We classify the BottleRocket as the original slopestyle bike that set the standard for a new generation of bikes. Knowing not everyone has access to a slopestyle park we designed the BottleRocket to be one of the best do it all short travel freeride bikes around...
Strengths: fast light and rockin bike schools jumps best bike i ever rode
Weaknesses: no weakness
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Date Reviewed: July 1, 2011
Strengths: this bike kills it with the rest of them i cant belive how you can throw this thing from flis to flip whips to varials man incredible got to get one very fun too ride very similar to my mob with a shock
Weaknesses: i could not find one i smashed this bike hard in some crazy ditches from flip whips the shock fely weird from a hard tail but hits a killa coma a bit heavy but thats good when you getthe feel of it easy to flow tricks on if you now what i mean it predictable
killa combo ready to poach any thing you could through at and not as gay feeling as a full downhill rig. hold on i mean. it aint no downhiller harpoons freedo. it just alot more nimble alot more quick a full heavy bike always rides the candle stick..... freeride all the way
Bike Setup: Fox talas 2011 ,notubes ztr flow ,Saint Teile ,Avid elixir CR
a Weekend Warrior
from Santa Cruz
Date Reviewed: February 18, 2011
Strengths: Strong and fast
Weaknesses: Paint chips easy (not a big deal just sucks)
This bike is very nice it can take anything, I ride with a lot of DH riders and I have no problems keeping up or leading. I like the way it feels on jumps very stable and maneuverable, I would say the bike has improved my riding and made it that much more fun. Very fast off the start and keeps its speed also it handles turns very good and that seems to be where I loose people the most.
With the xfusion rear shock i can lock out my suspension and i have no problem riding back to the top of the trails.
Pretty much i would say if you are looking for a bike that can ride DH do FR and still be able to get back to the top of the trail with out much effort then this is a good bike.
Similar Products Used: big hit blk mrkt cannondale vp free
Bike Setup: 2010 bottle rocket fox 36 fork race face atlas bars 8 speed with sram x5 shifter and sram x9 derailure azonic outlaw wheels and xfusion 02rc rear shock and deity cranks gamut chain guide.
a Weekend Warrior
from Alexandria, VA
Date Reviewed: December 3, 2010
Strengths: Flickable, jumps very well, lands like a bike with more travel than it has, climbs well, rides downhill fairly well.
Weaknesses: A bit heavy. Single pivot can get overwhelmed in rocks or roots at speed.
The bottlerocket builds up on the heavy side, mine's about 37lb, but rides light--my BR serves as my main trail/all mountain bike and climbs pretty well. I also guinea-pig bigger jumps, ride downhill and FR, and hit the occasional rhythm set on it. This is honestly the best bike I've ever owned. Low maintenance, just rides well, and I've been incredibly impressed with its capability as a trail bike.
Similar Products Used: reign x, sx trail, sx, mongoose black diamond, coiler
Bike Setup: 2007 frame, domain, dhx 5, 325s, 2.3 nevegals, formula rxs w/ 7" rotors, etc.
from Rapid City, SD
Date Reviewed: October 18, 2010
Strengths: Stiff, strong, can handle anything, easy to work on. 1.5" headtube,
Weaknesses: paint chips and scratches a little too easily but not to bad. Dont let that fact discourage you from buying this bike.
This bike is fantastic. I weigh 220 pounds and I dont notice any flex what so ever. It feels like it has way more than 5.5 inches of travel. I ride this everywhere from pretty technical downhill with rock gardens, drops, and jumps to taking it to the dirt jumps. Its not great on super tight dirt jumps but overall, it handles dj's pretty well. Also, rock gardens are a little harsh on it but the bottlerocket gets the job done. Besides ridiculous rock gardens, this bike can handle just about anything. I was worried at first that it wouldn't have enough travel but now that i've been riding it for 3 months or so, the suspension feels bottomless. The guys I worked with through email at transition were really helpful and I'd gladly work with them again if I have any problems with the bike or if I want another.
Similar Products Used: Kona Coiler. Specialized SX trail. Scott Voltage 10. Kona Stinky. Cove STD.
Bike Setup: RS Domain 318 coil u-turn. Marzocchi Roco TST R. Avid Code 5 brakes. Mix of Deore and SLX components. Raceface cranks. Transition Revolution 32 Wheels. Maxxis Minnion tires.
a Weekend Warrior
from Hickory NC USA
Date Reviewed: October 4, 2010
Strengths: It definitely felt like a 7 inch bike, very nimble, pedaled great, it loved to go fast.
Weaknesses: I broke at the headtube. The rear end had lots of flex side to side. Not happy with the costumer service. They dint make anything right even though I broke 2 of their frames at the headtube. Its a good bike for trail riding but nothing else.
I know I will never own a Transition again. Both bike felt good while they lasted but they break to easy.
Similar Products Used: Haro x-1, haro x-3, Santa Cruz bullit, >>>>>>>Transition Gran Mal(broke headtube)<<<<<<<<
Bike Setup: 66vf, Avid code, sram, saint cranks, maxxis.
a Weekend Warrior
from Live Oak, TX USA
Date Reviewed: August 14, 2009
Strengths: Geometry, strength.
