Bike Setup: stock other than new handle bar and stem.
from Phoenix, AZ USA
Date Reviewed: November 26, 2008
Strengths: Decent weight, nice geometry with great standover clearance, great on climbs with platform shock, nimble in corners.
Weaknesses: Thin paint.
This frame was actually an upgrade which I recieved from K2 after cracking a weld on my previous setup. I have been nothing but happy with this bike and have made it into my xc runner. The frame is laterally stiff and climbs well with little bob (partly in thanks to my spv shock). The weelbase is tight enough on a large frame to be very nimble in corners. Not the lightest of xc bikes, but I'm not one to count grams. An extra pound or two just means you have to be able to push harder than the other guy. At 6'2" and 160lbs I think I can spare a few grams on my bike. I can't say much for stock components since this is an upgrade, but the frame is strong with nice welds and gussetts throughout. Adjustable 4-5" rear travel is also a plus for varied tracks/trails.
K2's customer service is what sets this bike aside from others that may come in even at higher pricepoints. (World Wide Cycle Supply... K2/Ironhorse) They are knowlegable and prompt in their communication, and took care of my every need.
Similar Products Used: GT I-drive, Mongoose Freedrive.
Bike Setup: Lithium 3.0 frame, manitou s-type rear shock, manitou slate super air 100mm fork, avid bb7 185 brakes, hollowtech crank, wtb speed disk am rims.
a Weekend Warrior
from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Date Reviewed: September 27, 2008
Weaknesses: chain like to jump of the fromt sproket in stock form
If you have a chance to get your hands on one of these do it. the frame is strong, I weigh 238lb 6.1 and do a little bit of everything on this bike,from mild to wild, it has yet to let me down. That's not something can say about other bikes I have ridden. The derailleurs (especially the front) and brakes should be your first mod, followed shortly by the rims, stem and fork. If you like to do a little bit of everything this is the bike for you, it will climb with little to no bobbing and it will scream on the way down. It is a great platform to build your bike the way you want it.
Bike Setup: Race Face Evolve DHX 2 175mm 24/36/Bashguard; Propedal rear Fox, 700lb coil; Truvativ Holzfeller Stem ; Race Face Evolve DH Riser Handlebar; Juicy 7s; Azonic World force rims, chris king rear hub, intence 20mm front hub; Marzocchi 66 RC fork; IS-8i Headsets; Sram X.0 Rear Derailleur, X9 front, X.0 Triggers ; Thomson seatpost; Shimano M545 Pedals; WTB Laser V.
a Cross Country Rider
from Los Alamos, NM, USA
Date Reviewed: June 25, 2008
Strengths: Well, I swapped the stock fork before purchasing and I have been pleased with the suspension.
Weaknesses: It is heavy and I've had a lot of problems with the chain getting sucked up behind the crank. I've probably gone through half a dozen chains in the 3 years I've been riding it. My current wrench suggests it might be a design flaw. Anybody heard anything about recalls.
Does anybody know if K2 has issued a recall? It's hard to have anything positive to say about a system that eats a chain nearly everytime (it seems) I need a power stroke to climb a steep.
Similar Products Used: None, this is the first full suspension I've owned. All hard tails and non suspension bikes before.
Bike Setup: Stock except for Marzocchi Bomber front suspension.
a Weekend Warrior
from Flagstaff, AZ
Date Reviewed: October 15, 2007
Strengths: This bike came with good components, pretty much all around for the most part.
Weaknesses: Wheels, and it would be nice to have a rear shock that was more adjustable. Not a huge deal though. Also, the chain was junk.
I have beat the hell out of this bike for 2 years. The stock wheels held up good for about a year, but I tacoed the front, bent my bars, broke my break lever, and did my collar bone in all a the same time, so I had to buy all new stuff. The way it is set up right now, it is pretty heavy, but I dont know any better, because this was my first real mountain bike. The fork and shock both allow 5 inches of wheel travel, and they handle drops up to about 5 feet pretty well. The rear end started squeeking about 6 months ago, and all I had to do to stop it was tighten a few things up. In stock form, it might be a pretty decent XC bike, but they way mine it set up now, probably not. It is a good all around bike that can take a good beating.
Bike Setup: Stock, Crank Bros Candy clipless pedals
a Weekend Warrior
from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: April 12, 2007
Strengths: Best Bang for your buck. Rear coilover works well both uphill & down hill with adjustment to desired give. Front suspension is adequate considering the price point. Frame is well built after the abuse it's taken. Disc brakes for a low cost bike.
Weaknesses: Out of the gate, the breaks squeal. Front suspension could have better adjustment capabilities. Rear derailer has given me a few problems, have spent multiple hours maintaining it for proper work (maybe time to upgrade). Front of bike is a bit low for my taste (gives me lower back pain). Chain sucks up over chainstay when going to smaller chainring (same as others). Mis-shifts of front derailer caused middle chainring to bend (Performance replaced free of charge). After hard trail portion/dropdown/jumping, rear cable would catch over seat height adjuster and caused braking problems (zip tied cable to frame). Wheel brackets came apart during hard use, Performance rebuilt one and replaced the other (free of charge).
Went to my local "Supergo" store before they became "Performance" during their inventory liquidation of '05 models. I would highly recommend this approach. This is my first all suspension bike purchased, before this I had no suspension whatsoever. Went w/ the medium sized frame (I'm 5 ft 10).
Still have the squealing problem with the disc brakes, going to try some maintenance to avoid replacement. Also would need to upgrade to clip-in pedals. Not something I would expect standard in this price point.
All in all, I am very happy with the bike. It is a well-rounded unit & has performed fairly well, given the abuse I have put it through this past year & a half.
