Iron Horse Azure Sport XC Full Suspension

Iron Horse Azure Sport XC Full Suspension 

DESCRIPTION

  • Frame: 3.5" Travel dw-link XC Race Frame
  • Fork: Rock Shox Tora 318 Air
  • Crank: Shimano FC-M442
  • Seatpost: Easton EA30, 31.6MM
  • Brakes: Shimano M485 Hydraulic

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 25, 2011]
Alty
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Nice geometry. Suspension works very nicely. Great value. Good all rounder.

Weakness:

Hard to clean around the suspension. Stock Shimano brakes are terrible - both failed in the space of about a year of riding. Bad mud clearance at the back - a big pain in the winter and you can never fit it with bigger tyres. The stock Continental tyres wear out fairly quick and puncture very easily.

Good value for money bike with great suspension system for the price. Overall it has served me pretty well, but it's been a bit hit and miss because of the disadvantages listed above. It could have been because I ride it too hard for what it was designed for.

Similar Products Used:

n/a

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 10, 2010]
painless
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Very comfortable geometry, good suspension performace, short standover height. Stiff and reliable frame

Weakness:

It's weight. 2900 g with Fox RP23 shock, original seatclamp and derailleur hanger. And very bad finish, it's very sensitive for any smallest impact.
Disassemble of lower pivot is very complicated. Also changing the bearings is a little bit complicated because of rear triangle shape.
Too small rear mud clearence.

I've bought it as a nude frame, even without the rear shock. Performance is superb despite it's heavy weight. Superb choice if you don't have lot of money for Anthem X, Intense and other. Pearl white looks good with sanitary white fork and saddle.
Not very easy to service the suspension links and change bearings and to clean it. Some normal windth tyres (2.1-2.25) can't be mounted because of small mud clearence.

Similar Products Used:

Giant NRS

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 03, 2008]
emptyvoxel
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Great suspension at a terrific price. The DW-Link is the real deal, offering great climbing and surprisingly supple bump absorption for a 90mm travel frame. At the Randall Scott blow-out prices you get a decent introductory component set and a great frame.

Weakness:

I've had a lot of trouble keeping the Avid BB5 brakes tuned up, especially the rear brake. Stock tires roll well, but are not well-suited for conditions in the Pacific Northwest (wet and muddy, even in the summer).

For the price, I think you would be hard pressed to find a better bike. If you're looking at a hardtail, I would suggest trying out an Azure first (at least as long as you can find a local dealer to try the bike out.) Thanks to the DW-link suspension, this bike loves to climb, exhibiting almost no pedal bob when set up correctly. I just don't know why you'd buy a hardtail when you can get a quality FS for a price like this.
As you might expect at this price point, the fork is nothing special, but it is a decent entry-level fork and I've had no problems with it yet. I expect to ride it until it dies, then upgrade.
The stock Crossmark front and Ignitor rear tires roll great and work well on asphalt and hardpack, but if you have loose, muddy or wet conditions I'd recommend you look at other options.
The bottom line: I have no buyers remorse. I would definitely recommend the Azure Sport as an entry level full suspension with a great frame. As you progress you may want to upgrade some of the components, but the base package is a great value.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized FSR XC, old Trek hardtails.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 07, 2008]
jww216a
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

excellent sturdy frame that can take a beating

Weakness:

haven't found one yet but i am trying

I've already logged over 500 miles of single track on it and this is an excellent full suspension bike! Set the shocks up for your weight and your in for a thrill ride the bike will treat you great and it can handle the abuse you give it. i don't go easy on my equipment and other than a couple malfunctions with the chain and re-adjusting shifters the bike over-all has held up to my abuse.

Similar Products Used:

first full suspension owned

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 14, 2008]
n n
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

almost no pedal bob. Good component set. Fairly light for a full suspension that retails for $2000. dw-link rocks!!!

Weakness:

on really rocky trails, lots of chain slap. not much a problem, just get a chainstay protector

this bike rocks. great paint job, minimal pedal bob, consistent components. All around good bike. With some upgrades, it can be real light. Mine stock (17") weighs 28.5 pounds. good geometry, stiff yet supple ride. rides like hardtail until you find rocks, then suspension kicks in. deffinately get a chainstay protector, don't want to mess up this paint.Climbs great. Great all around bike!

Similar Products Used:

Ironhorse Maverick XC

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 18, 2008]
antonio gallardo
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Awesome suspension. Rides like a hardtail would,but with better traction, and very supple on the bumps. Rides and climbs like a carbon fiber road bike would. As if it weighs like a mere seven kilo road bike. Very tough paint job

Weakness:

zipp, nada, none whatsoever

The best bike for the money. And I suppose amongst all them bikes out there. Not that I've tried all the bikes out there, but think about it.. This bike only needs a Fox R for the rear shocks and that's it. No need for a pro pedal of any kind. Try putting just the Fox R on all those boutique brands out there and let's see what they're really made of. I mean you can hit this rig as hard as you can, whether it be straight up or on flats you would hardly feel a bob. I do'nt know what you call it. But for me that's wonderful engineering. Thanks a lot Iron horse.

Similar Products Used:

cannondale caad 5, giant nrs, jamis komodo, norco fireball, jamis dakar xc expert, giant xtc

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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