Gary Fisher Big Sur '98 Bike 1998 or Older

4.55/5 (20 Reviews)
MSRP : $850.00


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Gary Fisher Big Sur '98


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

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2002

Strengths:    genesis, handles awsome over all terrain
component group is good for the price


Weaknesses:    seatpost will not stay in one position but otherwise none!

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. I have riden it over all kinds of terrain including some brutal downhill. The big sur is bomb proof, and handles great. Climbs even better. Never had a serious mechanical problem, this bike has made me a loyal fisher fan. If you like to ride hard and go fast this is a great bike to start with. HARDTAILS RULE!!!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Bike Setup:   uppgraded to xtr rear der., thompson stem, truvativ stylo team cranks w/ raceface prodigy bb, profile riser bar, new front shock next on the list.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Phillip Piggins a Cross Country Rider from Elk Rapids Mi

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2001

Strengths:    The Gary Fisher Big sur has a great frame i love the genisis geomotry, it also comes with very good stock components

Weaknesses:    The big sur has a weak bottom bracket and they could have spent a little more mony on th paint job, i mean its a nice paint job but it dosent compare to the kliens.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike just getting into the sport and than started getting up grades and now the bike is sweat. The genisis geomotry is great and if you road it and didnt think so there is something wrong. The big sur is i stiff bike with ok suspension and a great light and strong frame.The big sur is a great bike for u people who have mountian biked before but also good for thoes beginers who have the money to spend.

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Favorite Trail:   vasa

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Brick Wheels/ TC Mi

Similar Products Used:   Trek,Wheeler,Mongoose and light speed

Bike Setup:   I just upgraded to all xt drive train/ rear derailer xt front derailer xt casset xt chain xt/ XC indy suspension and coming soon front xt shifters and brake levers and brakes.I also have a lx crank and lx hobs, sell itelia FLIGHT seat, yetti grips (red) and pana racer red walled tires, they look sweat ( great treds ).

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Craig Ruhland a Cross Country Rider from Eden Valley, MN

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2001

Strengths:    great geomoetry, stiff ride, cuts easily through tight singletrack, good stock wheels, light, strong, well built frame for the money...

Weaknesses:    crank is weak, GF framed in my opinion seem to run a bit small-be cautious, paint on downtube and chainstays got chipped and trashed, indy C is scary (get a meaty marzzochi!)

Bottom Line:   
When I bought this bike I went for the frame and that seemed to be a good choice, however leaving the bike behind the house (1409) at college during an evening of drinking proved to be a poor choice. I miss that frame. In the college financial vise I would have bought the bike over again. I really don't know about all the trek-klien-fisher-bontrager unity going on but I guess that is a different issue. Anyway-the "genesis geometry" has proven itself for many, many miles both in trail application and in racing so I believe with this kind of price tag, and this kind of quality frame, this bike can certainly be upgraded for years of riding. If you are on a budget and plan to upgrade components this could be your ride. get off the computer and go ride!

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Favorite Trail:   lake upsilon singletrack

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $699.00

Purchased At:   scheels

Similar Products Used:   various FS and hardies-schwinn, trek, kona, klien

Bike Setup:   stolen after year of owning

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark a Weekend Warrior from South Wales, NY

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2001

Strengths:    frame, genesis geometry

Weaknesses:    components, i.e. shocks, seat-hard as a rock, crank, etc...
also have a lot of paint chipping.


Bottom Line:   
The frame is awesome and very uprgradable. I've had this bike for three years, going on four and have now upgraded everything but the seat post and brakes, coming soon. The ride is excellent and for a 225lb plus rider it has held up incredibly well. I know have an $1800 bike and built it pretty much myself. As long as the frame continues to hold, I don't see getting rid of it soon. I do need a new paint job though.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $899.00

Purchased At:   Mud, Sweat and Gears

Similar Products Used:   Hoo Koo e Koo

Bike Setup:   xt drive train, Marzochi Z.3 shocks, Mavic 519 rims w/xt hubs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by DAN a Cross Country Rider from POWELL, WY USA

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2001

Strengths:    STRONG, FAST, RESPONSIVE, SIMPLE INDY FORK

Weaknesses:    HANDLE BARS, CRANK, LX STX COMPONENTS

Bottom Line:   
WELL ENGINEERED FRAME, SIMPLE FORK(WON'T LEAK OIL), BUY FOR FRAME! SWEET COLOR, FAST AND DANGEROUS, FUN TO RIDE. BIKE GOOD FOR WEEKENDERS AND INTERMEDIATE RIDERS. FRAME GOOD FOR ELITE RIDERS! HAPPY TRAILS!

