Gary Fisher X-Caliber 29 2003 Hardtail

4.43/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $1049.99


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Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Curtis a Weekend Warrior from Pendleton, IN, USA

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2005

Strengths:    Twenty nine inch wheels, genesis geometry

Weaknesses:    Boring black paintjob. Fisher's used to have cool paintjobs. What happened?

Bottom Line:   
First ride on a Niner, and I'm now a believer. Everything they say is true. This is no featherwieght bike, but it is fast, fast, fast. Climbs fast. Descends fast. Rolls over all but the craziest obstacles... fast. Does take some getting used to though. Needs a healthier tug on the bars to get it to turn in the tight stuff. And it feels big and lumbering at slow speeds. The Jones tires looked lame but stuck like glue. Ride before you decide. If it doesn't feel right, you're not pedaling fast enough... Recommend to any speed demons NOT planning on racing in Indiana ;)

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Favorite Trail:   Westwood

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale F800

Bike Setup:   Demo'd an '06 model with SRAM 7 components

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sean a Cross Country Rider from Canada

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2004

Strengths:    Rolls over stuff good, nice soft ride, feels very stable. Nice frame for the price.

Weaknesses:    Heavy handle bars and stem, lowend cranks. Only a few forks work with this bike. Also although the frame feels light the wheels are quite heavy. Bike weighs 30lbs

Bottom Line:   
It certainly feels different to ride. I got a killer deal on it through my racing team, almost half price, so I couldn't pass that up. It climbs like nothing I've ever had before.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $720.00

Similar Products Used:   Trek hardtail, Redline monocog, Cannodale f1000

Bike Setup:   All stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jesse Swift a Cross Country Rider from Tampa, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2004

Strengths:    Two-Niner is a great idea. Much faster than a 26". Overall very cool to have a bike that's different from all the rest. Cool paint job. Great for long Epic rides. I am able to put on 700 X 38C tires and ride long distances on the road with much comfort. I pass even the road bike weenies. The Gary Fisher/Trek ZR900 Double Butted Aluminum frame (best they have to offer).

Weaknesses:    Wheels, Crank, BB, Seatpost, Bar are all much heavier than the industry standard. You can get a much lighter bike with a 26" and better components at the same price. The crank and BB are really cheap. Right now, my bike weighs about 30lbs. Not exactly race worthy. Because of more momentum with the larger wheels, I went through brake pads like crazy before I switched to Discs. Be carefull, WARNING!!!! This BIKE can be very hard to upgrade. Still very cool, but it is hard to find parts for a 29iner. There just is very little selection of parts such as tires, forks, wheelsets, etc... that are made for 29iner bikes. This makes the bike and parts more expensive too. Pedal Clearance is minimal when you try and put on those slick road tires. I have dragged my pedals on the ground several times. Also, be carefull with the seatpost. The seatpost is too small for the frame on mine. There is no gap on the frame when the clamp is tight, and even then the post tends to sink when I hit bumps. Need to make some adjustments. The hubs are cheap as well. I have already repacked the bearings three times. This is not a sealed bearing Hub, despite what the salesman tells you.

Bottom Line:   
I am 6ft 170lbs. I ride hard and often. Normally I ride between 30 and 40 miles a week. I have ridden 600 miles plus on this bike on and off road on all kinds of varied conditions. If I had the choice of going back I would have gone with either the paragon 29, or the M-Tam simply because the components are soooooo much better.

This bike is heavy (approximately 29-30lbs). I believe its due to Bontrager's bottom of the line wheelset, seatpost, handlebar, and stem. However they are very strong. But, the racelite series is soooo much lighter and would reduce the weight on this bike by 2-4 lbs or more. More weight means slower acceleration, but more momentum (P=MV, or for the non science majors - Momentum = Mass X Velocity).

This is a introductory level Two-Niner bike. If you plan on doing a lot of riding, go with a higher quality model. It is well worth it for the better components!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Santos, Razorback, Alafia River SP

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Trek Bike Store, Lakeland, FL

Bike Setup:   Mostly manufacture standard. But I put on the new Avid Juicy Seven Disc Brakes (Sweet!!!), LX crankset and BB, and soon a much lighter seatpost.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel from Oslo, Norway

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2003

Strengths:    29', frame

Weaknesses:    Wont sometimes go to the highest hear, easily fixed with minor adjustments. Can feel abit heavy if you are used to less than 29'

Bottom Line:   
Overall I am loving this bike. I could not have made a better choice. Trying out lots of bikes I found out that I loved the 29' size. The equipment are very good.

I crashed into a car once with this bike and the bike was all fine (except some scraped of paint), Hmm but I was not, but it's not me I am reviewing, right? :)

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Similar Products Used:   Trek

Bike Setup:   Factory presets

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by G. Man a Weekend Warrior from Austin, TX, U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2003

Strengths:    This bike rocks! It's got a great frame, solid components, and climbs over everything!

Weaknesses:    The paintwork is a little easy to scratch, but that gives the bike character.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great 29" setup for the price. After I test rode it, I had to buy a 29". My pals on the trail all wanna get ahold of one too coz it flies by them when I'm coasting, and it goes over all the stuff 26ers get stuck on.

Also, my x-cal fell off my rear mounted car rack when I was going 60mph, and it was fine, except for a bent handlebar! All the components was working and there wasn't a scratch on the frame!!! Amazing! Don't try it though!

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Favorite Trail:   Anyone that rocks!!! (Actually, Zilker)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $740.00

Purchased At:   UTAH BIKES

Similar Products Used:   GT Timberline, Trek 7000

Bike Setup:   Stock, wtih RockShox suspension seatpost.
New Easton EC90 handlebars.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David Lee a Weekend Warrior from Cresskill, New Jersey, U.S.

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2003

Strengths:    Strong and responsive bike; stable ride; very efficient given the 700c wheels; handles bumps, rocks, and gullies very well.

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy given overall size. On my last ride on notice the derailleur clicking a bit too much when I shifted to the highest ratio; perhaps it just needs minor adjustments. otherwise it works smoothly. A bit harder to do wheelies given the larger size of the bike.

Bottom Line:   
Good all around bike for general riding on and off the mountain. It's a hard tail so I would not take on the worst trails and bumps, that will be my next bike. I'm happy w/ the 29" wheels which make the ride more efficient and smooth over whatever I take the bike on. I think any caliber rider would be happy w/ this bike. I also bought the bike w/ the potential of using it on the road given it's size. I'll let you know my results after I get an extra set of thinner road wheels/tires. Good value given what is offered and the overall performance.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   Tenafly Bicycle Workshop

Bike Setup:   All manufacturer installed equipment and parts.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steven salkowski a Cross Country Rider from manitowoc wi

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2003

Strengths:    good out standing frame for a fisher supercaliper I have a 1997 acid green with sid blue triangle frame 26" wheels

Weaknesses:    when I built my bike i had no clue what the size of the bottom bracket was took a chance on it they shoulds tell it some were

Bottom Line:   
fisher bikes are the best its what you do to them that make it I,m thinking of A new one soon they say at they rollover things better then 26" wheels also made in wisconsin too
at the trek plant in waterloo wi.

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Favorite Trail:   two rivers wi point beach and door county

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $4100.00

Purchased At:   ecology outfitters manitowoc

Similar Products Used:   xt there about the same cost less but works just as good as xtr

Bike Setup:   full xtr murgura rim brakes with stainless steel brake lines ti spokes ti xtr cassette sun mamith rims shock seat and sid shock fork specailized seat
and grips king gold headset control bars spd pedals rack water bottle cages 2 bag understeat 6 rights and computer wiress pump contental tires 2.1 moto neck

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