Univega 1999 DS-950 Full Suspension Bike

1999 Univega DS-950, mountain bike, front & rear suspension, Mountain Mix components, Answer Manitou Spyder, 2.75" travel fork

User Reviews (11)

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paul perowicz   Cross Country Rider [Aug 10, 2001]
Strength:

solid and stable downhill at speed; responsive in turns; components

Weakness:

a little heavy; front is a bit lively on quick climbs, but you get used to it

great ds bike for the cash; bike's stability inspires confidence on descents; proves that an athletic rider doesn't need to spend thousands; other brands i've or friends have owned are very nice too, but much of their inflated prices are due to the manufacturers' high advertising and marketing costs, i.e. - cannondale, trek, gt; i reccommend this bike for the novice and experienced rider alike

Similar Products Used: cannondale raven; dean ti; voodoo sobo
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Matt harney   Cross Country Rider [Jul 28, 2001]
Strength:

fun to ride bike, easy and controllable

Weakness:

cranks creak, front shock was only a jett and is not too good on the small stuff, rear rst shock rebound adjustment is negligble

thought it was good for the money (i got it at half price). very lively bike that is easy to throw around, but not too stable at high speed cornering. Tends to tip or slip when climbing. downhill single track is easy and fun,, the suspension needs a bit of speed and boulders to really make a difference.. overall a fun bike that will make you smile but not worth the RRP

Similar Products Used: proflex 856, gt xcr3000, a few others
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Victor   Weekend Warrior [Jan 05, 2000]
Strength:

Great value and ride.

Weakness:

A little heavy.

The trails I ride are mostly cross-country with some very steep, rocky downhills. This bike can take all the punishment I give it. Very, very tough. I have had no problems with the bike so far. If your a weekend warrior I can't think of anything this bike won't do for you. If your a pro and are competing then why are you reading this review???

Similar Products Used: Specialized Rockhopper
Giant ATX
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RATING
5
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mike   Cross Country Rider [Mar 08, 2000]
Strength:

none

Weakness:

horrible components

bottom line is that univega sucks, they replaced my 600.00 dual action pro frame with this junky ds-950, my fox alps 5r was worth more than the whole frame. dont buy univega they dont honor their warranties. I couldnt even get the old frame back. BOTTOM LINE dont do business with univega.

Similar Products Used: univega dual action pro
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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Mark Nowicki   Weekend Warrior [Nov 02, 1999]
Strength:

Great bike for the $700 spent. Good reliable components. Handles the rocks well and easy to shift for the ascents. Good enough for me.

Weakness:

None so far

For a weekend warrior that does not want to spend $1000's on a bike this is a very good deal. I'm sure there's better out there, but I'm perfectly happy with what I have. Beats the old hardtail I was riding for 6 years.

Similar Products Used: Univega 600-S
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
JERRY WHITE   Weekend Warrior [Jul 08, 1999]
Strength:

GOOD FOR ANY TRAIL

Weakness:

LITTLE HEAVY IN FRONT END

GOOD BIKE FOR THE MONEY, BUT I RECCOMEND UPGRADE OF COMPONENTS TO AT LEAST LX.

Similar Products Used: CANNONDALE RAVEN
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
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Takashi   Weekend Warrior [Jun 28, 1999]
Strength:

Cheap(er). Can take some nice technical downhils in ski resorts in Colorado - rocky, bumpy, steep, muddy, river crossing, gravelly...).

Weakness:

Tail sinks as I pedal, especially on uphill, although it's not that annoying. A bit chunkier than hard tails for XC. Rear triangle not rigid enough to hold up hard brakings (ok with a bridge). Not for a hardcore downhills - frame (especially rear) doesn't hold up the yaw (side force) momentum over 30 mph.

Good bike for the money. Especially here in Colorado, XC trails are mixed with steep adn rocky downhills and good ascend, making this relatively lighter full suspension bike valuable. I used to get sore arms after good 15 minuets downhill from braking hard and vigorous vibration, but now I don't. In the future, I want to upgrade the rear shock to the one with adjustable damping unit (rear a bit weak with RST setup).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Richard   Weekend Warrior [May 29, 1999]
Strength:

Smooth ride and gears.

Weakness:

A little soft at times but with a little tweak may be better.

A solid bike for the money, you do get what you pay for. Dont let the monkeys that complain about this bike bother you, they want to pay $800 and demand that they get the performance of a $3000 bike, WAKE UP! If your out to have a good time, smooth ride and save some $$$ then this is the bike for you. I ride mostly trails and the bike handles it well. 150 miles of trails in two months and it still rides like a champ.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Jon Taylor   Cross-Country Rider [May 20, 1999]
Strength:

NOTHING

Weakness:

you said it

Can you say SUCK!

Similar Products Used: Litespeed Owl Hollow MTS
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RATING
1
VALUE
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David Baker   Cross-Country Rider [May 22, 1999]
Strength:

Good xc bike not too heavy. Great for doing some down hill

Weakness:

none

awesome have a lot of fun with it.
Your a monkey if you don't like this bike

Similar Products Used: DS-900
FSR-pro
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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