Great frame 2003!! New hydroformed gussets are great.
I have not had any problems so far
I bought as a frame only and built up with the following parts because here in Portland my full suspension bikes require way too much maintenance from all of the mud. Full xt build kit splined cranks xt discs rhino lite xls on xt disc hubs and a psylo xl.Bike rocks!! Very firm ride and ultra rigid bottom bracket. I'm a big guy and this frame has been great so far.
Yes I would recommend it to a friend
Submitted by The Hooey - 9/15/2002 4:40:26 PM
Nice spec's, good ergonomics (the size 21" fit my 6'2" frame just right), Hayes disc brakes work have great stopping power, durable, xt rear derailleur works great, hutchinson python ust tires work great except in the loose stuff.
The seatpost (not Race Face Prodigy)keeps creeking, the hayes disc brakes never completely stop squeeking, the headset started creeking, paint has started chipping off in places, the crank (race face prodigy square taper)bolt has loosened several times which results in a very annoying creeking, the chain rusts quickly, deore front derailleur is wimpy - you must downshift way early or you'll just waste your time making noise.
I swapped out the noodle rock shox calls a fork (sid xc) for a manitou black elite air. It has served me well, even though the "decals" eventually come off. It must be maintained with regular lube and maintenance of air pressure.