Zion 853 (frame) XC Hardtail

3.5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $399.00


Product Description

You may have heard the expression "steel is real", but do you really understand what it means? Here is your chance to find out. The Zion 853, as the name implies, is constructed of Reynolds 853 air-hardened steel. This is one the best tubesets currently available for bicycle frame use. It has the unique property of actually increasing in strength as the welds cool, for huge gains in fatigue strength and stiffness.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gerry Dupaya a Cross Country Rider from Fremont, California, USA

Date Reviewed: October 25, 2005

Strengths:    Reynolds 853. Excellent material. Strong. Light. Inexpensive. Cool and simple black finish.

Weaknesses:    Paint quality could have been better. Nice black finish, but chips very easily. Perhaps a good excuse to strip it bare and spend the money saved on a custom paint job.

Bottom Line:   
Worth every penny. Makes for a very clean and simple build. Paired w/ an all mountain fork, and you have a ride that can hang w/ fully suspended Aluminums on the way down, and fly fast them on the way up. A tribute to old school. I don't worry too much about the paint issue. I can strip it down and send it to a paint shop when the time comes.

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Favorite Trail:   Soquel Demonstration Forest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $240.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   10 year old Tange steel frame.

Bike Setup:   Self built 23 lb steel hardtail w/ twist shift and v brakes. Light and simple.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Hemmelgarn a Cross Country Rider from Cleveland, OH, USA

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2005

Strengths:    Inexpensive. A solid steel hardtail. Good feel when riding, easy to build.

Weaknesses:    Minor Quality Issues

Bottom Line:   
Overall I would reccomend this frame to anyone building on a budget. It has a nice feel to it and was easy to build out. Two minor issues I have encountered though: 1) The paint is not great. It flakes and chips more easily than I would have hoped. Looks good, and is reasonably durable, but this could have been better. 2) The Cable housing guides for the rear brake line are not at all crimped -- basically, the cable housing will just slide right though them as opposed to seating firmly. I had to bend the guide with a hammer to get it to function properly. The derailleur guides are fine though. Buy this frame if you have a limited supply of cash, but still want to get a quality steel frame for you money.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $240.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   Old School Stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   XT Drivetrain, Crosslands, Race Face, Thomson, Salsa, and Easton Parts, Egg Beater pedals

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Welding a Cracked Reynolds 853 Frame? X Post

I know that for liability reasons a manufacturer will say "no", but can a competent welder repair a crack in an Reynolds 853 frame? The drive side drop out on my 3 year old Niner SIR9 has cracked all the way through. A buddy told me that instead of repairing the crack itself, the entire dropout c ... Read More »

Reynolds 853 frame at Nashbar

For only USD199! I know it's not a(n) SS-specific frame, but that's easily remedied by a good conversion kit. If the shipping didn't exceed the price of the frame, I'd gobble this up! And the 15.5" is just my size :thumbsup: :madman: Don't know about the quality of the welds, but it's a ... Read More »

853 steel frame with Ti seatpost?

Hello, There look to be a number of steel building/materials experts that frequent this forum, and your input will be greatly appreciated. I am the proud owner of a 2005 Rocky Mountain Blizzard 20th Anniversary edition made from Reynolds 853. I would like to run a Titanium seatpost as the res ... Read More »

Why no premium full 853 zion frame?

I've got an 853EBB 26 inch zion. It's great ... really love the handling etc. My only issue is that the frame is 5.5lbs from memory. I see the Niner S.I.R. is something like 4.5lbs, and has 853 front triangle and a lighter EBB. I can't see if you can buy the EBB on its own from them. I look at ... Read More »

Good, 853 or like, 26inch wheeled!! ss frame at decent price?

Having a hard time finding an 853 or comparable steel ss frame that actually has 26" wheels for us non-giants that doesn't cost a grand. I'd also like it to be multi geared compatible for versatility. Any ideas, especially on older frames that I might find good deals on used. Thanks, JW MurrahRead More »

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