a Weekend Warrior
from victora bc
Date Reviewed: April 19, 2011
Strengths: the best bike on the market only from the g2 geometry and is the most advansed tech bike on the market to this day and for years to come i recomend the the roscoe 2 because its a epic bike and one of the best best i rode
Weaknesses: the humming of the avid rotor
the most advansed tech bike on the market the best i ever rode
a Weekend Warrior
from kansas city, ks
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2010
Strengths: handling through ruts, roots and rocks
Weaknesses: tires for sure
I read alot of forums before buying this bike. One in particular that was interesting was the differences between the roscoe and the yeti 575. Well, the yeti 575 is legendary amongst hard-core riders and by the end of the forum, there were enough posts that the yeti 575 riders were getting pissed because so many people were saying that the roscoe addressed some of the handling issues that yeti could not get perfected. I think the yeti is a bad ass bike, but in the same breath i will say that the roscoe is the best handling bike that i have ridden to date. It is a little heavy but it is basically a all day trail bike that can descend faster than a trail bike. Too bad they are not going to make them since Gary Fisher is now Trek. If you run into one, I suggest trying it out. It is stupid fun to ride.
Bike Setup: stock: avid elixer brakes, fox talas, fox float, xt, slx
a Cross Country Rider
from Norwalk, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: October 21, 2009
Strengths: Very stable feel, climbs like a billy goat and decends like a alpine racer!! This bike has very good all around stable feel and everything I have pointed it at it soakes up with ease!!
Weaknesses: The stock tires are junk as far as I am concerned!! They lost there grip soon after being new and will push out from under you in a turn so be careful. I was told the have a predictable slide but thats crap and so are the tires!! The cockpit seems to be a little small for me but I am 6'1" and it just needs a new stem and maybe bars!! The seat is a little hard and could also be replaced!
The bottom line is so far this is a great bike and really handles very well!!! I have quite a few rides on it and am curious to see how it will with stand and hold up over time and am keeping my fingers crossed for now!!! I would recomend this bike to anyone who is looking for an all around bike as the suspension is great and is stable through the rough stuff!! If your looking for a downhill mostly bike look elsewhere but for an X-country, AM bike this will do you just great. I haven't taken big drops on it yet but it will soak up the 6 footers well but it's not designed for the big stuff!! Will see what the future holds but for now I am stoked!!!
Similar Products Used: Rocky Mountain Slayer, Specialized Enduro ridden but not owned, Motobecane.
Bike Setup: So far it is in stock form except for the computer, but all is changing now just wanted to wear out the tires completely first even though they are crap but at close to $60.00 a pop can you blame me?
a Cross Country Rider
from Bend, OR
Date Reviewed: September 13, 2009
Strengths: Very stout frame, uses a tapered head tube for steering precision, 15mm TA, all-mountain width 28mm rims, custom suspension valving, good brakes, pedals very well
Weaknesses: Lack of plushness, Bontrager parts cut a few corners, tires are lousy
I have ridden this a few times prior, but this ride I got out on a 5-hour ride with lots of climbing, lots of descending, and some technical sections thrown in. Overall, I was fairly pleased with the ride, as the geometry felt very dialed and the bike handled very well. Super stiff laterally, nearly zero flex can be felt. This would be a great bike for 24-hour racing with some lighter wheels to get it close to 27lbs.
Unfortunately, I couldn't get over the fact that the bike, for it being a very stout, well designed heavy-duty trail bike, just didn't have a very plush rear end. It was night and day when compared to my 150mm travel Terremoto: the Roscoe in comparison felt like a 110mm travel bike. Sag was set to just over 30%, yet I bottomed it out at 80% of full travel, which doesn't happen on my other bikes. I got bounced around a bunch and had to carefully choose a line: usually on a 140mm travel bike, I can just point and shoot through all but the really rough stuff. This bike, it wasn't the case. As it pedaled very well, it reminded me of my old 120mm Stumpjumper Pro, in the fact that it was more of an "efficient" trailbike rather than a "technical, plush trailbike". Which is fine, but looking at the Roscoe and how beefy the bike looks, one would assume it to be a heavy-duty, AM bike that can handle any technical situation. While it is technically capable, it is nowhere near as controlled in rough terrain, as say a Rize 3 from Cannondale. It does pedal a bit better though. Not as plush or controlled in rough terrain as my Ventana El Ciclon either (125mm of travel, the 2008 version). FWIW, I am 150lbs, and perhaps the custom rear shock is valved for a heavier rider.
