Haro V1 2003 Hardtail

3.07/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $270.00


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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jtlb44 a Cross Country Rider from Waco, TX

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2010

Strengths:    The frame is awesome. It's lightweight and durable. It's a great budget bike.

Weaknesses:    The Omni fork it came with was junk. The bottom bracket rounded out after about three years, but hey purchased the bike in 2005 and moving parts wear out so what can you do?

Bottom Line:   
New, this bike is great for light off road riding, great urban mtb. It's not a hardcore bike, but the frame is strong enough to outlast the components and can be built up.

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Favorite Trail:   Halebop

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Sun & Ski Sports

Similar Products Used:   Trek 820

Bike Setup:   Almost a different bike. Rigid fork, Raceface Evolve Crankset, Panaracer Fire XC pro tires. Work in progress.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by redraven a Weekend Warrior from portland oregon USA

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2008

Strengths:    Ha! I bought this at a yardsale for $5.00(yes...five dollars)and it was in decent condition. I like the frame style and upgraded the deraileurs and tires. after adjusting the brakes and other minor/easy normal adjustments I am happy with it as a road bike. I put 80/20 street/trail tires on it. I have about $40 invested with all. Hee! I have not used off road and would not hammer it if I did...obviously not built for that(you whiners!...buy a bike that IS made for that...what did you think you were getting for $300 new???)but it is tuned good, has the right tires for street; rides real nice and I don't have to worry about it getting ripped off. Best bike overall I ever had(in a mountain bike)was a Gary Fisher KaiTai...need to find one of THOSE at a yardsale!!!!)

Bottom Line:   
I PAID FIVE BUCKS AND IT RIDES DECENT!

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Favorite Trail:   powell butte

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $5.00

Purchased At:   yardsale


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by chris petrotto a Cross Country Rider from williamsville, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2007

Strengths:    great aluminum frame

Weaknesses:    hubs and rims are horrible. after a day of medium trail riding, the rear wheel is bent and its at the hub AND rim

Bottom Line:   
if your anything more that a road rider, this bike isnt for you. it can't take anything rough at all.
but, beginner riders should find it a good bike

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   northstar bikes


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by david a Racer from nj

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2007

Strengths:    good gears light wieght

Weaknesses:    forks wheels frame

Bottom Line:   
crappy i went off a 10 foot drop onto cement and basicly the whole thing broke i donot recomend this bike for dare devils like me :]

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Favorite Trail:   the high skoool jumps

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Similar Products Used:   haro f3 haro sr 1.0

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by cory cox a Racer from Canada

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2007

Strengths:    Great frame for price, A good couple of adjustments to the back derailer makes a big difference in that department.

Weaknesses:    The Fork, is a piece of trash...even for just a "once in a while rider" the bars are terrible to.

Bottom Line:   
Good bike for a trail rider, even good for a city commuter who wants a mountain bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything with dirt and no cars

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   sportwheels in Nova Scotia

Similar Products Used:   Haro v2, v3

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi 4X World Cup Fork, KONA DH Bar.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Wajax Pump a Weekend Warrior from Wellington New Zealand

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2007

Strengths:    Reasonably priced

Weaknesses:    Component failure - My fist ride, the chain started slipping off

Bottom Line:   
I am only entry level and I'm not what you might call, an athleticly frames person, but the product was sold to me as a SOLID entry level bike. Did not expect component failure for at least 4 - 6 months.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $260.00

Purchased At:   Penny Farthing Cycles


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Zach Merchinskey a Weekend Warrior from Dauphin,manitoba,canada

Date Reviewed: June 4, 2004

Strengths:    Frame is alright
bb is nice too
no problem with the crank either


Weaknesses:    I donno where to start...I enjoyed his bike till about 2 months ago first the front derallier broke and u cant fix it (first thing i need to replace).Then the back derallier. then the shifters, and just yesterday i broke my rim. I broke it so bad if u do like 5KM u will come to a complete stop. All i did was hop a curb. and now i got a big dent in it and need to replace it.

U ALSO GET WHAT U PAID 4


Bottom Line:   
This bike is a real P.O.S i do not think u should waist your time with this bike ppl will say its a good bike for starting and it is but after u get better u will be wondering y u bot it in the first place. i cantsell this bike so now im trying to save up to get a real bike from a company u cant trust on a NORCO 125!!!

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Favorite Trail:   cant ride cuse of this P.O.S

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $260.00

Purchased At:   Local shop BLACKS

Similar Products Used:   first real mtb

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Otis a Weekend Warrior from Atlanta, GA, USA

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2003

Strengths:    This bike has a very strong frame. It is an excellent buy for the money, you will not find a better deal when comparing price and quality for a begineers bike.

Weaknesses:    Front/Rear derailer could be a little better to help out with smoother shifting.

