Bought this 2nd hand from the big online auction site.
Weighed it when it arrived, and was surprised to find it was nearing 28 lbs in stock congiguration ! (medium)
Took it out and rode it (a lot) , and didn't really notice the weight. Well, not that much. On long fire road climbs, the weight combined with the 32-18 stock gearing about killed me. But on buff rolling single track ? Watch out. The things a rocket ship that loves the rollies.
I also admire the typical GT handling (rear end likes to slide, controllably) , and a incredibly smooth ride. Smoother than my 26" wheeled hard tails by far.
I ditched the stock wheelset, tires, cranks and BB, and got'er lightened up to a hair over 25 lbs. Let me tell you, if I had to keep one bike, this would probably be the bike to keep.
Date Reviewed: June 5, 2012
Strengths: Great handling and fun to ride
Weaknesses: None at this price
Awesome bike. Bought secondhand a couple years ago as second bike and to try single speed experience .Quickly became my favourite bike. Rode it stock for over a year and have had more fun while improving my fitness. Now the Peace 9er is my only bike and running quality parts that I took off the Niner I wasnt using much. Now even more fun with front suspension.
Get a single speed. Better still, get a Peace 9er if you can find one.
a Cross Country Rider
from Tulsa, OK USA
Date Reviewed: April 8, 2012
Strengths: Simple, comfortable steal frame. Not much to go wrong with this bike. Easy to use and maintain. Fun to ride, quiet and allows me to be in the moment instead of always working the gears. Have not had any problems with horizontal dropouts, recommend the Surly 15mm wrench for on trail maintenance. Have not had any problems with wheels, chain, spokes. Frame appears that it will last forever.
Weaknesses: Heavy at 30 pounds stock. WTB AM Laser Disk wheels on a single speed seem over engineered for the application. Only has one water bottle cage, evidence of cutting corners to contain cost. Tektro brakes are adequate but difficult to dial in, will upgrade at the appropriate time.
For less than $600 can't beat this bike--fun to ride, durable, simple and easy to maintain. Has become my default choice over the Kona Hei-Hei 29 and Giant XTC 26. The super comfortable size large fits me at 5'11 perfectly. I have a 32" inseam and a relatively long torso. I think this bike would great for 4 to 6 hour ride. Yes, it's a little bit heavy, the wheel set probably belongs on a different style of bike but the heart of the bike, the frame, is excellent and worth building around. Too bad these were discontinued, if you see one used well worth considering.
Similar Products Used: Have ridden a Gary Fisher Rig, seems very brittle and twitchy compared to the Peace
Bike Setup: Replaced Kenda Nevegals with Stan's and Maxxis Ignitors, lost two pounds and wheels spin up much more easily and feel more lively. Replaced stock rigid fork with Rockshox Reba, no much of a weight penalty.
a Weekend Warrior
from Houston, TX
Date Reviewed: December 26, 2011
Strengths: SS, simple, reliable.
Weaknesses: Those bloody chain tensioners. Seriously.
The stock GT stem. Replace it before your bike goes into auto-steer mode. Something is wrong with the steerer clamp screws/threads.
The top tube could use a 3rd cable guide to help stop rear brake line rattle. I had to tape the cable where I thought the guide should go. All better now.
The Howitzer BB and CS's look like the only combination that gives this frame the clearance it needs. The CS radius is short near the shell for anything more than 34t.
A fun simple bike, handles well, strong frame does XC with ease. This rigid frame will make you ride with soft hands or it'll make you wish you had. The long wheelbase understeers when you stay in the saddle. Stand and lean the bike and it'll rail corners for you. I lowered the stem/riser to have a more aggressive stance and lively feel. I'm long waisted, so the long ETT length allows me on stand on climbs, stay centered over the BB and mash. Descents usually have me passing everyone. Just let the front end find the line and the rest of the bike flows. I started with the stock 32/18 and lately use 33/16. The saddle is just an option for me now because I'm standing 99% of the time. Replacing components got this bike down to 22 lbs. I now have a lighter, tough and simple, stealthy singletrack screamer that's ready for my hard (almost abusive) riding style/racing. I could have purchased a more expensive bike and I'm glad I didn't. I doubt I'll ever put a suspension fork on this frame. The cheapness/value factor of the Peace 9r SS lets me ride without the guilt that I might actually hurt it or break a component. If you can find a GT Peace 9r SS frame in good shape, get it.
