Bike Setup: The bike has a fantastic setup APART FROM THE POSITON OF THE WATER BOTTLE HOLDER.
a Cross Country Rider
from Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Date Reviewed: October 5, 2004
Strengths: Very good bike, I use this bike on some tough trails, never had a really serious problem with it. Strong frame if used right, and good name-brand componets. I go against really good bikes, Iron Horse, Trek, and Specialized, and I can keep up easy.
Weaknesses: Most problems came recently after it was moved across the country. My front tube went flat awhile ago, fixed it with a bike kit tube. It popped again because it wasn't a great tube. My rear tread was really wearing out so I replaced it with a new tire. Stock tubes tend to be a little weak, i got some really nice ones now. One main problem is shifting to the 3rd gear, the front derailer has problems, takes awhile, but does eventually muster up enough power to get going.
Great bike for the price, I mountain bike with it and it works great. I also use it for commuting, and ride at least 5 miles on it a day. Which is a lot.
a Weekend Warrior
from mason, wisconsin, usa
Date Reviewed: August 28, 2002
Strengths: I'm no expert, but this is certainly no dept store bike. I like the solid feel and the components are a nice match. I don't have much to compare it to, but it's a better ride than my trek 800, and it cost less!
Weaknesses: Haven't found one yet.
No better introductory bike for the price. A solid value with dependable components and a range of frame sizes to fit almost anyone.
a Cross Country Rider
from Detmold, Germany
Date Reviewed: March 22, 2002
Strengths: Stabiler allround Frame
Weaknesses: unsaubere Schaltung, veraltete und schwache Komponenten von Shimano und Suntours aus den primitiv Parts. Kasette noch mit Freilauf. Übersetzung zu kurz; Bereifung verwittert innerhalb von 1 Jahr; Laufräder nur für glatte Straßen geeignet, da sonst eine 8 droht. Schaltwerk springt unter Last. Die Steighilfen der Kurbel wahren nach 8 Wochen hin. Der SR Umwerfer ist instabil und verwindet sich beim Schalten. Die Kette war nach 3 Monaten auswechselreif. Die Bereifung zeigte nach einem Jahr tiefe Risse bis zur Karkasse. Der Sattel ist nur für kurze Fahrten, nach längeren Touren hat man Lähmungserscheinungen in den Beinen.
Fingerweg von diesem Rad, für das gleiche Geld kann man ein besseres bekommen.
Bike Setup: STOCK FOR KNOW. BUT THE SADDLE IS GOING.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: February 4, 2002
Strengths: Hmmm... Well it seemed good when I first got it. It is good for entry level people who like to keep both the tires on the ground and stick with easy trail riding. But then I met some people, who happen to be my friends now, and the bike couldn't keep up. The chain is still alive...
Weaknesses: Bent the stock ridgid fork on it(and another ridgid fork and a snapped a Manitou on a crash after it), broke the rear derailer, bent the hanger several times, bent the stock handlebars, bent both the rims, bent seat, bent the stock bottom bracket, pedals are bent, waterbottle holder is gone, yes it is still running, barely (lots of TLC). Oh it feels sluggest in muddy conditions compared to my friend's bike...
Like I said it a good bike for "calm" people... Not really up to rough trail riding or freeriding. Good commuter bike. Was cheap though. :-) I think I'm going to try to go for a decent Trek this summer.
I'm building a frame for a really good friend of mine who wants a radiused top tube super bad. I don't have a bender though. Is there anyone in the front range-ish area who might be willing to bend one for me? I would be happy to trade for money or beer. Also, I'd probably be using strai ... Read More »
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Probably should post this to the Front Range forum but know you Yeti locals will steer me right. What should I ride when I head out to Boulder late July? There's so many trails I can't make sense of them all. Don't want to get stuck on fire road. Give me your most Yeti 575 worthy picks.Read More »
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