Haro Escape 8.1 2003 Hardtail

User Reviews (25)

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ssadooon   Cross Country Rider [Aug 04, 2011]
Strength:

very strong and lightweight frame. Low center of gravity, well balanced. the frame took all kind of beating that i threw at it. The wide handle bar works like magic. You can basically do anything with the bike. I exchanged the Maxxis tires with slick tires for the summer and its super fast in the tarmac.

Weakness:

the quad brakes is a disaster. I changed the brakes to tektro and they are just perfect. the brake levers are not comfortable either.

I will suggest this bike anytime of the day to anyone. It can be an old bike but its worth it. You can get a hold of decent bike at 200 and just do some lil upgrades and they are good to go. Its a very good entry level bike. I am really hurt that haro stopped making bikes like this.

Similar Products Used: norco bigfoot, squash,
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Hifloat   Weekend Warrior [Jun 28, 2003]
Strength:

Frame, bars, sadle.

Weakness:

Fork.

I bought the bike an entry into the sport. Overall I'm pretty happy with it's performance. The shock just plain sucks.I'm note very agressive with the bike but the shock still tops out after compression and I snapped it in two landing a small jump. Sadle feels professional and comfortable. I do have a problem with the chain jumping, but taking a couple links out should fix that. My local dealer suggested the DJ111 or the Manitou black as a replacement. If you have a budget to work with and don't mind spendin a few extra buck on upgrading the shock this is your bike...Fun, strong, affordable.

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4
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4
Don Ho   Weekend Warrior [Jun 25, 2003]
Strength:

Value - decent parts, great frame,

Weakness:

Fork

C'mon people, this is a freakin' $600 bike. Of course it doesn't have the greatest fork or crank. Get over it. The reason why this bike rules is that it only cost $600 and not $1000 and that's exactly why you all bought it who are baggin on it - you cheapskates. I ride mine all over the place and yeah, I've upgraded the fork because I saved money on the bike compared to a Norco. Thanks for the great ride Haro.

Similar Products Used: Specialized P3
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Joshua Clark   Racer [Sep 02, 2003]
Strength:

Out of Box ridablilty without breakin da bank. Easy to upgrade. Beefy wheels. The frame strength is integral to what this bike is. The tire set is kickin; they HOOK-UP hard core. The brakes are great for hand and lower arm strength training(they are strong only when the rider is)

Weakness:

Only 3 sizes!? Do not expect this $600 bike to have a fork with the quality of a $600 fork. Know that you will want to upgrade the fork, brakes, front derailler, and the wheels 'cause those hubs are kinda flaky. Be warned, this bike is HeavY. Truvative rings are weak, crank is ok(use MRP rig) I hope that you know that those break are there to be replaced(very few cable actuated disk-brakes work)

This bike is kickin' if you are not to picky about your parts. If you are begining off-road, then this is a great choice. Don't abuse the fork and it will provide some smooth action for ya. Get the wheels checked out after riding it for a coupla weeks.

Similar Products Used: Raleigh lahar
Bruser
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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
craig henson   Weekend Warrior [May 23, 2003]
Strength:

frame, drive train

Weakness:

shock and brakes

the shock sucks!!!!, These are the worst disc brakes I have ever seen! Switch to ANY other discs or Vbrakes as soon as possible. This frame is worth upgrading or buying a better version before buying this one. A Marzocchi comp on this bike would be a great upgrade(105 mm travel). Even with the crappy fork this is a great price point at around $600.

Similar Products Used: surly (still have)
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RATING
3
VALUE
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4
Tucker Horne   Weekend Warrior [Apr 03, 2004]
Strength:

This Bike has an extremely solid frame. The bike has decent components for the price. It comes with disk brakes standard. The Fork is ok.

Weakness:

The Fork as I said is OK. I made the mistake of riding off a six foot dropoff. The name six gave me some bad ideas I guess. If all you are going to be doing is going over things under two feet you will be fine with the fork. Up grade to clips as soon as possible. the pedals are not the greatist ones on earth but will work.

This Is a great bike to start out with. I would strongly reccomend this bike to a beggining rider with not a whole lot of money. It is a bike i am proud of and am willing to show off on! The components are good enough to last a while and should give you little trouble. I have been riding this bike very aggresively and it has held up well. This bike will be a great investment.

Similar Products Used: Giant Iguana Disk
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Matty   Weekend Warrior [Sep 14, 2003]
Strength:

Frame strength. Great "beater" bike.

Weakness:

Weight, Fork, Components.

If you don't have a lot of money, but want a bike that you can jump, ride fast, hit whatever you want, and do it over and over again, this is the bike for you. I ovalized the head tube on the old Univega--I had components but no frame. The guys at Bicycle Discovery let me pick up the Haro for about $300, cuz all I wanted was the frame. They switched all of my parts over from the Univega and the bike hasn't been near the shop since. It's heavy, but you get what you pay for in that department. Throw the Z4 on it (or something better than Manitou's Six-garbage) and you'll be able to beat the sh*t out of it. Next bike will be another Full Suspension, but Haro has my money for a great all-around fun bike to hit the jumps with.

Similar Products Used: Univega Alpina 700, Pro-Flex 756, Old Trek Antelope
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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Mike Martin   Downhiller [Apr 20, 2003]
Strength:

Very, very strong frame, fork is great, shifts nice. The disc brakes work real nice, cranks are nice and strong, don't bend and the handel bars are sweet!!!. Sweet Bike!!!!

Weakness:

Can't find any yet.

i would really sugest this bike to any one seriouse about riding, needs a good strong bike, and has a tight buget. You should really consider it before purchesing anything.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
zach jabour   Cross Country Rider [Sep 03, 2006]
Strength:

good at jumps and downhill at attatash

Weakness:

i didnt like the stock fork i thought it was too stiff so i got a all mountain 3

great bike for cross country rider / down hill

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Drew   Weekend Warrior [Mar 29, 2003]
Strength:

Almost everything

Weakness:

The stock monitou six

This thing is an awesome ride. It accelerates like someting else and has very good downhiller prowis. Climbing is good and I couldn't have anything more to want from it. The frame is nice and light 7005 aluminum real nice. The Marzocchi DJ3 is a great match for it. My advice for anyone who is considering this bike is to plan haveing your shop replace the for with either one of the Marzocchi Z.1's, DJ's or, the Shiver DC depinding on your budget and rideing style.

Similar Products Used: none
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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