Craft Rail 2002 Hardtail

4.83/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $1300.00


Product Description

  • Frame: 7005 Straight Gauged Tubing
  • Fork: Rock Shox Psylo XC Black adjustable to 5"
  • Brakes: Avid Cable Disc
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore throughout


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    Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Ben a Weekend Warrior from TAS

    Date Reviewed: February 19, 2008

    Strengths:    Solid frame, huge gussets, rides vry confidently

    Weaknesses:    It's a very solidly built frame, downside: weight, who cares tho, its not meant as a xc bike

    Bottom Line:   
    Fantastic bike if you want a bike for hardtail downhill or freeride, i use mine for everything for trails, dh, fr, and dj/4X... if u dont like weight, it's probly not the bike for you, but if you want a sturdy bike that'll take just about anything, this is probably the bike for you...

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Purchased At:   second hand

    Similar Products Used:   kona scrap, jamis komodo

    Bike Setup:   Z1 freerides, hayes 9, mtx, azonic pedals, headspin hubs,sram, blackspire

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Colin from ashland

    Date Reviewed: July 17, 2005

    Strengths:    Sturdy as hell, feels unbreakable, great for down hill and dirt jumping.

    Weaknesses:    A tad bit on the heavy side but you'll learn to deal with it

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is solid, great for dirt jumping or down hilling use it for both and it out preformed all the others iv tried, it's a little bit heavy 36 pounds but, its worth to have this bike, get the right components on it and it is a kick ass bike.

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    Favorite Trail:   Mt.Ashland

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $475.00

    Purchased At:   Ebay

    Similar Products Used:   9.5, p.2 scrap others

    Bike Setup:   dirt jam, hayes ih2 truvativ bashgaurd, smt chainguide,

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Tom a Downhiller from Adelaide, SA, Australia

    Date Reviewed: February 7, 2004

    Strengths:    frame, bars

    Weaknesses:    psylos, cranks, rims

    Bottom Line:   
    great hardtail if you set it up right. Powerpro cranks weak and psylos not right for the bike but the rest of the parts have the potential to be a great bike with a little bit of money spent. if you want a bike that you can thrash around for downhill, freeride, jumping or anything like that you should look at this bike(it even climbs alright).

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Bike Setup:   Z1 dropoffs, truvativ cranks, sunrim

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Joel a Downhiller from Wellington, NZ

    Date Reviewed: October 8, 2002

    Strengths:    Strong, looks mean... handles well, in fact very well!

    Weaknesses:    paint does chip easily, although during the winter there is too much mud on the frame for the paint to chip ;-)
    Heavy.. although this is because it is damm strong.


    Bottom Line:   
    Great frame, incredibly stiff.. and creates confidence with it's stable handling.

    if you are looking for a DH/freeride hardtail, have a good look at this frame.

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    Favorite Trail:   anywhere that heads downhill..

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   direct from Craftworks

    Bike Setup:   Z1 Freeride forks (5" travel), XT rear derailler, truvative chain guide, raceface cranks/bb, magura gustav brakes and mavic 321 rims laced to XSIV hubs.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by david from arcata, CA, USA

    Date Reviewed: September 22, 2002

    Strengths:    it's strong, it's stiff, it's green! comes with SUPER NIFTY ritchey seatpost in INTENSE BLACK COLOR! did i mention it's green?

    Weaknesses:    not a great climber. a bit heavy but who cares?

    Bottom Line:   
    the bad news first. it is not a climber (at least i find it hard to climb on it, but some would say that this is because i suck). that's not really bad news because if you are looking at this frame chances are you dont climb too much, so dont sweat it. once you swing that front end around and point it DOWN hill, however... wow. this frame is super stiff, it dives into turns really nice. i am a little pansy-man when it comes to dirt jumping but what i do feels solid on this massive frame. landings and drops feel solid, no more rattling and vibrations like on my old xc bike, this frame feels like it damages planet earth every time i touch down. the craftworks website claims the frame alone weighs 3 kg. i'm a silly american so i had to convert that to lbs (6.7). whew thats pretty heavy but the extra weight comes in handy when running over small woodland creatures like badgers and trailrunners. despite what others have said i have not had any problems with paint chippage, no more than on any other bike really. in conclusion buy this bike if you like jumping, drops, fast cornering, crushing road bikes beneath your downtube, cracking pavement on landings, or if you are a glutton for punnishment on climbs.

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    Favorite Trail:   jump trail

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $350.00

    Purchased At:   jensonusa

    Similar Products Used:   NOTHING (looked at azonic ds-1)

    Bike Setup:   marzocchi exr made in TAIWAN!, aheadset, machined stem, lx drivetrain, shifters, and hubs, rhyno-lite rear, mavic 223 front, intense comp 60 rear tire, michelin 2.8 DH front tire, avid mechs, and a slightly bent speed-v saddle.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ty from calgary alberta canada

    Date Reviewed: September 1, 2002

    Strengths:    geo is great, awesome welding, good paint, alot of beef gussets every where. nice CNC rear yoke square chain stays/seat stays. nice lookin head tube, joind tubes to the headtube/main triangle gusset/lower head tube gusset. great overall frame, 5 year warrenty!!

    Weaknesses:    really the only thing i could think of that really isnt a weakness is the weight but its not like its a xc bike and that little extra weight is from the thick gussets and its a well built bike so really i cant find any. ill post back in a couple of months tho


    Bottom Line:   
    This is one hell of a frame cant wait to see how it does in the long run, i looked at many bikes and i wasnt able to find a better ride for the price i payed just under 700 cdn with 100 bucks off so its not to cheap but when u look around there isnt much that is worth buying other than the Craftworks. I still havnt been able to find a better frame for the money it is, built bombproof should be great for ds and trail ridding.

    i would recamend one to any one nother great point is not many people have them in canada!

