Craft FRM125 2002 Full Suspension

4.46/5 (26 Reviews)
MSRP : $2000.00


Product Description

  • Frame: 7005 Straight Gauged Tubing
  • Fork: Rock Shox Psylo XC Black adjustable up to 5"
  • Rear Shock Option: Fox Vanilla R or X-Fusion
  • Brakes: Avid Cable Discs with Avid Levers
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT rear, Deore front, Deore shifters


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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Michael Harvey a All Mountain Rider

    Date Reviewed: February 12, 2014

    Strengths:    Well built, excellent suspension, versatile, durable.

    Weaknesses:    Newer frames look more refined, no ISCG mount, 1'8th steerer.
    Steerer tube is relatively long on the small frame.
    Could be lighter, but then it comes with a coil shock.


    Bottom Line:   
    Had mine for just over 10 years and it's still going strong. Still have the original bearings and shock (still running smoothly with no play!). replaced the gear hanger once (after a crash). I've run it as a downhill bike with Boxxers and as an all day trail bike with revelations, it does everything brilliantly, I love the geometry. The suspension is so good with the horst link that I now never swithch it to the shorter travel setting, I've even done marathons on it.
    Not designed for weight watching cross country weenies, if you want a bike that you can hammer hard then this will come back wanting more, putting a smile on your face downhill and will get you up them as well.

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    Favorite Trail:   WW at Afan forest

    Duration Product Used:   10 years

    Price Paid:    $750.00


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Last440 a Weekend Warrior from Canada

    Date Reviewed: October 2, 2010

    Strengths:    The Craftworks FRM125 is the bike rumored to be used in this video.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENYlW92nYV0 If the link doesn't work go to utube.. Search "Bicycle High Jump"

    Weaknesses:    Can't be many

    Bottom Line:   
    A landing, (from that height and sharp angle of descent)on to concrete steps and the bike still rolled..What more is there to say!!

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    Favorite Trail:   Any and all

    Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   Unknown

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by ian strawford a Weekend Warrior from Somerset England

    Date Reviewed: September 8, 2007

    Strengths:    Very strong well made frameset. FSR Horst linkage gives superb traction over all terrain.Geometry is spot on for hard core all mountain/freeride light bike. The whote paint is the 2008 colour to have!

    Weaknesses:    None I've come across so far

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is awesome. I bought it as a second bike after a trip to the Alps when I felt I needed a more hardcore all mountain bike.When bought second hand it was set up as a light DH rig with SuperT's and heavy duty components fitted.
    I found it fantastic downhill but to much to pedal uphill.
    Fitting the lighter Talas 36 forks has transormed the bike, as well as XT gear and lighter bar/stem.
    I now have the ultimate all mountain bike at 33lbs which I can now pedal uphill as well as really ripping downhill on.
    Like alot riders, I find in the UK I am riding more radical XC and this bike is upto all I can throw at it. It will be the perfect bike for the Mega Avalanche next year in the Alps

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    Favorite Trail:   Quantocks, mendips, Les Gets

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $2000.00

    Purchased At:   private sale

    Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz Nomad ( awesome but too expensive), 2004 Specialized Enduro ( excellent trail bike but not allmountain/freeride enough )


    Bike Setup:   2007 Fox Talas36 fork, Vanilla Rl shock with titanium spring,Full XT running gear,Easton 50mm stem and EA70 Monkey bar.Hayes HFX9 brakes and 200mm rotors, Mavic downhill wheelset on Hope2 hubs, Michelin DH tyres.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dave C a Downhiller from Perth, Scotland

    Date Reviewed: April 17, 2007

    Strengths:    Fantastic suspension action. Works a treat pretending to be a downhill bike. 608 bearings easy to replace. Frame is top-notch build quality. Plush as you like. Great frame geometry means it can also be used as an all day bike.

    Weaknesses:    Main pivot bearings (needle rollers) & shaft. Got totally sha@@ed in 6 months in the Scottish mud & grit. Needle bearings have to be cut out of the frame to be replaced and Craftworks seem to have stopped supplying spare shafts. Tapped the frame and bored out the main pivot tube to make a greasing system and turned up new shaft so we'll see how that goes. Cable routing is a bit iffy.

