Haro Escape 8.2 2003 Hardtail

4.47/5 (34 Reviews)
MSRP : $800.00


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Krakatowa a Downhiller from Longiland NY.

Date Reviewed: December 25, 2010

Strengths:    The bike is very light to spite the looks of it. very solid construction nice stock equipment all around good bike.

Weaknesses:    I realy don't have much bad to say about it. The only thing is that i got my bike around 2003 it's now 2010, and its a bit heavy for the times.... I kind of like a heavy bike for what i do and i find the older bike hold up better.

Bottom Line:   
If you want a quality bike at a starter price then get a haro 8.2 or 8.3. you can find them used for around $200-$800. Nothing wrong with building a used bike. I have had my 8.2 for many years i launch this thing off jumps, drop offs, years of hard riding. This is my go to bike when i find jump, trail, drop off i would like to conker my haro is what i reach for first. I must say i nothing on my bike is original the only thing that lasted was the frame.

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Favorite Trail:   The world

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Brands

Similar Products Used:   O' forget about it

Bike Setup:   Haro 8.2

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike Manuel from Ontario

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2007

Bottom Line:   
This is a follow up review aobut the bike. I broke my frame today. rear triangle at the top just above the weld. snapped clean off. overall its components are good, but take it easy on the frame or it will brake. Very dissappointed. the frame is terribly weak

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Courtesy Bicycles


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex Urban-Dunbar a Weekend Warrior from Nanoose Bay, B.C., Canada

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2006

Strengths:    nice light beefy frame, excellent for jumping

Weaknesses:    rear disc brake wore out

Bottom Line:   
This bike is excellent for both beginners and experienced riders. it's great for jumping. I can't really think of anything that's wrong with it except for the rear disc but that will be fixed. the new shox make it great for hard landings.

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Favorite Trail:   The Downhill Slalom by Englishman River

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   friends house (used)

Similar Products Used:   2006 Norco Katmandu, 2006 Norco Bigfoot

Bike Setup:   New SRAM derailleur and shifters, New handlebars, new Truativ crankset, new Marzocchi Dirt Jumper Urbans. new 2006 crank brothers mallet pedals and a few other upgrades.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Weekend Warrior from Cumberland , R.I. , U.S.A

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2006

Strengths:    The frame is bombproof and bulletproof and clydsdale proof .
Rides great in dirt , sand , snow , and takes a heck of a beating without any complaints . Army green paint job is the bomb .


Weaknesses:    Not a one that I can see

Bottom Line:   
Excellent bike for the weekend warrior like myself and a good starter bike for those people thinking of getting serious about freestyle and downhill mountain biking . The frame is like a mountain bike on steriods and the components can't be beat for the amount of money paid . Haro is the bicycle company to go to as far as I'm concerned if you want a big bang for your mountain biking buck . It's fast going downhill , not bad climbing uphill and the looks some other people give me make me proud to be a Haro Escape 8.2 owner .

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Favorite Trail:   Lincoln Woods , Lincoln , R.I.

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Underground Ski Market

Similar Products Used:   My other bikes don't even come close but I'll list them anyway : Mongoose GSX 9.0 , Z-bike (folder) , Raleigh c30 (hybrid)

Bike Setup:   Stock right out of the LBS , it's good enough for me

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mike crumley a Weekend Warrior from anchorage, alaska

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2005

Strengths:    beefy frame, components are perfect for how i ride, easy to ride, the bike is awsome if you are looking for somthing you can use to get from point a to b and beat the crap out of on the way

Weaknesses:    frame squeakes

Bottom Line:   
nice bike for the price, gets you from point a to b with a hell of alot of fun in between, if you like to really ride yer bike hard then i would recomend this bike, as it stands its my first love

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Favorite Trail:   undecided

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $859.00

Purchased At:   paramount cycles

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   escape 7005 alloy frame, Marzocchi EXR Pro Coil 105mm, Alpha Drive Bashguard, Haro DH Platform Pedals, Shimano Alivio derailer, Truvativ Hussefelt Riser 680 x 50 rise handlbar, sun rims, mechanical disc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matt a Weekend Warrior from cal city

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2005

Strengths:    u get what u pay for. the stock wheels are strong as u know what. the 2003 frame lasted a few months but im glad i got a 2004. this thing is really strong.

