I'm new...late 40s, carrying about 30 xtra lbs (5'10", 210lbs). I'm considering XC Hardtails from Trek/Fisher in the $400-500 range to ride the local trails at a leisurely pace. I just found out that a shop about an hour from me (part of the same regional chain as my LBS) has a leftover 05 Fisher Mullet for under $500. I realize that the ruggedness of the FR frame is probably overkill for my purposes (I currently have no plans to intentially leave the ground on a bicycle), but I really like the looks of the bike. I also understand that it may feature a more upright/relaxed riding position which I think I would like.
So, how much heavier is the Mullet than a comparable straight XC Hardtail? Why else would I not want the Mullet? I won't buy a bike without riding it....just looking for some insights/opinions before I drive an hour to check it out.
1. It's not really a freeride hardtail. It's more of a heavy duty trail bike. FRHT would be GED. If I did any freeriding on the Mullet...it would be destroyed.
2. It's a decent price, but honestly...I saw a place on line blowing them out for $350 at the end of '06. So $600 is a decent deal, but not "super".
3. I suggest you test ride the Mullet and a more XC oriented bike like the Tassajara or something in a similar price range. Buy what you ultimately like the best.
The Mullet is a good entry level bike. No question there. Good bang-for-the-buck. If you're not going to do any jumping or "rough" trail riding then you may be fine with a Tass or Wahoo. I'd go for the Mullet given the choice, but that's just because I love to catch a little air here and there.