Gary Fisher Fat Possum XT All Mountain Full Suspension

4.29/5 (21 Reviews)
MSRP : $2640.00


Product Description

  • 150mm travel
  • 6061 T6 aluminum swingarm
  • RockShox Pike 409 Dual Air fork
  • Shimano M-580 XT front derailleur
  • Bontrager Race Disc wheelsystem
  • Shimano M520 ATB clipless pedals


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jrzypossum a Weekend Warrior from cherry hill,nj

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2009

Strengths:    Everthing has not disappointed me yet

Weaknesses:    Stock tires,seat

Bottom Line:   
Has done everything I expect.been riding mountain bikes for about 6 years.will be my last bike I probably own.cranks got loose but tightened them and have not been a problem since.would recomend this bike to people wanting a good all arounder.

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Favorite Trail:   neshaminy high school

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   D&Q

Similar Products Used:   Jamis dakar

Bike Setup:   Easton ea30 bars hayes stroker carbon brakes specialized phenom seat thomson seatpost wtb weirwolf 2.3 crank bros 5050 pedals rest is stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by retrobeast a Weekend Warrior from san diego, ca, usa

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2008

Strengths:    the looks, the rear shock, the solid build

Weaknesses:    seat was kicking my butt so i replaced it.

Bottom Line:   
I put lx components on the xt because I had the parts available due to buying a smaller lx possum.
I have been doing 2-3 foot drops, climbing hills like i am on flat land, and just plane old enjoying the hell out of the fat possum.
they are getting cheaper as time goes on so get one and enjoy the dirt.

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Favorite Trail:   does not matter

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   craigslist

Similar Products Used:   ibex section 29er, gf cake 3 dlx, khs alite 3000

Bike Setup:   xt frame with lx components

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Tim Sabourin a Weekend Warrior from la canada, CA

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2008

Strengths:    bombs down Hills. comfortable on rough trails. OK climber. shocks are great and the stand over height makes for fast exits when you need to bail.

Weaknesses:    Bontagger Crank sucks, makes a lot of noise, doesn't shift good. Bontagger big earl tires where not impressive. Problems with rear rim.

Bottom Line:   
This bike has potential. I need to change the crank and rear rim before they drive me crazy. the bike looks cool. Thank God my Bike shop has a 1 year service plan, They are working hard on my bike to keep it running. I DO LOVE BOMBING DOWN STEP ROCKY LOOSE SINGLE TRACKS WITH DROPS. THIS BIKE WORKS GREAT FOR THAT.

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Favorite Trail:   sunset ridge

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   pasadena cyclerly

Similar Products Used:   none this is my 1st MTB

Bike Setup:   stock except for seat and tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by leifgren a Cross Country Rider from Irvine, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2008

Strengths:    Climbs really well, drivetrain is pretty good for the price, suspension work well for me. Geometry just works for me. I love the narrow bars.

Weaknesses:    Cranks! I put off reviewing this bike for almost a year just to give them a shot. Then I had my left crank fall off on me while riding yesterday. Luckily I carry a tool and was able to put it back on, but it looked a little stripped out. Going to pull my XT cranks off of my hardtail and put em on. Also, the 6" rotors seem a little weak to me. That's an easy fix with the Hayes brackets you can buy though, so no biggie. Brake levers could be less of a "V" shape so they reach closer to the end of the bars.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike brand new, sight unseen, solely based on the reviews and Gary Fisher's reputation. I'm so stoked a took the leap of faith. The bike geometry is dialed for me (5'11" 165 lbs., size Medium frame). I've traded bikes with friends during rides (SC Nomads, Hecklers and built Kona Dawgs), and I couldn't wait to trade back. The cranks almost ruined my first ride back at Whiting since the fires, but luckily I had a tool. I got a ridiculous deal on mine, so 5 chilis all around.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   MTBR classifieds

Similar Products Used:   First full suspension, but I've ridden a bunch of friends' bikes, including Nomads and RFXs, and no way is there a couple grand worth of diference.

Bike Setup:   Stock. Throwing on the XT cranks this week, and hopefully getting some bigger rotors soon.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by pmrider a Downhiller from CO

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2008

Strengths:    It jumps well

Weaknesses:    Gary Fisher missed the pivot point- w/ the air shock it had to be run very firm for me not to be sitting in the middle of the travel and bottom out all the time- then w/ a firm setting the bike was all over the place- my old 4-banger was way plusher then this bike- lots of flex- felt more like a 80mm XC bike then an all mountain bike

Bottom Line:   
This bike sucked- the only good thing it did was jump- w/ the airshock pumped up hard the bike was compact enough in the cockpit and really jumped well- but other then that it really was not fun to ride- could't handle rough trails- and made my 170mm bullit feel like a dirtbike in comparsion

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2400.00

Similar Products Used:   Bullit, Schwin 4banger,

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kmoo1302 a Weekend Warrior from san diego ca

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2008

Strengths:    as I am getting back into the sport after a 5 yr lay off, All I can say is "my things have changed'. float shock is great as is the swinger in back, brakes are also nice once you get used to the touchiness(?).