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Favorite Trail:   ANY TRAIL

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   SCHWINN MOAB, SPECALIZED FSR EXTREAM

Bike Setup:   MAVIC 121 RIMS, SPECIALIZED COMP, TIRES, XT COMPONENTS, FLITE SADDLE, AVID 2 V-BRAKES, GRIP SHIFT 800 X-RAY

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yoAA a Weekend Warrior from alabama

Date Reviewed: April 1, 2001

Strengths:    Good bike great for those weekend poeple that just like to go all out. Wicked in turns and and some good components. The yellow paint just makes people scared!

Weaknesses:    that thing that they call a shock crap. the crank is a little week

Bottom Line:   
great bike i am going to get a 2001 in about 2 months.

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Favorite Trail:   any that you throw at me

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   BOB's Bikes

Bike Setup:   Bomber shock mavrick racing wheels and stuff like that

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jeff diem a Cross Country Rider from michigan

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2001

Strengths:    great climber, wicked in turns, descneds ok

Weaknesses:    indy xc fork, cranks, and hubs

Bottom Line:   
great bike for the dough... i wish the cranks and fork didnt suck, but i work at a biek shop and the frame is used on the supercaliber, so jsut 600 bux for that was worth it to me!! maybe puttin on a psylo fork turn it into a urban assult vehicle, geometry be damned!

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Favorite Trail:   pontiac lake

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   bike usa

Similar Products Used:   umm none.. my first reall mtn bike

Bike Setup:   xtr rear deralier, xt front deralier, xtr calipers on order, xt shifters, lx cranks, bontrager crowbar

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nigel Bagge a Cross Country Rider from London

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2000

Strengths:    Genesis frame helps on the climbs and suits tall riders. Very stable downhill.

Weaknesses:    Poor Indy forks, rest okay for the money. Genesis does mean front wheel tends to lift on steep climbs.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent value and with a suspension seatpost it gives high value/light full sus bikes a run for their money, with little maintenance needed.

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Favorite Trail:   South Downs

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Bike Setup:   Upgrades inc SID forks,riser bars, USE seatpost, Tioga factory tyres. Still need new cranks - reckon Raceface

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Anthony Senger a Cross Country Rider from New Berlin, WI, USA

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2000

Strengths:    Genesis Geometry w/ super stiff frame construction kicks serious butt! Wicked yellow paint (can spot another Big Sur a mile away!) Simple yet super effective Avid brakes!

Awesome Bang for the Buck...


Weaknesses:    Flat bars will kill the top tube paint on big dumps!
Shifting has always been a problem, I believe it to be the cheaper Sugino Crank/Rings with less than stellar STX cassette and front deraileur.


Bottom Line:   
Awesome Hungry bike that is only so slightly let down by some cost sutting stock components. After adding the suspension post I never had problems hanging with my buddy riding a FS K2 Razorback ($3000+)!!! I've had problems with the shifting and chain suck (actually just killed my granny gear on the Sugino cranks...). Tried upgrading the front Derailleur. This did not help, much. I'm looking forward to putting on lighter, stronger cranks, because I just love riding this bike!

Real bottom line is that the bike is so much more than what you get off the show room floor, but the grin factor is so there, and upgrading it has been fun too! So for $800 plus my upgrades, I'm ripping it like a mad man! 4 flamers for value because the bean counters got at some improtant components, but 5 for overall!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Kettle Moraine South: John Muir

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Trek 7000, K2 Razorback (FS)

Bike Setup:   STX shifters, XT front & rear Derail., Power Post Moab, WTB kevlar seat, WTB Velociraptor tires, K2 Mag-C pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan a Weekend Warrior from Forest Hills, NY

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2000

Strengths:    Great pukey yellow frame!!

