GT 1999 Zaskar Hardtail Bike

4.56/5 (41 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:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aaron a Cross Country Rider from CA

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2007

Strengths:    11 Years on my Zaskar LE and I finally broke it! Well I just broke the deraileur hanger at least...

I have years and years of riding on this bike and it owns.


Weaknesses:    Finding a deraileur hanger for my 11 year old bike...

Bottom Line:   
This bike owns. I want to replace it but I'm like Kenny - Poor.

GT - give me a new carbon fiber xtr hardtail and I'll tell you if it's up to par!

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Favorite Trail:   Suicide, Faceplant, The Wall, Switchback mountain

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Bike Setup:   shamano XTR + Cris King headset + 747's + V-breaks + Mavic 217's = old school

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 Per Poulsen a Cross Country Rider from Denmark

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2003

Strengths:    Climbs like a dream, very fast on singel track, goes downhill like a FS.


Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
This bike kick ass big time, wouldent go to any XC race on any other bike. For long rides i go full suspension. (on my scott.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Gt Zaskar Le, Scott G-zero

Bike Setup:   Sid fork, SRAM 9.0 sl all the way, home built weels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by JEFF RAY a Racer from BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2001

Strengths:    LIGHT WEIGHT, VERY STIFF IN THE TAIL END, PAINT JOB IS WAY COOL.

Weaknesses:    FIRST FRAME CRACKED AT THE FRONT OF THE WELD WHERE THE SEAT POST GOES THROUGH THE TOP TUBE. (REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY.)

Bottom Line:   
THIS BIKE ROOSTS. IT CLIMBS LIKE A MOUNTAIN GOAT. HANDLING IS TIGHT AND PREDICTABLE. ALL UP WEIGHT IS ABOUT 21LB.
LOTS OF DUDES COME UP TO ME AT RACES TO CHECK OUT MY WAY COOL BIKE. BEEEUUUTIFULLLLL !!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Kooralbyn Valley

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Similar Products Used:   1997 ZASKAR LE,

Bike Setup:   FULL XTR GROUPO, MAVIC 217 RIMS, AZONIC DH RISER BAR, KORE STEM, SYNCROS SEAT POST.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Martin Piskozub a Racer from Jelenia Gora, Poland

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2001

Strengths:    Very strong frame and its light! I weight 200 lbs and have been racing on this bike for over a year and didn't manage to break it!

Weaknesses:    Well, the bike is very stiff, so I had to put a Moxey suspension seatpost on it...other than that none!

Bottom Line:   
This bike rocks! It's very fast and climbs like a mountain goat! Once you set it up right, you'll love it! The only thing left to complain will be your endurance!
I would recomend this bike for XC racers and all for all around hardcore riders who expect reliability! This bike is tough! Buy it and have fun!

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Favorite Trail:   Chojnik and Karkonosze Mountains and all the trails in Texas

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   Tanner Bikes - Tyler, TX

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Z2 Bam fork, XTR, Race Face components, Easton Carbon Fiber handlebar, Koobi seatpost, Cross Max Wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jim potts a Cross Country Rider from England

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2001

Strengths:    very light (20 lbs) with the gear i had supplied, tough, RAPID, and great fun!!

Weaknesses:    expensive to purchase Especially here in "blighty"

Bottom Line:   
This bike rocks!!! its faster than a rat up a drainpipe,and makes you immediately race all your mates at every oportunity. twitchy handling when on tight single track makes this bike a blast, and a hill munching monster of a machine. this bike is for anyone who is serious about going Very Very FAST!!! if you can break one, your doing better than me, or is that you should learn the basics of riding(ie not hitting trees at 40 mph)

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Bike Setup:   XTR all the way through,cross max wheels, syncros kit.

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 manolo a Cross Country Rider from Black Forest

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2000

Strengths:    Precise Steering, fast handling, lightweight, beautiful, stiff, great paint job, great climbing & downhill, singletrail killer

Weaknesses:    ? Not really found something besides the price...
(German resale: $ 4000 !!!)


Bottom Line:   
It's my dream Hardtail. No better thing for singletrail-surfing: precise handling, lightweight, stiff. Reliable on fast tracks (top speed so far: 58mph) and sweet on technical trails. Soon to be upgraded with a Crossmax UST wheelset.
The guys mostly see it from behind on the track...
Besides all that it's the most beautiful hardtail on this planet !
Love it or leave it ! I would never buy any other hardtail than a Zaskar.

P.S.: Hard to believe how someone can break this frame. Even Hans Rey did not break one in some years of trialin' !

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Favorite Trail:   schaunsi-classic

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Similar Products Used:   '98 GT Zaskar, Rocky Mountain Stratos, Rocky Mountain Altitude

Bike Setup:   Team-Frame & paint, Full XTR, Easton Monkeylite Lowriser-Bar, Syncros post, Flite-Saddle, Easton Stem, RS SID XC, Conti Explorer-Tires, Gore Fibre-Tec, Chris King Headset, Mavic 517 Ceramic-wheelset with XTR Hubs

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 Damian a Cross-Country Rider from Miami, Fl.

Date Reviewed: December 26, 1999

Strengths:    
Everything including the paint job, (i love it), the controls (all XTR), the lightness of the bike and everything u could think of ur bike is missing this one has, the speed!!!


Weaknesses:    
ummmmmm, nah i can't think of one


Bottom Line:   
I loved it while i had it and am very happy i had it but i had to let it go cuz of some finacial problems but if i could've i would've kept it! a very reliable bike that is very light and has quick agility (can even be used as a trials bike)

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Favorite Trail:   
hidden trail cutler forest

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
Gt Backwoods, Specialized FSR XC


Bike Setup:   
factory stock did not change anything except the seat which i changed to a specialized body geometry comp saddle

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..

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