Gary Fisher Roscoe II All Mountain Full Suspension

  • Frame: 6011 hydroformed butted aluminum mainframe & swingarm, G2 Geometry, top swing magnesium link, semi-integrated E2 headtube, ABP
  • Wheels: Bontrager Rhythm Comp, 15mm QR thru-axle, Bontrager XDX tires
  • Componentry: Shimano SLX front derailleur, Shimano XT Shadow rear derailleur, Shimano SLX shifters, Shimano SLX crank, Avid Elixir 5 hydraulic disc brakes
  • Suspension: Fox Talas RL, 140-120-100mm adjustable travel, custom G2 Geometry 46mm offset crown; Custom Fox Float RP2 with DRCV, 2-position Pro Pedal

User Reviews (11)

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Runslowalksalot   Cross Country Rider [Mar 31, 2016]
Strength:

Handles everything that I can throw at it from dropoffs to steep climbs. Predictable cornering. great all-arounder.

Weakness:

Tires are poop

I lucked into this bike brand new, $1000 off MSRP as it was last year's model, and the MTBers in my area are more race oriented, and with the lack of hills it is more bike than the local trails need. I however was looking to replace my S-works steel stumpjumper hardtail. Having ridden, but never owned a FS bike, I'll admit it was an impulse buy, but have never regretted it for a second! Once I put decent tires on it I was in heaven!! It corners like a dream, soaks up otherwise teeth chattering root systems, allows one to descend with the utmost confidence, and the wheels stay planted on climbs. I can now ride all day without my back yelling at me!
As a person who's budget allows only 1 MTB, I love-love-love this bike!!! I recently picked a set of 26" Easton EA 90 wheels on closeout from an online retailer for a song. With these wheels sporting tubeless Racing Ralphs. the bike dropped almost 3 lbs! ( from tube-in Continental Mountain King 2.3) It's been many moons since my last MTB race, but If I was so inclined, I would not hesitate to race this bike with these wheels. I wouldn't win, but I wouldn't feel disadvantaged either.
Who should buy this bike: Those who keep a 1 bike stable, and those who want to ride for hours on end and not get beat up. Who shouldn't: Roadies?
Every so often I look for a Roscoe on E-bay. Nada. Owners hang on to them!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
lee smith   Weekend Warrior [Apr 19, 2011]
Strength:

the best bike on the market only from the g2 geometry and is the most advansed tech bike on the market to this day and for years to come i recomend the the roscoe 2 because its a epic bike and one of the best best i rode

Weakness:

the humming of the avid rotor

the most advansed tech bike on the market the best i ever rode

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
dirtbag   Weekend Warrior [Aug 16, 2010]
Strength:

handling through ruts, roots and rocks

Weakness:

tires for sure

I read alot of forums before buying this bike. One in particular that was interesting was the differences between the roscoe and the yeti 575. Well, the yeti 575 is legendary amongst hard-core riders and by the end of the forum, there were enough posts that the yeti 575 riders were getting pissed because so many people were saying that the roscoe addressed some of the handling issues that yeti could not get perfected. I think the yeti is a bad ass bike, but in the same breath i will say that the roscoe is the best handling bike that i have ridden to date. It is a little heavy but it is basically a all day trail bike that can descend faster than a trail bike. Too bad they are not going to make them since Gary Fisher is now Trek. If you run into one, I suggest trying it out. It is stupid fun to ride.

Similar Products Used: most major bike companies mid to high end bikes
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
moutanbiker   Downhiller [Apr 23, 2010]
Strength:

really climes like a dream so much fun and really good suspension design i also really like the brakes cuz the stop on a dime and i can do killer stopies

Weakness:

can handle any thing above a 3 foot drop unless you have a ton of air in the rear but i usaly don do to many drop offs

if you jump your bike daily and ride it hard then get a remedy if you are a little less extream (Not me) get it

great bike does every thing

Similar Products Used: trek remedy is similar but a bit more beefy than the rosco
fuel ex 9 is less beefy than the rossco
but i haven't rode those bikes in a while
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Cameron Hays   Racer [Dec 07, 2009]
Strength:

This bike is a great bike. It is heavy, but the suspension is really plush.

Weakness:

Weight. The tires that come on it wear really fast

This bike is amazing, it can handle anything you can throw at it. Great bike for training on if you race.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
sharprw   Cross Country Rider [Oct 21, 2009]
Strength:

Very stable feel, climbs like a billy goat and decends like a alpine racer!! This bike has very good all around stable feel and everything I have pointed it at it soakes up with ease!!

Weakness:

The stock tires are junk as far as I am concerned!! They lost there grip soon after being new and will push out from under you in a turn so be careful. I was told the have a predictable slide but thats crap and so are the tires!! The cockpit seems to be a little small for me but I am 6'1" and it just needs a new stem and maybe bars!! The seat is a little hard and could also be replaced!

The bottom line is so far this is a great bike and really handles very well!!! I have quite a few rides on it and am curious to see how it will with stand and hold up over time and am keeping my fingers crossed for now!!! I would recomend this bike to anyone who is looking for an all around bike as the suspension is great and is stable through the rough stuff!! If your looking for a downhill mostly bike look elsewhere but for an X-country, AM bike this will do you just great. I haven't taken big drops on it yet but it will soak up the 6 footers well but it's not designed for the big stuff!! Will see what the future holds but for now I am stoked!!!

