GT 1999 Zaskar LE Hardtail Bike

4.59/5 (17 Reviews)
MSRP : $2199.99


Product Description

1999 GT Zaskar LE, mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Sid XC fork


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by chuck a Cross Country Rider from GA

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2005

Strengths:    its still going strong

Weaknesses:    rear cable hanger causes cable friction!

Bottom Line:   
this frame is durable. raced it for two years and its still going strong. the rear brake cable friction is very annoying and gt customer service is the worst. i just built my wife a bike and its not a gt. if you can shell out the cast go titanium. i am going to give this 2 chilis just because of gt's service and the cable hanger, otherwise the bike has been a dependable frame.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   mtbr classifieds

Similar Products Used:   trek something or other

Bike Setup:   xtr/xt other stuff that makes it go fast

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris Russell from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2001

Strengths:    Climbs well
Frame available in ball burnished
Reasonably light


Weaknesses:    No disc brake bosses
LX BB and Cassette (upgraded to XTR and XT)
Rear brake cable holder causes cable friction


Bottom Line:   
A very good bike. Great for eating up singletrack. Very responsive. Very stiff rear end (takes a little getting used to, tough on the lower back). Got rid of the SID and put an Atom Bomb on... well worth the extra weight. Mavic wheels very strong, only one problem with them, spokes have a tendancy to work themselves loose. The frame has stood up to 2+ years of year round riding. Many crashes and only a couple dents on the top tube. A good all around bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Radical, Hardwood Hills

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   Bike Depot, Toronto

Similar Products Used:   GT Karakoram
Trek 8500
TBL Eldorado


Bike Setup:   Atom Bomb, XTR crank, deraileurs, XT shifters/levers, brakes
Thompson post, Mavic Crosslink, Chris King headset, Easton
Monkey Bar CT2.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Craig a Cross Country Rider from Sebastopol, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2001

Strengths:    Light and it handles well. Great climber.

Weaknesses:    BB creak, rear brake cable mounting

Bottom Line:   
I've ridden this bike for 5 years and through 2 different front forks. My only complaint is the rear brake cable mount. The cable mounts welded to the frame are too small for the ferrule on the end of the brake cable. It has to be crushed to fit in there and this causes drag. GT has probably changed this since '95, but it's a pain. Otherwise, great bike!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Bike Shop in Los Gatos CA

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn Homegrown, Stumpjumper, KHS Montana Summit

Bike Setup:   All XT, Judy 100, Chris King hubs on Mavic Hoops

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon a Weekend Warrior from Sherwood Park, Alberta

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2000

Strengths:    Relatively light, quite stiff and that unmistakeable beutiful triple triangle hand made frame. Cosmic Sunrise paint job is a show stopper.

Weaknesses:    The ridiculous heinous squeal emitted for the Shimano XT front brake. What is a LX cassette doing on this bike?

Bottom Line:   
This Bike hauls uphills like a hungry dog late for dinner. GT hit the mark with this bike because its strong enough to hurl off a mountain side or light enough to race. The geometry is neutral for most everyone. I recommend this bike to anyone looking for a XC weapon.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Avalanche LE, Norco

Bike Setup:   Upgrade the '99 XT cranks for '00 Hollowtech XT's, also ditched the "anchor-like" Kore 3D stem for a '00 Thomson Elite stem and lost the LX cassette for a XT. Otherwise, all stock from the CrossLink wheelset to the SID XC fork to other XT goodies.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marty a Cross Country Rider from Madison WI

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2000

Strengths:    great climber, very fast, a super solid bike.

Weaknesses:    Can be a little hard on your rear end after a long day of riding

Bottom Line:   
I have only had this bike for about one month now so I can't speak for any long term problems. But I can say that so far this bike has surpassed all of my expectations. It climbs so well that you should plan on spending some time waiting for who ever you are riding with.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   trek 6500,7000

Bike Setup:   Sid XC long travel, xtr/xt, avid 2.0, WTB laser rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RAIKESY a Weekend Warrior from Wales

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2000

Strengths:    light, strong, agile, VERY fast

Weaknesses:    comes wit LX cogset, but changed that to a sugino

Bottom Line:   
Basically when set up right its the best hardtail bike out there, i would recomend this bike to everyone whether u want it 2 race or to mess around on

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Favorite Trail:   Margam

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   rock shoks

Bike Setup:   1996 16” GT ZASKAR LE FRAME,
PACE EVO 3 SUSPENSION FORKS,
MAVIC RIMS,
HOPE CROSS COUNTRY HUBS,
MYTHOSXC IRC TYRES,
SUGINO COGSET,
SACHS GEAR CHANGERS,
SHIMANO XT GEARS,
ODYSSEY PEDALS,
DEORE XT BRAKES FRONT & REAR,
CONTROL TECH SEAT POST &,
PAUL MACHINED LEAVERS,
TRANS X HIGH RISE BARS,
SHIMANO STX THREADED HEADSET,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris a Weekend Warrior from Austin, TX

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2000

Strengths:    Stiff, fast, VERY tight!!!

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
GREAT BIKE!!! I got it a little small (16) so I could throw it around easier and it has worked out perfect for me. It being so small and tight makes the ride a little unstable, but if you don't crash once-in-awhile, then you are not riding hard enough. Worth the money!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   2000 SID XC, full XTR, Cane Creek wheels

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by pippos a Cross-Country Rider from ti-switzerland

Date Reviewed: December 12, 1999

Bottom Line:   
this bike is very good..rigid & istantanea...

