Trek Unleashes Gary Fisher Collection: Grows Retail, Updates Superfly’s and New Carbon Cyclocross Bike!

Trek has announced a major shift in their relationship with Gary Fisher. Until now, Trek Bicycle dealers weren’t necessarily Gary Fisher dealers, and in some cases competing shops would have either brand despite the two having long been in bed together.

Now, Trek Bicycles has formally dropped the standalone brand and instead created the Gary Fisher Collection, a series of bikes dreamt up by the iconic Gary Fisher, and made real by the design and manufacturing team in Waterloo, WI.

Why the change? Reports suggest the Gary Fisher brand wasn’t profitable as it’s own brand. (UPDATE: preceding ‘report’ found on BikeEurope, but apparently isn’t true. See Trek’s response as footnote to post) Despite borrowing numerous Trek technologies like ABP and OCLV, Fisher’s bikes were unique designs that required their own molds, fabrication and production runs. Sure, but many so do any other brand’s bikes, right? Yes, but Fisher’s bikes were more and more at the higher end of the price spectrum, notably the Superfly 100 and his road bikes, making them lower volume items in a large volume company. Also, given the many shared technologies and small parts designs that have co-existed for at least the past seven years (compare an original Fuel and Sugar rear triangle and you’ll see what I mean), it made less and less sense to devote two separate design teams to produce increasingly similar bicycles. Oh, and Trek didn’t have a 29er, relying on Fisher to satisfy those needs…which left holes.

Get the skinny and check out some of the first bikes in the collection after the break…

Click any photo to enlarge to gloriously huge sizes!

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Trek Gary Fisher Collection Cronus Ulimate road bike. $5,569.99

The initial collection consists of 50 bikes, including mountain bike, road, cyclocross, commuter, urban and utility bicycles, which begs the question: If there wasn’t consolidation or reduction of existing Gary Fisher products, how does this change lead the brand toward more profitability?

To answer that, I spoke with Gary Fisher product manager Travis Ott. Here’s what he had to say:

For starters, there are currently about 1800 Trek dealers in the U.S. versus 600 Gary Fisher dealers. Trek dealers have been clamoring for a 29er, so this move brings a wide range of 29er options, many of them new or improved for 2011, onto their floors. Likely, customers will follow.

“Dual sports and 29ers were two categories that two-thirds of Trek dealers didn’t have access to,” Ott said. “And Fisher is a category leader in 29ers.  Rather than do Trek 29ers, it made more sense to use Fisher’s existing models to fill that void.”

The top-of-the-line Fisher Superfly 100 Elite gets new frame, SRAM X0 2x10 and a price bump. $6,299.99

The top-of-the-line Fisher Superfly 100 Elite gets new frame, SRAM X0 2x10 and a price bump. $6,299.99

OK, so are the bikes just rebranded with Trek logos?

“No. The entire hardtail 29er line is new or heavily redesigned, both carbon and aluminum,” Ott replied. “There are two new models of WSD models going all the way down to 14.5″, which is smaller than typically thought possible. On the other end, we have an huge 23″ size 29er.”

Besides the new aluminum 29er models, there are new lower priced models of the Superfly and Superfly 100, including a Superfly carbon single-speed frameset, and those frames have received some serious upgrades.

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Trek Gary Fisher Collection Superfly Elite with SRAM X0 2x10. $4,729.99

“On the second gen Superfly hardtail, we’ve gone from 80mm to 100mm travel fork, added an E2 tapered headtube, and brought over the FCC (Fisher Control Column) oversized front hub from the road side. This reduced wheel flex, which is an issue for 29ers, and made for a stiffer front end,” said Ott. “We also took a lot of weight out of the rear dropout by taking out the brace on the brake side and make it more svelte. And we went to BB95 bottom brackets, direct mount front derailleur and put the new SRAM 2×10 X0 group.”

The Rumblefish II comes spec'd with Shimano's new Dynasys XT 3x10 group. $3,779.99

The Rumblefish II comes spec'd with Shimano's new Dynasys XT 3x10 group. $3,779.99

Other changes include the Rumblefish, which gets a new 142 rear axle option, and some carbon frames get carbon armor to protect the downtube.

What else is new?

“We have the new Sawyer, which is sort of a throwback design like the old Clunkers,” Ott said. “And we introduced new Dual Sport style bikes that are sort of a do-everything type bike that can pull duty as a mountain bike, commuter or urban bike and come in at lower price points for folks that can only afford one bike but want to ride it in different ways…something dealers have wanted for a while.”

