Principia MSLe Pro XC Hardtail

4.5/5 (2 Reviews)
Weight : 1290 grams

Product Description

Carbon friendly seat tube, UPS hanger, the elegant cable routing, the tapered steerer, the triple sealed head set, the elegantly integrated cable glider, the legendary SX geometry.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ingo a Cross Country Rider from ruhr valley, germany

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2008

Strengths:    very elegant looks; beautifully handcrafted; lightweight & anodized frame; not too often to be seen around here; stiffness; great fun to speed through the woods. I love it!

Weaknesses:    Principia´s owners habe changed and there is no distributor in Germany any more. Support (in Germany) once was good but is nothing but a catastrophy nowadays! Try and sent an email to Principia in Denmark and you won´t even get an answer whatsoever!

Bottom Line:   
The bike I dreamed of! I think this will last forever and it will always remain a beauty - due to the anodized frame! It´s a shame that their support is dump. When it comes to their support I would give them absolutely no chili at all!

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Favorite Trail:   alsace & ruhr valley trails and woods

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $590.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Cube, Focus

Bike Setup:   Principia MSL pro 2004 frame, Rockshox SID Team, Avid Ultimate V-Brakes (beware, they tend to squeal), DT Swiss XR4.1 Rims and XTR hubs, XTR crankset, Sram X.0 Twist & rear der., XT front der., NC17 seatpost & flat bar, Syntace F99 stem, Schwalbe NN & RR

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jens To a Cross Country Rider from Denmark

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2007

Strengths:    Stiff, light, great overall balance. The geometry is (in the old model) made for 80 mm forks, (the new ones fits 80 and 100 mm), which is fine by me. Extreme high quality crafsmannship - forget specialized, trek and the others. Thats standard products in good quality. This is the top. Is gives back what you put into it. Nothing less, nothing more. After 6 years break frem competition i started out again using an EPIC. Good idea to get started and i still use it when training or on the long runs when my back and neck needs a more plush ride, but EPIC lacks speed. Have also tried out the new carbon bling bling hartailframes. I´ll stick to alu frames a while when it comes to XC competition under normal conditions - on the road its a different matter.

Weaknesses:    To expensive, but i bought it cheap (usually sells for - in todays dollar - 2300 $. Thats because its an 2004 model made for disc and v-brake. I suppose I´ll never use v-brake on my compition bike again, so thats extra weight. Also, the stickers come of to easy.

Bottom Line:   
Buy one. Its made to last a lifetime, and it will give you uncompromising stiffness, speed and lovely looks.

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Favorite Trail:   Det hvide spor

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Heino Cykler

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn PDG 90 (in the old days), Specialized M4, Cannnondale CAAD 5, Epic M4, Epic Carbon,

Bike Setup:   In the wintertime its fitted with XT + XTR-disc + Fox F80X.
In the summertime XTR all over except the crank, that XT. And the summer also means Rock Shox SID Team.

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