Let’s cut to the chase. The Gary Fisher Roscoe is good, very good. I’m interested in getting one and will ride it extensively as soon as possible. I believe it unlocks the true promise of All Mountain bikes. This is truly a bike that is balanced as it can climb and it can descend most mountains. It complements the rider in a variety of conditions. Don’t know what the trail is going to be like? Don’t know if there’s a drop or a wall climb around the next bend? The Roscoe is a great tool for these occasions.
Availability is September 08 and price is $3k to $5k. The frame weighs ~6.4 lbs and the top-of-the-line Roscoe III bike weighs 28 lbs.
I’ll have to preface this review by saying that I’ve only ridden this bike three times and I’ve been spoiled in one of the best destinations in the country, Durango, CO. But they were three very special rides on very varied and challenging terrain. We climbed a lot of rocky, rooty trails and we did some very steep ones today too. The descents here in Durango are insanely entertaining. There’s a lot of berms, rocks, jumps and swoopy singletrack and the Roscoe handled them all in style. Let’s just say that I ‘roscoed’ the 9-mile singletrack descent today.
The frame has no detectable lateral flex at all. The 1 1/2″ bottom headset and the huge hydroformed tubes minimize unwanted lateral movement. The pivots were very quiet with absolutely no squeaks or rattles.