Gary Fisher 2000 Mamba Hardtail Bike

4.17/5 (18 Reviews)


Product Description

mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Sync 288, 2.5" travel fork


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Shep a Cross Country Rider from San Antonio, Texas, USA

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2005

Strengths:    The RapidFire Shifters provide seamless shifting to maintain a more consistent cadence. A perfect fit for this rider and equipped with the features for the type of riding desired. This is an excellent bike for cardio exercise around the neighborhood and on the trails.

Weaknesses:    Overall, the bike a little on the heavy side although this also serves to provide some stability for the more "mature" rider. After failing to properly maintain the front fork at the recommended service intervals, the shaft bolt on one leg of the Sync 288 broke. Attempts to find a replacement bolt took several days since the phone numbers and e-mail address in the owner's manual (provided at time of purchase) were no longer in service. Fisher Bikes (www.fisherbikes.com) responded with advice to contact the fork manufacturer. After a daylong investigation to locate the company, now known as Insync (a subsidiary of Spinner), replacement bolts were sent out at no charge.

Bottom Line:   
Always select a product that fits the user's dimensions and anticipated usage. It makes for more fun which makes for usage. Spend some quality time with the people at the bike shop and if they are good listeners (the BikeWorld folks were great), you'll ride off with an excellent piece of equipment. And, always follow the recommended service intervals. A little maintenance goes a long way.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   BikeWorld - San Antonio

Similar Products Used:   Test road numerous models from various manufacturers before selecting the Mamba.

Bike Setup:   All standard stock with the addition of a wireless Cats Eye computer.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joe smoe a Weekend Warrior from mississauga

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2002

Strengths:    Everthings great for the price of this bike!!


Weaknesses:    The frame is getting kind of bendy...
fork has less than an inch of travel for some reason???
left crankarm fell off after a 3 foot drop


Bottom Line:   
Great price i paid 420 Can. looked around and this was the greatest deal.
i love this bike looking to upgrade to a norco saqswatch.
some parts a little weak.
great bike for beginers intermediate riders need something a little better. ive had this for 2 years and its mostly lasted.im hoping to break the frame and get one under the warrenty

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Favorite Trail:   Muskoka

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Sporting Life (the greatest store ever)

Similar Products Used:   Specialized hardrock

Bike Setup:   stock with Deore v's new crankarm

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by stuart fuller a Cross Country Rider from stoughton WI US of A

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2001

Strengths:    The frame took some abuse

Weaknesses:    every time i went out the rear hanger bent and i had to get it bent back. i cracked the chain rings and i couldn't replace them because the nes on there are non replaceable the fork was a pain to tune and wasn't near stiff enough. sthe would. shift after 10 min of hard riding and her handling was really sluggish

Bottom Line:   
POS if you buy a cheap bike you get a cheap bike

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Favorite Trail:   kettle morain

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Trek Shop


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by SAM SKALAK a Weekend Warrior from TOANO VA 23168

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2001

Strengths:    GREAT TIRES, RIMS, BRAKES ARE EXCELLENT, COLORS, LOOKING FOR A NOT SO EXPENSIVE STARTER BIKE - GOOD IDEA

Weaknesses:    LOTS OF GEAR TROUBLE, HEAVY, SLUGGISH, STIFF RIDING

Bottom Line:   
HEAVY, SLUGGISH, LOTS OF GEAR TROUBLES, YES A STEEL BIKE CAN BE BENT, GOOD STARTER BIKE, GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

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Favorite Trail:   YRSP

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   BIKEBEAT

Bike Setup:   GOOD, NICE COLORS, GREAT SELECTION OF SIZING

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by FERGUS LEIBLIER a Weekend Warrior from Alberta, Can.

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2001

Strengths:    Bullet proof frame, Awsom colors (yellow/black) good shifters, good stiff oasis seat, world class name..

Weaknesses:    entry level SR Suntour shock is ok to start with but will need to be upgraded once technique improves. probably to a manitou

Bottom Line:   
Spent about 3 weeks comparing bikes for best bang for the buck and this Mamba won hands down. Awson hardtail frame that can easlily be upgraded to a world class bike. Only $$ stands in the way. Anyone who is considering going to a real bike from a cheapy should really consider this bike. Excellent place to start without cracking the bank.

