GT Karakoram 29er Hardtail
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Date Reviewed: June 22, 2014
Strengths: Cheap, great looks, good on pavement, good starter bike
Weaknesses: Cheap, clunky fork, shifting is a pain on trails.
Good bike to start out on. Upgraded to this from a Huffy I bought to see if I would get I to riding a bike again. Using this as a stepping stone to a higher level bike in the future. This bike looks amazing and is a really good bike.... Riding to work on pavement. Off road the fork makes a lot of clunking noises and the rebound dial is seemingly there for looks as it doesn't do anything. The shifters are ok but I think the weaklink in the system is the crankset. The brakes work well but are very noisy. The seat is uncomfortable initially but I already had a WTB Speed V so I put it on the day I bought the bike so I can't comment on how comfortable it is on long rides.
Overall a great entry level bike to get into mountain biking to see if you're going to stick with the sport. I'm going to replace the crankset and fork and ride it until the wheels fall off then I'll upgrade to a nicer model.
Duration Product Used: About 150 miles
Price Paid: $500.00
Purchased At: Performance Bike
Date Reviewed: May 22, 2014
Strengths: Can't beat the bike for the price and components included. Great looking bike. Shifts well.
Weaknesses: Pedals and grips substandard. Seat not even used. No markings in handlebars, making alignment more work than necessary.
While this bike has some better components than the Talon (fork, brakes, 9 speeds) the Talon had way better grips (Giant lock-downs that feel great) and pedals (Wellgo Magnesiums) and stock seat. Still, once I am done setting this up my wife won't have to worry about me stealing her bike. And the GT was considerably less money than the Talon.
Date Reviewed: May 10, 2014
Strengths: Strong frame, double wall rims, Kenda tires that are listed as 1.95 but actually measure 2.05", You can upgrade to disc brakes. All components on bike are cheap and readily available to replace.
I bought the bike as a left over in 2012. I paid $369 for it from a LBS. CANNOT complain about this much bike for the money!! At full retail, now way.
Weaknesses: Comes with V-brakes, Fork is not so great, cheap plastic pedals. Heavy (33lbs). I think the newest 3.0's have different style frame and come with Disc brakes.
X-fusion fork, Cane Creek Z40 headset, WTB Freq i23 rims, wider Tioga Physco Genius tires, Deore & XT deraileurs, Shimano disc brakes 180/160
Date Reviewed: March 21, 2014
Strengths: Great durable frame with killer paint/graphics, and a comfortable 29er geometry. Decent mid level components and hydro brakes. Overall great value, very beginner friendly, and ready to hit the trails right out of the box. The frame is classic and definitely worth upgrading!
Weaknesses: Derailleurs need adjustment often, seat is hard, very narrow and uncomfortable. The pedals are plastic and feel clunky. The Suntour fork is very heavy (~6lbs) and not meant for any significant trail riding. The Alex wheels are low end but still decently durable.
I would not hesitate to recommend this bike to a beginner. someone looking for a second bike, or someone looking for an affordable and durable frame to build up on. The value is great, the geometry is comfortable, and the handling is predictable and forgiving.
Date Reviewed: November 11, 2013
Strengths: A good 29" bike with good components, including Shimano hydraulic disc brakes
Weaknesses: The fork is definitely the weakest component on the bike, heavy and ineffective
The biggest concern I have with giving this five stars for the value is that if you're looking at a mountain bike in this price range, you'd ideally like to find one with a better fork, and while you can upgrade the fork, unless you have one sitting around ready to use, at that point you could have likely bought a better bike.
As far as riding the bike goes, I am satisfied with everything but the fork, and I've put about 250-300km on it in the two and a half months I've had it, probably a 60:40 mix of road and trail riding. However, it's worth noting that if you're putting this on a bike rack/hitch on the back of a car, the "triple triangle" design means you cannot easily rest the top frame bar easily, although it's easier with the XL frame than it is with the L frame. I would not want to try to put this bike in an M or S frame on a bike hitch carrier.
If you're just riding on the road, bike paths and some walking trails, this bike might be a great match, if this is your budget. If you're looking for a XC or trail bike, the main component I would look at with this bike is the fork, and identify if you can live with it and/or upgrade it.
Duration Product Used: 2.5 months
Price Paid: $599.00
Purchased At: Nashbar
Date Reviewed: October 4, 2013
Strengths: Strong frame and overall very trusting bike for MTB .
Weaknesses: Because I am tall would like a larger frame then XL.
Date Reviewed: September 11, 2013
Strengths: Price. Weight. For a bike that price, it is light. Handles well on fast tracks. Climbs very well. Breaks well so far. Feels very balanced. Shifts very smooth. I am very happy with this purchase. I plan to keep this GT for a long time. I can really feel the benefits of the 29er on steep hill climbs. Bike also jumps very well
Weaknesses: None so far. Only ridden it 6 times
Duration Product Used: 1 month
Price Paid: $650.00
Purchased At: Pro cycle, pittsburg
Date Reviewed: August 5, 2013
Strengths: The bike has great geometry, climbs extremely well and feels lighter than my 26" hardtail.
Weaknesses: I find myself tweaking the drive train constantly. I have had good experience with the Shimano Alivio on every bike except this one. The rear tire (Kenda Nevegal) didn't have the grip I wanted, I found myself on the ground quite a few times as a result of this (I ride mostly on eroded granite that is coated in gravel and coarse sand from time to time). I also feel like the BB drop is a little small and I found myself sitting too high off the bike to really dig into the downhill.
