VooDoo SOBO XC Hardtail

4.75/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $1300.00

Product Description

  • Fork: Rock Shox Reba Team 100mm
  • Crank Set: Shimano XTR
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano XTR
  • Chain: Shimano XTR
  • Rim: WTB LaserDisc XC

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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pedalitup a Cross Country Rider from Oregon

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2009

Strengths:    Carbon wishbone seatstay really absorbs shock. The geometry is perfect for a 100mm fork. Its bright RED. Its worthy of the KFL crank and Sid fork.

Weaknesses:    The paint is as light as the frame, it chips easily. The frame weighs a bit more than advertised. But who cares?

Bottom Line:   
By far the best hardtail I've ever ridden. The relatively short top tube and longer headtube with a lo rise bar inspires confident descending. This also allows the option to use a flat bar without feeling like you're in a roadie tuck. The head angle is spot on for 100mm travel forks, not too nervous but still agile enough. I wouldn't consider trying 80mm travel with this frame. With 2.35" Kenda SB8 tires at low pressure its nice and plush. With light, skinny XC racing tires it weighs under 21lbs on a digital scale. It feels light climbing and solid descending. For my 135 lbs, the 17" frame is stiff enough that I don't notice any flex. I don't worry about damaging a carbon frame anymore and this rides much better than the '01 9.8 that had aluminum stays or that punishing XTC. I would buy this again and recommend it.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $608.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   2005 aluminum XTC, 2001 Trek 9.8.

Bike Setup:   Daves speed dream wheels, '08 Sid race fork, FSA KFlight 2x9 crank, XT levers, deraileurs and cassette, BB7 brakes, Titec Pluto carbon cockpit with WTB rocket V saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BigBull a Weekend Warrior from N. Cal

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2009

Strengths:    Sexy paintjob, extermely light weight, solid built, carbon seatstay works! Great geometry for do-it-all hardtail.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
I LOVE the geometry of this bike, climb so well without overly stretching out, slightly slacked headangle also promote a confident downhill. Carbon seatstay and seatpost soften the small bump very well compare to alum. hardtails.

I built up this bike from scretch using the old parts from another bike, and still come in a impressive light weight 23lb. The shifting is butter smooth even better than the old bike, might have something to do with a good chainline.

FAST FAST FAST, I enjoy this bike so much that I left my brand new $3000 Motolite in garage most of the time.

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Favorite Trail:   Downieville

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   new from Ebay

Similar Products Used:   I own or have owned: Gary Fisher & Shwinnn hardtail, GF Sugar 3+, Commencal meta 5.2, Titus Motolite

Bike Setup:   XT drivetrain all around, Magura 100mm fork, FSA carbon seatpost, Fizik Aliente saddle, Bontrager wheels total weight in 23lb.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cdale1963 a Cross Country Rider from Landenberg

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2009

Strengths:    The frame rides just perfect for my style. If you love XC riding and/or racing the geometry is just right.

Weaknesses:    The paint seems to chip fairly easily but heck the ride is everything and I love it.

Bottom Line:   
The Sobo is a very good XC frame. I have had no problems and love how it has made me a better rider. Besides the small paint chips it rocks on the trail.

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Favorite Trail:   Fair Hill

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale and Jamis mtn bikes.

Bike Setup:   Sram with XT crankset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jimmy a Cross Country Rider from SF, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2008

Strengths:    Extremely light, great handling, spot on XC race geometry, climbs FAST

Weaknesses:    700$ is steep for a hardtail, but when you compare it to the 900$ salsa moto rapido of the same materials, 1200$ aluminum s-works, or the $1800 ellsworth enlightenment aluminum/carbon 700 looks pretty reasonable

Bottom Line:   
I don't care what people say about scandium flexing too much this thing charges up mountains and whips down tight singletracks. The short wheelbase and steep head/seat angle make it incredibly maneuverable. The scandium tubes and carbon seat stays really do give it some shock absorption and make it feel forgiving on the descents without sacrificing the get-up-and-go feel of a XC racing hardtail.

Some have complained about the flex being too much, and I have not experienced this although I weigh 150

Point is, its everything a race bike should be, plus it gives you some fun in the singletrack

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Favorite Trail:   Tamarancho

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   phattire.com

Bike Setup:   pretty much the best: fox f100, SRAM drivetrain, DT swiss wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Timberly reinhart a Cross Country Rider from McLean VA

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2005

Strengths:    really flexy its like riding a steel frame!

Weaknesses:    i'm just really worried that the scandium will break because although i weigh a whopping 130! i beat the shiznit out of my bikes.

Bottom Line:   
I just got stripped my 36 lb I-DRIVE after the stupid little bracket that holds the crank in place was completely threaded so my crank was basically floatin' there! any way, the SOBO is the best addition to my bike collection if you will. the entire bike ways out to 27 lb most of the weight comes from the DH's i guess, this bike is amazing on hill climbs and freekin' fast! i love how responsive it is! although i've only been seriously for about four years and im only 16 have done some cranks monkey races at wakefield on my GT, i hope that my SOBO really launches my racing career. this bike is perfect for a cross country racer intermediate or expert(Beginners really don't need a scandium until they know that this really what they want to do) it is also a really good value if you can strip parts off an old bike so you just have to buy a head set or a seat post. i love this frame!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   difficult run

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $468.00

Purchased At:   BTI

Similar Products Used:   i once rode an "on-one" steel framed single speed at 12 hours of lodi farms after my piece of crap GT i-drive XC 2.0 broke (NEVER GET AN I-DRIVE!!!!!!!!!)

