Univega 1999 DS-900 Full Suspension Bike

DESCRIPTION

1999 Univega DS-900, mountain bike, front & rear suspension, Mountain Mix components, RST 281, 2.5" travel fork

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 02, 2000]
mike I
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

looks cool,price,nice rims

Weakness:

front derailleur,shocks,uncomfortable

duel suspension for $600 pretty good front and rear shocks dont do to much unless your coming off a 2 or 3 foot drop ,front deraileur sucks,before you buy this bike check out the Royce Union 2000 sold at sports athority,save $200 and get better susp.

Similar Products Used:

Royce Union,moongoose,various used and new bikes

[Apr 02, 1999]
Ben Harrison
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

This is an update to my previous review. I put a '98 Manitou SX with T.P.C. fork, that I bought from SuperGo for $139, on the bike and...well...uh...it just kicks ass. The fork is silver, and matches the bike. I now have a grand total of $689 invested. With the SX, you can adjust preload, compression and rebound dampening. Also, you can change the MCU's (harder or softer) in the fork to accomodate your weight/riding preference. This bike/fork combination is, in my opinion, a match made in heaven for a frugal yet demanding rider.

[Jan 20, 2001]
mohd reza
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

comfortable

Weakness:

weight

I think my bike is a 98 model or previous year with a unified rear triangle, that is why is was cheap as compare to others aluminium full-sus. I use this bike for riding single tracks and training and that is why I don't really mind the weight. I am plesantly surprised last week when my bike can outclimbed much lighter hardtails and the downhills was a blast cause I can go much faster as compare with my hardtail. When I first bought this bike, it came with an rst 381 cl fork and some cheap rear shox but then I decide to upgrade the suspensions and made this bike perform much better. After that I made upgrades to the other parts of the bike.

I think this bike is a good value for your money and definitely upgradeble to make it perform better and much lighter. Anyone short of cash or doesn't want to spend so much on a full-sus should consider this bike.

Value 5 chilis because it is cheap and upgradeble.

Similar Products Used:

cheap full-suspensions, specialize fsr enduro

[May 12, 2000]
Alex spencer
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

cheap/effective
good spec for the cash

Weakness:

frame

good bike but weak frame (mine might be a defective one)
it's snapped at the join between the top tube and the one that extends to the seat tube see my other reviews below for more info
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/ p.s. thats and arrow honest!

Similar Products Used:

crap full sussers
claud buttler hard tail
cheap rigids

[May 03, 2000]
Thomas Tan
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Value To Money. It is a good bike for beginner if you are not concern too much on the weight.

Weakness:

Too Heavy.

This bike needed to be up-grade to reduce the weight and the better brake like XTR or XT and the Rock Shock rear suspension. just not happy with the bike set-up. TOO HEAVY!!!

Similar Products Used:

None

[Apr 29, 2000]
alex spencer
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

cheap £400,alright weight,front triangle, spec sane as a hardtail the same price

Weakness:

rear triangle, forks, rear shock, stem, f/mech

alright bike just mind the rear triangle if it starts ticking get off and check out the pivot bolts (where mine snapped)

goodish spec its not quite a x/c bike more a freeride/blast throgh the woods type thing

if you got one with sr suntour forks and you bottom them a lot take the top caps off and stick a few washers/ coins in there to increase the pre load

great bike mind the rear triangle

now i'll wait to get a new rear triangle so i can ride this great bike (dont belive anyone who says univegas are crap)

Similar Products Used:

crap full sussers, dirt cheap rigid, claud buttler hard tail

[Apr 24, 2000]
alex spencer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

none

Weakness:

crap forks and group set

great bike or so i thuoght a few days ago it started clicking so i tightend my crank up

got home and cleaned it and found that i had snapped the rear triangle on the bolt near the pivot

do not buy this bike the design is rubbish and weak as a matchstick

if u buy this bike do not ride it off road if you want it to last

Similar Products Used:

not many

[Apr 21, 2000]
John Herrman
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Nearly everything. Overall value.

Weakness:

Maybe the front suspension. (If you try to downhill or race{too soft})

Even though I am just twelve, I can tell the difference between crap hardware and decent hardware. The DS-900 Qualifies as decent hardware. Good components, easy and smooth ride. There can be problems with the front derailer but that is easily fixed (Or upgraded). You might want to think about replacing the forks with something like a Rock-Shox Judy Racing or a Manitou Magnum, but for the beginner this is ideal. Very upgradable as you get to be a better and more avid biker. Five Flamin' Chilisfor value, four for Rating.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized FSR

[Mar 23, 2000]
Steve Mullen
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Price
Great starter bike
frame seems well built

Weakness:

Weight, components
cant complain too much considering the price

Its heavy, but at $650 you should know what you are getting.The fork is almost too soft for me and im only 150. The rear end bobbed alot when I first rode it, but if you concentrate on a smooth pedal stroke this problem dissapears.Absolutely no bobbing when climbing out of the saddle. The first upgrades I will be making are a new fork and shock. This should give it a very good ride, and shave about 2-3 pounds off the bike to boot. The rear derailleur works farily well, the front could be better.The brakes arent top of the line, but they do stop very well. All in all, a very good bike for the money. Stops well rides nicely, and for only $650, should leave plenty of cash for upgrading as you see fit. First time full suspension buyers will love this bike, as will those on a budget.If you are a serious rider or racer, look elsewhere.

[Feb 21, 2000]
Jode Ashburn
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Weakness:

Pedal induced bob
poor componentry
heavy
Ugly
Rear suspension only good for downhill (if even for that)
Travel too small for downhill riding
This suspension will only slow you down

Read Mikes rating down below and listen to every word he has to say....not some stupid dealer who is trying to sell bikes. That is some lowdown *&^&#%. I also work at a bikeshop that stocks Univega, but I'm not going to say one nice word about their full-suspension models. I love Univega and rode one of their hardtails all last season. They are a great value for the money, but Univega needs to reconglomerate. The Full susp. frame design has has to go. All the other bike cos dropped this design years ago. These bikes have all the pedal induced bobbing of a Wal-Mart huffy. Do yourself a favor and buy one of Univegas hardtails or spend some more on another brands FS. Anyone who tells you that their Univega full suspension rides good or even OK must not have ever ridden a real full suspension bike.

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Ellsworth Dare
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Diamondback X-Link

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