Don't buy it unless you want to put some work into it, here's a parts list for everything you will need to buy after purchasing those bike to make it a decent bike. Button shifters, lock on grips, bottom bracket/spindle, cranks, rims, tires, and forks. Its not worth the buy if you intend on jumping or doing park riding, but it's a good bike to get around places with
Date Reviewed: March 19, 2013
Strengths: frame, nice big wheels, forks are thick enough, pretty light and easy to control in the air, tensioners help keep chain on, brakes are awsome
Weaknesses: The first thing you will need to do if you are going to jump this bike you need to change to a button shifter or else you will shift every time you jump, its not a must have but it might help if your going to go offroad that you change to suspended forks but the stiff ones do just fine it just get a little more bumpy going to change thoes out soon
Strengths: forget the bike.. its all about the frame. not the lightest @1.9kg but its not for xc :) .. it has a long top tube and feels ace with a high front end. the paint is nice and thick unlike specialized. and it rips round corners awesomely
Weaknesses: the cable mountings are not that great and would be better if it didnt have v brake boss's but hey its old..
Similar Products Used: specialized rock hopper 2004
specialized stump jumper m2 1996
specailized hard rock pro 2003
scott yz3 ??
Bike Setup: Bruiser One
Z1 freeride wedge @ 130mm 2002 ayyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Saint m800 calipers and levers 140r 160f
alivio 8spd shifter & lx mech
Firex crank single @ 32t
alexrims td17 on sram hubs
specailized fast track tyres
from glens falls, ny
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2012
Strengths: amazing frame, Ive had it set up for 4x, dirt jumping, and now its my xc bike
Weaknesses: weak stock component list but thats what you get for a 400 dollar bike
This frame has been amazing the entire time ive owned it. it didnt come with the greatest component list stock, but thats what you get for 200 bucks. But after i put about 800 into it and got it to where i wanted it its been great. Its been everything from a 4x bike to a dirt jumper, and now is my xc bike. hands down the best frame i own. And if you complain about certain parts on it than ya thats what you get for the price. Frames awesome period...... put some good components on it and you'll have this bike for life
Don't buy it unless you want to buy a lot of parts for it. I put White Brothers X-c3 shocks on it and the work great! I also converted mine to a single speed with a 32 tooth cog in the front and a 16 in the back. new brake levers, petals (Crank Brothers Eggbeater C Mountain Pedals), Tioga Blue Dragon tires(soon to be White Tigers), got custom spokes and a carbon fiber T.H.E. fender. i=I think it was worth the money!
After 2 months of light trail riding the fork had frozen and rebound was done manually by stepping on the tire and yanking on the bars. The metal in the crank was so soft that the bottom bracket had rubbed a hole in it causing the crank to work lose even when bolted on as tight as possible. Finally the tires got a big "S" bend in them causing the tire casing to rub the paint right off the craptastic frame. I ended up putting about 1,000 additional dollars into this frame and it still sucked.
Get a Kona or anything else it would be hard to do worse than this bike.
Similar Products Used: trek 4300 kona downhill stinky
Bike Setup: rear disc no front brakes dk bmx pedals
Date Reviewed: December 14, 2006
Strengths: good frame, good disc brake(front only)alright forks
Weaknesses: shifters broke while shifting derailuers always skipped rear v-brake sucked crank arm always came loose and wobbled no matter what seat clamp broke rims dented
don't buy this bike. I'm not even a hardcore rider and almost everything broke off it. I did not do stupid stuff either, just light trail and jumps. Bottomline:buy this bike if you wanna take it to the shop after every ride!
Strengths: Frame, bars i guess, seat post(seat), rims, grips
Weaknesses: pretty much all components. Changed the forks to manitou black elite once the stock ones stopped working completely, changed brakes to avid juicy 3's, crankset, switched shifters to shimano x7,
its a good thing they dont make this bike anymore. it BLEW!!! i was always running into probelms and having to put money into it. if i would have known this, i would have just put out a little more money into a better bike. the frame is alright and thats about it. other possitives mentioned are alright. i guess im just being nice. u get wut u pay for
I'm trying to figure out which bike to buy, I want a strong bike that take rought stuff. and by that I mean go down long flights of stairs and also up and down curbs, and trails. I'm not gonna be attempting and 10' hucks or dirt jumping or anything of the sort. I want the bike I buy to have plenty ... Read More »
what bike should i buy im on a budget and am looking a freeride bike i have lowered it down to the fisher opie or trek bruiser 1. please let me know what bike you think is better. opie $309 bruiser 1 $349 at local bike shop.Read More »
Okay i was pretty settled on the Hardrock sport, but then i came across this little number in the '05 previews at Trek's website. There seems to have not been bruisers in '04 but it was a model offered a few years ago. Mainly, it comes with more travel (a plus in my eyes as i want to do a bit of urb ... Read More »