Real bottom line - I would buy it again. The price point more than makes up for the problems I have had with it. Happy hunting.
Bike Setup: Stock. Crank was replaced via Performance.
a Cross Country Rider
from pheonix az
Date Reviewed: April 5, 2007
Strengths: Rear shock and frame design. The moto raptor tires are excellent also, they lasted alot of miles and held up great on rough AZ trails.
Weaknesses: Front shock could be a little better (manitou splice elite) but it is still holding up after several trips down national trail! The wheels that came on this bike are not strong enough for a 6 4 240lb rider.
Nothing in this price range compare to this bike!! It rides as good as alot of $2500 bike I have ridden. Other then the weak wheels.This is a great bike for a clydesdale rider like myself sure it is a little heavy but at my size I am more concerned with strength and this bike is strong!!
Bike Setup: rock shocks tora 302 and bar 2.1, kayes sole, sram x7//// this is k2 lithium 3.0 2006 model
a Weekend Warrior
from Santa Monica, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: March 31, 2006
Strengths: As an intermediate rider, this bike has been able to take anything I've thrown at it.
I bought this bike (medium frame) after doing a lot of bargain & comparison shopping. I wanted a quality full-suspension bike, but didn't want to break the bank to get one.
Before I started looking, I didn't even know K2 made bikes... I wanted a Cannondale or maybe some other major name brand.
I was leery of buying a brand I hadn't heard of ("K2 makes skis, not bikes!", I thought), but I ultimately settled on this one because 1) It was a good deal (the price was right), 2) The bike looked cool, 3) The components and frame looked like they were put together well 4) I really liked the way it felt when I test-road it 5) Nothing else in this price range could match it on any level (IMO).
I got this bike on clearance (2005 model) from my local Supergo just before they became Performance Bikes. It retails for around $1200, and I got it for $700. Well worth every penny.
I convinced my girlfriend 2 weeks later to pick up the same bike (small frame) after I got a special coupon on the clearance item (she got hers for $600).
I'm not a stunt rider, but I ride pretty hard and fall occasionally. This bike has been able to take everything I've thrown at it. It is now muddy and scratched, but it rides well and I love it.
My girlfriend, with the same bike, feels the same way. We're both very happy with the purchase.
Please note, this is my first full-suspension bike. Although I test-road other bikes, I really don't have much to compare it with.
Still, I don't think any intermediate rider can go wrong with this bike if they're looking for a good general all-purpose mountain bike.
And when a component breaks, you always have the option of upgrading to something more expensive.
Similar Products Used: Haro Xtreme X2, K2 Flyin' Monkey, others I own....
Bike Setup: Already changed the tires for some light weight P'racer Fire Mud Pro's, and added the custom front fender & Lizard SkinZ fork boots. Also my clipless pedals.
a Weekend Warrior
from Thousand Oaks, CA
Date Reviewed: October 12, 2005
Strengths: Cheap, nice sizing in the L
Weaknesses: weight, rear shock
The fox spring is simple and effective but very heavy, at leas the 700 pounds spring is. This spring seemed too heavy for my weight, 220 pounds. I bunnyhopped off a 1 foot drop and probably got 4 inches out of the 5 inch travel. And I wouldn't want to drop anything bigger on this frame anyway. The XL size of this bike was built the 800 pounds spring, I'm 220 and I couldn't get that to move even an inch bunnyhopping. We hung the L size on the scale and it came to 34 pounds. Yup, the shop guy couldn't believe it either. On the plus side, in my demo ride the sram 7 shifters, front and rear de'rs were surpsingly smooth and fast.
Bike Setup: exr fork, fox vannilla spring 700 pounds
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 12, 2005
Strengths: price, rear shock, geometry( personal prefrence), great handling
Weaknesses: seems to be a little loose, it almost jitters
i like it a lot over the rincon, but theyre 1000$ MSRP diffrence. after i bought this i saw that costco carries a brand called Fezzari, and at $850 it has better parts that this. but still,its decent,im happy for now
Similar Products Used: i had a giant rincon for a month before i upgraded to this
Bike Setup: stock
a Weekend Warrior
from Keaau, Hawaii, U.S.A.
Date Reviewed: December 21, 2004
Strengths: Bike suspension geometry,little pedal bob even though I am a large rider, the Fox shock works great for a simple design. I also like The Hayes dics brakes. Love the K2 pipeclamp grips.
Weaknesses: The Marzocchi fork is not adjustable enough for my tastes. Deore shifters (should at least come with LX). Rear der. should also be LX.
This is my first full suspension bike after riding a hardtail for the past seven years and this bike just rides great. It soaks up bumps pretty good and I didn't feel any loss of pedal power through the suspension. There are better bikes out there but this bike performs well for the price. It is a good all around performer. The only things more that I would change would be the fork to a more adjustable fork and the crank to a Race Face crank. I think this bike would be good for anyone who is looking for a first full suspension bike.
Weaknesses: the marzocchi EXR pro fork feels a little spongey. It works as advertised and soakes up bumps but I would like to have a little stiffer front suspension on a bike as tall as the lithium.
This bike can do a little of everything pretty well but nothing really really well. It feels a little tall on steep or sustained climbs. At 30 pounds its to heavy to race. It has to much travel for you hardcore cross country rider and not enough for downhill buddies. Now that being said if your like almost everyone else on the planet, and just like to have fun this bike will take a beating all day long. The K2 lithium 3.0 is easy on the back and easy on the wallet.
I just traded a basket case project car for a 2007 K2 Lithium 3.0. The bike is in solid shape, couple of scratches, but the brakes and shifting are both fine, shocks don't leak, OE tires still in great shape and it still has all the reflectors :D
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