Gary Fisher Procaliber Bike Bike 1998 or Older

4.09/5 (35 Reviews)
MSRP : $3200.00


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Procaliber LTD.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by caid a Cross Country Rider from redlands, california, us uv ay

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2011

Strengths:    light weight, the genesis geo, evo headset (uber strong), rigidity, climbing, and i think the butt fugly paintjob makes it look secretly pretty.

Weaknesses:    evo headset (hello out there...anyone have parts for me???), shocks leak air slowly but surely, not replaceable hanger.

Bottom Line:   
its really nice, i like it alot. i use it as an all mountain bike, and as a single track bike, and sometimes a dirt jumper, and have put over 500 bucks into in since i bought it with a bent rim, horrid cables, bad brakes and tires ect. just recently got hit by a car and that ruined my headset somehow. i got the frame checked and its still straight. durable, and fast, energy isnt absorbed before its put to the ground, then when you descend, it steers and the shock goes up and down, and you can sometimes get air, and usually even kick your buds ass that rides the modded to crap trek 7000!!! BUY IT!!! id grab some chips, 5 flamin chilis for this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   its a secret

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   some dudes house

Similar Products Used:   marin hawk hill, gary fisher opie, salsa ala carte, GF wahoo, trek 4300 and 7000, diamondback something.

Bike Setup:   RS mag21SL long travel, aheadset headset, answer answer and more answer, rattle trap SLX crank soon to be truvativ and single speed, pro stop 300 mm hydro/cable hybrid front disc, bontrager saddle, shimano rear canti, rhyno lites, cheng fong dung ping whatever generic road tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jang Shian Chen a Weekend Warrior from Malaysia

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2005

Strengths:    Light weight, smooth & powerful when ascending & confidence on alltypes of terrain.

Weaknesses:    Paint job a bit faded but for a 7 yrs old bike whatelse you can expect.

Bottom Line:   
At last i got it.
Its a RARE oppotunity to own this masterpiece.
Just wanna say thanks to Mr Wee because he's the one who introduce a new hobby(HiFi) to Mr Gauss, so Gauss venture to the new hobby & finally let go his Procaliber to me.
Well i have tried few kilometres on the bike today & now i have some comment to share with you'll.
1)Handling.
Its gave me an exordinary control on the front(Rock Shox SID)fork when i took a high speed 90degree turn. Its bound&rebound equally so that i can momentumly swing into the corner & without losing any speed. Also doing very well when i hit the road hump on high speed.
2)Performance.
A super smooth (Shimano XTR) group set. Can gain a very good top speed(48km/h)=(30mph) on the flat surface without helicoptering my leg. Its also very smooth & feel light when ascending to a long 3km hill(Like someone pushing from behind).
3)Braking.
Only can describe it as a Perfect match between (Mavic Crossmax Ceramic) wheel & (Shimano XTR) Vee brake system, confidence you from top speed to standstill & won't overheat when applies a lot of braking when decending, thanks for the ceramic coating on the (Mavic)rim wall.
4)Comfort.
Almost like a custom made bike. It is most suitable for long distance journey, thanks to its egonomic design & the soft(Yeti) handle grip. Only feeling a bit hard on the (San Marco Eva) seat.

Conclusion:
Previously i have owned 4 unit of mountain bike but none of them perform well & now this is the answer for me (GARY FISHER PROCALIBER), that made me to continue cycling for the rest of my life.

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Favorite Trail:   Kesas bike lane & Darul Ehsan Golf club

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Purchased At:   My friend Mr Gauss Huang(also a reviewer)


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gauss a Weekend Warrior from Kuala Lumpur

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2005

Strengths:    All the goodies that you ever want on a bike.

Weaknesses:    Paint job on frame especially on edges not as good.

Bottom Line:   
It is a dream bike for a racer, it is extremly light weight bike. XTR gear set allows extremely smooth transmission in changing gear. Dropping gear or vice versa so smooth that you will not lose any momentum going up hill. XTR Brake systems giving you the grip on the ceramic rims a superb control over the bike. The sound of the brake pads hitting the ceramic rims, gives you the confidence and you will never ask for more.

Comes with top of the range Ceramic Mavic Cross Max and Mavic hub set. Extremely light weight rims.

Front SID Rock Shox can be adjusted to different dampening feeling depending on terrain you choose. Absorbs all the shock from the road and giving good road grip.

Chris King bearing set allows you to manouver the handle so smoothly like you are on cermaic bearings. And with the control tech stem and easton carbon handle makes you feel right and ergonomic to the riding style. Yeti handle grip makes your hand glue to it that allows you feel in full control even after long hours of riding.

Conclusion, it is a great bike for a second hand value. This bike is extremely rare and when i bought it, it shows very low mileage done.

However, letting it go as i have cultivated a new hobby. Sad to see it go but i seldom ride it and lucky in a sense that a friend of mine really likes this bike from day one he saw it. This bike deserves a new owner which have much more appreciation and putting it in use to shows it's strengths.

