Whether you are newToTheTrails or just looking for a great bikeThat won't ruin your budget,The Response Comp offers uncompromised performanceThat you can count on. As a hardtail,The Response Comp is well suitedTo XC or urban riding and can also handle dirtjumping. Frame: Response 6061-T6 Aluminum, FormedTopTube, Formed DownTube, machined headtube, forged drop outs w/replaceable hanger, disc only Fork: SR Suntour XCR-LO 100mmTravel, 30mm stanchions w/speed lock lever, w/ rebound adj. Headset: Ze
Strengths: Frame, Better componants than other brands that cost more.
Weaknesses: None that I have found yet.
I have a 2011 model, all Shimano from the brakes to the shifters and love the bike. Some say its heavy but not to me. Guess its what your used to. After riding a few Trek bikes that I liked this one seemed to have better parts for less price. A Trek of the same price only had cable disc brakes vice the hyraulic.
Love the bike and not one complaint thus far.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 6, 2010
Strengths: i have the 2008 response comp.good bang per buck, avid discs, marzocchi fork, sram shifters, truvativ crank, bombproof frame
Weaknesses: the frame is a bit on the heavy side but robust, i am 85 kgs and it seems to hold, kenda klaws are also heavy
a Weekend Warrior
from toronto,ontario, canada
Date Reviewed: August 11, 2010
Strengths: good spec for the price, easy to hop and bounce off roots
Weaknesses: bars (07 or 06 model), the one I have had cheap 25.4 mm bars that snaped, tires, rims, my frame or cranks or something makes loud creaking noises when pedaled hard, rediculous rebound on the fork (but i like it)
Ive ridden the **** out of this bike on everyting from a park to long road rides to rough dh trails and except for a dented backwheel and broken bars its held up through more than it was designed for. I dont know what the other guy was saying about this bike not allowing you to become a better rider, it FORCES YOU TO BECOME A BETTER RIDER because if you can jump and pump and handle roots and rocks with crazy rebound that will through you off balence unless your dead on in your approach and willl try to knock the bars from yourhand on the recoil, shift a clunky shifter, turn on really crappy tires and hold on to the roughest of rough grips than you can handle anything!!!
To be fair though I like the crazy rebound because you can fly off the smallest of jumps and roots, the x7 works pretty well all n' all and tires arent that hard or expensive to change and the new models have sturdier bars and the I LOVE THOSE ROUGH GRIPS they dont wear down, tour hands dont slip, and they give you leather palms so they stop hurting eventually so all n' all its been great as my first real bike and once I upgrade to a pricer possibly full suss bike than everythings gunna seem real easy.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 28, 2010
Strengths: frame is bomb proof but heavy.derailleur cheap but good.keep in mind im 5'10 195 pounds and very hard on the bike.
Weaknesses: derailleur hanger Ive gone thru 3 in a year.its aluminum see if you can get a steel one.brake cam Ive replaced both front and back.brake handles.seat its hard but works.forks are pretty good but easily bottom out.
great for entry level rider.can easily outgrow its capabilities.frames bomb proof replace everything else.
Bike Setup: stock except for rear axle front brake.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: October 26, 2009
Strengths: The frame is bomb proof, love the X-7 SRAM, Marzoch forks 120 mm is great for stock.
Weaknesses: You must be hands on with this bike. you will find yourself adjust this bike after EVERY ride. That seems par for the course if your a true rider anyway. All bikes need adjusting after a ride.*****Besides the frame, anything that has DB on it sucks, horrible, heart breaker.
The bike comes fully loaded, and for the price its big bang for your buck. My buddy has a trek, and he is always asking to borrow my DB. I highly advise you to upgrade bars, stem, seat post, grips and pedals. With the money you save on this bike you can really customized this frame. I would highly recomend this bike to any rider, beginer or intermidiate.
Bike Setup: raceface,crank bros,avid bb7,Marz Bomber fork,ODI grips
a Cross Country Rider
from Virginia Beach, VA USA
Date Reviewed: August 29, 2009
Strengths: This is a workhorse bike and my model, bought in Japan is not identical to the USA versions. These last 20 years of daily use to get to and from work, in a land where only about 50% of the households have a car. It's heavy, steady and after 10 years, has minimal rust parked outdoors. Use was 7 miles a day for 6.5 years to get to and from work, plus shopping trips to the grocery. My Japan bought one has special added features that made the price higher such as side rear baskets for shopping, 4 front halogen head lights (1 pedal, 3 battery so you have light at the stops) and 1 rear halogen light (battery). 2 rear view mirrors in extra large size. Removable gel filled hand warmers (nuke about 1 min then use in winter). Attachment at rear to pull a small trailer for larger loads of supplies. Yes, the frame is sturdy enough to be used to haul a 250 lb load plus the rider with ease.