    Bottom Line:   
    Fantastic bike!! No-nonsense, great value and works really well as a downhill bike. Actually can't diss the ManipU shock either!

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    Favorite Trail:   Dunkeld, Scotland

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Similar Products Used:   Many many.

    Bike Setup:   Jnr T 20mm. Hope hubs and M4 disks. DT swiss FR 6.1s Maxxis sticky black stuff. SQUARE TAPER BB ('cos they are still the best!)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by cainen hoover a Downhiller from windsor,CA

    Date Reviewed: December 23, 2006

    Strengths:    this bike is very strong,and it is very light.

    Weaknesses:    havent found any!!!!

    Bottom Line:   
    this frame{bike}is a really nice bike if you are a free rider that loves to jump.

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    Favorite Trail:   altavista,revine trail

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   traded junior T for the frame on CL..

    Similar Products Used:   rocky mountain switch,kona stinky.



    Bike Setup:   i just have the frame,with fox vinilla rc shock,and a seatpost.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Daniel Boyce a Downhiller from Australia

    Date Reviewed: March 11, 2006

    Strengths:    Strong build, neat welds, nice finish, sweet looking ride

    Weaknesses:    SNAPPED THE SWINGARM IN TWO!!!

    Bottom Line:   
    Although a major problem with the lower swingarm triangle, a sick bike which would suit a more hardcore trailrider willing to go big but not too big than the true 20ft+ freerider. I would recommend buying the bike in a later model because I think they've almost certaintly sorted the problem with the swingarm by now (mine is a 2001 model) so if you bought one, probably look towards a 2003 - present day model. Go hard or go home!

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    Favorite Trail:   Robsons Track

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   Private Sale (frame only)

    Similar Products Used:   Kona Coiler, '06 Bighit 3, '03 Norco Atomik, Craftworks DHR 208, Orange 222

    Bike Setup:   '04 Jr.ts, Fox Vanilla R, 8" Juicy 5s, Deore running gear, Dice SMO wheelset, Magura and Aerial Industries Hubs, DT Spokes, Hussefelt Cranks

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Mark Richards a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, Australia

    Date Reviewed: August 23, 2005

    Strengths:    Beefy Build.
    Specialized patented Horst Linkage is super stable when used with a platform valved rear shock.
    Versatile frame, light enough and strong enough to be setup for many different uses.
    The 05 has an uninterrupted seat tube meaning that you can run a really long seat post so the you can safely descend and then hike that seat up and pedal all day!


    Weaknesses:    I guess i have to agree with the critiscm here about the rear hanger, because i bent mine the day i got it, but ive never seen that as a design flaw.

    Limitted sizes avaliable. There is only small and large and the large is just short of 18in. Being 6'4" i really want another inch of height and atleast 2" of toptube.


    Bottom Line:   
    Ive managed to build up a pretty descent trail bike using this frame. 6in front and back at under 16Kg (without any attempt to use any expensive bling bling weight weenie parts).

    I know the previous owner had used the frame with Super T's and a chunky DH component set as a Downhill racer...
    So i'd have to say its pretty bloody versatile!

    Its definitly a quality product for a reasonable price (excellent price if you can pick up the frame secondhand!)

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $600.00

    Purchased At:   secondhand

    Similar Products Used:   05 Kona Stinky (much more of a shuttle bike, would want to try and pedal this up any sort of incline).
    Giant AC (just looks like a budget, weaker version of the same idea)

    Neither of these other frames use a horst linkage, and have their pivot points on the seat stays... I think it makes them inferior!)


    Bike Setup:   Maverick inverted triple clamp forks.
    Manitou 4 way SPV.
    LX/XT drivetrain.
    Hayes HFX9 8in.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dirt Monkey a Downhiller from Plymouth, Devon, England

    Date Reviewed: March 22, 2005

    Strengths:    set up the 4-way right and it just wont bob at all. perfect. damn plush travel, it soaks it all up so damn well (25' gap jumps, 10' drops blah...). geometry is lovely. is fairly nimble for a FS.

