a Weekend Warrior
from old lyme, CT, USA
Date Reviewed: October 11, 2004
Strengths: frame, grips, brakes and seat, plus looks
Weaknesses: fork, derailers, pedles, and rims
This bike is to bikes what british cars are to cars, they break all the time and when they do work they still suck. The fork is the worst ever it took me 2 monhths to break it in, pedles are cheapie, the tires were way too knobby for everyday use and the derailers broke all the time. the frame is the best part of the bike, its light and strong. If you like to upgrade your bike this bike is for you. Also for a real beginner who likes to ride on the street and maybe the trails too.
Purchased At: Old Saybrook Cycles( out of buissness)
Similar Products Used: trek
Bike Setup: contanental explorer tires, bulletproof bmx pedles, everything else is pretty much stock
a Cross Country Rider
from Gunnison, CO USA
Date Reviewed: July 31, 2003
Strengths: Nice frame, stiff, light and decent paint.
Weaknesses: Everything else especially the fork.
This was my 1st bike. It wasn't bad for the money, but it was horrible off road. The shifters are big and bulky and required more effort than deore shifters. The suspension sucked but what do you expect from a 35 dollar fork. I kept getting pinch flats from the Mosquito tires even at recomended air pressure and they wore out very quick. I upgraded to Maxxis Mofo tires, slapped on a Duke XC and just finished upgrading to a 9 speed drivetrain. The bike handles awesome and takes anything I throw at it, technical decents, steep climbs, and killer drops. If your giving mountain biking a serious thought, save your money and buy something else. If its your first bike and want something better than K-Mart or Wal-Mart stuff go with a Jamis.
Purchased At: Rose Bke Shope...They're The Best!!!!
Similar Products Used: gary fisher hardtail
Bike Setup: stock except clipless pedals, new seat, and suspension seatpost
from Decatur, GA, USA
Date Reviewed: September 9, 2002
Strengths: lightweight, comfortable ride offroad, inexpensive, good for tall riders
Weaknesses: front shocks are stiff even and the softest setting, TIRES SUCK--I had 3 rear tire flats in the first two weeks and have had 2 more since then. It could be the rims or the tires, but something is letting the tube get pinched too easily, even at the proper inflation.
This bike rides great offroad. The geometry feels really good for a tall rider. (I'm 6'2".) This bike rode much better than anything else under $400. As much as it likes the trails, it seems to hate the road. The ride is pretty rough on pavement, and 4 of my 5 flats were on the road. I've been cursing this bike sometimes as I ride to and from school, but have loved it every time I've taken it offroad on the weekends. If I had it to do over again, though, I would shell out the extra money for either the Gary Fisher Marlin or the Jamis Durango SX (next model up). The investment would be worth the improvement in suspension and tires.
So I Have my 2000 trek 6500 that has the stripped out BB shell, just ordered a threadeless BB and should be here maybe today or maybe tomorrow,
but i was looking in C-list, and found a 2003 Jamis Durango Sport SX for a good price, since the trek has the stripped out shell im thinking of buying th ... Read More »
Here is my project for this bike this season, hopefully it will stay. I wanted to go singlespeed to give it a try, didnt wanna spend much of any money at all, and hell i needed to replace the casset so I figured now was the best time!
This is my 2005 Jamis Durango Sport SX which I converted t ... Read More »
I am looking at the above bikes. My budget is approx $500 and I have found both at my LBS for around $500. I am pretty much a Newb, but after researching a bunch on the web, it looks like the Rockhopper is more popular. I will mostly be using it for transportation to/from work. Mostly streets or ... Read More »
Getting into bigger and bigger drops lol, starting to get to about 4 feet... well right now my jamis durango sport SX has only 80 - 100 mm of travel (Manitou Six). I know im getting to the limmit of this, and id love to think about mabye a shock upgrade on the bike (Hopefully going ... Read More »
Okay, I've narrowed it down to two bikes. Keep in mind I would bother to get a Gary Fisher Tassajara if it wasn't going to be $200-300 more than the ones in the title, just because that bike felt so damn good to ride.
The bikes in the title are all about the same price range. I'm not looking fo ... Read More »