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Gary Fisher Wahoo?

plasticflowerplasticflower Posts: 25
edited January 2009 in MTB buying advice
I'm a bit of a newbie and am really loving the off roading I've been doing. I love cycling in general and so far have been just doing cycle tracks, fire roads etc. My current bike is a GT Arrowhead which is a few years old, perfectly good but fully rigid. I do love it but think I need a bit of suspension if I'm going to tackle the local trails like Afan and Cwmcarn!

SO, big question obviously is which bike with suspension do I go for. I'm pretty sure it'll be a hard tail but with suspension forks. Like a lot of beginners i don't want to spend too much initially.

Have been to two local bike shops - one guy recommended a Commencal at £599 cos that's what he rode. Another one recommended the Gary Fisher Wahoo at £375.

The Wahoo is more within my price range - I was hoping to get some sale stock at around that price to find most of it has gone already most places.

Anybody got any views on the Wahoo? I know the review on this site is pretty good. Another option I could take is from, er, Raleigh - shhhh! I get a whopping 35% discount through my employer so have looked at the Mtrax HT 1.0.

Any advice at all gratefully received!! I'm only 5' so any bike would need to be very ickle!!



  • i have a 2005 wahoo, i found it to be great, it was the best i could afford at the time and my mate who worked in the shop said it was a good buy.

    the bike itself lasted up until last november but then i cracked the frame, the seat tube and down tube are different widths, not sure if the newer versions have the same issue, and nearly 4 years of my fat censored sitting on it caused enough movement for it to finally give way, although the bike had taken a pounding upto that point.

    a good bike although the design flaw with the seat tube and down tube is something worth looking at and mentioning when in the shop
    i spent all me money on whisky and beer!!!
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Quite a lot of bikes have downtubes and seat tubes differnt widths! Though I do recall a fault with that year frame.

    The Wahoo seems OK for the money, but there are better bikes around at this price, especially in the fork area. Have a look at the What Hardtail sticky for more ideas on popular choices.

    The new Mtrax bikes were well recieved recently in WMB.
  • i wish id known about this fault before i had the crack welded, any warranty will be void now
    i spent all me money on whisky and beer!!!
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Not a 5 year warranty then? Some are!
  • i dont think it was, plus id just got a new bike when it cracked, so i figured a weld would be enough for me to continue to use it for the work commute, i was wrong, but the weld will void the warranty.

    stupidity in its purest form!!
    i spent all me money on whisky and beer!!!
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