GT 1999 Timberline Hardtail Bike

4.57/5 (37 Reviews)
MSRP : $439.99


Product Description

1999 GT Timberline, mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Jett C, 1.8" travel fork


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by harverto a Cross Country Rider from Birmingham UK

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2010

Strengths:    I've had this bike for ten years now and the only thing that went wrong was the crank.
The paint is hard as nails.


Weaknesses:    The Jett's are a bit poo!
The crank, Tippical crank creak in the first few weeks
Seat post sticking in the frame (it's a real pain in the arse and takes a lot of force to get it out)


Bottom Line:   
If all bikes could last so well oveer ten years.
I gave this bike hell for the first 6 years and it just keep's on going.

Only thing to do with this bike is keep the seat post lubed up. it took 4 men a 5ft scafold bar a large spanner a very large rubber hammer and a can of releasing fluid!
Its not a easy job!

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Favorite Trail:   I'm finding new ones all the time

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   £250.uk halfords

Similar Products Used:   It was that long ago i couldn't tell you.

Bike Setup:   Lizard skin grips.
shimano deore hollowtech crank set.
Duct tape holding the saddle together.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dorsey land a Cross Country Rider from atlanta, ga usa

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2003

Strengths:    strong, responsive, tough

Weaknesses:    none to mention

Bottom Line:   
I'm abusive with shoes, clothes, and recreational items because I don't worry if it can take the rough treatment; this bike asks for more. I prefer riding at night with proper lighting, I also prefer riding on side walks because of the poor condition of the concrete requires very fast response, also I jump at paylots that are empty at night.This bike is about 25 lb.s, but it is stronger-integrally-than titanium, good tough steel, not aluminum. I'm happy. I can ride 4 hours and have to make myself stop so I can rest for the next work day.

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Favorite Trail:   city streets

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   classifieds

Similar Products Used:   huffy and specialized

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Thomas Jupe a Weekend Warrior from ENGLAND

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2002

Strengths:    AMMMMAAAAAAZING!!! Very strong trust worthy bike that has never failed even all the transmition stuffs

Weaknesses:    on the heavy side but still rides lightly

Bottom Line:   
An amazing bike has been hammered to death by the worlds most crashable rider (me) and still lived it died last weekend after spending 3 hours With vice lump hammer saw and chisle and plumbing wrench trying to remoove stuck seattube and frame didn't dostort or bend despite rough pulling in a vice and only died as I attacked it with a chistel and lump hammmer for a further 30 min and the chistle went through the 3 year old frame instead of the seat tube OOPS!!! and invinceable frame that u can pick up cheep and will last you a life time.

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Favorite Trail:   Licky Hills (Midlands)

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   £289.00 Iam British!!!

Similar Products Used:   ummmmm none Its too good to trade!!

Bike Setup:   Added Riser GoFast Bars+Brace Brakes - DX Everything else is the same

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim Winton a Weekend Warrior from London

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2001

Strengths:    Bullet-proof wheels (Zac 19's), strong frame

Weaknesses:    Weight, components easily bent, poor fork but got the shop to up-grade before buying to RST Gamma TL's with better travel. Funny tube sizes (seat-post etc.), dreadful original pedals.

Bottom Line:   
I'd had a cheap Giant before which I'd worn out before a friendly local did me the favour of stealing it! Did some home-work and tried to stick to a minimal budget by buying 'last year's' ('99) model. Felt like a real MTB following the Giant and immediately inspired confidence. Rear mech bent quickly and everthing else got sloppy so got a cheap up-grade (Deore) kit from Merlin shaving off over 3lbs - mostly from the wheels. It now accelerates and climbs great. Still trying to lose some more weight which is probably a false economy as it's cheaper to buy a newer bike but I like the set-up and feel plus the forks and frame seem to be unbreakable. On rides with my mates I appear to do better coming in less fatigued although descents are slow at the moment following a bad fall early summer this year. I'm sure it's the bike that should take the credit. Still trying to decide what seat-post and bars to fit at the OE kit is heavy. New Panaracers are much stickier but not as strong as the original WTB Velociraptprs. Deore kit slicker than old Alivio/Acera kit. Still trying to sharpen the brakes. If anyone out there has any suggestions as to how to improve the bike let me know. I could write more but off out on the bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Malvern hills

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Paul's Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Giant Boulder

Bike Setup:   Much changed. Alivio groupset changed for full Deore. Mavic F519 wheels, Panaracer XC's, WTB Speed V saddle, bar ends, clipless pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Dorset, England

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2001

Strengths:    super frame!

