Haro Escape 8.1 2003 Hardtail

3.76/5 (25 Reviews)
MSRP : $620.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ssadooon a Cross Country Rider from Toronto

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2011

Strengths:    very strong and lightweight frame. Low center of gravity, well balanced. the frame took all kind of beating that i threw at it. The wide handle bar works like magic. You can basically do anything with the bike. I exchanged the Maxxis tires with slick tires for the summer and its super fast in the tarmac.

Weaknesses:    the quad brakes is a disaster. I changed the brakes to tektro and they are just perfect. the brake levers are not comfortable either.

Bottom Line:   
I will suggest this bike anytime of the day to anyone. It can be an old bike but its worth it. You can get a hold of decent bike at 200 and just do some lil upgrades and they are good to go. Its a very good entry level bike. I am really hurt that haro stopped making bikes like this.

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Favorite Trail:   Hard Trailm

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   second hand

Similar Products Used:   norco bigfoot, squash,

Bike Setup:   mostly stock other than the calipers and tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by zach jabour a Cross Country Rider from hampstead

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2006

Strengths:    good at jumps and downhill at attatash

Weaknesses:    i didnt like the stock fork i thought it was too stiff so i got a all mountain 3

Bottom Line:   
great bike for cross country rider / down hill

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Favorite Trail:   love them all

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ski market underground

Bike Setup:   chainged th fork to an all mountain 3

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kirk a Weekend Warrior from thousand oaks, CA USA

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2005

Strengths:    frame, tires, handles great

Weaknesses:    marzocchi mz comp 100mm fork, hayes mech. disk brakes, heavy

Bottom Line:   
the best bike for the money. A fun bike to beat up, want to upgrade the fork and brakes. The brakes are just ridiculously weak. The fork feels as if its made of actual soda cans! But that doesn't really matter when the geometry is so dialed that you can lean 'er like your on a street bike. The Kendas help out a lot with that. Although I wish I had the Nevegal on the front as well, not just on the back. The blue groove tends to wash out for a second and then regrab(fun!)(sometimes). Anyways try it and buy it if you like it. I don't care.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   copelands sports

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jono a Downhiller from newcastle

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2005

Strengths:    it looks cool. breaks work good, forks havent broken and the frame is super stiff.

Weaknesses:    front deralier sucks, tires wear out to fast

Bottom Line:   
its a great bike 4 wat i paid 4. id recomend spending the extra $$$ and get the 8.2 because one of my friends has one and it is SWEET

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Favorite Trail:   my dirt jumps

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   deanwoodsdirect.com

Similar Products Used:   liquid mainframe

Bike Setup:   2005 haro escape 8.1,e.13 drs chain retension device(pretty much stock)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Russell B. a Weekend Warrior from Mt. Vernon, WA USA

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2004

Strengths:    The Frame is nice and beefy. I love the tires and wheels. The crank seems to be up to par. Handles awesome, takes that downhill and single track like a champ.

Weaknesses:    The tires are grippy but do wear fast. The fork sucks. It's nice a smooth but I broke it my with my first month of riding. Replaced it with Z.1 Dropoff, suits that bike perfectly. The pedals are a little slippery when wet. You'll want to upgrade at least the front disc.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike. I'm totally happy with. The fork is a true piece of crap, but after replacing it, I couldn't be happier. Not too heavy for the price, handles drops and jumps just fine, eats up the single track and the steep stuff.