Weaknesses:    the 2003 frame is kinda chinsy if u ask me but the 2004 i cant find any weaknesses.

Bottom Line:   
this bike is a really good starter bike. it can handle a ton of abuse. the stock parts are strong but i chose to upgrade. i would recomened this bike to a beginner on a budget.

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Favorite Trail:   ur mom and ur sister in marquette

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $805.00

Purchased At:   cross country sports

Similar Products Used:   2004 kona coiler, 2004 haro escape 8.3

Bike Setup:   i have halo sas wheels with hayes mag 8". i also upgraded to a drop off comp instead of the stock fork. i also upgraded the stem cuz it stripped out. this thing kick a$$!!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Braeden a Downhiller from PoCo,BC Cananda

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2004

Strengths:    The frame is great,army green paint and its massive tubes look great no problems so far even though ive done some pretty big djs and hcore trails.Wheels are pretty strong i just replaced them cus i got real good deals on new ones. Brakes,Bar,cranks,drivetrain.

Weaknesses:    The fork was ok even though i bent it decent for a beginner,hubs are cheap but work,no bashguard,uncomfortable seat thats really all.

Bottom Line:   
Its a sweet bike for the money looks great is strong,internal headset is burly,id buy a smaller frame though like a 15.5 or smaller cus im 5 10 and i bought a 17.5 inch which is alrite but smaller would be better for djs,im buying a more race bred fork lol like an mx to race some all mountain/xc stuff,it actually climbs alrite if u have the leg power anyways peace out

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Favorite Trail:   cbc

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1320.00

Similar Products Used:   old school cove stiffee like 98 lol

Bike Setup:   dj3,vuelta dh disc wheel front,rhyno lite back,wtb seat,bashguard,new grips,kenda tires,everything else stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by T. McAlevey a Weekend Warrior from Worcester, MA

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2004

Strengths:    FRAME...its a brute. Brakes kick ass as well.

Weaknesses:    Heavy. Chain has slipped a few times but i think when i get it tuned itl be all set. Fork sucks but we already knew that.

Bottom Line:   
This is an excelent bike. Odd that i own both this and the GF, i know, but i saw how cheap this bike was and figured it would come in handy for some downhill. Climbing is brutal with this compared to GF but we already knew that it would be. I give it 5 chilis for value cuz i got it for 540, but only 4 for rating becuz as stock set up, my GF is a little bit better.

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Favorite Trail:   Leominster State Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $540.00

Purchased At:   Ski Market Underground

Similar Products Used:   I also own a GF Tass. That would be the better cross country bike. Weighs a bit less.

Bike Setup:   Stock for now. Next up is new front shock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Logan P. a Weekend Warrior from Massachusetts

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2004

Strengths:    Very solid, good at drops. It is really bomb proof and it looks pretty cool too.

Weaknesses:    Not nearly as good a climber as my old Hardrock. Also is on the heavy side.

Bottom Line:   
This is not a cross country bike but that doesnt mean that its not good for general trail riding. It is amazing how much confidence in drops I got within the first few rides. I am starting to get used to climbing with it. The longer stem helped. You won't be hurting this frame anytime soon I think, it is massive. The components are ok, but you probably can't beat them for the price. Overall, if you are looking into going down things more than up them, buy this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Vietnam

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   2000 Specialized Hardrock

Bike Setup:   stock except I switched the stem to a longer, lower one.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andy the Mariner a Weekend Warrior from Sydney Australia

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2004

Strengths:    The Haro Escape 8.2 2004 bike has a good light and strong frame with kick ass breaks.. it has saved me a few times. when you want to stop they stop.

Weaknesses:    I have found the rims both front and rear to be weak as I have buckled both of them after 4 rides (110km), the seat is fairly uncomfortable. It has excellent breaks but poorish pads (smoked them a few times)change them and you will be fine.

Bottom Line:   
This is a really good heavy duty bike that has stood up to hugh amounts of punishment. The main use of the bike is very poor trails and tracks with very slippery and large rocky hills and large jumps both in the dry and wet. The suspension is handeling the terrain, the gears work well only after they are worn in (not happy until 1st service) but the breaks comes into their own in the wet and dusty trails (i have had the pads smoking a few times but onced changed to a harder better quality pad problem gone). the only thing i would like to see is hydrolic disk breaks and dirt jumper III shocks appart from this im very happy.

