Strengths: 1) Very progressive suspension design, the first bit of travel is plush then it ramps up considerably. This is great for fast and hard riding, it almost never bottoms.
2) Stiff rear end - double bearings and cleavis bushings at the horst link keep the rear end tracking very well.
3)Adjustable travel - 4.5" for long epics and dirt jumps, 6" for aggressive trail riding/light dh.
Weaknesses: 1) Weak replaceable hangers, Ive been through a few allready.
2) Downtube could be beefed up.
3) Longer chainstays would be a plus, the wheelbase feels a bit short.
4) A 30.9 seat post option would be nice so you could run an axiom telescoping post. I have 2 posts now, one for dh and one for trailriding, this can be a pain sometimes.
Good all around bike for an aggressive rider. Does really well at speed, but I really do wish the wheelbase was a tad longer (Id like to put a 7" fork on there but it would mess up the handling). Its the perfect bike for what I wanted at the time, but now Im looking for something with more travel and a longer wheelbase.
Similar Products Used: I tried 'Titus Racer-X, Switchblade, Loco Moto', 'Ellsworth Truth & Id', 'Intense Tracer & Uzzi', Turner XCE,
'Specialized S-Works, Stumpjumper, Rockhopper and Enduro) I immediately ruled out any single pivot design after
understanding and then riding 4-bar designs. I wanted a bike with as many options as possible as this was my first
FS bike and I wasn't exactly sure which direction FS riding was going to take me.
Bike Setup: 2001 Quasi Moto Xsmall Polished front triangle, 2002 Swithblade rear triangle,(*the SB rear triangle lighter and comes with
V-brake bosses which the stock QM rear doesn't), Chris King hubs & HS, RaceFace ISIS cranks & compact rings, Mavic
519s, Hutchinson Python Air Lites, Thomson stem & post, Fox Float RLC-frt & Float RL-rear, Sram PC99 & Rockets, XTR
D's, Terry Fly, Avid Black Ops brakes & levers, Avid Rollamajig & Cables, Titec Ti bar, Speedplay Frogs
a Weekend Warrior
from Northern California
Date Reviewed: October 13, 2002
Strengths: Beautiful frame. Adjustable rear suspension travel (4.5 or 5.8 inches). Coil suspension. Real headbadge. Lots of fun to ride. Climbs technical stuff well. Descends well. Somewhat rare in my neck of the woods.
Weaknesses: The wait for the frame was a drag (a few months - I caught Titus between production cycles and during the Loco-Moto recall). It's kinda heavy. Some might say expensive, but certainly not compared to rides of similar ilk.
This is a sweet bike. I bought the frame from Hammerhead Bikes, and the build kit from my LBS (Sunshine Bikes, Fairfax CA) - both are excellent. Titus was also good to work with - Alan (sp?) in particular.
My bike built to 31-32 lbs, so it's no lightweight, but it still climbs well in the 4.5" travel setting. The 5.8" setting is a ball on descents, but impacts climbing efficiency negatively. I run my fork at 125mm - the Quasi with 100mm in the front wasn't as much fun.
This bike likes to go fast - I find myself going much faster than before on descents. Technical stuff is much easier - the high bottom bracket was a little sketchy at first, but now I like it - clearing obstacles is a breeze.
Riders looking for an all-around trailbike (heavy XC/light freeride) should look at the Quasi-Moto. It can also be built as a full-on freeride rig. Weight weenies will be happier with another bike.
Bike Setup: '02 Quasi, Vanilla RL shock, Switchblade rear end (lighter), Fox Vanilla RLC fork, SRAM X.O, Race Face, Thomson, King, Hope, Mavic, WTB.
from n.van BC
Date Reviewed: October 1, 2002
Strengths: well, it's pretty much the same as the old model(as the way the rides go), but with some good improvements. now you can fit a real size tire in the back (up to 3"),the rc from fox is a good upgrade, and the BIGGER bearing are sweet. other than that it's still the good old quasi moto.
Weaknesses: i cant really say yet, but i had the 99 model and the only thing that was wrong with it in terms of design is fixed on the 2002. besides that, i guess the fox shock is sort of crappy (i'll upgrade to a 5th element when i get the cash), and how long the frame will last (it looks a lot stronger now) but only time will tell.
like i said i had the 99 model and i really liked that bike. i had some problems with it in term of durability (i crack it 3 time) but the warranty at titus is pretty good and i was upgraded to a 2002. so in terms of bike i give it a 5. BUT where i was really disappointed is how long it took to get my 2002... 5 months!!! i know they had manufacturing problems... bla bla bla bla... so i will not bore you with the details, but man that was long! i was so pissed! but once i saw the bike i somewhat forgot about it. so for that i give it a 4.