Trek Gary Fisher Collection Cronus CX, the company's first carbon cyclocross bike. $3,679.99

Trek Gary Fisher Collection Cronus CX, the company's first carbon cyclocross bike. $3,679.99

“On the road side, we have a new carbon cyclocross bike, which is the first time our company has had a carbon ‘cross bike. We also have a lot of road things like the Transport Plus, which also has an electric-assist version to help you get home when you load it down.”

The Transport Plus uses electric assist to help haul big loads easily. $TBD

The Transport Plus uses electric assist to help haul big loads easily. $TBD

Despite the seemingly huge count of bikes in the Gary Fisher Collection, Trek decreased overall model counts for 2011, but they’ve increased their 29er range by adding price sensitive models among their carbon bikes and several new WSD designs, among others.

Dealers able to order bikes as of today, meaning if you want one, you should probably go ahead and contact your local Trek dealer. Availability for the Superfly 100 is early July, and the carbon Cronus CX comes a little late in January, but Ott says it’ll be worth the wait. The others are somewhere in between those dates. Unfortunately, Trek is only holding a press event in France in July (ie. Tour de France write-off), meaning our first chance at riding most of these will be Dirt Demo at Interbike…but we’re working on getting one or two review bikes in the meantime. *fingers crossed*

The HiFi Pro is basically an aluminum version of the Superfly 100. $3,459.99

The HiFi Pro is basically an aluminum version of the Superfly 100. $3,459.99

As for official press release blurbs, here you go:

“This makes sense. I love this strategy,” says Gary Fisher. “I’ve been working with Trek on the Fisher Brand since 1996, but this puts me right in the middle of the best team of bike people. I can now bring my ideas to Trek, number one bike brand in the world. Better bikes and more people on those bikes. I love it.”

Trek president, John Burke added: “2010 has been a fantastic year for both Trek and Gary Fisher bikes. But we weren’t taking full advantage of the incredible resource we have in Gary Fisher, the man. We realised we could bring Gary’s ideas to many more people by creating the Gary Fisher Collection.”

Check out the full collection at Trekbikes.com/fishercollection. Now we just need to get a Trek dealer back here in Greensboro…Watts, I’m looking in your direction.

FOOTNOTE: Regarding the report that Fisher wasn’t profitable, Ott replied: “Not true. The brand is rocking. MY10 Fisher Full Suspension is up 66%. The entire brand is up 7.5%. All other business indicators are great and trending the right way. We didn’t do this because the brand wasn’t profitable. We did this because it improved dealers business, our  business, and made more and better bikes available to more people.”

Comments

Mark - 06/16/10 - 6:23pm

Sweet $3700 Cross bike! Not! This is probably the end of unique and exciting Fisher designs.

Tyler (Editor) - 06/17/10 - 8:41am

It’s worth noting that there are less expensive models in the queue for each type of bike, we only pulled a select few of the top-end bikes to show here. Some of the really cool stuff is on the commuter/urban side and worth checking out.

Mark, you could be right, but the official word from Fisher is that this will expand his influence on Trek’s lineup, not end it. We’ll see, but as always, I’m hopeful. I’ve owned two Gary Fishers and two Treks over the years and have been very happy with both. I still have three of them and only recently sold my Sugar to make more room in the garage.

david - 06/17/10 - 2:51pm

Mark, you are mistaken. Trek has been handling all aspects of the Fisher brand for more than a decade. The only difference is they will now have a Trek logo on them. In fact, the unique/exciting (otherwise known as less profitable) designs are even more possible now with a larger dealer base to bring them to the floor.

James - 06/17/10 - 10:45pm

I work at a trek dealer, and let me just say, im glad i have my beautiful 09 Hoo Koo E Koo frame now that they are extinct

ttomino1980 - 06/18/10 - 4:39pm

why…please…why…I have to find some money to buy the 2010 X-caliber…the ‘new’ one is without fox and more ixpensive…ridiculous

Big A - 06/24/10 - 3:53pm

Some nice little price bumps goin’ on over there. It is always great to see the consumer coming out on top.

Pete - 06/27/10 - 1:02pm

The only real change in 2011 Superfly 100 Elite and current 2010 model seems instead of 3×9 X.0 they shifter to 2×10 X.0.
I is not even XX. And the price hike of $800. Ridiculous as someone mentioned.

Same crappy wheelset – heavy…

And the new Superfly lower model.. boy what is the crankset “Deore” ??? not even SLX…. they could just be selling it without one !!!! Same result, as everyone will probably swap that out immediately..

Just give us the frameset for $2500 and we can Build the Elite model way better than the one you sell for $4500.,,

Zach - 06/29/10 - 8:50pm

I met Gary Fisher in Victoria, BC this May at a Road Race series.

He is a pretty cool guy, but probably time to pass on the wheel as he is getting older.

On a side note he has some different style, when I met him he was wearing a red leather suit. PIMPIN.

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