a Weekend Warrior
from suwanee, ga usa
Date Reviewed: August 21, 2008
Strengths: price, value for dollar, frame - great for intermediate riders, more bike than needed for beginners
Weaknesses: crankset, rims
value, value, value - great bike for the $$$. crankset sounds like grinding marbles but I'm a heavy rider. also could feel rims start to flex (potato chip) at high speed and under sharper turning pressure - again I'm sure it's due to my weight. decent components for all riding conditions. did i mention great value for the $$$? turns head on the trails.
Similar Products Used: early 90's Diamondback Topanga HT, Trek 3700 - not really similar but what I have to compare it to
Bike Setup: stock
a Weekend Warrior
from Austin, TX
Date Reviewed: August 10, 2008
Strengths: Great frame and components, especially the Tora fork. Love the Avid brakes too. Handles great and really does climb like a goat. Much faster than similar bikes my friends ride
Weaknesses: Stock rear derailluer hanger. Get the upgrade.
Great bike and an incredible value, especially if you are a do it yourselfer. There's no bike shops near me so I knew I would be working on the bike myself. Get some decent tools and learn the bike. The Park Tool website is great for mechanical tips. Have fun!
Bike Setup: Stock, except upgraded the rear hanger after shredding the stock one on my second ride
a Weekend Warrior
from Lynchburg, VA
Date Reviewed: July 2, 2008
Strengths: Fork, Frame, derailleur, pretty much everything
Weaknesses: none that I can see
This bike is awesome. It beats out the competitors bikes that cost hundreds more, because you don't have to pay for a brand name. The frame is excellent, really light, and the geometry positions you perfectly to get the most power. It climbs great. And it the rock shox tora 318 that comes on it, which normally only comes on really expensive bikes, is amazing. It absorbs everything, and you can lock it with a button on the handlebars.
Buy your bike online, you won't regret it. You can even send it back for a different size if you buy the wrong one.
Similar Products Used: Gary Fisher Tassajara, Marlin; Specialized Hardrock, Trek whatever, Fuji
Bike Setup: stock, except I replaced the clipless pedals with normal pedals
a Cross Country Rider
from Goshen NY USA
Date Reviewed: April 14, 2007
Strengths: Awesome spec, good looking piece of machinary, Climbs like a billy goat avoiding rape.
Weaknesses: Name brand lacks bling factor. Uuuhhh thats about it. If you don't care about bling factor, there don't appear to be any weaknesses.
-Absolutely phenomenal handling. Think where you want to go, look, and you are there. -The fork performes flawlessly. I didn't even realize how well it was working, until I realized that I was just floating over rocky sections, that previously had bounced me around mercilessly. -The brakes work beautifully. You can modulate them from just barely slowing you, to STOP NOW. I just have to work a little more on set up, cause I prefer a firmer feel at the lever. -What can I say about the shifting. You push the lever, the bike shifts. Nuff ced. -I'm not sure how to describe the way this thing climbs. I cleared a couple of rocky uphills that I had never cleared before. I stayed seated for one of them. I'm not sure why it climbs so well, it is not that much lighter than my Hardrock. I think the superior fork helps because it doesn't deflect on rocky uphills. I think the superior shifting helps because you don't lose as much momentum when you shift. I wonder if the geometry is a significant factor? -Not a huge fan of the bars. They just seem to put to much pressure on the outside of my hands. -The seat is uber comfortable, even with so few miles on it.
Bike Setup: 6066 Aluminum,Rock Shox Tora 318 Air,SRAM X7...Ect
a Cross Country Rider
from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Date Reviewed: February 7, 2007
Strengths: Incredible bike for the price. Nicely finished and great component mix.
Weaknesses: none so far
After selling my mountain bikes due to a bout with a brain tumor (no joke) I became a roadie. However, I can't ride a carbon road bike on rails to trails with my wife & daughter so I thought I'd buy an inexpensive hard tail. I did some shopping around stumbled onto the Trophy x-7. It doesn't have a high end name but at 54, I'm over the "see how expensive my bike is" thing. I've built up more than 10 bike from components over the years so I really appreciate how well this bike was tuned right out of the box. Just bolt on the handle bar and snug up the rear derailer cable. Don't hesitate to buy this bike, it will do all you need and more.
Weaknesses: Minor product packaging/instructions issues. Maxxis ignitor tires - use only on hardpack or pavement, not loose soil
Excellent value for the money - awesome ride! Nice paint, great components. For XC riders, beginners to intermediate. Makes riding the trails fun as the bike does the work. For those who want to push it - do it - it can take it.
This was the 2007 build with the Sun DS2-XC Rim-- looks to be 23mm so the narrowest slick will have to be what, 1.5 or even 1.6? I was looking at the Ritchey Tom Slick but 1.4 probably wont work on these rims??? Any good slick rec for this size rim appreciated.
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I know some people on this forum will be bias but just try to be honest :) I also posted the same question on Ibex forum. Which one do you think is a better bike (look, built and price)?
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I know some people on this forum will be bias but just try to be honest :) I also posted the same question on Motobecane forum. Which one do you think is a better bike (look, built and price)?
[URL="http://www.ibexbikes.com/Bikes/TR-COMP-X7-Details.html"]Ibex Trophy Comp X7[/URL]
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