Gary Fisher 2001 Mamba Hardtail Bike

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[Apr 06, 2012]
nohyphens
All Mountain Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Sturdy frame

Weakness:

Components

Its a Gary Fisher/Trek frame, so despite the weight, the frame is long lasting. The bike was in horrible shapr when received, but with a good $700 in upgrades, its once again ride-able on most trails. I wouldnt recommend this for anyone other than casual street rider or project bike enthusiast. If anything, you can abuse the frame and have some fun - if everything gets replaced and maintained!

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Gary Fisher Tassajara

[May 16, 2011]
JV
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Durable, comfortable, dependable, great frame, long-lasting construction

Weakness:

Heavy frame

This bike has had no major problems since I purchased it in 2001. Still sturdy as when I bought it. Great ride! Especially for the inexpensive price tag.

[Mar 10, 2002]
Brendan Pitt
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Strong Frame Decent Brakes Gears are ok

Weakness:

Post Moderne Sporty SE fork tops out all the time gets very annoying,and when i rode it in the rain they filled with water and jammed up, plastic pedals broke quickly, I needed new bottom bracket for it recently the old one broke,wheels buckled easily, and the 2.1 tyre rubs against the fram because the wheel is buckled,heavy frame, my bike came in boring black and silver colours. The bike shop also says my cassette will just fail on me one day they cant fix it because its an internal thing so one day the bike will jus fail and need a new cassette.

i probably bashed it round a bit too much and probably misused it but it is a decent entry level bike. It got me heavily into mountainbiking. i got it for a good price at $480 Australian. im now looking at getting a new bike it served its purpose but I need something better really. I spose for the price it was pretty good.

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Kona Caldera quite a big step up much better

[Sep 19, 2001]
DUDEK Wojtek
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Acera SGS is a top quality for me to this time. In my old bike it was Altus C-10.

Weakness:

Weight of all bike is little big, but I'm a Big Boy too! Rear brake little soft.

The best bike for this price in Poland. And this strong enough Gary's frame 'll be enough to the end of your life:))). Next weekend (29.09.01) I'll test my Mamba in Kampinos National Park (almost 200 km per a day!).

[Sep 19, 2001]
DUDEK Wojtek
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Acera SGS is a top quality for me to this time. In my old bike it was Altus C-10.

Weakness:

Weight of all bike is little big, but I'm a Big Boy too! Rear brake little soft.

The best bike for this price in Poland. And this strong enough Gary's frame 'll be enough to the end of your life:))). Next weekend (29.09.01) I'll test Mamba in Kampinos National Park (almost 200 km per a day)!

[Aug 03, 2001]
Antoine
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

The price is the major advantage. This is not a great bike but this is a Gary Fisher and it's about the best bike you can have for the price

Weakness:

The shimano altus su...s , i had too much problems with it and i had to put on a new Paint job cause of the shimano altus

This is a great bike for the price.
I got a lot of problems with my derailleur but everything else is perfect for me. I do about 50km a week and 10-15 km of trail so it's the perfect bike for me.
Once i will put on a new derailleur it will be a great bike

Similar Products Used:

Trek 4500 specialized hard rok

[May 22, 2001]
pete
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4

This is my first MTB (i had a road bike and yes i am european), I use it for city and light trail. My city is not your regular one though its all hills and downhills and road quality sucks (potholes/patches all over). The shock has been doing good and required no preload, handling is excelent, ezfire shifters work with no error and shifting is very accurate. Breaks on this bike are awesome, as i said hills are big at my place and you need to ride them pretty often but so far all is good. Bike is fast, reliable and for the price you wont get a better set up. Also when buying bikes never pay the list price, ask them if they can give you a break if you buy some accesories most places will do it, , and make sure you compare the components (shifters, deraiullers and so on)

I put about 30 some miles on it so far I just got it last week but i am very happy with it. I have to go off road some to see how it does there but from what it seems on the crapy roads i was on it wont be a problem.

Bottom line is its a comfortable ride, handles good and stock comps are all you need unless you are way into riding. For 250 its the best deal you can find.

I will post in few months when i haev some more miles on it.

4 turds only because i dont know if it will be as good in few months

[Jun 21, 2001]
Kilgore
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Cheap, looks sweet, can't be the quality for the price.

Weakness:

None really given the cost.

Had some problems shifting at first, but once tuned, the derailleurs work perfectly even after months of commuting and weekend offroading. I love the rapid fire shifters, don't really have to pay attention when shifting. The caps popped off the fork over the winter making it pretty useless, but no biggie, getting a Judy SL for it anyway. Only real complaint is that the seat is starting to come apart, but I guess that's what happens when you ride on a cheap stock seat every day for 9 months. It is comfortable enough, just wish it would have lasted longer.

Overall, this has been an excellent bike for me. Works great for getting to class every day, and is a blast to ride off road on the weekends. Given the extremely low price, it is a great entry level bike for anyone who is looking for something that will do well on- and off-road but doesn't want to pay a lot of money.

[Sep 17, 2004]
Kent
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Good sturdy frame, very comfortable ride

Weakness:

Soft braking, chain rings a bit larger than standard ATB, heavy

I ride this bike about 30-40 miles per week on rocky, rooty single track and could not be more pleased for the price. A few inexpensive upgrades can shed a little of the weight. I have never had the rim problems other owners complain about, perhaps because I fill up my tires. I'll trade some loss in traction for a lack of pinch flats and true rims.

The braking can be improved by upgrading to a larger curved pad with larger surface area.

Rear derailleur still tracking fine after 1000+ miles.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Hard Rock, Bianchi Timberwolf

[May 25, 2002]
Stan
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Practically everything

Weakness:

None so far

I've ridden cheap big retailer bikes for most of my life. This was my first venture into an upscale bike, and I am thrilled. I had trouble with the shifters at first, but that was more do to inexperience rather than the bike itself. Great name bike for the price, carries my 230 pound body with ease, in essence I am extremely thrilled. I highly reccommend the bike for a first time purchase of a mountain bike.

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