a Cross Country Rider
from Los Angeles, CA
Date Reviewed: December 12, 2002
Strengths: Strong, durable, looks great, GOOD DEAL since no one dares to buy GT anymore. Good for me. Bad for GT.
Weaknesses: Cheap ass pedals, deore front derailers, deore shifters.
I barely finished modifying my new Ruckus. Rode it on my local trails three times. Loved every moment of it. With the DJ1, the bike tracks like missile. Just aim and go.
This baby loves air. It is a medium. Slightly large, but I have no complaints. The 2003 Ruckus cannot compare to this one. The components on this baby are all top notched minus the deore, but I am not complaining about them.
The stock components are not bad. I just wanted better hence the upgrade.
Similar Products Used: sintesi konstriktor kona cinder cone
Bike Setup: ruckus 2.0 RS PSHYLO SL 5" WHITE AVID DISC FRONT XT VEE'S REAR tioga cube 60 yeti dh bar odi lock on lx/xt/xtr mix syncros 26*14 mrp chainguide tires maxxis high roller 2.5 front tioga xc 1.95rear
from big old Frankford ontario
Date Reviewed: October 13, 2002
Strengths: -pretty good angles, beffy too -good specs -not that heavy but who realy cares - good all around bike
Weaknesses: -ugly when you first get it - my rock shox psylo exploded and leaked oil all over -tires are to skinny, i upgraded to 2.6 kenda kinetics - the rims are kind of weak, bent mine alot and i am only 115 pounds
Favorite Trail: favorite riding: anything! except super duper trials & cross country
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Purchased At: steve's licence
Similar Products Used: any other decent hard tail frame
Bike Setup: 2001 gt ruckus 2.0, 2001 rs psylo xc, truvativ hussefelt cranks, avid mechanical discs,tioga cube stem and syncros bars,2.6 kenda kinetics, odi lock jaw grip, and some other stuff
from Corvallis, OR
Date Reviewed: August 3, 2002
Strengths: Beefy frame, fun geometry, fork is great for urban assault and FR, XTR rear der, Hayes hydros, and badass look.
Weaknesses: The stock pedals are a joke, just looking at the rims gives me the sudden urge to shave my legs, put on spandex, and jack my seat way up my ass. Presta valves (need I say more)
The bike is a very fun ride. Great for urban assault, Freeride, jumping, etc. Good on downhill but obviously doesn't beat a full susp. Not exactly light weight but still isn't too much of a pain to ride up a hill when neccesary. For the most part stock parts are fine. LX is fine for front der (you don't need it much anyway) The wheels are bending on me but surprisingly still somewhat round. I predict future problems with the LX BB and cranks. If you arent a sensi biatch with spandex lint up your ass this would be a great choice for a strong, fun ride.
Similar Products Used: Old GT XC bike of some sort with a Judy XLC and platform pedals. Last straw was when a chainstay bent
Bike Setup: Stock except for: BlackSpire bash gaurd, Redline sealed bearing platform pedals, ODI lock-on grips. Sadly still too poor from the original purchase to get new rims, probably will be Sun double wides or mavic 321s eventually
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 24, 2002
Strengths: Burly frame, nice geometry, very nice when built up!
Weaknesses: Still trying to determine!
This is one tough bike that you can also ride leisurely during the weekends. It's heavy, but I don't mind since I'm not into the weight weenie thing.
Bike Setup: The way it comes hayes brakes, z3 GOOD WHEELS
a Weekend Warrior
from lombard, Illinois
Date Reviewed: March 27, 2002
Strengths: Well, the bar and stem is not too bad.
Weaknesses: Where do I start... Ok, The rear wheel tacoed in a ride. The front snapped in half. The LX BB snapped. The seatpost broke. The front derr. broke. The Freehub blew up. OH YEA, THE CHAINSTAY AND THE SEATSTAY SNAPPED IN 5 MONTHS.
