7-18-08 // Will the real Roscoe P. Coltrane please stand up

Gary Fisher unveiled its latest creation today in Durango, Colorado, home of Trek/Fisher test rider Travis Brown and also home so some pretty incredible singletrack.

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The bike is called the Roscoe, it has no relationship to the bumbling sheriff from the “Dukes of Hazard,” and quite the contrary, it’s not a bumbler. In fact, Gary Fisher himself was on hand to say it was the best bike ever to carry his name. It’s a 140-millimeter trail bike with a big story to tell. It’ll be on bikemag.com shortly, in the meantime, here’s a tease – a look at the bikes new Fox rear shock, developed closely with Trek’s West Coast test lab headed up by Jose Gonzales.

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In short, it’s a two-stage, in-line air spring. For the first 40 percent of its travel the shock acts like a small air can shock, but after that it opens up to the second stage for big hit, plush linearity – mimicking a coil spring. Long story: it’s complicated, we’ll get to it later. Short story, it works – it pedals well, handles big hits, and doesn’t wallow in the middle of its stroke. Throw in the ABP Gary Fisher’s sibling brand Trek introduced on the Remedy and Fuel EX bikes this year (a concentric rear axle/pivot), plus a tapered steerer (1.5-inches at the base and 1 1/8 at the top) and a 15-millimeter axle to boot, and the Roscoe is ready to rock.

Full story up on the main page soon.