Gary Fisher 1999 Mt. Tam Hardtail Bike

DESCRIPTION

1999 Gary Fisher Mt. Tam, mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Sid XC, 3.15" travel fork

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[May 19, 2021]
SeanZane


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Durable. extremely maneuverable and fast. Still riding it in 2021.

Weakness:

No weakness. Its just getting old like me.

Purchased:
New  
[Jan 27, 2017]
WheezerMF
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Light, durable, great components

Weakness:

It won't wear out!

Okay, I'm reviewing a bike that's old enough to vote. A bike that I've owned and ridden for 17 of those 18 years. Of course I've replaced nearly every part on the bike; the OEM rear derailleur (XTR) and the seatpost clamp are the only original parts left. The SID fork is now on my urban bike (another Mt Tam frame). But I still love the frame. It's light. stiff, and durable. I wish high-end hardtails were still popular.

...Wait... maybe I need an XTC!!!

Similar Products Used:

Lots. My other mtb is a Giant Trance Adv.

[Jan 11, 2002]
Jon Wolfe
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Easton Aluminum, Genesis Geometry,

Weakness:

None

There is no better frame on the market and this 99' Gary Fisher MT TAM is best frame I've ever owned. The orange speckled paint and stickers make this bike as unique as snow in Florida. I bought the frame on ebay recently and built it up. We had some sun here today and I went for a ride in Pisgah and realized that I had the perfect bike. I wanted to support my local bike shop "Backcountry Outdoors" so I went down this morning and let their mechanic put it together. I couldn't be more pleased with the performance and the weight...just 23lbs and that was with the Thudbuster which is a bit heavy. I am really impressed with the rigidity of the frame and how well it climbs. The XT front derailer makes shifting a breeze and the non-offset rims actually climb better than the offset Bontragers I have on my other bikes. Overall if you can find an older Fisher Frame with the Easton aluminum I would highly recommend you go for it. Not only will you have something that is of much better quality than the new stuff, but you'll have something unique.

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[Mar 26, 2008]
John

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Fast, light and great to handle.

Weakness:

Due to the lightweight tyre's, i've suffered three punctures in to years, not bad

The best bike i've ever owned and the thought of using another bike only makes me sad. Once you go gary fisher you never go back. I've had this bike for nearly 2 years and the novelty still hasn't warn off. I love this bike as much as i love life itself, Gary fisher lightwieght bikes are the most easiest and fastest bikes i've ever come across.11/10

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[Jul 31, 2001]
Jeroen
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Very stable downhill and lots of grip uphill due to the geometry! Parts are OK for XC racing. It was the cheapest bike in its class at the time (Since that time the Euro only devalued which makes very nice US bikes a bit unattractive...)

Weakness:

Because your weight is on the rear wheel due to the genesis geometry, you have to concentrate on putting downforce on the front wheel in turns. Or else... eat dirt, or worse: Rock.

It flys uphill, due to the geometry and my light wheels and tires. (I recommend Schwalbe FastFred tires to everyone! They weigh in at 355gr each, and they still are a real 2.0inch so you won't bounce off your bike + a lot of grip for a semi-knob) Handling characteristics are OK. My bike weighs in at around 10kg, which is very OK with me. More recent top Fisher frames are appr. 250 grams lighter by the way!
The SID'99 has to go once I can afford a SID SL'01! It functiones OK, but caused me many leaking problems. I stopped this by keeping the main seals covered with fork oil, but that makes it more sticky.
I'd buy another Fisher if this one breaks or gets stolen. Without having to pay the small car like price for the top Fisher bike, this is the best alternative for XC racing.

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[May 22, 2000]
Michael
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Climbing, Steering, Single Trail, Genesis. Good old HardTail-Style at its best

Weakness:

Graphics and Paint.

Kick Ass!! Or like in good old German "heisse CC-Feile". Best buy for Single-Trail, Climbing and to beat all Fully-Riders.

[Apr 09, 1999]
Tom
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Responsive, fast, good drivetrain, good downhill control

Weakness:

Bumpy, breakes, hubs, not super fast for road racing.

It´s a great bike if you race in difficult conditions, epecially mud, rocks and roots, tricky single tracks etc. The bike has great accelleration. In downhill the bike is fast and reponsive. Only the breakes make that you are a bit carefull because the breaking distance is rather long. I tried a large number of break pads but this was not the answer. It´s a good climber but not on the road because the SID starts pumping. A negative remark concerns the freewheel of the Bontrager System Wheels. I needed only 1.5 months to destroy it...poor quality hein. I feel it is a good bike but I guess when you are looking for the best, this is not the produt of your choice. Anyway it is a good toy and I advise it to every MTB speed addict.

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[Sep 13, 2000]
Michael
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This bike is a real climber, and it flys on the downhill, too. Nice light frame great components except tires, I changed 'em. I swapped out the seatpost also, the original was too short.

Weakness:

Haven't found any yet, but, I'm working on it.

I just love this bike. For technical singletrack riding it gets the job done exceptionally well. I don't think I'll ever out grow it, and I plan to race it next season.
Anybody looking for a stiff, light race ready hardtail should consider this bike. If you don't go for it on the trails forget it.
I have over 300 miles on this thing in less than 2.5 months, this bike makes you want to ride!!!

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[Aug 06, 1999]
Smitty
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Components
Frame geometry
Wheels

Weakness:

WTB Racing Raptor rear tire

A very well thought-out, well-spec'd bike - especially in the US$1600 range. The SID fork is excellent - plush, highly adjustable, doesn't seem to have the usual Rock Shox flex. The bike is a great climber - this thing rocks on long grinds - though you really need to get over the front wheel on steep pitches, thanx I suppose to the genesis geometry and short stem. A very quick fireroad bike, both ascending and descending (light, though seemingly very solid and not tremendously uncomfortable for an aluminum hardtail). On singletrak, the steering is very quick (for better or for worse), and the frame feels a bit large. Bontrager RE-1 pedals are okay. The stock rear tire just sucks for my applications - though it's probably a fine, fast tire if all you do is hardpack. Fisher swapped out the spec'd Bontrager crankset for XT. This was apparently due to a flaw in the new Bontrager chainrings. XT cranks are of course fine - but other cranks would've been nice. Has an LX bb on an XT/XTR bike - but really can't complain. Thus far, this seems a great bike out of the box, with very little need for upgrade - but allows for that potential (has disc brake mounts, etc.) As I've only done several rides on it, I'll update my review in a few months.

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[Aug 02, 1999]
Smitty
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

Frame geometry, SID fork, excellent components for the $$

Weakness:

WTB Racing Raptor rear tire

Great bike, very well spec'd for the money. The SID is excellent - light and highly adjustable, with a very nice feel. The frame simply fits me better than any other I've tried. And Bontrager components, of course, rock - not the lightest (though light enough), but probably the strongest. The rear tire, however, leaves much to be desired - I swapped it out after one ride. The XT cranks - which are fine - are a bit of a disappointment considering that Bontrager was spec'd - though I understand that there were some problems with the chainrings, so Fisher scrapped the crankset all together. Steering is very fast & sensitive, for better or for worse - I assume this is due to the short stem. It climbs like few bikes I've ridden - especially on long fireroad ascents, though due to the frame geometry, you really need to get your weight over the front wheel on steep pitches. This, combined with the quick steering can make steep singletrak a bit tricky. Very stable at high speeds, though the jury's still out on singletrak handling. As I've only been on several rides with the bike thus far, I've yet to really push its limits - will update my review in a few months. Thus far, I feel I could have spent much more, and not have found a better hardtail.

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Gary Fisher X Calliber
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