It was a fun bike untill it broke. As long as you dont do too big of drops of very much trials riding you should be fine. After 6 months I am finnaly getting a frame back from pacific, but it a schwinn homegrown. Overall, its decent, but dont break it.
a Weekend Warrior
from The Boonies, AK, USA
Date Reviewed: February 2, 2002
Strengths: beefy frame, good geometry, nice fork, hayes hydraulics, can handle lots of abuse, very smooth, works on everything from drops to XC
Weaknesses: LX cranks (c'mon GT, if you're gonna do splined, do it right!!), GT pedals, seatpost, front deraileur (why even bother?)
The Bottom line is this is a phat bike. I don't believe you can purchase a better bike for the price. It handles everything nicley on trails, and is very smooth on drops for a hardtail. (It's smooth all the time, sometimes I'm not) It gives you the feel of a smaller which is nice because that's all I've ridden. The frame is bomb proof, and most of the time it comes home looking better than me.
The LX cranks devoleped the most annoying creek in them on my very first ride on a trail. The front deraileur is kind of pointless for this bike, but GT must have felt a necesstity for it.
Anyway, the pros weigh out the cons and this bike is well worth your $$$$.
Similar Products Used: Specialized P3B Disc, Cove Stiffee, Rocky Mountain Reaper, etc.
Bike Setup: Ruckus 1.0 frame, Stratos S7 fork, DT Onyx DH hubs, Sun Doublewide 24r/26f, Gazzolodi 2.6, Profile cranks, Scandium DH bar, BMW stem and end caps, all 8 speed XTR dirve train, XT Disc 8 inch rotors
a Weekend Warrior
from Dallas , TX United States
Date Reviewed: October 5, 2001
Strengths: Well the frame is imposible to beat. This thing is just bomb proof. Also its geometry- although I am almost 6'4" so one size larger would help during cross country rides with friends, but that is not what this bike is made for. It provides you that BMX feel, and handles great.
Weaknesses: Well GT did to this bike what they do best. Make a great frame design and through junk onto it.(Hopefully Trek does not do this with gt's designs). Lets see the seat sucks 5 rides and it was striped. The LX splined cranks suck. If you do not bear down on them with a breaker bar before each ride you won't go far. Also the front derailer come on doere= Junk. OH YEAH the pedals hey GT nobody bought this to ride around the neighborhood.
This is really a great bike (1.0), after a few changes to the thing you will have one of the strongest rides on the trails. Just test one and you will feel it. Personally I would buy it again and try and upgrade components with the shop. The thing just looks tuff, and the stickers makes everyone laugh, and do hide well in the pictures. If you are in the mood to do some real riding, and are not scared of drops and dirt mounds this is the bike for you. And no matter what others say you can dail the hayse disks in to stop a truck.
Bike Setup: Went with race face cranks. Changed the seat and ended up(thanks to a machinest friend)freeze plugging it to a perment angle degree. Ended up buying Shimono downhills for the platforms. Also I added a circular saw blade looking chain ring protector, and painted the supports orange to match the stickers. People love it.
from Boulder, CO USA
Date Reviewed: September 18, 2001
I ended up selling my hodgepodge collectrion of parts on a Ruckus frame and buying a real Ruckus. This thing's sweet. I ride it mostly for UA and a little trials, DH, and XC. I just wish is came with the psylo Tullio instead of the Z3.
Strengths: Great all-around package. Forks are great now that I changed the oil and internal damping adjustment. Strong brakes, burly frame and stem.
Weaknesses: LX cranks? At least they're splined. The stock rims are extremely weak, I bent them immediately, along with the seat. The pedals are inexcusable junk for this price range. How can you sell $5 pedals along with an XTR derailleur??
I think this bike is pretty good out of the box and has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, GT will not get the chance to make it right next year! The bike weighed 31 lbs. the day I got it, and you can feel it riding XC. The geometry is pretty tight so climbing is tough as it unweights the front end VERY easily. The fork is very good for its intended purpose. Now that I have my fork tuned I can blast any jumps I want and never bottom out. The Primo Super Tenderizers were a must-have-immediately, since the bike came with the cheapest pedals GT makes. This bike is a great hardtail descender and a very good jumper.