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wassup folks?! well im a proud new owner of a iron horse warrior 4.5
picked it up at performance bikes for 650. good thing i signed up for the performance membership so i could receive the 10% back. im gonna use my credit towards gloves and new pedals. ive been riding all day and night since yesterday...im breaking the bike in. hopefully somebody out there has a warrior like i do. please post some pics up!!

my main question is what is the difference between a warrior 4.0 and the 4.5??


heres some pics of my bike. kinda dark.
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illldeca said:
its possible a 4.5 is a hardtail my maverick 5.0 is a hardtail but i really dk
i googled it and nothing came up. but the bike i have now is a 4.5 fs. so still dont know what the differences are...
 
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I have the Warrior 4.5 from Performance also. If you compare the specs to the 4.0 from the IH website, you'll notice the shifters and deraileurs are upgraded from Alivio to Deore, the cassette is upgraded from 8 speed to 9 speed, and the brakes are switched from Hayes MX4s to Avid BB5s. The 4.5 is definitely better.

http://www.ironhorsebikes.com/2007bikes/index.html

I've recently built a HT 29er, and honestly haven't touched the Warrior since. I'm toying with the idea of throwing my 29er fork and front wheel on the Warrior and trying it out as a 69er. Maybe even try a 650B rear wheel if I can get a used one for little $$.

Overall, you'll probably like your Warrior. It's pretty heavy and the rear suspension bobs quite a bit during pedaling, but it's a pretty capable bike. I'd say the wheels are the weakest part. They seem pretty heavy and I had to have mine trued a couple of times in less than a year of cross country riding (no jumps or drops). The fork could be a little stiffer but held up to my 200 pounds pretty well.
 

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the 4.5 is supposed to come with an air shock instead of the spring that u got, theres a difference. colors also differnt.
 

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I have the 4.5. I sold it to my girlfriend and she luvs it! To answr your question? Iidk maybe half of a point? duh:madman:
 

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The components are the difference, fosho! Here is my 06 Warrior LE, built up from scratch. Manitou Nixion IT 145mm, Radium, Shimano Hone w/5050, Sram x9, bb7soon, SDG saddle, Loco Wheelset, Azonic seatpost, Salsa, etc...:thumbsup:
 

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I'm thinking about buying the Warrior 4.0
I see that the 4.5 is better, does anyone know of a place still selling 08 4.5? $600 is perfect for my budget. Is last years 4.0 better than this years? I'm new in the All mountain riding world.
 

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I have that exact same iron horse warrior 4.5 I bought it in Seattle at a performance bikes shop. They are no longer selling the warrior 4.5 online. They have moved to the warrior 7.5 However, I think if you go to an actual performance bike shop, they will have a much larger selection. You may find that with price reductions/sales you could get a better bike than the 4.5 for about the same price. I paid about 700 for mine a year and a half ago. It should be less now that its 2009.

One question I have about this bike: I have been riding this bike for about a year for in town riding and some jumping. I am planning to head to a new bike park in my area called Dry Hill made by Olympic Dirt Society in Port Angeles. It's where they just had one of the Fluid Ride Cups. There is a variety of runs there, how far can I push this bike? Will my fork/frame withstand repeated 5-7 foot jumps? Would I blow my fork on a 10 foot jump? Thanks.

Here is the link for the park: http://www.olympicdirtsociety.blogspot.com/
 

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I jumped mine to 5' several times but I guess im taking the front shock to the limit when it lands. I got the rear cassette 9speed damaged I guess..or maybe its a wear and tear....dart one fox shox can actually hold up to it but for repeated beating...i dont recommend doing so. The front and rear shox are a mess - maybe to shave off price. If you have the upgraditis illness like i do..these are the first ones that will be replaced even if they are not broken.

And note that the whole bike naked is 36lbs already + your weight and landing force x drop height..you do the math... > front shock capacity
 
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