I’m in Durango where Gary Fisher bikes is introducing their all-new Roscoeâ€”140mm of front/rear travel trail bike sweetnessâ€”to journalists from around the world. Roscoe is designed to be a versatile machine, suited for a bit more aggressive riding than Fisher’s 120mm travel HiFi. After my two-day press camp, I’ll post a full-blow report, but let me spill a few of the beans based this morning’s short indoctrination and this afternoon’s couple-hour ride atop the Roscoe 2.
- As with all bikes in Fisher’s 2009 lineup, the Roscoe features G2 geometry.
- The fork is a custom G2 Fox 140mm travel model that features TALAS and a a custom RP24 damper that brings Pro Pedal performance to the front of the bike.
- Front wheel has 15mm QR thru-axle for improved stifness.
- The rear shock features a Dual Rate Control Valve (DRCV) technology that was developed in cooperation with Fox and is exclusive to Trek Corp bikes. In a nutshell the DRCV has a position sensitive valve that opens a passage way to a second air chamber at a predetermined point in the travelâ€”with the goal being to produce a coil–like spring rate curve with a lightweight air shock.
- Features Active Brake Pivot (ABP), where the rear pivot is concentric with the rear wheel axle, which was introduced last year on Trek’s Fuel EX lineup.
- E2 head tube tapers from 1 1/8″ upper to 1 1/2″ lower head tube diameter, for increased front end stiffness and steering precision.
Today’s couple-hour ride is a far cry from a full-blown bike test, but I will say that I was instantly comfortable with the Roscoe’s handlingâ€”rather agile for a 140mm travel steed. Middle ring climbing was a well-behaved affair and bombing downhil rock gardens put a smile on my face. I’ll have more to say, after the epic ride that’s on tap for tomorrow.
In the meantime, click on the thumbnails below for detail shots.