Garry fisher Procaliber, ride in style and confidence to outperform the rest......

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Favorite Trail:   Kesas Bike Lane

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   From a friend

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Complete XTR gear and brake groupset, titanium seat post, san marco seats, time pedals, 29gm bottle holder, SID Rock Shox, Mavic hub, Mavic Cross Max ceramic rim, Chris King , Control Tech stem, Easton carbon handle and Yeti handle grip.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by dan the bike nerd a Racer from bay area ca

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2003

Strengths:    lightweight

Weaknesses:    weak frame

Bottom Line:   
i raced on the team issue frame for a few years before being picked up by marin and then ibis. almost everything broke in that time, including the original frame after only a few months. Props to the white industries FRONT hub (the rear lasted only months into winter) and titec carbon fiber seatpost they are still with me. the sponsors are now gone and i am taking their bikes apart and putting this one back together. OCLV-forever (or at least until it breaks)

admittedly i did just buy a giant full suspension, but i am keeping the oclv because she still shreds. i may even build her up with disc brakes and race this summer.

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Favorite Trail:   paradigm

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   now eden bicycles

Similar Products Used:   marin titanium, specialized steel, ibis/cannondale aluminum

Bike Setup:   nobody is going to see this anyway

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mark Pomerleau a Weekend Warrior from Helena, Montana, USA

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2002

Strengths:    Light, clean setup. Comfortable X-Country bike. Decent downhiller and climber.

Weaknesses:    Stock gearset low range not low enough for some headache climbs. Gotta replace that one of these years.

Bottom Line:   
I've got a 1992 (pre-Trek) ProCaliber that I will take with me to my grave. Just a clean, no-nonsense, suave bike. Perfectly balanced, nice geometry, suave. It's never broken, never failed me, never pissed me off.

I bought it from a good friend that worked in a bike store, after I trashed my Specialized. So I don't know what it really cost.

I'm sure it will give me another ten years for faithful service. And if I had to replace it, I would weep. Like a girl.



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Favorite Trail:   LaGrande Cannon-Mt. Helena

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Bike store in flat Midwestern city.

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn, Slingshot, old, old, old, really old Specialized.

Bike Setup:   Pretty close to stock, except for Scott bars, Softride suspension stem, Scott SPD pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by joshua erde a Weekend Warrior from pittsburgh, pa

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2001

Strengths:    ultra light, stiff, comfortable to ride, and (of course) ULTRA cool looking


Weaknesses:    gets chain suck too easily, no disc brake set up, isn't dual suspension :)


Bottom Line:   
i have had this bike for 7 years (longer than i think i've ever owned ANYTHING!) and will NEVER get rid of it - i will hang it on my wall as art before i ditch it. it is THE BEST ride i have ever had the pleasure of putting between my legs. the chain suck gets annoying when it happens, but otherwise, no gripes on performance.

i'm inches away from buying a dual suspension frame and am wondering if i've lost my sanity. every time i ride this bike, i love it, and i'm wondering if there is any need to get a dually. but all my friends tell me i don't know what i'm missing, and i think i'm gonna try it. but i'm keeping this bike. and if i don't love dual suspension, i'll go back to this rigid bike in a second. if you can find one of these frames around (or the trek version as they are the same bike), get it!

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Favorite Trail:   boyce park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   somewhere in delaware

Similar Products Used:   no other carbon bikes. tried cannondales, GTs before this one

Bike Setup:   kestral carbon bars, easton carbon seatpost, king headset and hubs/mavic rims, bebop pedals, truvative cranks/bb

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mark a Cross Country Rider from San Mateo

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2000

Strengths:    Super light, best looking bike there is (I own the limited edition Paola Pezzo Frameset), great handling

Weaknesses:    almost too light, watch out for chainsuck

Bottom Line:   
This bike is the ultimate x- country racer, it is as lighter than titanium and just about everything else out there, my frame has the factory paint job, a gold to red fade with the matching custom painted Judy SL, to give it the racing look. The frame weighs only 2.9lbs allowing to climb anything and float down technical situations. The King hubs are also very light and are bombproof. The fit of the bike is what makes it, I ride the 19.5 and am 6ft tall, and it feels like it was custom made for me. Bottom line: I love this bike if you see one for a good price grab it, just don't treat it like a downhill or trials bike and it will hold up great.