Weaknesses:    As for the afore mentioned crank set, I have had no problems so far, check it before and after every ride( I,m 56 yrs old and don't heal like them youngins do).

Bottom Line:   
as I stated I'm a little long in the tooth to be doing big drops , but so far this bike is great, no repairs in the first 150-200 miles and my back is still working like it should. for
xc and some down hill this bike is the ticket. And the frame is MADE IN AMERICA!!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   noble canyon

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   trek san diego

Similar Products Used:   GT LTS1, GT XCR1ooo

Bike Setup:   stock except for new seat,longer stem, and crank bros platform pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Roger a Weekend Warrior from Raleigh, NC US

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2008

Strengths:    The Fat Possum XT is great BUT:

Weaknesses:    Fisher / Trek need to recall the Bontrager Race GXP Crank that comes on this bike. Others (read reviews of the crank) have had their left crank arm loosen, strip or come off. My son had this happen last week almost resulting is a nasty accident. PLEASE REPORT THIS TO THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFELY COUNCIL AT: http://www.cpsc.gov/talk.html

Mine is in the shop now - dealer says they have seen 3 in the past 2 weeks and are asking Trek/Fisher to replace the crank. It's time they dealt with this properly before someone is badly hurt.


Bottom Line:   
Bontrager Race GXP Crank is a safety hazard!!!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   all

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Arizona Retailer


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dan from Valencia, Ca., USA

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2008

Strengths:    I bought this bike for the price.
It's a good do anything bike. I've ridden it in 100+ degree dry weather and in the rain on muddy trails and it handled both really well. I've taken it up/ down fire roads, hit bmx tracks and neighborhood jumps, and ridden to the mall with my wife.
It's a good climber (I usually do winding single track). I'm not sure if you would want to take it on any hard bombing runs but it handles what I put it through like a champ (the highest drops I take are around 4 feet).
I bent the cool 06' General Lee orange frame and Gary Fisher replaced it with the plain 07' gray one.


Weaknesses:    My first frame bent. But I have to say that Gary Fisher was really good about replacing it.

Some lateral movement from the rear (not too bad though).

I HATE the Bontrager crank set because it keeps coming loose. It really ruins the whole experience for me.


Bottom Line:   
Like I said before, I bought this bike for the price and I GOT WHAT I PAID FOR(that crank set really sucks).
It's fun and it suits me for now.
It's a great value for the $1600 I dropped.

If you are looking for a bike to have fun on, 4 or 5 times per week, in just about any condition this bike is for you.

If you are a serious rider and want a xc race bike or a hardcore hucking machine, look elsewhere.

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Favorite Trail:   I've got a few

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Passadena Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   Chumba, Yeti

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ken a Weekend Warrior from Wethersfield

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2008

Strengths:    Single pivot rear, Fork, Geometry, Color, Components except for the front derailure.

Weaknesses:    Rear swing arm flexes easily

Bottom Line:   
This is by far the most fun bike I have owned. Bombs downhill, Climbs great with my fat a$$ on it. Great all around bike. If you can only afford one bike this should be the one.

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Favorite Trail:   West Hartford Res.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   EBay

Similar Products Used:   Trek Liquid 25, Diamondback, GT I-Drive

Bike Setup:   Kenda Nevgals, Easton Bar and low rise stem for better climbing

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff Bercaw a Weekend Warrior from Rocklin, California, USA

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2007

Strengths:    Awsome paint, Perfect suspension set-up for me, XT works well, Fork impressive, Rear suspension works well with very little suspension bob

Weaknesses:    Lateral rear stiffness is not what i would like it to be, BB HT a little high

Bottom Line:   
Excellent all around bike takes my crashin' and keeps on bashin' still has excellent paint

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Favorite Trail:   Culvert, to Confluence

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Bob's

Similar Products Used:   Marin Quad XC

Bike Setup:   Stock with WTB gel seat

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Krazy Mike a Weekend Warrior from Morton, IL, USA

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2007

Strengths:    light-ish(for what it's intended to do)
works well as a XC bike
looks pretty cool
good travel for XC
comfortable


Weaknesses:    stock seat is uncomfortable(that's easy to fix though)
Not great for huge drops (bigger than 7 ft)


Bottom Line:   
Overall it's a great bike for most anything that will come at you in freeride or XC. The 6 in travel is very nice. I LOVE IT!!

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Favorite Trail:   Comlara

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   some guy I found who wanted to sell one on craigslist (you should try it)

Similar Products Used:   tried my uncle's HiFi

Bike Setup:   all stock except rockshox pike 409 fork and specialized seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by G N a Weekend Warrior from Wellington, Fl. USA

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2007

Strengths:    The bike is much lighter than it appears. The bike really is a beast on the trails. I ride at Markham Park often, and anyone riding in South Florida knows how technical those trails are. This bike handles well all around. Grips on every climb with ease, and handles like a dream on the way down. The 6" of travel on rear suspension make the difference on the landing, along with the Pike front susp. Easy adjustments on the suspension for your favorite ride. I like the thru-axle on the front quick disconnect. Smooth shifting too. Good choice on the tires as well. Every time I go to the trails and unload my beast, it turns many heads. The bike is a true beauty. The paint job, and color make it a real eye-catcher. The old pic on the Fisher site does not do it justice. It is a must see.