Weaknesses: I'm suprized any would use this for racing or fancy offroad riding. It's a heavy frame. Also, mine isnt adjustable down enough for 5'1" person to have toes on the ground on both sides.
This is a very sturdy work bike to use to get to and from work for years. It will last forever if kept indoors when not in use, and 15-20 left outdoors. To keep it from being stolen, we decorated it with 'My Kitty' stuff and other kid like things (grin). That and a darn good lock!
My rating refers to *my* use of the product, not what a weekend rider or lighter use patron may find. Estimate 12,000 miles just to and from work in Japan, and added 12,000 just touring about (often hauling small child in back carrier until she was able to ride on her own or grocery loads up to 250 lbs- 125KG).
Similar Products Used: Schwinn, some no-name Japan brand used as a backup plus as husband's bike in our 7 years in Japan.
Bike Setup: Special mods, not available stateside. Bought overseas in Japan. Have 2 sets of tires, one for snow/sleet/ice. Trainer at back that is removable, rated for 250 lbs. Yes, in Japan you can buy snow tires for a bicycle.
a Cross Country Rider
from Provo, UT
Date Reviewed: August 4, 2009
Strengths: I am reviewing just the frame because I have no experience with the stock set up. Not a single item bolted to the frame is stock.
Frame was selected as the base for a custom build because it is strong, rigid, and predictable. Practically same frame used on the 29er overdrive pro, as this is a solid platform. Never heard of the frame failing even with extreme abuse.
Weaknesses: None, with stock setup is a little heavy.
I am only reviewing the frame here because not a single component on this bike is stock. Built with moderately good parts will provide a fun, capable bike that will give you years of use without problems. A good bike for the beginner who is not sure how much they will use the bike. Bike frame is aching for upgrades and will be there for you when your skills advance. Buy it as a beginner bike and upgrade as needed.
Similar Products Used: Haro, Specialized rockhopper.
Bike Setup: Deore LX Derailleurs front and rear
Deore LX shifters
SRAM 9 Speed cassette
Avid Juicy 3 hydrolic brakes, rotors
Shimano drive 9 crank
WTB speed disk, seat, grips.
easton seat post, stem
Marizocchi MX pro front fork
Maxxis Monorail (suck)
Cane creak Headset
wellgo wam-d10 SPD pedals (Mangnisium)
from Athens OH
Date Reviewed: January 24, 2009
you get way more than a XC bike
Weaknesses: a wee bit hefty for an XC bike
this thing is a (bad word) tank! I've done downhill at Snowshoe (sore fingers after a whole day) but that's about it. I be hittin up the urban scene and some skate park action, great trail bike, kinda heavy for XC but you can suck it up. This thing WILL NOT DIE on me.
Bike Setup: got some 2.3 K-Rads up front and out back. bb7's up front with 203mm rotor and speed dial 7 lever. home-made bash ring
from Spokane, WA, US
Date Reviewed: January 13, 2009
Strengths: Im around 250lbs and the bike has held up great. The components are pretty good for the money. The MZ Comp fork has taken a beating and is lasting. Solid frame. The tires are good enough
Weaknesses: Heavy. This bike has horrible stock handlebars and grips. The Avid 5 brakes have to constantly be adjusted. Both sun ditch witch rims have had to be trued at least 2 times a piece. Weak SRAM derailleur hanger. Pedals are nothing special. Seat bent easily.
I am a bigger guy and the bike is pretty much what I paid for. I was an entry level rider and have advanced a lot within the year. Most of the bike components have had to be changed out or repaired inside of 6 months. The frame is great, yet the bike is heavy. Although I have ran into many problems with the bike, I still recommend it to entry level riders. Riding Silver Mountain in Idaho put most of the beating on my bike (not a downhill bike!!) and should not be ridden on hardcore downhill courses. This is probably the main reason the bike got so beat up. Other than that, I rode the bike on streets to and from work, up and down hills and it was great. It is an all around good entry level bike and should not be ridden on downhill courses or jumps.
Bike Setup: Diamond back pedals, handlebars, and grips. Kenda Klaw XT tires. Marzocchi comp forks. SRAM gearing & shifters. Avid BB5 brakes. WTB seat. Sun Ditch Witch rims. Truvativ cranks.
a Weekend Warrior
from chicago, IL, USA
Date Reviewed: January 7, 2009
Strengths: good components for the price. if you compare compotent to more expensive bikes the comp is comparable. tough. this bike can take a beating.
