K2 Razorback RSL

K2 Razorback RSL Date: April 2000 Price: $2949 Purpose: Dual-suspension, XC-racer Home Phone: (206) 463-3631 B Value A Weight?23.5 pounds A Frame design B Fork performance?3″ Noleen Mega Air B Rear Suspension?Noleen pull-shock,               Modified Mac-Strut, 3″ travel. A Component selection A Climbing efficiency A Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: One of the three […]

Specialized Rockhopper FSR Comp

Specialized Rockhopper FSR Comp Date: May 2000 Price: $999 Purpose: Dual-suspension, trailbike Home phone: (408) 779-6229 A Value C Weight?29 pounds A Frame design B Fork performance?3″ Manitou Magnum-R B Rear suspension?Fox Vanilla, Horst-Link 4-bar type,               4.5″ travel. B Component selection C Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: One of this […]

GT i-Drive XCR 1000

GT i-Drive XCR 1000 Date: June 2000 Price: $3200 Purpose: Dual-suspension Trailbike Home phone: (714) 481-7100 B Value C Weight?27 pounds A Frame design A Fork performance?3″-stroke RockShox SID XC fork A Rear suspension? Fox Air Float RC shock, i-Drive               suspension, 4.5″ travel. B Component selection B Climbing efficiency A Cornering ability A Descending prowess […]

K2 Zed X

K2 Zed X Date: June 1999 Price: $899 Purpose: Hardtail, trailbike Home Phone: (206) 463-3631 B Value C Weight?27 pounds B Frame design C Fork performance?3″ K2 Smart Fork B Component selection B Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: K-2’s entry level hardtail has great parts and above-average handling. You?ll like […]

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp

Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Date: June 2000 Price: $1999 Purpose: Dual-suspension, Sport XC Racer Home phone: (408) 779-6229 A Value: B Weight ?25 pounds A Frame design ?Swing-link, Mac-strut suspension. A Fork performance ?Manitou’s 3-inch stroke, Mars fork A Rear suspension ?Fox Air Float R, Horst link, 4″ travel. B Component selection A Climbing efficiency […]

Marin Quake 9.0

Marin Quake 9.0 Date: June 2000 Price: $1395 Purpose: Hardtail, Dual Slalom/freerider Home phone: (800) 222-7557 B Value C Weight?30.5 pounds A Frame design A Fork performance?4″ Manitou X-Vert B Component selection D Climbing efficiency A Cornering ability A Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: The Marin Quake has just about everything it takes to be a […]

Schwinn Moab Disc

Schwinn Moab Disc Date: August 1999 Price: $1399 Purpose: Hardtail, sport/trailbike Home Phone: (303) 939-0100 A Value C Weight?26.5 pounds B Frame design B Fork performance?3″ RockShox Judy XC B Component selection B Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: One of the best buys of 1999, the Moab Disc was far […]

Cove Stiffie

Cove Stiffie Date: November 1999 Price: $495 (frame only) Purpose: Hardtail, freerider Home phone: (604) 929-1918 A Value C Weight?29.5 pounds A Frame design A Fork performance?5″ Marzocchi QR-20 NA Component selection D Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability A Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: This Canadian free rider is a rare find. If you are a […]

Mongoose MGX D-50

Mongoose MGX D-50 Date: November 1999 Price: $259.95 Purpose: Department store, dual-suspension Home phone: (800) 257-0662 C Value F Weight?34 pounds C Frame design D Fork performance:?1.25? RST 281-R C Rear suspension:?DMN coil/over shock, monoshock type,               2.5″ travel D Component selection D Climbing efficiency C Cornering ability D Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: You get what […]

Jamis Exile

Jamis Exile Date: June 1999 Price: $649 Purpose: Hardtail, trailbike Home Phone: (201) 768-9050 A Value C Weight?26.5 pounds B Frame design C Fork performance?2.6″ Manitou Spyder C Component selection C Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability C Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: There isn?t a bus load of bike here, but there’s a lot of bike […]

