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Now you can post pictures of your k2,
here is mine it is a k2 Attack 1.0
I have a Zed too but I haven't taken a picture of that one yet.
 

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Howdy!

DoubleDiamond said:
XC Bike: '01 Razorback Team
Road Bike: '01 mod5
Trail Bike: '04 lithium 4.0
Would you be willing to give a mini-review of the Lithium?
The 3.0 for 1200 sounds like a great deal.
I'm specifically interested in the frame, as I'd likely trasfer a bunch of parts over.

Any info is appreciated.
Thanks!
 

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'02 Razorback SL here

I got the frame used from somebody who got it off a K2 factory racer (no really, I checked it out).

I have a feeling it was beaten on pretty hard by the original owner. Issues I've had:

busted BB pivot bolt
BB bearings failing, I need to replace them at some point, I got the kit, I just need to do it.
butsted shock pivot bolt
cracks around/loose water bottle bosses
dented downtube from a bike rack clamp (my fault, dang that tubing is thin)

K2 has been more than helpful with my issues.

That said, I love it. It's fast, nimble, stiff, light and wasn't too expensive. Well, the frame is light at 5lbs, 3 oz. The rest of my bike has some heavy parts, like the M525s, the Titec DH stem and Seatpost, and Avid Discs. Total weight, 27 lbs. I would like to get this down to the 25.5 range, but I don't wanna give up the pedals.

 

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The Lithium..

... uses a 4-bar (non-horst) design. From what I can tell, it is real similar to what Kona has been doing for years. Rear travel is adjustable to either 4 or 5". It has a real tall front end, so much that I can barely have any stand over clearance on my large's TT (5'-11", 32" inseam) So it does ride high off the ground - but any 5" bike will have a higher ride height than an xc bike.

In it's stock form It was about 29 lbs. I have replaced everything except the bb, headset, brakes and shifters/der. Right now it is down to 28lbs -- (heavier fork - Fox Talas - lighter everything else) which is pretty respectable for a 5" trailbike.

Climbing efficency is nowhere near the Razorback, but with it's reasonable light weight, a smooth cadience, and the Swinger 3-way rear shock, it makes it suprisingly tolerable. When I am doing a long fireroad climb, I will set the rear to 4", and crank my Talas down all the way to 85mm. I have nothing but good words for the Swinger - supple when you want it, stiff when you need it. In fact, I would suggest you buck up for the 4.0 or 5.0 just for the reason that it comes with a swinger air instead of a fox vanilla coil.

When the trail turns downhill, it really sucks up the bumps and puts a smile on your face. All day rides definetely don't beat me up as much as my Razorback. As far as durability, I only have about 500 miles on it, but no issues so far. I have put 3000 miles on the razorback with no problems with the frame, so I do trust K2's quality.

My only real complaint would be that they spec'ed an intergrated headset - but again - no problems so far.

Steve3 - the dog is a (pure) Malamute, and she is howling. Any time the bike comes out of the garage she assumes it is time for her run and howls in anticipation!
 

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Razorback...

DHbiker said:
Now you can post pictures of your k2,
here is mine it is a k2 Attack 1.0
I have a Zed too but I haven't taken a picture of that one yet.
Just built it, ridden it 6 times and love it! Weighs about 25lbs...

Cheers

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Here's my old 99 K2 F*n Monkey POS....

<img src=https://idriders.com/proflex/galleries/RED5/OldRide.jpg>
 

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Why whats the matter with it?
It's an old outdated design. Beyond that, I'm just personally not fond of K2 in general. I think they make crappy bikes, using crappy designs and ideas. Maybe it's just the fact that they haven't made any bike I would want to ride personally. I liked the EVO and think it's truly the best bike they ever made, my only real problem with it was it got outdated fast. I mean what real freeride bike can only run a true size 2.1 - 2.2 tire??? A 2.3 should be the minimum and the only way to accomplish that on the EVO was with a 24" wheel. It's too bad because I had hopes when they were rebadging Intense bikes for Andrew Shandro, that something may evolve from that. But oh well.

That's why the EVO is gone and now I ride this...
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I dig mine

I have not ridden a Stinger, but heck.... for $300 from ediscountbike.com, it's hard to loose.

I can say this: It doesn't have Horst Link (It's faux-bar), but it still pedals really well. The lockout is quite handy as well. On long fireraod grinds, I alternate between sit-and-sping and out of saddle grunting, and it always seems to get me up the hills pretty efficiently.

