a Cross Country Rider
from Portland, Maine
Date Reviewed: March 13, 2012
Strengths: This is just a review of the frame, bought it second hand and built it up. SOLID bike, my last "real" mountain bike was a trek 8000 and this easily matches it, not bad for a $100 frame. beautiful color, some like, some love it. the tube shaping is definitely skilled and just LOOKS strong, we'll see how well it fairs with me beating on it.
Weaknesses: paint chips REALLY easy. it had a couple nicks when i bought it, no dents. added 2 more when assembling it. i wish they would have put a clearcoat over it, it's going to look like swiss cheese by the time i'm done with it. can only fit 2.5" tires, and that's pretty tight, but you really don't need more on this style of bike.
solid frame, when i stripped it down and weighed it came to 4.1 lbs, not a superlight, but not by any means heavy. its worth building up with some good components, depending on how i like it i'll slowly upgrade the wheels and fork. its getting a value rating of 5 for being a great resell.
Bike Setup: bontrager doublewalled rims with some bont 2.5" tires (the BIGGEST tires this frame can fit) rock shox recon air coil, avid BB5's, deore drivetrain, truvative hussefelt cranks
from New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Date Reviewed: March 14, 2010
Strengths: Good Geometry, but it doesn't ride as a great XC bike without tinkering. However once you change the configuration of the bike a small amount, it becomes a great Bike generally.
It's light and strong, Love the Shimano Drivetrain.
Weaknesses: Hayes So1e are one sided and impossible to service. The Saddle is heavy, and the Rims (WTB Speeddiscs) are weak and easily bent. Rides great until you have to start servicing it.
This bike is great in a lot of ways. The geometry is responsive and it will be a good bike to learn on, and race on as long as you upgrade certain parts of the bike accordingly. I love it, but I have changed a lot on the bike. It's cheap for the equipment and a good bike all around.
Similar Products Used: Giant Iguana Disc, Cannondale F300
Bike Setup: Full Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes, Mavic Crossmax, Panaracer FirexcPros and Crankbro. Eggbeaters.
a Cross Country Rider
from South Africa
Date Reviewed: October 6, 2007
Strengths: Good value for money, nice components. Handles nicely on a variety of terrains. Pilot shock, SRAM X9 deraileur, Hayes disc brakes.
Weaknesses: Egg beater pedals break. Hayes disc breaks pistons stick easily, lots of hassle with adjustment, probably some due to axles?. Medium weight frame. Frame clearance barely enough for 2.1 wheel. Front chain rings bend easily.
A good buy at the price. Medium Customer Service internationally from Iron Horse on warranty. Nice bike for regular riding and racing. Good Quality.
Takes a beating well too. I got in a big wreck coming off of a jump and the only damage was to the front wheel. Everything else was as good as new.
Weaknesses: The Rock Shox Tora 302 disc-only fork is nice but seems to be an OEM version without lockout, which I think is a pretty standard feature nowadays. You can buy a kit from SRAM with the conversion for the fork itself (not just the remote that attaches to the bars) but the price is pretty steep for something that should have come standard.
The Hayes Sole disc brakes were a little tricky to keep adjusted at first - either there was too much "dead movement" before the pads touched the disc or they rubbed and squeaked. That seems to have worked itself out after a couple of adjustments so maybe it was just a break-in phase. Either way, it works great now.
I'm only mentioning these weaknesses because I am writing a review but neither weakness means much - I'm still very happy with this bike.
This is a good bike with good components. It has stood up to a lot so far. All in all, this is a phenomenal bike and I would recommend it to anyone.
Similar Products Used: Comparable Treks and Giants.
Bike Setup: I have the 2006 model. Everything is stock except the pedals and the front wheel, which bore the brunt of a nasty accident. The new wheel is a Mavic XC717 with a Hope XC Disc front hub (very good combo by the way.) I'm even still using the original tubes.
a Weekend Warrior
from Mission Tx
Date Reviewed: November 4, 2006
Strengths: Light, excellent value for money.
Weaknesses: Front derailluer and trigger shifters.
Good bike for value. Deore front derailluer is not my first choice and I'll prefer gripper shifter more than triggers. Crankbrothers pedals are 10X better that shimano SPD's what I used to have.
Similar Products Used: Kona Kula(-99), Nishiki ???-92
Bike Setup: As above + cygolite dualcross headlights for nightriding
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 6, 2006
Strengths: Great "enthusiast"-level component mix on the '05 model: SRAM 9 derailleur, egg beaters, SRAM trigger shifters (which I prefer over Shimano's), Weirwolf tires, very adjustable RS Pilot SL fork (with air, motion control damping, and rebound: all adjustable)
Weaknesses: My front disc brake caliper has a sticky piston which needs to be fixed. Paint chips easily.
For the price you can find this on the internet (~$650 at times) you can't go wrong for a beginner hardtail. My trail riding has improved dramatically since buying this a couple months ago, and the bike has plenty of room left for me to grow. There aren't any components on this that I'd replace, at least until they break. Exceptions are the front derailleur (Deore: although I've had no problems with it, switching it to Xgen might work better with the other sram components), and perhaps add a carbon seatpost to absorb the landings a bit. The '06 model has an XT rear derailleur and deore shifters, which is too bad... the feel of SRAM's ESP shifters are really nice. Also the '06 has Hayes's OEM Sole disc brakes, which are a step down from the HFX9's on the '05 model. The frame is sized a bit large, so if you're sometimes between sizes like me (I'm 6'1") go for the smaller frame. I got the 21.5" and should have gotten the 19.5".
a Cross Country Rider
from Lansing, MI 48933
Date Reviewed: March 22, 2006
Strengths: good spec for the price. Hydraulic disks are a plus. I have never ridden on a Rock Shox Pilot fork but it seems worthy for what type of riding I do. Easton bar and seat post. Other pluses are the crankbrothers pedals and a reasonably light frame. They also gave me free shipping.
Weaknesses: I am still getting over the fact that the frame is not made in the US. It is an old hangup. The derailuers also needed adjustment.
For the price, the bike is a good deal. It comes new with free shipping and a very helpful support staff. Even if the frame turns out to be crap, I will throw the parts on another ride. I used to look down on Iron Horse bikes but they seem to have turned it around.
My brother In law has a brand new warrior 5.5 sitting in his garage. He bought it, rode it once around the block and its been sitting ever since. He is willing to sell it to me for 300$(fair price?) . I've been looking to build a light weight xc bike and it has decent specs so i thought it might be ... Read More »
Wanted to congratulate local fellow rider, Tim Case, and his teammates on [URL="http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/raam/entrydtl.php?s_N_category_group=2&s_N_Race_ID=3&s_N_Entry_ID=2741&N_Entry_ID=2741&s_N_Year_ID=34"]Team RAAM[/URL] (formerly Team Switchback) for their 1st place finish in the 4 perso ... Read More »
Wanted to congratulate [URL="http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/raam/entrydtl.php?s_N_category_group=2&s_N_Race_ID=3&s_N_Entry_ID=2741&N_Entry_ID=2741&s_N_Year_ID=34"]Team RAAM[/URL] (formerly Team Switchback) for their 1st place finish in the 4 person under 50 category this last weekend in the Race A ... Read More »
Saw the Warrior Creek 6 hour announced for April. Haven't ridden those trails.
Can somebody give some feedback on the trails? Rolling terrain, steep climbs or more sustained climbs, smooth or technical??Read More »