from Dartmouth Nova Scotia Canada
Date Reviewed: March 17, 2006
Strengths: great all round bike!! verry happy on trails, down hill, trials or cross country.
Weaknesses: I have broken 2 derrailer dropouts
I love this bike. i raced XC for 3 years on it. now she has 30,000 km (apx 18,000 mi)on it, it is my daly driver now. the sick part is even with my fenders on it is weighs in at a hair under 24lbs!!!! this is a sweet bike i can maintain 66km/h on a flat!! so far my top speed has been 86km/h(arround 52 mph!!!) so after 15 years and 18000 mi iI think I made a good choice my only beef....the seat post is an SR T.C.O (tall cool one)it is a piece of s#*t it has creaked and groaned since day one, and good luck finding a good 30.2 seatpost these days. but at least it works even if it creaks
Bike Setup: orignal camponolo wheels with suntour hubs, orignal suntour XC PRO microdrive crank,cassette, front derrailer and thumb shifters.tektro brakes front and rear.I also have a 150mm 0 degree syncros ahead stem with one piece bar and bar ends. on the front there is a tripple butted giant cro-moly front fork. Myrear derrailer is a long body short cage deore xt (vintage 1992) it has full control tech kit , ti bolts and CNC machined aloy ballbearing pulleys
a Cross Country Rider
from Sydney, NSW Australia
Date Reviewed: May 17, 2005
Weaknesses: Original Marzochi shocks
This bike is AWSOME!
I bought the bike back in late 94. Raced it, cross country, dual slalom, and downhill. Worked on it as a city bike courier. Used it as a daily commuter Moved interstate with it and am now riding it hard on the trails in Sydeny, Australia. Am hoping to start racing it in Enduros in the near future.
I have completley worn out the original campag rims (they were very sweet rims). The original Marzochi shocks failed very early on (seals) and ended up snapping off at the crown. I have also snapped off the left hand crank (bike courier work is hell on bikes).
Last year (04) I started riding off road again, and have recently put new marzochi bomber shocks on the front (after riding rigid for 5 years) and the bike is awsome! Still going strong - and very comprable weight wise to new bikes.
Surley the frame will have to fail one day...It will be a very sad day when the bike finally goes...
If you ever see one second hand, I strongly recommend getting it - the bikes seem indestructable!!
Bike Setup: FSA Head set New Mavic xc rims (straight pull spokes) xt BB (2000) Old LX V brake front. Original canter leaver brakes rear Marzochi Bombers EXR shocks Bontranger sadle No name left hand crank Cut back handle bars
a Weekend Warrior
from Chicago, IL
Date Reviewed: May 9, 2004
Strengths: Aluminum frame, great suntour crank, average breaking, good psycho tioga tires, good pedals, nice zoom stem, good headset, good handling.
Weaknesses: Suntour rear derailler fell apart after relatively short time, awful Zorbers elastomer shocks that were later recalled, sheathed aluminum frame is heavier than a welded frame, uncomfortable seat, straight bar instead of riser handle bar, campy v-rims that tend to flex inward, butterfly shifters were awful..often popped gears,
I nearly replaced all the components on this bike in the end, so now it's a pretty great bike. I now have the Suntour XC Pro derailleur, crotchsaver seat, a riser bar, a new Manitou shock that was replaced because of the Zorber recall, Avid V-brakes, and STX-RC Rapidfire shifters. I've kept the tires and rims, headset, the crank, rear cog, frame. The 1994 Cadex ALM-1 was a huge improvement over mine, so this rating brings down the average.
a Cross Country Rider
from Rhode Island
Date Reviewed: July 19, 2000
Strengths: *Replaceable dropouts *Geometry good *Bonded frame
Weaknesses: Someone already mentioned the seat QR.... That can be a pain.... I'm really reaching here....
Bought this bike last year with all the old stock parts on it from the original owner- partially due to the kudos it received from this site. I have NOT regretted it. Frame performs exactly as I want it to (taking it out 2-3 times a week in a pretty technical area), and because of that I have taken the time to set it up with the right parts to keep it running smoothly. There are not many 5+ year old frames that I would consider riding, and this one should be near the top of the short list. Rigid enough for steering, flexes enough for the drops, and will ride this until I find an incredible deal on a Ti frame. If you are looking for a great beater bike that will take punishment and last long for you- this could be the one. Much cheaper to pick this one up used and mack it out than to purchase a new bike with the components I wanted. Will update if any problems arise
I got this frame as a trade for my haro, and we kept the derailleurs and BB and seatposts, because they wouldn't fit(and i was hesitant, so I got an XTR for an XT), and have been riding it tons since. It can get a little twitchy at speed, due to my longish(120mm) stem and slightly narrow bar, but otherwise handles great. It flexes just enough to save my ass, and I have been taking some gnarly shit on this bike. It also looks much sweeter than my old frame, and nobody is asking me is that a BMX bike? I can't wait to get my Manitou Pro-C on there. I need to get some new dropouts, for mine are bent, but they're working fine right now. The seat QR kind of sucks, needing a great amount of force to tighten it securely(I use an old handlebar as a lever), and it creaks some, but that might be my cranks or BB, which I bent.
Weaknesses: The original Campy/suntour wheels, the original fork, the Tires, and its too stiff
It's very stiff and strong, but the original wheels were very weak. And the fork was extremely harsh, but with the new parts I,ve added to it has brought up the weight but I don't have any problem with it now
Bike Setup: 98 Judy XC fork, 98 LX Parts Bontrager Jones 49/51, 52/55 WTB Speedmaster rims Shimano 636 pedals, Rock Shox susp. post and suntour crank
a Cross-Country Rider
from Anacortes, WA
Date Reviewed: May 15, 1999
Strengths: Bonded, not welded. Replaceable DROPOUTS Factory chainsuck device
Weaknesses: seatcollar is part of frame.
This bike has been so true to me I could cry! Rode all over the chicagoland area. Raced the midwest scene, in wisconsin Chequameqon 40 two times!!, then moved west... did moab on the way out. Now I am in the Pacific Northwest riding it as hard as ever. I have over 10,000 logged miles on the frame. The replaceable dropouts have saved the frame once already when a derailleur went into the back wheel. I will ride this frame until it breaks!!
Bike Setup: '97 Manitou Mach 5 SX, Mavic x517, xt hubs,lx crank, scott DH bar, azonic stem, Sachs powergrip shifters,Sachs dirt derailleurs, gore ride on cables, xt v brakes, michelin kevalar comp rear and spclized team master kevlar front