Bottom Line:   
This is a really excellent BEGINNERS bike. I used my HARO V1 in the 24 Hours of Adrenaline Race here in GA. Some might find that insane (because it is!), but this bike took all 24 hours of punishment and gave me no problems at all. In the 3 months I have had my bike I have put about 400 hard miles of riding on its still rolling. I have had to get my chain and rear derailleur replaced once, along with regular tuning and adjustment because of the aggressive rides that I do. I out grew this bike in the first week I had it so if you plan on using your bike to hit some serious trails then you should upgrade and get a better bike. But if you are just out there riding for fun, and not doing anything major, for the price you pay there are no better deals. And this is defiantly the best deal you will find on a quality beginners bike then this is the bike you want.

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Favorite Trail:   Tsali North Carolina / Right loop

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $240.00

Purchased At:   Ski & Sun Sports

Bike Setup:   All stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joey a Weekend Warrior from SE PA

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2003

Strengths:    FRAME, seat, pedals, decent tires, Acera rear derailluer works fine, Suntour Fork is works great for 140# and under, and the v-brakes work very well

Weaknesses:    terrible front derailluer doesnt want to shift easily, no chain guard on crank

Bottom Line:   
this is a great value for $230. this is the same frame that they use for their more expensive V-4 bike that costs over $500. The bike weighs in at around 30#'s with it being aluminum. The bike is light enough for my litt lebrother to manuever it well. Oh and the frame also has disc tabs but these v-brakes seem to work almost as good as my Hayes disc brakes on my other bike. IMO, this beats the Giant Boulder SE hands down.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $230.00

Purchased At:   Weavers

Similar Products Used:   Giant Boulder SE

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ben Strause from Sacramento,CA

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2003

Strengths:    light bike and very hard to break

Weaknesses:    fork wont last too long after a year it will be replaced

Bottom Line:   
overall a great bike

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Favorite Trail:   Auburn

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   copeland sports

Similar Products Used:   GT palomar and trek 4100

Bike Setup:   very light,smooth forks but rusty at times

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mikael Bohn a Racer from Boiling Springs, PA, U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2003

Strengths:    It has an exelent frame, saddle is nice, disc hubs nice, tires good beginner bike.

Weaknesses:    The derailleurs, the fork, crank arms flex.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is good for beginners, but if you want to acctually race seriously I think you should upgrade some. Tell then when you get a new bike. Just beat it to death. Then when you get a new bike transfer your upgrade parts if they're better and are in good condition. (In the rating I say 3 1/2 even though it says three.)

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Favorite Trail:   five mile loop

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $270.00

Purchased At:   Coles bicycles

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock right now getting new deralleurs, might get sid xc fork, might get new cranks, might get new shifters, deore or LX

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Martin Geliot a Cross Country Rider from Faulconbridge NSW Australia

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2003

Strengths:    Light, value. Used heaps and hard, and it loves it.

Fast, handles well, stands up to rough trails and speed.

Long top tube, fresh and free from back discomfort after a long ride.


Weaknesses:    A touch flexy at the bottom bracket (I'm 90kg and produce a bit of shove). Paint rubs away a bit. Saddle suffering from that 90kg slightly.

Forks bumped until run in, now fine. Obviously you don't get premium forks at this price.

Headset bearings on the way out owing to poor seals, no problem sealing them properly with a bit of inner tube.


Bottom Line:   
Absolutely rapt with this bike. Enjoyment for the $ is top. Would buy another Haro, no question.

This bike is ridden hard and often (heck I live in what's possibly the world's best MTB locality). Tolerates heaps of goop, grit and thumps on rough-as-guts trails. Yet light for the price.

Recommend as a first MTB, for someone big with a long back, and for excellent strength/weight for the money. Dead cinch to carry too.

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Favorite Trail:   Linden Ridge

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $380.00

Purchased At:   Blaxland Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Second MTB. Tried a few more expensive bikes, can't see that they are better.

Bike Setup:   Largest size offered, standard except for M475 discs and Shimano "mega" wide ratio rear cassette on Alivio system.

V1 plus added discs gets you a light disc MTB cheaper than buying one with discs as standard. And the out-of-the-box V-brakes weren't bad.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Frank a Weekend Warrior from Bethlehem, PA, usa

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2003

Strengths:    This is my first real mountain bike and i am very impressed with this bike cause I do 3 to 4 foot drop regullary with it. The strenght of this bike would be the frame and the drive train compondents for the price.


Weaknesses:    The fork would need to be replaced if u become serious cause i do 4 foot table tops and if i other shoot the jump the fork always bottoms out.

Bottom Line:   
great bike for the price. I would recommend this bike to anyone that wants to start mountain biking.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Saucon Valley Bikes

Bike Setup:   race face prodigy dh crank
all the rest is stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rafael Suarez a Cross Country Rider from Gurabo, P.R.

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2003

Strengths:    Is the same frame as the V-4, a good one a very light.
I was beetwen the GT Avalanche 3.0 and the V-1 and comparing price and accesories the Haro was the best deal.
Also it is lighter than the GT


Bottom Line:   
It is a good bike, good performance and good weight.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   La Bicicleta de Tio


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