Gary Fisher Roscoe 1, 2 and 3 Preview – Specifications

Pro Reviews

The rear suspension action is very smooth and plush. The new, proprietary rear shock allows the rear suspension to be very smooth and linear throughout the entire travel. So taking drops or landing jumps is a joy. It’s very similar to a spring shock where it doesn’t ramp up unlike normal air shocks. This is accomplished by having two air chambers. The first air chamber is used in the first 40% of travel. At that point, a plunger rod is engaged, opening the second air chamber. With the two air chambers available for the rest of the travel, the action is more plush and linear.

img_7735.jpgClimbing is superb with traction always readily when climbing over obstacles. And it seems to scoot up the hills with its light weight and efficient pedaling action. On smooth, extended climbs, the rider can: a) lock out the rear shock b)lock out the front shock c) drop the front fork to 120mm or 100mm of travel.
Braking is great and the unique thing is the rear suspension is very active during heavy braking. The have a nice dropout technology called the Active Braking System (ABP) that avoids brake jack and it works. Normally, under heavy braking, the braking forces compress the rear shock making the rear suspension less active. The ABP system prevents this and allows the suspension to move more freely under heavy braking.

img_7732.jpgThe tires are 2.4 Bontrager tires that have a rounded profile and low knobs. It’s my kind of tire and will work perfect in the forests of Norcal. Here in Durango, I liked them as well because they climbed good and they suited my style. But we had a few flats and a few washouts so other riders might prefer a tire with bigger side knobs or thicker sidewalls if they are on harsher conditions.

Also, the saddle didn’t agree with me too much since it was a bit flat so I swapped it out for the test rides.

Otherwise, the spec is dialed on this bike specially the Fox QR15 fork with the bigger 46 mm offset.

But bottom line, this bike handles and carves like a dream. It feels so light and the geometry makes it so easy to turn and lean. I dove into so many blind singletrack corners at high speed, not knowing what was on the other side. A few times, there were obstacles I had to steer away from quickly. Other times I just plowed into a bed of rocks with no problem.

I will follow with more details, videos and photos but as first impressions go, the Roscoe delivered the goods.



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  • Anonymous says:

    Would you care to tell us some details about the Roscoe, since there isn’t any on the Gary Fisher website? Travel, for example?

  • Anonymous says:

    >>Would you care to tell us some details about the Roscoe, since there isn’t any on the Gary Fisher website? Travel, for example?

    Done. I updated the article.

  • Anonymous says:

    I was all set to buy a Mach 5 or Motolite and this shows up. Statements like “handles and carves like a dream” are next to my heart. Plus, you say the suspension is very plush. That would be icing on the cake.

    I want to demo this thing!

  • Anonymous says:

    >>I was all set to buy a Mach 5 or Motolite and this shows up. Statements like “handles and carves like a dream” are next to my heart. Plus, you say the suspension is very plush. That would be icing on the cake.

    Definitely check this one out. It is really a well-balanced bike that does everything well. The steering with th 15 mm axle and 1.5″ lower headtube is an eye-opener.

    Check out the reviews on the other websites as well. Everyone I talked to was pleased.

  • Anonymous says:

    What’s with the 1.5″ bottom headset? Why not just use a standard 1.5″ so you can use normal forks/headest with it?

    Also, what’s with websites not listing travel, that’s what everyone cares about when looking for an all mountain bike. Heck, you have to look pretty hard to find travel even on some manufacturer’s sites.

  • Anonymous says:

    140mm of travel I found.

  • Anonymous says:

    Looks like an extra special Fox Fork.

  • Anonymous says:

    I was warned by several diferrent LBS friends that prices on the fall ’09 bikes would go up, I guess they were right! Any other thoughts/comments about this issue? I’m pretty happy w/ my ’08 HI-FI PRO 29er. Speced right for the price, but no ABP though. Still sounds like a sweet ride for sure!

  • Anonymous says:

    Anyone know what the MSRP for just the Roscoe frame\fork combo will be?

  • Anonymous says:

    >> Anyone know what the MSRP for just the Roscoe frame\fork combo will be?

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but this is only available as a complete bike

  • Anonymous says:

    I guess I better start saving now for that Roscoe III!!

