Strengths: Great all round package, handles great, rolls over stuff well so you don't miss a rear shock, great bike for the money
Weaknesses: The seat, wheels, tires, grips and the pedals. The Ferrous needs lock on grips, stronger wheelset but the tires are great when it's dry. The pedals are personal issue of mine I didn't have any problem with the seatstays on my 21" frame. I'm lucky I guess
I like riding my Ferrous. The tires are horrible in the mud but I don't ride that bike when it's wet. Didn't really shop around for a 29er so can't tell you that it's better than anything else. I demoed a Paragon for a couple of days then decided to buy the Ferrous cause it was steel. Both bikes are great!
Bike Setup: all factory set up,rock shock RE-3A,Sram X-9,crank Bontrager,29 Bontrager race wheels,Avid brakes with cables
from Calgary Canada
Date Reviewed: October 28, 2009
Strengths: decent weight(26lbs), easy ss conversion, looks great, fox fork, good price
Weaknesses: wide stays( not a big problem), hayes brakes, 80mm travel
having rode two other very similar bikes I can say with out any doubt, that at a fraction of the cost the fisher Ferrous is a winner. the frame is a comfortable fit, I am 5 10 and its a 17.5( I can fit on the new rig in a 19, but I like this better) the ride of the steal frame is cush, yet quick and responsive at the same time. the addition of a wider handle bar has made all the difference in powering up climbs. The traction has always been there. descending , the Ferrous is confidence inspiring, coming from a mostly DH back ground that makes a big difference to me in how much I will like a bike. I have ridden other Genesis bike and haven't found them to be nearly as much fun as the ferrous. I really like the set up of the chain tension, quick and easy. TWo thumbs up for the fisher Ferrous. this is a great bike for any one who wants to try a 29er or a SS. I used the parts off of the ferrous to build up a second bike...what a great deal.
Bike Setup: SS, bonty duster wheels, kenda tires 2.2 nevegal F 1.9 Kara r, truvativ hussafelt world cup bar(28inch wide, 1 inch rise), avid ultimate brakes, WTB silverado seat, hollow tech2 crank, f29 fork
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: July 20, 2009
Strengths: Steel, geometry, components, comfort, fox fork, colour(black).
Weaknesses: Cant honestly say that I found anything major but if pressed I don't think the hayes brakes are at the same level as the rest of the components,It is not as light as I hoped it would be but it does not feel heavy and climbs like a mountain goat so who cares. Had the fork travel extended to 100mm after 2 weeks of riding and that basically solved my only gripe, its smooth as silk now.
Price is scandelous in this country but that is not the bikes fault.
The bike has been exceeding my expectations from day one and seems to be getting better every day.
I'm short(5'4) and this is the only 29er I felt comfortable on, it looks amazing, handles great and the steel frame seems to absorb almost anything, and in combination with the big wheels has made the transfer from full suspension to hard tail no problem at all.
I cant say I like the hayes brakes that much, they look good and do the job but are noisy and feel rough, in retrospect I would have upgraded to XT's or something along those lines but it's not that big of an issue.
Overall highly recomended
Weaknesses: The weight (29lbs)
The Hayes brakes are still terrible.
The frame looks weak.
Bontrager tires are 29X2.1 but I measured it is more wider than Specialized Enduro 26X2.3!
This is my first 29er and it is the first 29er in Macau. I'm just 170cm tall but it is still suitable for me (17.5" frame). The bigger wheels give me more stablity on mountains and it is too easy riding to higher speed. Tires and tubes I have to purcahse a lot form other countries.
Similar Products Used: 2007 Giant XTC Team with Mavic Speedcity wheelsets and Maxxis Wormdrive 700X42C tires
Bike Setup: Stock except the SLX Crankset and XT Cassette.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Diego Ca.
Date Reviewed: July 4, 2009
Strengths: Low Cost Steel Frame
Weaknesses: The rear end of this frame is all screwed up! The seat stays are so wide it's hard not to hit them with every spin.But the chain stays are so narrow that a Jones XR 2.2 all most touches.But the crack arms just clear the frame ???