Weaknesses:    The stock components had to go, but they're fairly decent.

Bottom Line:   
Get this bike for the frame.. I'll give it 5 flaming bananas!

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Favorite Trail:   Rocky Point, Ringwood

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher X-Calibur

Bike Setup:   XTR everything, except for RaceFace crankset, and Spinergy SPOX in red, with red brake/shifting cables ;) Getting new front shocks (bleh).

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steve a Cross Country Rider from Bridgeport

Date Reviewed: February 3, 2000

Strengths:    Awsome ride, good geometry, excelent entry race bike.

Weaknesses:    None that I have found yet for the price

Bottom Line:   
If you want a good bike for the money the 98 Big Sur is Awsome but I don't like the color skeam on the 99.
Its a good bike for someone wanting to go from the weekend warrior to competitive racing.

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Favorite Trail:   Single Track of any kind

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Fuji Suncrest, Gary Fisher Hakoyaku

Bike Setup:   Bontreager wheels, rims Wilderness Trail Bikes Tires, Saddle, Grips Shimano LX cranks and Bottom Braket, XT rear, And Avid Single digit V-brakes. Also comes with an awsome Judy Long Travel. It may be heavy but its got awsome travel and no sticktion.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Alex a Cross-Country Rider from Noble

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2000

Strengths:    
climbing descending genesis colour


Weaknesses:    
cranks indy that came with it rims


Bottom Line:   
awesome bike totally upgradable, a must if you don't have the coin, i give er' 5 flamers i'd give it 20 if i could

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Favorite Trail:   
3 Stage

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
brc


Bike Setup:   
manitou sxe
xt derailleur
thudbuster
avocet titanium saddle

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Big Sur a Cross-Country Rider from Norman, Ok

Date Reviewed: August 1, 1999

Strengths:    
Great Components, rite price, and Just as good as any other hard tail


Weaknesses:    
Doesnt pedal it self


Bottom Line:   
unless you plan on riding around the world the big sur is the bike for you. I have had mine for a year and I love it. I know guys with $6,000 joshua's and I still kick there asses on the trail. I spend less time in the repair stand and I ride twice as hard. I looked long and hard and road many test miles and this is the bike I picked.Enough said now go buy a big sur and get muddy!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
GF Zigerat, Tiki, and Balance FS 450


Bike Setup:   
RS Long Travel kit, LX rapid fire shifter, XT Front derailer, XT Bottom Bracket, Cane Creek Headset, Slim Tubes and Liners, Kool Stop BP,

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Orland a Downhiller from Kamloops

Date Reviewed: July 31, 1999

Strengths:    
None


Weaknesses:    
Components, everything on the bike,


Bottom Line:   
if you're still reading this, uh-oh

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Favorite Trail:   
Northeast

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Gary FIsher Kaitai
Brodie Expresso
Cannondale
Trek VRX 500


Bike Setup:   
Hydraulic Brakes
Marzocchi Z1 Dropoffs
XTR components
Kooka Cranks
Easton Monkey-Lite handelbars

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Cross-Country Rider from Spokane WA

Date Reviewed: July 28, 1999

Strengths:    
genesis geometry, its yellow for gods sake


Weaknesses:    
sh*tty shock, too heavy


Bottom Line:   
sweet ass bike for the price. i've done a few upgrades, like the shock, but all in all it is an excellent bike.

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Favorite Trail:   
beacon hill

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
POS Trek 8000


Bike Setup:   
Mantou SX Ti
XT drivetrain
Time ATAC pedals

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Paint job on 98 Big Sur

Hi, I just bought a 98 GF Big Sur and really like the frame,so much I am upgrading it bit by bit instead of buying a new bike.One problem it has is the paint job,it's terrible!I like the color(Yellow),but it chips and gouges so easy it's becoming frustrating.I haven't even done anything off trail ... Read More »

New Headset for 98 GF Big Sur?

I need a new headset to replace the stock one on my 98 Big Sur,any suggestions?My budget is around $50,I should be able to get a decent set for that I think. Thanks, ChrisRead More »

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