March 2, 2009
Good brakes, good frame, nice components
Weight, front shocks, brake levers.
Performance exclusive. I upgraded the front fork to a Marzocchi 22R amd the brake levers to Shimano Deore. Now this bike rocks! Shifting and rear shock are very nice. Taken this out and beaten it and it was a great ride. The rear shock is pretty good and nicely adjustable. Ripping tires.
The Dart 1 shock is really useless for anything but sidewalks and little bumps. I went down into a little gully, when I got to the bottom, the fork compressed too easily and I started to go over the bars, yikes! But with the $160 fork upgrade and the better levers ($40) this is a great bike for the money, on sale at $499. Still pretty heavy at about 36 lbs. I do recommend.