a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 21, 2009
Strengths: Carbon/nimble/a looker
Weaknesses: Ordinary/not worth the money/way over priced for the components.
Simply put, the bike is not worth the asking price. I can see $2,000.00 or a bit more but no more. The bike is like the attitude you get from making a 4 wheel truck 5 feet high. Impressive but just not worth the effort or the money.
Strengths: *Very Light *Comfortable, spacious and ride/suspension well balanced (19.5" frame & 6'2" Rider)
Weaknesses: It would have been nice if it would have come with a 180mm XTRcrankset, they make a world of difference if you're tall. But then I have never heard of a manufacturer that specs them.
So far I have no complaints. I am 6'2" and weigh in at 295 lbs. and I ride mostly XC and on double track and gravel roads with plenty of uphills and downhills. Going uphill I can settle in and just pedal smoothly, the suspension is steady not bouncy either front or rear. The (lack of) weight of the bike is a phenomenal feeling going uphill, the bike feels like it wasn't there...its as if every little bit of push you put into the pedals gets translated into forward movement. Downhill the bike is just point and shoot and the suspension does its job without any special attention.
from Birmingham west mids England
Date Reviewed: May 23, 2007
Strengths: Very Light and fast.
Weaknesses: Frame not very strong.
Not at all happy i've raced this bike five times. Total number of hours used fifteen and its just over a month old i find two cracks in the frame one on the top tube and the other on the seat tube i weigh 165 pounds and im a smooth rider its not good at all. Trek are going to replace the frame but its the middle of the race season and i don't have a bike. On a plus point it is very fast and light.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 15, 2007
Strengths: Light, fast, great suspension redesign.
Weaknesses: Have broken 2 frames already, trek is releasing no more of them.
These frames are failing. They are replacing them, but a lifetime warranty on a bike design that fractures 2 times in three months, both times catastrophically, and with standard cross country riding....needs looked at. At least they are not sending anymore out until they redesign them. Great riding bike, but they don't make it 500 miles before the carbon fails. Something must have gone wrong with this bike, none of the other treks I have owned, carbon included, have ever done this.
Similar Products Used: Top Fuel 110, Fuel EX 9.5, Giant Trance
Bike Setup: Stock
from Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Date Reviewed: January 24, 2007
Strengths: I have been waiting for this bike for years! With all the Bontrager carbon goodies and the full ’07 XTR group this bike is set up! The frame is latterly stiffer than the fuel of past not to mention lighter. Very efficient suspension, with little to no pedal or rider induced bob, it climbs SO NICE! In or out of the saddle. The rear shock is easy to set up. I love the top tube on this bike it allows for plenty of room. The bike tips the scale at an unbelievable 23.2 lbs for a 19.5 (Large) bike. I also added a Fox fork which is heavier than the Manitou R7.
Weaknesses: I don’t see a major weakness with this bike. The only small complaint is that I need to buy rim strips to go tubeless, and I swapped the R7 out for a Fox RLT 100, but that is more of a personal preference because I have heard great thing about the R7.
Very light very fast, and very easy on the eyes. This bike is a racers dream, but it has enough travel and the disc brakes make it a great bike for 24 hour racing also.
Similar Products Used: Ellsworth truth, Trek top fuel 110, Trek STP, Cannondale Scalpel
Bike Setup: 07 XTR group, bontrager race X Lite wheels, Fork is a Fox RLT 100, Bontrager XXX Carbon bar, stem and seatpost
from Birmingham, AL. USA
Date Reviewed: January 19, 2007
Strengths: This bike is super stiff and has practically no lateral flex. The geometry is great and there is no brake jack or suspension bob. The top tube is a low as a 4x bike, so de-mountain is no problem. The bike came with my favorite fork, the R7 and a really easy to set up rear shock (S-type SLR). The new XTR is simply awesome. It looks good, it feels sharper than X.O when it shifts. The fact that they kept the brakes/shifters seperate is really convenient becuase they allow me to set up the shifters just where i want them. The handlebartape-like grips are really light and sweet too. The frame is nice and wide up top, not a perfect circle like it look sin the photos. It's got tubes that remind me of a cannondale system six ( a good thing). And, with the 17.5 weighing in (with my 4-ti crank bro's pedals and bontrager carbon bottle cage and bottle (and tubed tires), it weighed in at 22.55 lbs).
Weaknesses: The wheels require that you purchase a special rimstrip to go tubeless. for $6600, they should include that. The tires provided are not very good for winter training, but i switched the forn to a nobby tubeless panaracer and it's great now. There aren't any ride quality weaknesses and the component choice is all great.
This is the nicest bike i have ever owned. The bikes is the lightest full-suspension on the market, beating a team scalpel by a full pound, and the wheels are also the lightest out there (with the rimstrip, too!) Don't buy anything other than this. It's got enought travel for the trail, but can be set up just right and haul's ass in races. I mean, Chris Eatough rides it, so what else is there to say?? if you have any questions about this bike, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I work at a bike shop and will be happy to help you out or show you the bike if you live around birmingham.
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