I’ve sold off my Dawes road bike to a buddy of mine who has been looking for one since spring. I haven’t ridden it very much since the addition of the cyclocross bike, and I can understand where the cross bike has filled in the place of a true multipurpose drop-barred bike. It will have a good home, and I got some more space to pile more useless stuff in it’s place~
I have also reviewed and added my GF Cobia to the My Bikes section.
2009 Gary Fisher Cobia
- Frame – Platinum Series 6066 butted & hydroformed aluminum, cold-forged dropouts, G2 29″ Geometry
- Fork - Fox F80RL 29, 80mm travel, custom G2 Geometry 51mm offset crown, air spring, external rebound & lockout
- Bottle Cages – 1x Bontrager Race Lite Cage, White
- Headset – Cane Creek 1-1/8″ threadless, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings
- Stem – Selcof 80mm 10 degree
- Handlebar – Selcof Flat Bar 580mm 3 degree bend
- Brake Levers – Avid FR-5 Brake Levers
- Shifters – SRAM X5 Trigger Front/Rear
- Bar Grips – All City BMX Star Grips
- Cables/Housing – Clarks Pre-Lubricated Cables / White Housing
- Brakes – Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc Brakes – 180 Front / 160 Rear
- Wheels – Shimano M475 hubs, Bontrager Ranger disc 29″ rims, 32h
- Skewers – Random Skewers
- Tires – Bontrager XDX 29×2.1 Front / Intense System 29’er 29×2.25 Rear
- Bottom Bracket – Shimano Octalink (Generic)
- Cranks – Shimano FC-M442-8-S, 44s/32s/22s, Octalink
- Front Derailleur – SRAM X9 FD
- Chain – Wipperman x9 Stainless
- Saddle – Bontrager Race MTN – White
- Seatpost – Control Tech One – 400mm x 27.2mm
- Seatpost Clamp – Generic Bontrager
- Pedals – Shimano PD-M520 White
- Cassette SRAM PG950 11-34T
- Rear Derailleur – SRAM x5 Long Cage
The Gary Fisher Cobia is a wonderfully complicated and sweet bike. The pricepoint of it in 2009 was just a hair over $1000, and came with parts that were fairly matched to that price. Subsequently, I have upgraded the entire cockpit, the brakeset, and suspension fork. These changes were mostly for aesthetics or on a whim, but I believe they were for the best. My bike now has a near complete Silver and White aesthetic to it, all the way down the the pedals and stem. The Avid BB7 upgrade from the BB5’s were influenced by a deal from a friend on a brand new set, and the front fork was an offer that I could not resist; well… that and it was white.
I’m 167cm tall, with a 76cm inseam, and this is a 15.5″ frame. I chose this size, due to the fact that everything I read was that a smaller wheelbase was better for a 29″ bike. I was right; I still have issues on sharp switchbacks or turns, and SUDDEN changes in elevation; whether it be up or down. These issues are things that over the year of ownership, I have learned to find little ways to make up for the size of the bike, and geometry. Rarely ever does it slow me down enough to where I think about it.
What does bother me about this bike is the chainsuck. I have read and heard from other 29″ GF hardtail owners that they get unavoidable chainsuck issues just like me. Heck, I even clean my entire drivetrain after every single ride, and I still have issues. Whether it be from middle ring to granny ring, or vice-versa, I get the chain stuck between the chainstay and the middle chainring…. maybe…. one out of every seven times. It has eaten into the driveside chainstay, and I’m sure as hell that Trek will say it is just human/operator error. When they design a bike with less than 4mm of clearance from the chainstay to chainring, something is wrong. I know they needed lots of clearance very close to the crankset due to the larger wheel, and the opportunity and availability to use a big tire, but this is ridiculous. Seriously.
This bike has been a great beginner’s foray into mountain biking. It can handle just about anything you throw at it, except drops/jumps. If you have the nerves, you can keep up with your 26″ dual suspension friends, or even the 29″ DS’ers; that is if you have the legs… The Cobia has taken me places that I have never expected to go on any kind of bike, and I like that.
Final Words? GO TUBELESS.