Gary Fisher Rumblefish I 29er Full Suspension

  • Frame: 6011 hydroformed butted aluminum mainframe & stays, cold-forged dropouts, G2 29" Geometry, DRCV shock mount, E2, ABP
  • Wheels: Bontrager QR15 front hub, Shimano M529 rear hub, Bontrager Duster 29 rims, Bontrager 29-3 tires
  • Componentry: Shimano SLX Direct Mount front derailleur, Shimano SLX Shadow rear derailleur, Shimano SLX shifters, Shimano FC-M542 crank, Avid Elixir 5 hydraulic disc brakes
  • Suspension: Fox F120 RL 29, 120mm travel, custom G2 Geometry 51mm offset crown; Custom Fox Float RP2 with DRCV, 110mm travel, 2-position Pro Pedal

User Reviews (16)

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boiler 1220   [Jul 22, 2012]
Strength:

Great climber. I just bought the bike after breaking the frame on my 97 schwinn S-20. The bike climbs really well. I find myself doing less work and more riding then when on my old 20

Weakness:

Seams very unstable when going fast downhill. The front shock leaks air and i will have to return it. Ive had the bike one week

Very nice bike, i still need a little time with my first 29er but like the bike alot. I find myself having to work alot less to get over things. And can enjoy the ride a little more. The bike has improved my climbing 100 percent. A very nice bike

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
xc_rumblefish   Cross Country Rider [Mar 02, 2012]
Strength:

Confidence inspiring on the downhills, climbs well for such a large bike (pro pedal), rips through rock gardens, active breaking pivot is very much appreciated especially on steep and twisty descents, precise steering (15mm Thru-axle), keeps your line no matter what by which I mean it completely ignores < 4" rocks, roots and ruts.

Weakness:

Fox RP2 DRCV shock is almost a total showstopper because it has leaked air since day one resulting in inconsistent performance between rides. Too bad the bike's rear suspension is 6.75" which means you'll never find a replacement unit. Compared to that everything else is just nit picking but I will say low speed cornering could be a hair tighter. (yet maintains its precision) Additionally, I wouldn't recommend the bike for people that spend more time airborne than on the trail on account of the slightly awkward "rear cockpit" setup (could be aliviated with a shorter stem or even a smaller frame in some cases) as well as its tendency to want to endo landings, something the large wheelbase doesn't help with in this case. Another small issue is the front shock doesn't use the last 10mm of travel. No name Shimano crankset is disappointing (albeit durable) for the price range. Nearly impossible to wheelie for extended distances. Can't bunny hop this bike as easily or as high as most.

Gary Fisher & Trek have made something special here - the G2 geometry is as close to perfect as you'll find on a 29er and the ABP braking is phenomenal. While the price felt slightly inflated for the SLX/no name grouping and relatively heavy weight after converting to tubeless and a bout of upgradiitis the Rumblefish turned into one hell of a trail slaying beast! You'll consistently find yourself taking straighter lines through rougher terrain with less and less effort giving you the confidence to lay of the brakes and rather hang onto the trackless roller coaster for dear life. You won't regret your decision to buy one.

Similar Products Used: Specialized, Giant
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
jon stecker   Cross Country Rider [Jan 26, 2012]
Strength:

very stiff lateraly, attention to detail,comfort

Weakness:

suspension has durability issues. I would steer clear of drcv anything unless you live next door to the fox factory. Supposed to be serviced every 130 hours, thats four times a year for me. With at least two weeks wait every time. I cant find anyone else who likes to work on these. GF put a 6.75 shock on. Nobody makes a 6.75 anymore. cant even replace with a rockshox. I noticed in 2012 they changed to a 7.25. the fox fork uppers are about shot too.

The bike is great. Best ive every had. I will replace the suspension with rockshox, and probably have to have a custom shock 6.75 made for the rear.

Similar Products Used: 2006 gary fisher paragon
2008 trek 69r ss
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
DG   Cross Country Rider [Aug 02, 2011]
Strength:

repectable weight(28lbs/21"), mostly decent spec, climbs surprisingly well, decends wickedly. 29" wheels are well matched to this suspension.

Weakness:

Hmm, crankset-generic shimano.
Wheelset-ditto(numerous flashy stickers aside)but after riding a couple of months they do seem strong and functional enough... we'll see.
Finish;white's not my favorite color for a Mt.bike, and there's a lot of white on this bad boy.
All in all nothing major, it's just that at this price point I kind of hoped to see a higher end crank etc.

This is a big, tall bike, and it took a little getting used to, but once I did I can now barely stand any of my old 26ers. As I said, it climbs surprisingly well, is nimble on single track, and really-really comes alive on descents. Even though I listed the mediocre crank and wheelset as negatives, everything on this bike works well together. The Rumblefish platform is stable. When I like a bike, I tend to hang on to it for a long time, and I really love this bike. It has that combination of stoutness to nimbleness that feels right. If someone is looking for a bike in this price range I would say you won't be disappointed. Just buy it, set the sag, air up the tires and get stoked.

Similar Products Used: a plethora of 26ers
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Casmp   Weekend Warrior [Jul 27, 2011]
Strength:

Size DOES matter!

