Pacific 5500 Bike 1998 or Older

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Pacific 5500

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[Dec 07, 2020]
TRose


OVERALL
RATING
4
Strength:

A great hardy frame!

Weakness:

The bike was purchased back in 1998. I used it as a daily commute on the old Naval station in Puerto Rico. Has been with me all over the United States. A GREAT CAMP BIKE. The bike is heavy when compared to more expensive models but the fact that it remains stock is a good testament to its build quality. I am upgrading to a Foes Ridgeback but part of me wants to rebuild this old girl. She is a reliable bike.

Price Paid:
290
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
1998
[Jul 11, 2019]
killerkip1


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Solid frame, convenient shifters, strong front disc brake, and easy to source/repair components and design

Weakness:

Cheap bearings, uncomfortable seat design, gears wear out after 20 years lol My father purchased this in 1998, he used it fairly lightly, it almost got stolen a half dozen times in Los Angeles until we moved to PA in 2007, since then it's been mine. I've taken it off 10 foot jumps, broken front and rear axles, replaced the crank gears and bearings, and also traveled in excess of 1000 miles since it was new. My longest single trip was 68 miles following a train track path, mostly standing because the seat is horrid. More recently it sat in my barn for 2 years, original tires, no tuneups, needs some work, but it still took me 5 miles with just adding air to the tires. Note: original tires, brake/gear wires, and chain. I'd recommend this bike to anyone who wants a reliable bicycle that can easily be upgraded, worked on, and take you anywhere!

Price Paid:
290
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
1998
[Jun 21, 2014]
Robert V.Barrise

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

I have a Pacific 5500 ground assault for about 15 years and the bike is one of the best, but i have one problem, the sprocket bearing got crushed when a box a heavy one fell on the bike, and i need new bearings for this and i don't want to go to the local bike rip-off store so in short where can i get the bearing for this. i took sprocket apart and just waiting to put it back togather so i can ride again. i looked all over the internet for the company and can't find it , can someone guide me in the right direction.

Weakness:

None that is can see

I love this bike and i road it on the rails to trails for years and never, never had an issue....

[Aug 25, 2011]
Duramax'n
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light Weight, Strong sturdy frame, keeps on going, Shimano shifters and derailers*

Weakness:

stock tires wear quickly, rear wheel, weak crank (I bent and replaced it the first month I bought it)

ive had this bike for 8 years now and ive come to the conclusion that its pretty much indistructable. ive only replaced minor parts, and its only had 1 tune-up in its life, and it was recently because my rear derailer needed major adjustment after a wreck

[Nov 15, 2001]
David Hansen
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Invicible:
I have never taken it into the shop for tuneups or new parts. For the lat 2 years i tahe the bike to its limits and i come home and its perfectly fine
It is extreamly cheap!!

Weakness:

Not high end parts but the bike is expensive and it works fine anyway

Extreamly good bike
Extreamly inexpensive

Similar Products Used:

Trek Y-frame

[May 11, 2000]
Ray
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

The frame is bullet proof, the price is nice.
Great bike for someone who wants to upgrade to their own tastes or just ride it.

Weakness:

Steel crank, no rebound dampning in rear shock, soft front fork.

I bought a YX5500 last spring. For someone who does not have $800 or more to buy a mountain bike this is a great starter bike. The frame is bullet proof, Quality is very good so the bike is worth upgrading as components wear out or as your wallet and wishes allow. The fork is not very good. There are a few things that must be done to this bike right from the start though;
In total I have $402 dollars in this bike including the bike purchase. The nice thing is that I have been able to spread out the upgrades over the last year and have a bike to ride the whole time.
I ride this bike hard and it handles great and takes the abuse. The only things I still want to change are the rear shock (it has a pathetic amount of rebound dampning) and the seatpost. Eventually I will replace the wheels and add a disc front brake, but I will wait until I bend one bad or the bearings fail.

[Apr 20, 2000]
M SMITH
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great bike for the money. As good as or better than some more expensive bikes at the LBS.

Weakness:

Needs to be assembled and adjusted at LBS. Cannot get proper service at Toys R US. Replaced steel cranks w/alloy they bent easily in light crash.

If you are not racing and just enjoy riding and need a bike that can take abuse and keep on going with the more expensive bikes, buy this bike. I would not go any lower in the Pacific lineup though. Overall great bike.

Similar Products Used:

GT

[Nov 17, 1999]
Jake
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

I got the sx version which is $50 more. Even so, this bike is great for the price. Nice all aluminum frame, great front and rear shocks, after inital setup gears work great. Nice shimono parts. Cool burnished frame. This bike is impossible to break.

Weakness:

It took me a few hours to get the gears to work right.

This bike kicks ASS. It is cheap, and is a real nice bike. BUY THIS BIKE!!! Call Pacific and tell them to get out of Toys r us. 5 FLAMING CHILIJS

Similar Products Used:

Mongoose MGX D40
Mongoose MGX A50
Mongoose D-500
Mongoose MGX s-20

[Aug 24, 1999]
Doug
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Frame is tough. Good geometry. Many good components- Zoom, Tek tro

Weakness:

Stock components make the bike heavy. Can't adjust front shocks.

This is a follow up to the prior message. I've upgraded the bike to XT and changed out the crank and the hubs. I just got back from Winter Park Colorado. This bike is tough. It holds a line on steep technical terrain and handles well. Even though the bike is heavy (now it's 31 lbs.) the geometry makes up for it. The bike is comfortable to climb on. Don't expect big air on this bike, but for the $400.00 I have into, I don't mind staying a little closer to the ground at times.

Similar Products Used:

Johua, KHS, Specialized, Parkpre

[Jun 21, 1999]
Doug
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

6061 Aluminum frame, Frame design, price

Weakness:

some components - Shimano Acera shifting, front shock forks seem a bit soft

I wanted to buy a bike for my wife and found the Pacific Elite at Target for $159.00. I was so impressed with it that I called the Customer Service line and found out that Toys R US handles even more of a selection. I went there out of curiosity. I could not believe the quality of their bikes! For $200.00 I have a bike that literally has taken the best beatings I can give it - nothing has broke on it and it rides out better than my $1500.00 KHS. I recently went biking up in the mountains in Whyoming. I took the KHS and the Pacific. I ended up busting my crom-alloy frame on the KHS and rode the 5500 for the rest of the trip. This is by far the best bike under $1000.00. I'm going to go out and buy the 8500 with the money I saved. You will not be sorry if you buy this bike. Spend $200.00 on the bike and put another $200.00 into some better components and you'll have one of the toughest bikes on the track - bar none!

Similar Products Used:

KHS, Specialized, Trek

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