Bike Setup: truvative huseffelt front end..maxxis tires
a Cross Country Rider
from Mendenhall, PA
Date Reviewed: September 26, 2007
Strengths: One of the top 5 strongest frames I know of. A very good blend of components The Geometry and strength of parts(frame, wheels, fork,) are amazing besides the crank
Weaknesses: The stock deraileurs and crank
No question the best bike you can by at this price point. My bike ccame with SX24 Rims, Kenda Nevegal Tires, Hussefelt risers(incredible), Sx4 rear deraileur and Alivio Front. I am incredibly happy with the bike. My dad has a Cannondale F300, and my bike feels in a different level(higher) than his bike. His bike feels jittery and jumpy in turns and over rocks and roots. The Haro's Hydroformed frame feels incredibly stiff, the fork is great for XC, and the bike has a ridiculously stable confidence inspiring, skill-building feel. I could have no higher praise for a bike of this price range. The only things I dislike are the shaky crank and deraileurs. The brakes are also phenomenal. If you buy this bike, you can not go wrong(I am a begginer and plan on keeping this bike for a LONG time)for anything less than a pro.
PS- if you are looking for light weight, although this bike is by no means heavy(around 29 pounds?) and is great at climbing, you may want to look elsewhere.
Similar Products Used: None Really, Maybe Jamis Eureka
Bike Setup: Stock, planet bike seat pack, 2 water bottle cages, x.9f/r deraileur, soon to be new crank(FSA V Drive, Truvativ Stylo/FireX, Shimano Hollowtech, Bontrager Big Earl?) and chain.
from Hickory NC
Date Reviewed: September 29, 2006
Strengths: The Biggest drop I have hit so far was a stair case that was about five feet during an urban session with a couple of buddies. I was impressed that nothing bent or broke landing that hard on flat concrete. The frame is awsome and will withstand being slamed agian and agian.
Weaknesses: The front fork is to soft and doesnt have enough travel. I am hopeing to upgrade to bombers soon. I have also broken two spokes in the rear wheel already but thats no big deal, an easy fix.
This is a great all around bike. It's a little heavy for a hardcore cross country rider. But overall its a great bike for any situation, and will hold up to any thing you throw at it.
Bike Setup: Kenda Nevegal 2.35 on the rear, and a Nevegal 2.50 on the front. Everything else is still stock.
from North Carolina
Date Reviewed: May 16, 2006
Strengths: Sturdy frame, great geometry, strong wheelset w/excellent brakes, and it was a steal with the components it came with.
Weaknesses: By far the worst cranks I have ever used. I bent them off of a 2' drop and I only weigh 165. Switch them out with a better pair right off the bat and save some trouble.
I loved this bike. It was fast, maneuverable and sturdy so you don't have to worry about the bike when you ride it off something. It comes with Sun HillRod rims which for the price were very hard to throw out of true. I rode this bike for the better part of a year and I have only had to true the rims once. I have ridden everything from raised trails to urban to dirt jumping and the bike has always been reliable. It's geometry made it really easy to manual and wheelies come as naturally as walking.
Bottom Line: Get this bike if you are a beginner and want a good bike to learn on, or if you just want to save some money. It won't dissapoint.
Similar Products Used: All types of freeride hardtails.
Bike Setup: Stock except for grips.
a Weekend Warrior
from pembroke,ma usa
Date Reviewed: December 27, 2005
Strengths: Brakes have great power and feel.Strong beefy frame.Feels relativly nimble and easy to control. Very sturdy and predictable at high speeds and technical sections. Great looking bike.
Weaknesses: Forks are decent but feel a little squishy even after proper settings. I have had crank problems since the first month i had this. Also chainrings seem to be cheesier than normal. Notchy shifting.
Great bike for aggresive trail riding. Deff. a true downhill bike! Feels Great on intense downhills! This bike is not at all intended to be on the road. If you want to do alot of road riding along with trails than look somewhere else. Other than that this is a awesome bike. Experts will not appreciate the stock fork
a Weekend Warrior
from Willis, TX
Date Reviewed: November 16, 2005
Strengths: Incredible frame. I wish bikes like this were available back in '98; I wouldn't have bought my former Trek XC bike. Good components for the most part: bars, stem, brakes. This thing is great for wheelies. Very solid feeling, great steering. Despite what other's have stated, I haven't had any problems with the cranks. Yet, at least.
