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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
One hell of a FR/DH MTB! Takes a beating and always ask for more. Quality as good as my DH specific Sinister R9.
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
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
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!
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
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.
Bike Setup: Shimano, Truvative, SDG, SRAM, Maxxis, Mavic rims.
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
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.
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
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.
Similar Products Used: kona stinky (seemed much easier to pedal uphill)
Bike Setup: stock (2006)
Date Reviewed: July 8, 2007
Strengths: a lot
Weaknesses: i dont know yet
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?
Similar Products Used: stinky deluxe specialized big hit
Bike Setup: 888s on the front new rear swing arm and a funn camo seat
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?)
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!
Literally used once*. Comes with the following:
Comes with the following:
Rock Shox Boxxer Race 8"
Manitou Swinger 4-Way Coil, 9"X2.75"
Handle Bar - Easton EA50 31.8mm Low Rise, Clamp
Stem - Race Face Evolve DH, 31.8mm Clamp
Headset - FSA Orbit Is-2, W/ E-13 Reducer Cup
Crank - FSA Gap Megaexo, 165 ... Read More »
I broke my Swingarm on my IH yakuza Kumicho 2005. Size 19" I am looking to replace the swingarm, but I don't have any luck finding one. My friend told me the swingarm can be weld. I don't feel safe. I rather find a new. any assist on find one wil be appreciate.Read More »
I have a 2005 Iron Horse Yakuza Kumicho and I am trying to convert the transmission from 8 to 9 speed. (for some reason in 2005 they only came with an 8 speed, but then switched to 9 speed from 2006 on.)
When they switched to 9 speed the next year, they used a medium cage rear derailleur and a ... Read More »
Is anyone aware of frame issues with the Yakuza Kumicho? I have the opportunity to purchase one, but I'm worried about potential frame cracking issues.
Also could someone post a picture of the a MKIII triangle and circle the common crack locations? I have a 2006 MKIII and want to make certain t ... Read More »