Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Being with Subaru, we have a connection with Gary Fisher, I was toying with the idea of a 29er. Any thoughts on these? Does anyone ride one? this will be for both trail and street. It is kinda between this and a Trek Fuel (another one I have access to).
I am 5'10" and thinking about the med frame 293.
I really caution you against the Sugar 292 and 293. We have had 10+ people come into the shop I worked at with broken frames, especially the carbon rear triangle. I would be especially careful, given that you are a big guy. People told us that they were breaking after big drops and after ANY contact with a hard object in a crush (stumps, rocks, etc). I would avoid those at all costs.
As far as the fuels, also not my favorite, as the suspension design tends to have a large amount of flex in it, but w/e. I would go for a fuel ex 9, out of the trek line. If you want a 5-inch+ travel bike, don't buy a Trek.
The fisher 29er HTs, on the other hand, ride like a dream. The ziggurat is absolutely insane; it feels like a road bike for the dirt.