Iron Horse Ginsu 2002 Full Suspension

Ginsu

User Reviews (7)

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Andrew Settingiano   Weekend Warrior [May 12, 2003]
Strength:

-great frame with Specialized FSR rear suspension linkage
-fork has awesome adjustability:travel, preload, compression and rebound
-disc brakes
-good components for price range
-affordable freerider

Weakness:

-clipless pedals(shouldn't come on this bike in the first place)
-fork and shock springs are too soft(I'm 140 and they bottom out on anything higher than a six foot drop)
-tires are too skinny

Great freerider if you are on a budget. I've ridden IronHorse before and despite what others say they are a great and reliable bike manufacturer. As long as you aren't doing anything too hardcore or you are not too heavy, this is a great entry level or intermediate (with a few upgrades) freerider.

Similar Products Used: None really, just my buddies' bikes
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Ryan   Weekend Warrior [Aug 18, 2002]
Strength:

The spec! For this price you'd never expect this much bike. Truvative cranks, the Black Elite (a $600 dollar fork), Hayes mech, and the licensed 4-bar suspension.

Weakness:

The tires are far too narrow to spec on a freeride bike. They belong on a cross country bike, as do the clipless pedals.
There is only 2 inches at most of seatpost adjusment, and there is no quick release.
It's rather heavy coming off a hardtail, but comparable to other freeride bikes.

For the price (employee discount), I couldn't complain at all about the bike. It floats over bumps and drops, and doesn't give you that much bob. It isn't nearly as fun on the uphills, but what do you expect. The spec could get better, but not by much. I'd have liked Avid brakes instead of Hayes, and better tires and pedals, but I can live. I have had some problems with the fork, which isn't Iron Horse's problem at all.

Overall, an excellent bike.

Similar Products Used: Norco Nitro
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Craig Johnson   Downhiller [Sep 02, 2002]
Strength:

Pretty strong. I love the 4 bar linkage suspension with 6 inches it rocks. The specs are good for the price. And the Black Elite is awesome.

Weakness:

The tires are way to skinny, clipless pedals, saddle, need hydraulics for serious freeriding.

This bikes got nice specs for the price but for serious freeride needs some rebuilding.

Similar Products Used: Iron horse g-spot.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
mike kola   Downhiller [Aug 15, 2003]
Strength:

strong fsr back suspension,strong frame, and a very resonable price

Weakness:

clip in pedals, needs hydraulic disk brakes for dh riding, rear shock broke after 1 month of riding(replace with fox rc),and the tires are way to skinny

this is a good bike for the price but if u are getting into some serious dh/freeriding I sugegest getting hydraulic brakes and mabye a better rear shock somewhere down the line

Similar Products Used: kona stinky, norco atomik, norco drop
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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Kev Lan   Weekend Warrior [May 03, 2002]
Strength:

Kick ass bike. great fot the price. The only other decent bikes in this money range are not even close. big fan of the manitou blacks. also light for a freeride bike

Weakness:

Krappy saddle. Needs hayes hydro

This cant be beat, for the price for value it is amazing. If you have a more expensive bike, dont buy this, but why would you spend so much money for no more a bike than this.

Similar Products Used: kona stinky, norco drop, iron horse g spot
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
mitch   Weekend Warrior [Apr 18, 2002]
Strength:

The most obvious strength is the component spec. at this price level. The frame is first class and rear suspension is the patented FSR 4-bar with six inches of travel. The Manatou black 120 mm. is better than any shock out there except the Psylo.

Weakness:

The only weakness this product has is the bad rap that Ironhorse has because of the fact that they sell lower end bikes at some dept. stores. I feel bad for those stocking dealers who ignore the topline bikes this company has to offer. I feel really bad when I pass by their boarded up closed down stores.

This bike is a monster right out of the box. It ate the local torture trails at Hooper Rd. and Comite River parks. These being some of the most tecnical, root riddled, clay banked, snake infested rides in existence. (don't take my word for it come on down and see for yourself, but be warned, bring your first aid kit!)

There is no better buy than this bike for hardcore souls. The new '02 Ginsu carves and has more than ample travel for big drops and forgives the rider with a suprising lack of hand shock and sore back and will bring your tired whipped body back to the trailhead, still wanting more.

Similar Products Used: Compare to Kona, Norco, Marin, Ellsworth, and other hardcore freeride bikes, compare specs. do the math. you can pay more if you want to but why.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Jef Bennett   Downhiller [Mar 10, 2003]
Strength:

Kick ass bang for the buck! Great performance and killer parts spec

Weakness:

Way skinny tires and clipless pedals, what the hell!?

If your looking for a great freeride rig and don't have a rainbow ending in your backyard, this is the bike you want. As good as bikes costing twice as much and way cooler because maybe 20 people in the whole country have one. Wicked awesome buy at 1200cdn and just begs to be beaten up!

Similar Products Used: Kona Stinky, Santa Cruz Bullit, Norco Atomic
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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