Haro Escape 8.1 Freeride Hardtail

4.07/5 (28 Reviews)
MSRP : $660.00


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by John Hamilton a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2008

Strengths:    This's for the Escape08, What can I say , well the frame is realy cool.

Weaknesses:    The down grade in components is definitely a back step for Haro maybe they should cut cost else where (like Management wages) instead of components.

Bottom Line:   
The Haro Escape is a well designed bike and has potential to be a very sweet ride if you’re willing to spend some cash to upgrade components. It seem Haro decision makers a more interested in their hip pocket than the product that brings in the DOLLARS!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   Escape08 Frame, for now.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cody Larckson a Weekend Warrior from NC

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2007

Strengths:    The great frame, the seat on the 06 models are good and for the most part it is great.

Weaknesses:    The cranks are kinda weak but other than that it is a great bike.

Bottom Line:   
A great bike for getting into serios mountain biking. You can't go wrong with it and it will not fail you.

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Favorite Trail:   Bent Creek NC

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $665.00

Purchased At:   Carolina Fatz


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TOxIK a Weekend Warrior from Russia, Moscow

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2007

Strengths:    Very strong frame(it goes with higher models 8.2 and 8.3 as well), well-designed geometry for street/4X(but occured to be too short for me). As for stock parts (year 2005) I enjoyed truvativ cranks and bars while other parts were not so durable

Weaknesses:    Frame has no weaknesses at all
Seat wore out short, as well as rims did. Fork has no oil so it's very unsensitive and you'd rather replace it. What's more... Mechanical brakes are suitable only for city ryde and not for mountains


Bottom Line:   
This bike is great if you are just beginning practicing in MTB, though you are welcome to put other parts on a frame and use it more seriousely. In any case it's one of the best choices for a price in a market, I'll highly recommend it to anyone

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Velosite

Similar Products Used:   Some cheap bikes

Bike Setup:   Marz MZ comp fork, Deore, Truvativ, Alex DM-18 rims, Kenda tires, Hayes MX-2 brakes

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mike zbikowski a Racer from newburgh, ny, usa

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2007

Strengths:    frame and tires, pedals and cranks

Weaknesses:    fork is like a pogo stick and weak, wheels needed to be trued every other run, gears dont shift good grips were uncomfotable and tore quickly

Bottom Line:   
good bike for beginner in freeride or ok for extreme xc

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Favorite Trail:   stewart

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   cedar bike

Similar Products Used:   cannondale f700, haro sx comp, and gt avalanche 3.o disk

Bike Setup:   stock except for the T.H.E grips

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Dave Hansford a Cross Country Rider from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2007

Strengths:    The Brilliant Frame

Weaknesses:    The crappy components

Bottom Line:   
This was my first bike, and it was a brilliant (and lucky, as I knew Jack about bikes) choice. It's taken all the inevitable knocks, drops and flips that come with learning to ride, including a huge crash that pretty much destroyed the rims, forks and bars. The frame stayed straight as a die.
As the admittedly crappy original components wore out or broke, I spent the money on some decent replacements and I continue to love this bike. I'm not a downhiller, or a racer (I'm 47, for Christ's sake), but some of our tracks round here are pretty rugged and this bike never looks like baulking. Yes, it's heavy, but so am I. If I were really serious about grams, I'd go on a diet.

Looks like I paid a fortune for it compared to you guys in the US, so it dips out a bit on value, but get one at the right price, throw away the Quad brakes and the deraileurs and have yourself a good time!

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Favorite Trail:   Anything on Makara Peak

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   $1000

Bike Setup:   SRAM X9, Juicy Sevens, Race Face Diabolus cranks, Race Face carbon risers, Mavic 819 Discs, Hope XC hubs, Thomson stem

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Cody j a Downhiller from Salem, OR,USA

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2007

Strengths:    This is for the 2007 base model escape. Solid yet lite frame, nice sticky tires,marzocci shocks with lock out feature and 120mm of travel are pretty plush and nice for climbing but i dont know how they'll hold on constant drops will update in a little while.

