a Weekend Warrior
from Tel aviv , Israel
Date Reviewed: October 14, 2002
Strengths: Craftmanship like no other manufacturer, light frame, Romic shock,very good pedaler,grafics + enodized colour + Rear sculped (CNC at it's best) rocker link and stays = eye catcher.
Weaknesses: head angle ,price , no replaceable hanger.on 03 it will have one. not many rear 20m'm hubs on the market. (although the hadley hub is awesome).
I use this bike for any kind of riding. Urban , free ride , and even xc riding. no other bike which is so forgiving , Its not only because of the 8" ,it's that rear end!!! Forget about bailing out, Try it and see for yourself.land bad and keep on riding. come faster to corner ,move your weight and look forward, just try not to bang all the riders that are in front,because they will look like they're riding beach cruiser. Amazing bike. For downhill use I recommand a 9"fork ,not less ,this is because of the head angle. don't think about what shock-just go with Romic , you can't go wrong here. About the price... Well ... Ride once and talk to me later. If it makes you smile alot , then it was just the right price to pay.
Bike Setup: Super-T , xtr(short)rear,XT front (build it with a xc chain stays, I needed the versatility), race face crank , Brooklyn Shinburger pedals (the best), Romic 2T shock , Hadley 20m'm rear hub , hope big'un front hub ,mavic 321,Easton scandium Dh bar , easton shorty stem , odi grips. Anodized blue- its kind of electric.
from Delta, B.C., Canada
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2002
Strengths: it is really stiff and is a dh dream, it handles really really well. it is a great peddler and handles the drops really really well
Weaknesses: it came with a sh*tty stratos helix pro shock and i destroyed it. had the bike come with a fox rc it would be the best bike ever. because of the bad shock experience i would have to rate it a 4
BOTTOM LINE BUY THIS BIKE AND U WILL NEVER WANT TO GET ANOTHER BIKE IN THE WORLD!! SERIOUS!!!
a Cross Country Rider
from Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: July 6, 2002
Strengths: Rear Suspension, Rear thru axle, low top tube
Weaknesses: Long head tube, Prevents moving forks up or down, when using Marz Shiver
Great Climber (no bobbing unlike Kona stab or XC Cannondale), great for descending down the steep trails and jumps, perfect for ultimate XC use or Downhills too ;-) Nothing wrong with a heavy bike, has great bearings, and over time you'll lose weight on your own spare tire!
Bike Setup: Marz Shiver, Hope Mini Brakes, Shimano XT deraillers, Mavic rims, Romic rear shock, XY seatpost,Azonic riser bar, Michelin 2.5 DH tires, Chris King front hub and headset
from Sandy, UT USA
Date Reviewed: March 19, 2002
Strengths: This bike pedals like a champ. Also, pedal kicks, trials style the best of any DH bike i've tried. Very predictable handling via the four bar linkage and instant center tracking. Great for DH racing, or just the guy who want's a good amount of travel, but still a bike that can be pedaled around like a 4" travel bike.
Weaknesses: Tire clearance could be better on the rear for DH racing/riding. Lack of adjustability might deter tinkering junkies.
For the guy who wants a high quality lightweight DH bike, made in the USA. Trusts the manufactures choice of setup for head anle/bb height. Likes to go from the race track to the local shuttles, to some light climbing, and crazy descending...and also DH trials!
I was wondering if anybody could help me find a suitable, lightweight axle for my Dare frame. Bought it used and it came with a standard size heavy steel bolt in the rear so I'm looking to replace it with a proper alloy piece. Called Ellsworth and he verified the frame was 12x135mm. 135 width axle ... Read More »
I don't want to wrongly accuse anyone, but I just saw a dude (white beard in his 50s?) walking a Dare with a Fox 40. I don't usually see DH bikes on the trail, so it caught my attention.
just throwin it out there.Read More »
Headed up PS today and then took Golden spike to the lookout and then eventually out portal. I did this a couple weeks ago but today I went up Where Eagles Dare. A must do if you are going up that way. It is like a whole other world back there. Jaw dropping views and tons of slick rock. You feel su ... Read More »
As always Pisgah Productions put on an outstanding event. This event is truly about the journey (the ride) and not the destination (the finish).
Here is want the finish looked like when the race ended at 6pm yesterday. At noon on Saturday there had been a hundred cars scattered about scores of t ... Read More »