I will not be riding this frame much longer and don't recomend any one buy one.Hitting the seat stay with the inside of my heel got old very fast and none of the good things about this frame over comes this.It never dawned on me that this could ever be a problom it never has been on any bike I have owned.
Bike Setup: S/S Reba Race Stans ZTR Arch rims with King hubs Salsa bars Moots stem and post Magura Marta SL White cranks and B/B
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 6, 2009
Strengths: Steel Frame,Color,Handling.
Weaknesses: Rear tire clearence.
This frames ride quaility is Amazing! I figured it would ride better than my Rig but not this much better. I wanted a Niner but couldnt bring my self to spend that much money for a frame. The handling and ride are light years better than their Aluminum frames. I always felt like the Rig was pushing the front end in the corners and never had the confidence to rail corners. The Ferrous inspires confidence to puch the pace faster amd faster every where I ride.
Bike Setup: '07 Frame And Reba Race Fork, Ryhtm Elite Wheels,Rampage Front, XDX Rear, Wadesters Homebrew Tire Sealant, Juicy 5 Brakes,X-9 Gears and Trigger Shifter Running 1x9, Bontrager ACC Post, Sunline V-1 OS Bars, RaceFace Atlas Cranks.
a Cross Country Rider
from Northern Virginia
Date Reviewed: May 13, 2009
Strengths: Sweet Fox F29 fork, Great X.9 Transmission, Hayes Stroker Trail SL's and most importantly Steel!!!
Weaknesses: Maybe the Bontrager Rhythm Wheels. The jury is still out on these. Also, the stock XDX tires are not a good all around tire for Virginia. See if you can work a deal with your LBS to trade these out. The clear coat isn't very tough either.
This is absolutely the best steel 29er value out there. You would have to be an Ebay magician to put a better bike together for less.
This bike doesn't need G2 geometry. It turns on a dime and is stable going down hill. If you are on the fence about this bike.....jump. This is a great ride. If I only had one bike it would be my Ferrous. Did I mention that I love the black paint job?
Strengths: 29 inch wheels, Hayes brakes, SRAM X-9, Fox fork
Weaknesses: Poor welds
I have only had the bike for 3 months, so not ready to expound on the details of handling, geometry, etc. However, I did feel compelled to let people know that the water bottle cage braze-on weld broke tonight with almost no force. The bolt is now stuck in a braze-on that is spinning inside the frame. Now, you might say this doesn't seem like a big deal, but a $2k steel frame bike in which they can't even properly weld a braze-on?
Bike Setup: Stock setup with the additions of Syncros pedals.
Date Reviewed: January 17, 2009
Strengths: Steel frame is very quick, light and responsive. Great simple graphics (unlike most fisher models). Perfect geometry. Gives the illusion of a softail. Comes with both derailleuer hangers for conversions. Full X9 drivetrain-if you are going to use them. Race heels are not the lightest, but will last forever.
Weaknesses: Seatstays are waaaay too wide. Very cheesy select saddle and seatpost. Dry X tires are exactly for the intended use. Not a smart choice as a stock tire. Unless you live in the soutwest. When it is dry, they are very fast. Your shop (Kenda Karma) should allow (Kenda Karma) for swap for (Kenda Karma) something else(Kenda Karma). You should get the Karma's.
Converted mine to SS right away-If you are looking for the ultimate 29er SS, this is it. The geometry is perfect-Does not have the G2 geometry, but handles better without it. I had a fuel 100 team issue and elite 9.8-both gone. This bike handles better and climbs with the best of them. Mine is the '08-the '09 has juicy 5's and a low end Shimano crank, but the same frame.
Similar Products Used: Rig, Top Fuel 69er, On One, Supercaliber, hi-fi, too many others to count
Bike Setup: Full SS rigid-Bontrager Race X Lite switchblade carbon fork, carbon seatpost, carbon bar, stem and carbon cranks. Juicy Ultimate brakes. Selle Italia Aspide saddle. Race X Lite Wheels. Eggbeater C pedals. Kenda Karma tires 2.1. Complete bike weighs 22lbs 2 oz. Not bad for 19.5 with "usable" components-I say this because you see forums where people have 18.5 lb 29ers. They use 1.7 tires, with road wheels and v brakes.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 14, 2008
Strengths: price ... geometry ... ride
Weaknesses: seems to crack if you freeride it ...