Weaknesses:    rock shox jett c forks could be a bit better

Bottom Line:   
Very nice handling now the forks are sorted, very strong frame that will stick a lot of abuse, and generally very good components for the money, and 24 speed rapid fire plus shifters means you will always find the right gear, and quickly. Re-assuring brakes coupled with good quality wheels (zac 19) means you get quite a sturdy set up. the high quality cro-mo double butted steel frame is such that it isn't actually that much heavier than a aluminium frame. lateral movement less than other steel frames by the triple triangle set up frame. i would recommend it to anyone.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Bournemouth

Similar Products Used:   i worked in a bike shop!

Bike Setup:   pretty much stock, apart from replaced forks for rock shox psylo xc forks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Massimo a Cross Country Rider from Laval, Quebec, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2001

Strengths:    the "body" of the bike and the v-brake who's excellent for cross-country

Weaknesses:    rock shok suspension doen't do the job

Bottom Line:   
for someone who doesn't have the chance to do a lot of mountain bike it's a really good choice. It's not really heavy, it's easy to deal whit and learn how to use it.

the price is really good and is got a lot of resistence.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bernie from Norwich, England

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2001

Strengths:    Tires, Frame

Weaknesses:    Bars, stem, cranks, mech hanger, forks(?)

Bottom Line:   
A great beginners bike, as long as you keep it running smooth. It was my first proper bike so i diddnt understand the maintenance it really needed and bits started to fall off but this is entirely my own fault. I also had probs with the rear mech sticking in the spokes and bending the dropout. This happened three times and had to be heated and bent back again everytime. Oh, and i bent the forks, but only through mucho abuso. Get a smaller size than u think u need though, my 16 was more like an 18.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Bike Setup:   Upgraded bars, stem, cranks then finally a new frame this year becaiuse the timberline was a bit to big for trials.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by oliver walden a Racer from east riding of yorkshire

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2001

Strengths:    u could shoot the frame and it would saty strong its tollay rocks and its got a good chain set and hasent let me down yet

Weaknesses:    the fork is to hard but i just got new elomatmars

Bottom Line:   
its great for jummpin' and duel the frame is great and strong so it's great

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Favorite Trail:   west wood

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:    for £300.00 at my local bike shop halfords i live in england!!

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   full lx group set mavic d521 on lx hubs titec hell bent riser bars airzonic stem bommer z5 f.u.n.n. big grab saddle avid 1.9sd brake levers and brakes.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from Tamworth Australia

Date Reviewed: April 4, 2001

Strengths:    A great buy all those years ago-97 model. Rode stock standard for a while.

Weaknesses:    A weird seat stem for my size, head stem set u/s from new, front bar geometry a little too far forward (a bit daunting on some DH) Shimano brake pads way too hard for rims (Burnt rims!) all the plastic stuff fell off on first rock trip, outside crank sprocket unusable after first trip.

Bottom Line:   
Great Bike! love it and will continue to use frame as it has been absolutely thrashed and hacked on tough rock trail/semi DH. Climbs really well even with my 98kg mass.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Similar Products Used:   Giant, Cannondale, Mongoose

Bike Setup:   Azonic wide bars with soft grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by christopher a Cross Country Rider from poole, dorset, england

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2001

Strengths:    the frame on this bike is solid! i havn't broke it, yet! nice paint job, good wheels (zac 19) great to handle. feels sure-footed at speed. good rapid fire plus shifters, which are quick to change good build quality. will last ages

Weaknesses:    rock shox jett c forks could be better. no other problems to date

Bottom Line:   
great, the weight isn't a problem, you can climb easily in it, and will develop you're strength as a rider, great to control, when forks are changed, and gt85 is put on the rims the brakes bite a lot more! good for anyone who wants a well built bike, fun to ride, but something you can go and race as well. i'd easily buy another gt.

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Favorite Trail:   which one?!

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   winton, bournemouth, dorset

Similar Products Used:   i work in a bike shop!