Diamondback XR8

Diamondback XR8 Date: January 2000 Price: $2149 Purpose: Dual-Suspension trailbike Home phone: (800) 222-5527 B Value B Weight?26.5 pounds A Frame design A Fork performance?4″ RockShox SID SL A Rear suspension?RockShox SID damper, four-bar linkage,               4.5″ travel B Component selection B Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: Mark up the XR-8s […]

KHS Alite 2000

KHS Alite 2000 Date: June 1999 Price: $850 Purpose: Hardtail, Sport XC racer Home Phone: (310) 632-7173 B Value C Weight?27 pounds B Frame design B Fork performance?3″ Manitou Spyder R B Component selection C Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: KHS designed the Alite as an inexpensive sport racer?and that […]

GOTH’S, BIRD-WATCHERS AND MOUNTAIN BIKES

GOTH’S, BIRD-WATCHERS AND MOUNTAIN BIKES By Richard J. Cunningham ?It’s Goth appreciation month,? Rex whispered to me as we swilled espresso at Java N Jazz. A pack of twenty-something locals cruised through the cafe totally vamped out in black–lace, leather, lipstick and hair. The guys were virtual pin-cushions, the Gothettes looked a little better in […]

Azonic DS-1

Azonic DS-1 Date: August 1999 Price: $399 (frame only) Purpose: Hardtail, dual slalom racer Home Phone: (818) 998-1049 A Value D Weight?32 pounds (complete) B Frame design C Fork performance?3″ RockShox Judy XC A Component selection D Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability A Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: Azonic’s dual slalom racing chassis steered slower than […]

Bianchi B.A.S.S. Single Speed

Bianchi B.A.S.S. Single Speed Date: August 1999 Price: $799 Purpose: Cult-racer Home Phone: (510) 264-1001 A Value A Weight?21 pounds B Frame design NA Fork performance?(rigid fork) B Component selection C Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: Bianchi hit the nail on the head with the B.A.S.S.?especially considering its custom componentry […]

Battle Hammer

Battle Hammer Date: December 1999 Price: $1450 (frame only) Purpose: Dual-suspension, trailbike/freerider Home phone: (303) 530-3091 C Value C Weight?28 pounds (bike), 6.5 pounds (frame) A Frame design A Fork performance?5″ Marzocchi Junior T B Rear suspension?Stratos Helix coil/over shock, 4-bar               linkage, 4.3″ travel. NA Component selection D Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability A Descending […]

Bianchi Grizzly

Bianchi Grizzly Date: May 2000 Price: $1749 Purpose: Hardtail, sport XC racer Home phone: (510) 264-1001 B Value B Weight?25 pounds A Frame design B Fork performance?3″ RockShox SID XC A Component selection A Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: Although the Bianchi seems pricey for its component spec, its performance […]

Cannondale CAAD–5

Cannondale CAAD–5 Date: December 1999 Price: $3400 Purpose: Cadel Evans? replica XC racer Home phone: (203) 749-7000 B Value A Weight?23 pounds A Frame design B Fork performance?2.5″ HeadShok Fatty Ultra A Component selection A Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: This is the hardtail that set the standard for World […]

Cannondale F-700

Cannondale F-700 Date: August 1999 Price: $1200 Purpose: Hardtail, sport XC racer Home Phone: (800) 726-2453 B Value A Weight?23.25 pounds B Frame design C Fork performance?2.5″ HeadShok Fatty B Component selection B Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability C Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: Cannondale’s mid-priced HeadShok lacks the wheel travel and valving to back up […]

Cannondale V-500

Cannondale V-500 Date: July 1999 Price: $1399 Purpose: Dual-suspension, trailbike Home Phone: (203) 749-7000 C Value C Weight?28 pounds B Frame design C Fork performance?2.7″ HeadShok Fatty B Rear suspension?Fox Vanilla shock, monoshock swingarm,               4″ travel C Component selection C Climbing efficiency C Cornering ability C Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: After producing the V 500 […]

