Haro V3 XC Hardtail

3.96/5 (23 Reviews)
MSRP : $400.00


Product Description

  • New Haro V-Gusset 6061 alloy frame w/ lower stand-over height
  • Manitou Trace Comp 100mm travel suspension fork
  • Truvativ X-Flow cankset
  • SRAM SX4 8-speed trigger shifters w/ SX4 derailleur


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Willie D. a Cross Country Rider from Fortson, GA, US

    Date Reviewed: July 31, 2007

    Strengths:    Good price
    Good gearset
    Easy to ride
    Very strong for what it is


    Weaknesses:    A little Heavy
    Crappy Fork
    Hard tires with little grip


    Bottom Line:   
    A great bike for the price, takes a hard hit and comes back for more. The fork is quite sad as it has very little travel and it doesn't soak up much very well. The brakes are quite responsive. The gears change easily and the whole setup is quite reliable. I wish it came with better tires though, as the stock ones are hard and don't do much for you, although the newer versions have all the real problems fixed along with disc brakes. I would recommend this bike to any beginner that wants to do XC and low on cash. I wouldn't recommend it for someone who has already had a similar 26 inch hardtail looking for something better.

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    Favorite Trail:   Not sure

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Arnold's Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   Nishiki POS, Raleigh M50

    Bike Setup:   Stock, I believe it is either the 2003 or 2004 version. It has the Rock Shox Judy TT fork and rim brakes.

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Adam Grasso a Cross Country Rider from Kutztown, pa

    Date Reviewed: June 2, 2007

    Strengths:    Fork, and rims

    Weaknesses:    Both the front and rear Derailleurs broke. my crank arm snapped off for no reason, and the tires have no traction.

    Bottom Line:   
    Dont ride at a construction site. otherwise it is a good bike for just trails.

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    Favorite Trail:   Pinnical

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   290

    Similar Products Used:   Giant Yukon

    Bike Setup:   stock but, xt front, and lx rear Derailleur, and some weird tire i forget the name of.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by abel hurtado a Weekend Warrior from bay city, tx 77414

    Date Reviewed: October 7, 2006

    Strengths:    good components for the money, good frame had it for a year and have rode hard, wrecked, flipped everything. i have took a couple of 2-4 ft drops and its held up great.

    Weaknesses:    better brakes (disc) the avid bb5 fit and you can find them for about 75 bucks front and back, also a better seat.

    Bottom Line:   
    haro makes some good stuff very strong built atleast on my v3. i was very pleased with my purchase the bike has held up great.
    i recently bought the haro sonix vl120 we will see how it goes with that one so far so ggod though. if you are looking for a decent hardtail to ride on the weekends i would definetly reccomend the v3

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    Favorite Trail:   rocky hill mountain ranch

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   sun and ski sports

    Similar Products Used:   schwinn 2 different ones

    Bike Setup:   all stock

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by J. D. a Cross Country Rider from Central North Carolina

    Date Reviewed: July 17, 2006

    Strengths:    Great Frame, Decent drive train, OK weight

    Weaknesses:    Handle bars/stem; Fork; Pedals; Seat/Tube

    Bottom Line:   
    Bought this on the cheap (2004 closeout just as the '05s came out). Did a lot of research on the purchase, as I'm just getting back to riding after 10 yrs out. Most of the reviews are spot-on. Mine came with the Manitou-6, I found a firm ride kit for like $20, and it made all the difference in the world. Pedals had to go-I don't ride clipless (repeated ankle breaks/surgery). Seat had to go - talk to the shop and see if they can switch it out before you even leave the shop-it's crap. The Front End needed to be switched out (I didn't like the angle of the bars, and the stem was too short for me). Other than the upgrades listed, and ROUTINE maint, I've had no problem. To the folks who listed problems with rims/fork, remember, this is set for minimal XC, I've had to true the back ZAC-19 once, but other than that, stable. Would highly recommend.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Similar Products Used:   Similarly priced Trek/Specialized/Kona. Owned Raleigh M-600 and Rockhopper in the past.

