Gary Fisher Caliber XC Full Suspension

4.75/5 (4 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Frame: Fisher Race Day 6066-T6 aluminum
  • Fork: Manitou R7 Comp w/lockout, 80mm travel
  • Rear Shock: Manitou Radium RL
  • Pedals: Shimano M505 clipless
  • Handlebar: Bontrager Crowbar Select OS Riser
  • Saddle: Bontrager Race Lux
  • Seatpost: Bontrager Select

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bemery004 a Cross Country Rider from Ohio

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2010

Strengths:    Build quality / Upgrade ability / Weight out of the box / Components / Love the color of my 2008 model

Weaknesses:    Not really any....!

Bottom Line:   
The is a review for the last model year for the Caliber. I have the bike setup for mostly racing. This bike fits like a glove and the G2 offset in the fork is awesome. I would suggest this frame to anyone that asks. The issue is trying to find one to buy.

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Favorite Trail:   ALL

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn Rocket / Cannondal V-700 / Kona Kikapu / Trek Fuel 70

Bike Setup:   Stock front fork, rear fork & FD / DT Swiss X1800 wheels / SRAM X9 RD and shifters / SRAM 970 Series chain & Cass. / Avid Juicey 7 Brakes / Truvativ Team Stem and bars / Truvativ Sytlo Crankset / TruVativ Carbon seatpost.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by FisherCaliber a Cross Country Rider from MD

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2010

Strengths:    Genesis geometry! Manitou suspension front & rear. Pretty low weight (28.75 pounds) for a dualie. It's got that famous "Fisher feel".

Weaknesses:    Nothing so far

Bottom Line:   
This was a left over 2007 model (26'er) that I bought new for my 50th birthday in April of 2009. I ride technical singletrack most of the time and this bike really gets the job done. It's relative light weight makes for a responsive ride and the Manitou suspension soaks up the rough stuff. Gary really hit the nail on the head with his Genesis geometry.

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Favorite Trail:   Schaeffer Farm

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   Race Pace

Similar Products Used:   Upgrade from a 1990 Fisher HKII

Bike Setup:   All stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jamegumm a Cross Country Rider from Louisville, KY USA

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2008

Strengths:    Frame geometry, fork and shock. These are quality components that let you tune in your ride. The shock and fork can lockout. The frame looks like it is built for a lot of wear and tear. The geometry fits me perfect (I'm a long armed 5'10").

Weaknesses:    The wheels and tires are heavy. The deore shifters work okay but the mechanism is annoying. The color is going to take some time to get used to.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the price. Many of the Trek/Gary Fisher dealers are offering the 2007 for a reduced price. Switch the rear tire and rim. They make the ride sluggish. After the switch, the bike climbed as well as my hardtail. The lockout features are great. When the shock and fork were unlocked, the ride was good as it gets for a short travel bike. The deore shifters are crappy. The downshift lever is annoying to deal with. If you are close to 6ft tall I would also recommend a longer stem. This is a great transition bike from a hardtail to full suspension.

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Favorite Trail:   Brown County, IN

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Tassajara

Bike Setup:   Mostly Stock. Switched out the tires and rims to Crossmax SLs w/ 1.95 Seracs. Swithed to a Sram/Truvativ drivetrain.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bruce a Weekend Warrior from Cary NC

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2007

Strengths:    High speed handling. Smooth operation of all components. Climbs and decends well. Highly adjustable and very comfortable seat. Genesis geometry fits my short leg/long torso body very well. Most comfortable bike I have ever ridden.

Weaknesses:    The grips. They are hard and to small for my average sized hands. I think the bars could you more sweep but that is probably a personal preference. Feels a bit twitchy at low speeds but it is very easy to get around tight switch backs if I trust the bike and let it go. It is a couple of pounds heavier than my old Trek hardtail. I think alot of that may be in the wheels and it seems more noticeable when trying to accelerate at low speeds then when I am climbing at a faster pace.

Bottom Line:   
This is my first full suspension bike so my insight is a bit limited. But, I do like the way it rides. I am still dialing in the suspension but so far it is working well. I had not really considered this bike until I saw the mark down they were giving it. Almost 900 off MSRP so I had to take it. I am very happy with it so far. I do wonder if I give up any bump absorption with the shorter travel but I really have nothing to compare it to. Value rating is based on what I gave for it, not MSRP. And I doc it one chilly because I am sure there are lighter bikes with more stable low speed handling out there.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $999.00

Purchased At:   Cycling Spoken Here - Cary

Bike Setup:   Stock

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