Weaknesses: The sliding drop out design sucks, I've seen some say it has a EBB but mine is a 2010 with a sideing dropout. the set screws are designed so they only hit half of the bolt. So when it is too tight it bends the set screw.
I bought this bike as a second bike to my FSR 29er, compleatly opposite. I like this bike for the heavy duty steel design, single speed fun, simplicity of use. But the design of the drop outs is a killer for me. Didn't GT put any R&D into this, it is just stupid. I have found some aftermarket chain tugs that may work but it shouldn't need this. Great value for the price but rating is low because it is so so heavy and the dropout design.
Strengths: rolls over everything, it's steel, singlespeed, 29er, makes you a stronger rider, comes with free ss kool-aid packet and implant
Weaknesses: brakes. esp the rear one. completely fried after barely any use (that's Tektro, not GT); good ole grippy but sluggish Nevegals; WTB all mountain rims go out of true easily...but then i have pounded them and who needs a 'true' wheel amongst untrue rock gardens?
great bike...it changed my life...feel sorry for my Giant full sus 26er....once it had some issues, i made a switch to the GT and raced my cat 3 class on it...got 2nd...another race against the geared guys, 2nd place again (with the 18t cog!)....then a good end to the season 5th place with the 20t cog.
a very strong and forgiving frame that survived French Creek, Bear Creek, Coal Cracker....steel is reel to real.
Bike Setup: Built bike up to xc/all mountain use. XTR rear der, Slx crank and front der, Sun charger wheels, wtb prowler tires, avid bb7 brakes, truvativ stylo bars, stem, seatpost, specialized saddle, shimano clipless pedals.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Diego, CA
Date Reviewed: May 17, 2011
Strengths: This is for the SS version 2009. Just a fun simple bike, handles well, strong,
Weaknesses: Geared a bit tall 32/18 from factory, Easton handlebars a bit narrow for SS use 635mm. Stock pedals were crap.
Got the bike on final Nashbar close-out, couldn't beat the price.
Been really fun to ride trails I've been doing with a RIP9 for 6 months, re-discovering some riding skills that an FS can make you a bit lazy on like uphill thru rock gardens.
Outside of an initial Wiegel frame saver treatment, there's not much to go wrong, mech discs are adequate and simple, Nevegal tires give good hookup, fill keep them aired right and go ride.
Bike Setup: Swapped to some wider Tru-Vativ handlebars had laying around more in the 680mm range, re-geared to 32/22, used half link chain to pull CS to 17.25. Swapped pedals for Performance/Forte convert pedals.
a Cross Country Rider
from Freeport, ME
Date Reviewed: April 26, 2011
Strengths: With the low approach it tractors over anything. Big ring clearance over fat logs and rocks. Beach cruiser tires stay on top of sand and snow.
Weaknesses: Larger turning radius.
This bike is not the fastest (but neither am I) or the tightest on the twisties. However, these monster-wide handlebars give me a lot of pickup and the Wolverines grip to let me crank out of the spring moss and leaves. I won't be launching this tank, but I can stand over some big logs and get up and over some big rocks. Going back to rigid would be worse if not for the big tires. I'm 6' 0" and the large frame is just at the top end of comfortable for me. The riser and the top tube length put me at a somewhat less aggressive stance than I've had before- takes a lot of pressure off the jewels and gives waay better visibility. At the price, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Favorite Trail: Anything between SF and Santa Cruz
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Purchased At: Allspeed, Portland,
Similar Products Used: GT LTS (ancient history), Bontrager Privateer, Huffy circa 1988! (commuter...)
Bike Setup: GT Peace 9 Multi out of the box
a Cross Country Rider
from boulder creek,ca
Date Reviewed: April 14, 2011
Great ride,Great frame,components heavy but will be replaced at my discretion.
I feel really fast downhill and it climbs great,though I can feel the wheel weight,having ridden a 26er with v-brakes and ultra-light wheels and tires.Am going to upgrade to lighter wheels soon and possibly a Niner carbon fork.I think the frame alone is worth more than what I paid for this bike.
Bike Setup: carbon bars,riser stem,otherwise stock
a Cross Country Rider
from Reno, NV, USA
Date Reviewed: February 15, 2011
Strengths: Bargain solid, simple 29er mtn bike with mechanical disc brakes.
Weaknesses: At this price ... what?
Wanted to try a 29er and what a surprise ... I really, really like this bike for everything. I'm 5'11" and I bought a large size frame. It fits me perfectly. All the advantages of a 29er are really apparent.