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Ripalert.com

    Similar Products Used:   none like it!

    Bike Setup:   z1,ryno lights,all the stuff a bike needs =)

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Zach Nelson a Weekend Warrior from Massachusetts

    Date Reviewed: August 12, 2002

    Strengths:    It is very stong, i ride Urban a lot, and i know that this wont break for a very long time.

    Weaknesses:    A Tad bit heavy, but thats just going to make me a better rider.

    Bottom Line:   
    Its perfect, besides a slight weight factor, i couldnt think of anything that this bike needs. I also love the color

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    Favorite Trail:   Rock Trail!!

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $360.00

    Purchased At:   www.JensonUSA.com

    Similar Products Used:   Trek 8500, but the craftworks is much better

    Bike Setup:   XTR/XT, Marzocchi Z-1, Hayes 6", Race Face crankset, what else do i need?

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Zach Haas a Weekend Warrior from Corvallis, Oregon

    Date Reviewed: April 23, 2002

    Strengths:    strong Frame, versatile, good acceleration

    Weaknesses:    paint and weight

    Bottom Line:   
    beautiful to look at and even more fun to ride. A confidence builder. It is a fun play bike and can also climb better than the gt. 5 inches in the front soaks up everything. Awesome Bike

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    Favorite Trail:   Duffy Creek

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $1300.00

    Purchased At:   Jensonusa

    Similar Products Used:   GT avalanche

    Bike Setup:   Z1 wedge, xt/lx mix, deore disc

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Andrew a Weekend Warrior from Victoria, Australia

    Date Reviewed: March 5, 2002

    Strengths:    Pretty tough frame, it's survived a few crazy things, comes back for more. Forgiving. I've raced this XC, a little heavy but works without problem (at least it wont break!)

    Weaknesses:    Rear triangle flexes a fair bit with XTR v-brakes. BB shell / downtube a bit flexy when you apply lots of power. Paint is very thin / chips easily

    Bottom Line:   
    I actually have the previous model, the Slalom Pro. This seems to be pretty much identical except for the non-reinforced headtube.

    I've had this bike quite a while now, about 14 months, just clocked up 2500km the other day.

    Teemed with a 5inch fork, the bike is very stable at speed, easy to throw around and generally a very fun bike to play with. It's been used for pretty much the lot, from general piss farting around, to a bit of DH (with Stratos S7 forks) through to a few XC races.
    The way it's built up at the moment, I really cannot fault the bike, as it's just such a tough, all round package. I've thought about replacing it, but I can't think of a bit that can do it 'all' much better than this can.

    The paint finish is a little on the cheap side though, its a very thin acrylic & chips easily. The back end flexes quite a bit with strong v-brakes too, most frames do I guess so not really a major problem, the rear still locks up easily enough.

    Thats about it
    Cya on the trails

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    Favorite Trail:   most places around Beechworth, Lysterfield & Churchil

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   Cycle Science, Mitcham

    Similar Products Used:   a few

    Bike Setup:   Z1 drop off's, Hugi240 hubs on D521's, XTR brakes, levers & crankset, XT shifters, Thomson post, Kore B1B stem...

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by five_eighths a Weekend Warrior from Byron Bay, Australia

    Date Reviewed: January 11, 2002

    Strengths:    Strong , sturdy, beefy welds, the perfect DS machine

    Weaknesses:    Paint chips waay too easily,

    Bottom Line:   
    no wonder the give you free touch up paint, the paint on my CW is coming off in huge chips, looks like it only has one thin coat on it which is a little disappointing but I'll just powder coat it later on. Other than that it's one of the best bikes I'll ever own me thinks/

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    Favorite Trail:   Spookys

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $325.00

    Purchased At:   Nerang Bicycles

    Similar Products Used:   None worthy of a mention

    Bike Setup:   email me for spec if you really want to know...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Mark Ryan a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Date Reviewed: January 4, 2002

    Strengths:    Super strong frame, shape, looks.

    Weaknesses:    None so far

    Bottom Line:   
    This bike is what dreams are made of. No worries about sketchy landings damaging the bike. If u r looking at buying a strong reliable bike with a resonable price this is the bike for you. This bike isn't on the light side so it is not suitable for a cross country rider.

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    Favorite Trail:   big hill

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $375.00

    Purchased At:   Cycle Science, Micham

    Similar Products Used:   Specialised P3, Planet x jackflash

    Bike Setup:   Shmano Deore throughout, Dice SMO rear rim, Z1 Drop Off forks.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Cory a Cross Country Rider from Rhode Island

    Date Reviewed: December 28, 2001

    Strengths:    Well thought out, well built, strong as anything out there. Has more gussets than a train bridge

    Weaknesses:    hard to find

    Bottom Line:   
    If you need a bike that you can be confident won't break and you are sick of riding what everyone else is look no further. When I bought my frame they weren't sold in the U.S. (Now you can get them from Jensen) so I called Robert Crafter and he sent me a frame from Australia! You won't find customer service like that from Cove! Bottom line; sick frame, great bike company.

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    Favorite Trail:   Mt. Tom

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Purchased At:   Direct from Mr. Crafter

    Similar Products Used:   Specialized stumpjumper, Mrazek, Gary Fisher

    Bike Setup:   Fox Vanilla 125, Avid mechanical disks, XT WTB wheels, Truvativ cranks

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