Date Reviewed: April 19, 2013
Strengths: FRAME, FORK, COMPONENTS AND PRICE!!!!!!!!!!
Weaknesses: TIRES ARE THIN, AND BRAKES SQUEAK A BIT(BUT THEY ALL DO!!), SAW SOMEONE SAID RUBBER GROMMETS FOR BOTTLE HOLDER HOLES
(MINE WAS POLISHED STAINLESS! DFINETLEY NOT A WEAKNESS LOL )
Date Reviewed: February 16, 2013
Strengths: it's a 29'er. it's my 1st 29'er and i'm pretty happy with the purchase. it is faster than my 26'ers and more responsive. the suspension is very impressive. the shifting is responsive. the color scheme is very good.
Weaknesses: the bike is a bit heavy (32 pounds)......it's a hard ride on the rear side...the seat post would not set properly...stock pedals were cheap and would not accommodate straps...rubber plugs on the water bottle inserts...
Date Reviewed: November 5, 2012
Strengths: A wonderful bike with value added componets and frame. Works as well,if not better than my friends 1500 dollar bike. Smooth shifting and easy to ride. Looks great also!! My first Mt bike in 20 years and I am very happy with it overall!!!
Weaknesses: Slight more heavy, but moot point for a big guy like me!
Date Reviewed: November 3, 2012
Strengths: * Price of course.
* Relatively light bike. Mine(2012 L) came in at 31.2 pounds using combo(rider+bike) weight trick.
* Decent componentry for the price. I have ridden about 20 miles on it and the shifts are on the mark. I mainly use the front derailuer. I have a spare XT front derailleur that I might install if I run into problems. I am 5'11 and the large fits me well.
Weaknesses: * Handle bar was too long
* Shock could be better. Entry level Rock Shox (28TK).
Shock: I am not an extreme biker. Max jumps on my trails are around 2 ft. So the travel that is on the rock shox is plenty. If I need more I can upgrade. I have fox 32rl on my 6er and the response on that one is much better that the rock shox obviously.
Tires: Since my 6er had tubeless (loving the 20psi pressure) I wanted to do the same for my 9er. LBS declined to do tubeless on the alex 24td rims. But I was able to do it ghetto style for just $35 bucks (stans solution + 2x24" bmx tubes). I used the same stock rims and tires. So I can now lower the pressure to around 20 psi and get the increased traction w/o pinch flats.
Handle bar: The handle bar is way to wide for me. I cut off 1" on either end and now its perfect. With this I have mitigated the lesser maneuverability of the bike and dont see much of a diff between my 6er. But at the same time I have seen some instability on rocky downhills. But all in all I much prefer the shorter width.
Climbs:I have noticed that I am climbing better with this bike than my 6er. The biggest factor could be HT vs DS. But also I have kept away from a trail that is more technical and has many climbs. Will get to it this coming week. But for now, climbs have been better on the 9er.
Downhills: Downhill has been better on my 6er. Here also HT vs DS is a major factor. Its nothing huge. I just need to slow down a bit more. Although I havent tried this with running lower tire pressure (since I am just 1 day on tubeless). I would imagine with running lower pressure, my downhill will be better although this will impact my uphills. But I prefer that since it will help me build my muscles and stamina :)
Summary: I am extremely pleased with my bike for the price. Orginally I thought going back to a HT is a bummer. But I hate routine and having a 6er full suspension and a 9er HT is an extremely interesting combo imo. Trails now are much more fun coz I need to alter my style based on my bike also. HT also makes you a more technical rider. Now I need to force myself to go back to my DS bike every now and then :)
Price Paid: $650.00
Purchased At: REI
Similar Products Used: 2009 Giant Trance X2 w/ 2.35 Tubeless, XTR front derail 28lbs (alt)
Motobecane Fantom Elite 26er HT (10-11)
Schwinn Mesa HT (01-10)
Bike Setup: Tubeless on Alex 24TD and Maxxis tires.
Date Reviewed: September 15, 2012
Date Reviewed: August 5, 2012
Strengths: The triple triangle frame is,and has always been the best hard tail frame there is.Bike looks like a million bucks!29er's re the only way to go,very fast up and downhill.The value was amazing!!no way you can find a better bike for $300!!
Weaknesses: pedals,derailers need adjusted often,I dont really like the handlebars(to wide and very little rise)a bit heavy
Date Reviewed: July 30, 2012
Strengths: 29 inch tires
Shifts great when in tune and tends to stay in tune for a little while
Aspen tires grab everything it rolls over
24 speed so it has more gears than you could possibly need
Weaknesses: Not sure that there's much one can do about this aside from going tubeless but its worth mentioning. Since purchase I went through 2 tubes so far and 1 or 2 patches due to do thorns and rocks no pinch flats. Only real issue I've had with the bike so far.
Duration Product Used: Almost 2 months
Price Paid: $690.00
Purchased At: Scooters Bike Shop
Similar Products Used: Old bike was a mongoose xr 75
Test rode: Fuji Nevada 2.0 Jamis Trail X3 2011 and a few others I didn't like that I don't remember the names of anymore.
Bike Setup: My Karakoram is all stock currently
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