K2 Launch 4.0 2002 Full Suspension

3.78/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $1399.00


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by joelness a Weekend Warrior from Randle, WA

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2008

Strengths:    bought 3 yrs. old and lasted another 4 with almost zero maintenance

Weaknesses:    suspension pivots always noisy

Bottom Line:   
I admittedly never maintained or used this bike the way it was intended. It was purchased used and managed to live through almost daily abuse with little to no maintenance for almost 4 yrs. This was my first FS bike and I abused it thoroughly. Dropping from loading ramps and other similar activities were the norm with this bike. I once rode it through water past the handlebars and managed to somehow make it last through a one time only 10' drop. The Avid BB5s were awesome the whole time. The Manitou fork started to spray oil towards the end and the rear derailleur could no longer hold a gear over anything more than a small curb. For a first time FS bike it did well climbing and great decending up until the end when I finally bent the frame doing absolutely nothing out of the ordinary. I would recommend any of the similar K2 full sussers still produced to somebody looking for a good all around bike that'll take a beating and allow them the time to figure out where they're headed with their next purchase.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   used on ebay

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   added 2.5 Kenda downhills

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Moe Ramirez a Weekend Warrior from Whittier, CA

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2003

Strengths:    Beefy frame, Solid bike, Good Component Mix. Disc Brakes. Good performing front fork (Manitou Black Comp)

Weaknesses:    Heavy. Occasional Chainsuck. Mediocre Rear Shock. Squeaky Disc Brakes.

Bottom Line:   
This is my first 'real' dual suspension bike. Is rather heavy in the uphills but rides like a 'Cadillac' on the Downhills. My Only complaint is the rear (more like mid) shock. I have bottomed it out a couple of times and is not as tunable as K2 claims. For the price I paid, this is great beginner dual suspension bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Fullerton Loop

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $869.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   Trek, Gary Fisher

Bike Setup:   All stock (LX drivetrain, Avid Mech. Disc brakes, WTB Mutano Raptor Tires, Manitou Fork, NRS-2 rear shock) except for a Monkey Lite DH Carbon Fiber Bar.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jav a Weekend Warrior from Sugar Hill, GA USA

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2003

Strengths:    Tight frame, excellent components, tunable

Weaknesses:    small gage rear shock fr-mount but not like I should I break it.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a very good bike for the money. Other bikes for this price don't have this good of components. The Noleen shock could be better, but it's worth riding for awhile until I 'need' something better. The Black is fully tunable which I like. I've only hit the trail once, but I'm looking forward to much more. I don't know how many will read this review as this is last year's model, but if you find this on sale, buy it. Oh, the Avid breaks are awesome! I've heard some say the front mount of the rear shock has bent on them but that was due to huge drops. The bike has beefy tires and appears to be a freeride, but it really is only a moderate freeride. For all out XC riding with basic drops, this bike should do very well.

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Favorite Trail:   Gainesville College

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $899.00

Purchased At:   Sun/Ski

Similar Products Used:   Tested a Kona Manomano

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brent a Downhiller from Logan, UT, USA

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2003

Strengths:    Strong frame.

Weaknesses:    Stock Shimano crankset.

Bottom Line:   
This bike Rocks. I would recommend ditching the stock crankset before any hard riding. The Truvativ Stylo Team has been a great replacement because it reduces the overall weight and adds much needed stiffness. The bike climbs like an XC, and bombs like a downhill. If you want a super all-around bike get this one. I give it 4 chilis in value because of the cheap crank, but 5 flamin' chilis overall.

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Favorite Trail:   Juniper

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   K2 direct

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Mountain mix with Truvativ Stylo Team crankset.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Forrest a Weekend Warrior from Seattle

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2002

Strengths:    Beefy frame, good component set for the price.

Weaknesses:    Noleen shock is hard to get springs for. A bit on the heavy side. forward shock mount looks a bit wimpy but we'll see how it hold up.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good solid x-country or all 'rounder bike masquerading as a free-ride/downhill bike. Have to set the spring and damping pretty stiff to minimize bob. I'm a heavy guy (250 lbs) and many other x-country bikes like the Sugar and the Manomano were way too flexy. The extra weight on this one is a fair trade for the stiff frame. The clearance price was a big bonus too. Adjustable suspension seems a bit of a gimic considering the choices are between approx 3.25" and 4" on either end. Steering is light and quick for a bike with 2.4" tires. Speaking of tires, the WTB Nanoraptors are not too great on mud and considering I live in Seattle I think I will try a different tire when these are done. The LX derailers and avid mechanical brakes are nice for this price level. I already have a Float shock on order to replace the cheap Noleen shock. We'll see how the Black 80/100 fork hold up. This is a good all around or "all mountain" bike for clydesdales like me after the suspension is upgraded. Value has to be a 5 because of the clearance price, overall rating is a 4 because of a few things like the too-short seat post and weak suspension.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Alki Bike & Board

Similar Products Used:   First full suspension owned. Tested many including Sugar, Enduro FSR, Jekyll, Kona Manomano,

Bike Setup:   Stock except Time ATAC Comp pedals and stiffer springs on both ends. Put a longer post and qr clamp on it so I can ride it comfortably to the trails, the original post was way too short.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Luke a Downhiller from Nashua, NH, USA

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2002

Strengths:    Great Components for $$, Super brakes, beatiful welds, great frame

Weaknesses:    Rear shock.....not much travel, bad seat for long rides

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for what its made for. Weak shock, but you can always upgrade that no problem. If your looking for a strong, inexpensive, great bike.....you've found it. Throw in a helix pro, or fox vannila rc, and you have got one sick bike.If your a downhill/xc rider, thats still thinking about what kind of riding to do, get THIS BIKE.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything going down

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Souhegan Cycleworks

Similar Products Used:   .....

Bike Setup:   all stock with THE front downhill fender, Stratos Helix Pro rear shock.......around $380

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by mikel stevens a Cross Country Rider from rochester nh usa

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2002

Strengths:    good componitry and verry agile

Weaknesses:    where the rear shock mounts to the frame bent on a 2ft drop

Bottom Line:   
the bike sux a$$and is only worth buyin 4 the componants

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1349.00

Similar Products Used:   khs fxt team khs fxt comp rocky mt edge ventana rocky mmt slayer gt i drive khs fxt pro

Bike Setup:   stock lx deralures deore hubs deore shifters avid disc mec brakes nolene rear shock and manitou black comp 80/100mm

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Adam a Weekend Warrior from Boston MA

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2002

Strengths:    disc brake ready frame, adjustable rear shock, tough frame

Weaknesses:    air shock (leaks every once in a while)

Bottom Line:   
a good full suspension with a smooth ride. recomended for intermediate to expert riders. does not have the kind of suspension needed for big drops but great for a cross country full suspension.

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Favorite Trail:   Vietnam, Milford MA

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Dedham Bike


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by James Neistch a Downhiller from Westbank, BC , Canada

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2002

Strengths:    smooth suspension, good components, great bike, adjustible travel and damping. super avid hydros


Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
great climber,great downhiller, a little expensive. I take ladders, huge drops(7feet), and all that north shore stuff and it held up great. no signs of weakness

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Favorite Trail:   Powers

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   Gt i-drive

Bike Setup:   2002 Psylo XC replacing the Blacks

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