  • Anonymous says:

    It’s magnificent!!
    “The frame weighs ~6.4 lbs” . With the Fox float? How many weighs the Roscoe I?

  • Anonymous says:

    Being a Gary Fisher rider since a young age of 5 I read your article with interest. The new Cf bikes are magnificently light but menacingly expensive. The guys at the local bike shop(that own the show) all ride the new Gary Fisher carbon fiber bikes, but they all share the same downfall. They all suck at riding Mt bikes, and they brag to much about their expensive bikes. Im glad your article was bias free is what im trying to get at. Yuppies lookout you may have a top of the line 5k bike but it doesn’t mean your good by any means, Ill stop you any day with my 1k hardtail hahah

  • Anonymous says:

    Derrick – why such a hater? So you’re saying if you could afford a Roscoe you wouldn’t get one? It’s obvious you just suffer from an extreme case of bike envy.

  • Anonymous says:

    Just bought the Procaliber 08 and love it. I’ve had the Surgar 2+ disc – Hi-Fi (kept that one) and now the Procaliber. I managed to buy a end of season demo bike that was 6k and got for 3k from the dealer. What a dream machine. Never thought I could afford something like this. Lightest/fastest dream machine I’ve ever ridin. Spec’s include SRAM XO rear d and shifter. XTR front and SRAM shifter. Juicy carbon brakes. Bontrager carbon post (hate the seat) put my M960 SPD’s on it and haven’t looked back. Can’t beleive the wife let me spring for this. Just turned the big 50 in Sept. Nice BDay present. Took 90 secs of my best time on my loop this past week and my best loop time was 5 yrs ago. Riding up the last part of my 40k ride this afternoon and this young guy mid 30’s was crankin it and I zipped by him like I was in my 20’s. Must admit its been a Good end to a Good Season (c: Looking forward to some winter riding on the snowmobile trails this year. Happy Trails everyone. Oh and by the way Gary “Thanks”

  • Anonymous says:

    i just ordered a roscoe III 🙂 can’t wait to get it… i am in europe so i have to wait…
    but pacience… thats what it’s all about.
    i already have a HiFi Deluxe 29 … coudn’t give that thing away… i’m just loving it…

    Gary you’re gooooood 😉

  • Anonymous says:

    I fail to see what everyone is getting so excited about.

    There are several companies building 5+ inch travel bikes with Horst linkages or the DW-link that have been doing so for years that have much more sophisticated suspensions than the Fisher. Any bike that has a specially valved shock to make up for the inadequacy of the suspension design should be viewed with a skeptical eye. Gary Fisher and Trek keep changing their suspension designs every year. What “deficiency” with the 2009 lineup will the 2010 lineup address? With the great new Shimano SLX group, there will be alot of great bikes at reasonable (3-3.5K) prices in the upcoming year. As just one example – the Ibis Mojo with SLX for 2009 will be $3000, comes in full carbon fiber, and weighs in less than the top of the line Roscoe.

  • Anonymous says:

    to “whats the big deal?” the roscoe is so far the most technologically advanced bike for 2009. Trek and fisher, by having the abp are not copying the horst link since it works differently, and in most cases better, than other pivots. Im not saying specialized or santa cruz or other bikes suck, because they dont!! but trek has done their research and have really improved from 2007 and before. And to address the shock, it is a duel chamber shock, not by any means trying to make-up in your opinion of a “deficiency” on their part. Your right that other bikes with slx components will be priced at a good point, but try riding the bike before you make some outrageous claims

  • Anonymous says:

    To all of you posting negative comments about this bike, please understand that bikes are more than the sum of their parts. No one posting a negative comment has ridden the bike! I got a chance to demo the Roscoe 3 and it is incredibly impressive. super stiff, handles brilliantly. Going to buy one SOON. Price is an obvious hurdle but the roscoe 1 is pretty competently spec-d for the price. And the 5k version is running xo and avid elixr cr tippy top of the line parts. If you have an opportunity to demo this baby do it. Great review Francois!

  • Anonymous says:

    I think is great bike and I now try to get one 2009 Roscoe3. (I’m from Croatia and all this years I used Sugar3+).
    My question is where we can buy new G2 tapered fork if one day something bad happen with original one? Will that kind of fork become standard one day, or we will suffer from our pal comments “I’m told you you’ll never see G2 fork in shops…”

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