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Old 07-17-07, 06:31 AM   #1
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Your opinions on Iron Horse Warrior 5.0

I'm in the market for a new bike and can get a great deal on this bike through work. Almost half off...

http://www.ironhorsebikes.com/warrior.html Click on the Warrior 5.0

Also check here... http://www.performancebike.com...=3050

I'm about 6'2" tall and I'm thinking about getting the 19.5" frame. The next size up is 21.5" which I think is too big. Let me know what you guys think.
Please help out a newbie. Thanks a lot guys!
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Old 07-17-07, 07:19 AM   #2
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if you can get it for almost half off, i'd say go for it. just go to dick's or somewhere like that to make sure the 19.5" frame is the size you need. they probably won't have the warrior 5.0 but should have a warrior frame you can try out.
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Old 07-17-07, 08:46 PM   #3
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Yeah Dick's is where I work. The 19.5 feels good riding it around the store and seems to work for me as far as the basic sizing rules go.

How would you compare this Iron Horse at $590 to a Trek 6700 (I think last year's model) with a Rock Shox Pilot (has the motion control dampening. I think its a solo air fork, not sure) and Hayes HX9(?) Hydro brakes, Bontrager race crank, ect... for ~$800 ish.
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Old 07-17-07, 08:57 PM   #4
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It looks like the Iron Horse has the Motion Control dampening on the fork in the pics but the Rock Shox website doesn't say the Tora 289 has the Motion Control feature.
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Old 07-17-07, 09:36 PM   #5
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the trek must be a 2005 b/c they stopped making pilots after 2005. how much can you get the warrior 5.0 for? if it's considerably less, i think i'd go with it even though the trek is a really good bike.
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The Warrior is $595 I think the Trek was $750 ish. This is basically at the outer reaches of my budget. The only part on the warrior that I read bad reviews about was the FSA Gamma crank and Mega Exo BB. I would prefer having the Motion control and possibly u-turn adjustment on the fork but I'm sure the Tora 289 that comes on the Warrior will be fine for me.

Thanks for helping out.
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Old 07-18-07, 07:54 PM   #7
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Any one have any experience with these bikes or any of the more expensive (~$1000) Iron Horse bikes?
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Old 07-19-07, 06:29 PM   #8
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Look for dicks gift cards on ebay. I bought a 350 dollar gift card for 250. So that is a way you could save on the bike.
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I've got the warrior 3.3 (Cdn spec only) on a 19.5" frame. I think its pretty similar except for the fork.

http://www.sportchek.ca/sportchek/do...&styleId=43682

I'm 5'10.5" and do mostly just XC and some high speed trails. I consider the frame to be the perfect size for me, although I'm rarely doing complex trails and very slow riding, so if thats whats you do then I'd say go for the 19.5", but if your doing stuff similar to me I think you should try out the 21" too.

I did have quite a few problems getting it tuned properly, but once that was sorted it out seems to run real nice and I love the fork on it, it was a good price IMO
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I did have quite a few problems getting it tuned properly, but once that was sorted it out seems to run real nice and I love the fork on it, it was a good price IMO

could you elaborate a bit? was the problem with how the tech at sports check tuned it??? my bike has been in service 3 times since I bought it(3 weeks ago) due to the techs not being able to fix all I wanted to have done.
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Old 07-19-07, 08:04 PM   #11
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I rode around the 19.5" today at work. It felt good to me. The 21 feels very large, maybe I'm just not used to a large bike. When I straddle the bike and lift it up to my crotch there is about 3" between the bottom of the tires and the floor.

Maybe I'll build a 21.5" warrior tomorrow and ride it around before I place my order.
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I bought a 06 Warrior race which is really the same bike. I used it for parts to build a FS frame but what I can tell you is that the frame was nice quality db alloy with nice welds and the part mix was great for the price. If you find it cheap they are really hard to beat and there is not much that can go wrong with them. Iron horse is a good brand that really sells more FS than hardtails but all across their line they deliver a lot of value. I am also 6 2" and am quite sure that the 19.5 is your size. The 21 has to be too large for you.
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Old 07-21-07, 01:52 PM   #13
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Well I ended up ordering the 21.5
A friend from work who had previously worked at a bike shop for 4 years recommended it after seeing me ride both.
My head was basically over the stem on the 19.5
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great choice, Ironhorse is a great brand, good frame, nice components. i have the warrior 3.3, and my cousin has the yakuza kumicho (1700 CAD) and he says it's a siiiick ride.
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ironhorse bikes are pretty indestructable and come reasonably priced with good components
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