Weaknesses: None so far
Very solid bike, rides like a BMX bike with great suspension. Have done several downhill runs this summer on it and could not believe how well it handled with only 5.5" travel. Steering is precise and the back end soaks up everything nicely. Did notice that the derailure cable was sawing through my top tube very badly, make sure and wrap the cable or protect the frame with something. Very good handling, fun bike to ride everywhere.
a Weekend Warrior
from Hickory, North Carolina
Date Reviewed: December 22, 2008
Strengths: everything from the head tube down to the swing arm!
Super reliable! It pushes me in every direction. I can ride trails on my bottle rocket the same as i can on my 9" travel bike and not slow me down! And in the same set-up you can ride dirt jumps easily, corners great and my personal favorite is that its more balanced than any other bike Ive ridden. I dont care who you are or what your riding style is, the "Bottle Rocket" is the perfect bike for anybody!
Similar Products Used: x-1,bullit,vp-free,steelhead,gran mal
Bike Setup: 66vf2 and other good parts.
from Spokane WA US
Date Reviewed: December 3, 2008
Strengths: Thsi bike is very solid all around. The first thing that stuck out to me was how well it jumped. This bike boosts off dirt jumps and is really fun in the air. The frame is solid and there is no flex. Perfect bike for all freeriding.
Weaknesses: maybe a little heavy for a 5.5 travel bike. But other than that if you use it for what its intended to be used for its perfect.
Buy this bike if you like hitting big jumps, and drops and love throwin style into everything. Don't buy it if you just want to mash rough downhills or ride it cross country.
Similar Products Used: Giant Faith, Giant Reign, Stinky, hardtails.
Bike Setup: 66RC2X with DHX5.0 - perfectly balanced ride. E13 LG1, EX721s, Juicys, Raceface Cranks, Truvative bars, stem.
from bellingham, wa
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2008
Strengths: Strong, beefy, but not too heavy, simple design.
Weaknesses: None if used for it's intended purpose.
Finding the one bike to do it all is hard to do. It is possible to ride this bike in other arenas such as xc or dh, but it will not be at it's best. The bike's true character comes out when it's in the air. Freeriding on stunts and logs are fine on this bike, but it is best doing djs, flowing trails with gaps and jumps, and drops. I've taken this thing on long xc rides, fr at galbraith mt. raced dh, and Whistler mt. XC rides are ok, dh not the fastest, fr is good, but it changed my riding experience at Whistler. Iv'e ridden tons of different bikes up there in the past 6 years and they've all worked well, but the difference with this bike is that it hits everything up there with style in mind. It's very balanced in the air and promotes longer hang time. Flows nicely from berms to jumps and has enough travel to get you through the rough stuff. With this bike I've stopped trying to hurry down the hill, but rather enjoy everything that's available on the trail.
Strengths: Price its quite cheap, Its overbuilt Like a DH bike but with DJ/slopestyle geometry and the travel of a XC bike 5.5 inch RWT great for big slopestyle tracks, Pedals like a hard tail, virtually no maintenance, looks great
Weaknesses: HEAVY not the best on fire trails, Not great over rock gardens but what did you expect its got the RWT of a XC bike
Yes you can use this as your one bike to do everything but this is a slopestyle bike not a freerider if you have nice groomed berms and jumps than look no further this bike is for you.
But don't expect to beat your XC buddies up the hill or your DH mates down its not a magic bike.
The Reign x is a better allrounder and soo much lighter Bottle rocket is still great though but I think other reviews hype it up a bit its not the ultimate do it all bike it is in fact quite specialized.
Well for you guys who read my last thread, you know about what a pain it was to get this bike running. Well, I finally got it all done up yesterday, took it for a ride to day, and am more than pleased to say it rips. Combined with a new riding spot I've found, the level of stoke achieved today was t ... Read More »
I was looking at the last version of Blindside and saw it had adjustable geometry via the rocker. Does anyone know if that part could be put on the Bottlerocket? I don't know if there would be any gain in the adjustability for a BR. Thought maybe it would be neat to have a shorter tr ... Read More »
Just bought an '07 Botttlerocket and my first bike with a coil. Shock is a DHX 5.0 and has a 400 lb spring. I am 185 lbs and thinking I need to bump up the spring rate... recommendations?
Also thinking I set SAG based on spring rate, prior to fine tuning with air?
Thanks for the help, much a ... Read More »
I want to swap some brakes onto my BR and looking at it this evening, it appears I have to disconnect the linkage and the rear shock. Is that the correct way to do it?
edit: for anyone wondering, yes, you do and its super simple.
-joelRead More »
Anyone ride a bottlerocket for am/trail riding? There's a nice one on craigslist and I've been thinking about trading my 2010 enduro for it. It has an adjustable seatpost and lyrik so it should be climb friendly. I love my enduro but I'm open to something new. I ride rocky socal terrain and hit dro ... Read More »