Awesome for a $600 bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Whistle Lake

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Skagit Cycle Center

Similar Products Used:   Giant Yukon, Klein Attitude Comp, Giant DS1

Bike Setup:   Stock except for Z.1 Dropoff fork, race face bash gaurd, Hayes hydaulic disc in front and a softer saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben a Cross Country Rider from Kington NY USA

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2004

Strengths:    This bike has a super strong frame and handles great. It looks like a dirt jumper but it is good on trails(still is good for jumping). i bought it on a whim but it was a great whim. The brakes are some of the nicest mechanical discs i have tried. The tires are super tough and hold the ground really well.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This bike is great for trail,jumps,and for beginners and intermediate riders

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Favorite Trail:   Cathedral Pines Long Island

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $475.00

Purchased At:   Broadway Bike Shop


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by ds from ontario, canada

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2004

Strengths:    solid frame, bikes pretty light

Weaknesses:    fork(broke it in a month), tires wore out fast, pedals bent, rims bent, der. hanger broke off of a drop for some reason? brakes r soooo bad cant even do endos, brake cable snapped twice, screwed up the back hub(but i was beatin the sh** out of this bike), bottom bracket screwed up also, very crappy parts

Bottom Line:   
If you wanna beat the sh#@ outta this bike and not be prepared too pay then get somethin else.

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Favorite Trail:   street

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   bike sports

Similar Products Used:   iunno

Bike Setup:   stock (too expensive to upgrade, wut with all the crappy components)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by GMS a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2004

Strengths:    Frame, wheels, tires

Weaknesses:    seat, brakes, BB

Bottom Line:   
The seat chaps the balls bad...threw it away
Put on a bashguard
Fork is pretty damn good, yes im talkin about the Six!
Tires hook up real good, but wear really fast.
Rims are pretty strong, gotta get the spokes tightened everynow and then
Brakes aren't worth 2 f*cks! Dont stop ya, pads wear out wayyy too soom and you cant get standard replacemants!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Joey a Weekend Warrior from new brunswick

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2004

Strengths:    Pretty much only the frame, everything else was gay quality

Weaknesses:    forks, brakes, cranks stripped out on me

Bottom Line:   
get a different bike with better components instead of upgrading everything urself and paying way more money like me

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Favorite Trail:   dj's

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Bike Works

Similar Products Used:   2002 norco

Bike Setup:   2003 dj3's, shimano mech, bashguard, the rest stock i think

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tucker Horne a Weekend Warrior from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2004

Strengths:    This Bike has an extremely solid frame. The bike has decent components for the price. It comes with disk brakes standard. The Fork is ok.

Weaknesses:    The Fork as I said is OK. I made the mistake of riding off a six foot dropoff. The name six gave me some bad ideas I guess. If all you are going to be doing is going over things under two feet you will be fine with the fork. Up grade to clips as soon as possible. the pedals are not the greatist ones on earth but will work.

Bottom Line:   
This Is a great bike to start out with. I would strongly reccomend this bike to a beggining rider with not a whole lot of money. It is a bike i am proud of and am willing to show off on! The components are good enough to last a while and should give you little trouble. I have been riding this bike very aggresively and it has held up well. This bike will be a great investment.

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Favorite Trail:   Davidson College Campus

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $560.00

Purchased At:   Sun and Ski Sports

Similar Products Used:   Giant Iguana Disk

Bike Setup:   Upgraded to a Marzocchi Z1 dropoff II. Definitely a good upgrade. Easton Carbon Fiber Bar 5 degree rise.(To compensate for weight of the fork). Clip pedals.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by B. Alex a Weekend Warrior from W-S, NC, USA

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2003

Strengths:    Well.... it doesnt cost much

Weaknesses:    Fork- Broke the brake arch after about three months
Brakes- offbrand, the front one locks up (not a good thing), I snapped the rear caliper right off the frame
Wheels- inside of the front hub separated from the shell, the rear wheel will not stay true
it is heavy


Bottom Line:   
do yourselfe a favor, dont buy this bike if you anticipate doing anything that involves going fast or leaving the ground. I bought this bike expecting to ride it for years, but, this November, when the warranty runs out, I will be buying a real bike becasue if I keep the haro without the warranty, i will not be able to replace everything that i break.

This is not a freeride, urban or dirt jumping bike it is a ride-around-the-neighborhood bike, and it will not withstand anything else. Buy a nicer bike, because you will end up spending more just keeping the Haro ridable.

