Craft Rail (frame) Freeride Hardtail

DESCRIPTION

The Rail from Craftworks Cycles can handle the gnarliest dirt jumps and still be begging you for more. This is a great frame for urban, slalom, jumping, or other aggressive riding.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 05, 2006]
Stevo
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Handles very well, Climbs very well, especially for a bowl of porridge like me. Super strong. Hammers down hill.

Weakness:

Maybe a bit on the heavier side for some people, but hey! Thats how its made! go get a roadie.

This bike is awesome, and its the first model rail, the later models are even better, Kudos to Robert Crafter for putting in the effort on this design, I've had it for 3 years now and still don't want to change,I would buy another one any day. Go get one.

Similar Products Used:

rockhopper, raceline enduro.

[Feb 08, 2004]
Dave Croft
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

1. It's strong. It's going to break me before I break it for sure.
2. Cheap.
3. Looks sweet event though I couldn't get the lime green and have to settle for silver.

Weakness:

Only just built it so I'm going to have to wait a while. My chain rubs on the rear wheel when it's in granny gear. I'm going to blame my fairly amature bike building skills at the moment and the fact that I'm running Hookworms (2.5 inch fat arse slicks). Hoping that a propper mechanic can sort the bottom bracket better than I have so far 'cause I'd love to have the extra gears that the granny cog offers.

This is the best component spec I've ever managed to muster for a bike and it looks to be a sweet package. Any letdowns are more likely to be me thank the bike.

Feels very solid rides well in my limited experience with it. Can't wait to give it a good solid thrashing.

Anyone who rides in the sydney area drop us an email. My riding partner has buggered off to Canada. I like Epic XC, FR and dabble in Urban, DJ and DH anywhere in the Sydney area.

Happy trails.

Similar Products Used:

None really. Last bike was an old Norco vps-1 so it's certainly lighter.

[Mar 15, 2004]
Gary
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

everything!!!

Weakness:

not the best grips but nothing $15 wont fix

this is a sweet bike. built strong, to handle anything you throw at it. i ride heaps of dirt jumps, as well as downhill, and singletrack, and nothing wants to break. i even thrash it in the skateparks (get a few weird looks) an still it goes hard.
If you want a bike that will break your bones before it does, it's right here in the craftworks rail.

[May 22, 2006]
Rain Man
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Did somebody mention strength? This bike is f___ing strong; and stiff.

Weakness:

Also f___ing heavy. I bought bike complete and the stock Truvativ BB seized after the first wet ride.

Did I mention this bike is tough? Just takes it time and time again. Massive double sets, road gaps, drops - it doesn't care. Also VERY stiff rear end. The only let down was the Truvativ BB which seized on the first wet ride, then eventually flogged out, so I took the opportunity to upgrade to Diabolous crankset. The rear wheel does move a little in the frame sometimes after a big hit or hard braking, but it eventually moves back into place - a bolt on would be better. I've done everything from XC trail to DH racing on it. It is extremely heavy though, especially considering I'm a 63kg weakling. In my DH race spec it's pushing 18kg (40lb) which has made me decide, after 2 and a half years, it's time to move on to something a little lighter. I'm really going to miss it. If weight isn't a prob for you, you will never need another bike.

Similar Products Used:

Various BMXs and MTBs.

[Jul 19, 2006]
Craig

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Where do you start on this one!!! Yes it's heavy but who cares! I weigh 90kg so i don't! Strong built like a brick sh_t house! Awsome quality and service from the man rob! Good basic spec for the price, not much out their can compete with it for the price and stiffness!

Weakness:

None unless your a weight wenner!!!

The bottom line is this bike is bullet proof once you change a few small things on it. I use the bike as a all rounder XC,DH urban you name it it does it! I have broken more parts then i care to remember, but if your after a bike that will last and handle anything them this is it. I recomend this bike to anyone but a weight wennie!! tuff bike! and aussie made gotta love that! go the rail!

Similar Products Used:

N/A tried many different bikes but broke to many to remeber!

