Strengths: mostly comfortable, although it would be totally comfortable and great ride with a few adjustments i someone can help me with.
Weaknesses: maybe none, see under "review summary"
i don't have a job because of the economy and have been using my sons bike: Gary Fisher, Tarpon, model 85:6102. I need the handle bars closer to me, since i am not a tall as my son. can the handle bars be brought forth maybe 1 inch? i think this would stop the upper neck/back pain i'm having for reaching so far. i plan on buying this brand of bike when i get settled in a job. thank you.
Strengths: The bike is a great first bike for people dipping their toes in mountain biking. Gary Fisher's G2 geometry makes for very good handling at slow speeds and good stability at high speeds. Even with the rather steep head angle, the bike feels very confident and refined. It rides lighter than the scales may suggest and it has good upgrade potential. Overall a perfect bike for a beginner!
Weaknesses: Not much tire clearance in the rear, but that is not much of problem as most people won't run tires bigger than 2.2 anyways. The stock Suntour fork should be replaced with something that feels a little less like a pogo stick and more like a suspension fork.
If you're looking for your first real mountain bike, this is a perfect bike for beginners with its neutral, confident handling, quick acceleration and light weight. Would be nice if it comes stock with a better fork or 29er wheels.
Date Reviewed: May 15, 2012
Strengths: rides good light frame.
Weaknesses: pedals but quick fix.
ive had my gary fisher. advance for about 2 years now awesome bike its a 24 speed. ive up graded it from stock to good top end parts.i picked it up in newmarket. ive change the crank to hollow tech race face with race face bottom bracket,deore derailleur for rear. up graded the shocks to marazoochie replaced stock rims to sun rims rino lite.race face riser handlebars &race face stem.also deore rear v brakes stop on a dime. will up grade for disk brakes soon. also deore wheel hubs.& also race face white grips. very good ride.:) sweettt...
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: December 19, 2010
Strengths: TREK. What more can I say. Strong, durable a bargain at the price it was being sold at, the bike is also fast becoming a collecters item and finding one now is like gold dust. If you would like one like the 2011 advance be quick.
Weaknesses: pedals, but easily fixed
I use my bike for commuting to work over rough/smooth tracks and also for shopping and just riding for pleasure. I'm no spring chicken being over the half century. Of all the bikes I have had this is by far the best for all ages and abilities, also as with all Trek/Gary fisher bikes there is excelent product backup if somethis does go wrong.
Bike Setup: As it is as it does not need any uprated equipment for the cycling I do.
Justin Emmanuel M. Crisostomo
a Weekend Warrior
from Manila Philippines
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2010
Strengths: Light, Fast and manuverable
when i baought my Trek G2 Advance 2011 i felt the huge difference from my previous bike, its is very fast, very stable and manuverable. it as a good feel in light to rough trail. excellent for climbing and riding fast, light weight body and excellent parts.
a Cross Country Rider
from Pawleys Island, SC
Date Reviewed: July 21, 2010
Strengths: Great quality components for price, very durable, adjustable front suspension (would like it better with a lock out feature)
Weaknesses: plastic pedals
Awesome bike, handles well on the trails and on the road, very strong and durable bike yet incredibly light weight, I wrecked it bad (broken bones and torn up knee ligaments) though the bike was fine (had to replace the seat). Awesome bike at a great price.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: June 23, 2009
Just getting into biking and not sure on a bike so your help would be greatly appreciated. Here are some of the bikes I am interested in Gary Fisher Advance $425., Specialized Hardrock $359. or trek 3700 $359. If you can think of any other bike around that price range and think I should check them out let me know. Thank for your help.
a Weekend Warrior
from Oxford, Michigan, USA
Date Reviewed: April 2, 2009
Strengths: Durability and strength
Weaknesses: sprocket and chain pretty squeaky and loud.
well I'm from Michigan and ride this bike around campus every day and do trail riding about once or twice every other weekend. This bike was my first Mountain Bike, i used to ride a GT Fly, but this bike has been amazing for me, everything works well on this bike, the only thing that I've noticed is that i ride a lot in the rain/mud/and even the snow, and the only problem is that the crank, sprocket, and chain are pretty loud. I do some winter trail riding with some buddies, so i keep the bike in pretty good shape before i put it away for the winter. It has been an amazing bike for me, i would buy this bike again, but making sure it has discs brakes one it. Great bike for getting into Mtn. biking i've actually had a few friends buy this same bike, because they've seen what i've done on it/to it and they know how strong and durable it really is.
a Cross Country Rider
from appleton wi.
Date Reviewed: March 30, 2009
Strengths: So far so good.
Weaknesses: Pedals are garbage but easy fix.
I just bought this bike 2 weeks ago and have put on about 150 miles. I ride bmx, dirt jump and skatepark, and wanted something that felt like my bmx bike. I would definately recomend this bike if you are making the transition from one to the other. Great feel, light, shifts fairly smooth, and surprisingly durable. Dont care for the Bontrager components but will replace as needed.
Very nice all around bike. I used to ride BMX, dirt jumping for about 7 years. The hard tail is a nice fit for me. Turning at low speeds is smooth. Turning at high speeds is pin point. I bought the 2009 model, it comes with much better componants, and an adjustable front fork suspension with a lock out. I've been jumping it pretty hard and it seems to be holding out great. I would recomend this bike to almost any body. Beginner through intermediate and even some advanced people could have alot of fun with this bike.
[COLOR=#333333]Does any of you guys have this bike and if you dont what are you thoughts. Looks like i can buy it for $3600.00[/COLOR]
[COLOR=#333333]I'm looking to buy one but need more input.
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