The stock lockout lever is krapp and takes up a bunch of bar space, so I'll tell you what I did. I went to ReCyclerey in San Rafael (the sell used donated old bike parts and use the money to fund biking trips for inner city kids) and found a set of old stem mounted shifters from a roadie, took one lever off, and put a suntour friction shifter on in it's place. I also replace the bolts with alu bolts so save a tad of weight. It takes up way less room, which I need 'cause my bars look like this when rigged for night riding/racing:

Photo Credit: Aosty

 

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my babies still going strong...

had her since '01 (leftover '00 model), and has been through MANY 'revisions' in that time. Still an all-around trailbike for me, living in southern NH you NEED to climb the hill to descend it.
The Boxxer is new but of the half dozen times ridden it really hasn't changed my climbing abilities. The bike had a Pyslo Race so I am still collecting parts as I learn the new character, like a larger tread in front etc etc etc. Oh and the Hopey is out for service....
I can totally agree with RED5's perspective, being that K2 just doesn't make a bike to live up to his skill level. It works for me though, being a 'light' freerider/ aggro-trailbiker, or whatever the heck you want to call it.
I'll kill some time here....
My '00 K2 Evo 3 parts spec currently is:
'03 Boxxer Race ($475 shipped w/short crown from cambriabike.com :) ) 7"
'02 Fox Vanilla RC ($125 new/ wouldn't fit on fellow Evo riders med frame) 8.5" w 2.5" i to i increasing travel from stock 4.7" to approx 6.75"
8" Avid fr & 6" Avid r
King 20mm fr /King Discotech rear to mavic x317's, Dt db 14/15 spokes, splinedrive nips handbuilt by me :)
Hopey Steering damper, amazing! should be a stock item/option for ALLOT more bikes
Conti 2.1 Vert fr & r
XT everything else but LX fr derail & pc69 chain
Future Plans are:
Push the Fox
Get a HiteRite for chits & giggles
Enduro seals for the Boxxer
2.3 or 2.5" for the front tire

And just wanted to point those that don't know to the definitive Proflex/K2 forum
Proflex/K2 forum
And to check out some Evo's
Evo's
 

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mmhhhh Powdercoat

I had it powdercoated a few years back, couldn't take the stock paint job :rolleyes:
The guy did an amazing job matching it up to the King hubs and headset, and the fade was much better done than I thought possible with powder. Uber durable, the only scratches are from me laying down on rocks with the bike attached.
 

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My '03 Razorback Team

Here's my steed. I love this thing. It's soooo fast. This bike has been with me through a broken distal radius(arm near the wrist) and a rattlesnake bite. I wouldn't trade it for anything!!!
 

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heres my commuter/workhorse. ZED 1.0

Sorry about the trailer but it is what I use this bike for... its gpt a crappy as hell Chili fork on it, but one thing about the fork its better then the RST that was on it previously.
I only road ride with it now, and it is an extremely comfortable frame and bike to ride long distances.
 

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my custom 2k1 ediscount razor 3.0...

Frame - 2001 medium size (16.5") K2 Razorback 3.0
Rear Shock - Noleen MegaAir pull shock with adjustable rebound and remote lockout
Fork - Noleen MegaAir VTO, set for 100mm travel
Headset - Tange/Specialized sealed cartridge bearing
Bottom Bracket - Syncros Titanium
Crankset - Topline Mountains with Kooka 24 / 36T rings and Kooka BashRing
Chain - KMC Z-51
Cassette - Sunrace JuJu 11-30 8speed
Pedals - VP Carbon SPDs
Seatpost - Thomson Elite
Saddle - Avocet O2 40R Titanium
Stem - Ritchey Pro
Handlebar - Maxx Carbonfiber flatbar
Shifters - Sachs Extreme Powergrips
Derailleurs - XTR rear and Deore LX front, with Ti bolts in each (stupid insomnia, almost forgot about those)
Brake Levers - Babac alloy
Brakes - Koski Lite V-brake in rear and Stop'n'Go mechanical disc in front
Grips - High Density foam
Hubs - Deore 32H Front disc and rear 36H non-disc with titanium QR skewers
Spokes - DT Stainless 14g front and rear w/brass nipples
Rims - Mavic X317 disc front and 217CD Ceramic rear
Tubes - Mec Pyramid 1.25/1.5s
Tires - Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25s
Accessories - Zefal alloy bottlecage

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Since assembling it a couple weeks ago, the friend I built it up for (she's lusted after the frame since I got it in december) still hasn't ridden it, and I also yanked off the remote lockout lever since I found it relatively useless and had a tendency not to reset properly when you switch it off (and I personally can't stand shock lockouts as I so RARELY - maybe once a year - actually ride anyplace where there's a long enough smooth granny climb that'd benefit from the feature). I'm also debating switching to another koski lite front v-brake and a lighter front wheel until such time as I put together a lightweight disc wheelset for the thing.
 

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Wow, I never noticed that...

steve3 said:
There have to be more K2 riders out there.

Just to give you guys more bike porn, I'll post a sort of K2. It's the Turner Stinger. The Razorback design was licensed from Turner.
... the Stinger has chainstay rear pivot points instead of seat stay, more like Horst link/4-bar rather than the Razorback's 'Faux Bar' suspension, which is really just a fancier looking single pivot.

Not that I'm knocking the Razorback's suspension... I love the way my bike climbs and handles
 
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