Gary Fisher Sugar 4+ XC Full Suspension

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[Dec 14, 2011]
Andrés
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

I bought its in july 2007, and I feel hapy with the bike after i rode a Connondale f300 and decided changed because cannondale was a little hard for may bakc, after all was a good decision the Sugar 4 is soft and confortable in XC tarrain, the suspention (rear and fork) are basic, but works good, I haven´t had problems with them.

Weakness:

The transmision sistem coul be better.. and I sugest you to put a disc breakes

Could be the weight, and the transmition system

Similar Products Used:

none

[Jun 30, 2008]
Blacksugar
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

nice bike good for xc its a decent freeride bike now its done a 6 foot drop on to concrete and its done fine and i am a 6'1 190 pound rider its nice bike for the money its held up very well

Weakness:

cheap front fork needs disk brakes and needs a better saddle

it started out as a nice xc bike when i got it now i have moved on to jumps drops and anything else i can find and the bike has held up well but if your doing anything bigger then 7 or 8 foot drops it really just can't take it but hey its not a freeride bike

Similar Products Used:

Sugar4 and marlin

[Jan 27, 2006]
Gary
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

A Great bike. Everything works. I love it. Its my first full suspension bike and i love it. The frame is awsome. The brakes work and LX drivetrain is great.

Weakness:

Pedals and fork are a little crappy. will upgrade one i break them. The fork make to much noise.

I got a great deal on this bike. My mom and dad got it for me as a welcome home gift from Iraq. I love it. The bike handles great and the rear shock does pretty good.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized FSR Demoed.

[Jun 03, 2006]
Neurotic
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Very light, very fast. Very cool looking bike.

Weakness:

Terribly uncomfortable seat. Problem with ghost-shifting.

Excellent XC MTB for the price.

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Klein Palamino X

[May 01, 2006]
Andreas Bastias
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Ride Quality: In a word, Plush. The 4 inches of front and rear travel take the edge off of even the rootiest trails, helping eliminate saddle soreness with no thanks to the stock saddle. I should probably also mention the adjustable travel; however, with the comfort of 4 inches I find myself reluctant to switch to the 2.8. With the new tires the bike feels like it's on rails. Overall, I love how the Sugar 4+ feels on rides and how it leaves me feeling after them.

Durability: While I can't yet say how time will treat the bike, if the past three months are any indication, it should definately live up the Gray Fisher name. This bike has taken everything I've dished to it and can definately take more. In addition to extensive single track riding, I've taken it on dirt jumps, moderate downhill, and lots of urban terrain. Even after my countless spills, I still haven't had any problems that couldn't be fixed with a multitool.

Appropriateness: This is a perfect full-susp bike for someone just entering the world of mountain biking. The selection of compontents(Shimano LX,Deore,etc) is geared towards the novice to intermediate rider, providing relaiblitly and quality while still retaining a sense of ability appropriateness and allowing for growth as a rider.

Weakness:

Weight: While I haven't ridin many other full suspension bikes, I get the feeling that the Sugar 4+ is a bit on the beefy side of the spectrum. It especially apperant lugging the extra weight up hills. This problem will probably improve over time as the stock components are replaced with newer, lighter ones.

Bounce: Even in the short travel setting I feel some pedal bounce, and again it is especially apperant on long climbs. Not a terribly big issue, but rear lock out would be nice.

First off, I am 5'7", 140 lbs. That noted, this bike fits me like a glove, and the suspension works very well with my weight. I have not experienced alot of the troubles, that some of the bigger riders have mentioned in their reviews. I will say that I have found the front suspension(Manitou Splice Super) to be a little on the soft side,and though it's not really a problem for me, I can see how it might pressent a problem for bigger riders.
I hadn't mountain biked prior to owning this bike(I rode a little bmx), and the improvement in my riding ablity in just the past 4 months has been noticeable. I ride almost everyday and try to do trails weekly. I like that when I'm riding I can concentrate on the trail, instead of worrying about the bike. The drivetrian components are midlevel but I have yet to reach the point where they hinder my riding. The M505 pedals were gone as soon as I had the money; They are not trail worthy and on one muddy ride got so stuck and clogged that they were unridable. The Time ATAC pedals lived up to the hype and immediately improved my confidence on the trail.
For the money, this is an awesome bike. It is absolutely dependable, low maintenance, and an general pleasure to ride. It's certainly not competition worthy(at least not as stock), but it is great for everything short of competition. It is sturdy and forgiving. I would recommend this bike, and Gary Fishers in general, to friends and family. There is a small sticker on the back of the seat tube that says "Man's best friend", and on this bike it couldn't be more true.

Similar Products Used:

None. First Full Suspension. Tested Trek Fuel.

[Feb 27, 2004]
John Pritt

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great Price on a full suspension MTB. Front and Rear suspension travel is adjustable, Excellent XC mountain bike.

Weakness:

Skimped a little on component quality, but you get a lot for $$$$ invested in frame and suspension quality. Disc brakes would have been nice.

If you are new to the sport or stepping up from a hardtail this is a Great bike for the price. The Gary Fisher name brand is associated with quality mountain bikes designed by employees that ride the product they are designing, promoting and selling.

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Stepped up from a Kona Nu Nu hardtail

[Aug 23, 2005]
Beau Swanson
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Light, Comfortable, Fast, when its working right.

Weakness:

BB sucks, trashed it in a month and a half. front suspension a little light, b4 firm ride kit upgrade

great starter bike for xc. works well for light riding. if you are doing any major riding you would be better off with something a little heavier, like a cake. other than that i will defiantly get another fisher, love the ride!

Similar Products Used:

None, went from a sportmart specal to this.

[Aug 26, 2005]
Henio
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

good supsension, easy to turn

Weakness:

SPD Sm M505 Pedals should be change to sth. better,

I like this bike. You can use it in terrain or for the easeast purpes. Good speed change in rear, in front could be better, Fork is very soft, if You prefer harder - set the travel to 90 or 80 mm.

Similar Products Used:

my first fullsusp. bike.

[May 26, 2005]
Dave Smith
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

This bike flies, seems like no resistance. Takes hits great, not too heavy for full suspension 31 lbs. Nice components.

Weakness:

Stock tires slip pretty easily when wet. Would have liked disc brakes.

I feel that this bike is great. I ride 3-4 times a week and this thing just keeps getting better. I plan to ad disc brakes (probably Shimano)when my pads wear out. Fisher did a great job with this Genesis design. I recommend this bike to anyone wanting a quality, comfortable full suspension bike.

Similar Products Used:

Test rode: giant, specialized, gt, iron horse. Owned a hardtail giant.

[Jan 31, 2005]
Tim Hines
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

If you are looking for a good full suspension, without breaking the wallet, then this is the bike for you. Also the 05 comes in a cool looking Orange. Appearances don't mean a thing but it is pretty cool to look at. Manitou Splice.

Weakness:

For the most part the components are good to fair at best. If you are more of an everyday rider then upgrades will probably be necessary.

I'm by no means an advid rider but I can assure you, if you have to keep the cost under $1300, then this is the best bang for the buck. I have not experienced any "Chain Suck" or issues with my frame. I would have been happier with a Fox rear shock rather then the Rock Schock Bar adjust. Overall, the bike comes with an agressive set up for the weekend warrior.

Similar Products Used:

Specialized FSR series, Trek Fuel 90, Cannondale Jekyll, GT I-Drive

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