Gary Fisher Bitter Freeride Hardtail

  • Bottom bracket: ISIS GigaPipe
  • Pedals: Alloy BMX
  • Front derailleur: Shimano Alivio
  • Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore
  • Shifters: Shimano Alivio
  • Chain: Shimano IG51

User Reviews (49)

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Steve B   Cross Country Rider [Jun 02, 2010]
Strength:

Great frame. Good brakes. Good components - not great. Solid solid solid. Overall a great bike which should last forever.

Weakness:

Peddles are a bit weak but easily replaced

Great solid durable bike light enough to hit the mountains but burly enough to session in town.

Similar Products Used: Cannondale F 1000
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
trail killer   Weekend Warrior [Jun 18, 2009]
Strength:

Very strong frame
geometry for me is the best I have ridden
bontreger earl parts
hayes hydraulic brakes (a little loud but have had no prob)

Weakness:

Manitou splice fork Is way to soft for someone my size and it flexes side to side I hate it. Trade it out if you can.Im going to ASAP.

Bottom Bracket Used it till it died after 1 year then replaced it with a down hill version .

The wellgo pedals died about the same time so upgraded to NS bikes leg eaters (NICE)

I have used the bitter every day for 1 and a half years to ride back and forth to work ( 10 mi round trip). I go for rides about every weekend including street and single track.
I have even hit up the dirt jump park a few times and even though the bitter is no Specialized P3 it still holds up And Im kind of a big guy 6 foot 220lbs. But don't think its gonna fly like a dirt jump bike ,it wont.But fun none the less.Im more into single track and that's where the bitter shines, it handles like a dream. It will take anything a trail can dish out ,high speed 4 foot drop offs no prob. weaving in and out of the trees no prob.
flying off the trail and tumbling down the hill about 30 ft painful for me but just scratched the paint on the bitter

So the bottom line is I love this bike. It loves trails and is also happy on the street jumping curbs riding wheelies bunny hopping over what ever. I would and have recommended it
When something goes out upgrade it! by the way i would have given it 5 points but the fork just sucks

Similar Products Used: Just your every day mountain bikes
but nothing SIMILAR to the bitter
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
RTK   Downhiller [Mar 27, 2009]
Strength:

Strong frame!

Weakness:

Forks bottom out easy. Tires, Rims & Cranks were the first to go.
I find the handlebars and the stem are weak and have some flex on hard landings.

I like the bike, but found when hitting the bowls the tail end is alittle on the heavy side. I will be changing out the gears to a single, and smaller rims for better agility on the bowls, splines, grinding, and ramps.

Overall, the frame is strong and will take a beating.

Similar Products Used: Diamond back, Speacialized, Gary fisher
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
ShBlakeND123   Weekend Warrior [Nov 02, 2008]
Strength:

Good Fork,strong frame,good tires

Weakness:

Brakes stink all they do is make noise

Its a ok bike for someone who just rides every other weeekend but if you are looking to go insaane i get a better fork and brakes.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Blake matos   Weekend Warrior [Aug 04, 2008]
Strength:

seat post hasent btoke cranks havent broken

Weakness:

everything fork blow derailer sucks frame is weak just broke the head tube off casing the 20 footer like what the hell

ok if your not really going big cool for putting around and small rythme if your real good dont buy this bike

Similar Products Used: ged mullet riot
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
mdorado   Downhiller [Jul 31, 2008]
Strength:

Strong frame, grips, metal end caps, shifters, hubs

Weakness:

Manitou Splice sucks balls. super soft new but felt good for the 2 weeks before it broke. Sent it back and got a new one which broke a month later. brakes suck for hydros, why even call them hydros, they feel like mx4s or some other wannabe hydros. rims have too much flex, tires lose tread fast. pedals have freakin huge pins that have killed my shins numerous times. bars are too long had them cut and are fine

get this bike for mild dj but not drops. i dh now but occasionally use it for dj when im bored. MUCH better if u upgrade the fork and brakes

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Doridude   Downhiller [Jul 30, 2008]
Strength:

frame, its really strong and i like how it looks

Weakness:

all stock componints are crap, crap forks, crap derailer

just get the frame and build up from it it will be way nicer

Similar Products Used: brodie bruzza
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
bmarley93   Weekend Warrior [Jul 11, 2008]
Strength:

Strong frame few good components!

Weakness:

fork sucks cant go off a drop without bottoming it out
hayes sole brakes aren"t very good all they do is make noise!

its a decent bike i wouldnt take it off to big of a drop!

Similar Products Used: gary fisher opie

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
bmarley93   Weekend Warrior [Jul 08, 2008]
Strength:

strong frame, takes smaller drops like a champ

Weakness:

forks sucks, I cant go off a drop without bottoming it out!

bikes rides well i raced a season of cross country with it but hopefully wont be doing that again its too heavy!

Similar Products Used: gary fisher opie pretty much same thing but with crappier components and no disc brakes!
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Tyler Denton   Weekend Warrior [Jul 10, 2007]
Strength:

Sturdy lightweight frame. Components that came on the bike seem to do the job. 8" and 6" disc brakes rule for the pacific northwest where it is wet. This bike is sweet.

Weakness:

I am sure I will make some upgrades to derailler in the future, but it does the trick.

I am a land locked surfer who needed some outlet for fun. Waltzed into a bike shop and told them to give me a bike that would take a beating at a reasonable price. I hadn't been a mountain biker so when they showed me the Bitter, I said okay, I'll give it a try. I have taken big drops, gone to a dirt jumping park, ridden bridges, skinnies, and fallen off of a lot of stuff, this bike keeps going. Another bit of assurance, is all the guys with real expensive bikes compliment this bike and its set up frequently. I am sure full suspension is in the future, but this bike can do it all. This is a great bike for some one entering the world of biking, who wants some freeride, downhill, and cross country. I still have plenty of riding before I outgrow this bike.

Similar Products Used: ??
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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