Tony Hawk Signature Series - Recruit
I'm new to mountain biking and looking for a good entry level bike. I know how most of you feel about Tony Hawk's low end line and I
wouldn't even consider those, but what do you think of his "Signature Series" bikes and especially the $265 "Recruit" model I'm
interested in? These bikes are only available online at http://huckjambikes.com/ss/mtb.php. The're supposedly higher end with
better components but I really don't know anything about which components are good or not. Here's the specs on the bike I'm interested
in, I would appreciate any feedback;
Frame - 7000 Series Aluminum MTB hard tail w/Hydro formed down tube
Fork - RST Gila T8 w/disc brake mount, 100mm travel
Saddle - Velo D2 w/cromoly rails, 268mm x 167mm
Handlebar - Alloy, W: 600mm
Derailleur - Shimano Alivio 24S FD-M413 / RD-M410
Stem - Promax MA-57, alloy, Ext. 100mm
Rims - Alloy 6061-T6, double-wall 26" x 1.50", 32H
Hubs F&R: Alloy w/Quick release
Tires & Tubes - Kenda Krusher 26" x 2.10"
Spokes F&R: 14Gx32H, Stainless Steel spokes w/brass nipples
Pedals - Alloy platform w/cromoly spindle, cap end with logo, 100 x110mm
Grips - Hawk Signature, Velo D2, L: 130mm
Brake - F&R: Promax DSK-320 mechanical adjustable disc brakes
Brake & Shifter Levers - Shimano Alivio Rapidfire Plus ST-M410
Crank - Shimano Alivio FC-M410-8 Octalink, 170mm
Sprocket - Shimano Alivio 22/32/42T
B.B. Parts - Shimano BB-ES25
Freewheel - Shimano 8-speed HyperGlide sprocket, CS-HG40-8I
Head Parts - Threadless 1-1/8", CC-845 / model# VP-A51AN, with MD-1D plug
Chain - Shimano HG50
Seatpost - Hawk Signature alloy
Seatpost clamp - Hawk Signature alloy w/quick release lever
Other - Reflectors, Owner's manual, OEM documentation packet
Color - Polished Iron Grey
2 Sizes 17 ½" frame & 19 ½ " frame
Weight - approx 35lbs
Last edited by rbl111; 02-03-2009 at 08:57 PM.
flatlander in paradise
Well, it definitely has the look with the hydroformed alu tubing... All of the components are about what you'd expect at this price point. Shimano Alivio is their low-end stuff, but it works. The RST forks are about as cheap as you can get. The biggest problem to me is that with all the cheap components, the bike weighs 35lbs. That's heavy for a full suspension trail bike, and a straight up tank for a hardtail.
I would suggest trying to find a lower-end bike that is last years model at a bike shop, from a more established bike company (Trek, Giant, GT, Gary Fisher, etc). You should be able to get something that will be decent and upgradable for $400 or so.
EDIT: I looked at some entry-level bikes from major manufacturers, and the bike you listed has better or equal component spec than the other entry level bikes, so I dunno what to tell you.
The worst thing wrong with it is you are going to get a ton crap from people on here about how you should get a name brand bike. But as Joey figured out at entry level the components are pretty much all the same. Honestly the biggest issue I see with picking that bike is the fact you can't ride it and it comes in two sizes (which sizing is the biggest issue of dept. store bikes...one (or two) size(s) does NOT fit all!) so you may or may not actually like the ride once you get it. This is the advantage to a LBS and an entry-level bike from a major bike company, the sizes go from 12" to 22" (or larger) and you can probably be able to test ride a few bikes to see what size fits best (not all frame sizes are the same even when they are called the same, i.e. a 18" or Medium).
Thanks for the feedback! I'll take the advice and stick to known brands. I know where I can get a used '08 Giant Yukon for $350. Maybe used is the way to go for my budget.
Used rocks. Take a friend who knows bikes and can spot any major $$$ issues.
I love the size guide for that bike. The small would actually not be a bad fit for me, and the large would be okay for someone just a little taller, but they don't change top tube lengths very much at all. So if you're not 5'8"-5'10" you're SOL on that entire line.
"Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx
Yukon is a good, solid entry leveltrail bike.You won't be on any magazine covers with it, but it will get you back and forth to the trails reliably.
Originally Posted by rbl111
...ya' ever see Tony Hawk shred on a mountain-bike?
Live, Freeze, and Ride
Love my Birdhouse!
Oh wait, you mean mtn bike?
Inbred 29er Dinglespeed
Rush Hour SS
Hard Rock SS/Fixie
In the woodSS
I work for a bike parts company
that bike is made by dynacraft bikes who also make walmart 'next' bikes. stay away. they also make 'hot wheels' and 'barbie' bikes.
RIP Adam Yauch
"M.C. for what I AM and do, the A is for Adam and the lyrics; true"
Do it all or nothing
I would be ashamed to be that famous and have my name on a bike like that! I would save up at least 500 and then buy a bike from a good shop or something. Mind you it has decent specs for under 300$.
If it ain't broken... why the hell you fixin it!
If you miss the tranny... don't look down.
i'm sure he doesn't care when he goes to the bank and deposits the check
Originally Posted by headstrong356
- Surly Disc trucker
- '82 trek 560 roadie
I rented a Giant Yukon once in North Carolina. I had no problems with it and had a bunch of fun. It was a completely capable bike and it would be FAR better than that Recruit.
Originally Posted by rbl111
'12 Soma Analog SS
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'86 Fuji Club