Weaknesses:    None yet, still beating on the bike. I've read the other reviews reference the cranks. I haven't experienced that yet, and hoepfully I won't. So far, so good. The plastic flats that clicked into the egg-beaters finally came off on the trails, and useless end caps on the grips as well. Put plugs in to cover up the holes.

Bottom Line:   
This bike was a superior deal once the new Possums came out. It's like buying a car, just wait for new models to announce release, then get the one left over from the factory. I recommend this bike to any weekend warrior who really wants to enjoy their ride, especially if your approaching middle age; full suspension is key.
This will most likely be the last bike I purchase, as it is all I need. This replaced my Trek 4300 Disk, which I sold to recover a little of the cost.
It did take a while getting used to, as it is a very different feel from my Trek. I'm sure as much as I am riding, wear and tear will take it's toll. Overall I am extremely pleased with the bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Markham Park, Sunrise, Fl.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Wheels of Wellington

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel, Iron Horse Warrior, Specialized Stump Jumper, Giant whatever.

Bike Setup:   Stock Gary Fisher Fat Possum XT

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Myron MacNeil a Cross Country Rider from Poway, CA

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2007

Strengths:    This is an update to my previous review on the Possum. We took a trip out to Gallup New Mexico to ride their new trails. Awesome experience, great trails! The town could use some upgrades. Bike was bullet proof. I rode my Possum with a Giant NRS C2, an NRS 2, a brand new Titus and a Cannondale. I was the only one not adjusting brakes or suspension. Ha!

Weaknesses:    Compared to the bikes above the Fat Possum is a heavyweight. Is what it is, Fat. I also noticed an issue with the Genesis geometry (is that the phrase ?). On tight switchbacks there's quite a bit of bike sticking out in front. Makes tight turns a challenge. Not a show stopper, just a technique adjustment. OK, with some of the ridgeline trails it's a challenge, but fun!

Bottom Line:   
I'm no lightweight, 6'1, 220. The Possum rides smooth, the suspension took every rock, tree and mud challenge I in-expertly crashed into. The bike made my trip a GREAT experience.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1699.00

Purchased At:   TREK San Diego

Similar Products Used:   First All Mountain bike

Bike Setup:   X.0 rear, XT front, X-9 shifters, egg beater pedals, dirt.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Josh a Weekend Warrior from Lexington,SC,USA

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2007

Strengths:    The gary fisher Fat Possum is a great bike. the pike 409 fork is good for a 4-5 foot drop with 6in. of travle. The manito Slit is a good felling ride with 6in. of travle too.Fisher has done a great paint job. The xt is a really good bike for kids to adults who have racing skills pretty much down. i recomend this bike to everyone that is in its range.

Weaknesses:    The bontrager crank stinks you always have too keep tightend
Watch out for it!!!


Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is the Fat Possum is a lightweight adventure bike with 6” of travel that offers a fun and efficient ride with no boundaries.it is a nice bike for the money and you cant garentee you can go off any drop or downhill

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Favorite Trail:   Harbison State Forest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   adventure cycles AZ

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Joshua F4, Gary fisher Sugar 1, Gary fisher race,

Bike Setup:   Year 2006
Frame Platinum Series ZR9000 Externally Butted aluminum | Genesis All Mountain Geometry
Rear Shock Manitou Split RPA | Externally adjustable Platform Plus Damping | External rebound
Fork RockShox Pike 409 Dual Air w/Maxle thru-axle | 150mm travel
Headset Aheadset | Semi-cartridge | Sealed
Chainset Bontrager Race GXP 44/32/22
Front Mech Shimano M-580 XT
Rear Mech Shimano M-571 XT
Shifters Shimano M-570 LX
Rims Bontrager Race Disc wheelsystem w/20mm thru-axle
Hubs Bontrager Race Disc wheelsystem
Cassette SRAM PG970 | 11-34 | 9spd
Tyres Bontrager Big Earl 26x2.35 Folding
Brakes Hayes HFX-9 hydraulic disc | 6" rotor
Brake LeversHayes HFX-9 hydraulic disc | 6" rotor
Handle Bar Bontrager Race OS Riser
Stem Bontrager Race OS | 7d rise
Saddle Bontrager Select
Seat Pin Bontrager Select
Pedals
Weight 32.7 lbs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kris a Downhiller from sc

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2007

Strengths:    amazing paint, good fork(rock shox pike 409) good rear shox (manitue split air) nice powerful breaks( hayes 9) rims are light(bontrager race disc tubeless) xr rear der*,

Weaknesses:    for a 3000$ bike u think they could put a little nicer crank, and front der* and it is a little heavey 32.7 lbs other than that it a nice bike allaround

Bottom Line:   
the bottom line is that it is a nice bike for the money could be up graded a little but. the bike fells solid, give u a lot of confedence, this bike will take any jump, drop of downhill.
just a little heavy.

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Favorite Trail:   legent park, nc

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   adventure cycles,az

Similar Products Used:   gary fisher sugar 1 full xtr

Bike Setup:   all the stuff above

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