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
trek 8000


Bike Setup:   
sid ,full xt,crosslink..

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Skip a Cross-Country Rider from Milwaukee, WI

Date Reviewed: December 5, 1999

Strengths:    
Unbelievable frame, good mix of components, lightweight.


Weaknesses:    
LX BB, LX Cassette, Time ATAC Pedals.


Bottom Line:   
I had originally not wanted to get a bike at all, yet someone decided that I no longer needed my 95 Marin. Such is life. Anyways, picked it up for a good deal and rode it a few times on the Kettle Moraine system before it got too dark after work. Haven't picked up a lighting system as yet though. Anyhow, it's a great ride for anyone, although I did finally appreciate the stiffness of a Al frame after riding it. The stock parts are great with a few exceptions. I tried the Times for a few rides, but once got ejected without prior knowledge. Never happened to me before...Not to mention that the spring tension was driving me crazy. Like no float whatsoever. So I picked up the frogs. Awesome pedals, although I haven'ttaken them on the trail. Next spring. As for the LX parts, I find it kind of lame that the Zaskar LE is the second from the top yet the company saves a few bucks and goes with LX. Oh well, I'll just have to upgrade. As for the wheels, I like the Crosslinks and all, but the kings are just better in every category. I love this bike, and while my last was a continual work in progress, this is about my end-all be-all. All around a very solid ride.
P.S. Pick up an englund fork pump if you can -awesome quality.***** For the value
**** + 0.5 for components
***** For frame
***** For ride quality

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Favorite Trail:   
Emma Carlin

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Schwinn HG, Trek 8900.


Bike Setup:   
Speedplay Frogs
King Hubset, Valiant Rims, XT Cassette, Englund fork pump.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Adam a Racer from Oshkosh, Wi

Date Reviewed: December 1, 1999

Strengths:    
Bike is very fast,
I won the amature nationals with it, and I
only trained for two weeks.
Frame is stiff, awesome components


Weaknesses:    
You could get hurt


Bottom Line:   
This bike blew my socks off, I ride it down the street and girls just flock to the cool guy with the Kick *&^% GT. I would recomend this bike to any crappy rider that wants to improve. Look at me, I suck and I won Nationals.

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Favorite Trail:   
greenbush, StockBridge

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Schwinn Homegrown Factory Team
Cannondale F400


Bike Setup:   
Stock
Full XTR
Mchelin Kevlar Tires
Shimano 9-Speed, 11-35

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by J a Racer from VT

Date Reviewed: November 20, 1999

Strengths:    
Light
BB Color is awesome
stiff
great dropouts


Weaknesses:    
mine broke


Bottom Line:   
Broke two of these frames in 9 months. Broke in the same place as did Al's (See below). I had a lot of post exposed but there was tons of post still inside the frame. GT warrenteed both but after the second one broke they ran out of LE's. So I got a Xizang which has held up beautifully. The LE is a great frame and well worth the price. I'd buy one again.

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Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Xizang


Bike Setup:   
Thomson Post

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Kai a Cross-Country Rider from Podolsk, Russia

Date Reviewed: September 13, 1999

Strengths:    
Rapid, Light, Hard, Tough Looking


Weaknesses:    
If any, then what is that for?


Bottom Line:   
No words can ever describe this! AWESOME FEELING OF THE FLIGHT!

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Favorite Trail:   
Severovo

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
GF Kaitai


Bike Setup:   
Zask '99

Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Brock a Racer from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Date Reviewed: May 20, 1999

Strengths:    
Solid Frame


Weaknesses:    
Chintzy parts cop outs


Bottom Line:   
You know, this is a really nice bike for the most part. Great frame, fork is OK, wheels are solid. But UN52 bottom bracket and an LX cogset on their second from top bike. BS I say. So to balance out the previous 5 chilli rating and bring my vote down to 4 lets see three chilis for BS parts spec.

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Favorite Trail:   
Banff Trail

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
My old Norco Java racer



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Deon Bartlett a Cross-Country Rider from Archdale,N.C.

Date Reviewed: May 16, 1999

Strengths:    
light weight,componets fast vary,paintjob


Weaknesses:    
michlens are O.K.


Bottom Line:   
I haven't rode my LTS since getting my Zask' I'm spoiled .

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Favorite Trail:   
Avery Creek

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
LTS 2000,Love it too


Bike Setup:   
Zaskar LE,SID XC

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by JKnight a Weekend Warrior from Mechanicsville, VA

Date Reviewed: March 17, 1999

Bottom Line:   
AWESOME!! well worth the $$ The componets are the Bomb and the paint job is awesome.
I purchased mine in Virginia for $2100 and had the shop switch out the SID for an Atom Bomb. - Go buy it now!

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month


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GT Zaskar LE 1999 Team 20"

Hi, so I got this amazing frame a few weeks ago and now I want to built it up. Since I'm originally from Dirt and Street biking I need some suggestions what I should put on this bike. I thought: Complete shimano Saint Brakes: HS33 rear, julie fr front I need help for the fork. I always had ... Read More »

Anybody please help me find a replaceable dropout for 1999 Zaskar LE

Sorry if this is in the wrong section, but hopefully being a GT section it will get the right eyes :) I am from the UK and have just finished building up my old Zaskar. During its maiden voyage today the chain through a wobbly and took out (off in about 4 bits truth be known) the rear gear hanger ... Read More »

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