I've drunk the cool-aid ... now I want to replace my 2009 carbon Rush with a 29er. It looks like this bike may be more expensive than I thought.
Similar Products Used: Replacement for winter/cruiser 1984 Univega Alpina Uno mtn bike. On my third-generation Cannondale full-suspension cross-country bike.
Bike Setup: 2009 GT Peace 9r Multi 29er Bike. eDiscount Bikes replaced shipping damaged OEM fork with Black Ops carbon fork at no cost! Retrofitted to Stan's tubless. Crankbros egg-beater pedals.
a Weekend Warrior
from denver, co
Date Reviewed: February 6, 2011
Strengths: decent components, fits me well, super fun bike
Weaknesses: maybe a little heavy, 160mm brakes
well, owned less than a month, only a few rides on it.
feels great, i can stand up and mash with no wheel slippage. handles a little slower than my 26" FSR XC, but getting used to it.
the stock tires (WTB Wolverine 2.2) are impressive. I hit a few sections of mud and they loaded up fast, but hardpack was fine.
The gearing feels just a little high, but instead of changing gearing, I'll just ride more. if you like killing yourself up hills, it should be fine. (32-18)
I wouldn't want it as my only bike (SS, rigid) but it's a great bike to have to change up your favorite trail.
Very good bike for the money. steel frame, so it'll last some years, SS/rigid so little to no maintenance. Super fun to ride.
Strengths: solid, good components for the price, nice rims, good tires, very strong quality chromoly steel frame, good geometry,
Weaknesses: standover height is much higher than claimed specs
This is great bike with only one weakness, the standover height is much higher than stated by GT. If you're looking for something with a 28" or lower standover, this is NOT it, no matter what the literature says
.The claimed standover height for the small was 26.69 inches. The only place where the top tube is less than 27" from ground level is behind the bottom bracket and below the nose of the seat (even with the seat slammed all the way back as far as it goes).
The true standover of the small is closer to 29" when measured (as GT claims to measure it) "from the horizontal center point of the top tube to level ground." The rest of the measurements match the specs perfectly.
The frame is quite long, which works for me because I have a long torso, although GT makes up for this somewhat with a short stem.
There is absolutely no overlap whatsoever between my toes and the front wheel even though I have quite large feet.
Bike Setup: all stock 2010 model
a Weekend Warrior
from Arvada, CO
Date Reviewed: January 22, 2011
Weaknesses: Toe Overlap makes bike unrideable.
Great potential for this bike but the toe overlap with the front wheel is a deal breaker. I'm really dissapointed that this problem wasn't addressed in any of the reviews. Now I have a bike that I can't ride or sell. I'll never purchase another bike again unless i've ridden it. I installed SPDs and adjusted the cleats all the way back. Picture of toe overlap here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisarellano/5378688646/
Similar Products Used: Wanted something completely different. First time riding 29er or Single Speed.
Bike Setup: Stock
a Cross Country Rider
from midlothian, va
Date Reviewed: November 22, 2010
Weaknesses: None yet
Cracked my Marin on Halloween didn't want to tune up my 10 year old Schwinn Moab. So wanted to go a different direction so picked up the Peace 9er. What a pleasant surprise. Thought the ride would be much harsher. A bit tough on the hands but worth the pain. Rolls a bit slow but you want a good workout with a ss right. Totally worth the 400 bucks.
Hello folks...I've just gotten myself two great budget-build frames...a GT Peace 9R, and a Harol Ally SS. I've had an Ally SS before, and loved it for what it was...Cheap! I have never owned or ridden a Peace 9R. My question is what should I expect from the Peace 9R? I know that the Alloy is a gr ... Read More »
What set-up did you use?
I bought this bike for my son, and so far he really likes the SS set-up. But his multi (Gary Fisher Tarpon) has a shock and he really misses not having it on the Peace.
Thanks for suggestions. I bought the bike second hand so I have no idea what will fit/not fit.Read More »
I want to replace the stem on my GT peace 9r multi because its too low to my taste to one that can be adjusted.
what i have now is: Easton EA30 and is something 31.8 mm I believe (picture attached)
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Just bought used peace 9r (09), and don't know a thing about singlespeeds. If curious, great shape for $330. Two questions:
1. I want to change the cog from 18t stock to 20 t to help w/ local hills. I don't even know what to order, there seems to be more going on in the ss world than I anticipate ... Read More »