Strengths: Versatility, dimensions, weight, and strength make for an excellent ride.
This is a fantastic bike, and I am extremely happy with it all around. Ive adjusted the travel in such a way that I experience little pedal bob, but the landings are smooth and controlled. Rocks and roots? Bring it! In corners, it tracks so well that I feel like im on rails. I am able to put so much trust in this bike that I have gone from a somewhat reserved rider, to the guy who rides like hes being chased by a pack of pit bulls.
Bike Setup: Marzocchi Drop Off III, Azonic Baretta Stem, Race Face Atlas Bars, FSA Pig DH Headset, Avid Code 5 Brakes F+R, XT Shifter, Saint Deraileur, FSA Gravity Wheels, Maxxis Minion Tires F+R, Race Face Atlas Crank 36T, DMR Platform Pedals (red),Manitou Metel Rear Shock, blah, blah, blah...
a Weekend Warrior
from rome, italy
Date Reviewed: March 7, 2009
Strengths: quality parts, lightweight for travel and intented use, freedrive system work all time when pedaling, no bobbing, good-excellent manovrability from singletrack to freeride abuse to downhill. again surprise me after two years!!!!
Weaknesses: non so far
buy it.save your money. for the price you can try a black secret diamond... surprised me and my friends!!
Strengths: Downhill racing, cross country rides. Extreme rocky sections, tight banked turns, good fighting weight. This bike descends very predictably, and it climbs just as well in the middle ring as the bottom.
Weaknesses: None so far.
This bike is a great bike if you can only have one bike and need it to do everything. It pedals very well, especially for a 40 pound bike. I use mine to race DH, trail ride, some urban, big droppin, and even big flat drops. This bike has taken a beating, and required only regular maintenance. I even have the stock Singletrack rims on it, still works awesome!
Similar Products Used: Demo, Enduro, Jamis thingy.... SC bullit, all the fun stuff kinda.
Bike Setup: Stock except for a thomson post and spec saddle
a Weekend Warrior
from S.LakeTahoe, CA USA
Date Reviewed: June 21, 2007
Strengths: Suspension design and components are top notch on the 2007 model. This bike is the sh**.
Weaknesses: Had to send the 66 SL1 in for warranty, but now is AWESOME. I had to replace the crankset with a double ring unit to make the climbing easier, thus had to add front derailler and shifter.
I read all the reviews on this model and was a little skepticle. The main reason for the purchase was the weight of the bike, 9 lbs lighter than my Norco. The component spec is top notch. Nothing but the best here. The only thing that sucked was the fork and the lack of the double front ring. After the upgrade, I went and road Mr. Toads in Lake Tahoe. This bike climbs outstanding. Accelerates with ease and rolls over the rocks no problem. As for the DH side of the ride, all I can say is WOW. I havene't even got the suspension dialed and was way faster than my Norco. I love this bike. The price is right, the weight is right, and the bike is right.
Bike Setup: Stock set up w/ exception of xt front derailler, sram x9 shifter and truvativ crankset w/ 32/22 ring set.
from Oslo, Norway
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2006
Strengths: I love the Bike. I have the 06'mod. It have only quality parts. the rock shox boxxer ride is soooo smooth, u can adjust it so much. I love the freedrive, it helps me a lot when i'm pedaling
Weaknesses: not so much. My fork dind't have full travel in the beginning, just around 120mm out of 178mm. so it took me around a week to get the replacements. it was only 120mm because it had too much fluid. and the I broke somthing inside.
I bought this bike for around 1,5month ago. It's so smuth riding the small tracks, like we have hear in norway, justlike the uk tracks. the fork is so plush, just right for me, absorbing everything that comes in the way. and the dhx 4 shock also is whery smooth. I where looking for a bike, then I saw: transition dirtbag, norco A-line, Ironhorse (ironhores) yackuza DH. and moore. this bike is GOOOOOD
Similar Products Used: demo9, stinky, stinky dee-lux, norco team DH. mongoose EC-D.
Bike Setup: singeltrack sl wheels. dhx4 shock, boXXer ride fork, holzfeller coponentry like crank, and stem/bar combo. sram x-9. magura gustav M brakes, sdg air seat.
from nsw australia
Date Reviewed: September 25, 2006
Strengths: From top to bottom its xlnt,very user friendly. Straight away I felt sure & balanced, confident thru the air. You have to almost try to losse traction in fast corners. The adjustalbe front forks make setup fast & simple,(travel & compresion on the fly).The sram shifters are instantanious.
Weaknesses: cable placement, gear cable gets pinched on full right lock. a little slow on acceleration.
I spent a year searching & testing before deciding on the blackdiamond triple. If your after a bike to open up your adrenalin glands, save yourself the hassle & time, buy it now.