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    HiFi deal to good to pass despite...?

    My wife and I have been looking for bikes for her and have been pretty open to various design's, ranges etc. We are looking for a lighter weight XC style FS bike for her to progress on

    We were at the LBS today and they had a new 2007 HiFi Delix size L stuck in the shadows....she really liked how it felt and wanted to get it. It was apparently a demo for GF they used at shows, so I got them to price it new to us for $1500

    So be being the savy consumer I am came on here to research reviews and thoughts on this bike. Now I knew nothing about the HiFi thread or issues until I came here. She is a newbie and will not be beating this bike hard for a long time, if ever. I liked everything about the bike except for the Manitou fork (and its lack of lockout) and the apparent pending issue involving the frame.

    thoughts or should we just pass? THANKS

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    The issue so far has only been with the XL frames. I would guess it has something to do with heavier riders too. I suppose she is not over 200 pounds? I would be more worried about it being a demo than anything else. Let her know what has happened with the XL and see if she will be comfortable riding it. Oh and make sure you get the full warranty.

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    It appears that the "folding" issue some have encountered on the new Hifi is limited to XL sizes only. With her being a new rider and probably weight wise quite a bit smaller than those that have had the problems, I would not worry much if the deal is good.

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    Good point on the warranty. I know that Specialized voids factory warranty on their demo bikes...This may be the same case with Fisher.

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    I would pass until Trek/GF makes an official statement. As consumers we should demand some transparancy on this issue and by holding our purchasing power abay they may respond. I almost bought a GF HiFi (XL) one of the reason I over looked it was back in December none of the my local shops had them and Trek gave a delivery time of March. I am glad I spent my money elsewhere. Although, have ridden a Sugar for many years I really like G1 geometry and was pumped with what I saw of the HiFi.

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    a Hifi dlx for $1500?!?!? even if it was used as demo that's a steal! i'd just make sure to go over it and verify that there are no rubbing issues with the brakes and no squeaks or squeals in the moving parts. if that's the one she likes and you've got the $$$, i'd say, why not?

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    Go for it. Great bike.....especially for the price. We have sold a bunch at our shop and have no issues so far. Don't worry about the demo issue either. We have recieved demo bieks form a couple of manufacturers and they usually range from not ridden at all to ridden 5-10 times. They are usually in really good condition.....just a little dirty.


    We do the demo program with Trek/Fisher every year. We then sell the bikes out of our shop and the still come covered under warranty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikej
    We do the demo program with Trek/Fisher every year. We then sell the bikes out of our shop and the still come covered under warranty.

    Just wandering....do you as the LBS cover the warranty or does Fisher/Trek cover the warranty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhummer96
    Just wandering....do you as the LBS cover the warranty or does Fisher/Trek cover the warranty?


    It is my understanding that they are still covered through Trek/Fisher.

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    That's pretty cool that Trek does that. I know that Specialized does not...when I was buying my Stumpy HT I just about went for a Epic demo bike...but the no warranty thing made me reconsider and I went with the Stumpy.

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    I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a Hi-Fi Deluxe. It rides great and I couldnt be more satisfied

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcreative
    I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a Hi-Fi Deluxe. It rides great and I couldnt be more satisfied
    You got yourself a nice bike!! Have fun rinding it!

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    Thanks all for the input. Truth be told, the HiFi Delux was a smoking deal, but my wife really liked the geometry and fit of the GS bikes (duh!) as the reach was a bit much otherwise.

    We ended up with a closeout 06' Big Sur GS for her. I think it will be a better starter bike - nice components, light, and most important fits her perfect. If she ever feels the need to move up to FS so be it, but the rear carbon stays add a bit of flex and we can always put a thudbuster on there for her. (its just to bad the 06' did not come with the 07's Fox front fork)

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