Weakness:

None so far

This bike has more ability than I do. It feels like the bike has a mind of its own when I am riding. Especially the technical stuff. I am more hesitant coming from a lefty fork that was not right for my size. After this upgrade, I no longer have to hesitate. The Fox front fork is more than sufficient. The 29er is absolutely amazing. This bike climbs easier and I feel each pedal stroke is more efficient. Obstacles are no longer as problematic as they used to be on my 26 inch wheels with a lefty fork. I am 6'3" 225lbs and this bike serves me well.

Similar Products Used: Just upgraded from a Cannondale Prophet Lefty
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Tuckerman   Weekend Warrior [Jun 13, 2011]
Strength:

This thing rolls over everything, climbs very well, corner nicely. Very sure footed on technical downhills - especially when cornering

Weakness:

Color - who would make a mountain bike white? I guess it looks ok - kinda mean like a great white shark.

This bike rocks the rocks - buy is now and have some fun this summer

Similar Products Used: Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert, Giant AC Air, ProFlex 957 and GT RTS-1
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
fesch   Cross Country Rider [Apr 09, 2011]
Strength:

Suspension is plush even eating logs and roots, I love taking drops and catching air with this bike. Excellent breaking, with the ABP. Thru-axle 29" wheels keeps steering precise. A fun bike to ride.

Weakness:

Bontrager 29 2.25" tubed tires.

I love this bike, it is fun to ride, taking drops is a joy. I haven't found anything annoying or any problems in 6 months.

I think Trek should put better stock tires on it and I would have preferred GF style paint instead of the Trek paint. Mechanically this bike has been great, I have only replaced the chain and the tires. Two thumbs up.

I would suggest that anyone considering a full suspension 29er try one of these bikes on their favorite trail.

Similar Products Used: GF HiFi Deluxe.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
TX-BoneDigger   Cross Country Rider [Feb 15, 2011]
Strength:

Good mix of components, sturdy and well designed frame, through-axle hubs, tapered headset. This bike is a blast!

Weakness:

For the price, none to speak of.

As a Clydesdale (240 lbs), I wanted a well build and beefy FS 29er. I am not as young as I used to be (43) and my back often hurts on my hardtail after a couple of hours. The bikes I seriously considered locally were the Specialized Camber 29er, the Fisher HiFi Deluxe, and the Rumblefish 1. After spending some time on these bikes in demos, I decided on the RF 1. I really like how this bike rides. It climbs well and descends like no bike I have ever owned. With a lifetime on the frame and 2-years on the pivots and swingarm, this bike should last for a while. From all that I have read, Fisher/Trek has fixed the frame breakage issues it once had. I have no doubt this bike will be a keeper for many years of riding. If you are looking for a good sturdy bike built for fun, this is the bike for you. It probably wouldn't serve very well as a racing bike but for trail use and XC riding, it's a blast. I have not noticed any flexing of the wheels or frame. It seems to be a really well put together package.
Go get one... NOW!

Similar Products Used: Specialized Camber Elite 29er, Various 29er hardtails
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
joebreez   Weekend Warrior [Oct 18, 2010]
Strength:

Decent mix of parts, good value, bike does everything I need it to do.

Weakness:

Generic Shimano cranks(minor complaint), lack of available wheel sets.

Overall an exceptionally good bike. I weigh 210lbs and I wanted a bike that wasn't going to break constantly. I wanted a through axle front fork and at least 5" up front. The dual rate shock in the back works very well. Do yourself a favor, when you get the bike home D/L the shock pressures sheet from the Trek website,well worth the time. I've ridden sections of trail I'd never made before, rough rocky climbs that I used to get hung up in on my old 26er. The Rumblefish hooks up very well while climbing, a small amount of bob but so much more traction. A decent parts spec overall except for the Generic cranks and I didn't like the Elixer 5 setup. The infamous rear brake noise, poor rotor design?
So far I'm very happy with this ride,smoother ride over roots rocks etc, great traction climbing, rips on the downhills and has enough travel to do some light drop ins.
As for lack of wheel sets available aftermarket, I think the stock set that the bike comes with isn't half bad. 1900 grams total is decent for a 29er wheel set. The rear wheel is the one that is hard to match, 10mm through axle X 142mm spacing. A bit odd but you can find hubs aftermarket.
Overall I love this bike, a real work horse that gets the job done. Very capable and comfortable riding.
Also the bike weighs in at 29 lbs stock.
I think it's a great value

Similar Products Used: Did some demo's of Rumblefish 1($2900), Superfly 100($6200)Pivot 429($4500).
You do the math...
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Bad Bob   Weekend Warrior [Sep 29, 2010]
Strength:

Great Bike will go over anything. With the correct tires and the rear shock in Pro it will climb very well! great suspension! Great brakes!

Weakness:

The tubeless ready tires it came with were a joke.Both self destructed. Replaced them with the same tires but that are really tubeless, what a climber now!
Seat sucks replaced it.Put Deity Pedals on it, Love them!

This was a great purchase. I have had months of fun on it and so far it has been bullet proof. The stock tires were bad the front one came apart at 20mph, not fun, but that was really the only major problem.I have gone over rocks that I knew were going to kill me with no problem. The bike is a blast!
The Bontrager team issue tubeless tires, the real ones, work great and I like them a lot. I was thinking of replacing the rear shock the RP2 with a RP23 but it works so good I'm not sure I want to do it.

Similar Products Used: Stump Jumper, Great bike
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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