Craft Rail 2002 Hardtail

DESCRIPTION

  • Frame: 7005 Straight Gauged Tubing
  • Fork: Rock Shox Psylo XC Black adjustable to 5"
  • Brakes: Avid Cable Disc
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore throughout

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Mar 05, 2002]
    Andrew
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Pretty tough frame, it's survived a few crazy things, comes back for more. Forgiving. I've raced this XC, a little heavy but works without problem (at least it wont break!)

    Weakness:

    Rear triangle flexes a fair bit with XTR v-brakes. BB shell / downtube a bit flexy when you apply lots of power. Paint is very thin / chips easily

    I actually have the previous model, the Slalom Pro. This seems to be pretty much identical except for the non-reinforced headtube.

    I've had this bike quite a while now, about 14 months, just clocked up 2500km the other day.

    Teemed with a 5inch fork, the bike is very stable at speed, easy to throw around and generally a very fun bike to play with. It's been used for pretty much the lot, from general piss farting around, to a bit of DH (with Stratos S7 forks) through to a few XC races.
    The way it's built up at the moment, I really cannot fault the bike, as it's just such a tough, all round package. I've thought about replacing it, but I can't think of a bit that can do it 'all' much better than this can.

    The paint finish is a little on the cheap side though, its a very thin acrylic & chips easily. The back end flexes quite a bit with strong v-brakes too, most frames do I guess so not really a major problem, the rear still locks up easily enough.

    Thats about it
    Cya on the trails

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    [Jan 11, 2002]
    five_eighths
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Strong , sturdy, beefy welds, the perfect DS machine

    Weakness:

    Paint chips waay too easily,

    no wonder the give you free touch up paint, the paint on my CW is coming off in huge chips, looks like it only has one thin coat on it which is a little disappointing but I'll just powder coat it later on. Other than that it's one of the best bikes I'll ever own me thinks/

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    [Jan 04, 2002]
    Mark Ryan
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Super strong frame, shape, looks.

    Weakness:

    None so far

    This bike is what dreams are made of. No worries about sketchy landings damaging the bike. If u r looking at buying a strong reliable bike with a resonable price this is the bike for you. This bike isn't on the light side so it is not suitable for a cross country rider.

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    [Dec 28, 2001]
    Cory
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Well thought out, well built, strong as anything out there. Has more gussets than a train bridge

    Weakness:

    hard to find

    If you need a bike that you can be confident won't break and you are sick of riding what everyone else is look no further. When I bought my frame they weren't sold in the U.S. (Now you can get them from Jensen) so I called Robert Crafter and he sent me a frame from Australia! You won't find customer service like that from Cove! Bottom line; sick frame, great bike company.

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    [Oct 08, 2002]
    Joel
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Strong, looks mean... handles well, in fact very well!

    Weakness:

    paint does chip easily, although during the winter there is too much mud on the frame for the paint to chip ;-)
    Heavy.. although this is because it is damm strong.

    Great frame, incredibly stiff.. and creates confidence with it's stable handling.

    if you are looking for a DH/freeride hardtail, have a good look at this frame.

    [Feb 07, 2004]
    Tom
    Downhiller

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    frame, bars

    Weakness:

    psylos, cranks, rims

    great hardtail if you set it up right. Powerpro cranks weak and psylos not right for the bike but the rest of the parts have the potential to be a great bike with a little bit of money spent. if you want a bike that you can thrash around for downhill, freeride, jumping or anything like that you should look at this bike(it even climbs alright).

    [Jul 17, 2005]
    Colin

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Sturdy as hell, feels unbreakable, great for down hill and dirt jumping.

    Weakness:

    A tad bit on the heavy side but you'll learn to deal with it

    This bike is solid, great for dirt jumping or down hilling use it for both and it out preformed all the others iv tried, it's a little bit heavy 36 pounds but, its worth to have this bike, get the right components on it and it is a kick ass bike.

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    [Aug 12, 2002]
    Zach Nelson
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    It is very stong, i ride Urban a lot, and i know that this wont break for a very long time.

    Weakness:

    A Tad bit heavy, but thats just going to make me a better rider.

    Its perfect, besides a slight weight factor, i couldnt think of anything that this bike needs. I also love the color

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    [Sep 01, 2002]
    Ty

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    geo is great, awesome welding, good paint, alot of beef gussets every where. nice CNC rear yoke square chain stays/seat stays. nice lookin head tube, joind tubes to the headtube/main triangle gusset/lower head tube gusset. great overall frame, 5 year warrenty!!

    Weakness:

    really the only thing i could think of that really isnt a weakness is the weight but its not like its a xc bike and that little extra weight is from the thick gussets and its a well built bike so really i cant find any. ill post back in a couple of months tho

    This is one hell of a frame cant wait to see how it does in the long run, i looked at many bikes and i wasnt able to find a better ride for the price i payed just under 700 cdn with 100 bucks off so its not to cheap but when u look around there isnt much that is worth buying other than the Craftworks. I still havnt been able to find a better frame for the money it is, built bombproof should be great for ds and trail ridding.

    i would recamend one to any one nother great point is not many people have them in canada!

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    [Sep 22, 2002]
    david

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    it's strong, it's stiff, it's green! comes with SUPER NIFTY ritchey seatpost in INTENSE BLACK COLOR! did i mention it's green?

    Weakness:

    not a great climber. a bit heavy but who cares?

    the bad news first. it is not a climber (at least i find it hard to climb on it, but some would say that this is because i suck). that's not really bad news because if you are looking at this frame chances are you dont climb too much, so dont sweat it. once you swing that front end around and point it DOWN hill, however... wow. this frame is super stiff, it dives into turns really nice. i am a little pansy-man when it comes to dirt jumping but what i do feels solid on this massive frame. landings and drops feel solid, no more rattling and vibrations like on my old xc bike, this frame feels like it damages planet earth every time i touch down. the craftworks website claims the frame alone weighs 3 kg. i'm a silly american so i had to convert that to lbs (6.7). whew thats pretty heavy but the extra weight comes in handy when running over small woodland creatures like badgers and trailrunners. despite what others have said i have not had any problems with paint chippage, no more than on any other bike really. in conclusion buy this bike if you like jumping, drops, fast cornering, crushing road bikes beneath your downtube, cracking pavement on landings, or if you are a glutton for punnishment on climbs.

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