Gary Fisher 1999 Kaitai Hardtail Bike

DESCRIPTION

1999 Gary Fisher Kaitai, mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Judy C, 3.15" travel fork

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 29, 2013]
Alex

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Frame is like a german tank, everlasting, very nice to handle

Weakness:

saddle, pedals, handlebarpads, the frame colour vanished/faded from yellow to white

Frame eats everything, riding it for 12 years now, all Parts except the saddle and the pedals are genuine till now
very durable, seems like made for hundred years

[Sep 13, 2001]
Chris Percy
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This bike is awesomely stiff and stable. Wicked forgiving. I climbed on it after not riding for four years confident I would eat dirt and have not seen the asphault yet.

Weakness:

The grips sweat and roll on the bars a bit. The saddle leaves a lot to be desired in the comfort department. The peddles do not belong on this bike. Upgrade the peddles and the seat and you will be all set.

THIS BIKE ROCKS. I got a good deal buying last years model (when I bought it) for $300 off the tagged price. It is an XL so pretty much only I can ride it. It is rugged as hell and I would totally buy another Fisher if I ever have to replace this one. I have never ridden a bike this rugged or forgiving. I would highly recommend this bike for anyone who wants to spend all of their time off the beaten path. It is definitely not a road bike. It begs to be beaten up and thrashed. You should not own a fisher if you plan to ride on the sidewalk.

Similar Products Used:

1993 GT Karakorum - which sucked out loud. A 1997 Scott front suspension which was rugged, but nothing like the Katai.

[Sep 24, 2000]
Tim Reid
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Nice Frame, good colors, i can't say the same for the the 2000. strong wheel set very durable, genesis geometry, feels comfortable offroad, strong, and feels close to the ground for more control and balance

Weakness:

BB. cranks. handle bars. seat post. front and rear deraileurs. saddle. brakes.. levers big time. cassette. low end parts but the shifting works well, chain is a bit much.

This is a great bike to own I really like, the parts are low end mostly, but with a few upgrades its a beautiful smooth bike good for offroad and on road, I recommend it for anyone is starting to ride. it is a good bike for most people but it does have it limits and you should know what you want before you buy a bike. this bike will take punishment but only to a certain level before stuff starts to fail. the crank set on it is one of the weakest spot with the 4 bolt pattern there is to much space between each bolt to keep it strong and will bend on tough offroad.

Similar Products Used:

Rockey Vapor

[May 20, 2000]
Henry
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

A good buy for the money, Genesis Geometry, a fairly light frame.

Weakness:

Heavy fork, some parts are low quality. Genesis geometry may be too squirrely for some.

This bike is excellent for the beginner or for someone who needs a cheap bike to grow out of (like me.) The Genesis Geometry is very responsive, but i think this is good. There are some areas of the bicycle that have been compremised to save money, but this is to be expected. The fork (a Judy C) is plush but heavy at 4.5 pounds. This bike just screams "upgrade me!"

[Jan 01, 2000]
seb
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Fantastic frame, both in terms of geometry and built quality. In fact this frame is extremely similar to higher end frames used on the Procaliber model and some of Gary Fisher finest bikes (except for the slightly heavier weigth of the frame and the fact that it doesn't feature disk brake capability).
The bike behave extremely well: it is quick, fast and truly responsive. It almost react before you think about your moves ;). Very good stability; even on snow. The stock tires appear to be very good.

Weakness:

Some cheaps mechanical parts (alivio). I have problems to rapidly shift speeds sometime which may be truly annoying in extreme situations. The paint job... Actually, i am not talking about the look of it which i find ok but about the quality of the paint used by itself. I haven't crashed with the bike so far but there is already few dent on the frame. No brake capability (or at least not on the frame for the rear wheel). I could have liked to eventually upgrade to disk brakes but i can't....

Fantastic bike. The obvious choice for me in this price range. This bike is obviously built to last pretty long and it have always delivered the goods, even in the worse riding situations. Of course this bike isn't perfect but is this such a thing anyway????......

Similar Products Used:

Trek 6000
Trek 6500
Gary Fisher Tequila (aka aquila)
Few GT models

[Jul 15, 1999]
SHARKMAN
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

FRAME GEOMETRY

Weakness:

PEDALS

THIS BIKE REALLY MAKES UPHILL CLIMBING EASY. I STILL CAN'T GET USE TO BEING ABLE TO CLIMB STEEP UPHILLS WITH MY BUTT ON THE SEAT. THE FRAME GEOMETRY ROCKS! THE JUDY C HAS THE PERFECT AMOUNT OF TRAVEL. GOT THIS BIKE AT A 1999 CLOSEOUT SALE FOR $475.00, YOU CAN'T BEAT THAT.

Similar Products Used:

GIANT YUKON

[Apr 02, 1999]
Mauricio Arze
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

This bike has a great frame and the Genesys Geometry theory really does make a big difference in responsiveness and it also makes going down hills a bit eisier because your center of gravity is lower.

Weakness:

The components are definitely entry level. The Rock/Shock is OK, but it is near the bottom of it's class. The Shimano components are also towards the lower end. The brakes are effective (unless you are going downhill in the rain), but brandless.

This is by no means a poor performer even with factory components. I just started riding mountain bikes three months ago and I have learned a few things since I started, although I chose to change out the shifters, cartridge, rear derailer, and brakes to Shimano XT I still feel that most riders will be perfectly satisfied with this bike without upgrading it. However, if you are like me (never satisfied with what you have), even as a novice you will find yourself upgrading if you ride any other bike that has superior components. If that is the case, you might do better to start out with the Fisher Big Sur which uses the same frame as the Kaitai but features better components. Overall, I really like my Bike and I am planning to keep it for a long time.

[Aug 07, 1999]
Rail
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Great fitting frame
Quality

Weakness:

Crank, tires

great bike, almost what I wanted. Changed seat, tires, stem (shorter), put on downhill bars, bar ends. Next change will be crank, front derailleur, and shifters when old wears out. Love the ride - five hot salsa grips!

Similar Products Used:

specialized rockhpper
trek 6500, giant atx880,
bridgestone

[Jun 01, 2001]
Chuck Brands
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Frame, price.

Weakness:

Brakes, crankset.

Great bike for the money. Extremely comfortable and takes a beating. In two years I haven't had a single failure on frame or components. Gary Fisher builds 'em like a tank, albeit a tank that handles like a porsche.

Similar Products Used:

Kona, Klein.

[Apr 30, 2001]
Daniel Richardson
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

The first thing I noticed about the bike was the geometry. Gary Fisher makes a wonderful frame. The frame is light and strong, and takes just about anything i do to it.

Weakness:

The two major problems with this frame is the decending prowess and the cornering ability. The top tube is placed at a angle that takes away from the cornering and puts it to comfort.

This is a strong compeditior, its fast, light and reliable on the single tracks. There are a few painful problems, but no bike is perfect.
BOTH RATINGS ARE FOR THE FRAME ONLY

Similar Products Used:

Giant XTC DS1 (full suspention)

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