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    03' tassajara questions...URGENT HELP NEEDED

    i posted about this bike in another section the other day and didnt get many responses. than i saw this area.

    i have a few questions. one is an 03' stock tassajara in pretty good condition worth $200?

    the other is that im 5'11 and the frame is 17.5...ive read that the genisis frames are stretched a bit so could it be the right fit for me? my crotch is only an inch or so above the top tube. i set the seat to the correct height and it isnt very high..its actually lower than the guy who rode it before. it feels comfortable to me.

    also the MAIN CONCERN...i went to fill up the air shock at the gas station to the correct psi and i forgot the cap! i went back and it was gone. i need a replacement cap if i want to return it. where can i get one? its a rock shox pilot xc shock. please help me!! i cant pay $200 just cuz i lost a cap if the bike isnt good for me.

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    I bought one for around $250, and I think it was a steal.

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    Its the one step higher than the Piranha, looks to be a very nice bike retial is 729.99 for a new 06, is this one your talking about almost new? if so I would say its a very good deal heck 200$ is a wally world bike price, Id kill for that deal.


    I however cant for the life of me find the major diffrenst between the Tassajara and the Marlin other than a few minor component upgrades, the components definlty dont justify the almost 200$ diffrence to me, am I missing somthing?

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    If the Tass is in good shape, its a great deal. I'd try LBS for a cap for the shock. You know that pilot shock take less than 20 psi. You shouldn't use anything but a low volume shock pump to put air into an air shock. You shouldn't use a floor pump either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riptide
    You shouldn't use anything but a low volume shock pump to put air into an air shock. You shouldn't use a floor pump either.
    i didnt know that..anyways the gas station pump didnt have the clearance to pump it up any ways. thats the kicker...i lost the cap and didnt even pump it up. i guess i will call around to the local shops tomorrow.

    in case anywoy one is interested i saw on the gary fisher website up to 6' should fit a 17.5. the bike seems to fit me fine i just didnt want to look like an idiot on it lol! i didnt want to ride past people or take it to a shop and hear people whisper whos the idiot on the tiny bike!

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    one or 2 inches crotch clearance is where you want to be. I got about 1/2 inch. But I am 5'8" riding 17.5". I love gary fisher bikes. I sold my Tass for about 300 or 350 or something.

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    i was just afraid cuz im buying from a coworker. i checked it out at work and it seemed the right size. so i basically assured him i was going to buy it and he let me take it home before i bought it and thats when i noticed the 17.5" sticker and it freaked me out so to speak. i thought it must be way to small...though im glad it isnt...thank god my crappy pacific got stolen or i would have never asked him if he wanted to sell the tassajara.

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    Yeah I say you got very lucky I am 6' even also and still debating on a 17.5 or a 19 inch frame the 19 fits but I think its just maybe abit big, the 17.5 should offer me just abit more versitality and more control over the bike and is probably the better choice of the two especcally for off road riding.

    Eather way you look at it, its only 1.5 inches diffrence it wont be like seeing a full grown man on a kids bike (like me the other day riding my brothers haro) the stand over height isnt even that much diffrence, its mostly in top tube length if I remember right from when I eyed down the diffrences on the 17.5 vs the 19

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    Whatever you are comfortable with

    Ride bike for about an hour(if you can) so you can get a feel if you like the fit. Or measure dimensions from your current bike and see how well it matches the new bike.
    I am 5'11" and I got 19" piranha. cockpit on 17.5" felt too crapmed, I had plenty of clearance on the top tube too. But I like the stretched geometry of genesis. I also did some comparison long time ago, it turns out that GF 15.5" has the same geometry as others 17". i.e SM in GF is M for others etc. see table below for small/medium comparison
    Rule of thumb on pricing of used bikes if it is 50% of original purchase price and in good shape then it is a good deal. I beleive 2003 Tass was priced around $650.
    SizesStandover inEffective top tube inHead angle degSeattube angle degEffective chainstay length mmBottom bracket height mmWheelbase mmCenter to top in
    GFSm (15.5")27.4122.97174411292106015.5
    Stump 0517"29.6123.07173424290104917
    Stump 0518"30.1623.67173424290105618
    Stump 0617"30.7923.07173424105817
    Stump 0618"31.2223.67173424107318
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    thanks everyone for the responses. i took it out for another ride today and it seems to fit me pretty good. like i said before the 17.5" size scared me and put doubts into my mind even though i thought it fit me. so it looks like i will be buying it. i will prob upgrade the shocks in the future so im not really concerned about replaceing the cap now. i will just throw a tire valve cap on it to protect it from mud.

    any recomendations on a $200 or so shock? i need something versatile...i ride mostly urban but i do hit some trails. though they arent crazy trails since i live in chicago.

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    Glad you like it, shocks? 200$ might be able to get you a good entry/mid level shock I cant really be super specific try to get the one just above judy from rockshox I think that should do you just fine. At that price I dont think you will find much a diffrence between brands.

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    I just bought a 2004 Tassajara for $450, new. Apparently the local bike store bought some overstock from Gary Fisher and this was one of them. I felt pretty good about that price, so I'd say $200 for a used one is a great deal.
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