Gary Fisher HiFi Mountain Bike Review

4.70 out of 5
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Gary Fisher HiFi Pro
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Gary Fisher HiFi Carbon

June 6, 2014
Model/Year: 2008

Pros: Very light. Incredible climbing ability. Handles very well on corners.

Cons: That I don't have another one just like it.

May 12, 2011
Model/Year: HiFi Plus 29 2010

Pros: The geometry of this bike is awesome. A lot of people think 29ers are clunky and harder to hendle than 26ers but this bike is more maneuverable than any bike I've ridden. Fairly light too.

Cons: The design of the frame makes it hard to mount on some bike racks and only small water bottles fit in the space for the cage but these are very minor issues.

Recommendation: I would recommend this model as opposed to the deluxe or higher because it a good balance between price and performance. I don't think the others are particularly worth the increase in price.

December 4, 2010
Pros: felt sturdy for my big self, good handling while riding a lrg frame

Cons: didn't feel it had any for me

Recommendation: great feel, put power were it belongs while riding..

November 29, 2010
Pros: Light weight, snappy handling

Cons: The rear triangle on the model I rode couldn't accept a 2.35" tire, so I was stuck riding narrow tires.

Recommendation: This is a light,fast trail bike that is has super snappy handling and climbs like a goat! I wished I owned one of these!

November 25, 2010
Pros: Excellent bike for both hardcore technical single track and wide open fast and flowy XC. This is a Gary Fisher 29er. Need I say more?

Cons: Tires and brakes needed to be upgraded. The Bontrager Jones tires just couldn't handle hard climbs up the singletrack. The brakes were also surprisingly short-lived and needed replacement three times this season (although it has been brought to my attention that I tend to ride the brakes too often!)

Recommendation: This was my first mountain bike and I wanted something I could grow into and not grow out of - boy was I in for a surprise!
I have been absolutely blown away by the bike's performance over the past year and she has helped me grow into a much more confident rider. The value is amazing. Highly Recommended!

November 9, 2010
Pros: I love the lockout on the front and rear shocks and the strength of the frame, the brakes, the handling and the looks. I race the 2010 Top Fuel 9.8 carbon which is around 23 pounds so training on the heavy Gary Fisher is the perfect way to get stronger. Train on a heavy bike and race a light bike.

Cons: I wish it had remote lockout. The Fisher is a bit heavy. Mine is around 29 pounds.

Recommendation: Buy it. The price is right and it is fun to ride. Not for racing but it is a fun trail bike.

Dr. Dan Batchelor
Batchelor Chiropractic

April 2, 2010
Pros: I like the geometry of this bike. It is very comfortable on epic rides. The balance of the bike allows for good handling. not front heavy at all and the Fox fork and shock compliment the set up. The Duster is a great wheel. Nice wide rims and tubeless ready.

Cons: I replaced the derailleurs and the brakes within the first year. Juicy 3's are not good brakes for intense off road use. The Sram X.7 rear derailleur was fine but I prefer low normal shifting so I replaced both with XT. Carbon seat stays are fine if you never crash. I taped them up with bash guard to protect them.

Recommendation: It took me a year to dial this bike in because its my first full suspension bike. The travel is perfect for XC and now that its tuned proper I love the riding experience. It makes me more confident in the saddle. I like this level of bike because its ripe for upgrade and that allows me to persoanlize the ride. If you're not into that the Pro version comes well equiped.

January 31, 2010
Pros: Ride quality, handling climbing, componentry

Cons: Paint scratches easily

Recommendation: Mine is the 2008 model with Fox RL 120 Fork instead of the Manitou. The Fox suspension is very plus, performs and holds up well.

This bike will out handle most others. The G2 Geometry lives up to the promises of low speed handling improvement without hindering hi-speed handling and ability to descend. This is one of the best trail bikes for the $$.

Wheels come tubeless ready and the tubeess conversion is well worth it.

The Flat Black paint seems to scratch easily but its not hard to protect it, plus I like the stealth look.

Its easy to discover a smile on your face when you ride this bike.

I replaced the 90mm stem with an 80mm stem, this complimentsmy riding style better. I also replaced the stock grips with Lizard skin lock ons. I plan on putting a Thomson seatpost on it also and possibly floating brake discs.

This bike totally rocks even stock!

October 31, 2009
Pros: The bike is tight and very nimble. Precise in turns and in sudden climbs. Everything about this bike is pure energy. Upgrade from 03 Sugar 3+.

Cons: Rear tire is not the greatest; but it impossible to pick a tire that will match all 50 states' various terrains. Just switch them out and keep on truckin' Yeah!!

Recommendation: These bikes are truly bullet proof. No need to spend three grand for Specialized bikes made in China.

August 3, 2009
Pros: Climbs like crazy, and the build i rode was crazy light at only 24 pounds! This is a fast XC bike!

Cons: really squirrelly on the downhills. not made for descending.

Recommendation: Don't buy this if you are planning on doing much more than straight XC riding.