop and it soaked up the landing great. Other than being a little heavy its great!

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Favorite Trail:   Cowboy up keystone

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Randall Scott

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by the_guy_who_bikes a Downhiller from BC Canada

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2008

Strengths:    1.5 headtube, super strong frame, it can take nything you throw at it, or example i hit a 20foot by 18 foot drop and it landed smooth. I love this thing

Weaknesses:    weight

Bottom Line:   
this bike is a beast and you cant go wrong buying it. this is the best iron horse you can buy other than a sunday, but they are ridiculously priced. you should buy it if you love to ride whistler and the shore, if your a cross country rider i would find something a little lighter. but either way you will love it.

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Favorite Trail:   Aline, Dirt Merchant

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   RS Cycle

Similar Products Used:   bighit

Bike Setup:   2006 Iron horse Yakuza Kumicho with a 2006 66rc2x

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by c s a Downhiller from Silver Spring, MD

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2007

Strengths:    Components, very good for the price, easy to ride in the downhill

Weaknesses:    The fork, if you can change it, i recommend an 888, theres is no uphill with this bike, i need to get rid of the floater break

Bottom Line:   
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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1056.00

Purchased At:   amazon


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Will a Downhiller from Denver

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2007

Strengths:    the frame. comes with maxxis tires which are pretty dope. and the hayes nine brakes.

Weaknesses:    the fork sags way to much and ive bottomed it out many times off small 10' drops suggested to buy 888. and there is no uphill on this baby weighing in at 42.7 pounds and only 8 gears.

Bottom Line:   
amazingly fun bike for so cheap. easily the best bike for the money. and nothing on this bike is going to break no matter what you do to it.

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Favorite Trail:   keystone

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1025.00

Purchased At:   randal scott

Similar Products Used:   azonic, giant faith 3

Bike Setup:   all stock. new seat off old bike. and marzocchi 888. yeti cycles grips just cause i got them cheap.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alex Candage a Downhiller from Meredith, NH

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2007

Strengths:    Very Good components for the money. Truvative, Shimano, SDG, SRAM, Maxxis,Mavic rims. Probably the best downhill/freeride bike you can by for an extremely great price!!

Weaknesses:    Only the Manitou Stance Fork. I broke the Fork on my second ride and Manitou is sending me a brand new fork!

Bottom Line:   
The best Downhill/freeride bike you can buy for the money!

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Favorite Trail:   Highland Bike Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $975.00

Purchased At:   www.rscycle.com

Similar Products Used:   07 Kona Stinky

Bike Setup:   Shimano, Truvative, SDG, SRAM, Maxxis, Mavic rims.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sal Knutson a Weekend Warrior from reno, nevada USA

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2007

Strengths:    Let Me start by saying strong frames excellent brakes, good tire good bike for the price.

Weaknesses:    FORK! FORK! Need to better fork

Bottom Line:   
If you buy this bike first thing you need to change is the fork. On the first day Seal blowed on the fork I did n't enjoy the ride I was riding nice trail and I hit a rock the seal on the forks blow. Great bike but need to upgrade the fork.

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Favorite Trail:   northstar park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Randall scott

Similar Products Used:   BIg Hit

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by scott from forest grove, OR, USA

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2007

Strengths:    tough, nice components, the seat is great, 1.5" head tube in case you want a Marzocchi 66 (which I do), looks cool

Weaknesses:    really heavy, tires, personally i hate hydraulic brakes

Bottom Line:   
I have the 2006 version. The Super T is great. I don't notice the Manitou Swinger, so it must be doing its job. I have to ditch the tires ASAP (1.7 kg each!!). Maybe I'm out of shape, but it is almost impossible to pedal. The head tube is raked out for full on DH, which is sweet for the descent. For the price, it is an unbelievable bike. I think in retrospect, the Ojiki is probably more suited for my riding as the Kumicho feels more like a dedicated DH bike. If I could give it 6 flaming rats for value, I would.

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Favorite Trail:   black rock freeride park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   randal scott cycles

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky (seemed much easier to pedal uphill)

Bike Setup:   stock (2006)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steven from voorheesville

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2007

Strengths:    a lot

Weaknesses:    i dont know yet

Bottom Line:   
ok im buying the 2006 version of this iron horse yakuza kumicho and iron horse said they replaced the floating disk brake with a mounted one, is there anything else on the 2006 version that needs correcting?

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Bike Setup:   nice

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jake macintyre a Downhiller from christchurch new zealand

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2007

Strengths:    chainguide tyres and looks

Weaknesses:    weight and front forks also i cracked my rear swing arm due to dodgy welding from ironhorse

Bottom Line:   
im not happy about the crack in under 3 monts but overall great bike

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Favorite Trail:   brents

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   bike hq

Similar Products Used:   stinky deluxe specialized big hit

Bike Setup:   888s on the front new rear swing arm and a funn camo seat

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by MARC a Downhiller from LITTLETON,CO,USA

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2006

Strengths:    Great bike for the money! I can now keep up with the best of them without killing myself!

Weaknesses:    The fork. The fork. The fork. The weight (but does it really matter?)

Bottom Line:   
If you change the fork out this is a great bike. Even after going back to manitou it still sucked! I have done 1.5 seasons of hard downhill and the bike has held up pretty well. I have not found it's limitations yet. A little heavy but I weigh 215 myself and I am not a racer anyway. It is the cheapest way to get into downhilling. I don't have $5000 to spend on a bike I can only use for 90 days a year!
I did have to replace the pivot bearing due to loosening but went to a industrial supplier and got them for $24. A new bearing on the floating brake also quieted it down. If you don't have the cash for a racer this is a great bike!

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Favorite Trail:   keystone-Paid In Full

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1399.00

Purchased At:   supergo(performance)

Bike Setup:   stock except for lock on grips and '05 Marzocchi 888rc

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