Bontrager 2001 Race Hardtail Bike

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Mark   Cross Country Rider [Jul 07, 2002]
Strength:

Climbs, climbs, and climbs. Stand up, sit down, this bike does not lose the rear wheel when climbing no matter how hard, steep, loose, the trail is.

Weakness:

Can't get 'em any more.

I'll never buy a new bike...

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5
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5
Eric Heinrich   Cross Country Rider [Dec 03, 2005]
Strength:

Santa Cruz built Bontrager Race Frame. Phenomenally strong frame. Extremely nimble frame geometry, clibs well, descends well both at speed and in the technical sections.

Did I say it was nimble? Stronger thenthe Ted Wojciks, FATs and Crolls, not as stiff as the yo Eddy!

Weakness:

No Le Existe. The Santa Cruz made frames are only found on eBay from time to time, but are usually a great bargain for well under $1000. Powder coat paint is wicked durable, but bland. decals are...boring. But KB designed the most durability into the frame and chose powder coat and huge frame decals for that specific reason.

No rack/fender mounts.

To get the most out of one of these frames (race lite has same geometry but is 1/2 lb lighter and more flexible - for light riders only)you need to have a fork that is designed to match it - the bontrager frok crown (find it on eBay) If you throw a super ong travel fork on it you throw the handling out of whack.

This is my favorite bike for highly technical rides where I'm going to be hopping over lots of logs, sketchy downhills (not super-drop type stuff, more like thread the needle and keep the wheels on the ground)

Find one on ebay grabit - it is an awesome bike.

Similar Products Used: Ted Wojcik, Fat Chances, Merlins, Crolls, pre-Trek Fishers,
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5
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5
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