Gary Fisher Cake 2 DLX XC Full Suspension

4.45/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $2150.00


Product Description

  • Carbon fiber seatstays
  • Shimano M-751 XT rear derailleur
  • Shimano M520 ATB clipless pedals
  • Bontrager Race Disc wheelsystem


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bikerz

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2012

Strengths:    Awesome suspension, wicked clearance

Weaknesses:    No lockouts on shocks

Bottom Line:   
I love mine so much it hurts

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mtbr4life a Cross Country Rider from Portland Oregon

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2010

Strengths:    Lightweight(28lbs), Fox fork, Manitou rear shock, quality frame built in the US, and so much stuff it would take forever

Weaknesses:    The haynes nine disc brakes tend to make some screeching sound in wet weather.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike for almost anything you throw at it. Can take some decent sized drop offs. Climbs up hills amazing! Stock components are nice. Worth the money

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Favorite Trail:   trails with dirt

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   Muddyfox, Specialized

Bike Setup:   Fox fork, Carbon bars, Mavic tubeless wheels, Shimano clipless pedals, Carbon seatstay

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jsweed a Weekend Warrior from Indiana Pa

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2009

Strengths:    climbs well the bike feels like it'll handle whatever i through at it pretty good part spec decent weight for a four year old fs

Weaknesses:    does have some issues with chain popping.

Bottom Line:   
I got this bike from my lbs they got it in on trade from an older gentalman that must have taken care of the bike. I got it and it still had the original tires on it with the little nipples on the side walls still so for the four hundred and fifty dollars i paid for it i'm excited. i came off of a trek 6000 wich i loved.

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Favorite Trail:   trails behind ed's house

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Trailz End

Similar Products Used:   ah i've only test road a scott geniuse and a cannondale rize

Bike Setup:   Ah changed out the original stem put 15 degress of rise on running avid juicy sevens with nevegal tires and some candy peddals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by hempi a Weekend Warrior from irvine, ca, usa

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2009

Strengths:    takes a beating, large frame

Weaknesses:    pedals, short bar, front forks, rear shock, tires, crank, seat, chain suck, chain falling off

Bottom Line:   
after the $1000.00+ in upgrades i've done over the past 5 years, this bike now takes a beating twice a day. comfortable and reliable, no issues at all

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Favorite Trail:   dirt

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   rock & road

Bike Setup:   27" easton high rise bar, kenda nevegal 2.35, shimano XTR crank, shimano XT cassette, sram chain, fox talus fork, fox rp23 shock, forte shovel pedals, thick foam grips from a mototcycle, gel seat

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

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2009

Strengths:    Components, shock set-up, weight

Weaknesses:    placement of top bar..

Bottom Line:   
I just sold a 2004 Cake 2 standard that was too big for me. XL frame for a 5'11" rider was the only draw back with that bike. I got a great deal on this bike while selling my old one for more money. very light and fast bike..

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Favorite Trail:   Balm-Boyette

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $675.00

Purchased At:   Craig's list

Similar Products Used:   specialized, giant

Bike Setup:   lx, xt, hayes disc , specialized s-works tubeless tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by BigJoe a Weekend Warrior from Yukon, OK, U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2009

Strengths:    The design and component group work well together. Very little bob even for a large rider (6'5"-250lbs). Frame is stiff enough for light jumping with enough flex to promote a smooth ride.

Weaknesses:    While roomy for riders with long upper body, the stand over height seems very high. I would say the frame is perfect for single track/XC but too light for jumps/drops of much height.

Bottom Line:   
This is a fantastic XC bike. Use it for what is designed to do and you will be very pleased. Ride before you buy and the sizing seems to run a little larger than standard. Tires are a little weak for loose dirt and the shifter pods are not my favorite, but overall this is a tough bike. AT 250 lbs. I am a true clydsdale and have yet to break anything.

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Favorite Trail:   Bluff

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   ebay.com

Similar Products Used:   Giant XTC, Giant Warp 1, Motobecane 600DS

Bike Setup:   All stock exept upgraded front DR to XT.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Psycho Mike a Cross Country Rider from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2007

Strengths:    XC geometry means it flies along singletrack, great all day trail bike. Only one pivot to service. Genesis geometry gives bigger guys a bit more room. Swinger is a great match for the bike.

Weaknesses:    Stock tires suck. Cable/hose routings need to be tweaked. Can get some bob.

Bottom Line:   
For a bigger guy, this is an excellent XC / trail bike. If you are smooth it can handle some jumps, but it is not a hucker frame. Gobbles up singletrack and can be very quick and nimble...and fast for getting around town, if need be.

