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Hey guys n gals I'm new to the forum. And was wondering if I can get some opinions on a bike I may purchase.
first off I have been ridding a road bike for a couple years now and recently got the itch to get into mountain biking, I plan on doing mostly trail stuff but will most likely be rough on my bike.

Been doing a lot of searching and found a 2010 Gary Fisher X Caliber for 1000 has full shimano Deore xt drive train a fox f29 and shimano mt75 tubeless tires. Just wondering if it seems like a good deal
 

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The x-cal is a decent bike, the XT equipment is really nice and a solid group set. All in all that is a solid bike, the only bad I had with it is the Trek offset fork system. Makes finding a nice replacement fork hard.
 

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Thank you, I rode the new x cal 9 at my LBS and liked it, then while doing some googling I came across this craigslist Gary Fisher. So you think 1,000$ is a fair price? I'm going to check it out tomorrow and rode it anything I should look out for?
 

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If this is it Gary Fisher X-Caliber, 17.5", Full Shimano XT, 29er, Fox Fork $1000 seems fair. If it were me though I would try and get a lower price even with all those upgrades considering its age/mileage. Just check to see if all the gears shift, brakes work, and check for dents/deep scratches on the frame. When you go to use the brakes make sure the brake levers do not go and hit the grips on the first pull of the brake lever. Usually means that the brake needs a bleed in which you can ask for a reduction in price to get the brakes bled.
 

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The fork on that bike benefits from maintenance more so than some others and Fox makes it hard to get parts and do your own service.
Compared to Rockshox which shows an exploded view of each fork with part numbers and servicing tutorials on their site I can't find anything like that on the Fox site.
If someone can link to those that would be useful.
The Manitou and White Bros forks I own also have onsite help.
I don't ride Fox.
I would keep shopping or offer 800.
 

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I have never had a any sort of problem getting parts for Fox stuff, and also found their stuff the easiest to work on at home. What specific parts and service did you run into issues with?
 

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Thank you guys for all your input, yes that is the bike I rode it yesterday felt nice fit was perfect however I am almost positive it needs new brake pads, but it shifted smoothly brakes still locked up

Eb1888 I've been reading reviews and a lot of people just don't like the offset forks for the G2 frames, but anywho I was thinking of making a 700-750 offer but then came across these two deals. They seem to be really good deals I'm just sceptical because I can't ride before hand.

Fuji Tahoe 29 2.0 Bike 2012 > Complete Bikes > Mountain Bikes | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop - Mobile

Fuji Tahoe 29 3.0 Bike 2012 > Complete Bikes > Mountain Bikes | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop - Mobile
 

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The fork on that bike benefits from maintenance more so than some others and Fox makes it hard to get parts and do your own service.
Compared to Rockshox which shows an exploded view of each fork with part numbers and servicing tutorials on their site I can't find anything like that on the Fox site.
If someone can link to those that would be useful.
The Manitou and White Bros forks I own also have onsite help.
I don't ride Fox.
I would keep shopping or offer 800.
Just the tip of the iceberg wrt how much info is available on their website. They also have tons of very detailed how-to walkthoughs, tuning and maintenance tips, and videos.

Manual Archive | Bike Help Center | FOX

Not for nuthin' but you should really try putting some miles on some Fox suspension bits and do back-to-back comparisons with what you're running currently. I'd be very surprised if you didn't start singing a different tune.
 

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Thank you guys for all your input, yes that is the bike I rode it yesterday felt nice fit was perfect however I am almost positive it needs new brake pads, but it shifted smoothly brakes still locked up

Eb1888 I've been reading reviews and a lot of people just don't like the offset forks for the G2 frames, but anywho I was thinking of making a 700-750 offer but then came across these two deals. They seem to be really good deals I'm just sceptical because I can't ride before hand.

Fuji Tahoe 29 2.0 Bike 2012 > Complete Bikes > Mountain Bikes | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop - Mobile

Fuji Tahoe 29 3.0 Bike 2012 > Complete Bikes > Mountain Bikes | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop - Mobile
I would go for the Gary Fisher with a offer lower than $1000 over these bikes. Much better components on the GF, namely the wheelset, brakes and carbon bits. Looks like the pads aren't the finned Icetech versions so they aren't too expensive to replace. Although the Fuji 2.0 does have a 10 speed drivetrain and tapered headtube which the GF doesn't.

Plus if you end up crashing on the GF you wont feel so bad since its not brand new :thumbsup:.
 

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My marin I alluded to is way better than the fuji deals, and better than the GF for $1000
2012 Marin Rock Springs Elite 29er 17" Hardtail MTB Bike Shimano XT SLX Fox New | eBay

for $1150 you get
new bike vs 5 year old bike + components
warranty
black flag expert wheelset, which is more $$ than the GF shimano wheelset
formula fr vs shimano xt brakes. Not sure which is better, the but he formula cost more.

compared to that, the GF has to come down in price to be of similar value. It' not even close.

That GF seems to be market rate, but I think the Marin is just better value in the market currently.
2008 Gary Fisher Superfly Hi Fi Carbon Fiber 29er Bicycle | eBay
 

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Formula brakes have typically turned out to be a throw-away item for people I know that have ended up with them as part of a full-bike spec. That includes the high end models. XT or even SLX can be considered an upgrade to them.
 
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