[DECISION MADE: 2011] - Brand new 2009 Fisher Rig or 2011 Trek Rig - $160 difference- Mtbr.com

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    New question here. [DECISION MADE: 2011] - Brand new 2009 Fisher Rig or 2011 Trek Rig - $160 difference

    As per my other thread, I'm looking at getting a Rig.

    I can get a new (never ridden) 2009 Rig, or a 2011 Trek Rig. The price difference is $160.

    Here's my analysis (correct me if I'm wrong):

    2009:
    Pros:
    -Nice color (root beer)
    -$160 less
    -BB7s
    -Still a real "Gary Fisher"

    Cons:
    -EBB
    -BB7s
    -Bonty cranks?


    2011:
    Pros:
    -FCC Front hub
    -Sliding rear dropouts (no EBB)
    -Truvativ cranks
    -Juicy 3's

    Cons:
    -Juicy 3's
    -$160 more


    I'll likely replace the brakes on either... with either Hope X2's or Formula RXs. Although I didn't mind the Juicy5's on my HiFi, so maybe the Juicy 3's would be OK too. I'd almost certainly replace the BB7s, I can't stand the friction of mechanical brakes. I'm strictly a 1 finger rider.

    I guess it comes down to: EBB vs Sliding dropouts?

    Edit: I've ordered a 2011. Thanks everyone
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    One thing to keep in mind is if the 2009 will be under Warranty, I just cracked my 2008 Rig and my local shop had a 2010 Rig frame to me in a week. The Bontrager wheels have a 5 year Warranty, the free hub on mine got a bit of play from 2 years in the mud, they gave me a complete new wheel, no questions. Trek/Fisher has great coverage and is worth the $ to make sure you are covered.

    Good luck with either, you will love it!

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    Isnt the '09 technically a Trek? Also, the '11 has 20mm more travel. Oh, I get it, the '11 has Trek badging on it and the '09 doesnt. +1 for cool original Fisher and +1 for nicer components on the '11. Dats a tough one. Im almost glad this isnt my decision. It'll be interesting to see what happpens. I love polls (except prop 8 in Cali.)

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    I could not wait until October for the 2011 Trek Rig, I picked up an 09 for $1,100.00 at my lbs. I did not care for the brakes, but after riding the bike for a week they have grown on me. I plan on removing the 20 mill. spacer to bump the travel to 100 mill. this will be a big improvement along with some new tires. I love this bike!

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    OP - the 09 is White. The 08 was root beer. I've seen guys trying to call thier 08's an 09... watch out before you get worked.
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    With that said, go with the 2011. Sliding drops vs EBB is worth $160 all the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncj01
    OP - the 09 is White. The 08 was root beer. I've seen guys trying to call thier 08's an 09... watch out before you get worked.
    ummmmmmmmmmmm the 2010's are white. http://fisherbikes.com/bike/model/rig-single-speed


    2009's are Rootbeer.

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    I would get the sliding dropouts and extra 20mm of Travel.

    Also Bontrager branded cranks are made by Truvativ.

    Quote Originally Posted by ncj01
    OP - the 09 is White. The 08 was root beer. I've seen guys trying to call thier 08's an 09... watch out before you get worked.
    Wrong.

    08 was "Mocha"
    09 was "Matte Root Beer"

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTR-33
    I would get the sliding dropouts and extra 20mm of Travel.

    Also Bontrager branded cranks are made by Truvativ.
    the F29 that comes on the 2009-2010 is convertable to 100mm by removing a spacer.

    Only benifit is the sliding dropouts.
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    Get the sliding dropouts.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by sxr-racer
    the F29 that comes on the 2009-2010 is convertable to 100mm by removing a spacer.

    Only benifit is the sliding dropouts.
    I know, but most people are kind of reluctant to open a Fox and most shops won't do it either.

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    I'd say the sliding dropouts are worth $160, but that paint job... blech.
    Still, I'd say go for the '11

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTR-33
    I know, but most people are kind of reluctant to open a Fox and most shops won't do it either.
    My fork had to be swapped out after first ride. defective air chamber. For some reason my RIG had already had the fork changed to 100mm. So when they pulled a fork of a 2010 to put on mine, the told me, "Hey, we got to convert the fork to 100mm like yours was". I just said ok.... I checked spec's and the RIG's are spec'd at 80mm. I gained out on that one. Point is, it is not difficult to do, even by the knucklehead mechanic who used an adjustible wrench to remove the top cap and buggered up the nut on it. IF that shop will not do the conversion because they are scared then I would be scared to let them work on my bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sxr-racer
    color me bad... i stand corrected.

    apparently i had a 2010 and didn't realize it..thought it was an 09..

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    Nice Bell!
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    Thanks for the input everyone, I really appreciate it. It's settled then, I ordered a 2011 Rig today

    Now the next question is... Hope Tech X2/X2 or M4/X2?

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    Good choice, I voted 2011 for the sliders. However, I'll take BB7's over Juicy3's everytime. No friction in the cable if set up properly.
    Worked at Trek/Fisher dealer 2008-2013. Only a little biased.

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    1+ sliding dropouts seal the deal for me.
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    I was in a similar spot. My lbs had a 2010 rig leftover, and I was going to get it. Did some reasearch, and found out the 2011 has sliders & the trek warranty. I ordered it a week or two ago. I was told it may be in as early as september. I'm also going to change up some parts on it right away, but overall imo a solid bike. Not to happy about the color, but it could be worse. Let us know what brake set-up you decide on. I can live with the juicy 3's for now, cockpit/pedals are getting swapped right away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sxr-racer
    Point is, it is not difficult to do, even by the knucklehead mechanic who used an adjustible wrench to remove the top cap and buggered up the nut on it. IF that shop will not do the conversion because they are scared then I would be scared to let them work on my bike.
    It's easy, but shops not doing it has nothing to do with being scared in the sense that they are afraid of doing it wrong. IIRC it's against the Fox dealer/warranty agreement. IE all rebuilds etc must be done through an authorized Fox repair facility which most shops aren't certified to do.

    The actual travel adjustment is really easy. You could do it yourself.

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    UPDATE:
    My rig came in. I opened the box, and almost puked after seeing the color. I expected it to be fugly, but it's GREEN. Is anyone elses green? The online pic looks blue to me...

    I'm seriously considering stripping it down and powder coating it white or something before I even ride it (there's 3ft of snow here).

    Early phone pics:




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    I had the rootbeer and the welds were caca, a buddy had his crack where they always do and it rode like poo to boot.
    The new paint is fugly but it "probably" won't give you headache from breaking, go 2011.
    The wheel is a extension of the foot

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    Quote Originally Posted by noot
    UPDATE:
    My rig came in. I opened the box, and almost puked after seeing the color. I expected it to be fugly, but it's GREEN. Is anyone elses green?
    I suppose the hint is in the name of the colour. Teal Gray looks very greenish to me in google images.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    It's definitely greenish in color. Despite the matte finish the paint does stand to abuse well.

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