Salsa Cycles Bandito with XTR XC Hardtail

4/5 (4 Reviews)
Weight : 22.8 lbs MSRP : $3098.00

Product Description

The XTR components are nothing short of the best off-road group available. Swing a leg over the top tube and put the pedal to the metal.

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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by jason a Cross Country Rider from littlerock

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2007

Strengths:    Paint

Weaknesses:    sluggish, auckward

Bottom Line:   
Light, but doesnt feel right. Too long, feels bigger than it is. Skidish at times.

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Favorite Trail:   knucklebuster

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Similar Products Used:   too many to count

Bike Setup:   xt, duke, spox

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kyle a Racer from chicago

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2006

Strengths:    This thing is stiff and light. plus its a looker. everything about this bike feels great.

Weaknesses:    I really have not found one yet. I have ridden alot of bikes and this thing is a racing machine.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is amazing. Not only the frame but the build. i have taked this frame with cheap parts on it and turned times much faster than with similar bikes. The geometry of the frame is so race spacific it is amazing. worked well with a 100mm fork or the current 80mm one. would like to try with a 63 set up however have just not tried it yet. thinking of going even to a rigid pace 1 lb. fork. either way if you can get your hands on this frame buy it you will not regret it. I would say if you are not a racer then you should buy something else. but this thing will help get you the looks and the podium spot.

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Favorite Trail:   Ruby Campground

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Bicycle and Fitness Barn Port Huron, Mi

Similar Products Used:   Pretty much if it is a mountain bike i have ridden it.

Bike Setup:   2004 bandito frame, race face deus cranks and bb, sram X.O shifters, X.9 rear der, XT front der, pauls love levers, avid single digit 7 brakes, thompson seatpost, easton CNT ec-90 bar, syntace f-99 stem, selle itillia xlr seat, american classic non disk wheels, maxxis 310 tires, 3m packaging tape rim strips, Ti bolt on skewers, Performance lunar light tubes, Rock shox sid team fork w/adjustable poplock, tuned no name seat post binder, cane creek s-6 headset, custom machined headset spacers (.006 lbs total), custom made nylon water bottle bolts, whipperman conex chain, and for now an XT cassette (soon to be lighter american classic)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Keith Moon a Racer from 803 East First Street, Cle Elum, WA

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2005

Strengths:    The light weight and the scandium tubing, short wheelbase
This bike can turn on a dime.

Weaknesses:    Short Top Tube, Short length, relatively high standover

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike used looking for a decent enough upgrade to justify the expenditure and looking for something a little faster than I already have. The first thing you will notice about this frame is the traditional geometry and a relative high standover height. The 20 inch frame has a 32 inch standover. The top tube and the overall length is shorter than a lot of similar bikes. On a smooth single track twisty trail this bike has the ability to turn much sharper than a lot of bikes. The scandium does soften the bumps although the shorter length at the same time seems to make the trail a little bumpier. Anyone getting this frame will definitely need to dial it in with the right stem and maybe a set back seat post as the other poster noted. It is a very tight frame and if your a big guy looking for say a 20 inch frame this might be the ticket.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Stumpjumper Pro

Bike Setup:   Shimano Sid SL and DT Swiss Hugi

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bruce from Maine

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2004

Strengths:    Super light! Killer paint. Scandium tubeset. Amazing welds, very forgiving frame yet bomb proof for XC racing. Love the thick tubing. Race ready and an amazing climber. Unbelievable price!

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
If you want a ridiculously light frame that is race ready w/ the right parts, look no further. The price is right and the quality is amazing. Why pay $1100 for a Yeti ARC frame when you can get something just as good if not better for half the price?

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $645.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   None that even compare to this... Mongoose Pro NX 7.3 frame

Bike Setup:   I bought just the frame and built it up from there. 18' frame, King headset, XT D's and 8 speed shifters, XTR V brakes, levers, and hubs (950), mavic 517s, 00' SID XC fork, Thompson elite laid back post, Selle Italia gel w/ titanium rails, Easton EA-70 stem, Answer Pro-taper riser bars, Race Face NEXT ISIS cranks, Truvativ Gigapipe SL BB, Shimano M535 pedals, Panaracer Fire XC tires, ODI grips...

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