After much deliberation, I’ve just purchased my first Chinese trail bike from Dreamrider on the e-bay. The model I’ve chosen is the Tomahawk G4 Hummer, which was advertised as a much upgraded version of the earlier Hummer offerings. Claimed improvements for this new model include: Larger Wheels – 21” front & 18” rear Later model Zongshen 4 stoke OHC 250cc engine Improved power delivery to 12.5 kw. Fully adjustable front & rear shocks Upgraded disk brakes Strengthened frame and bash plate In addition, it is claimed that the overall fit and finish has been greatly improved and that key stress area components, are now largely machined from steel billet – to replace the weaker welding and fabrication methods employed on earlier models. Making a choice wasn’t easy. Each brand of Chinese bike seems to have its avid supporters – and these folks are as full-on as cup final footy supporters. Unfortunately to pro’s and con’s of each make, tend to be put forward in expletive format within the chat rooms and little reliable technical feedback is available. This unfortunately doesn’t help the average punter, wanting to buy his first China ride. At the end of the day, my choice of bike was driven by the following factors: 1. Reasonable price 2. Good Looking bike 3. Large frame format and ride height (I’m 6’2”) 4. Claimed performance 5. Claimed improvements over previous models. I’m having the bike delivered to the engineering plant where I work. There are about six of us here, who can’t wait to see what arrives for the price. We intend to take some time and ensure the bike is assembled to factory spec – then set up the suspension to suit both rider and terrain conditions. We’ll then tune up the rig on a dyno and see if the bike outputs the power levels claimed. After a final inspection (provided no life threatening flaws are detected), we’ll do a thorough field trial (with the bike as delivered) – and forward the review to this site. Having identified any weak points, we’ll seek to address these issues with some custom mods – and again test the performance in the field. Hopefully we can put out some cost effective ways of improving the bike post delivery. We are really looking forward to the project.