Strengths: Strong bike as long as you keep it well maintained, and as long as you treat it well. Feels well balanced in the air. A very good entry level dirt jumper for a good price, that you can easily upgrade as you progress. I dont know where those idiots paid over a thousand dollars for it, its obviously not worth that just looking at the components. But for a good price i would definelty recommend it.
Weaknesses: A little on the heavy side, lose the gro and cut the steerer tube down a little, cut the extra long seatpost,maybe find a slimmer seat to save weight.
Great bike for a good price if you know where to get it. Has tons of potential or great entry level bike on its own. I would defenitly recommend it for around $300 in good condition.
Similar Products Used: Transition Trail or park, jamis DJ, Blackmarket DJ's, Specialized p1.
Bike Setup: Stock frame, cranks, sprocket, and stem, Marzocchi Dirt Jam fork, Atomlab bars,sun rims ditch whiches, primo pedals, straight cable, cut steerer tube down and seatpost, transition seat, kenda k-rad tires.
from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Date Reviewed: November 8, 2009
Strengths: A strong (cro-mo) frame with good drop outs. For a second hand bike at around $200 it comes well specd, altough you get what you pay for on entry level bikes.
Weaknesses: Gyro - ditch it and run a single cable to the rear. Improved brake performance by 50% right away - the gyro is a selling point, but not practical.
Forks - not bad for the price and have stood up well so far (im 90kg) - but dont expect them to run well for long 9especially if you are heavier)
Def a good buy, especialy second hand. Great as an entry dirt jumper and light downhill. If you are light in weight (e.g. 55-70kg) you can throw what you like at this thing and it will be fine. If heavier, it will take it, but just remember ur riding an entry level bike.
Its easy to swap out the lesser parts (cranks, def brakes, bars/grips) for better ones as you improve. Plus in the meantime you will learn how to ride better/more about your bike as you will need to hone your skills
If looking at this bike as a daily ride, to get from A - B buy it (check ebay for cheap examples). If later you want to abuse it, the cro-mo frame is an excellent base to build from.
Bike Setup: stock - swapped the gyro out for odyssey rear cable, lock on grips
from canton ohio
Date Reviewed: October 19, 2007
Strengths: Price,geometry, 24"s stock, single speed, burly frame, easy to mod
Weaknesses: heavy, front and back tekro discs suck, gyro is weak, static stances air assist blew, cranks come loose.
Its a good bike for the price, better if found used. Its good as a single speed, never ran it with gears. brakes and fork and crank could use upgraded, other then that its solid. drilling out the dropouts made this bike so much more fun to ride. with the frame made to except 26s, there is pelnty of room to cut into the dropouts and slam that 24 inch hoop. If your new to the sport or just want a budget bike this is it. If you can afford a p1 go for that instead due to the weight of this bike. your best bet is to find this used, they always sell on ebay for 300 to 400. I rarely ever see one for sale though.
Bike Setup: DJ3 fork All sram rear derailer and shifter, with two bash rings to keep chain on stock everything else... gonna get hydro disk front
a Weekend Warrior
from Columbus, OH
Date Reviewed: May 9, 2006
Strengths: It is a steel hard tail with american bb... rear hub has a thru with four bearings, nice tire step up
Weaknesses: it is over 40 pounds stock, pedals suck, fork is super heavy and soft , gyro sucks for trying to brake, bars and stem easily reach about four pounds
If you plan on riding street and tails like on a bmx bike, than this is for you. It rides just like that. It built for the abuse of this style of riding. It feels weightless in the air. The top tube is really only 22.5 inches and feels short. Bottom line it the best bike to bust a crazy line on once you are use to the weight.
Similar Products Used: specialized p2, santa cruz jackle, black market mob, jamis eureka
Bike Setup: stock frame with seat post and crankset,shadow slim seat, marzocchi dirt jumper II, bombshell wheelset with k-rad and kujo dh, hayes mechanical (6 rear and 8 front), hoffman mushroom grips and primo bar ends, azonic aggro stem, oversized 31.8 bars, odyssey pedals (now under 38 pounds)
Weaknesses: Heavy-ish, fork leaves some to be desired
A great urban bike. It is set up for barspins, and if you want to throw out the singlespeed, you can put on a downtube shifter, too. Fork is a bit on the crappy side, but the lockout is nice - definitely one of the components I'm planning on replacing someday... Don't try to take it up hills, though - the combo of singlespeed and the weight kill. Overall, considering the price, what a cool bike to have for it's purpose.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 18, 2005
Strengths: Strong frame,single speed,gyro,equipped with good tyres,good brakes,light in air, and the forks are quite good for RSTs they come with lock on.
Weaknesses: a tiny bit on the heavy side and the seat is rubbish so change it to a dmr jump saddle.
Mint bike, when it is in the air it is easy to control.I am 12 and i can clear big jumps and manual them ive been of a few drop offs and it has handled them nice so dont let the weight or shape put you off it might look ugly on the internet but it is beautiful when you actully see it.I would recomend this to any dirt jump rider and a racer that wants a strong bike and is easy to control.
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