[Dec 20, 2003]
John
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Frame Strength - the reinforced gusseting, overall design, and beautiful welds resemble a motorcross box frame (rear chainstays!). The overall build quality is outstanding.

http://www.craftworkscycles.com/content/hardtail/hardtail.asp

Weakness:

A little heavy for XC riding, I'm gonna get fit.
(note to self: must cut back on the coopers and winnie blues)

Have been looking at this frame for some time now wanting to return to a hardtail for strength and reliability, anticipating swapping out all the running gear from the old bike which transferred over seamlessly. It's only been built up for a few days and a total of 6 hours riding time over the old familiar tracks which has been slower (due to the additional weight) but also has allowed for more 'adventurous' riding style of the extremely enjoyable kind. It's still early days on this frame....stay tuned...

Similar Products Used:

I purchased this frame and transferred the running gear from a KHS FXT rage.

[Dec 24, 2003]
Will Rapp
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very sturdy off the big jumps and drops, flys super sweet despite her weight, rides easy with a single- or double-crown fork, can use a regular or 12mm thru-axle for the rear. Sprints like a maniac, handles like a dream.

Weakness:

The weight, and nothing else.

Dirt Jumping, Urban, Park, Downhill (if that's your bag, I know it's mine!), even Epic XC if you want--this bike will do it. Behaves like a good hardtail should, I can beat lots of the 5-6" Freeriders in my area on a downhill with no worries. The boys down under did an awesome job with this frame-I will never sell mine!

Similar Products Used:

A friend's Azonic DS-1

[Feb 02, 2005]
Pete J

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Handling, handling, handling! On singletrack this bike handles like a dream. And it accelerates like a cut cat. I have used it for commutes, all day epics, singletrack blasts and even a 24 hour race. At that race my bikes handling was a huge plus, the course was tight and twisty and my bike made it all so easy. Every time i ride this rig i love it more and more, and for the price i paid i am totally stoked. I just have to try and get my skills to match my bikes abilities! But that would take some doing.

Weakness:

The frame itself has no weaknesses, maybe weight but a weight weenie wouldnt buy this bike anyway.
I wouldnt mind ISCG mounts though.

The bottom line for me is that i would most definitely buy one of these again if i have to. And i would recommend it to anyone who is after a do-it-all hardtail. Great value for money too. 5 smokin chilis from me. Nice work Mr Crafter!

Similar Products Used:

An older Craftworks hardtail, Norco 125, and various other brands.

[May 10, 2004]
FireBallKY
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Strong, great responsiveness, NO FLEX!!! SMOOTH AS BUTTA!!!

Weakness:

color selection

This is an XC bike for me since I am a Clydes weighing in at over 300lbs, I needed something strong. I never imagined how well this bike would handle on tight singletrack and the geometry is wonderful since I have shorter legs and longer torso. It climbs like a dream!!! Great frame. I can now do drops and bunny hops without my chainstays flexing.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized HardRock and RockHopper...not similar but those are the other bikes I had.

[May 15, 2004]
John
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This is a follow up review to my original post after 5 months of riding. Overbuilt = bullit proof.

Weakness:

Getting heavier as the upgrades continue.
The frame doesn't come in the alurring 'green' colour
of the FRM125......next year?
The bike/frame should come with a rear bolt thru hub as standard.

The rear QR hub had a tendancy to 'move' within the horizontal dropouts under repeated heavy braking
caused by the torque generated from the disk, this would throw the rear axle out of alignment within the frame. Some drops would also produce the same issue, tried different quick release brands without any improvement. This became frustrating requiring re-aligning the
rear wheel after each run, and a search for a bolt through rear axle became scary with prices reaching half the cost of the whole frame for a complete wheel build. For $50(aus) a 10mm bmx through axle was fitted to the existing shimano XT hub which has eliminated this problem and provided extra strenght to the rear. (One of the guys in this post mentions a 12mm thru axle - I checked
into this and there is no way one of these will fit into the rear horizontal dropouts without chopping up the frame - voids warranty).
When using the bike for urban thrashing another wheelset
has been purchased along with rotors running the Maxxis 2.5 Hookworms which are beaut for this kinda peddling.
Have been using this bike for more and more downhill with my limitations being reached well before this frame. Serious downhillers looking for a hardtail should give this frame some serious consideration.

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