Gary Fisher Advance XC Hardtail

4.09/5 (34 Reviews)
MSRP : $489.99


Product Description

  • Frame: Gold Series 6061 T6 aluminum, G2 Geometry, butted and hydroformed tubing, cold-forged dropouts & BB
  • Wheels: Alloy FM31, Shimano RM30 hubs, Bontrager 550 rims, Bontrager LT3 tires
  • Componentry: Shimano FD-C050 front derailleur, Shimano Alivio rear derailleur, Shimano ST-EF50 8spd shifters, Shimano FC-M151 crank, Tektro TK-845AL linear pull brakes
  • Suspension: Suntour SF9-XCT-V2 100mm travel, custom G2 Geometry 46mm offset crown


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Greg ko a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2014

Strengths:    Durable frame, good for technical stuff having the 26" tires

Weaknesses:    Single wall rims don't stand a chance, factory brakes are faulty, suspension crappy

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike brand new in 2011. The first week I had it i destroyed the front wheel, ended up getting a Specialized double wall wheel which seems to last much much better. The brakes failed on me within a year or 2 so i upgraded them to BB7 200mm's. Fantastic stopping power now. Suspension was crappy so I just purchased a RockShock air fork for it. This bike is now better than brand new. For everyday Rails to Trails riding it's perfect. Once you start doing the downhills and really technical things you may want to look in to upgrading components. It's like a car, you get what you pay for and if you put money into it it's more reliable.

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Favorite Trail:   Hopewell Parks Danville, PA

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Dutch Wheelman Bike


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by suzanne redican

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2013

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"

Bottom Line:   
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.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tsetse

Date Reviewed: February 9, 2013

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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gary.b.

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2012

Strengths:    rides good light frame.

Weaknesses:    pedals but quick fix.

Bottom Line:   
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...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Timster801 a Downhiller from VA

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2011

Strengths:    Can go off big jumps that I have found while riding around. I ride everywhere.

Weaknesses:    Pedals. Plastic so can break easy.

Bottom Line:   
Very good bike. Nothing is bad but the pedals. Its a very good bike for normal riders but when going off of very high drop offs I am afraid because it is a hardtail.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $550.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by cidervimto a Weekend Warrior from england

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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   chevin cycles, Otley

Similar Products Used:   Carrera sub2

Bike Setup:   As it is as it does not need any uprated equipment for the cycling I do.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justin Emmanuel M. Crisostomo a Weekend Warrior from Manila Philippines

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2010

Strengths:    Light, Fast and manuverable

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Sta. Rosa FOrward Palace Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $420.00

Purchased At:   paulina's bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Mongoose

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by masonrc 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

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Not sure

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $375.00

Purchased At:   Outspokin

Similar Products Used:   Trek 3700, Specialized Hard Rock, Trek 4300


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by J.Lambie a Weekend Warrior from WI

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2009

Strengths:    Durable light weight frame,added disc brakes,triple wall rims,easy use gear system.

Weaknesses:    Uncomfortable stock seat.

Bottom Line:   
So far so awesome!!!! Trumps specialized!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Door County

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $380.00

Purchased At:   Wheel & Sprocket

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hardrock


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tbiddy a Weekend Warrior from Minnesota

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2009

Strengths:    N/A

Weaknesses:    N/A

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   N/A

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $425.00

Purchased At:   N/A

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   N/A

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by darrinw2001 a Weekend Warrior from Valrico, Florida

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2009

Strengths:    light weight, good component mix

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
light weight and a good componernt mix for the price. this is for my 8 year old son and is his 1st 26" wheeled bike. nice set up for the price.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   private party

Similar Products Used:   specialized hotrock

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xattica a Cross Country Rider from San Juan, Puerto Rico

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2009

Strengths:    Fast, beautiful and light. Genesis 2 is strong and well build.

Weaknesses:    Pedals, but as someone said; easy fix.

Bottom Line:   
Wife's first MTB. Shes very happy. The Advance is very light and fast. Would recommend it to anyone as a good entry level MTB.

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Favorite Trail:   Some

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $490.00

Purchased At:   Ielow

Similar Products Used:   GF Marlin, Trek, GT, Haro

Bike Setup:   Stock (wife's bike)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jacob1bc a Weekend Warrior from Oxford, Michigan, USA

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2009

Strengths:    Durability and strength

Weaknesses:    sprocket and chain pretty squeaky and loud.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Midland City-Forest trails

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Main Street Bicycles

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mtnbmx'er a Cross Country Rider from appleton wi.

Date Reviewed: March 30, 2009

Strengths:    So far so good.

Weaknesses:    Pedals are garbage but easy fix.

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   random

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   wheel and sprocket

Similar Products Used:   First Mtn. bike.

Bike Setup:   Stocker. Except the pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by NHValentine a Weekend Warrior from Lexington Park, Md

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2008

Strengths:    Breaking, Shifting, Turning, Strong Stock Componants

Weaknesses:    Stock front fork shock kinda' soft

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Bike Doctor / Waldor

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Stock

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