Trek Demo Day, Part II

Gary Fisher Roscoe III

Round number 2 was on the Gary Fisher Roscoe. I had to wait a little while for this one as some dude drove from Vegas to test ride it. That’d be 4 plus hours of driving each way!

Before we get going on the review, I have to preface my thoughts on the Gary Fisher Roscoe with this statement: My riding style is not the one that is being targeted by the Roscoe. I am definitely more of a XC/Trail type rider while the Roscoe with its five and a half inches of travel is definitely shooting for the All Mountain crowd. I have ridden AM type bikes but I am just too timid to really get the best out of them, the Roscoe included. Also, the Fullerton Loop is not an AM type trail so I’d definitely read my thoughts with this information in mind.

Wide hydroformed top tube makes for a much stiffer frame

On our second run, we hooked up with John from Jax Fullerton. He jumped on the Superfly I was riding while Full Squish Randall got on HiFi 29er and I got some seat time on the Roscoe. John, by the way, is a great mechanic and happens to be a very good road racer as well.

My first thought when I got on the Roscoe is that this baby is stout. The hydroformed tubing is thick. The first tube you notice is the top tube which is much wider than any other top tube I’ve ridden. This definitely lent a bit of stiffness to the whole bike that I’m sure is useful when you’re hucking off 6 foot drops. You really can’t tell the thickness in the pictures on Gary Fisher’s website but the top & down tube are wide. The tapered headtube is also different going from 1 1/8 inch to 1 1/2 inch at the crown of the fork. This design is supposed to increase the strength between the headtube and fork, but nothing on the loop was gnarly enough to test this.

Proprietary Dual Rate Control Valve (DRCV) shock made things plush

Coming off the hardtail Superfly I also immediately noticed how plush the suspension travel was. It was almost like night and day and rightfully so going from the racey Superfly to the AM Roscoe. The proprietary Dual Rate Control Valve (DRCV) was smooth and felt good on all the extra credit stuff I threw at it. I also got some time on the HiFi 29er later on and the 4 inches of travel on the HiFi doesn’t have nearly the plushness of the Roscoe’s DRCV shock. Not even close.

The Roscoe does not like for the rider to stand up and hammer out climbs. Every time I tried to stand and climb I immediately felt like the Roscoe telling me to sit back down. The bike is definitely more of a spin, spin, spin type climber which I think is fine and lends itself well to this style of mountain biking.

White bikes with white forks always look good to me. The beefy tires were a bit too aired up for excellent grip

The steering was not as slack as I remember other AM rigs I’ve ridden. The last time I rode an AM rig I distinctly remember that the steering was very slow which is great on the descents as it made things a bit more stable. The flipside to this is that it slowed things down too much for me on the switchbacks and tricky sections that require more finesse and less of a plow through mentality. The G2 steering on the Roscoe, however, seemed to give the best of both worlds as it still had some pep through the tight stuff but retained its stability for the downhill.

As you can probably tell I am a little high on the Roscoe. I think this is mainly because 1. the bike is really good and 2. the 10 mile Fullerton Loop is too short to shake out the bike entirely. More time on the bike is definitely needed to draw definitive conclusions.

Trek World Report

One of our long time riding buddies, and Service Tech Exgtraordinaire at Jax Bicycles in Fullerton Ca., Robert Plumb, but I like to call him Robert-oh, headed out to Trek World and wrote up a nice report on some of the things he saw there.

Trek World 2009
I was selected to got to trek world 2009 and I have to say it was awesome! I was able
to ride a few bike and attend plenty of seminars to learn about the new products as well
as ask questions to the designers and engineers.

This is the first bike I was able to ride.

It is the 2009 6.9 Madone pro fit. It was outfitted with 2009 Dura ace (very nice) The wheels are the Aeolus 5.0 all carbon clinchers. This bike rode very smooth and very fast. The new Dura ace is very snappy and the redesigned hoods are very comfortable.

When I got out of the saddle and wanted to sprint this bike was ready to go and begged to be pushed and flexed. The Bontrager wheel guy told me if I brought the bike back with the wheel out of true or broke a spoke or the wheel he would give me $1000. I did everything in my power to bend or break these wheels. I was bunny hopping over man hole covers and slamming the bike back down, going up and down curbs and over the center median. I didn’t even put them out of true!! If i had the $9000 bucks lying around this would be a bike to add to the stable!!

The next bike I rode was the Fisher Roscoe
gary fisher roscoe

Right before Trek World, Gary Fisher Released the Roscoe their new 6 inch travel bike. I had a chance to ride it on Trekʼs awesome trails!!

The first thing i noticed was how light the bike is for a 6 inch travel bike and how well this bike climbs for being a six inch travel bike, very little pedal bob. It also handled the descents with ease. I took a few drops and ladders and it handled perfectly. It uses the same ABP linkage that Trek uses with the Ex series.The Fox guy that set the bike up for me said the Fox is making a specific shock meant for this bike and only for this bike.

Three stage pro-pedal, Dual Air Chamber called RP23 XV. I really liked this bike I am not a big fan of the white for a mountain bike but I can get over that.

Next bike was the Trek Remedy 9.I Really Really like this bike. It looks awesome and handles better.
trek remedy 9

I was able to do wall rides, jumps, and bridges and teeter totters with ease and comfort. The bike climbs very well and begs to go downhill fast. I put it through its paces and it came out shining!

The2009 model comes with a magnesium rocker link, New Rhythm Pro wheels and a new paint job but everything else pretty much stays the same for 2009. This may be my next bike. It is a bike I can ride all day and beat up and it will take it.

My next test was the Trek Top fuel 9.9 SSL prototype.
trek top fuel 9.9
This bike is plain Fast, enough said…. lol. Seriously though I would really love this bike if
I was a racer. It climbed unbelievably as loved the tight single track that I threw at it.

This is the first all carbon mountain bike I have ridden on dirt. It featured the Rock Shock S.I.D front fork, and the rear shock was the DT Swiss. Both had remote lockouts and we had a match made in heaven for this bike. A unique feature to this bike is it no cut seat post it had a bit of adjustment but it’s very minor.
trek top fuel
It also had a double chaining up front instead of the typical triple. This was very interesting because I am not used to not having that small gear luckily there really isn’t any hills on Trek’s trails so it worked out good. They do this to get a better “qfactor” and save some weight.

There were many seminars to go to about all the different products offered. Bontrager has a carbon mountain bike wheel coming out. It has a tool-less hub so maintenance is very simple. It is supposed to be stronger than its aluminum counterpart.

They are also going to get into the shoe market. The shoes felt very comfortable when trying them on and I am excited about getting to ride and test them when they come out.

Trek put on a fantastic show!!

A live band, free swag, great food and Lots of free beer which was a very nice thing
after 5 hours of riding. Saris/cyclops had a power meter hooked up to a bike on a
trainer attached to a margarita blender. I wish I would of took pictures of it. I decided to
give it a shot.

I pumped out 1095 watts while mixing a margarita! That margarita tasted awesome!! haha. I had a great time and hope to be able to go back in a year and see what great products the Trek family is coming out with.

Contadorʼs WInning Giro Madone

The District. Belt Driven

Bontrager Carbon wheel

Top Fuel 9.9 SSL WSD

We’d like to Thank Robert-oh Plumb for providing us a first hand report of Trek World…so Robert-oh, did you bring me back anything?