Iron Horse Maverick Sport XC Hardtail

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J   Cross Country Rider [Jan 11, 2005]

(Review is for 19.5" "Iron Horse Maverick Sport Disc," which I couldn't find in the product listings.) Almost all excellent! Good geometry for XC (cross country) riding, good platform pedals, decent fork, smooth drivetrain, EXCELLENT shifters. A GREAT value (esp. if you pay less than the $399 list price, which is too much, in my opinion. Look for a sale)


The chain that comes with the bike is prone to rust/stiction if taken out in the rain, replace if you like to ride in the rain, mud and crud. (Woo hoo!) Disc brakes can be a bit fiddly (which is to be expected) but are easy to adjust in the field. Fork could be a little more adjustable (I weight 175lbs). Stock grips work loose fairly easily, glue them down or use the "aqua net" trick to forestall this. 6061 Aluminum takes a bit of getting used to, remember to check tightness on everything after a few off-road rides as things will get beaten loose eventually.

GREAT value, especially if you're not a professional racer. (I ride 8-14 hours a week, at least 4 on the mountain). Good upgradability but all stock parts work well. If you're into serious off-road mountain biking, you'll probably want to replace at least the disc brakes with something else. Bike works very well under all conditions but take the time after a wet/rough ride to degrease/clean/dry/lube the drivetrain especially. Bike would be perfect and have gotten 5 chilis if it was 24 or 27 speed, had better grips (easily, cheaply replaced) and better chain (easy, cheap replacement). HIGHLY recommended.

Similar Products Used: 2004 Diamondback Outlook (Aluminum), mid 90's Specialized Hardrock CrMo (no suspension), late 90's "Lotus" brand CrMo compact MTB.
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