Weaknesses: Okay, here we go. The fork, while it works great for riding, is a bad spec on this type of bike. If you're a "Clydesdale" and just ride around on it, then it shouldn't be a problem. Not much adjustability, though. I have the '04 version of this bike, and it came with a Marzocchi EXR Pro Coil fork (105mm travel). I dropped off a bleacher to flat ground, and it put cracks in the lowers. Oil would drip out of the bottom of both legs. This drop was only about 18 inches, and I only did it once. I'm not really that heavy, about 170lbs.
That's the problem; you have an XC fork on a freeride-type bike. Marzocchi replaced it with a 2005 version of the fork and told me not to do anything like that again with this fork. Which I haven't.
The tires are another poor choice. While they seem to be great tires, the rear tire rubs the frame everytime you turn hard or stand up and sprint hard. 2.1" tires are a better choice for the rear, at least.
The wheelset itself wasn't particularly impressive, but it worked. I replaced the stock wheels and tires with XT hubs, RynoliteXL rims, and Specialized Compound ATB Pro urban tires. The 2.2" tires are a great fit because of the rounded profile. Everyone should have a set of these tires; they're incredible.
It ain't light. If you're looking for an light XC bike, look elsewhere. Think of this bike as a Hummer H-1, where an XC bike would be a regular SUV. It's a jack of all traits, but a master of none. Don't worry about counting grams with this one. Just ride the damn thing, and it will remind you of how riding just for the sake of riding is still fun.
Bike Setup: Stock except for the wheelset, tires, and grips.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 28, 2005
Strengths: This is the single most solid stock freeride hardtail on the market. The Frame is Huge, and i cannot stress that enough, it is massive, and really stiff, and really nice geometry for me (im 5'11" and 240lbs, riding a medium)The stock components are also really really nice, included in the package are sram x7 shifters and deraileur in the back, and a deore up front, it came with a bash guard, and 18 speeds, whichwas fine for me. Also, it has avid BB5 mech disc brakes with an 8 up front and a 6 in back, and they have some serious stopping power. The Kenda nevegal and blue groove tires, int the rear and front respectively, are great,. and grip in most conditions, the only one i have had trouble with thus far is sandy stuff, but not much round here. Truvativ cranks are not that bad, could be upgraded, and the handle bars are also truvativs, hussefelts, and theyre oversized, which are really stiff and handle great. finally, the fork isnt bad at all, the manitou splice comp, though they are a budget item, but their 130 mm holds its own, the only thing they realy lack really is adjustments
Weaknesses: The fork could be better, but is fine for me. also, the paint kinda sucks, it chips pretty easily, but its only cosmetic, and since its an aluminum frame, no worries for rust. also, the stock rear tire is a 2.35, and i super knobby, and they rub the rear triangle quite a bit, but again, not a huge deal. theres nothing to complain about on this bike though, its super solid
This bike is great, theyre is absolutely nothing wrong with its inistial set up, i freeride with this bike, do cross country and a little urban, as well as hit my big ass kickers. this bike will do it all, no problem, but it is a little slow on the climbs, and has some issues with tight turns, but nothing to totally reject it for. i love this bike, and aside from the upgrades i wish to make, most of which will be made within the next month or so, and is all just personal preference i dont really need a big ring, and the short cage is preventitive of slapping, this bike is a killer value, i mean ridiculous, nothing better, buy this bike, i love haro bikes, and have always ridden them
Bike Setup: Stock, but i am upgrading the 6 inch rear rotor to an 8, and i am putting a short road cage on the back and taking off the big ring up front, but thats nothing huge, the only big thing i would do is maybe put a 24 inch wheel on the back, and if i do hurt the fork beyond comprehensible repair, i would upgrade it to a marzocchi drop off z1 fr3
a Weekend Warrior
from sydney, NSW, Australia
Date Reviewed: September 7, 2005
Strengths: Great overall bike, strong frame with good parts. Great forks for things like DJ's
Weaknesses: Not much, rear mech broke quite easily, was gonna upgrade anyway
Its a really good bike. strong frame with very good parts. bought the bike for $1200 Australian (normally worth $1700), really good value. Upgraded rear deraileur and tyres, i seamed to be getting a lot of flats with the stock tyres.
