Gary Fisher Bitter Freeride Hardtail

4.1/5 (49 Reviews)
MSRP : $880.00


Product Description

  • Bottom bracket: ISIS GigaPipe
  • Pedals: Alloy BMX
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Alivio
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore
  • Shifters: Shimano Alivio
  • Chain: Shimano IG51


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve B a Cross Country Rider from Boise, ID

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2010

Strengths:    Great frame. Good brakes. Good components - not great. Solid solid solid. Overall a great bike which should last forever.

Weaknesses:    Peddles are a bit weak but easily replaced

Bottom Line:   
Great solid durable bike light enough to hit the mountains but burly enough to session in town.

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Favorite Trail:   Military hill

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale F 1000

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by trail killer a Weekend Warrior from Thun Switzerland

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2009

Strengths:    Very strong frame
geometry for me is the best I have ridden
bontreger earl parts
hayes hydraulic brakes (a little loud but have had no prob)


Weaknesses:    Manitou splice fork Is way to soft for someone my size and it flexes side to side I hate it. Trade it out if you can.Im going to ASAP.

Bottom Bracket Used it till it died after 1 year then replaced it with a down hill version .

The wellgo pedals died about the same time so upgraded to NS bikes leg eaters (NICE)


Bottom Line:   
I have used the bitter every day for 1 and a half years to ride back and forth to work ( 10 mi round trip). I go for rides about every weekend including street and single track.
I have even hit up the dirt jump park a few times and even though the bitter is no Specialized P3 it still holds up And Im kind of a big guy 6 foot 220lbs. But don't think its gonna fly like a dirt jump bike ,it wont.But fun none the less.Im more into single track and that's where the bitter shines, it handles like a dream. It will take anything a trail can dish out ,high speed 4 foot drop offs no prob. weaving in and out of the trees no prob.
flying off the trail and tumbling down the hill about 30 ft painful for me but just scratched the paint on the bitter

So the bottom line is I love this bike. It loves trails and is also happy on the street jumping curbs riding wheelies bunny hopping over what ever. I would and have recommended it
When something goes out upgrade it! by the way i would have given it 5 points but the fork just sucks

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Similar Products Used:   Just your every day mountain bikes
but nothing SIMILAR to the bitter



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by RTK a Downhiller from Williamsburg, VA US

Date Reviewed: March 27, 2009

Strengths:    Strong frame!

Weaknesses:    Forks bottom out easy. Tires, Rims & Cranks were the first to go.
I find the handlebars and the stem are weak and have some flex on hard landings.


Bottom Line:   
I like the bike, but found when hitting the bowls the tail end is alittle on the heavy side. I will be changing out the gears to a single, and smaller rims for better agility on the bowls, splines, grinding, and ramps.

Overall, the frame is strong and will take a beating.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Bikebeat

Similar Products Used:   Diamond back, Speacialized, Gary fisher

Bike Setup:   SOS rims, Hayes hydro disc brakes, panaracer tires, WTB skewers, Race Face cranks.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ShBlakeND123 a Weekend Warrior from Mukilteo,Washington

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2008

Strengths:    Good Fork,strong frame,good tires

Weaknesses:    Brakes stink all they do is make noise

Bottom Line:   
Its a ok bike for someone who just rides every other weeekend but if you are looking to go insaane i get a better fork and brakes.

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Favorite Trail:   Japense Gulch

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Bycilcle West

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Custom

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Blake matos a Weekend Warrior from turlock california

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2008

Strengths:    seat post hasent btoke cranks havent broken

Weaknesses:    everything fork blow derailer sucks frame is weak just broke the head tube off casing the 20 footer like what the hell

Bottom Line:   
ok if your not really going big cool for putting around and small rythme if your real good dont buy this bike

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Favorite Trail:   live wire

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   cycle masters

Similar Products Used:   ged mullet riot

Bike Setup:   e 13 argyle 318 chris king headset new whell avid bb7 other crap

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mdorado a Downhiller from CA

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2008

Strengths:    Strong frame, grips, metal end caps, shifters, hubs

Weaknesses:    Manitou Splice sucks balls. super soft new but felt good for the 2 weeks before it broke. Sent it back and got a new one which broke a month later. brakes suck for hydros, why even call them hydros, they feel like mx4s or some other wannabe hydros. rims have too much flex, tires lose tread fast. pedals have freakin huge pins that have killed my shins numerous times. bars are too long had them cut and are fine

Bottom Line:   
get this bike for mild dj but not drops. i dh now but occasionally use it for dj when im bored. MUCH better if u upgrade the fork and brakes

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Favorite Trail:   Folsom bike park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Freewheeler bike sho

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   upgraded magura julie hydros, blackspire chainguide, upgraded fork to dropoffs 2, feels much better

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doridude a Downhiller from Summerland

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2008

Strengths:    frame, its really strong and i like how it looks

Weaknesses:    all stock componints are crap, crap forks, crap derailer

Bottom Line:   
just get the frame and build up from it it will be way nicer

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Favorite Trail:   whos your daddy, rockstar

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   freedom bike shop

Similar Products Used:   brodie bruzza

Bike Setup:   pike forks

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by bmarley93 a Weekend Warrior from Maine

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2008

Strengths:    Strong frame few good components!