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Favorite Trail:   anything fast and rolling

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $325.00

Purchased At:   Run and Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Specialized, KHS, Giant

Bike Setup:   F & B 'V' Braked very good, head set and stem one piece, will be upgraded with new shock. Good matrix 550 rims (as long as you're not doing 30' drops), good grippy connection tires (little slower on black top though).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Craig Thomas a Downhiller from Webster,NH,USA

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2001

Strengths:    Definatly the price not a bad bike the only thing i put on was bar ends and "yello and red" Profile Desine Grips i love the rapid fire shifters also!

Weaknesses:    The suspention Although i just ordered new Rock Shock sid so that should make a nice diference!

Bottom Line:   
Great bike Highly recomended!

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Favorite Trail:   Any thing with good down hill jumps!!!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Bandigans 50/50

Similar Products Used:   none realy

Bike Setup:   Large Gary fisher Mamba 21spd rapid fier frnt and rer "V" brake set up (soon to be front disc!)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter a Weekend Warrior from Sudbury, MA, USA

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2000

Strengths:    Fun as hell, not too heavy, gotta love the Gary Fisher Millenium Orange :)

Weaknesses:    The stock components are a little weak, chainring was destroyed early

Bottom Line:   
Fun, fun fun bike if you don't trash it. If you're going to do some hardcore riding i suggest you at least upgrade shocks and crankset. Derailleurs are easily replaced as well, but not necessary. I trail ride all the time and this baby has never failed me, i just wanted to upgrade as an early christmas present. i love this bike, i highly recommend it to anyone who wants a great bike at a better price.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything rough

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Frank's Spoke N' Wheel

Similar Products Used:   Trek, Specialized, GT

Bike Setup:   Rock Shox '01 Pyslo XC, Yeti Grips, XT everything else but i'm putting hayes disc brakes on it next month *yes i'm turning a 400 dollar bike into a 1500 dollar bike :)*

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chuck a Cross Country Rider from Davis,CA

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2000

Strengths:    sub-$300 suspension bike.
Sturdy / jumps well.
Great beginner bike


Weaknesses:    Components aren't great
Shock is not adjustable


Bottom Line:   
At first I was pleased with this bike and if I didn't start going off road alot I still would be. The componentry simply does not hold up to any off-road use. I have only 3 months on the bike and have already worn out the big chainring and since it doesn't have replaceable chainrings, I'm stuck with buying new crank. I had planned on buying this and upgrading as I learned more, but since I will needing a new fork and crankset soon, I will put the money into a real off-road bike.
In short: its great around town and in the country, but you will break it in the hills.

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Favorite Trail:   Mix/Gates Canyon

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $299.00

Bike Setup:   Stock except changing the cassette to a 13-32

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Patrick a Weekend Warrior from Houston, Tx, USA

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2000

Strengths:    price-value ratio
solid frame
Oakland Raider paint scheme
Gary Fisher vibe


Weaknesses:    entry level componentry

Bottom Line:   
My old bike is a 14 year old hybrid, and it does the job on the smooth concrete or asphalt triails, but i wanted to try some slightly more challenging terrain. The Mamba is a perfect entry-level bike for my needs. The bang-for-the-buck ratio is very high. Yes, many of the parts may wear out, but i've read reviews for bikes costing 3 or 4 times than this thing, and parts are replaced on those as well. I'll do the same on the Mamba when needed. A $1000.00 bike would not be 3 times more fun for me.
I looked at about a dozen bikes and bought this one.
This bike makes me feel like i felt with my blue Schwinn StingRay back in the olden days.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $260.00

Purchased At:   Sun & Ski

Similar Products Used:   Univega 500
Specialized Navigator
Fisher Marlin


Bike Setup:   Stock, added Niterider Trailrat, gel seat pad for 43 year old crotch

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg Hopper a Weekend Warrior from Collierville, TN

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2000

Strengths:    This is a 2001 Mamba not 2000. Great entry level bike, comfortable. Good value for the money. better colors than the 2000. Better value than Schwinn or Specialized or Giant.