    Bike Setup:   Truvativ Bar/Stem; Truvativ Seat Post; WTB Speed V Seat; Sun-Ringle Platforms; Shimano LX V Brakes; Manitou 6 Firm ride kit

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by a Cross Country Rider from Vancouver BC Canada

    Date Reviewed: May 31, 2006

    Strengths:    --Solid Frame--Light enough at 4.5 lbs
    --Gussets at Seat/toptube and headtube downtube provide for a stiff ride with strength and durability to boot.
    --Nimble--handles well and climbs like a goat
    --3 Water bottle cages--nice touch for the long rides


    Weaknesses:    --Paint chips easily
    --Not the lightest of XC frames
    --Bottom pull derailleur routing (I'm not a fan of)
    --30.6mm Seatpost needed (who makes that diameter of post--very hard to find)


    Bottom Line:   
    This is a great XC frame for the money--if it is set up properly you will get a good long use out of it. If you can find one for a good price, do it. It is even better if you spec it with your own quality parts. For a weekend warrior looking to get back to your hardtail roots, this bike can be raced and ridden for tons of fun. And don't be stupid and drop off of anything with it--it is an XC frame. I'd buy it again.

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $40.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   Brodie Catalyst
    Brodie Nucleus
    Kona Munimula


    Bike Setup:   Bought as a frame only and built up in my garage--

    Manitou Black Elite 100
    XT/LX Drivetrain
    XTR V Brakes
    Bontrager Select Wheels
    Selle Italia Seat
    Bontrager Race Cranks

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by a Weekend Warrior from Birmingham, AL

    Date Reviewed: March 22, 2006

    Strengths:    Solid Frame

    Weaknesses:    Components?? Heavy

    Bottom Line:   
    Long term review for a 2003 Haro V3.

    I have had no issues with this bike in the past 3 years. Seems to be holding up well. The only sqeeks I have are from the seat post due to how high I have to sit (6'4"). Tires are holding up nicely. Drivetrain is starting to show some wear. Overall I say this was a good 1st MTN bike for me.

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    Favorite Trail:   Oak Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

    Price Paid:    $450.00

    Purchased At:   Bob's Bikes

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Shimano 520 pedals rest stock.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Adam G a Weekend Warrior from PA, USA

    Date Reviewed: March 13, 2006

    Strengths:    Components, rims, light

    Weaknesses:    tires suck, seat hurts after a 20 ride

    Bottom Line:   
    it's a good bike for a $300-$400 price range

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    Favorite Trail:   none

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $290.00

    Purchased At:   weaver's

    Similar Products Used:   Giant yukon

    Bike Setup:   stock

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by El Tiburon a Weekend Warrior from Houston, TX

    Date Reviewed: December 29, 2005

    Strengths:    Strong Frame, Decent Forks, Double Wall Rims

    Weaknesses:    Pedals, Crank Set, Bike is A bit heavy

    Bottom Line:   
    Not bad for the price. Gears shift easy, comfortable seat.
    Has taken a beating I've taken it on some pretty bad drops and jumps and it has held up. Would definitely recommend changing pedals.
    And since it was bought at Sun and Ski who can complain about the lifetime free maintenance. Great bike for a beginner or intermediate rider. The new 06 V Series is a lot better with improved up grades but still below 600.00.

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    Favorite Trail:   The Ant Hills

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Sun and Ski Sports

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper

    Bike Setup:   Fork SR Suntour XC60 90mm, Crank Set Truvativ X-Flow 42/34/24,
    Bottom Bracket Truvativ Cartridge, Derailleur Front SR Suntour XR17 Derailleur Rear Shimano Deore M510Freewheel , SunRace CS-M62 8-Speed 11-32, Chain Shimano IG 31, Pedals Alloy Caged , Hubset
    Formula 8-Speed Cassette QR 32h, Rims Alex DM18 Double Wall , Spokes Stainless Steel 14, Tires Kenda Klaw 2.1

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by tom scott a Cross Country Rider from research vic Aus

    Date Reviewed: December 8, 2005

    Strengths:    most of the stuff

    Weaknesses:    chain, rims, stem, headset and bars.

