Ibex Bicycles Asta Expert XC Full Suspension

4.75/5 (4 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Manitou Black Platinum Fork Air/Lockout
  • Manitou Radium RL Air Shock w/ Lockout
  • 27-Spd - Shimano LX/XT Dual Control
  • Shimano LX Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  • Sun DS2-XC Rims
  • Factory direct price: $1299


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    Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by kukiniloa a Cross Country Rider from Seattle, WA

    Date Reviewed: January 24, 2009

    Strengths:    I believe that Ibex delivers with a well designed machine straight from the factory.

    Weaknesses:    You're on your own after purchase.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a pretty good deal in a bike that obviously has been well tested. Judging from the frame design it may very well be built in the same factory as Kona bicycles. I am very happy with it.

    BUT, this is not a bike for people who do not do their own mechanicing. It is FACTORY DIRECT, and every bolt, every bearing (unless sealed) was BONE DRY and the bike will need a rebuild when received. If you can do this yourself, fine, if not, figure the cost of a rebuild into the price. If $$$ are your main concern and you do no rely on a bike shop - Ibex rocks.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $1300.00

    Purchased At:   Ibex

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   2008 Expert.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Randy a Cross Country Rider from Jessup PA

    Date Reviewed: May 1, 2007

    Strengths:    Climbing and ascending abilities, great component mix.

    Weaknesses:    Limited rear travel, but it is a XC bike.

    Bottom Line:   
    Great value and bike for the money. I ride cross country and this bike climbs well. I can also bomb down hills provided there is not massive drops. The 2007 has a half inch more travel, which is better. I sometimes come close to bottoming out, but it hasn't happened yet.

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    Favorite Trail:   Merlis

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $1300.00

    Purchased At:   Ibex direct

    Similar Products Used:   Giant NRS, Gt I-Drive

    Bike Setup:   Stock except for a new stem and carbon handle bar.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by David from Nor Cal

    Date Reviewed: November 6, 2006

    Strengths:    Solid flex free frame. Very smooth climbing or decending. Loves tight singletrack with some air time thrown in.

    Weaknesses:    Ummmmm cant find one.

    Bottom Line:   
    Wasnt shure where to post so i figured this was a great place. The bike was a build from the frame up but instead of as a XC bike used it as a AM/DJ/Mild DH/XC bike. Needed a bike that i could ride & friends could barrow. Normally i ride a 6 inch travel 39 pound bike so this was a big differance. After almost 1 year of abuse the frame is still jumping up & down for more abuse & loving it. If your looking for a bike that that can do almost everything & you dont have to spend hours on maintance the '06 Asta is definatly worth looking at. All pivot bearings have stayed tight never needing adjustments & are as smooth as new. If there were more Chilis i would slap them down but im a limited, dang.

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    Favorite Trail:   D-ville, Solstice, Oat Hill

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Ibex

    Similar Products Used:   Marin Team Issue 4 bar, Rocky Mountain Slayer 50, Cannondale Gemini 3000

    Bike Setup:   Setup as a 4X type bike because the '06 is sutch a solid frame.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Craig Scurlock a Cross Country Rider from Greenwood, MO USA

    Date Reviewed: June 15, 2006

    Strengths:    Value, excellent component mix, Customer service


    Weaknesses:    Maybe the tires? Front tire has washed out a few times but could be from having too much air pressure.

    Bottom Line:   
    I had been saving money for a Specialized Stumpy FSR but couldnt wait any longer after seeing the Asta on sale online. I took a chance and ordered the Asta Expert and boy am i glad i did. This is my first full suspension bike and there is no comparison to my 10yr old hardtail! I have about 16-17 hours on this bike and after getting the shock/fork dialed in the ride has been amazing! I also didnt know how i would like the dual control shifters/brake levers but they have worked flawlessly as well as the hydro lx brakes. This is an excellent bike for the money, it is spec'd better than some $2000 bikes i test rode. This would be a perfect bike for someone looking for their first full suspension bike.

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    Favorite Trail:   landahl park

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $1200.00

    Purchased At:   ibexbikes.com

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR

    Bike Setup:   Stock with Shimano 646 DX pedals

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