Access Stealth 3.0 29er Hardtail

DESCRIPTION

  • Fork: Fox 32 F29 RL 100 travel
  • Frame: Monocoque 12k weave carbon
  • Grips/Tape: Velo dual-density
  • Headset: Orbit IS IS-2 ACB 1 1/8" integrated
  • Shifters: Shimano SLX, 3-speed

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 09, 2012]
davidshabat
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great components for price, CF frame is a freebie once you figure component market prices

Weakness:

handlebars, seatpost, stem, seat all have to go. Need to get a chainstay protector, remote lockout doesn't feel as "locked out" as my "turn to lock" fox fork. Would've preferred lighter wheelset from same manufacturer (the Flows are actually more money retail than Arch)

Twitchier handling than GF 29ers, which is GREAT in tight spots. Obviously, comparing to a FS 29er is apples to oranges. This bike did everything I asked it to do on a training ride over tight singletrack, fire roads, and doubletrack. After a 2.5 hour training ride, my back didn't hurt at all (which is why I originally bought a FS 29er, fearing back pain from a hardtail on longer rides). My only question now is frame durability.

Similar Products Used:

None. I have a FS 29er

[Dec 25, 2011]
4SEVEN3
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Full SLX group, Stans rims and tires. FOX front fork. The Stan's rim and tire combo are awesome in dry weather! The fit, finish, build of the bike overall is excellent!

Weakness:

Junk seat post, handlebars, stem, and hubs the Stan's rims are laced to. Having spoke tension issues with the wheels. The spokes are making noise and coming loose. The Performance store I bought the bike from is making good and fixing the issue while checking into other possible solutions.

Love the bike overall though they did shave some corners and it's not terribly hard to fix them. The seat post, stem, bars and hubs appear to be the cheapest things on the bike. The bars are really narrow, I had to install wider bars (robbed from my SS) so that the Ergons's and the controls would all fit. The rest of the stuff got replaced with Thompson parts, but really there wasn't any faults with the OE parts, just wanted better quality.
I'm dealing with spoke tension issues now. After initial riding the spokes came loose so I had them retensioned, it didn't take 30 miles of riding and there making all kinds of racket! Performance is making good and working on them, and there's a rash of 3 bikes that have the same issue. The hubs are junk so I think I'll have some wheels built inside the Stan's Flow rims with better hubs. I LOVE the SLX group and the brakes, the bike overall is awesome, and it goes without saying the FOX fork hasn't given me a ounce of trouble!!!!

I give it a 5 for overall, since hardly any bikes at this price point come with an entire matching group AND tubeless! Over all a 4, Performance could have done a better job on the hubs and better house brand parts for the post, stem and bars. But that's just splitting hairs.

Similar Products Used:

Mongoose Cannan Elite, Specialized FSR, Trek 4300, Focus Black Forest 1.0

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