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?
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 ;)
Similar Products Used: Trek hardtail, Redline monocog, Cannodale f1000
Bike Setup: All stock
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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!
Favorite Trail: Anyone that rocks!!! (Actually, Zilker)
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Purchased At: UTAH BIKES
Similar Products Used: GT Timberline, Trek 7000
Bike Setup: Stock, wtih RockShox suspension seatpost. New Easton EC90 handlebars.
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.
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.
Bike Setup: All manufacturer installed equipment and parts.
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
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.
Favorite Trail: two rivers wi point beach and door county
Duration Product Used: More than 3 years
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