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Don't buy one. They crack at just about every weld junction on them. Plus there's that neat lump in the top tube to hit your nuts on.
 

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i have one that's over 5 years old, it is built up as a spare DH bike. personally i would stay away from it, the linkage alone makes it almost impossible to pedal without a ridiculous ammount of bob. but as an overweight bike abuser, it has had no issues ever other than the really crappy pedalling. but if i must say, there are tons of other bikes more worthy of your coin......

 

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.WestCoastHucker. said:
i have one that's over 5 years old, it is built up as a spare DH bike. personally i would stay away from it, the linkage alone makes it almost impossible to pedal without a ridiculous ammount of bob. but as an overweight bike abuser, it has had no issues ever other than the really crappy pedalling. but if i must say, there are tons of other bikes more worthy of your coin......

i can get one for under 500 bucks, is that a good buy?
 

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FoxRider77 said:
i can get one for under 500 bucks, is that a good buy?
Seriously, this bike pedals like it has an egg-shaped bottom-bracket. Ride one before you buy it. Not only does it pedal like crap, it's really heavy and the welds behind the link tend to crack...
 

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the flaw is in the linkage design. when you pedal, the bike will compress (while this happens, the wheelbase gets longer and there is a significant amount of chain growth) and then when you unweight the bike to transfer your weight to the other foot the bike returns to it's static position. while this happens the wheelbase becomes shorter again and the previously mentioned chaingrowth tries to return to normal. this creates a "dead spot" in the revolution that tries to momentarily spin the cranks backward, while you are trying to push it forward. there is no real way to resolve this, new shock or otherwise....

so, if you think you can live with a bike that tries to spin the cranks backward every time you are at the top of your stroke, feel free to pick one up.....
 
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