i absolutly love this bike ... even the gay happy color. Small blocks seem to be the best tire for me so far unless its muddy then im phucked. been trying mountain king 2.4s by conti ... which is more like a 2.2 in the front ... the reba absolutly changed my mind about rockshox ... i know you people hate manitou ... but i use to and still love their chit. well it climbs well ... the ebb is machined and alot lighter than the one in my 1fg. i roll over almost everything ... the wheels ived toasted and on a second set with only couple of hundred miles ... make sure your freehub is tight from the getgo. yeah this is your pretty much do all all mountain hardtail. nothing is stiffer than riding a 26inch singlspeed though ... so it's not perfect but pretty damn close. yeah it's dah chit. now all it needs is a faster rider. =)
and umm everyone stop hatin' fisher for sellin out ... he always was a sellout ... so what if he didn't you wouldn't be ridin one or be able to afford one.
oh and gary ... thats a compliment.
ps. thanx for making the superfly ... makes me feel like chit for riding one =)
pps. lets all just shutup and ride ... and not stoping for chit.
This bike rocks the trails in the midwest! It climbs hills quickly and efficiently, Reba fork is among the best, lockout is adjustable (floodgate) and works flawlessly. My brakes (XT) are amazing, maybe consider going 8" rotors up front. The frame is beautifully crafted, the paint looks great and the lack of decals looks home-made. I was told by a local shop owner this frame was designed by the man- Keith Bontrager. That may explain why it is so good? The EBB gives you options, you can go SS or you can fine tune your riding position.
Weaknesses: The 3rd installment of the saga of the Ferrous 29er. Let's start from the beginning. After one month of riding the Reba shock broke a seal between the negative and positive chambers. Warrantied, sent to SRAM, rebuilt and back on the bike. One ride later, seal broke again. Warrantied, sent back to SRAM, rebuilt, refused to put back on the bike. 3 months after purchase crack found at the seat tube/ top tube/ seatstay junction of the frame. Warrantied, sent back to Trek, new frame, woohoo! Put my RS Reba SL from my Rig on the frame. Working well for 6 months. Then low and behold a CRACK found on the NEW frame in the EXACT same spot as the previous frame. Taken back to bike shop and guess what? They are working on another warranty for a GF Ferrous with CRACK in the exact spot as my other two frames! What a shame. Steel Is real? Tubing made in USA!!?!!? This is a major manufacturers defect! University bikes is now working on a new bike for me, the Hi-Fi 29er FS but guess what? Due to the G2 geometry I need to purchase a new fork for any one of their new frames unless it's a Ferrous, the only frame they didn't convert to G2 geometry! What a F@!*king mess.
Clean your Ferrous often and assess for cracks near the seat tube/ top tube/ seatstay junction. 3 bikes with cracks in the same area is NOT a coincidence.
I am trying to mount a square taper SS crank on my Ferrous 29. It is a White Industries ENO. They suggest a 113mm spindle. But when everything is tight, the crank arms BARELY clear the chainstays. With a slight deflection, I am going to be stripping paint. Does anyone know the correct ... Read More »
Hi all, Thought I'd show off my bikes, a 2009 Gary Fisher Ferrous size small(15.5) been riding it for a year(came of a FS 26") and loving it.
Upgraded some of the components, crank, brakes, handlebar, seat etc. replaced the Bontrager xdx tires with Maxxis ignitor up front and Crossmark in the rear, ... Read More »
The Rhythm wheels need to change bearings so I fit Mavic Speedcity with Maxxis 700X42C tires
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Real dilemmma guys and gals. I have an option to buy both bikes for the same price and I am looking for some opinions. I have my own opinion, but I want others. I much prefer the components on the Ferrous, but I like the frame and color of the X-cal. Both are 09 bikes. Tell me what you think...Read More »
I'm picking up a new, left over 2007 GF Ferrous 29. I'm not a weight weenie, but I've read that the wheels on this bike are pretty heavy. One account was just a wheel swap and a cassette shaving 4 pounds off the bike!
Where would be some key places to shave some weight off the bike on a budget? I ... Read More »