tjw7676's Warhawk initial impressions

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Re: tjw7676's Warhawk initial impressions

Postby Ej410 » Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:05 am

I know this post is very old but I just picked up a warhawk from Walmart for 70 bucks (on sale and with a discount because it didn't ship when it was supposed to), the front "suspension" is horrible was the surly krampus a direct bolt on?
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Re: tjw7676's Warhawk initial impressions

Postby Tomcat65 » Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:59 pm

The surly 1 1/8" Steerer tube fork for 29+ will work, but you will most likely have to cut the steerer tube to length. This is the time to consider how high you want your bars to be, once a steerer tube is cut, it's not going to grow back. I always set my bikes up with the steerer tube longer than I want, That way, I can stack spacers on top of the stem, or under, to fine tune the bar height..

The only other thing to consider is the crown race, Buy one if you want, or if you replace the headset, it should come with a new crown race. I have reused the crown race from a previous fork, it's just a lesson in patience and foul language. Drive the new one down in place with a block of wood and a hammer, or a length of pipe over the steerer tube. I use a piece of 1 1/4" PVC conduit. It's a little big, but it always works.. It's just that last 1/4 to 1/2" that it gets tight.

Congrats on the great find! Those bikes were around $250
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Re: tjw7676's Warhawk initial impressions

Postby NYMXer » Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:59 am

The price on this bike fluctuates quite a bit. I think when supplies get scarce, Walmart bumps up the price. In my opinion, this is a good bike for around #150, but certainly not a $250 bike, as Tomcat said it sells for.
I looked at this bike in the store and the gearing components and wheel sets look cheap, probably weigh a ton too. Again, a good bike when caught on sale but not a full retail.
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Re: tjw7676's Warhawk initial impressions

Postby bhaskell » Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:06 pm

Are the graphics on the frame painted on or stickers?
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Re: tjw7676's Warhawk initial impressions

Postby ElementalMember » Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:07 am

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RockShox vs Original
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I picked mine up in Dec '15, rode it for 300 miles and the rear derailleur did a 180 ... got a replacement, self installed and it's been truckin' along just fine.
Yes it's a heavy beast, but low tire pressure makes it FUN!
Ej410 & Tomcat65: I replaced the fork after 7 months with a RockShox 30TK [Coil 100 Suspension Bicycle Fork with Turnkey Crown Adjust Steel Steerer 1-1/8" Disc, 29"] ... cut it to the same length as the original and works GREAT :-)
Other mods are: Origin 8 400mm seat post; WTB Rocket 5 saddle; MEETLOCKS pedals; and Slime in my tubes
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w/o new post & saddle
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It has 951 miles on it now.
Oh btw bhaskell, the graphics are painted.
NYMXer ... I got it for $199 +$19 warranty and Walmart refunded me the cost due to them not being able to replace/fix my derailleur ... so the bike really cost me $19 (before the changes/add-ons).
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post & saddle
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'15 Jamis Dakar AMT Comp (650b)
'15 Huffy Warhawk (29er)
'15 Felt F4x (700c)
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Re: tjw7676's Warhawk initial impressions

Postby Tomcat65 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:59 pm

That fork looks awesome, makes the bike look more to scale. The little pogo fork seems kind of small on that bike,
BUT
I have an RST F1rst 29'er 120mm fork on my Ascension with 2.4" tires.. I don't believe there's enough clearance over the tire to fit a plus size, 2.8 or 3.0.
The Rock shox looks really close from the side view, but it's Awesome that it fits!

All of the BBB plus and Fat tire bikes are excessively heavy, but these steel frames are about as tough as anything out there. Keep riding, keep having fun with it, and keep us posted. Your Warhawk is a GREAT example of what these bikes can become with a little shopping around!
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Re: tjw7676's Warhawk initial impressions

Postby Ej410 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:50 am

Yea it's a fun bike I took it to patasaco state park in Maryland the forks bottomed out a lot going down hill so I'll definitely be upgrading that but other then that seemed pretty solid
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Re: tjw7676's Warhawk initial impressions

Postby Ej410 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:58 am

Oh and the seat is horrible
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Re: tjw7676's Warhawk initial impressions

Postby bhaskell » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:48 pm

After looking around at the 27.5 and 29+ bikes, I bought the warhawk site unseen. It came in today and I have to say that I'm overall impressed with this bike for $119 shipped. It came in well packaged and protected. I put everything together and went over the factory installed parts. With the Shimano shifters, 3 piece crank, mechanical disk brakes and quick release wheels there isn't much more you could ask from a bike at this price point. The fork is crap, but that an easy $100 fix with the surly rigid fork upgrade. I pre ordered the longer seat post per tjw7676's recommendation.

I can't wait to put some miles on this bike. At 6'1" this thing feels great underneath me. I need to figure out what the best tire pressure is to run in these 29x3 tires. I saw that walmart and academy sports have a 29+ huffy with rigid fork, but no disk brakes for between $200 and $250.

I will post my update once I get some seat time.
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Re: tjw7676's Warhawk initial impressions

Postby nlewman » Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:48 pm

Wow surprised to find this thread resurfaced at just the right time. I ordered a warhawk 2 days ago. Very very new to bikes. I have a diamond back apex that was handed down to me from my father, but I'm going to school in August and needed an affordable bike to ride around campus.

It seems like the general concensus is to buy a new seat, and a new fork? I don't need it very light. It will be cheaper and healthier for me to ride it heavy and lose a few pounds myself haha
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