Bontrager Frame Frameset

Bontrager Frame Frameset 

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Bontrager Frame

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 11, 2014]
Herb

Strength:

No weaknesses

Weakness:

None

The long list of positive reviews say it all. Balance is where it's at, and this frame has it. I'd be happy to kick your dual suspended butt with it. The only frame that competes with it is the Salsa Ala Carte. I own them both, and am willing to forgo a front suspension to ride them. If you think carbon trumps steel, you obviously have not owned on of these.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 29, 2011]
Sizzler
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Light, strong, well thought out, great geometry.

Weakness:

1" headtube is increasingly limiting.

These frames are truly timeless, perhaps the best built steel frame past or present, and can easily hold their own against modern frame designs and materials. The exceptionally light gusseted tubing, wishbone seat stays and short seat tube make it a fantastic ride. My 94 Race is set up for single speed and I can climb and whip it around like no other. Very pleased!

Similar Products Used:

Bontrager Privateer Comp

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 05, 2003]
Dave Fhlug
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

I bought a new Bontrager Race Lite frame. I found it last OCtober from a person selling it on this site in the classified. This bike is light, handles like a dream! It goes on rails. This Bike Rocks! Climbs like a Billy goat!

Weakness:

Not made anymore

Too bad it is not made anymore. Steel Hardtails by K.B. are the best! I love it!. It rides like a dream, handles like a train on rails, and climbs like a Billy Goat. Since Ibuilt this bike the way I wanted it, it gets % flaming chili's all the way around. I recoomend anyone to buy a Bontrager. Find one and buy it!

Similar Products Used:

2002 Trek 8000, Trek 930

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 27, 2003]
R Nielson
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

intense geometry, freaking light, strong design

Weakness:

1" heatube, but not really if you convert the old Marzocchi bomber pinch bolt crowns.

sweetest xc hardtail ride I've experieced, it's used and retro and still ROCKS!

Similar Products Used:

Kelly, Elizabeth, Shelly. Ok really KELLY DELUXE, & KHS TEAM

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 04, 2007]
Robert
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Lightweight, nimble, proven hard tail and motorcycle-style front suspension. I bought the extra-small (XS) Race Lite, since I'm only 5'3" (160cm) tall. The short tubes on a bike my size already make the bike stiffer, so I steered away from stiff alloy frames. Rear suspension design was still in its infancy in 1997, and I didn't want to get something I couldn't get parts for later on. This was an excellent decision, as rear suspensions are still very much in an experimental stage ten years later, and it's impossible to get parts for full suspension bikes that are even 2-3 years old. In summary, this bike has proven that I was right: It will never become obsolete. Another plus is that it's lighter than a full-suspension bike.

Weakness:

1" steerer tube. Fortunately, Marzocchi still makes them, albeit for a small fortune. You can't put disc brakes on it.

Ten years after purchasing it I can still get replacements for every part on it, though a new fork would be over $700. I haven't needed to replace anything yet. I bought it with the expectation that it would be the last mountain bike I ever buy for myself. I've been raising a family, so haven't had so much time to take it on trails, but this thing is so light and nimble, it's like riding an expensive road bike with knobby tires. I've been pulling a bike trailer with either my own or friends' toddlers in tow with it, and my friends not pulling trailers have difficulty keeping up with me. If I ever see one of these in small or extra-small; even just a frame; I'm going to snatch it for my sons.

Similar Products Used:

I tried a handmade Ritchey a few years before I could afford one, and it was really sweet; even with solid forks.
I tried various incarnations of Stumpjumpers over a five-year period that weren't bad.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 28, 2007]
Mike Palmer
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Simple, bombproof, plainly sexy, responsive (it's like it's hardwired into my brain). An absolute classic.

Weakness:

Rust and the 1" steerer.

Mine is one of the ultra rare XXXL 'basketball player special' Race frames (I'm 6'7" tall!!!). It fits like a dream, rides superbly, accelerates like a demon on speed and descends quickly enoough to scare me periodically. In the UK I ride weekend orienteering events. At one event a fully suspended, hard-riding dude came hurtling past, slowed down until I'd caught up and said "cool Bontrager" before riding off. You know what; he's right. I sincerely hope my frame outlasts me 'cos I don't intend to replace it.

Similar Products Used:

None

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 27, 2003]
brent van eps
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

very strong, excellent technical bike, it is green.

Weakness:

1 inch headtube, no longer made

by far the best bike i have used for technical singletrack riding. mine is a race lite in xl and for me it is stiff enough but very springy at speed. it has a feel you wont find on many other bikes. it is a shame it is no longer made. i plan on upgrading to the marzocchi mx comp fork soon and get a threadless stem and convert my king headset. i am thinking of a steelman frame down the road but i will always keep cherish and ride my bontrager.

Similar Products Used:

fat chance yo eddy. talon slayer. extreme punisher. dean titanium

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 19, 2003]
shaun
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

works great, easy on the body, very well engineered, fab geometry, looks like a cool bike...

Weakness:

the 1" inch head tube problem can be overcome, but it is a hinderance. it really is too bad these frames, and whatever was coming next out of that santa cruz shop are not.

i have saved so much money by ignoring fasion/corporate hores like cuningham and the bike wreckeing crewwe who insist you got to replace your bike every month. this bike works great, and show no inclination to quit doing so. i squirt anti rust stuff in it and slaather grease on the exterior rust prone bits and it keeps working. i wish i could haave a xl long instead of a xl for my monkey clide self.

Similar Products Used:

lots of flavor of the month stuff, some of it very good. i have really not enjoyed aluminum bikes.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 23, 2004]
Brent Van Eps
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

still not broken, excellent singletrack handling, super tough paint job, I don't think a stronger bike has been made. mine is a xl race lite

Weakness:

1 inch headtube, that is all and back when I bought it it wasn't a problem at all

This is a follow up to my older review .The bontrager is retired for now. I will never make it a singlespeed, singlespeeds are lame, way too trendy you lemmings. You know you want gears. Anyway the 1 inch headtube is the downfall. I was unable to get anyone to do anything but rigid in 1 inch and the 1 inch marzocchi mx comp I tried was awful. Heavy and sticky. I will be getting a Rock lobster steel frame soon with a manitou skareb fork. It is the closest I could find to my old Bontrager. I had to strip my Bontrager for parts to put on my new frame so it now hangs unridden and alone. Absolutley the best bike I ever owned though but I am too old and my wrists are too to ride rigid forks off road anymore. Someday she will ride again, but not for now. Bye Bye old friend.

Similar Products Used:

fat chance yo eddy, talon slayer x frame, dean titanium

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 24, 2003]
Jeff Hiestand
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Excellent build quality, beautiful(but durable)paint, Classic Frameset, Santa Cruz built, Outstanding Ride.

Weakness:

1 inch headtube...but can be worked with*

I bought this frame back in 1998 while Santa Cruz had 3 left in my size 'S'(according to the shop). It represented my dream frame at the time...that belief still holds true 6 years later. What has been said by the majority of reveiwers is absolutely true. This bike handles telepathically at speed on rolling singletrack. It climbs like a demon on WV singletrack and fire roads. It descends predictably and is resilient enough to take the edge off the trail-even w/o the suspension post. In short, I believe strongly that there is no finer handling hardtail to be found. If you find one do not let the 1" head tube keep you from buying. It takes a little cash, and some hunting for the parts, but you can build up a nice light fork for this superior frame.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized stumpjuper, Specialized rockhopper

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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