Weaknesses:    Brakes rub, bent the truvativ crank the first day out(shop replaced that day), second day out rear derailer shifted into rear wheel spokes and broke off(shop replaced that day) rims spokes came loose really quickly/out of true

Bottom Line:   
ho hum basicly just bought it for frame and forks

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Favorite Trail:   blackrock

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Santiam bicycles

Similar Products Used:   norco bigfoot,diamond back

Bike Setup:   Stock 2007 haro escape base model

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by luke a Weekend Warrior from south australia

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2007

Strengths:    every thing but the derailer

Weaknesses:    derailer

Bottom Line:   
this is te perfect bike to own

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $549.00

Purchased At:   cash converters

Similar Products Used:   dont no wat this means

Bike Setup:   to long too explain

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by some kid a Weekend Warrior from hellertown

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2006

Strengths:    nice solid frame truativ bars and cranks rock not well suited for street dirt jumping

Weaknesses:    gears suck turn it into a single speed

Bottom Line:   
this bike is overall pretty good

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Favorite Trail:   Steel City

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Sv Bikes

Similar Products Used:   haro thread 1

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jake from Pawcatuck, CT, USA

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2006

Strengths:    This bike has one of the strongest frames I've ever ridden. The rear drop outs look bullit-proof, the stays are super stiff, and the head tube is super-sturdy. The 8.1 came with an excellent assortment of components for the price.

Weaknesses:    The bike was great for the first year. However, I have recently gotten into freeriding. The stock wheels needed truing way to often and I was forced to upgrade. I bent my third chainring and replaced it with a bashguard. Obviosly, the stock MZ Comp fork had to be replaced to take hits. The chain seems to have too much slap, but that can be remedied by removing some links.

Bottom Line:   
This is a must-buy for anyone who is first starting to ride. The components are great for the money, and the frame is rock-solid. When you pick a riding style and have the cash, you can upgrade and adapt this bike to fit andything from downhill to all-mountain. The bike climbs great, feels nimble on the trail, descends with great control, and inspires confidence in the air. You can't go wrong with this bike!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Rose City Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hardrock Pro, Trek Session 77

Bike Setup:   Mavic XM 117 wheels, Sherman Slider Plus, Race Face bashguard, 8" front rotor. Otherwise stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jake from Pawcatuck, CT, USA

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2006

Strengths:    This bike has one of the strongest frames I've ever ridden. The rear drop outs look bullit-proof, the stays are super stiff, and the head tube is super-sturdy. The 8.1 came with an excellent assortment of components for the price.

Weaknesses:    The bike was great for the first year. However, I have recently gotten into freeriding. The stock wheels needed truing way to often and I was forced to upgrade. I bent my third chainring and replaced it with a bashguard. Obviosly, the stock MZ Comp fork had to be replaced to take hits. The chain seems to have too much slap, but that can be remedied by removing some links.

Bottom Line:   
This is a must-buy for anyone who is first starting to ride. The components are great for the money, and the frame is rock-solid. When you pick a riding style and have the cash, you can upgrade and adapt this bike to fit andything from downhill to all-mountain. The bike climbs great, feels nimble on the trail, descends with great control, and inspires confidence in the air. You can't go wrong with this bike!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Rose City Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hardrock Pro, Trek Session 77

Bike Setup:   Mavic XM 117 wheels, Sherman Slider Plus, Race Face bashguard, 8" front rotor. Otherwise stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim Davis a Downhiller from Fredericton New Brunswick Canada

Date Reviewed: May 1, 2006

Strengths:    Amazing, after 2 years of some harsh riding on this bike and how does it hold up, i'm clueless, I've had no problems since last review i posted here.
Upgraded to a Marzocchi Z1 Freeride with 2004 lowers 2003 uppers, with 130mm travel and ETA...WOW Blow me away, the difference is incredible (Got it on ebay for 180$ it was MINT!)


Weaknesses:    I've had no problems what so ever...

Bottom Line:   
I have the 2004 Haro escape 8.1 and I prefer the 2004's over the 2005's as they kinda skimpped on the components.
No skimping on the 04's and its noticeable!
I look at it and I swear it's just a bike that calls to be ridden hard!
I use it for downhill mostly, little street stuff some dirtjumps 4 feet max, this thing is the all terrain BOMB!
I would gladly pay 600$ for one of these, I got it for 350$ i'm not gonna complain!

Great for anyone on a budget, extremely reliable, I took care of it myself, never brought it to the bike store for anything in 2 years and it runs smoother than some bikes that come out of those stores!

The 2004's are getting hard to find, if you see one and your looking for a bike, I recommend grabbing it before your kicking yourself the day after someone else buys it!

