Strengths: Bought this frame (large) and built my own in 2002. I have raced this bike and have ridden some good technical stuff over the last 8 years. Went through three rear hubs and numerous rims, never a problem with the frame.
Weaknesses: Rigid for a HT, not as much flex as other traditional TI frames, can be felt over tech stuff.
Summation: My weight over the last 8 years has been from 180 to 250. At my heaviest I still hammered and no problems whatsoever with this frame.
Similar Products Used: Rode my buddy's lightspeed , glad I didn't pay half as much to build this bike.
Bike Setup: R/S SID (still works like a champ) all XTR drive, Crossrides, and everything else light.
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a Cross Country Rider
from Littleton Colorado
Date Reviewed: May 31, 2003
Strengths: Light and fast. Climbs pretty damn good. Not too flexy, stiff where it needs to be.
Weaknesses: Cheesy stickers and no where to get more!!! GT is now Pacific!
I bought this titanium bike for $180.00 with all XTR and XT components and a SID Sl. IT has a titanium seatpost with seat that has titanium rails. It was sitting outside of a pawn shop all dirty and muddy! $180.00 for a titanium bike spec'd with XTR and XT....that is the bottom line!!!! Plus it rides kick ass!!!!
Similar Products Used: GT: Zaskar, Avalanche, Backwoods. Schwinn Homegrown
Bike Setup: XTR Rear derailluer. The rest of setup is all XT. Arch-rival brakes. SID SL (Crappy fork)
a Cross Country Rider
from Oakland, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: October 11, 2002
Strengths: I have ridden this bike for at least 8 years. I have gone through 2 bikes and maybe I will get another one. It has a great feel on the down hill. It absorbs the bumps and on the climbs it is rigid where you want it. Great handling bike, and very responsive for a 6'2 168 pound guy.
Weaknesses: This is the part that scares me. I have broke it twice. I road one for 6 years( a 94 model ) and road a 1999 for 2 years. The bike broke in the exact same spot. Both only had 80mm shocks nothing to long, but ridden very aggressively. Both bikes broke on the top tup where it connect on the steer tube. It starts from the bottum and works it way around. I was very lucky.. both times to catch. I might be stupid but I might be buying another one and just use it for racing. Great feel but scary..
I love the frame, unfortunately it is not as strong as advertized. I think the Zaskar had extra welds because of the three triangle design put stress in the steertube area and it is aluminum, maybe they should have done the same on the xizang.
Oh yeah, the guy with negative comments was an idiot, the bike components have nothing to do with the frame.
Bike Setup: The first bike 1st bike had xtr components, specialized carbon fork, XTR headset. the second bike- xtr, next cranks, manitou expert. Chris King Head set.
Date Reviewed: March 22, 2001
Strengths: is really light and strong. it made me won more than six podiums last year. climbs like a goat. hey guys, is a gt!!!!!
Weaknesses: the wheels. here in my country if you broke any part of your x-max wheelset, you must wait around 4 months for a new part. the headset is like a fly in your caviar!!(tioga)
I´m a gt fan. this bike rules and the price is not a problem if you want to win every race you ride, even weekend races. they stops its production, but if you own a xizang ti think you have now a jewel beetwen your legs. take care of it.
Bike Setup: sid xc ´99, xtr full group, mavic x-max, michelin, azonic, onza, thomson, sdg
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 14, 2000
Strengths: The GT Xiang is like any other ti hardtails. It hauls on single track, climbs like mad, and desends quite nicely. Also, it comes nicely equipped.
Weaknesses: none so far, but gt has stopped making them. Thats why they are a rare breed.
i got lucky on my buy and it was well worth the hefty price tag a paid. the frame is built with time and effort and the welds are unique to most gts. this bike is stricly crosscountry. it weighs 20 lbs and is really made for racing. buy(if you can find it) if you ride often and have the extra money. its not the greatest value reatil 3700, but is well worth the money
Similar Products Used: litespeeds, other gt hardtails(zascar)
Bike Setup: factory equipped- xtr groupo,sid xc(98),crossmax
from Colorado Springs
Date Reviewed: March 29, 2000
Strengths: Light, strong, comfy, titanium.
Weaknesses: None yet
This bike very light and responsive. I ride a 20" and it is no more flexy than my Cad3 but less harsh (GT did well with getting that dialed in). It climbs like a goat. The XTR is ultra nice and the SID works well with this frame once setup right. If you want a cross-country racer that will win you medals, along with loads of admirers at the start line, get a Xizang. It's sweet!
Similar Products Used: Zaskar, RTS-Team, Cannondale Cad3
Bike Setup: Full XTR, SID XC, CrossMax
a Cross Country Rider
from Berkley, Michigan
Date Reviewed: January 25, 2000
Strengths: Great ride, light, responsive, non-punishing, great build quality, nice geometry, nice, nice, nice!
Weaknesses: Feels longer in the top tube length, necessitating a shorter stem than I normally use. High polish on frame caused slight slipping of front derailleur.
This is a great frame (it's a frame dolt, NOT the components hung on it!), with a great ride. The GT crew was really dialed when they made this one. My Xizang feels like it fits and is as comfortable as my dearly departed, yet recently revived Ellison custom. Though it seems longer in the top tube than my other bikes, I put a shorter stem on it and got a great fit, but it still doesn't have that twitchy feel that a short stem normally gives. I have an earlier frame (the first year they switched to rear cantis over U-brakes), and this frame keeps going and going... The welds are excellent, and the only fault I could find with the frame finish is the high polish caused some slippage of the front derailleur until I spot bead-blasted it where the clamp band would go. Problem solved. If this bike was ever, God forbid, stolen or broke, I would go out and buy another in a heartbeat. It's a classy bike that exudes soul, and I'd have to have another.
Date Reviewed: May 31, 1999
Strengths: THIS BIKE SUCKS, I TOOK IT DOWN MY FAVOURITE TRAILS AND IT FELL APART. THE BRAKES HAD NO POWER, THE RIMS BENT OVER THE SMALLEST BUMP, I BROKE 10 SPOKES, THE GEARSHIFTER JAMMED AND I HAD TO WALK HOME.
Weaknesses: SAME AS STRENGTHS....
THIS BIKE IS FOR TWO YEAR OLDS WHO HAVE NO LIFE.......