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Favorite Trail:   skiggs

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   mongoose titanium, moots YBB

Bike Setup:   97 Judy SL w/type 3 spring upgrade, 98 XT/XTR mix, Chris King/517 wheels, Chris King headset, Control tech stem, syncros bar, LP composite barends, SDG saddle, Tioga Factory XC tires

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Adi a Racer from Kestenholz

Date Reviewed: September 14, 1999

Strengths:    
Light
Stiff
OCLV-ride is smooth


Weaknesses:    
Judy SL blown after 1 year, changed to springs and risse gem
onza click pedals are unusable


Bottom Line:   
I ride this awesome bike since june '95. It climbs fast as a rocket and, once you get used to it, also goes down as a maniac. All of my friends that tried it, had to admit: it's the best ride. For the frame: still going strong and I weigh 72 kg. This year is the fifth race season and I do marathon and normal cc-races. I did quiet well on it twice the euro-bike-extremes race series and many other marathon races such as the Grand Raid Cristalp. I did a lot of touring in the Alps with heavy package and I was really happy to have the procaliber. It took 10'000 km without a problem. It's the third wheel set on it and I changed some other parts, but I didn't expect to last light-weight parts forever. Ah, and my first Judy SL broke after four years.
I love the smooth ride of the OCLV and will go on for many more miles on the trails.
Thanks to Gary Fisher for building this great bike!

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Favorite Trail:   
Liedenswägli

Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   
a lot of high-end bikes as serotta, moots, kona, brodie, bianchi etc.


Bike Setup:   
first two years stock
then changes due to use

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jimbo a Weekend Warrior from Toronto

Date Reviewed: September 14, 1999

Strengths:    
Unbelievable ride. Really light, soaks up bumps and climbs amazing.


Weaknesses:    
I broke my first frame after a year and a half, but it was replaced under warrantee.
Doesn't look as great as it is, so you don't score the babes :)


Bottom Line:   
In three years, I've never regretted buying this bike. I've never lusted after anyone else's frame, because I know this is the best.

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Favorite Trail:   
Don Valley, Toronto

Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   
Several other hardtails


Bike Setup:   
Built bike custom. All XT drivetrain, Bomber X2 forks.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Stan a Weekend Warrior from Denver, CO

Date Reviewed: August 31, 1999

Strengths:    
Light weight, accepts all components


Weaknesses:    
Finnish scratches easily


Bottom Line:   
This Frankenstien (thats fron-ken-stine) has been an absolute joy. No matter how hard or easy the ride, it always brings me home. Have gone through one set of wheels, three standard seatposts, three sets of drivetrain components, and two forks, the frame has held up beautiful. I'm not running the lightest stuff,( the fork weighs more than the frame!) but it still is under 24.5 lbs. It makes an old dude like me even look good on the Colorado Trail! Five Chili's (for not having to take an 02 bottle on my rides)

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Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Mongoose, Specialized


Bike Setup:   
Manitou Palmer, XTR, Chris King, Race Face,
Sun CR-17A, Michelin Wildgipper Lite, USE XCR post, Salsa

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Conan a racer from FLA

Date Reviewed: February 28, 1999

Bottom Line:   


This is one of the best packages ever put together. Excpt for the tires I wold race tis bike any place. If you just get rid of the dorky crancks you have a great bike.

Overall Rating:2
Submitted by justino a weekend warrior from san diego

Date Reviewed: September 1, 1998

Bottom Line:   


Very dissapointed in this frame. I recently built up an older fisher procaliber, the rasta fade steel version. I built it with all 98 xt/lx with manitou, contrlol tech, and bontrager ti goodies. This was a waste of money. The geometry of the bike is odd. The frame is the right size and the stem is only 120mm, yet the bike has unyielding desire to endo. It climbs great, but as soon as you point is down hill it feels as if your ceter of gravity is about three feet ahead of the front tire. Not exactly confidence inspiring. Also, the thin walled cromoly tubing is super fragile, one good crash and there is a scary looking dent in the driveside chainstay. Buying a classic lightweight steel bike is not recommended for weekend thrashing and hill bombing, so it probably partially my own fault. Luckily I have my old aluminum lx bomber for that.

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by Justin Pare a cross-country rider from nh, usa

Date Reviewed: August 13, 1998

Bottom Line:   


Good ride, responsive frame the OCLV damps the bumps out very well. But I broke mine after 6 months. Compared to my Klien Pinacle with is 8 years old and still going, this bike falls way short due to durability issues. Also the paint will chip easily. Hopefully they come through on warranty.

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Nathan McFarlane a weekend warrior from Boulder, CO

Date Reviewed: June 9, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I still own a 92 ProCaliber and love it. Actually, I've replaced about everything on the bike but the frame and and drivetrain. It's still got a Suntour kit... I feel like I bought a Beta. Oh well, as long as nothing breaks. The frame is great, I plan to replace the fork with an Indy, maybe.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Bohland a cross-country rider from San Francisco

Date Reviewed: May 28, 1998

Bottom Line:   


The Pro-Caliber is an amazing bike. Excellent and nible on downhills, and a pleasure to climb. Drawbacks so far are, crappy front tire, lame seat,and the finish scratches when you look at it! The purple is too cool though. Hope it doesn't crack!! Purple Purple Purple Purple Purple Purple Purple Purple Purple Purple Purple Purple Purple Purple Purple Purple Purple

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