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Soul Cycles Sluggo Freeride Hardtail

3.5/5 (4 Reviews)
Weight : 6lbs 10-13oz

Product Description

One big fat abuse loving rigid downhill or hardcore freeride rig. The Sluggo features a fully machined modular dropout system that allows for geared or singlespeed use without the changing of any parts. The dropouts also allow for either 12mm or 10mm axles to be utilized with a bolt on or quick release axle. Both the Medium and Large feature 14" long seat tubes.

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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ATXSlugger a Weekend Warrior from Austin, TX

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2009

Strengths:    Super burly frame that can handle abuse. Get mad and toss this baby around and it doesn't get mad back. Slack geometry that makes crusing downhill and long tech sections seem easy. Uberstiff onepointfive head tube. 12mm through axle in the rear. Eye catching design. Awesome independent company frame. Nimble and light in the air. Customer service support from Chad and SoulCycles is top notch.

Weaknesses:    Rear dropout system. Basically the non-drive side rear dropout has some play to it as is. It is my understanding that this ultimately lead SC to stop production of the Sluggo. HOWEVER, when set up properly the dropout can be stabilized and the play reduced. I would be more than happy to explain my attempts at stabalizing the rear dropout if you're having this problem.

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line: Great bike for DH, FR, or even aggressive AM. The frame design is stunning and functional, the slack geometry makes you feel like your steering a nimble tank down the trail and guiding a fighter jet in the air. After a little rigging the frame's design flaw can easily be fixed and compensated for. Add some of the best customer service from Soul Cycles and you've got one hell of a bike. Overall 4 chilis, docking 1 chili for the rear droput issue.

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Favorite Trail:   The Nut

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   First of a kind for me and loving it.

Bike Setup:   1.5" RS Lyrik u-turn, FSA big fat pig headset, Thomson Elite X4 stem, Truvativ Hussefelt DH bar, ODI grips, Avid J5s, X9 ders. and shifters, FSA Gravity Lights, Wellgo MG-1s, SRAM PG-990, TBC Revolution 32 wheels, and Maxxis 2.5 Ardents. 35 lbs.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Steve a Downhiller from New Castle, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2008

Strengths:    Super rigid square stock tubing with huge gussets. Looks really BA!

Weaknesses:    I have not found a way to keep the Rear Wheel From Moving. There is a design flaw in the drop out system. The paint scratches easily.

Bottom Line:   
The dropouts on this bike are flawed in a big way. I have looked for a simple way to fix it, but haven't found one. Very Frustrating.

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Favorite Trail:   Snowshoe Powerline

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $245.00

Purchased At:   Soul Cycles

Similar Products Used:   I have ridden many bikes, none quite like the Slugo

Bike Setup:   Rock Shoks Domain, FSA Gap cranks, Bombshell Fatdady Wheelset w/2.5 Minions, 203mm BB7.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Guillaume a Downhiller from Montreal, CANADA

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2008

Strengths:    Strong, light and look good. very comfortable and agile. Jump great. Feel very solid on small drops 3 - 4 feet.

Weaknesses:    The dropout system sound cool but in real world is just trouble and make is near impossible to remove the wheel fast. I had the rear wheel get a bit off center on a hard braking trail. The part holding the rear brake rotate a little on heavy braking.

Bottom Line:   
Overall the bike feel great to ride and is just amazing for jumping. Tough to beat at that price. I wish I could be more confident about the dropout (Totally fixable with some tweaks). Good choice if the trails you ride are in good conditions. (Its a hardtail after all)

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $245.00

Purchased At:   Soul Cycles

Bike Setup:   Sluggo frame, Rock Shox Domain 318 U-Turn 1.5, Crank Brothers Mallet, E.Thirteen STS chain guide, Avid BB7 brakes 8" with Avid dial SL levers, Maxis High Rollers 2.5 F and R. under 35 pound.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shawn Holt a Downhiller from Rocky River, Ohio, USA

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2007

Strengths:    Looks cool, beefy, you can jump it, huck it, wreck it, and it just keep coming back for more!

Weaknesses:    Nothing as of yet.

Bottom Line:   
I you are looking to get a hard tail that can to downhill, drit jump, freeride, then this is the bike you want!
Chad at Soul Cycles is a stand up dood, and takes care of the people that buy from them! You can get one with paint Black or Ornage for $395.00 usd, or if you call and ask for one in the raw, they will knock off a few bux. So if your looking to build up a big mother hucker of a hard tail, buy this frame!

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Favorite Trail:   Wisp and Ray's MTB

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $245.00

Purchased At:

Bike Setup:   Urban Camo paint job!
Rock Shox Domain 318 115mm to 160mm, bb7, Holzfeller every thing, Danger Boy stem, FSA Pig, Sram X7, 9 speeds, Maxxis hook worms for street and Ray's MTB and Ninja DH 2.7 for the dirt.

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