    Weaknesses:    rear wheel has a tendency to move in dropouts, but i do run a 205mm disc. rear disc hose routing is a bit iffy. mech hangers arent too sharp, but theyr designed to break after all.

    Bottom Line:   
    if you want a fun bike, buy this frame. it will most probably handle everything you throw at it. set it up how you like it, it will do anything. one of the most versatile frames around.

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    Favorite Trail:   Cann Woods

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Purchased At:   Topshelf Components

    Similar Products Used:   stinky

    Bike Setup:   JrTs, swinger 4-way, M4s, Northshore cranks, XT, blackspire etc.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by NCR600 from Sydney, NSW, Australia

    Date Reviewed: May 8, 2004

    Strengths:    Beefy. Does most things well.

    Weaknesses:    Rear deraileur hanger, some welds a bit chunky, HEAVY!

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a great all round bike for my purposes, lots of travel for all but the silliest stuff, stable at speed, pedals surprisingly well, but gets mighty heavy on serious and technical climbs, but I guess it's not been really designed for that stuff huh!
    Some welds on the swingarm made fitting the chain device a pain, and I keep bending the deraileur hanger, and the tip. I've also noticed a tendency for the back wheel to move in the drop outs. Bottom bracket thread was a little tight when I first assembled it too.
    Apart from some minor gripes like that, the bikes been great. first assembled it at the beginning of 03, but broke my back on it first time out, and have been laid up until recently. A great all round play bike, that does everything well without being over the top.
    Great service from both Rob Crafter and Bike Addiction too!

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    Favorite Trail:   lots around Sydney

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Purchased At:   Bike Addiction

    Similar Products Used:   first bike of this type owned, but I've ridden a few similar

    Bike Setup:   Hope M4 brakes, hubs & headset, Rockshock Psylos, Arieal chain device, Azonic shorty stem & chubby bars

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by DAN KILL a Racer from WALES

    Date Reviewed: April 17, 2004

    Strengths:    totally A1 frame, sweet mover handles all types of terrain with confidence, dont need another bike

    Weaknesses:    cable routing ?? lack of....
    head turner.. 4 those thievin bstdz among uz


    Bottom Line:   
    great bike, might not be meant for huge ball shattering jumps / drops but if your into that - ride moto cross.. eats all types of terrain for breakfast and you can equip the bike to suit your own mtb needs as its so versitile, when riding gives a feeling of confidence and control so you just go faster. ive emialed mr crafter and find him to be v helpful and prompt all the time, after a year ive never thought of another bike or changing this one.. FUN TO RIDE, KICKS ASS AND STAYS UP FRONT ! A1++++++++++++++

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    Favorite Trail:   COED Y BRENIN

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $750.00

    Purchased At:   JENSON

    Similar Products Used:   big list of tried bikes over last 15 yrs

    Bike Setup:   race face / xtr / azonic / hope + marzzochi

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Jeff a Racer from SLO, CA

    Date Reviewed: March 30, 2004

    Strengths:    Good climber, excellent downhill control.

    Weaknesses:    None yet.

    Bottom Line:   
    Think I got the last from Jenson. I'm 5'6" 145lbs - and the smallest frame size is maybe an inch tall for me. It doesn't matter. This bike will scoot me up a 2,500ft elevation climb and then right back down again. I have raced with this frame and felt a considerable difference in performance over the right sized NRS. I can't say much about jumps and drops, but for the little extra it cost this full suspension out performs comparable others on both the climb and decent. For those looking for the right all-around MTB that won't break your bank, then this is it.

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    Favorite Trail:   Coon Creek, Montana De Oro

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $599.00

    Purchased At:   Jensonusa

    Similar Products Used:   Giant NRS3, Trek Y3, Specialized stumpjumper.

    Bike Setup:   Manitou Black Super, Hayes disc, Truvativ crank - nothing special.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by mike bronze a Downhiller from medford or

    Date Reviewed: September 3, 2003

    Strengths:    Solid feeling bike. Does not feel flexy to me. Inexpensive.