    Bottom Line:   
    a good bike for beginers can't take much the rims are pretty weak. good value for money light and good for dropping off stuff

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    Favorite Trail:   poletty track

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $524.00

    Purchased At:   greensborough cycles

    Similar Products Used:   gt agressor

    Bike Setup:   stock

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Stephen from lowell,MA

    Date Reviewed: October 29, 2005

    Strengths:    Frame,handelbars,rear derealer

    Weaknesses:    rims,tires,forks,front derealer,seat,breaks

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is good for xc but it can't handel any more then 2 foot drops. After that every thing starts to break,the seat,rims,and the breaks. but after all it's only a xc bike what do ya expect.to sum it up its a good entry level bike to learn all the basics like lanching off roots,going fast, etc.

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    Favorite Trail:   any place theres dirt

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $325.00

    Purchased At:   place in chelmsford

    Similar Products Used:   trek 4300 disk,gt agressor

    Bike Setup:   stock

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Taylor Hillbill a Racer from Canada

    Date Reviewed: September 13, 2005

    Strengths:    comfy seat, good grips, nice handlebars, shifting is easy, forks are decent, but could be a little more stiff

    Weaknesses:    Rims aren't good at all. I use my bike to get around as well as race and one of the men fixing my flat said my rims were in rough shape. I don't take many jumps or drops and the rims can't even take it.

    Bottom Line:   
    The bottom line is, if you like to ride on the trails (not hardcore) buy this bike, its good for the money u pay, but if u wanna get into biking on good, tough trails then you should buy something with better rims

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    Favorite Trail:   most trails, jumps or steep hills during trails

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $500.00

    Similar Products Used:   Trek 3900

    Bike Setup:   rear mavic 321 rim with disc, basically stock otherwise

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Gary a Cross Country Rider from Denver

    Date Reviewed: August 18, 2005

    Strengths:    All good

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    My 2005 is a great bike.
    I ride it to and from work 5 days a week and then I play on the weekends.
    The V3 is comfortable strong and very light and has survived some gnarly jumps.

    The V3 would be a good beginer bike as well as make the experienece rider happy.

    The shifters and brakes are on the same componant.

    I have had several riders try the bike and have gotten very good ratings.

    Buy the bike!

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   Senver Spoke

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Easy

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by cody a Cross Country Rider from southeastern ohio

    Date Reviewed: August 16, 2005

    Strengths:    shimano components, good ride stance

    Weaknesses:    pedals, seat, manitou six fork

    Bottom Line:   
    this bike is great if you are on a budget. ive been riding and abusing this bike for about a year, and it keeps taking it. my only problem with the bike is the fork. the dust caps on the fork came loose a couple times, not a big deal but really annoying. if you are a beginner, this is the bike you should get.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $375.00

    Purchased At:   just north of daytona

    Similar Products Used:   gary fisher marlin

    Bike Setup:   stock except wtb speed v seat, shimano clipless pedals

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Clinton Martin a Weekend Warrior from Gladstone, Queensland, Australia

    Date Reviewed: August 4, 2005

    Strengths:    Deore lx rd, tecktro disks, rst forks and a very solid feel to the frame.

    Weaknesses:    Pedals aren't worth 2 nobs of goat s#@t

    Bottom Line:   
    After being out of the saddle for approx 12 years this bike feels rock solid. Night riding with some moderate jumps don't even look like challenging this bike (bike handles better than me). I couldn't have made a better choice for an entry level bike that will help bring me back up to the level of riding i was at way back when. All I need to do now is fix up a small heart prob and then the tracks around here had better look out. I fully recomend this bike to any one who wants to get into mtb'ing without spending a fortune.

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    Favorite Trail:   one tree hill at night

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Gladstone Bicycle Centre

    Similar Products Used:   Cheap royce union dtx650 duel suspension

    Bike Setup:   all original exept triple trap pedals and vista lite code 25 light systems

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Christian Young Benier a Cross Country Rider from Bathurst

    Date Reviewed: May 29, 2005

    Strengths:    Comfortable seat ,lightweight frame ,good breaks and Crank set

    Weaknesses:    The manitou forks are really bad. I just do a little wilie and when the front wheel touches the ground the forks blocks when they have 5mm of travel left.The rims are not very good the highest drop that I made with it is about 5 feet and its already broken.

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is good but the only thing you should do with it is cross-country beceause the forks can't handle much thing.Finally this bike is overally good.

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    Favorite Trail:   Chalet trail

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   Bungay's

    Similar Products Used:   I didn't use any similar products

    Bike Setup:   The same things that it came with.

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