Lenz Sport Leviathan 3.0 29er Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

The Leviathan 3.0 is one of the first 29" wheeled full suspension mountain bikes ever made. This Lenz BIke is still the best choice for cross country racers and endurance riders. The Leviathan 3.0 is one of the Lightest 29er full suspension mountain bikes on the market.

  • 29 inch wheels
  • 3 inches travel front and rear
  • 80mm or 120mm forks are suitable
  • 135mm rear wheel spacing


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USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 17, 2009]
alind006
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Weight for a full suspension 29er is really good. Blue Anodized paint is beautiful though I wish it held up better. Ground clearence is much better than others I have tried (GF Supercaliber). This bike is really really fast. Like another person posted you can almost go too fast and get past your skill level.

Weakness:

Fox Float RL rear suspesion that came on bike has been disappointing, but it's not the frames fault.

Great Bike. It's hard to find a full suspension 29er that will give you everything you want, but this one does it.

Similar Products Used:

Several Fishers

[Sep 11, 2007]
Chris Pitts
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Frame-build quality. All-Around Ability (for 29er).

Weakness:

Stand-over height.
Water bottle cage placement is 'tight' (for large bottles)
ONLY problem has been with the Fox rear shock. Known issue with it bottoming out and sticking. They replaced it and no issue since.

I wasn't goign to make the big wheel transition. But unfortunately, an accident required two rebuilds of my wrist and family/job requirments shifted ride focus to 'fun & epic' rather than race. So I needed a bike setup that was more all-around capable AND wasn't as harsh for blasting through and or over the rough (rooty, twisty) eastern mountain stuff I ride. But I was not willing to give up climbing prowess.
Tested several friend's various 29ers. Obvious from first ride that the big wheel gig was much better for my wrist. (less work, impact getting over obstacles)
And when they get rolling - they get ROLLING! So fire roads, and long straights are a blast.
Read reviews - and more reviews - and more reviews. Then talked to a couple of LENZ owners. Got consistent feedback:
-travel is controlled, no significant 'bob'. (DITTO for me!The comments from other 'bobbers' must mean they just haven't dialed in their suspension)And it's not a 'big travel rig' - but who needs that 'if' you're going to also climb?
-frame is relatively light, and 'quicker' than most big wheel rigs (DITTO for me! Am suprised at how nimble the bike is. A 'necessary' attribute over here on the eastside!)
-climbs like a goat (DITTO in spades! This was a surprising bonus. Not only does it climb as well as my previous bikes, I think I climb better! Even with a few more pounds of bike, the big wheels, the geometery, the suspension - something - has enabled me to clean stuff I've not been able to before. As may age is getting 'more' and my training is getting 'less' - HAS to be something from the bike.)
-value (DITTO. For this kind of quality from a small shop, the 'others' are MIGHTY proud of their wares. Sure it's still a good chunk of change. But quality COSTS. It just seems that what I've paid for in the LENZ is quality - not 'brand'.)
-'looks'. This is a personal thing. But got to tell ya, it'll turn some heads. Nothing dramatic - just enough to be different.
DIG IT! DIG IT! DIG IT!

Similar Products Used:

NO 29ers. Been a little wheel, racer and cc guy for 10 years.

[Jul 17, 2007]
Rick
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very nimble in the technical trails, climbs better than I do. Can bomb downhills with impunity

Weakness:

Pedal bob on the flats- I have discovered that with a more efficient pedal stroke the bob goes away.

Fast,light and climbs like the space shuttle. Confidence inspiring on downhills- be careful with this bike, it will convince you that you can ride much faster than you actually can. They aren't cheap but they do roll!

Similar Products Used:

none

[Jul 02, 2007]
Mike
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Build quality, reasonable weight, stiffness, handling, climbing, descending

Weakness:

Weight, pedal-induced bobbing when trying to hammer flat sections, and forget about bottle cages.

I didn't like this bike at first, but after a lot more riding, racing, and minor fit adjustments, I absolutely love it. Despite appearances of a short wheelbase, it's super-stable on the downhills, turns on a dime, and climbs better than anything I've ridden before (besides my dirt bike...). The suspension action when hammering on flat stuff is freaking annoying, so it's nice to just reach down and flick the ProPedal lever. The rear suspension bob is the only thing keeping me from giving it 5 chilis overall.

[Jan 06, 2007]
Tony Accurso
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Climbs extermely well, well balanced,accellerates quickly,rolls over anything, Damn sexy!!

Weakness:

none so far

Great bike! At 6'5", this bike feels right. Turns on a dime, flickable, smooth, light, climbs like crazy. The bestbike I've ever owned.