Similar Products Used: Rocky Mountain Slayer, Specialized Enduro ridden but not owned, Motobecane.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
dawgcatching   Cross Country Rider [Sep 13, 2009]
Strength:

Very stout frame, uses a tapered head tube for steering precision, 15mm TA, all-mountain width 28mm rims, custom suspension valving, good brakes, pedals very well

Weakness:

Lack of plushness, Bontrager parts cut a few corners, tires are lousy

I have ridden this a few times prior, but this ride I got out on a 5-hour ride with lots of climbing, lots of descending, and some technical sections thrown in. Overall, I was fairly pleased with the ride, as the geometry felt very dialed and the bike handled very well. Super stiff laterally, nearly zero flex can be felt. This would be a great bike for 24-hour racing with some lighter wheels to get it close to 27lbs.


Unfortunately, I couldn't get over the fact that the bike, for it being a very stout, well designed heavy-duty trail bike, just didn't have a very plush rear end. It was night and day when compared to my 150mm travel Terremoto: the Roscoe in comparison felt like a 110mm travel bike. Sag was set to just over 30%, yet I bottomed it out at 80% of full travel, which doesn't happen on my other bikes. I got bounced around a bunch and had to carefully choose a line: usually on a 140mm travel bike, I can just point and shoot through all but the really rough stuff. This bike, it wasn't the case. As it pedaled very well, it reminded me of my old 120mm Stumpjumper Pro, in the fact that it was more of an "efficient" trailbike rather than a "technical, plush trailbike". Which is fine, but looking at the Roscoe and how beefy the bike looks, one would assume it to be a heavy-duty, AM bike that can handle any technical situation. While it is technically capable, it is nowhere near as controlled in rough terrain, as say a Rize 3 from Cannondale. It does pedal a bit better though. Not as plush or controlled in rough terrain as my Ventana El Ciclon either (125mm of travel, the 2008 version). FWIW, I am 150lbs, and perhaps the custom rear shock is valved for a heavier rider.

You may need a better set of tires. The Panaracer Rampage 2.35 up front was a big improvement in the loose, sandy soil we ride here.

Overall, I really like this frame, and it seems geared to those who want available travel without losing pedaling efficiency. There is a place for that type of bike: not everyone wants the same type of trail bike, or lives in the same place, and therefore choice is good. The Roscoe doesn't feel quite like a 140mm bike (more like the Hi-Fi 26" instead, which I rode in fall of 2007). Personally, I like a plusher bike (I could really care less about suspension bob and efficiency, as I know how to spin and keep it to a minimum. Anyone trail rider who worries about pedal bob should just buy a cheap pair of rollers instead, it will make them a stronger rider and minimize bob). My preference for a 140mm bike is that it allows me to tackle any reasonable trail obstacle with minimum effort on my part, so I can ride longer. This bike doesn't quite have that feel. For those looking for a snappier, more efficient ride, this may be your bike, or those who don't ride really rough trails. It fits well with the Fisher lineup, more of a racier, snappier feel throughout all of their bikes, as well as a full stable of race bikes. Overall, a great bike, but not quite what I was looking for. I can recommend it highly for more of an XC-oriented long travel feel.

Similar Products Used: Owned: Ventana: El Ciclon, El Rey, X5, Terremoto, El Salt: Cannondale Rize, Rush; Hi-Fi 26", lots of other bike demoed.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Opp   Downhiller [May 14, 2009]
Strength:

It's A all Day Bike, with great suspension set, the best part it's that you can do anything with this bike, up hill, single trails, jumps, downhill, this bikes works like heaven

Weakness:

None

there isn't a day that i don't think on riding my bike ..It rulez

Similar Products Used: Remedy, Santa Cruz Heckler
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
spliffman30   Weekend Warrior [Dec 16, 2008]
Strength:

downhill/uphill this bike seems to eat terrain

Weakness:

none so far.

i have ridden this bike for less than 2 weeks, i took it to afan and god was it good, it was cold and slippery but the roscoe just ate the terrain and with those big tyres it hung on and handled everything that was thrown at it. I would recommend anyone wanting a proper ALL mountain bike to get a proper demo on this.

Similar Products Used: prophet 1000
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
TimRXC   Cross Country Rider [Dec 10, 2008]
Strength:

Solid frame, Excellent on singletrack, climbing, descending, switchbacks.Responsive and fun to ride,very stable feeling,confidence inspiring. In a class of it's own.

Weakness:

Slightly heavier than 4-5" XC bike, but quite a bit lighter than a 6" downhill bike

Excellent bike for all-around use.Very sure-footed on loose conditions (climbing or descending).The big tires help traction and add suspension.SLX drivetrain (great shifters),Elixir brakes(solid), FOX front & rear shocks, Rhythm Comp wheelset w/15mm frt axle, seat & post,RXL stem, lock-on grips--ALL work well. Not much of anything to change. It weighs 30lbs, 2lbs more than my EX-8, but I'll probably lose 3lbs around my waist from riding it.
Excellent for group rides,night rides,exploration/adventure/death march rides. It will also make the 25lb Klein feel pretty good on racedays.
The Roscoe bikes will be a hit.They have created and filled a new niche. Great all-around, fun, capable, machine!!

Similar Products Used: '07,'08 TREK EX-8's, '01 KLEIN Adept.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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