Access XCL 29er 29er Hardtail

Access XCL 29er 29er Hardtail 

DESCRIPTION

  • 6061 aluminum frame
  • Rock Shox Tora Race 29 front suspension
  • SRAM X.7 27-speed drivetrain
  • FSA aluminum handlebar, stem
  • WTB Rocket V Comp SE saddle

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 18, 2012]
Dok Tari
All Mountain Rider

Strength:

Fairly light, handles good.

Weakness:

Poor quality.

I generally enjoyed building this bike up over 6 months and it was fun to ride putting about 2000 miles on it. I'm 54, weigh 195 and don't ride that hard or fast or have crashed hard. The frame has cracked at the seat post and top tube. The seat post is not overextended. So for quality it gets 1 chili.

Similar Products Used:

none

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1
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1
[Dec 09, 2011]
zenkem
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Price and Geometry, excellent climber and tracks well on the descents

Weakness:

With a riding weight of 300lbs the frame is a little flexy, more then my 26" C'dale, but I've grown use to it. The paint rubs off pretty easy too

Bought this bike on sale for $85 to see if the 29er was for me and now I almost never ride my 26er. As already stated, this has been my Clyde Ride on rocky, rooty, sandy, muddy Single Track and some asphalt in between. It has severed me well for almost 2K miles. The current set up weighs 25.3lbs

Similar Products Used:

My first 29er, C'dale F4, GT Avalanche and Huffy

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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
[Aug 19, 2011]
Xterradork
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Lightweight, stiff, good geometry

Weakness:

headset, paint

Bought frame only, built up to "try" 29er. Immediately after first ride decided to ditch all my 26" stuff. Light, nimble, stiff but not harsh. Great frame for the price. This is NOT the same as getting a high end frame from Niner or someone else, but if you want to get into 29ers cheap, or ride just enough to have trouble justifying the cost of a high end frame, give this a try. So much better than a 26 hardtail and climbs well, asborbs bumps from rocks/roots without the cost and weight of a full suspension frame. Paint chips a little easy and the headset (zero stack)will likely need to be replaced soon. But a great value (5 chilis).

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RATING
4
VALUE
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5
[Jul 20, 2011]
specialforces93
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

good light aluminum frame,

Weakness:

hard to find headset for it anyone know where i can find a headset for it? if so email me at specialforces93@yahooo.com thanks

it going to be a nice bike if i can find the headset .. please help if you have a access 29er frame

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4
VALUE
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4
[Jun 16, 2011]
Cutterkids1271
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

This frame is light and strong! I'm 230 lbs., ride 3x a week and this frame has been a beast.

Weakness:

No weeknesses for me but some would find the frame a little to stiff.

This bike is indestructable, inexpensive and fun to ride.

Similar Products Used:

Cannondale 29er and F500.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 08, 2011]
darton23
Racer

Strength:

For being my first real mountain bike i was looking for lockout shoxs disk brakes and a 29er. This bike has everything i was looking for and it was for the right price. The brakes are great it shifts smoothly and handles well on everything.

Weakness:

The grips kind suck but a nice pair of glove would solve that. You will get blisters from the best grips. The stem and the handle bars will be my first upgrade that are really poor. they do the job thought.

It is a great bike for the price. It is fairly lite and rides better than what i had before a (huffy piece of sh*t bike) I m a college student and this was a great choice for me.i dont regret it at all. I not really into having the top brand or what not. i am into a quality made bike that will get the job done at a good price. I love how it is not very flashy. Since i got it site to store i have free lifetime adjustments and discounts on everything. I looked for two weeks driving to different places and performance was the best. I went into one store and told the lbs guy i was a college student and said i had a small budget but he kept showing me thousand dollar bikes so i quickly left . Great bike love it

Similar Products Used:

road bike 12 speed Bianchi 1980s

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5
VALUE
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5
[Jun 05, 2011]
Coltion
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

29inch wheels is the only way to go. The frame has great geometry for a large rider(I have long legs and longer arms.) I am 6'3" and 210lbs.

For the Price... the x5 components all around and apocalypse proof frame. A light set of wheels and an good look to whole bike.

Weakness:

The Brake levers are kinda Gimp. there is no quick release seat clamp. Grips are thin. Seat is for racers. I'll let you know when
I find more.

You would be hard pressed to find a better Entry level 29er for the price.

If you a big guy the frame is not going to let those legs get near that stem.

B.E.A.UTIFUL bike! Go ride one... go buy one!

Similar Products Used:

Trek 3700

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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
[May 11, 2011]
bigpedaler
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

light, strong, well built

Weakness:

huge seatpost size! Full-housing brake cable (rear) 'chimes' on the frame....

I needed a frame FAST to replace my old FS when it broke; the XCL was the best deal available, and the 29er had better geo numbers than the 26.

I have yet to regret buying this frame! We are still 'getting acquainted', but it's been a fun transition. I'm a gear higher on the cassette, it hops just by thinking about it!

I know there will be component replacements coming, and 29-specific is looking better all the time.

Similar Products Used:

various FS & HT

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 27, 2011]
penaltybox
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Very light weight. Tracks smooth for a bike this big (21" Frame).

Weakness:

Minor imperfections around the head tube top and bottom

Excellent frame for the money. Very pleased with the ride and performance so far. Not sure I'll go back to small wheels after riding this down the trail.

Similar Products Used:

Jamis Dakota XC

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 15, 2011]
TX-BoneDigger
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Relatively lightweight for the cost, decent mix of components for the price, handles well on the trail.

Weakness:

For the price, none

This review is for the Access XCL 9.7 which retails for $1299 at Performancebike.com. With a 20% coupon, free shipping, and some Performance points I had saved up, I got the bike for around $800. The frame is bulky but fairly lightweight (I think right at 5.5 lbs). The components consist mostly of Sram X7 with Firex cranks. The tires are good, the wheels fair. I have been very pleased with the geometry of the bike. When I am going for short rides this is the bike I'll pick. Being 43, my back doesn't like the hardtail for much longer than an hour and a half or so. If I ride for longer the Rumblefish 1 FS is my choice. The stock XCL 9.7 weighs in at right at 27.5 lbs. Not great, but not horrible. With a few upgrades this bike could easily hit the sub-26 lb mark. For a good all-around 29er hardtail this bike certainly fits the bill. Upgrading the stem, seatpost, and handlebars is a must. Saddles are a personal thing, but the one that it came with did not work for me. Great bike at a great price!

Similar Products Used:

Various 29er hardtails, most recently 2008 Gary Fisher Paragon

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4
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5
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