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Favorite Trail:   The Royal Nat Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1399.00

Purchased At:   Frasers

Similar Products Used:   first full off-road bike bought but trialed Norco, this is all in all a better bike.

Bike Setup:   now running 27 speed, better break pads, ride computer and soon looking to upgrade seat.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bikeman007 a Weekend Warrior from new england area

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2004

Strengths:    solid frame, great geometry, decent components, looks

Weaknesses:    stock shocks are below par

Bottom Line:   
This bike rocks. Replace the shocks to one of your choice (if you are a serious rider), and you are all set. The bike gives a feeling of solidity, everything is burly without being too heavy. I do mostly xc and urban stuff, and commuting now and then. This bike has held up well, and I will highly recommend it, especially if you are on a budget. I have not come across a reputed name brand with the cost/quality advantage of this bike.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   800

Similar Products Used:   all kinds of mtbs

Bike Setup:   stock except for shock upgrade

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Simon a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane Queensland Australia

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2004

Strengths:    Brakes,rims,

Weaknesses:    Fork,hubs,FRAME!!!

Bottom Line:   
the first thing i noticed after i boght this bike was how bad the forks were i would even call them dangerous i cant beleive they would actually put these on a bike this price.I replaced these with the psylos wich are great forks.Now for the frame ,it is a nice frame as far as geometry and rigidity but for strength its just pathetic my rear left drop out snapped clean off and i wasnt even jumping or anything just a small bump and it broke looking at how it broke i think it was mostly from how the disk brake mounts.haro says i must mistreat the bike but i have never even buckled a wheel on it.Who should buy this bike no body ,think what could have happend if this snapped on the road at high speed i could have been under a car.my rating for this bike would be a lot higher if it was still in one peice but what use is it now.DONT BUY HARO buy another brand that makes things properly and honours there waranty.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   Psylo fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Christian a Downhiller from MA

Date Reviewed: February 8, 2004

Strengths:    has a really backed up frame, comes with really good parts

Weaknesses:    the fork isn't that great, thats why i bought a new one. Also the crank arm fell off on mine because the bolt snapped inside the bottom bracket.

Bottom Line:   
great for doing drops, so far it can handle 6 footers to flat with little problems. a great deal i'd recomend this bike to any one who likes riding trails and aggresivly like jumps and drops.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Harborside Cycle

Bike Setup:   stock, w/ dj3's and wellgo platform petals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marc-André Côté from Quebec Canada

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2003

Strengths:    This is a very good bike for street riding and freeride. I did some extreme freeride with this bike I did some 12 foot drops and it never broke or cracked or anything like that.
All the parts are good exept from the suspension. The parts are very good.(I never broke any exept from the fork.)


Weaknesses:    The fork is a bit crap because I broke mine when I did a 12 foot drop. It bottomed out and the stanchions went through the bottom and the fork broke. Appart from that it's a good bike.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is indestructible exept from the fork which you can change. You should buy this bike if you want a good hardtail that you can use for pretty much anything for you're budget. I give this bike a 4 because i think the fork is good for trash.

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Favorite Trail:   Street

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1286.00

Purchased At:   Lessard Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Specialized P.2
Planet X Jack Flash
Rocky mountain Flow


Bike Setup:   I put a Blackspire bashguard
I am going to get a new fork(probably a Z150 FR)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Heroine a Downhiller from Windsor, CANADA

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2003

Bottom Line:   
this a follow-up on my first review.
after a few months of riding this beast, everythings held up nicely. ive snapped a brake cable but thats no biggie.
i dont really like the pedals, the pins arent replaceable and i snapped one. they dont grip my shoes very well, ive got the scars to prove it lol. the forks still really stiff(the way i like it) and is plush on landings. its taken everything ive dished at it, which isnt anything over 6feet to flat.
umm.. rims are realy strong, havnt needed any truing. the avids were squealing for about a weel but dont anymore, tehy dont work as well in the cold.
everythings held up nice, overall im still unbelivably happy

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Duration Product Used:   3 months


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