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Old 04-14-09, 12:51 AM
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Gary Fischer supercaliber or GF Tassajara

Today I was browsing my LBS for a new mountain bike and I came in originally looking for a GF Tassajara, Trek 6500, and a Specialized Rockhopper. As i was looking around I ended up running into a 08 GF SuperCaliber for $1600, and I ended up putting it on hold until the end of the week just in case i wanted to jump on the deal. How good of a steal is the supercaliber at that price? im just thinking of ditching the supercaliber and going with the Tassajara intested because the supercaliber might be "too much bike" for me.

I guess another reason why I am indecisive about the SuperCaliber is that I am not very knowledgeable with components and I am unaware of the huge discount that was presented to me. Here are the specs of the SuperCaliber.

Frame USA made: aluminum front w/ Carbon Fiber Rear, Genesis Geometry
Fork Fox Float RL, 100mm-travel w/lockout
Rear Shock Fox RP2 float with pro pedal
Rims/Wheels Bontrager Race Disc (Tubeless compatible)
Hubs See Rims/Wheels
Spokes See Rims/Wheels
Tires Bontrager Jones Dry X Tubeless Ready
Crankset Shimano LX
Chainwheel 44/32/22
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore LX
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Shifters Shimano Deore LX
Handlebars Bontrager Race OS Riser
Tape/Grips Bontrager Race Lite
Stem Bontrager Race
Brake Levers Avid Juicy 5
Brakes Avid Juicy 5 hydraulic-disc
Saddle Bontrager Race Lux
Seat Post Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon

I've only ridden trails a couple of times and I would like to learn more on how to ride them, would going FS right off the bat be a bad decision?

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Old 04-14-09, 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by u8myburger View Post
I've only ridden trails a couple of times and I would like to learn more on how to ride them, would going FS right off the bat be a bad decision?
Not as long as it's a quality FS bike.
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Old 04-14-09, 11:53 AM
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If you can afford it I would go with the Super Caliber. I just swapped my Tassajara frame for a FS frame.
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Go with the Supercaliber, especially if it's a 29er. I've had one for a little over 2 years now, and it's a sweet trail bike.

The componentry listed is good. One nice thing about the Caliber/Supercaliber is that you can throw a little lever and lock out the rear suspension, giving you an instant hardtail when you want it, likewise with the front suspension, and then go right back to full squish when the trail roughens up a little farther down the road.

I'm more of a trails/XC rider than anything else, but have really liked mine... even use it for commuting from time to time.
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If you have the money for it then it is a good choice. It's well spec'd. Take it for a test ride and go from there.
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Old 04-15-09, 10:27 PM
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decision made, i went with the supercaliber today. they had about 4 or 5 in stock since sunday and now its down to 1 since i bought the other one. the LBS told me a guy called in and hes gonna make a trip from los angeles all the way to san diego (where i live) just to checked out and possibly buy the bike.

thanks for all your opinions
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Old 04-15-09, 10:37 PM
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I have a upgraded 07 Tassajara right now as one of my main bikes. They are nice rides for hardtails.
There is a big difference between the two bikes you have listed, and I don't mean that on is a hardtail and the other is a full suspension. The Tassajara has 26 in rims. The Supercaliber has 29 in rims. Your comparing apples and oranges there. The whole 29r thing has really taken off. But they are not for everyone. I know riders who swear by them and others like myself who swear at them. I don't like that big of a rim. For one I am only 5'8 so I feel like they are too big for me," but that's my opinion." Do some research and talk to some riders in person if you can about what may suit you. And most important try them out on a demo run if you can. That is how you will really tell what fits. As far as it being a good deal, not the steal of a lifetime, but not a bad deal either.
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Old 04-17-09, 12:48 AM
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ooh it was actually at 26 in supercaliber, not 29
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Well ill be a Son of a Bi**ch. I though that model was discontinued in light of the Hi Fi. Just saw them on BikePedia. I feel pretty stupid right now.
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