Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Mountain Biking
Reload this Page >

.243!!!!! pro's and con's!!!

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

.243!!!!! pro's and con's!!!

Old 02-27-06, 11:50 PM
  #1  
.243-4-lyfe
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
.243-4-lyfe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: burnaby bc
Posts: 18

Bikes: 2004 norco shore

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
.243!!!!! pro's and con's!!!

hey all!!
i'm lookin at a 243 fr frame and woundering about its strengths and weaknesses. i've seen quite a few around on the shore and at local dirt jumps and so i became interested.

thanks for the help!
.243-4-lyfe is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 12:11 PM
  #2  
wethepeople
Long haired freak.
 
wethepeople's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Still stuck in hell.
Posts: 6,281

Bikes: 2011 SE Old Man Flyer.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
For me it was the price, I didnt want to spend $600 on a frame, so I spent half that and ended up with a steelhead. Essentially the same, just cheaper and lighter.
__________________

"the bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began...there was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of a bus to never-ever land."

wethepeople is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 12:25 PM
  #3  
hooligan
Just give'er.
 
hooligan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 1,899

Bikes: 04 Scrap

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
.243s are really reliable, last for a long time, and it's just a cut above the rest. Otherwise, it's just quite expensive.
hooligan is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 12:26 PM
  #4  
Maelstrom 
Wood Licker
 
Maelstrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Whistler,BC
Posts: 16,966

Bikes: Trek Fuel EX 8 27.5 +, 2002 Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Its a great product. It is a local company and a better product than most. 600cdn isn't unreasonable for a quality steel hardtail.
Maelstrom is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 03:13 PM
  #5  
Jason222
Banned.
 
Jason222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Moncton NB
Posts: 2,123

Bikes: Trek Jack...trials bike soon.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
They're awesome. I my opinion, they're MUCH better than a steelhead.
Jason222 is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 10:16 PM
  #6  
.243-4-lyfe
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
.243-4-lyfe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: burnaby bc
Posts: 18

Bikes: 2004 norco shore

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
ok thanks guys. i would be buyin a used complete 243 and the price seems to compare to most other hardtails with simmular set ups, so price isnt the issue. thanks for the advice!
.243-4-lyfe is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 10:21 PM
  #7  
.243-4-lyfe
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
.243-4-lyfe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: burnaby bc
Posts: 18

Bikes: 2004 norco shore

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
oh and btw... its set up mostly for dirt jumping but i would be using it for light shore riding as well... i hear they arent the greatest dirtjumpers because of.. im not sure exactly..
.243-4-lyfe is offline  
Old 02-28-06, 10:29 PM
  #8  
Maelstrom 
Wood Licker
 
Maelstrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Whistler,BC
Posts: 16,966

Bikes: Trek Fuel EX 8 27.5 +, 2002 Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
it will be a fine djer.
Maelstrom is offline  
Old 03-01-06, 12:10 AM
  #9  
.243-4-lyfe
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
.243-4-lyfe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: burnaby bc
Posts: 18

Bikes: 2004 norco shore

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
ok sweet. i just heard they are heavy because they're steel
.243-4-lyfe is offline  
Old 03-01-06, 12:15 AM
  #10  
wethepeople
Long haired freak.
 
wethepeople's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Still stuck in hell.
Posts: 6,281

Bikes: 2011 SE Old Man Flyer.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
7lbs if I recall corrently.
__________________

"the bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began...there was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of a bus to never-ever land."

wethepeople is offline  
Old 03-01-06, 12:24 AM
  #11  
Maelstrom 
Wood Licker
 
Maelstrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Whistler,BC
Posts: 16,966

Bikes: Trek Fuel EX 8 27.5 +, 2002 Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
6ish and weight has very little to do with djing ability. Its all you man...all you.
Maelstrom is offline  
Old 03-01-06, 05:08 PM
  #12  
jeff williams
I couldn't car less.
 
jeff williams's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 4,397

Bikes: Ritchey P-series prototype, Diamondback, Nishiki Triathelon Pro.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by .243-4-lyfe
ok sweet. i just heard they are heavy because they're steel
Well the tubes wont dent if a breeze blows it over and the bike falls on a rock.
$600 and it BETTER be chromium steel if you ask me.
Like bmx, steels good for bikes that will get hammered. It also soaks shock well and constant flexing will not damage the tubes. With AL, constant flex will cause the AL to fail at some time.

Most bikes made NOW out of steel in mtb frameset are for strength so a little weight increase doesn't factor in really.
Balfa Minuteman is a pig of a chromoly HT frame. It also holds the highest drop record for a HT.
Once you get a few dents in your steel, -and still ride it, you'll be happy you ride the stuff.

IMO...alla jazz.
jeff williams is offline  
Old 03-02-06, 07:04 PM
  #13  
.243-4-lyfe
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
.243-4-lyfe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: burnaby bc
Posts: 18

Bikes: 2004 norco shore

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
ok thanks again.
..and yes i know dirt jumping has WAY more to do with the rider than the bike but i would rather have a lighter rather than heavier bike.
.243-4-lyfe is offline  
Old 03-02-06, 08:07 PM
  #14  
Maelstrom 
Wood Licker
 
Maelstrom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Whistler,BC
Posts: 16,966

Bikes: Trek Fuel EX 8 27.5 +, 2002 Transition Dirtbag, Kona Roast 2002

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You won't be saying that after you break it
Maelstrom is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
tjk23
Road Cycling
9
09-02-16 03:27 PM
revchuck
"The 33"-Road Bike Racing
20
12-26-13 09:31 AM
peabodypride
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
32
09-09-07 05:53 PM
Klink
Bicycle Mechanics
5
09-07-07 11:26 PM
bvfrompc
Road Cycling
6
03-01-07 06:28 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.