Cannondale Super Raven

Cannondale Super Raven Date: July 1999 Price: $4200 Purpose: Dual-suspension, sport XC racer Home Phone: (203) 749-7000 C Value A Weight?23.5 pounds A Frame design B Fork performance?4″ Lefty single-sided strut B Rear suspension?Fox Air Float RC shock, monoshock                swingarm, 4″ travel B Component selection B Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess […]

Fat Chance Yo Eddie

Fat Chance Yo Eddie Date: December 1999 Price: $4100 ($1150?frame only) Purpose: Hardtail, XC racer Home phone: (802) 888-8800 C Value A Weight?22.5 pounds A Frame design A Fork performance?3″ RockShox SID SL A Component selection A Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: $4100 is a lot to shell out for […]

Foes DH-S

Foes DH-S Date: June 2000 Price: $2499 (frame only) Purpose: Dual-suspension, DH racer Home Phone: (626) 683-8368 C Value D Weight?45 pounds A Frame design A Fork performance?8″ Foes Racing F-1 A Rear suspension?Fox Vanilla RC shock,               monoshock/scissor-link, 8″ travel A Component selection F Climbing efficiency A Cornering ability A Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: An […]

Cannondale Jekyll 3000 SL

Cannondale Jekyll 3000 SL Date: June 2000 Price: $3200 Purpose: Dual-suspension, Sport XC racer Home phone: (203) 749-7000 B Value A Weight?24-pounds A Frame design B Fork performance?70mm travel Fatty Ultra HeadShok A Rear suspension?Fox Vanilla Air Float, monoshock,               4.7″ wheel travel. B Component selection A Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s […]

Trek 7000

Trek 7000 Date: December 1999 Price: $1000 Purpose: Hardtail, sport XC racer Home phone: (800) 369-8735 A Value B Weight?25 pounds B Frame design C Fork performance?3″ Manitou SX A Component selection B Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: The 7000 is a great value for the heap of performance you […]

Tomac 204 Magnum

Tomac 204 Magnum Date: October 1999 Price: $3000 (frame and shock) Purpose: Dual-suspension DH racer Home Phone: (303) 443-0143 C Value NA Weight A Frame design A Fork performance?7″ Manitou X-Vert C A Rear suspension?Manitou MRD shock, Parallel link/4-bar,               8″ travel NA Component selection D Climbing efficiency A Cornering ability A Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: […]

Dirt Works Cannibal

Dirt Works Cannibal Date: June 1999 Price: $1395 (frame and Shock) Purpose: Dual-suspension, trailbike Home Phone: (949) 472-1200 C Value B Weight?25.25 pounds A Frame design C Fork performance?3″ RST XMO B Rear suspension?Fox Vanilla Float RC shock, 4-Bar               linkage, 3.25″ travel B Component selection C Climbing efficiency A Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s […]

Ibis Bow Ti

Ibis Bow Ti Date: September 1999 Price: $3,950 (frame and shock) Purpose: Dual-suspension, trailbike/XC racer Home Phone: (800) 222-7557 D Value A Weight?23 pounds A Frame design C Fork performance?3″ RockShox Judy XC A Rear suspension?Fox ALPS shock, pivotless               ?Sweet Spot,? 5″ travel B Component selection A Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability C Descending prowess […]

Gary Fisher Big Sur

Gary Fisher Big Sur Date: October 1999 Price: $929 Purpose: Hardtail, sport/racer Home Phone: (800) 473-4743 A Value B Weight?26.5 pounds B Frame design B Fork performance?3? RockShox Judy XC B Component selection B Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: Fisher’s long top tube and short chainstay geometry makes this sporty […]

Trek 8900

Trek 8900 Date: August 1999 Price: $1999 Purpose: Hardtail, sport, XC racer Home Phone: (920) 478-2191 B Value B Weight?24.5 pounds B Frame design B Fork performance?3″ RockShox Judy XC B Component selection B Climbing efficiency B Cornering ability B Descending prowess Teacher’s notes: No bad habits, a race-proven chassis and powerful Hayes disc brakes […]