Strengths: UPDATE: well, I've had this bike for 3 years now, and it's still going strong. It's still the best full-suspension all-around that I've had to date. The paint and components have held out well. The only parts I've replaced are ones I wanted to. Still a good bang for the buck.
Weaknesses: Not the strongest climber and heavy when you have to hike with it. The stock rear shock was crap and I was glad to be rid of it. The stock front shock leaked oil, but it's still alive and on one of my brother's old bikes now.
Though I haven't put a ton of miles on it, a bike that holds up like this after 3 years with minimum maintainance is worth 5 chilis in my book!
Similar Products Used: BIANCHI DSX 3000; OXFORD RIGID MOONSTONE
a Weekend Warrior
from SF, UT, USA
Date Reviewed: September 24, 2003
Strengths: Great value, good geometry, comfortable ride, great value, nice rims, relatively little bob, great value
Weaknesses: cheap shocks, a little on the heavy side
After my second FS bike was stolen, I had to find a replacement within what the insurance was willing to pay. Since I had hand buil up my Nishiki and didn't have all the receipts, I did not get as much as I had invested. After spending 3 months looking at new bikes and a failed order on a KHS, I was glad to find this much bike within my price range.
I bought the bike at the end of 2002 and was the first in Utah to get one. I've put alot more on road miles on it then off road (about 40 or so on, 15 or so off). Thus far, it has exceeded my expectations in all feilds except one. The rear shock needs to go (as soon as I can convince my wife :) ) I'd like to replace the front shock someday too, but the Suntour is not too shabby.
Basically, if your looking for a good price bike you can take on real trails, this bike is it.
Bike Setup: LX FRONT AND REAR. IRC, SID 100MM, AVID BREAKS.
a Weekend Warrior
from Brooklyn, NY, USA
Date Reviewed: February 25, 2003
Strengths: Great ride, extremely comfortable, good components, very strong.
Weaknesses: A little on the heavy side.
This is a great bike. It looked good on paper, so I went down to the shop to test ride. When I got on it, I couldn't believe how comfortable it was. I compared it to the Fuji Discovery 3, but the ride quality was several classes higher. After riding for a few weeks I have no complaints. At a claimed 34.5 lbs, this is a heavy bike, but then Trek's Liquid 10, which is a similar design, is 32.5lbs and costs 1800 bucks.
The suspension geometry is superb..it soaks up bumps like magic. There is very little pedal wobble but the shock that comes with it is a tad on the cheap side and the bike wobbles after bumps. I recomend a higher end coil or air shock as a first upgrade. I also plan to lighten the bike with a new stem, handleabrs, and seat post. Eventually I may get a lighter fork and wheels.
Overall, this bike is more than the sum of its parts. Compared to bikes that look the same on paper, it is in a higher league. Hats off to Raleigh for making a fine product at a very reasonable price.
The Ibis is a couple of hundred more with these specs. Haven't gotten around to test riding either. It's been hot as hell here and I've just started considering longer travel 650bs instead of mid travel 120-130mm 29ers. Both are at my absolute maximum budget. Any thoughts appreciated.
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Interested in these two all mountain bikes. Pricing has the Bronson at $400 more ($3399 vs 2999) for the same RAM27 build. Can anyone describe what the differences are and if the Bronson is worth the extra $400?
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this is a 2012 XL butcher. Ive rode it for just shy of a year. It is an awesome all mountain do everything bike with 6 inches of travel front and rear. It has the Ram kit. the bike is in awesome working condition, I always clean lube the whole bike every other ride. it does have the normal scratches ... Read More »