First look: Gary Fisher Procaliber

Low weight, snappy full susser

Subaru-Gary Fisher team riders have a new full-suspension race machine in their quiver to replace the Race Day. 

The new HiFi XC is not only lighter at a claimed 2350g with shock and hardware (the Race Day was approximately 2400g) but also 29 percent stiffer overall. Much of the improvement comes courtesy of a new asymmetrical carbon-and-aluminium co-moulded rear end; the front triangle is a more conventional hydroformed and double-butted 6066 aluminium unit.

Not surprisingly, the single-pivot HiFi XC is based on Gary Fisher's successful HiFi Trail platform but with several key differences. Travel has been reduced to a more race-friendly 90mm in the rear and a firmer mid- and end stroke offers a snappier feel under power. The front centre dimension has also been lengthened while the head tube has been shortened to yield a more aggressive rider position. Saddle setback has also been increased roughly 15mm.

Our Procaliber tester sits at the top of the heap and is equipped with an assortment of high-end goodies, including a Shimano XTR crankset, SRAM X.0 trigger shifters and rear derailleur, Avid Juicy Ultimate brakes, a plethora of Bontrager Race X Lite bits and Fox Racing Shox suspension front and rear.

Total weight on our medium-sized tester is an encouraging 10.7kg (23.6lb) without pedals. Now we just need the trails to dry out a bit!

Price: US$5499.99

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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