Gary Fisher Big Sur review

When you see the Big Sur you can't help but wonder if it will stand up to hard trail and expedition use. The carbon stays and lightweight forks scream 'Race Me!' but then you see some trail ready touches too.

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £1,100.00 RRP | USD $1,649.99
Gary Fisher Big Sur

Our review

This may be one of the best all-round race and trail bikes we've ridden to date.
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When you see the Big Sur you can’t help but wonder if it will stand up to hard trail and expedition use. The carbon stays and lightweight forks scream ‘Race Me!’ but then you see some trail ready touches too.

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Frame

The R7 forks are 100mm travel not 80mm, and there are Hayes HFX-9 stoppers while the fork steerer comes with a spacer selection so you can set the low-riser bars to a comfy trail riding position.

Ride

You’ll instantly notice that this lightweight flyer rides superbly well. It’s just so light that you can flick it in any direction you choose, while the slightly elongated wheelbase, excellent ride position and good forks give you the feeling of confidence and stability. Before our test expedition even began we used this bike to practice back-hops and bunnyhops on, it just felt so good and so quick, and did what it was told.

Equipment

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Once out on the test ride, the big concern was how such lightweight gear would hold up. The R7 forks performed extremely well and with a lifetime warranty on the frame, Gary Fisher is clearly confident about its AC/DC design, as it calls its carbon fibre stays on alloy frames. Just to be certain, though, we’ll be giving the Big Sur a thorough going over in The Lake District for the rest of the season. If it holds up as well as we’d like to expect, then this may be one of the best all-round race and trail bikes we’ve ridden to date.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Big Sur
Brand Gary Fisher Bikes

MPN BIGSUR
Rear Shock Float RP23
Rear Tyre Size 26x1.95
Rear Tyre Bontrager Connection
Front Tyre Size 26x1.95
Front Tyre Bontrager Connection
Available Sizes 17.5 Inches 19 Inches 21 Inches
Available Colours Black Blue/Silver
Stem Bontrager Select
Shifters LX Rapid Fire
Seatpost Alloy Micro Adjust
Seat Angle 74
Saddle Ithys
Rims Superstock
Rear Hub Superstock
Bottom Bracket Isis Gigapipe
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Pedals M505
Headset Type Semi-Cartridge
Head Angle 71.5
Handlebar Select OS
Grips/Tape Dual Density ATB
Front Hub Superstock
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore
Frame Material Aluminium
Fork Duke XC
Cranks Isis
Chain Shimano HG-53
Cassette Sram PG970
Wheelset Bontrager Select