Gary Fisher Cake 3 DLX XC Full Suspension

DESCRIPTION

  • External rebound
  • Carbon fiber seatstays
  • Shimano M-571 LX rear derailleur
  • Shimano M520 ATB clipless pedals
  • Bontrager Select Disc Specific wheelsystem

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 04, 2012]
Jeff Wheeler

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

I ride on intermediate to advanced trails and this bike performs very well. As you ride hard you need to find your sweet spot adjustment for the rear shock after that it's great. The bike handles just about anything you throw at it with ease. I don't do much jumping so I'm good with the shock performance. For the money you won't be sorry.

Weakness:

Not many that are noticeable for the type of riding I do.

I have put about 400-500 miles on this bike, and can honestly say that I have not experienced one mechanical problem to date, including the chain suck that others report. I often shift during hard climbs, and even with the lower end derailer I have experienced no problems. It even has the same chain.

[Feb 04, 2012]
Bwame
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Weight, Speed, Stability, Reliability

Weakness:

Chain Suck is really the only problem i have, it occurs often but can usually be fixed by peddling backwards.

Great Bike for XC! I love this bike so much, it is fast, agile, and a great single track bike. I would recommend it! I regularly hit up the local freeride course in it and it performs great! the rear shock is maxing out on the 15 and 20 ft jumps but it is great besides that! If you are looking for a great XC race bike, get this one!

Granted it is old now, but i have replaced most of the parts and it is still great. I ride pretty aggressively on tight and steep trails and it handles and performs great.

[Nov 02, 2010]
wisemi
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

5" travel good fit and solid as a rock! Can go fast over rocky terrain and not destroy your back!

Weakness:

Some flex in the rear, but ordered aftermarket bushings that were considered heavy duty and the flex issue is gone! No other issues.

Bought frame only from a friend and then built to suit. I have read good and bad regarding this bike....one that stood out was the "chain suck" issue. Using the Stylo and removing the large chainring and replacing with a BBG bashguard I had no chain issues at all. I ride various trails and I believe this bike, once I built it up, really tackles the tough rocky sections with ease. Replacing the rear shock with a FOX RP2 was an amazing difference. I have done the Burn 24hr. race in North Carolina earlier this year, and a couple XC races and this bike was very comfortable and did not break down. Heard the bike that replaced this one (06 model) is the Hi-Fi is even better, but I will not switch until I can no longer replace bushings. Had the frame powdercoated and now very durable finish.

Similar Products Used:

Giant NRS, Specialized Hard Rock Comp, Specialized FSR

[Sep 08, 2009]
DavideJensen
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Durability, Smooth ride, Good brakes, Price

Weakness:

Chain suck! Rear suspension, pedal bob

Good bike for what I paid (bought it from a friend) but the problems were evident immediately. I can stiffen up the rear end enough, the chain suck has ruined 5+ chains of mine and I DONT shift while climbing (some seem to think that this only happens when you shift while climbing- those people havent had this happen to them while flying through some rocky sections at 15-20 mph). Front suspension is ok for a non racer. Bike bobs a lot when trying to gain speed and climbing. Seat is fine. I switched to a new seat because I broke mine, but it was fine as long as you wore the correct apparel. Light enough bike for a weekend warrior, strong and agile enough for a racer, but I wouldnt recommend it. Im buying a Specialized Epic Marathon and that will be my race bike cuz this bike had been so problematic on the course.

Similar Products Used:

Trek Fuel, Gary Fisher Sugar

[Jul 27, 2009]
Anonymous
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Fairly good value for a beginner's all mountain bike. Suspension is decent, not great. Rear shock absorbs almost anything.

Weakness:

CHAINSUCK!!,Lateral flex is noticable, rides sort of sloppy due to flex and bouncing, pedal bob, Stock tires are garbage (they could do better at the same price point)

The suspension on the bike very plush. Compared to a hardtail, you feel like you are riding an easy chair. It is also rather heavy and feels sluggish when you try to accelerate quickly.

The suspension has lots of lateral play, even when properly adjusted, so the rear end flexes and feels sloppy. Pedaling out of the saddle is ineffective because the bike bobs vertically b/c of the suspension and laterally from the play and flex.

I found myself putting more and more air in the shock to try to stiffen it up. Didn't work.

CHAINSUCK. This frame sucks chain bad enough that I almost got Fisher to warranty it. The LBS tried upgrading my crank to an XT to stiffen the chainrings, to no avail. Seriously this bike got chainsuck the first time I rode it and the last time I rode it and every time in between. I have ruined 2 chains this way (they get twisted if they get pulled in or out crooked. It is seriously frustrating.

While I enjoyed riding this bike, I wouldn't buy another one. I'd look for a frame with a better design and perhaps tighter linkages to reduce flex and play.