Weaknesses:    Front forks, they shake and make strange noise. After 4 xc rides I have it in the shop to check the forks because they have become "jittery" or "grabby"

Bottom Line:   
It's a great starter bike, the most bang for the buck!! If your just starting out this is the bike for you. Dont make the mistake of going to the "supercenter" and buying a Mongoose dual suspention like I almost did.

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Favorite Trail:   Shelby Farms\Wolf River

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Bikeline...Germantown,TN

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn, Specialized, Giant.

Bike Setup:   Stock, no changes yet.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fred Hernandez a Cross Country Rider from Vista, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2000

Strengths:    Great frame, great tires, decent components, warranty, price, look and feel.

Weaknesses:    Plastic pedals and that's it!

Bottom Line:   
Fantastic bike for $300. Fisher quality and feel, handles beatifully. As someone else mentioned frame has lifetime warranty, I'll probably just be upgrading components. Plastic pedals were first to go, propably next will go to Shimano XT or XTR. Fork is decent, but you may need to upgrade for serious XC (I'm thinking Manitou SX-R). I did a lot of research before buying and was on a budget, but this was best bike hands down for the price.

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Favorite Trail:   Any I can get to

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Other Front Suspension rigs

Bike Setup:   Stock plus System 1 Pedals, Bontrager Bar Ends

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bax a Cross Country Rider from Vista CA

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2000

Strengths:    lifetime warranty on frame, tough, light, Rapidfires, Gary Fisher name, riser handlebar, lighter than my wife's GT Saddlback which is a much smaller bike

Weaknesses:    cheesy plastic pedals, lowgrade components but what can you expect from a front suspension for $300? needs wider tires also

Bottom Line:   
nimble, tough, light, front suspension bike w/ lifetime warranty on frame for around $300. Good starter bike that you can upgrade since the frame is guaranteed forever. Thanks to Mark at Supergo for making my first mountain bike purchase hassle free. I highly recommend Supergo to anyone w/ a store in your area. E-mail me if you have any questions about the bike or my Camelbak Blowfish purchase which I also recommend

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Favorite Trail:   Camp Pendleton

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   test rode Trek, GT,& Specialized. This bike impressed me the moment I rode it, hard to describe how it handles

Bike Setup:   stock, upgrading when stuff wears out

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lorenski Schooldog a Weekend Warrior from FTW TX USA

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2000

Strengths:    Looks good, rides comfy, fast, price.

Weaknesses:    None considering the price.

Bottom Line:   
My wife has one. I compare her's in comfort and value all the time with my friends bikes, window shopping, etc, and the Mamba remains the most comfortable ride yet.
This is a great bike. I spent 3 times the $ for the Katai, and we swap bikes when we get into some tuff terrain, and then I welcome the comfort of hers for a while. I'm glad I have one around. Wives really are for feeling good, eh? BTW, it's fast too, not as fast as the Kaitai, of course, but fast...I mean come on, $300 is cheap. But it's made right.


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Favorite Trail:   Barton Springs, Austin

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   GF Marlin, GF Kaitai

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Deven a Cross Country Rider from Appleton, Wisconsin

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2000

Strengths:    Sync suspension fork, v-brakes, sturdy cro-moly frame

Weaknesses:    the cat's eye pedal reflectors keep on falling out

Bottom Line:   
This bike is good for people who won't do serious downhill riding. It is an excellent bike with good components for the price. I do a lot of XC riding and bike all over the place with it. It is a good bike for people just beginning to get into mtn biking. Out of all the bikes that I looked at in the same price range the Mamba had the best quality.

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Favorite Trail:   Unnamed singletrack nearby

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   GT Saddleback ('99 & '00), Trek 820, Giant Rincon, GT Outpost, Raliegh M45

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Logan McDaid from Fall River

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2000

Strengths:    mostly everything except the seat ( its like sitting on a rock)

Weaknesses:    seat

Bottom Line:   
really good deal for the price

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Favorite Trail:   jacks lake track

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   great, cound,t be better for the price

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