Vicious Metal Guru Frameset

DESCRIPTION

Metal Guru is our flagship high performance mountain bike. It balances comfort on long epic rides with the agility needed to float over aggressive terrain and all the transitions in between. We build it with hand-selected, triple-butted, premium steel tubing for a silky, smooth ride. By designing Metal Guru around this hand-selected tubing and our race geometry, we've made a bike that truly wants to fly.

  • Hand-selected premium steel tube set.
  • Available with disc or linear pull brake mounts.
  • Proprietary cable routing keeps housing from kinking.
  • All tubes sealed to keep out water, seat tube drain hole.

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [May 18, 2010]
    korbs
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Light solid frame. Spectacular geometry. Climbs well and decends like a monster. Great control and handling. bottle opener.

    Weakness:

    mine does not have disc mounts...

    I have always wanted to own a mountain bike like this. Carls bikes all ride like a dream. A friend has an electric warrior and that thing is tight. Vicious' speed and controllability are impeccable. The metal guru is comfortable on long rides and handles rough terrain so well. Ive always admired Carl and his bicycle creations. Hand built cycles are where its at. You will pay a little more but the quality is worth every penny.

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    [Mar 31, 2009]
    erringtonnc
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Great steel hardtail. Geometry seems spot on for me. It excels at climbing and descends well too. Very fast, stable and quiet. Absorbs the trail. I can not say enough about how good this bike is. It just excels at everything.

    Weakness:

    None. Price is high but in this case you get what you pay for.

    All bikes frames in this price range should be very good. This is and then some. As for bling factor, cool factor or whatever you want to call it. This has it, a ton of it.

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    [Feb 14, 2002]
    Eric
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    light, nimble, better built than my volkswagen. also faster than my volkswagen. no other frame touches this one for q factor. bottle opener. I get email from the guy who welded my bike.

    Weakness:

    i can't find any "real" weaknesses. $1000 is a lot for a hardtail frame, but it in this case its worth every penny. There are no disc mounts, but disc brakes on a bike like this our unnecessary anyway, not putting them on lets Carl not have to use heavy duty non drive seat and chain stays to take the force of the disc brake, therefore keeping the frame as light as it can possibly be.

    this bike is very fast. it may even be able to beat the general lee in an overland race. its definatly pricy, but its worth the money, dare I say its a good deal. It will last forever. You can drop over a grand on many botique frames and not get something as well thought out as the Metal Guru. Steel is great because its so strong. You don't need to use a lot of steel to make very strong things. My 19 inch frame weighed in at 3.1 pounds. that's a little more than say, a Sub 22, but the steel bike will take much more of a beating and both frames cost the same, and can be built up to whiegh very close as complete bikes. if you're a weight weeny just go get some carbon piece of crap trek and ride that till you seperate a the head tube pretending to be lance armstrong in that postal service comercial. otherwise ride a bike that can open beer. have a nice day.

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    last bike was a high end steel Kona. ridden all sorts of things.

    [Sep 09, 2006]
    Mark
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Lightweight steel hardtail, versatile, great build-a-bike frame, unmatched ride quality.

    Weakness:

    Price- more specifically the fact that I can't afford other Vicious frames at the moment.

    Great frame/build that is faster than I will ever be. It is light for climbing yet very stable and controlable on the descents. This bike tears up twisty technical single track like there is no tomorrow. The ride characteristics of steel can't be beat and this frame will not disappoint. I have raced/ridden it for 4 years and have not had any problems. The paint options are endless and I have had no problems with poor paint quality. Also has a bottle opener.

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    [Mar 21, 2001]
    David DeMatteis
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Rocket in singletrack, climbs over everything, looks like a bike, light, steel, you can open your beer.

