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Early 80's "gary fisher" Montage without the "gary"

Old 08-09-17, 04:48 PM
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Early 80's "gary fisher" Montage without the "gary"

Hi Everyone, nubie here

So I work for a community LBS, and last week we received a donation of a early 80's "gary fisher" Montage without the "gary". The guy who did the donation stated that the bike was all original except the forks which were changed due to a recall on the originals. The bike is in good condition (a couple of scratches), but what intrigued me was the fact that the "gary" was missing from name on the frame. I had never seen this before. I did some online research, but got nowhere apart from a guy on ebay selling a similar one (but not missing the "Gary").

If it really is an original I would like to keep it and add it to a display I am putting together with some other donated vintage bikes. I like the idea of some of the kids that come in here getting to see a little of bicycling history.

What I was wondering is does anyone know the history of this model? Age? Were the forks really recalled?

Any help very much appreciated.

Paul
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Old 08-09-17, 08:12 PM
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I could be wrong but I believe 'Gary' was added after trek bought out Fisher. My '90 HK II only said Fisher.

I am curious about the fork recall myself because I am not sure these came with a suspension fork at all.

Judging by the components I think this is a later '80s machine, early '80s MTB components were not as refined and index shifting came out around '86/87ish
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Old 08-09-17, 09:48 PM
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Fisher mountain bikes became Gary Fisher because of a lawsuit by Fischer skis. They contended the names were too similar. I am going to let the experts chime in but I thought that bike didn't come with a suspension fork but a nice unicrown steel fork. Nice bike.
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I believe the early Fisher bikes didn't have front suspension. Nevertheless, good find. I'd keep it. Maybe source out a rigid fork.
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Thanks for the info guys. Yes, I'm pretty sure it did originally come with rigid forks as that is all I have seen in other pics of similar bikes and there is still the original cable housing guide/cable disk on the handlebar stem.
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great looking bike -- well worth having a rigid fork built for it by a local framebuilder and color matched ---- the suspension fork on it is not the best and now its 18-20 years old
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My LBS has one of these hanging from the ceiling as a museum piece.
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Not much I can add to previous posts.

"Kelly-Fisher MountainBikes" became Fisher MountainBikes after Gary bought my interest in 1983.

As noted, the Fischer ski company compelled the addition of Gary's first name.

That bike came with a rigid fork.
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Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
Not much I can add to previous posts.

"Kelly-Fisher MountainBikes" became Fisher MountainBikes after Gary bought my interest in 1983.

As noted, the Fischer ski company compelled the addition of Gary's first name.

That bike came with a rigid fork.
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Thanks for the info
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This is one case where the suspension fork detracts perhaps considerably from the value of the bike.
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