While it could be argued that all this really means is a change in the stickers adorning the downtube of said bikes (since GF was really just a label of Trek), there is always a degree of sadness that accompanies the changing of long-standing tradition. Enter the 2011 Trek Rumblefish II, which retains its ties to the Gary Fisher moniker despite full Trek adornment in the form of being part of the “Gary Fisher Collection” (small sticker on the actual frame confirms this). Continue reading →
Strengths: Well first of all the wheel size, I am a long travel 26in bike convert. The component spec is top notch. The overall fit of this machine is confidence inspiring. Carves turns like its on rails.
Weaknesses: After 18 months of riding, no complaints!
It may sound too good to be true that a product is this good but it is. Trek has done it, created a capable trailbike that can go the distance and slay some gnarly terrain up here in the north east. Ride one,test it, borrow from a friend and you wont be disappointed.
Bike Setup: Almost stock, I changed the avid elixer 5 brakes for a set of formula RX recently (awesome idea btw)
a All Mountain Rider
from San Luis Obispo, CA
Date Reviewed: February 10, 2012
Strengths: This review is for the rumblefish elite.
My hardtail 29er is 30 pounds. This Rumblefish is around 30 pounds. The Rumblefish climbs just as well (or slightly better) than my hardtail. In other words, the geometry and suspension are perfect. It climbs really, really well. And when it's time to descent, it inspires so much confidence. I feel more in control than any other bike I've ridden, and at higher speeds than I've ever ridden. It's definitely plush and can handle fairly big hits, and it's a very comfortable bike to ride over rough terrain. My back and hands are loving it.
I set it up tubeless right away with Bontrager 29-4 TLR in front and a 29-3 TLR in the rear. That seems to be a good combo - the 29-4 is a big tire with big knobs, and it holds well in corners. The rear bites pretty well for climbing and seems to roll pretty well. I'm 190lb (with gear) and have 25PSI front and around 28-30PSI rear.
The thru-axle setup makes the wheels so rigid...the bike feels much less noodly than my hardtail. It's a stiff frame and the wheelset with the thru-axle seems super beefy.
It looks sexy too, and I'm really happy with the components list on the Rumblefish Elite.
Weaknesses: None that I can identify yet. It would be nice if it was lighter, but at this price point and for what it's intended for I'm not sure that's possible.
Get it. It climbs as well as a comparable-weight hardtail and descends with lots and lots of confidence. I'm extremely happy with this bike so far.
Strengths: ABP (Active Braking Pivot) and the DRCV are a great match on the rear end! It's tubeless ready, the geometry is just right I didn't feel like I was riding a sluggish 29er! This bike climbs well, and goes down hill and over nasty stuff just as good!
Weaknesses: The Avid Brakes sucked! (They fixed that for 2012) Wheel set is Okay. I felt ripped off when I found out the $2,200 Rumblefish had the same heavy wheel set on it as my $3,700 fish did. (They fixed that for 2012)
I love this bike, Trek has addressed all my dislikes about the bike for 2012 so I have the 2012 on order!
Weaknesses: Stock Heavy Wheels, Seat, Stock Fox suspension setup
This is my second Rumblefish. A bit heavier than the first but stable bike with 12mm thru axle. Did many upgrades from stock but the best was the front and rear custom setup from Push Industries. Wow what a difference it makes. The stock fork never used full travel and rear shock pressure volume affect bump sensitivity. With Push the rear shock pressure is 20lbs less. Rides smooth and pedals great. Also, stock rear shock blew after 2 months and wouldn't hold air. reat all around bike for rugged northeast trails. Pedals great, Climbs great, Descends even better. You will be happy with the ride. Highly recommend shock fork upgrade from Push.