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Wahoo v GED - so many questions- help!!


Old 06-07-06, 06:36 AM
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Wahoo v GED - so many questions- help!!


I have been riding for a few years, mainly commuting (oh the joy!) and a few light trails. I'd like to get out more and start learning to do interesting stuff. I dont really know what type of riding I want to do. I'd still like something that I can ride around everywhere, but that will be good off-road too. I'm a girl and not very strong so am a bit worried about getting a heavy bike, and dont know much about geometry. I'm 5'9 and so my previous bikes have been 17/18 inch frames but I wondered whether a smaller frame might be easier?

I've had various bikes - most recently a hybrid which was really comfortable (Claud Butler Urban 300), but I wanted something more for off-road and lighter. So then I got a Gary Fisher Wahoo, which was really light and I liked it although bits of it were a bit crap and needed changing (e.g. the pedals). But that's been stolen so I thought I might try and get a different bike which wouldnt need so many changes immediately.

So I've seen an ad for a custom built bike based on a 2005 Gary Fisher GED frame. It has a Marzocchi shiver fork and lots of other customised things. I've read some reviews of the GED which say it's really versatile. It's being sold at £650 (might be negotiable). Is this a good bike (and a good price) for someone who's not very experienced off-road or would i be better off getting another Wahoo or something else? I'm thinking of spending £300 - 600. Any thoughts on the GED, wahoo or other appropriate bikes would be appreciated! thanks

by the way i realise this maybe the dumbest question ever - so please just tell me if the GED is completely unsuitable!

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I'm not too familiar with Gary Fisher bikes, but from the website it seems that the Wahoo is more of a cross country bike while the GED is more of a freeride bike. I think the best bet would be to determine what type of riding you intend on doing and then test ride some bikes that are suitable for that type of riding. I think either of the choices you listed are worthy bikes, but have different intended purposes. Beyond all else, your best bet is to test ride the bikes before buying anything. You want the bike to fit and you want it to be comfortable.
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Based on your apparent needs, I believe the GED would be pretty-much unsuitable for you.

You would be better off with something more XC/AllMtn oriented. The GED is a light duty Freeride hardtail that would be kinda heavy.

I actually found the Wahoo to be quite heavy. (I know that thing has to weigh 30 pounds) See if you can find a used Tassajara Disc GS. The reason I suggest this bike is:

1. You have already mentioned Gary Fisher, so you must like them. (I do too)
2. It's much better than the Marlin or Wahoo all around, obviously...but more so it's a lighter bike for your "I'm a girl and not very strong" statement.
3. The biggest reason is because (forgive me for being male) this bike was made with Women in mind. It is in the "Genesisters" group of Fisher bikes meaning:
a. The saddle supports a wider pelvic structure
b. Smaller brake levers fit smaller hands
c. Narrower handlebars fit slender shoulders
d. Shorter reach for the handlebar fit shorter arms and torso
e. Custom tuned front suspension for lighter weight riders

Trek makes woman specific bikes labeled "WSD". You can get the Trek 4500wsd which would be similar to the Wahoo you had in spec, but taylored to you as a woman. I would suggest a slightly higher end bike because of the weight. The Trek 6500wsd would suit you well if it's available over there in Euroland.

I honestly prefer the Fisher over Trek (even though they are sister companies) because of the Genesis Geometry. I love it, it works well. It seems to give me more traction on climbs, more control on descents, and more ability to flick it around when I just wanna jump around.

Fisher offers the Marlin GS, Tassajara GS, Cake GS (dual suspension), and Big Sur GS.

Granted, you can make any bike "woman specific" by changing the parts (bits), but you may as well get one that fits well to begin with.

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