I give it three value chili's only becasue its inexpensive, it is not worth your hard earned six-hundred bucks

Please dont buy this bike

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Favorite Trail:   Hobby Park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $620.00

Purchased At:   Sun and Ski

Bike Setup:   stock except for rear brake haro replaced the caliper with a tektro after I snapped the guad POS right off teh frame

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matty a Weekend Warrior from San Diego, CA

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2003

Strengths:    Frame strength. Great "beater" bike.

Weaknesses:    Weight, Fork, Components.

Bottom Line:   
If you don't have a lot of money, but want a bike that you can jump, ride fast, hit whatever you want, and do it over and over again, this is the bike for you. I ovalized the head tube on the old Univega--I had components but no frame. The guys at Bicycle Discovery let me pick up the Haro for about $300, cuz all I wanted was the frame. They switched all of my parts over from the Univega and the bike hasn't been near the shop since. It's heavy, but you get what you pay for in that department. Throw the Z4 on it (or something better than Manitou's Six-garbage) and you'll be able to beat the sh*t out of it. Next bike will be another Full Suspension, but Haro has my money for a great all-around fun bike to hit the jumps with.

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Favorite Trail:   Mission Trails Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Discovery

Similar Products Used:   Univega Alpina 700, Pro-Flex 756, Old Trek Antelope

Bike Setup:   Frankenstein. All of the parts from the Alpina. Bottom-of-the-line Marzocchi Z4. Mavic rims. Avid Mech Discs-a must.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joshua Clark a Racer from Austin

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2003

Strengths:    Out of Box ridablilty without breakin da bank. Easy to upgrade. Beefy wheels. The frame strength is integral to what this bike is. The tire set is kickin; they HOOK-UP hard core. The brakes are great for hand and lower arm strength training(they are strong only when the rider is)

Weaknesses:    Only 3 sizes!? Do not expect this $600 bike to have a fork with the quality of a $600 fork. Know that you will want to upgrade the fork, brakes, front derailler, and the wheels 'cause those hubs are kinda flaky. Be warned, this bike is HeavY. Truvative rings are weak, crank is ok(use MRP rig) I hope that you know that those break are there to be replaced(very few cable actuated disk-brakes work)

Bottom Line:   
This bike is kickin' if you are not to picky about your parts. If you are begining off-road, then this is a great choice. Don't abuse the fork and it will provide some smooth action for ya. Get the wheels checked out after riding it for a coupla weeks.

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Favorite Trail:   City Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Sun & Ski

Similar Products Used:   Raleigh lahar
Bruser


Bike Setup:   This bike is my beater, I got it for jumpin and trashin'. My pockets aren't low enough to make this bike go enough. New fork with plenty of travel to keep the geometry proper(Fox Vanilla is recomended). Avid disk brakes 'cause they cost very little $. Panaracer Fire XCPro is it for me(most conditions). XTR F&R deraillers. Prospects include: MRP rig, Fox Vanilla, Lighter stout wheels, new rapid fire.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Anthony Pollock a Weekend Warrior from smyrna, tennessee, usa

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2003

Strengths:    the frame and rims are good

Weaknesses:    the forks suck i've already replaced them twice because the
hurse shoe keeps snapping on the side and i only jumped just a couple of dirt jumps.


Bottom Line:   
this is a good bike except the forks, I suggest you upgrade them to something better.

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Favorite Trail:   hamiltoncreek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $620.00

Purchased At:   sun and ski

Similar Products Used:   rocky mountain flow

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by WormMan a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2003

Strengths:    Everything. I donno what people are doing to this bike to break the shock. I am 200 pounds and haven't broken it yet!


Weaknesses:    Tore my pants of chainring. No F~king guard!
Brakes not broken in yet.


Bottom Line:   
Its a good bike, with good stuff on it. Worth the money, the frame seems paper thin but is strong.

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Freeride

Similar Products Used:   Lots

Bike Setup:   Stock

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