Iron Horse 2001 Hillbilly Full Suspension Bike

User Reviews (3)

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Lonerider   Cross Country Rider [Jul 30, 2016]
Strength:

Cheep (mine was free, second hand), good riding position, not too heavy, can fit vbrakes or discs

Weakness:

Front fork is not great (mine was shot when I got it but I've heard even new they aren't good), grip shift (ewww).

I got this bike basically as a gift from a friend for free, so I give it a decent value rating -- duh! That said, I was able to upgrade it because I have a lot of spare parts and forks. If you had to buy the parts(or the bike) it might not be so great.

What you get is a good dual suspension bike for beginners, a y-type frame that is tried and true, if basic. The rear shock is tough enough to handle real offroading -- I've taken mine to several mountainbike parks in NJ and it;s handled fine on every singletrack I've tried, That said, I put one of my two old Judy forks on the front, changed out the stem, went to a flat bar and added bar ends. I then got a Specialized FSR SX so I haven't ridden the ironhorse in a while, but when I clean it back up it'll be my second dual sus bike. I'll probably go with newer tires, and lose the gripshift.

The ride position is great, more like a regular hardtail than many dual sus bikes, which have you sitting lower and the bars real high -- yeh that's great for downhill but this is really an xc type bike and it climbs like it. Yeh it's not light but it isn't a pig either.

The suspension as said is basic, but it works and works well. Though I've had no probs with rear air shocks, I've had air forks fail on me; a spring shock like the ironhorse has is simply more foolproof, less to go wrong.

As a side note, I've also ridden this ont he street in the snow, including some pretty bad blizzards, just to get out and see conditions, It handled very well at low speed even in several inches of powder. Not a recommended use but a nod to the stable geometry of the bike.

In short, this is a basic, dependable dual suspension mountainbike. It is worth upgrading the entry level parts and fork. If you can find one now (they are some years old), buy it and ride the heck out of it. It is a good introduction to full suspension and might be worth making into a real nice bike with better parts spec.

Lonerider

Similar Products Used: Giant Warp, Specialized FSR SX (duak suspension); Airborne homebuilt singlespeed hardtail, specialized hardrock single speed conversion, no name yellow hardtail with 1x9 setup (devinci?) (front shocks only)

Etc.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
James B   Weekend Warrior [Jan 17, 2002]
Strength:

I rode a weeks worth of some of Sedona's best trails and it held up great. Handled 3+ foot drops and some bmx style ramps that gained heights of 4-5 feet airs. The rst 22 held up over some tough stuff.

Weakness:

The front rst just is not big enough for big air. Not a good bike for an atv. More of a cross country bike stock. If you want to do the big stuff you will have to upgrade.

This bike is a great deal for the price that I paid. It made my vacation in AZ an awesome experience and makes for a great full for a weekend warrior.

Similar Products Used: More comfortable than any hardtail cross country.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Hugo Inkel   Weekend Warrior [May 10, 2002]
Strength:

The full suspension is great and makes it easier on your back. Looks good, lighter than it looks, 24 spd, solid frame, price $999.99 Canadian, RST rear shock is tough.

Weakness:

RST 321 CL front shock is average. It will be your first upgrade!!!

OverAll pretty good bike for beginners or advanced riders. Should buy the bike if low on budget, damn good looks on this bike and people will stare because of the that, light weight and handles pretty good.

Good for the OverAll weekend warrior, fun to upgrade on this bike -----> [new front shocks]

Similar Products Used: Giant Warp
Mongoose NX 8.5
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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