Similar Products Used:

Salssa Dos 9, turner, ellsworth, intense, etc.

[May 03, 2007]
Mike
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Exceptional build quality & finish. 29ers roll nicely over stuff that would rattle a 26" rig. ProPedal feature of the RP23 is great for cranking the flat stuff. Bike is nimble and handles extremely well. Sub-30lb. 29er full susser isn't bad...and I can probably shave off a couple pounds with lighter wheels/tires.

Weakness:

Tips the scales at 29lbs...not super-heavy, but still a pig and I can tell when I ride it. Pedal-induced rear suspension 'bob' when seated...VERY annoying, and rear suspension doesn't do much of anything while descending out of the saddle. So, it seems that the suspension is active when I don't want it to be (climbing in the saddle) and less active when I really need it (descending out of the saddle). This is NOT GOOD for my needs.

Unless the rear suspension issues can be overcome (doubtful), I'll consider this bike a waste of my money for its intended purpose as an XC race rig. I need to play around with air pressures and some other fit-related adjustments, but after a couple of rides, I'm not feeling the excitement that I was anticipating. This is probably going to become my training rig, and I'll end up racing the Dean hardtail. I'll give it some time and a few more rides before I come back to post my overall feedback, so consider this a 'first impression'.

Similar Products Used:

None - this is my first 29er and my last FS rig was a Pro Flex 857 back in '97. I've been riding a Dean Colonel hardtail the past 5 years.

[Nov 17, 2006]
Troy Williams
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Corners far better than I anticipated. Levels out small bumps to a degree beyond expectations. Short steep climbs are easier. Rolls very well/fast.

Weakness:

None in the frame, I've still got some components that I'm setting to my liking and several of them are sub par IMO. Don't like Shimano cleats, questioning the White Bros Magic Fork as it's very noisy, and not too keen on the Avid Brakes.

Sweet bike, taking some getting used to. Honestly didn't feel as solid as my 26" Trance in the descents through rock gardens, but had many other pluses. I switched the fork at the last minute to the White Brothers and I'm not sure it was a good move as I'm partial to the Reba and it's plush nature. Really can't stand the brakes or the pedals. The rest of the bike and particularly the hubs, head set and bars are very nice and I'm catching on to the SRAM X0's after being a Shimano XT rider for 15 months. Overall, a very good deal on a demo bike.

Similar Products Used:

Ventana El Cap 29, GF 292, El Mariachi rigid SS 29r, My current 26" Giant Trance 2

[Jan 15, 2006]
tyron biggins
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Extremely light, 5.4lbs for an XL. Climbing machine that also does great on single track and downhill. Awesome anodized finish with great overall build quality. Mine is 26lbs as build. Could easily lose another pound if I wanted to spend some money.

Weakness:

Front end is a little high with a 100mm Reba.

Bike is great overall. Slightly under gunned for the tougher "All Mountain" type of trails. Otherwise it simply murders XC trails. It goes up/down/corners stupidly well. It feels like it has slightly more travel than the 3" advertised. My only knock is that the front feels a little high when running a Reba at 100mm. I am running a 5d Thompson stem upside down to compensate. Don't let the lack of travel fool you on this frame, it is very stiff/solid/beefy for its light weight.

Similar Products Used:

None. Never owned a 29 FS before purchase.

[Nov 03, 2006]
Dan Woods
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This bike is very smooth especially over ruts and in the ditches. It is light, the Propedal rocks, it climbs like a monkey, the additional traction in the mud is way better than a 26" ride. I was nervous about the Rock Shock fork versus the Fox but it seems every bit as good if not better.

Weakness:

NONE.

29 ers rock and I was nervous about making the change but I so glad I did. The Leviathan is light and fast.

Similar Products Used:

2004 Klein Palomino V Disc with the upgraded Maverick link, Mavic Crossmax XL wheels, XT components, Thompson seatpost.

[Oct 25, 2006]
Eric

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Weakness:

Not the bikes fault necessarily, but the Fox Shock (RP3) has some minor Bob (even with infinite fiddling with air pressures, etc. it still bobs a bit more than I would expect it to). I've been told the Rock Shox MC3.3 does not do this.

Absolutely the best FS bike I have ever ridden (excluding the minor beef I have with the Fox shock). It takes abuse, climbs extremely well, corners better than any bike I've ridden (the tires have something to do with that too), decends like no other XC machine out there. WOW is all I can say every time I ride it...find one and get a ride on it and you will be convinced that it is a top bike.

Similar Products Used:

Fisher 292, and a whole hoard of 26 inch FS bikes over the past 10 years...

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