Does ZR9000 live up to the hype ??
I am contemplating purchasing a Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo and one of the things that really seems to stand out from other bike in this price range ($800-$1000) is the frame material which is ZR9000. I test rode a GF Tassajara 17.5" for fit but that bike uses 6061 AL tubing. How much of a difference will the ZR9000 make ?
Do any other manufacturers make use of the tubing as well ?? ...on road bike too ?
zr9000 is used by Trek as well (I think they are owned by the same company... somebody correct me if I'm wrong) on their mountain bikes and road bikes. I honestly can't tell you if you'd see a big difference between ZR and the 6061 but I'd guess that if you did see one, it would mostly be in weight. I recently picked up a Trek 8500 frame (also ZR9000) and it is LIGHT, I could honestly not tell much of a difference in weight between my friend's oclv 9.8 frame and my zr9000 8500. Unfortunately I haven't actually gotten to do any trail riding on my frame so I can't really give you a review on it. I do have two friends that have been riding frames made from the zr for a few years and I've heard nothing but good things from them. Good luck on your decision.
I've had a couple MTBs made of the stuff, and it was pretty strong. I never had nor heard of any frame failure from that particular aluminum.
Originally Posted by Bikeforums
Well that sounds good. I definitely wanted to get the best frame for my budget figuring I can always upgrade the components later. I will be riding primarily on the road for exercise and with my kids so FS & disc brakes aren't as important to me as light weight. I have done centuries, both metric & 100 milers in the past on my mtb so I could do it again if I find the time to train. Plus I can then convert my current mtb, a Trek 950 Singletrack (Cro-Mo) to a Rain/Winter bike with fenders.
Originally Posted by sarsparilla