Haro 357 Nine Downhill Full Suspension

  • New .357 frame – 7” to 9” of adjustable travel
  • RockShox Boxxer Race 203mm fork
  • Mantiou Metel RPA rear shock
  • Hayes HFX-9 hydraulic disc brakes w/ V8 rotors

User Reviews (5)

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Goldie   Downhiller [Nov 12, 2008]
Strength:

very plush thanks to Marzocchi Roco WC, very stable in corners (frame size M), very good for steap terain, light when moving

Weakness:

the back fork craks in the middle, floater also brakes easily, where front fork touches the frame it bends

This bike is super cheap. It's perfect for DH, very stable in corners at high speed. Im not going to buy another DH bike, this is perfect. The only problem is that the back end cracks right next to welding. I also found a crack in the front at the link where you atach the shock.

Similar Products Used: Specialized Big Hit
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Bawitdaba   Downhiller [Jul 19, 2008]
Strength:

Well built like a tank

Weakness:

That floating brake was crap

This is a DH bike and thats what I use it for. Loaded with great components, handles everything I can do and some. The factory floating brake was a bad idea, I bent the rod after one day at Plattekill. Luckily, it comes with a conversion and now it's awesome! In my opinion a real sleeper for the money. No one was buying them, I got a new leftover from the dealer for $1700 bux.

Similar Products Used: Iron Horse SGS DH Pro
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Kim Cadiz   Weekend Warrior [May 31, 2008]
Strength:

The 357 is of a kind bike to sustain the rigid trails of the Philippine mountains. One must have the self confidence to drive the bike. yes, you need to now the driving principle of the bike before you can enjoy the ride. The set up is excellent for downhill trails.

Weakness:

The bike being tough to the trails is heavy for the uphill.
Cardio vascular training is neeeded.

If you want to test your cardio vascular stamina this is one of the bikes that will meet the challenge. you will have a group components that will support in your trials. This machine can withstand any obstacle in the trails.SO LONG AND MORE POWER. BE THE FORCE BE WITH YOU....

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
michael Lopez   Downhiller [May 26, 2007]
Strength:

Lots and lots of adjustability to slack or unslack your head angle, and the over all geometry of your bike! oversized bearings, replacable/adjustable drop outs, a TRUE floating brake, completely nuts swing arm, pretty light considering how overbuilt it is. bottom bracket clearance stands over a foot, at, 42 pounds it is pretty damm light for what it is...

Weakness:

a little loud on the decents... the cable guides aren't placed in the greatest place, and the frame ( strong as it may be) is highly manipulated, so watch the rubber stoppers on your fork, make sure they will actually hit the right part of the frame.


Over all, I am very impressed with the adjustability and over all strength to weight ratio of the bike.. Everything is placed in accordance with what it needs to be a great bike... It has adjustable travel from 7 to 9 inches but it pedals so well at 9, the you really don't need to drop it to 7 inches..EVER.. over all, I am really impress with it.. it is smooth, rediculously fast over extremely rugged terrain, it handles GREAT... will be the last bike I'll ever get.. unless it brakes on me ( which judging from the welds on this frame, it won't).. definately worth a look. If your having trouble with the geometry, play with the back linkage! Make sure none of the links are up side down, because the geometry is completely adjustable... definately up there with the best! any more questions, email me at cronomech@yahoo.com

Similar Products Used: Jamis diablo, trek session 77, giant Dh team, etc...
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Martin Benoit   Downhiller [Oct 25, 2007]
Strength:

extremelly solid,adjustability,quality/price ratio,near top of the line components

Weakness:

floating rear brake linkage rod is to weak (broke)Haro's warranty replacement part made stronger ,problem solved....

After 55 days or so of riding Whistler's wicked Downhill bike park ,the Haro 357nine still wants more & still looks and ride like brand new (O.K few scratches from the big crash on "Original sin")Although Probably not a bike for beginners,like most of these types of bikes,a certain amount of knowledge is needed to fully take advantage of this bike(geometry,suspention setup,etc....)and this bike as it all.For the rest of us,GREAT RIDE !!! Basically I do not think that I could have found as good a bike for that kind of $$$$.Think about it,the forks by themself retail for $1200.00 .As far as I am concern, It's a keeper....And man, I can't wait for next season.
If I had to...possible similar replacement would be a "Specialised "Big Hit" ".

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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