Don't buy it if your doing just town riding...unless you plan on putting street tires on it, THIS IS NO TOURING BIKE!

It's a rocket on 2 wheels, and maintains itself, can't get any better can you?

Only problem i've encountered is people watching me like a hawk as most robbers would like to see this in their garage! People have tried to steal mine 2 times already, although neither of them knew how to ride a bike as they dumped it on my front lawn...

Anyway, if you don't have a grand to blow on a bike, pick one of these up for 350-600$ you cannot go wrong!

***INCREDIBLE!!!***

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Favorite Trail:   O'dell park trail "Roots & Rocks"

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   ebay, where else?

Similar Products Used:   Specialized P1 P2 P3 nothing compares to the Haro Escape series...

Bike Setup:   Put some maxxis high roller 2.5's on the front and back, feel wicked!
Marzocchi Z1 Freerides, fork tracks more than my friends 3000$ bike!
removed a couple links from chain so it doesn't "slap" as much, 100% better :)

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by a xmas elf a Weekend Warrior from north pole

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2006

Strengths:    not much to fill this section with so i'll just babble.
really the frame and pedals are the only part worth keeping if you were planning on cutomizing.


Weaknesses:    fork. bottoms out on a drop less than two foot
cranks. bend after one off
tyres. sidewalls extremely weak, cave in turning
and a whole load of other crap i wont waste time going into


Bottom Line:   
if you're short on money and looking for a good value bike i suggest looking else wherethis thing wont provide
the only thing you pay for is the marzocchi sticker that peels off the fork.

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Favorite Trail:   dirt

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   a bike store (duh)

Similar Products Used:   other crap that breaks

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jitariu Andrei a Weekend Warrior from Bacau, Romania

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2005

Strengths:    i will refer only to the frame Haro Escape 8.1 2003:
-great handling and good control...good reinforsment near the headset area and the seatpost


Weaknesses:    the rear end doesn't inspires to much trust even if i done a 5 ft flat drop with it and i havent broke the frame just the bottom braket(it was a th industries anyway)

Bottom Line:   
good frame for entry level even rocky but i'll rather chose the 2005 model instead of mine..that one is better structured

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Favorite Trail:   anything i can handle

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   www.ebay.com

Similar Products Used:   nothing to important to mention

Bike Setup:   rockshox judy tt truvativ hussefelt crank giga pipe team dh bottom braket mavic disc rims deore hubs maxxis tires xtr cassette

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andy Singley a Downhiller from Princeton NJ USA

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2005

Strengths:    Great for any beginner rider. Light in comparison to other hardtail frames, and handles very well in the air. So far, the frame has been very durable. It took whiteface no problem. UNBELIEVABLY VERSITLE.

Weaknesses:    Fork is very short. Not very adjustable. If you are planning on really DHing, you are going to want a new fork. However, upgrading the fork throws off the geometry.

Also, the stock brakes are very bad for DHing, after 1 day they will wear out. Stock tires obtain flats while freeriding very easily.

Seat is uncomfortable after a long day of riding.


Bottom Line:   
Perfect for the all-around rider. If you are not a downhiller, and you can spend a little money on minor upgrades, i would deffinately reccomend this bike. Haro makes great frames, but with this frame composed of alluminum i am afraid that anything over a 6ft drop will crack the rear triangle off.

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Favorite Trail:   Whatever is available

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   wheel life cycles

Similar Products Used:   treck, kona hardtails

Bike Setup:   e thirteen chain guard (great)
new pedals
8" rotors front and back
Hope M4 brakes (sick)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Kyle a Downhiller from west linn, oregon

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2005

Strengths:    Definatly the truvativ bars. the brakes are okay, but you'll want to upgrade later. frame felt nice and solid and tires rolled good

Weaknesses:    cranks, they wont lats you. fork was a pile and slow to rebound and thats the only two things that drove me away from it

Bottom Line:   
get this bike for the frame, and run a nice fork and some hussefelt cranks. you'll have a sick bike then. the stock setup is more made for trail. shop around, and if nothing better comes up, buy it.

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Favorite Trail:   anything

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $530.00

Purchased At:   tested at bike gallery

Similar Products Used:   P.1 Cr-Mo ( own ) P.2 ( own )

Bike Setup:   stock

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