GT 1999 Saddleback Hardtail Bike

4.14/5 (35 Reviews)
MSRP : $279.99


Product Description

1999 GT Saddleback, mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, SYNC 515 suspension fork


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dustin Price a Cross Country Rider from Elk Rapids MIchigan USA

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2001

Strengths:    frame is really durable and can take the abuse.

Weaknesses:    stock shocks and rims arent to durable

Bottom Line:   
the bike now is worth threee times as more than what i bought it for. i put $700 into it this summer and i hope to get manitou mars shocks next summer. the bike rides great and i hope to get a new frame within the next two years.

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Favorite Trail:   VASA

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   GT Cycle

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   just put on xt 9 speed rear derailuar and xt rear 9 speed cog, lx bottom bracket lx front derailuar and crank set and new rims rhynolite with xt shifters and velico raptor front and back tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kungpow a Weekend Warrior from Los Angeles

Date Reviewed: September 24, 2001

Strengths:    really strong frame, good overall performance, stuff works
takes a beating


Weaknesses:    heavy but workable
weight makes it a bit of a struggle to climb hills


Bottom Line:   
really great bike
kicks ass compared to other similarly priced bikes
good stability and handling even at high speeds
great brakes
hasnt let me down yet

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Favorite Trail:   none yet

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Safety Cycle

Similar Products Used:   ???

Bike Setup:   all stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Richard a Weekend Warrior from Grafton WI USA

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2001

Strengths:    Solid construction. Everything works. No glaring weakness. Nice color. Lightweight for cost. GOOD WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION OVER REAR WHEEL. Easier popups, good traction.

Weaknesses:    Overpriced. Cheap chain guard. Added screws to chain guard. Seat is marginal.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent starter bike. For trails and road.Add some stuff and it gets heavy. Keep accs to minimum.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   Port Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Road bikes/Performance/department store bikes.

Bike Setup:   Good, but had to adjust hub after purchase. Rims true. Add barends, foot traps, bag rack, light. Seat could be better.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Christian Casteel a Racer from Altamonte Springs Fl

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2001

Strengths:    I really like this bike it was great for people that are just getting started. I have been riding this bike for about 6 months now.

Weaknesses:    It is not a really good bike for people that have been riding for a long time


Bottom Line:   
Wonderful for most all train.

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Favorite Trail:   I like all of them

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by David a Cross Country Rider from Spokane, Washington

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2001

Strengths:    appearance, braking, frame seems strong

Weaknesses:    heavy... cheap components... I don't know if it's worth upgrading unless you already have the parts laying around...

Bottom Line:   
I ride everywhere I go... including work and to the grocery store, and it's served me well so far. For two bills I really can't complain... I've had nicer but payed alot more, too. Definitely needs a better saddle.

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Favorite Trail:   Devils Gulch, Cashmere, Washington

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Dutch's pawn

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tyler seger from Rochester USA NY

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2001

Strengths:    hard frame, v bracks sistome,

Weaknesses:    bad shocks

Bottom Line:   
Varry strong bike i like it alot. Nice price for it. My brother hase a GT Agreaser and i still like mine better.My hole famly is GT bikers awe love to ride and this bike is one of the best ones for the price.This is the best bike for begeners.I am alomst 13 an i started last year and now i am prity good now.

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Favorite Trail:   black creek park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Canalside bike shop


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michael Roach a Weekend Warrior from Phoenix, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2000

Strengths:    A good, solid bike for my abilities, and age group... (pushing 40). It's a great bike for the trails I use, and riding with my 6 yr old son. I like it.

Weaknesses:    It's Heavy!! And I thought it was just my skinny ass complaining about the saddle, after 10 or 15 miles, YOUCH!!!! Also needs alot of gearing adjustments.

Bottom Line:   
It's a good bike for my needs, abilities, and I don't feel I got ripped off for the money I spent. It's a good, solid bike I'll have for a long time.

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Favorite Trail:   Peralta Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $295.00

Purchased At:   Tempe Cycle

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   standard stock

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Rich Anderson a Weekend Warrior from Duluth MN

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2000

Strengths:    Good front suspension that can be abused, V breaks kind of standerd now. 21 shimino speeds.