You may need a better set of tires. The Panaracer Rampage 2.35 up front was a big improvement in the loose, sandy soil we ride here.
Overall, I really like this frame, and it seems geared to those who want available travel without losing pedaling efficiency. There is a place for that type of bike: not everyone wants the same type of trail bike, or lives in the same place, and therefore choice is good. The Roscoe doesn't feel quite like a 140mm bike (more like the Hi-Fi 26" instead, which I rode in fall of 2007). Personally, I like a plusher bike (I could really care less about suspension bob and efficiency, as I know how to spin and keep it to a minimum. Anyone trail rider who worries about pedal bob should just buy a cheap pair of rollers instead, it will make them a stronger rider and minimize bob). My preference for a 140mm bike is that it allows me to tackle any reasonable trail obstacle with minimum effort on my part, so I can ride longer. This bike doesn't quite have that feel. For those looking for a snappier, more efficient ride, this may be your bike, or those who don't ride really rough trails. It fits well with the Fisher lineup, more of a racier, snappier feel throughout all of their bikes, as well as a full stable of race bikes. Overall, a great bike, but not quite what I was looking for. I can recommend it highly for more of an XC-oriented long travel feel.
Similar Products Used: Owned: Ventana: El Ciclon, El Rey, X5, Terremoto, El Salt: Cannondale Rize, Rush; Hi-Fi 26", lots of other bike demoed.
Bike Setup: Mostly stock, but replaced the post and saddle with my own, put on a Thomson stem, and my own DT Swiss 5.1/240 wheels, as well as a Pana Rampage 2.35 up front and a Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.4 in back.
from Dominican Republic
Date Reviewed: May 14, 2009
Strengths: It's A all Day Bike, with great suspension set, the best part it's that you can do anything with this bike, up hill, single trails, jumps, downhill, this bikes works like heaven
there isn't a day that i don't think on riding my bike ..It rulez
Bike Setup: stock, tubeless, change the tires to bontrager 2.35 Big Earl, change the disc rotors, put some alligator on .. and my bike is lighter now it's 28.5pounds and this makes it better,
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: December 16, 2008
Strengths: downhill/uphill this bike seems to eat terrain
Weaknesses: none so far.
i have ridden this bike for less than 2 weeks, i took it to afan and god was it good, it was cold and slippery but the roscoe just ate the terrain and with those big tyres it hung on and handled everything that was thrown at it. I would recommend anyone wanting a proper ALL mountain bike to get a proper demo on this.
Bike Setup: stock even with those massive xdx 2.4 tyres
a Cross Country Rider
from La Mesa CA
Date Reviewed: December 10, 2008
Strengths: Solid frame, Excellent on singletrack, climbing, descending, switchbacks.Responsive and fun to ride,very stable feeling,confidence inspiring. In a class of it's own.
Weaknesses: Slightly heavier than 4-5" XC bike, but quite a bit lighter than a 6" downhill bike
Excellent bike for all-around use.Very sure-footed on loose conditions (climbing or descending).The big tires help traction and add suspension.SLX drivetrain (great shifters),Elixir brakes(solid), FOX front & rear shocks, Rhythm Comp wheelset w/15mm frt axle, seat & post,RXL stem, lock-on grips--ALL work well. Not much of anything to change. It weighs 30lbs, 2lbs more than my EX-8, but I'll probably lose 3lbs around my waist from riding it.
Excellent for group rides,night rides,exploration/adventure/death march rides. It will also make the 25lb Klein feel pretty good on racedays.
The Roscoe bikes will be a hit.They have created and filled a new niche. Great all-around, fun, capable, machine!!
Strengths: Great climber, capable descender New 15 mm thru axle is the future of this type of bike.
Weaknesses: Not as supple as my Remedy 9.
After 4 short rides(40 miles offroad) I have decided the rear shock needs to be set at 35% sag (comes with a nice sag gauge). Pro pedal is set fairly firm so with the rear shock in pro pedal it climbs great. Benefit of G-2 geometry is that with the front shock set lower it still feels great. (I never used the talus front shock on the EX9 because it felt like I was pushing into the ground). New Bontrager tires feel great in current tackey conditions on decomposed granite in the pacific northwest. Climbs steep stuff easily, descends predictiably. Awesome on tight singletrack.
Remedys raked out front end gives it more stability but makes it a little more difficult in tight stuff. Remedy and Fuel EX also have a slightly more plush back end. Until I got this bike I was riding my Remedy 70% over the Fuel because of the confidence it gave me. I would even ride it up Mt Ashland over the Fuel because of the confidence on the descent. With this bike it is going to be a harder decision.