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I'll be buying my first Mtb soon (far from my first bike) and was looking at a Gary Fisher Wahoo Disc.

Anyone here have or had this bike? I've only read good things about it so far.

If you had a bad experience with this bike please let me know, thanks!
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HI DarkoBWM a few months ago i got to test ride a 2009 wahoo disc and it seemed to be a great starter bike only thing i didnt like was GF "G2 Geometry" with their forks. But if you've already had a chance to go for a test ride and dont mind the geo then its a good bike
 

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i wouldn't buy a bike where i won't be able to upgrade a fork. you will surely outgrow and want to upgrade that SR Suntour fork within a season or so
 

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i wouldn't buy a bike where i won't be able to upgrade a fork. you will surely outgrow and want to upgrade that SR Suntour fork within a season or so
Would you mind recommending another bike in that price range?
Been looking at Treks too
 

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for $700-800 its natural to compare the wahoo to the trek 4300/4500, Rockhooper Comp/Expert, Cannondale F7/F5. I mentioned more than 1 model because many local dealers are willing to negotiate on the price, for example i had a $1300 budget and was originally looking for the RH SL Expert, but my lbs sold me the RH SL Pro instead for that price.

also $650-800 will get you better specs at an online shop, check this out: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom_comp08.htm

but you will have to get a professional to install and tune it, unless you're one.
 

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louisssss said:
i wouldn't buy a bike where i won't be able to upgrade a fork. you will surely outgrow and want to upgrade that SR Suntour fork within a season or so
From the Fisher website:

Component Replacement/Modifications

Q. Do I need a G2 fork on a "new" G2 bike?

A. While Fisher's new G2 offset forks are redefining the way that mountain bikes handle on the trail and elevating off-road performance to a new level, a G2 fork is not required for the new model Fisher frames.
 

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cobba said:
From the Fisher website:

Component Replacement/Modifications

Q. Do I need a G2 fork on a "new" G2 bike?

A. While Fisher's new G2 offset forks are redefining the way that mountain bikes handle on the trail and elevating off-road performance to a new level, a G2 fork is not required for the new model Fisher frames.
i've read that also but i recall that someone on these forums have said that changing the fork out will change the geometry of the bike.
 

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louisssss said:
i've read that also but i recall that someone on these forums have said that changing the fork out will change the geometry of the bike.
It changes the geo. of the fork , reducing the a to c offset .
 

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I personally have an '09 GF Piranha, which is an identical frame to that of the Wahoo. My original "G2 offset" fork was faulty, and RockShox replaced it with a non-G2 offset crowned fork. No problems. Indeed, the ride was initially a tiny bit different, but it was hard to tell if that was a byproduct of the offset difference or the difference of a crappy defective coil-sprung fork vs. the smooth solo air Recon they supplied me.

Bottom line: don't hesitate on the frame for reasons of possibly upgrading your fork in the future. It's a burly, super stiff frame and takes a beating quite nicely!
 

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louisssss said:
i wouldn't buy a bike where i won't be able to upgrade a fork. you will surely outgrow and want to upgrade that SR Suntour fork within a season or so
There you go again louis giving faulty advice first off you can swap the fork with hardly any difference in handling, i know this because a few of my friends have already done it.

to the OP if you have already tried the bike and liked it i highly recommend it, if your still looking around at other bikes the rockhopper line is also a good bike for the money try to get an 09 on closeout that way you can save a few bucks
 

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There you go again louis giving faulty advice first off you can swap the fork with hardly any difference in handling, i know this because a few of my friends have already done it.

to the OP if you have already tried the bike and liked it i highly recommend it, if your still looking around at other bikes the rockhopper line is also a good bike for the money try to get an 09 on closeout that way you can save a few bucks
u sure changing the fork won't affect the geometry if you dont use any non-G2 fork?????
u sure that won't change the fit and handling of the bike?

i'm sure it can be done, and the bike is still rideable, but it won't have the same fit and feel as when you originally test rode and bought the bike.
 

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louisssss said:
u sure changing the fork won't affect the geometry if you dont use any non-G2 fork?????
u sure that won't change the fit and handling of the bike?

i'm sure it can be done, and the bike is still rideable, but it won't have the same fit and feel as when you originally test rode and bought the bike.
Actually be replacing the fork with a non-G2 specific the bike becomes more responsive on faster turns, yes it wont be the exact "feel" as the original bike but it may feel better to the rider but that all depends on personal pref. The frame itself is almost bomb proof reason for the suggestion, he said "I'll be buying my first Mtb soon" and i stand by my original statement that the wahoo line is a great value for an entry level bike
 

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Actually be replacing the fork with a non-G2 specific the bike becomes more responsive on faster turns, yes it wont be the exact "feel" as the original bike but it may feel better to the rider but that all depends on personal pref. The frame itself is almost bomb proof reason for the suggestion, he said "I'll be buying my first Mtb soon" and i stand by my original statement that the wahoo line is a great value for an entry level bike
i agree the wahoo is a very good bike, similar to all the other entry level bikes recommended. but if hes about to buy one, he should make sure it fits perfectly, and changing the geometry of the bike later on with an upgrade shouldn't "make it better," it should've been perfect the first time before upgrades
 

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louisssss said:
i agree the wahoo is a very good bike, similar to all the other entry level bikes recommended. but if hes about to buy one, he should make sure it fits perfectly, and changing the geometry of the bike later on with an upgrade shouldn't "make it better," it should've been perfect the first time before upgrades
As a Fisher owner I can assure you that changing the fork does not affect the geo. an amount that can be noticed by most . As far as being perfect , none of them are , no matter who made it .
 

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emtnate said:
^^ your posts in this thread contradict themselves.
explain to me how they do, i ignore posts that dont at least try to teach me something. telling someone to "stop that" on the internet isn't going to work
 

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explain to me how they do, i ignore posts that dont at least try to teach me something. telling someone to "stop that" on the internet isn't going to work
Dude, there's a reason your winning er losing the poll. In all of your previous post's you say always buy from LBS. Now you're recommending better deals online. So which is it????
 

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Your first post in this thread says you would wouldn't buy this bike because of a perceived incompatibility with a future fork upgrade. Then you flip flop to it being a very good bike. Then you add a line about the perfect fit, while suggesting bikes bought online - when the perfect fit is possible, but more difficult to achieve without seeing it first hand.
 

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emtnate said:
Your first post in this thread says you would wouldn't buy this bike because of a perceived incompatibility with a future fork upgrade. Then you flip flop to it being a very good bike. Then you add a line about the perfect fit, while suggesting bikes bought online - when the perfect fit is possible, but more difficult to achieve without seeing it first hand.
Exactly, louisssssssss spouts some bs and then goes away and hides....
 
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