    I finally decided to go all out and build my dream bike. What a frame to build it on. Carl puts something in these frames that makes them five times faster than any other bike around. I was immediately comfortable on this bike, there was about a five minute adjustment period. By the end of the first ride I felt like this had been my main rig for the last 3 years. If you don't believe me go up to New Paltz and let Carl take you out on a demo ride. He is about five min. from some of the most grueling, technical, and scenic singletrack on the east coast. If you love steel, you need this frame!

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    [Jun 18, 2000]
    "MAD" MAX
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    AWSOME very light strong sweet paint jobs. very smooth and very stiff carves single track perfectly awsome!!!

    Weakness:

    are u kidding????

    This is the sweetest bike I have ever ridden and it comes with a sweet paint job and a bottle opener. THis bike is awsome and is perfect for technical riding as well as fire roading. Works very well for trials and steep technical tight down hill and uphill.

    Call carl up and buy one of these NOW!!!
    also ask about the 29 INCH TANDEM!!!

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    [May 09, 2000]
    Rick Girard
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Steel is real!!! Awsome ride, flexs in all the right places. super smooth on singletrack.

    Weakness:

    Some may say price, yes you can get a whole bike for the price of the frame but if you want the best you ride a GURU if you want to settle for less ride your gay ass GT.

    This bike foams at the mouth for singletrack. I have road it on some sick Virginia Blue Ridge Mountain singetrack, and just recently had it on the Jim Thorpe PA single track. This bike is crazy, just point and go. If you ride on the EAST Coast where the real trails are this bike is for you, and If you ride those scenic flat trails without rocks and roots on the worst coast, I mean west coast then this is still the bike for you but you should be a man and take a trip to the EAST Coast and meet the BEASTS of the EAST.

    If you want a sweet ride nothing beats EAST Coast steal.
    Get a Guru

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    [May 04, 2000]
    John
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    This bike REALLY goes. It is as easy to RIDE as a POINT and SHOOT Camera.... It makes you want to go FAST in the TWISTY, WINDY TURNS, UP the SHORT STEEP climbs or DOWN the Technical Sections of ANY trails. It is a GREAT overall Bike with many positive characters. It can be ridden by the RACER or the rider looking for a HIGH QUALITY, VERY RESPONSIVE and UNIQUE BIKE!!! Ps. The word custom is very appropriate here. Carl can build it anyway you want it!! The FIT and FINISH are GREAT with Custom Paints available..For a $$ that is!! PS. The Bottle opener option is a MUST!!!!!!

    Weakness:

    Custom Steel is a bit pricy but...THIS one is WELL worth Every Penny spent!!!!

    I truly LOVE this bike, so much so, CARL is building me a ROAD bike to MATCH..... I would put this against any bike in a head to head test ride.... Do yourself a favor....GO test ride one....In the Philly Area, go to GUY'S Bicycles in FEASTERVILLE.....

    Check out the innovative 29 inch Wheel VICIOUS coming to a STORE near YOU!!!

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    Many Test bikes before buying with all types of Materials, I also own a Litespeed Ti and Trek Matrix.

    [Nov 07, 1999]
    Randy
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    Strength:

    Hand Built, did I mention Hand Built.
    Overall: Very nible & comfortable.
    Single track: The twistier & narrower the better.
    Decents: Scary Fast but always in control.
    Climbs: Very precise and tracks well.
    Materials: Ritchey WCS tubes (#1 steel).
    Bonus: Ti Bottle opener option.

    Weakness:

    Handbuilt Frames will cost you more.

    Handbuilt Frames and wheels are the most important places to spend your money. Do yourself a favor and consider a Vicious and get a good set a wheels.

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    [Nov 05, 1999]
    TC
    Cross-Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    Strength:

    Frame details and craftsmanship are the bomb- Tube set is exotic- try to find anyone else using vitus cromo. Rides like titanium

    Weakness:

    paint chips a bit too easy.

    Wow, what a sweet machine; The top tube slopes a bit making at handle like a slot car; frame is so responsive without making your teeth rattle out. If you are looking a very nice custom frame- look up Kark at Vicious Cycles in New Paltz, NY.

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