Bike Setup: maxxis highrollers 26x2.5, sram x.9 rear mech with x.0 shifters, 8" rear rotor
from HPeasy NC
Date Reviewed: August 25, 2005
Strengths: Burly frame with dialed geometry, amazing brakes, decent components for the price...
Weaknesses: Needs upgrades on cranks, fork, grips and other small items.
It is critical that everyone reading this review understands how big an understatement I am making when I say that this frame is spectacular. This bike corners like it was specifically engineered for every turn you take. It is perfectly balanced in the air, making it great for jumping and dropping. It has a very wide balance point making it easy to manual and wheelie (I love to ride wheelies and I can ride from my house to class without dropping the front end once). But the best part about this bike is its versatility. It performs as well going up a big hill as it does going down, making it an effective XC bike as well as a maneuverable and blazingly fast downhill monster.
The components are also worth mentioning. The bike comes stock with Hussefelt bars, Shimano derailleurs, Sun rims and Hayes brakes. And even though these are not top of the line components, they do the job, and they do it well. I am especially a fan of the brakes. At 160lbs I can go from 35mph to 0 in a little over a bike length on dry asphalt. Try that one next time you are in your car.
There is however one item that cannot be ignored: the cranks. These things are pure garbage, like a toy you would find in the bottom of a Happy Meal covered in fry grease. I bent mine dropping off of a curb and was so suprised that I actually thought I had broken my ankle before I realized that the right arm was bent like a putter from a cheap minigolf course.
Bottom Line: This bike is well worth the money, especially if you plan to upgrade some of the components.
from vail aria, colorado, usa
Date Reviewed: August 1, 2005
Strengths: bomb proof frame verry solid a bit heavy but its worth the durabuility.(i got the frame by itself with the stock fork)
Weaknesses: none at all
this frame takes it all powers up hill with that awsome marzocchi mx comp w/eta(btw the best fork iv ever ownd and only 250 bux)itl take 10 foot drops without too much worry but is better sueted for 6 footers taks em no sweat itl ceep up with some dh bikes and is sturdy none of that creeking its got a nice big dent on the bottom from sliding into a tree but hasnt effected strength(at least i havnt noticed) so if u can get ur hands on this bike its a must buy i give it five tasty chillys for the most bomb proof frame out there
Similar Products Used: theres nothin like it.(at least not that ive used)
Bike Setup: i upgraided to the marzocchi mx comp w/eta this fork is lighter and better than a dirt jumper just get the 120mm sram x9 rear derailur and trigger shifters, cane creek zs z9 head set, avid mech ball baring discs, shimano xt hubs sun rhyno rims, Race Face Diabolus X Type Crankset, and crank bros stainless egg beaters
from Pittsburgh, PA
Date Reviewed: July 20, 2005
Strengths: frame, brakes, shifters
I love this bike. I have been riding it hard in all different situations almost daily since April and it still feels brand new. The bike is really solid. It is also very versatile. I ride it for miles on technical single track to get to my favorite downhill spots and then use it to get everywhere in the city doing drops and stairs all along the way. I even take it when I go with my XC friends. I am not the fastest (but not the slowest) on the climbs, but blow everybody away on the way back down. The only things I don't care for are the tires and grips. The fork could probably use heavier springs for really big drops, but is fine otherwise. If you are looking for a really fun, versatile bike this is the way to go.
a Cross Country Rider
from columbus, oh
Date Reviewed: May 16, 2005
Strengths: Good shifting, good crank, good headset
Weaknesses: This is my Second 8.2, and both bikes rear triangle have bent. The spacing between the frame and the tire is way too close!!! If you turn hard, it will rub...if you pedal hard, it will rub. I am about to trash the frame and keep the parts.
I like this bike, Excellent Geometry, but it is quite heavy. The Frame design in the rear needs to be wider in order to fit a large diameter tire. I believe that you can order a tougher spring for the fork to make it less prone to bottoming out. The rest of the bike works out for what i use it for. (urban riding)
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Hey all, sorry if this isnt the right forum for this thread but I couldnt find my answer anywhere and this forum gets the most traffic. Thanks in advance for the advice. I have the opportunity to get a lightly used 2005 Haro 8.2 Escape with a size small frame. According to the internet the frame is ... Read More »