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Date Reviewed: December 31, 2011
Strengths: Great price, great components, heavy duty, sleek design, complete awesomeness. I've heard numerous complaints about the fork but it's been completely fine for the past month. The preload adjustment is super easy and the fork is smooth as butter.
Weaknesses: The crank seems to have a very slight wobble but it doesn't seem to effect the performance. The bike is otherwise solid.
For $350, this is the best fr/dirt jumper around. It's a heavy duty bike with awesome components and good looks.
a Weekend Warrior
from PA, USA
Date Reviewed: July 4, 2011
Strengths: very strong frame
unique geometry which is surprisingly comfortable on long rides
Weaknesses: questionable components
mechanical disc brakes
The komodo is a very cheap bike for what you get. The parts aren't so great but i like it that way because i intend to upgrade it extensively. I've only had minor issues with the bike that were basically my own fault, all of which you could solve with a hex wrench. I recommend this bike to anyone who enjoys riding hard and upgrading their bikes, also to anyone who is just looking for a knock around bike or beginner's bike.
a Weekend Warrior
from staten Island, NY
Date Reviewed: April 21, 2011
Strengths: geometry, can handle a 6" travel fork.
Purchased the frame for 80$ on ebay and could not be happier. I rounded up all my spare parts and created a no frills all mountain ride. This is a 2005 1.0 with the braces on the seat and chainstays. The bike is just fun to ride, especially with a long travel fork and large volume tires. I had a 90 mm stem with a 5 degree rise and the bike just did not feel right. I then put a sycros 70 mm stem with an 8 degree rise and wider bars and the bike feels perfect. Climbing is surprisingly well considering how high the front end sits off the ground. The front wheel never wanders. Jumping with this bike is where it shines, just point and shoot. I'm speaking just for the frame I don't know what parts it was equiped with from the factory and we all know subpar components can kill a good ride. I would definitety consider this frame for anyone who wants a hardtail do all bike.
Similar Products Used: Kona chute,Kona 5.0, K2 brass monkey,
Bike Setup: xt 2by9 fsa bashring, Avid 185 mm bb disc, Marzocchi all mountain 1, mavic 519 chris king hubs. kenda 2.35 nvgl.
from El Paso, Texas
Date Reviewed: November 25, 2010
Strengths: The frame is really strong, it won't break on you. The geometry works for big bike DJ's and more freeride-ish stuff. If you build it up light it can also be a great all mountain bike. It just depends on components. The chainstay is short enough to really toss the bike around in the air too, it's super easy to do whips and the like.
Weaknesses: The only weaknesses of the bike is the derailleurs which just aren't very strong or great overall, the brakes which rub no matter what unless you back them off to where they don't even touch the disks, and the fork which has 5 inches of travel but feels like it has 2. Those are really the only bad spots on this entire bike.
Even then, it's not as though those parts don't work, because they do and they hold up for a while, they just don't perform at a level most people expect. But they're just a few components, and they're easily replaced. Since I nabbed this frame at $440, it doesn't really bother me at all.
Awesome frame, if only the components were a tiny bit better.
Similar Products Used: Specialized P-Frame All Mountain
Bike Setup: Stock
from hurricane, utah, united states
Date Reviewed: November 22, 2010
Strengths: very strong, beefy frame, looks amazing in person
Weaknesses: snapped the front derailer on the first day I rode it, the preload adjustors on the forks barely work.
Very strong and burly bike. Great for freeride and light downhill trails. Great for normal trail and singletrack riding. It's decent for dirt jumping and street but not that good. I'd recommend replacing the derailer and the forks but other than that It's a great bike out of the box. So if you like freeriding, trail riding, and downhill trails but you can't afford a full suspension this is a great bike to get.