a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: February 25, 2011
Strengths: Great Components
Weaknesses: None that I hae discovered yet
I picked up my new toy on ebay. Very happy with the price I payed considering new the bike sold for $3k. Checked every LBS and site online for a good deal. In the end I could not find a better bike and components for the money. Looked at a stumpjumper and almost pulled the trigger. I have taken the bike out every weekend and it just begs for more. Both shocks work perfect to the point you forget about them even working. I did rebuild the front shock since it was an 08 model and no idea when it was last serviced. I did all the normal maintenance and she rides perfect. I plan to always have this bike. If you can find a used one I would scoop it up. Check out the spec's and compare the components to any bike in the same range. The main thing is to have a solid bike and get out there and ride.
Strengths: Light Efficient Climber, Outstanding Parts Spec (Stock Tubeless and XT Drivetrain!). All Day Comfortable, Quick, Descends Well! Specialized FSR Suspension Design. Looks great!
Unless you are chasing big brand names, it would be ridiculous not to consider a Fuji Reveal 2.0 at this price point. You would be hard pressed to find a better build for this price. Plus, I love the look of the bike. The Reveal 2.0 has seen some phenomenal reviews, and I can certainly back them up. I have only owned hard-tails in the past and was a bit skeptical about going to full suspension, bit this is as fast on the uphills as it is on the downhills. I'll be racing it in the Mohican 100 this and can't wait!
Similar Products Used: Rocky Mounty, Jamis, Specialized.
Bike Setup: Stock (FULL XT-Even down to the Wheelset and brakes), with a Thomson Elite Seatpost.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: July 27, 2009
Strengths: Full XT mechanicals, light weight, comfortable. I love the geometry. Steering like a surgical instrument.
Weaknesses: I would sacrifice some weight for beefier wheels. Also, an adjustable travel fork and pro-pedal style rear shock would have been nice, especially on a bike that retails for 3500 beans.
A fantastic all-around ride. Climbs really well (despite no pro-pedal feature) and descends at speed with amazing precision. I wasn't sure about the Recon fork and Ario shock at first, but after hammering on them I can say they are every bit as plush as Fox stuff, and maybe more reliable. Fuji did the right thing by not skimping on the shifters, front der., etc. like most companies do now.The XT brakes are great.
The wheels get a so-so rating - it's nice to have the tubeless option, but 24 spokes is a bit skimpy for a 5" travel bike. I've had to do a little more truing than I'm used to, but they are light and stiff. The Nobby Nic tires are unbelievably grippy - my all time favorite tires now. TOo bad I can't afford to replace them with the same thing!
Geometry is more stretched out than most 'trail' (or whatever) bikes these days, which I like. I'm not a big fan of the short top tube craze.
Porsche-like handling, plenty of torsional stiffness. More of a X-C geometry but with extra cushioning and a nice wide riser bar up front. This bike hugs the trail, goes like hell, and doesn't miss on the turns. Very impressed.
Similar Products Used: Rocky Slayer SXC, Kona Dawg, Santa Cruz Blur LT
Bike Setup: Stock, but with cushy gel grips to ease my arthritic hands.
a Weekend Warrior
from Boise, ID, USA
Date Reviewed: January 10, 2009
Strengths: Plenty of suspension travel, very tuneable, lockable. Lightweight. Rigid frame. Stiff wheels. All around solid bike.
Weaknesses: I too have a minor squeak coming from one of rear suspension linkages. I'm sure i can find it and fix it once I get around too it. It does not affect performance so I'm going to give it a few more break in rides before I dig in.
The bottom line is that I would never spend $3500 on a bike. $1700, YES. Especially the Reveal 2.0. To date, I've been out on a couple rides and the bike is awesome. The lockable suspension makes me feel like a goat when climbing. When time to descend, simply unlock with the flip of 2 switches and hang on. The suspension chews up all but the toughest terrain and the stiff frame and wheels make cornering very comfortable at high speeds.
I'm extremely happy with my purchase. Wouldn't have paid full msrp on it especially being produced outside the USA. Considering that I couldn't even get the components for a build this sweet for $1700, I think I did ok.
Keep your eye out for new, "last years" models and snag one up!