a Cross Country Rider
from Zajecar, Serbia
Date Reviewed: January 19, 2007
Strengths: Great Dynamic strenght, rear suspension travel, adjustable head angle, enduro geometry, weight - without rear suspension just 2850 g. "L" - size
Weaknesses: Octane need specific triple chainwheel if you want to work it properly by the book. Shimano parts can work if you make smaller tuning with e type front deralieur carrier (need to be thin as posssible - 1mm durAl "L" profile works well - carbon plate is too much with 2.7mm, specially XTR)BB need to be 110mm wide MAX, otherwise chain line looks terrible wrong and chain life time reduced greatly,not to speak about gear change which rattles and sreacks and scracks in low speeds.
I got for the money just the frame (new in box), and it looks great. Got a mountain of problem trying to get ideal chain line with Shimano parts, no matter what it is (LX, XT or other) it was almost impossible with standard plate of e-type front deralieur carrier. Then I made one in my workshop from Al alloy "L" profile thin just 1mm but with enought strenght to do the job. Can work with shimano parts only if you do the same in combination with 110 mm BB, otherway say goodbye to chain in no time. In drive, Octane can stand anything you want and much more. Works well even for long distance day ride such as 60 - 90 km (60 miles). Rear suspension eat well hard jumps and head geometry allow you to easy correct mistakes at hi-speed drive at very rough terrain as well as direct hits on front wheel - Midzor mountain, Serbia (2170m) DH ride. I did not tested this frame with high jumps as Pro DH riders, but it shows no weaknes at all. Botom line, it is an old concept but perfectly done engeneering job, better then similar product even new one.A very useful stuff.
Favorite Trail: All mountain ride and any DH I can find
Duration Product Used: 2 Years
Purchased At: Codex, MTB Shop
Similar Products Used: GT XCR 2000, Giant AC 1
Bike Setup: Scott seat post, stem Truvativ 3D XR(Scott dirt), Bontrager DH handlebar, deralieur (F) XTR e-type (R) XT, rear suspension fox vanilla, front s. RST Delta HL very much tuned - 130mm travel AIR, Kenda 2.1 tyres, DT Champion spokes, XT 9 speed cassette, LX front chainwheel, ZAC 19 rims, hubs Shimano M475, Mechanical disc brakes M475 higly tuned.
a Weekend Warrior
from Burgos -Spain-
Date Reviewed: August 9, 2002
Strengths: Stiffness, 3 travel positions, smooth,
Weaknesses: It isn't very cheap...
I own the scott octane 2001 frame, which i think is the same but with another paint. I picked up the frame and put in my components. I like it very much, it has 3 travel positions: 110, 120 and 140 mm of real wheel travel (with my shock). It is very very stiff and smooth.
I am very happy with it, and it is quite better than others i have tested and used... (even more expensive).
Bike Setup: Frame scott octane 2001, Z1 130mm fork, shimano hidraulic discs, ritchey, lx, esp 7.0...
a Cross Country Rider
from Vilseck, Germany
Date Reviewed: July 16, 2002
Strengths: Good downhill ride for someone under 150 LBS. Not as heavy as most DH extreme bikes. Lots of room to adjust on the fork.
Weaknesses: Really soft suspension. If you are over 150 lbs you better get something a little more adjustable as far as strength. Brakes kinda sucked, but it was a rental so it should be expected and I do weigh 230 lbs.
Purchased At: Rented at the BMW bikepark in Deggendorf, Germany
Similar Products Used: Scott High Octane
Bike Setup: Downhill rental.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 23, 2002
Strengths: The Bike has loads of strenths these are a few :
- It is super strong taking loads of abuse - The rear has about 6 1/2 inches of very plush travel to soak up all the big hits you can throw at it - It easily adjusts into a heavy duty 4 inch cross country machine - The weight isnt too heavy in my opinion ( 33lbs ) and ive done 30 miles on it no problem - The frame looks absolutely stunning with some really nice engineering which makes it look the full moneys worth - Every one looks at it, superb pose value
Weaknesses: None other than a high asking price but its still cheaper than some other bikes out there which are not as good.
I bought this as a frame and picked the componants I wanted so i got the best parts for the money, this has made up a great bike worth every penny.
The bike handles Downhills, jumping and big cross country rides so if your after a do anything bike this would make an excellent choice. And it looks better than a lot of simlar priced bikes . GO BUY ONE !!!