Bike Setup:   Shimano deore XT, ritchey stem, rock shox duke(LOVE IT), crank bros candy clips, syncros wheels, tioga DH (2.3F 2.1R)
magura hydraulic brakes 18.5" frame. thomson seat post.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Crazy Bit#@ a Weekend Warrior from Upstate NY

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2001

Strengths:    Update on my previous review(now that I've ridden the bike for a week now):
-INSANELY lightweight(frame weighs only about 3 lbs)
-Great singletrack geometry
-Kickass detailing--skull headtube badge,sweet welds,it's built with SOUL
-Rides as smooth as steel

Weaknesses:    -A little flexy(my friend weighs 150 lbs and doesn't complain about the flex,so it must be my fat ass)
-Too stretched-out--makes steep downhill a SCARY proposition..NO SH$T!This is an XC-race bike anyway
-Pricey as hell,and not made anymore

Bottom Line:   
After riding this bike a bit more,I have gotten used to this bike's quirks,and lemme tell you,this bike is THE SH$T.

Disregard my previous dumbass claim of "too much flex"--this is EXACTLY what makes it ride so damn nice.It may be a little too whippy for a fat-ass like me,but my far lighter expert-class racer friend has never noticed any excessive flex.It's a LOT smoother than any aluminum frame I've ridden.

Forget aggressive DH on this bike!It's for XC ONLY.This baby really SHINES on singletrack+steep climbs.You could climb all day on this bike.This bike has craftmanship and SOUL..it's a beauty in raw scandium finish.Check out the neat welds(almost Moots-quality),and the bit$hin' SKULL BADGE!!This quality can be be expected for the price.It may be warrantied for only 3 years,but damn,what SWEET 3 years..

Now that I have ridden this bike for a week or so and gotten to know it better with a decent fork(the SID was a POS),I will happily adjust my previously crappy rating.5 SMOKIN' CHILIES!!

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Favorite Trail:   Plattekill

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Only scandium bike I have tested

Bike Setup:   Same as below,with the exception of a 2000 SX-R in place of the SID

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Crazy Bit$# a Weekend Warrior from NY

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2001

Strengths:    -Rides smoother than straight aluminum
-SO LIGHT,it's crazy(2.8 lbs)
-Climbs like a bat out of hell
-3 year warranty

Weaknesses:    -For XC only
-Scary flex(result of the small-tubed frame)
-Questionable shelf life
-VERY,VERY pricey

Bottom Line:   
The Sobo is the only scandium bike I've ever ridden,so I'm not all too sure how it would compare to some other scandium offerings.
While the frame is SUPER,SUPER-LIGHT,it has too much flex--almost scary.This bike rides NOTHING like my Chameleon--actually it was closer to my steel Surly.This is probably more from the small tube diameters than anything else.However,I agree with others--this thing climbs like A MONKEY ON CRACK,thanks to the light weight and XC geometry.Descending it,though,is not fun.This bike can be seriously twitchy,which resulted in one or two minor crashes.
It DOES have a shelf life..which begs the question:Why buy this,when similar cash buys a sweet ti or steel frame that lasts for decades?I guess it's a matter of preference,but I can see why a pro XC racer would be drooling all over this bike.
I give it four chilies(dock off one chili for excessive flex).

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Own both a S.C Chameleon(get one,IT IS SWEEET)and a Surly 1x1(awesome too).Owned,and broke,a '98 Specialized Stumpy M2.

Bike Setup:   My friend's.'99 model,with SID XC(sucked a FATTY),XTR 8-speed F&R deraillers and brakes,SYNCROS REVOLUTION CRANK(probably the single best thing on the bike--I keep asking my friend where he found them,he won't tell me!),Kore flat bar/stem,Syncros Hardcore post,IRC Backcountry tires,weighs 22 lbs...I am jealous

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Ed Kababik a Cross-Country Rider from Bristol/Norwalk, CT

Date Reviewed: December 3, 1999

The stiffness of aluminun with more give than aluminum, the compliance of steal and the feel of TI without the weight. The frame weighs 2.8lbs. and comes with a 3 year warranty (their TI frame has a lifetime warranty but the company is replacing thir TI frame with the scandium SoBo, so what does that tell you). The bike is extremely responsive and climbs like a $#&@^# monkey. I have the USE-XCR suspension seatpost that gives me the cushin I need with out giving up anything in the drive train. The frame has a mission and the tubing and craftsmanhip is incredible. The tubing is taper from the welds to the middle to the point where the eye can notice it, The scandium can taper because its extremely strong and is extremely light, not a bad combination. I'm just a spectator enjoying the ride. All you suckers who spent 2 grand on your 4.5 LB. Titanium soft tails that flex like a leaf spring and climbs like the log I dropped in the toilet, I'm so sorry. I don't care what anyone says about scandium because I know the truth, just keep the truth to your self. The more that choose Ti and listen to the BS are the ones that don't deserve the fly ride.

My ass on the bike after a night of boozin-it.

Bottom Line:   
The frame might have a shelf life, but nothing great lasts forever.

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Favorite Trail:   
West Hartford Reservoir

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
I owned a VOODOO Bokor, the aluminum version for three years and loved it. I must confess that I did not try out any other scandium frames. I loved the geometry of the bokor so much that I didn't want to change it. So I got the same geometry, with the Joe Murray design in scandium. All you people out there that love your TI, all I can say is it will last forever but so what.

Bike Setup:   
I use a 97 Judy S.L. with White Brothers springs and cartridge. XTR-bb, cranks, pedals,f-brake, front and rear der., cassette. White Industries hubs, USE XCR seatpost, WTB tires, Avid Arch Supreme rear brake.

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