    Weaknesses:    none with frame. I havent found any yet. 6" could be 7"

    Bottom Line:   
    I ride in the Ashland watershed of southern Oregon. We have trails that vary from smooth fast hard pack with jumps to loose, steep,rocky and fast as hell. Tha main freeride trail is loaded with gaps up to 20', log rides, log drops, and just plain old drops and decents that will make most poop. You can start at the top of Mt Ashland(7.000ft.) and end up in downtown Ashland(1,700ft.) in about 17 miles. At the end of the ride the quarry will keep you smiling with drops from 4' to 10' and huge doubles.Anyways I have taken my frm125 through just about everything mentioned above. And thats not including Mt. Shasta in Ca. or Willamette pass in Or. and on and on without a burp or fart from my frame.

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    Favorite Trail:   Too many to list

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $550.00

    Purchased At:   jenson

    Similar Products Used:   Stinky, bullit, rm7, banshee

    Bike Setup:   03 Marzocchi super T, 8" Hayes hydros, race face north shore cranks, xt'ed out, hellbent bars, oury grip, arrow racing wheelset(homegrown in oregon), race face XY seatpost, maxxis,nokian or michelin tires depending on situation.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by rohan a Downhiller from Mapleton, Queensland, Australia

    Date Reviewed: August 12, 2003

    Strengths:    frame except for rear deralliur hanger

    Weaknesses:    all thing that came stock except the seat post,the stem, levers, rear hub and that festy rear deralliur hanger that always has a fest.

    Bottom Line:   
    had some serious truble with this bike however when its working i still love it. need a new rear sign arm as other one broke and i alway am having trouble with the rear deralliur hanger, festy thing it is. cant wait for internal hub gears. but as time has gone on i needed to upgrade the equipment for more abuse and now is lovely to ride especially with boxxers. i ride every week on a north shore/dh place and has had no problems lately and hope it will stay that way. other wise ill save for a dare or that keewee dh rig

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    Favorite Trail:   mapleton north shore or ajusco, Mexico city

    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $2900.00

    Purchased At:   geelongmtbtri

    Similar Products Used:   enough

    Bike Setup:   azonic bars,titec stem, 02 boxxers, magura front hub, veluta airline 1 front rim, dice efd rear rim, novatech rear hub, sdg freeride seat, hussefelt bb and cranks, dice outlaw pedals, kujo back, hutchenson jumbo front.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Anthonaut a Downhiller from Adelaide, Australia

    Date Reviewed: July 4, 2003

    Strengths:    Sick Frame, duallie, Hey, its a CRAFTWORKS!!!!!!!!

    Weaknesses:    ummm, none except my headstem's too big but thats no the bike ;)

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a sweet bike. It is a hand made frame, sick linkage and excellent at whatever you do with it (apart from not ride it)

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    Favorite Trail:   Bluestone

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $1000.00

    Purchased At:   Second Hand

    Similar Products Used:   -

    Bike Setup:   Tektro discs, all Deore setup inc. Hollowtech cranks, RST Delta XL forks, Fox Vanilla RC, and i'm going to get some Maxxis High Roller Tyres.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by daniel a Cross Country Rider from london,uk

    Date Reviewed: June 1, 2003

    Strengths:    the frame is v well made, installs confidence and feels great to ride. its up 2 u how u kit the bike out- xc/ freeride / downhill.. your choice.. no1 paintjob

    Weaknesses:    no brake cable runners, u need to use zip ties or summat. no other weaknesses!

    Bottom Line:   
    wicked bike !! , its taken me some time to adjust the vanilla xc rear shock, but now she rocks well pleased and the envy of many other bikers.. great upright riding position with total control. rides like a dream!

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    Favorite Trail:   many different xc trails

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1500.00

    Purchased At:   jenson

    Similar Products Used:   cove g spot , specialized enduro , mairn rift zone.

    Bike Setup:   marzocchi jump3 forks, xtr gears and leavers, xram rocket shifters, hopehubs on f519 rims 4 wheels. raceface crankset

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