Weaknesses:    fork sucks cant go off a drop without bottoming it out
hayes sole brakes aren"t very good all they do is make noise!


Bottom Line:   
its a decent bike i wouldnt take it off to big of a drop!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Maine Sport Outfitte

Similar Products Used:   gary fisher opie



Bike Setup:   gary fisher bitter pretty much custom!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by bmarley93 a Weekend Warrior from Maine

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2008

Strengths:    strong frame, takes smaller drops like a champ

Weaknesses:    forks sucks, I cant go off a drop without bottoming it out!

Bottom Line:   
bikes rides well i raced a season of cross country with it but hopefully wont be doing that again its too heavy!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Similar Products Used:   gary fisher opie pretty much same thing but with crappier components and no disc brakes!

Bike Setup:   pretty much custom!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick Kania a Weekend Warrior from Charlotte, NC USA

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2008

Strengths:    Its hard for me to find a bike that fits me, but the Bitter has the amazing G2 geometry and the cockpit is unbelievably roomy.

Weaknesses:    Fork is HORRIBLE, It bottoms out all the time. This bike likes being pushed to the limits but the fork does not.

Bottom Line:   
I've always appreciated the simplicity of hardtails and the Bitter is my favorite one since I've been riding for fun and competition (10 years). For the price you absolutely can not beat what it has to offer. Sure the fork sucks but after a fork swap this bike will take anything you throw at it. Put on some clipless pedals and raise the seat and it is ready for some serious XC. Throw on some platforms and lower the seat and its ready for some urban assault or a day at the dirt jumps, the bike REALLY is THAT versatile!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Bike Line

Similar Products Used:   GF Mamba, GF Cake2, GF Fat Possum, Mullet, Trek 8500, 8300, Specialized Stump Jumper, Rock hopper, Specialized SX Trail

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi All mountain 140mm, Avid 5's, Bontrager DH tubes, 2" Rise 690mm handlebar

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Peter B a Weekend Warrior from Knoxville, TN, USA

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2008

Strengths:    Awesome frame, awesome wheels and tires

Weaknesses:    Front shocks. I had the 06 with the splice forks. They were way too soft. Poor climbing ability.

Bottom Line:   
I love the bike. It would hold up to anything. I had a hard time climbing simple hills. The bike just wants to do wheelies. I have done xc riding a long time, and although this bike is a tremendous value for the money, I took it back and traded it in.

If you are a dh or dj rider, it is the bike for you. Wonderfully fun to ride. I am just too old now to do any drops.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $630.00

Purchased At:   cedarbluffcycles

Similar Products Used:   none,

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John F. a Downhiller from Pittsburgh, PA

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2008

Strengths:    Compontry, Strong Frame, Good turning response and great breakes 8 inch front disc and 6 inch back disc

Weaknesses:    You have to open the fork to interchange springs because it isnt air

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, has a really good feel to it and jumps very well, best bike for the money, although GF didnt make a 08 model so you have to try to get an 07. Its impossbile to break and is hard to damange

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Favorite Trail:   Ray's MTB, Frick Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Pittsburgh Pro Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Fisher Mullet

Bike Setup:   All stock right now

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stacy Langford a Weekend Warrior from Powell,Tn

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2007

Strengths:    Frame,Wheels,Brakes

Weaknesses:    Bars,Stem,Headset,Cranks,Fork belongs on a Walmart Bike

Bottom Line:   
With a few upgrades this thing is pretty much bullet proof.It can take 2 to 6 foot drops all day.Love it more each time I ride it.Great for beginer or expierenced riders

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Favorite Trail:   Local greenways and parks

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Cedar Bluff Cycles

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Diety 2"rise bars,Race Face Prodigy DH Cranks,CaneCreek Tank Hit headset,BlackSpire 34t front chainring,Truvativ BoxGuide,Manitou Nixon SuperPlus 145mm

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ryan preston a Cross Country Rider from ontario, canada

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2007

Strengths:    it has good brakes and cranks and i like the handle bars .

Weaknesses:    i don't really like the forks. the seat post is too high but u can get it cut down.

Bottom Line:   
I CANT PUT THE FRIGIN BEARING BACK TOGETHER!


otherwise its great.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   spoke o motion

Similar Products Used:   Brodie Bruzza


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tom Maume a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2007

Strengths:    Looks hot, loveley ride, breaks insane, hanslebars long distance apart, got 18 gears, suprisingly light.

Weaknesses:    scratches easily, forks a bit soft, cant realy sit down and ride without being thrown off seat.

Bottom Line:   
sexy bike loveley ride, soooooooooooooooomuch better looking than in photo and only £400. If you got the money buy it and it will never break.

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Favorite Trail:   Gulley, Swinley forest

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Evans cycles

Similar Products Used:   Trek bruiser, Norco bigfoot.

Bike Setup:   Stock 06

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