Weaknesses:    Flat uncomfortable seat. Very heavy frame. No climbing bars.
Not much high speed stability. After paying 275 bucks on the bike, you must spend 75 bucks on a new seat,climbing bars and a deasant frame!!! WEAK $$$$$$$$ chaching$$$$$$$$


Bottom Line:   
This bike is expensive and yet is a beginer bike. I recomend the Pacific SX 3500 or anything but this! If your a beginer and just do not care about confort, weight and looks than buy this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   lots

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $345.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Pacific SX 4500, Huffy Concord, Pacific 3500

Bike Setup:   crap your just paying for the name GT!!!!!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michael Hiester a Weekend Warrior from Bluffton, IN, USA

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2000

Strengths:    Great starter bike for novices like me. Perfect bike for the around town ride, an evening family jaunt, or a weekend on the trail. At less than $300, hard to find a better bike.

Weaknesses:    Steel construction makes it a little heavy and makes the climbs slightly challenging. Shifting is smooth on flat land and on the descent, but is clumsy on the climb.

Bottom Line:   
Great weekend bike for the occassional "mountain biking". Perfect for a quality around town ride. I have no complaints with this bike and I am impressed and pleased with the feel and comfort. I will quite possibly stick with GT because of this bike.

The only thing I am changing now, besides adding seat bag water bottles and such, is a new saddle and bar ends. Climbing steep hills is rough without the bar ends. I also plan to add peddals.

Bottom Line: Buy the bike for $275 and add about $75 and you have a great bike for the newbie at $350.

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Favorite Trail:   Kekionga Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $275.00

Similar Products Used:   Department store junkers.

Bike Setup:   Stock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by elmo richards a Cross Country Rider from kerrville Tx

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2000

Strengths:    behemothly stong frame
strong brakes


Weaknesses:    lots but thats only because i have experinces with $1,000+ bikes
i could swear its made out of lead



Bottom Line:   
an exellent, not to mention, inexpensive starter level bike

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Favorite Trail:   hometown trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   soon to be a gt rebound
specialized stumpjumper
marin hawk hill
homemade $3,000+ professional bikes
department store bikes
and more.........


Bike Setup:   alot

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by c me a Weekend Warrior from afta

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2000

Strengths:    Great ride, strong frame

Weaknesses:    abit heavy

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the beginner 2 intermediate
for less than 300 bucks you cant do better~!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Hammer a Weekend Warrior from NJ

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2000

Strengths:    GOOD STARTER BIKE FOR SOMEONE LOOKING TO GET INTO MTBING.CHEAP$$$

Weaknesses:    HEAVY, CHEAP DRIVETRAIN

Bottom Line:   
THIS BIKE WILL MAKE YOU WORK, IT'S HEAVY AND ALWAYS NEEDS ADJUSTMENTS. BUT WHEN YOU BUY A REAL BIKE IT WILL SEEM NICER THAN IT ACTUALLY MAY BE. USE THIS BIKE TO GET IN SHAPE. I USE IT WHEN IT'S REAL WET OUT AND WHEN I NEED TO KICK MYSELF IN THE ASS. GT MAKES A GOOD PRODUCT BUT THIS ISN'T ONE OF THEIR STRONG ONES

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   M4OO CANNY(UPGRADED FORK OF COURSE)

Bike Setup:   STOCK, DON'T BOTHER UPGRADING USE IT AS A TRAINER.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jay Shawn a Weekend Warrior from Westchester

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2000

Strengths:    Good Value

Weaknesses:    Shifting seems off a bit

Bottom Line:   
So far, so good. ALthough I know the shifting needs adjustment, love the bike thus far. Yeah its heavy, but I'm not climibing Mt. Everest w/ it. Just looking to fly down some trails and not kill myself -- thus far I'm successful.

Good pruchase for a beginner, as far as I can tell.

No its not a $800 bike, but if your looking for that type of performance you shouldn't be spending only $350. Oh -- if you look hard enough you can get one cheaper -- I bought mine for 275 from a no-middle man shop. No regrets yet!

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Favorite Trail:   Finger Lakes Canal Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Front Suspension w/20" Frame

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andy Reid a Cross Country Rider from Moss Beach, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2000

Strengths:    Brakes, Rapid fire, suspention

Weaknesses:    saddle sucks- really hard


Bottom Line:   
really good bike for $350

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Favorite Trail:   PG&E road on Montara MT.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   Hard Tail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aaron Kenny a Weekend Warrior from IL

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2000

Strengths:    Tough Frame; Rapidfire shifters; Front shock; Reliable and durable; V-Brakes standard

Weaknesses:    I should have a larger frame size Uncomfortable seat No stock bar ends Heavy

Bottom Line:   
I didn't like the original equipment but after a new seat and stem it fits me better. If you can stand the wait, hold out for a lighter frame.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   Hardtale w/Synch Excel 515 Zac 519 rims 18" Frame

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