Bike Setup:   stock, apart from a new ahead set, and 2001 rock shox psylo xc forks

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by MaryLouise from Windsor, ON, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2000

Strengths:    Smooth ride, sturdy frame & very good paint job.

Weaknesses:    This bike is way way way too heavy for it to cost this MUCH. Cheap components.

Bottom Line:   
Well, I wouldnt buy this bike again if given a chance. I paid CDN $799 for this bike, I wouldnt mind paying a few hundred more to get a better bike with better components & weights lighter. Anyway, I only got to use this bike for roughly 6 months before it got stolen. I bought a 99 FSR Comp, to replaced the Timerline, & I'm totatlly in love with my current bike. Hmm, my 99 Timerline, looks different from the picture above, mine is a green frame without the curvy top tube. This bike is only good for entry level bikers with low budget & wouldnt mind the heavy weight.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $528.00

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Pascal Cormeau a Weekend Warrior from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2000

Strengths:    The frame is very strong and will take a serious beeting.

Weaknesses:    Weight-this bike weighs almost as much as my friends steel CCM bike!

Bottom Line:   
I got this bike for 1000 cdn, and now I seriously regret not having spent more money on the frame. If you wanna get a nice bike, don't be like me and keep upgrading your lousy timberline, just by a nice bike in the first place. Though, for 500US this bike would be a kewl deel.

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Favorite Trail:   anything with huge jumps

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Eurotech Cycle

Bike Setup:   Rock shox steapost, Avid brakes, jett race front shox,deore gear shifts and axles

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Phil a Weekend Warrior from Leeds, UK

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2000

Strengths:    Good strong frame, comfortable ride. Great value for money.
Takes a bashing and comes out on top.


Weaknesses:    Groupset is a bit dodgy, cheap components wear out quick.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good strong piece of kit with a decent feel for a bike in the sub £500 range. Although GT have skimped on a few of the components, things are easy (and cheap) to replace when they wear out. You get plenty of bang for your buck at this price mark.

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Favorite Trail:   Too many...

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Scott Tampico, Carrera Maxima

Bike Setup:   Mostly as stock, swapped heavy bar for Pace Renthal Sub, brake levers for Shimano DX (Red) and added LX V brakes. Cheap pedals thrown out for decent flatties.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by KEN COLLUCCI a Cross Country Rider from NJ

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2000

Strengths:    CRO.MO FRAME, VERY STRONG ,PRICE

Weaknesses:    CHEAPO COMPONENTS,ODD SEATPOST SIZE(29.6)HARD TO FIND A REPLACEMENT FOR THIS SIZE,SHOCK WAS CHEESY

Bottom Line:   
GREAT BIKE FOR XC RIDING, THE CHEAP COMPONENTS CAN BE UPGRADED TO SUIT YOUR TASTE.RODE THIS BIKE STOCK FOR 6 MO.AND WAS ADEQUATE FOR EASY TO MOD.TRAILS. UPGRADE TO BETTER QUALITY PARTS IF YOU INTEND TO RIDE HARDER TECH.TRAILS. GREAT BIKE FOR THE BEGINNER AS IT COMES, BUT,IF YOU INTEND TO RIDE HARDER UPGRADE, UPGRADE, UPGRADE!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   MOUNTAIN CREEK,NJ

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   SPECIALIZED HARDROCK SPORT

Bike Setup:   TITEC LIL AL STEM,BONTRAGER CROW BARS,TITEC SEAT POST,GRIP SHIFT ATTACKS,SUN SUB VI RIMS W/LX HUBS,TEKTRO BRAKES,MANITOU SX-TI FORK

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jacob Olchovy a Weekend Warrior from Columbus, Ohio, USA

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2000

Strengths:    the bike is rock solid in performance, great frame, pretty good shock, ok componetry

Weaknesses:    the componetry is kind of low-end, but they still work pretty well
29lbs (not too bad for the price)


Bottom Line:   
I really like this bike, I got a great deal on it because it was a 99 (a mere 350 bucks brand new). The paint on it is awesome (solar grass). It is fast solid and I really like it. I would recommend it to anyone just getting into mountain biking.

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Favorite Trail:   tuttle park trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Fisher Aquila

Bike Setup:   stock

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