[May 03, 2009]
jcscratch
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Light weight, great price, good warranty

Weakness:

WAAAAYYYY too much flex, lousy rear susp design

This could have been an awesome 5" full susp bike: for $1400 you get disc brakes and a pretty light set-up. But I've had never-ending problems with the rear suspension bushings wearing out prematurely (I've had to rebuild it every year--and I don't ride that much), which makes the bike way too flexy and causes chain suck everytime you're cranking on it in technical stuff. Even with new bushings, the bike feels like it will fold in half sometimes.

The frame cracked after two years, but got a new one no problem. So I guess that's a push...

If you're a good enough mechanic and don't mind the high maintenance, pick this bike up. It's light and comfortable enough for all-day rides and built well enough for the tough stuff.

[Aug 27, 2007]
Terry Swenson
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Speed, balance, weight

Weakness:

like a few others said, the color and original seat

I can climb anything, land perfect jumps, keep up with hardtails when it comes to trail speed.

This bike is made for trails, bumps, and rough terrain. It is not for 5 ft drops or steep downhills. Know your bike models and do some research before you go out and buy a bike expecting it to be good for any terrain.

Cake 3 DLX is excellent and you will enjoy it.

Chain suck has not happened to me yet. Then again I keep the chain clean and try not to shift in the middle of climbs.

Similar Products Used:

Kona, GS Fat Possum

[Jul 28, 2007]
Stephen Gellman
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Tall bottom bracket, stiff linkage, fairly light, plenty of travel, climbs well.

Weakness:

Stock cranks were horrible, lots of chain suck, headset keeps coming loose, not a bike for downhill, raer derailer cable housing gets stuck in the rear sus linkage

I ride alot, between 25 to 30 hours a week. I'm real hard on all of my bikes. I'm 5'10" 175#. This is my favorite for the rocky technical stuff around southeastern mass. The rear suspension took awhile to get dialed in perfectly, but now it is stellar. It doesn't bob or biopace at all unlike my kona, the sugar or the session. It excels at being ridden fast and taking abuse. My sugar is set up as my xc race bike this season, but after the cake goes on a diet this winter it will be my race bike next year.

Similar Products Used:

I own a 96 Manitou FS custom, an 02 Fisher sugar full xtr, an 06 Kona Kikapu and an 07 Trek Session7 and the Cake3

[Jun 27, 2007]
Russell
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Even at my size (6'2" 230) the 5" of suspension handles just about anything I can throw at it. It climbs well for a FS.

Weakness:

Factory Support for warranty issues has been inexcusable!

Chain suck is real - keeping the drive train clean and properly lubed helps reduce the problem but it can be a major annoyance.

I found the handling of the factory setup to be a little twitchy. I replaced the factory stem with one that has a few degrees more rise and added some carbon bars with a slight rise that solved the problem.

The bike is a good ride - the suspension soaks up rugged terrain while still providing a stable platform for mashing, it has responsive handling, and it climbs well. Unfortunately, my version suffered from a poorly designed rear pivot that has been plagued with problems.

My beef is not with the flawed design(which they have since fixed) but with the way that Fisher/Trek has (or has not) addressed the problem. Last year it took 4 months and multiple calls to the factory to get new bushings for the pivot(the bike was sidelined for the entire summer). That ended up only being a temporary fix and now they are replacing the entire frame (I do give them credit for standing behind their product). It has been 3 months since the warranty claim went in and when I spoke with the factory today I was told "a couple more weeks" - a response that I have heard more than once.

Based on my experience with trying to get replacement parts from the factory I will not ever buy another Trek/Fisher product and can not recommend there products to anyone else. It doesn't matter how great the bike is if it can't be ridden.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized Enduro

[Jan 24, 2007]
Jeff Di Franco
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This bike is very agile and has great balance, I love the Genesis Geometry! The frame is very light weight and the bike climbs like a maniac.

Weakness:

If I could change one thing (and maybe I will), I’d like a lock-out on the fork. Otherwise this thing rocks! :)

I’m just over the moon about this bike. It took me a while to warm-up to the idea of a full-suspension bike…what can I say, I loved my hard-tail. I found this bike used (it’s an ’05) on e-bay and it has a few upgrades. It climbs very well, in and out of the saddle...I think Fisher’s onto something with the Genesis Geometry. On the downhill I feel VERY confident, the cornering at speed was excellent! This bike is very sure-footed. It takes hits well too, I’m getting about 5” of travel on my Manitou Swinger 3-way/SPV. My bike weighs in at about 30 lbs, so it’s relatively light. I would definitely recommend this bike to anyone in the market for a solid XC, full suspension bike. Ride a few and pick the one that feels best. I rode the Trek Fuel, Cannondale Rush, Santa Cruz Superlite, and the Specialized FSR. They were all great bikes, but in my opinion the Cake 3 DLX is hard to beat! :)

Similar Products Used:

I don’t think similar is the right word, but my old bike was a ’96 Gary Fisher Mamba.

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