Gary Fisher Hi Fi Pro review

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£1800

Gary Fisher Hi Fi Pro

BikeRadar verdict

80.0 out of 5 stars

"Light, but dubious new handling dominates the whole ride"

Thursday, August 31, 2006 11.00pm By

Gary has been pushing conventions since the birth of mountain biking. And the Genesis 2 is an even more different kettle of Fishers than usual...

Frame

The clean layout looks remarkably like the old Sugar bikes, but updated it with modern hydroform tube shaping methods keeps weight very light (5.4lb) even by the latest standards. Tapered carbon fibre seat stays with proper bearings at the rear and press fitted into the linkages give a much smoother suspension action for the 116mm of travel. The real change is at the head end though, where Fisher use a custom-increased offset Manitou fork, short stem and tweaked head angle to create their new G2 geometry.

Ride

The idea is to maintain wheelbase and stability but reduce trail, so the bike steers more consistently and correctably at all speeds. We found that, while it'll turn in an instant on slow, tight singletrack, it felt more nervous on fast, off camber sections. You could get used to it in time, but it's unsettling compared to a conventional bike. Forward weight shift also affects balance and reduces the traction, control and comfort effectiveness of the rear suspension. Steeper fork legs stick rather than slide too, making the fork feel harsh and chattery as soon as you're riding fast. With only two suitable forks available upgrade options are non-existent.

Equipment

Fisher deserve credit for trying something new here, but the Hi Fi is definitely a bike you need to try before you buy. If your riding is typified by slow-speed, hairpin infested technical singletrack you might love it, and weight and kit value are attractive too.

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Specification

Name:
HiFi Pro
Brand:
Gary Fisher Bikes
Price:
£1800

Cassette:
SRAM PG970
Fork:
Minute G2 Custom Aluminium
Front Derailleur:
Shimano LX
Rear Derailleur:
Shimano XTR
Rear Shock:
Float RP23
Shifters:
Shimano LX
Weight (kg):
12.4
Available Colours:
Blue
Available Sizes:
L M S XL
Front Tyre:
Jones Mud X
Front Tyre Size:
26x2.0
Rear Tyre:
Jones Mud X
Rear Tyre Size:
26x2.0
Wheelset:
Rhythm Elite
Max. Fork Travel:
120mm
Handlebar Type:
Riser

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