Fuji Thrill 2002 Hardtail

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[Feb 12, 2007]
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Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

all

Weakness:

none

best ever made ever

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bicicel

[Oct 01, 2002]
chris lakina
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Frame, disc brakes, Value!!!

Weakness:

shocks are ok, tires are ok, what did you expect its only 300+ $$

fantastic, what a great bike, i mean you get a front shock w/ about 3" of travel, front and back disc brakes, Shimano derailer, its also really light, or atleast i think so. Bottom line, you are only going to pay about 300+ dollars on this bike, so you get what you pay for! you can take that satement either way. As a recomindation for a beginner, or someone who is just getting intreseted i highly recomend this bike becasue, if you begin to love this sport as much as i have taken to it, you will be glad you have some leftover money to buy your (dream machine)

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tested some other similar brands, giant, etc.

[Jul 18, 2002]
Murray Ng
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

aluminum frame (the same frame fuji uses on their more expensive MTBs), cool looking disc brakes, 3" travel front suspension, Shimano derailleurs

Weakness:

low end components - but for the price, what do you expect?

Had to give back the Trek to my brother-in-law. The Performace sale flyer came and I saw the Fuji for $329.97. Searched the WWW for reviews, all came back pretty positive. Searched the WWW for prices, most were over $400, went down to PBS to pick one up. The Fuji was best deal I could find on a low end MTB with disc brakes. Compared to the Trek (also aluminum), the Fuji feels more responsive, lively, and not so heavy. I commute by bike to work, have ridden it almost every day since I got it, very sweet ride, comfortable seat. I do my own maintenance, no problems with the components so far, shifts great, one gear or 3 at a time. Brakes rub a little during hard cornering but pretty much drag free. Took it out on a few trails, very stable. I ride hard, but don't abuse the equipment. Could have picked up a Specialized Hardrock, Giant Yukon, or Trek 4300 but those don't have disc brakes. Great entry-level MTB!

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[Nov 28, 2002]
jimmy rollins
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

price and frame.

Weakness:

skimped out on components to accomodate mechanical disc brakes

People buy this bike on two deciding factors .... price and disc brakes. At $329 it you dont expect to see this price range at nearby Dicks sporting goods or Sports Authority. Cosco, Walmart and Kmart wont even price any bikes over $150. Chris Lakina is just repeating the same thing the guy wrote earlier. Let me be objective. Fuji is a small bicycle manufacturer, fairly new to the cycle game. You go to Performance and saw the Thrill and also the Fuji Outland. To impress your friends and probably feel like your getting the better bike so you opt for the Thrill and the disc brakes. Side by side next to the Outland the disc brakes and the price becomes your deciding factor. My advice next time Chris, go shopping by yourself and never let your friends influence your purchase. The Thrill is the cheapest hardtail you can get with disc brakes. If it weren't for the discs, the bike would be on a shelf at your local Cosco. The Fuji outland outperforms and is lighter than the Thrill (disc brakes are heaver than linear pulls). The price difference between the Thrill and Outland is about $30-$50? The Thrill has so many lackluster components that the ride dramatically hurts its handling performance. The Thrill components from the front fork to the rear/front deraileurs are 2 tiers below the Fuji. Compromising on suspension and drivetrain to get a bike to ride like a Huffy is not worth the $30 savings. OK so it has disc brakes and hubs-big deal. This bike is meant for commuter riding and light trail riding for the beginner. Beginners dont NEED disc brakes. If you are a serious trail rider, freerider, hucker, trials rider, DH expert gravity rider or Slalom thats when you need them, Chris my boy.
The Thrill can be lighter, less alloy components on handlebars and seatposts, and shift better, Using Alivio, or even Deore components. Altus and Acera drivetrains dont hold up. You cant afford to mangle your deraileurs or mishift if your in the middle of the woods. The Thrill has sloppy handling and the front suspension is a pure coil-dampening setup (typical huffy stuff). The fork is too light to accomodate riders weighing in from 120 lbs to 350 lbs.You're asking too much from a cheap fork. There is a dramatic difference though when you ride it up against the Fuji Outland which has better components and is lighter. Spring the extra $50 and get the Outland. The ride and handling alone is worth $100's more. Bottom Line - To keep the price down they made huge sacrifices to add disc brakes. If you dont believe me ask any cyclists around (roadie or mtb) spending $50 on better overall components or tho impress friends with a showy component. 9 out 10 will go for $50 worth of better components.

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[Aug 15, 2003]
Tyler
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

the Thrill pakage is great, its got preatty good forks, middle range shifters, good brakes, and a great frame

Weakness:

the bike is just a little on the heavy side, but otherwise you get a real good deal

the bike is a bang for the buck it rides great shifts well the forks work great the disk brakes stop you and if you are a recreational rider who likes to pound around every so often the thrill should suit you.

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well my brother has a hardrock, the hardrock and the thrill are both very comparable

[May 11, 2002]
Tom McAvoy
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Frame, Shimano transmission

Weakness:

Cyclone crankset

The best thing about this entry-level MTB is the 7000 series alu frame. It feels alive and adds to the overall lightness and responsiveness of the bike. And with all the curves, tapers and the paint scheme, it's absolutely beautiful.
As a 200 pound rider however, the SunTour XCR fork is just too light for any serious trails. In addition, I can step on the pedals and watch the Cyclone Precision cranks flex tremendously. The componentry from my RALEIGH M80 will replace the weak points on this bike and make for a fun ride eventually. Excellent entry level/beginner MTB.

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[May 22, 2002]
Dan
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Frame construction and suspension. As someone new to mtbing the bike's toughness gives me confidence to take on all sorts of trails.

Weakness:

Handlebars are too narrow so I swapped mine out and she rides like a dream.

I like the ride of the bike but I'll let you know in a few months after I take her cross country on a few different trails. Great step into the MTB market.

[Jul 12, 2002]
bob
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

very light, and sweet disc brakes for the price, comfy seat, strong rims, good handlebar and gear shifter, nice shimano acera derailer

Weakness:

not much, cept didnt come with deore gear shifts

sweet bike, great price, i got mine on sale, taken it on 3 trails so far and has ridden flawlessly, have also done some city riding and handels well on roads also

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