Te mortuo heres tibi sim?
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: East coast
Bikes: hardtail, squishy, fixed roadie, fixed crosser
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Originally Posted by seely
Just curious what you all think of them. I have a chance to trade some road **** I don't really need for an '05 Ibex Apogee frame with a 04 Marz. EXP air/coil fork and an 02 Vanilla coilover rear with an 800lbs spring (probably WAY too heavy for me). Anyone ride one? Like it, hate it? MTBR has good reviews but I don't quite trust them. I'm looking at it for an all-rounder all mountain bike, probably do 5" in the front with 9spd and a double.
I'd say unless you want to spend more, and won't miss the road ****, why not? The EXR isn't a great fork, but it isn't the worst either, and if the price is right for you...ride it until it dies, and replace with something nicer. Rear coil springs aren't too expensive. You'd also have the option of picking up some sort of air shock for the back cheaply, if you don't want to hassle with picking up spare coils to figure out what weight you need.
It's a linkage actuated single pivot, aka, "faux bar" bike in Specialized marketing speak. Looks like a decent enough frame, though why they did it in that interupted seattube design boggles the mind. Other than to make it look like the big "S" companies frames, I don't see why they did that. A 5" fork seems like it would be a decent match for it, without being too tall up front. The frame looks like you also have some options to play around with the shock mount, to tweak travel/geometry numbers a bit. Looks like they stuck with one of the integrated headset standards, so shouldn't be any trouble there. Seatpost is a nice and easy 27.3mm standard, too.
The things I'd be leery of: check with Ibex about getting some spare mech hangers. And are the sealed bearings at the pivots a standard enough size, or some funky oodball stuff?
Get it, fix and upgrade as stuff breaks, eventually have a nice sled, and then replace with a nicer frame at a later date... It all comes down to how much you want to spend in the end.