Weaknesses: heavy. dicks sporting goods mechanics
this is a great bike for the weekend warrior who rides 1-3 times a week, is not dropping in off drop and jumping big gaps. if you like to ride single track, hit the occational 3 foot jump, and don't want to spend a ton, this is the bike for you.
a Weekend Warrior
from Aurora, CO
Date Reviewed: December 4, 2008
Strengths: Rock Shox Tora Fork, Strongbox frame looks great and is strong, SRAM x-5 derailers work well, Sun Ditch witch double wall rims are sturdy.
Weaknesses: Avid BB5 brakes need constant adjustment, Kenda Klaw tires are thin and pick up thorns easily.
The 2009 DB Response Comp is the best bike I've has since my 90s Rockhopper. It handles XC trails well. The Kenda Klaw tires are adequate for climbing and they have good traction in corners. The frame is very strong and the Rock Shox handles small (less than 2'-3')jumps and drops easily. I'm 5'5" and I ride a 16" frame. I'd rate this bike as being a good entry to intermediate level bike. The frame and fork are strong and have handled the bumps, rocks, small jumps, small drops, and hills well.
Compared to the Sport model, the upgraded Rock Shox Tora fork is more durable. I was able to bottom out the shock on the Sport model several times and I've yet to bottom out the Tora Shock. The SRAM X-5, 27 speed derailers perform well, however, I do adjust them after each ride to keep them in perfect working order.
The brakes are great when properly aligned. But, I've had to adjust the brakes several times. They absolutely need to be adjusted after every ride or wheel removal. I find that they start rubbing the pads. I've put 50-60 miles on the bike since I've had it. I'm hoping the brakes, break in after a while so I don't have to tinker so much to get them to work properly. Additionally, the brakes needed readjustment following an 8 mile ride, after being professionally serviced.
Similar Products Used: Trek 4300; Iron Horse Warrior; DB Response Sport; POS Schwinn Ranger I've been riding since 2005.
Bike Setup: Stock
a Cross Country Rider
from LZ, IL, USA
Date Reviewed: October 17, 2008
Strengths: The frame looks and feels unbreakable, good for the extreme trails or the skate park. The 07 has decent components for the price and they have all held-up well so far.
Weaknesses: Heavy, Breaks needed alot of tweaking, Rear Deraillur still isn't perfect, bottom bracket/crank/pedals are making some noise now after 600 miles.
I'm a Diamondback fan, so when it was time to upgrade I stuck with the brand I trust. It's not an expensive bike so you get what you pay for but it's upgradeable. The frame looks great and is sturdy. The only regret was that I bought it at a sporting goods store not a bike shop. Although Pedro at DSP did a decent set-up, expert techs are better at solving issues.
Weaknesses: A bit heavy; poor grips, pedals, bottom bracket
This was my first bike in over ten years, so I wanted to get something beefy that will last a long time. While the frame is heavy, it is also stiff and I have no concern about it breaking. Most of the components are pretty good, but the bottom bracket has already needed to be replaced once. I am overhauling the rear hub this week because of noise. Overall have about 1,000 miles on the bike without major problems. Great bike for beginners, it really eats up the trails!
Bike Setup: Mostly stock - changed grips for Bontragers, swapped pedals for aluminum with toe cages. Looking to replace the cranks and bottom bracket.
a Weekend Warrior
from greenville sc
Date Reviewed: July 25, 2008
I bought this bike just over a year ago and have ridden the piss out of it, so I feel like I have adequate experience to give a proper review.. ok here we go..
It comes with some fairly decent components (Avid BB5 brakes and SRAM SX7 shift linkage) but is exactly what you pay for. The bike has a very aggressive stance and looks mean with its over sized burly frame. Out of the box the bike rolls very smooth and effortlessly and inspires you to get out there and tear up the trails. For a hardtail it rides very nice on smooth surfaces, but will beat the crap out of you when you start hitting rough terrain. The fork is relatively nice, very plush with some adjustability. It climbs well, but its weight can sometimes show itself..
After riding the bike for a year I have out grown its abilities. The bike makes you want to be a better rider, unfortunately it doesnt allow you to be. For very light trails and flat/smooth terrain this bike is great and does what its suppose to, but once you try to go big it gets scary. At high speeds the bike is shaky and feels a bit unstable, and in the air it can be hard to keep balanced. The derailleur's are very clunky especially under load, and make you feel like they are about to break off. The bike also makes TONS of noise which is not only annoying but makes you feel like its coming apart. The brakes squeak and rub, and the forks clang around when doing stunts or jumps.
The first thing I did once I got the bike was replace the grips, cause they suck. I bought some ODI Rogue's and i love them. A new saddle would also be a wise choice cause the WTB Pure V is pretty hard.
Absolute beginners should buy this bike. If you only ride light trails then buy this bike. But if you have any experience and like to ride hard then dont buy this bike. Dont get me wrong, i love mine and it has served its purpose, but after a year of riding its time to upgrade to a better more capable bike!