Fri, Jan 24 2003 12:25 pm |
Bike Test: wethepeople Thrillseeker
Words/Photo: James Ayres
Tested by: Aaron Johnson (Alliant)
Weight: 180 lbs.
Number of years riding: 13
Complete bike price: $680
Finishes available: Black, raw
Weight: 32 lbs., 8 oz.
Head tube angle: 74.5 degrees
Seat tube angle: 70 degrees
Top tube length: 20″ or 21″
Chainstay length: 14.25″ to 15″
Wheelbase: 37.25″ (as tested)
Frame: Thrillseeker frame, 100% 4130 chromoly, butted top and down tubes, 6mm-thick dropouts
Forks: wethepeople, 1-1/8″ ahead, chromoly steerer tube, hi-tensile steel legs
Headset: TH-888, 1-1/8″ Ahead-set
Brakes: Dia-Tech Hombre w/Fiesta spring set front & rear
Brake lever: Dia-Compe Tech 77
Bars: Salt, two-piece, hi-tensile steel
Stem: wethepeople EXT
Seat post: Salt
Seat post clamp: Salt, single-bolt
Cranks: wethepeople three-piece, 175mm
Bottom bracket: sealed
Sprocket: wethepeople, 39-tooth
Pedals: Wellgo platforms w/chromoly axles
Rims: Alex Supra Alpha, 48-hole, alloy, black
Hubs: Salt: front: 48-hole sealed w/14mm axle, black; rear: KT flip-flop hub, sealed w/14mm axle, black
Freewheel: 14 tooth
Chain: KMC “Z” 1/8″
Tires: Primo Dirt-Monster, 1.95″
Extras: SST Oryg, steel pegs front and rear, black
How it rode
It’s the most solid bike I’ve ever ridden. Nothing moved on it until the bars and the forks bent; those were the only problems I had with it. The bike held together really nicely otherwise. If those things get fixed in the future, it will definitely be a perfect bike.
The frame’s geometry was really good; I liked the raw finish. It came with good parts, besides the bars and the forks. Good cranks, wheels–everything.
Besides the fact that I bent the bars and forks…I was hoping it would hold together and I’d be able to give it a 10, but since those two things bent, I can’t. I’d like to still, but…
Anything you had to repeatedly adjust?
If it were your bike, what would you change?
The bars and the forks; the bars had a good bend, and they were comfortable–just weak.
What did you ride?
I was on the Warpt tour for two weeks, so I got to ride a lot of skateparks throughout California and Oregon. I rode Dave’s backyard playground, the best trails I’ve ever ridden in my life; and a lot of skateparks and street–Visalia, Talent, Ashland, Grant’s Pass, Oregon State…a lot of places.
Ed. note: wethepeople builds their complete bikes around their actual aftermarket frames, which is very impressive, but that means they have to cut corners somewhere. We were disappointed to find steel bars and forks on the Thrillseeker; most bikes in this price range come with full chromoly bars and forks. The guys at wethepeople decided that since the frame is the most expensive part of the bike, they wanted to make that top-quality.
It came with good parts, besides the bars and the forks.
RESULTS BOX QUOTE:
This is a great all-around bike. If you want to bulletproof it, swap out the forks and bars for something a little beefier, like wethepeople’s aftermarkett stuff.
You can afford to drop almost $700 on a bike, and have a little leftover for potential bar and fork upgrades.
You’re on a budget or you’ve just started riding.