I've never had an issue with chainsuck as had been reported for past versions.

Biggest gripes are: the stock tires which don't grip well and pack up with the slightest bit of moisture in my local soil conditions. Cable rub can be an issue...I've tweaked mine and it does a lot better. Finally, the stock skewers and seatpost clamp work, but are not the greatest.

Considering what was offered at the same price point, the Cake 2 DLX represented an outstanding value. Use it as intended and it is a good frame (not quite as nice as a multi-pivot design, butnowhere near as expensive either).

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Favorite Trail:   Ewok Forest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Hardcore Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Jamis Dakar XLT, Giant Trance

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock, went all XT for ders and shifters, WTB saddle, 8" rotor on the front (I'm a bigger guy), Hope QR and skewers, Continental Edge and Slash tires.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by orion a Weekend Warrior from nevada city

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2007

Strengths:    This is a decent trail/xc bike. I put sram on it because I don't like shimano. It is affordable, climbs well seated. Tite geometry for single track

Weaknesses:    I ride aggressively, but this is my xc bike. I do little 2'-3' drops. I get a few feet in the air now and then. it's a 5" bike. I broke the rear swing arm after 1.5 years. They warrantied it. It will break again, they won't replace it next time. Single pivot is a limited technology. the stable platform keeps you bob free, but the trade off is small bump compliance. I'll go with multi-linkage next time. The rec shock pressure is absurd. needs about 2/3 or less of what is suggested on manitou

Bottom Line:   
Decent bike for the money especially used if you can find it for under $1000 and don't let the rubber leave the dirt ever. A little flexy a little tall. I'd go with specialized if I were in the non-$2000 just for the frame market. But I like it and it's fast. I'd get one before I went withanything sporting a lefty shock.

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Favorite Trail:   esperanza/boneyard

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Similar Products Used:   stumpy 120.

Bike Setup:   stock, with gravity dropper and wide monkey lites

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony a Cross Country Rider from Simi Valley, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2006

Strengths:    Many....Fox Float R front shock and Manitou Swinger 3 Way SPV rear shock make a great combination. Feels solid on the road/hardpan but takes the big hits great. Hayes Nine hydraulic disk brakes are bomb.

Weaknesses:    Tires. Bontrager tires are not quite up to the climbs around Rocky Peak.

Bottom Line:   
Tried 3 different bikes before I decided on this one. I'm a big guy (6'3", 235lbs) and the Fisher just felt better to me. Climbs great, not much bob as long as you set the shocks up right. The genesis geometry is great, especially when you are coming down the hill. Feels like the front tire and bars are out in front of you rather than beneath you. So far no problems. Overall a great bike especially for the money.

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky Peak/Hummingbird

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   All Pro Bicycles, Simi Valley

Similar Products Used:   Tried the Trek Fuel EX 7, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp, and Giant Trance 2. Liked the Genesis geometry on the Fisher the best.

Bike Setup:   Stock....... Upgraded the pedals to Shimano PD-M424 and tires to Panaracer Fire XC Pro 26 x 2.1 with the blue sidewall. Not only LOOKS good but WAY better tire for the trails I ride.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jason a Cross Country Rider from Phoenix

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2006

Strengths:    Great handling at high speeds downhill or on flats. Great climber.

Weaknesses:    Not overly thrilled with rear shock, I tend to run it a little harder than a regular trailbike. Stock tires were not made for the sonoran desert, but then again, not many are. Put a 3 inch gash in the side wall first ride out. Had some trouble with cranks. Retaining nut worked loose and aluminum mounting bolt shredded itself inside. Probably just as much my fault as the bike's though.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for all around riding. Handles the rugged terrain around Phoenix with very little complaints. I have been intentionally brutal to this bike and it's ready to go every weekend. Can't wait to take it up to Moab...

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Favorite Trail:   trail 100

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Similar Products Used:   first full suspension

Bike Setup:   Stock but with WTB 2.4 Mutano Raptors running tubeless. Specialized Durango saddle.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David a Weekend Warrior from Stafford Virginia

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2006

Strengths:    Climbs like crazy, Fox Fork, nearly no pedal bob, pretty good weight for a full XC,

Weaknesses:    Hight center of gravity, thin paint, tires suck

Bottom Line:   
the bike looks great and feels very nimble around the tight single track. the high CG does make it a bit hard to get back on if you aren't on flat ground. I've heard a lot of people having problems with chain suck, clean your damn chain and gears and it will never be a problem. The bike gives me loads of confidence climbing and flying down hill. I haven't had to too long, so i will give a better review later on.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1950.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   all stock right now, looking to swap out tires soon

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