GT 1999 GT Tempest Rigid Bike

4.56/5 (9 Reviews)


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GT 1999 GT Tempest


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mdrolet77 a Cross Country Rider from Montreal

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2008

Strengths:    Frame, handlebars, shifters(not gripshifts)Pedal gears, original chain, rear derailler&gears

Weaknesses:    wheel rims are weak bending and giving you flat tires, seat post tends to break will need to be welded stronger

Bottom Line:   
This bike has no end... Ive used it in cross contry competitions for 3 years, used it to downhill and beaten it like hell and ive never had to give up because of a breakdown. It is well worth what I have paid for it, changing front fork for RS sid and wheels for anything stronger will give you a better ride tho.

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Favorite Trail:   MT Saint-anne

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   New store

Similar Products Used:   XCR-1000

Bike Setup:   Original with seat post rewelded and rims strengtened

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cinderella Bob a Cross Country Rider from Calgary Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2008

Strengths:    It's strong, it isn't very heavy, it has a good selection of parts, I've ridden it harder in the last year than most people would in 5 years and it's still going strong.

Weaknesses:    The rims are crap.

Bottom Line:   
For the money this bike is amazing, I love it and I'll never get rid of it.

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   From a friend

Similar Products Used:   This is my first hardtail

Bike Setup:   Stock except for a new 2007 Manitou Slate fork

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alan a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2004

Strengths:    Frame, handling

Weaknesses:    All parts, broke the seatpost on my first mtb ride...front hub gotta be change after 200miles.....rims out of shape after half a year of XC riding...Promax rim brakes needs to be change for anything off road...same with saddle and seatpost. The RockShox Jett C is also not that good of a fork. No disc brake mount on it either. Pedals bearings also gone after one year of riding.

Bottom Line:   
GT Tempest is a good frame, paint chip off easily. Stock parts sucks ass but other then that, its ok. Its basically the same stuff as the Zaskar which is one of the best frame in XC riding except that the Tempest is old so that therefore, it doesn't have disc brake. It is also slightly heavier then new bikes because its 7005 not 6061. Made in Tawain not USA (unlike other top end GTs) Bottem line is, buy the frame, not the parts!

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Favorite Trail:   Some where in Ontario...or...

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Sport Swap (Toronto)

Similar Products Used:   Klein Attitude Race, GT Zaskar LE, Trek 4900, Norco Jammer, GT older frames, KHS, Kona

Bike Setup:   Stock except Thomoson Seatpost because of the cheap one that it came with and another set of tires for road. Changed to SPD 959 as well.

Stock parts includes:
- GT Tempest Frame
- Rockshox Jett C 65mm travel
- Acera parts
- LX rear der
- promax brakes
- unknown crappy rims/pedals
- WTB 2.1 tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Grant a Weekend Warrior from New Jersey

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2003

Strengths:    looks good, strong as hell

Weaknesses:    everything but the frame and rear derailuer

Bottom Line:   
i have had this bike since 1997. it didn't take long before i ditched the rigid fork, broke the stock Acera shifters, and bent the front rim. I broke the stock Acera crank just playing around my yard (thank god not on the trail) and the stock Altus canti brakes suck. i am just now getting back on it more and upgrading the stock drivetrain and broken parts but i love the frame. it's super stiff and looks awsome. i got the green frame and it looks great, but the paint chips kind of easily. the stock handlebars are heavy and the grips fall apart after a lot of riding but with all it's weaknesses i like the bike.

if you want a decent bike with a great frame to build around, look for a Tempest. you might want a riser bar to get more weight to the rear for climbing. this bike is awsome. only an overall rating of 4 because the stock components suck ass.

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Favorite Trail:   Round Valley

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Garden State Cycles

Bike Setup:   Indy XC, velociraptors, Alviio V brakes, new shifters

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brett T from stony point ,ny 10980

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2003

Strengths:    Very sturdy, feels very secure in your grip. I have no problems with the weight of the bike i think its very light. the traction is very good and it is a very well balanced bike. the shocks work very good and im happy with this pirchase.

Weaknesses:    The stock rims are a little too flimsy and bend fairly easily. Also the kickstand's spring is a bit loose and makes noise when i hit a bump or jump.

Bottom Line:   
It is e very good buy and a reliable bike. It is extremely appealing to the eye and lasts. I ride on an average of only about 10 to 20 miles a day and it gets the job done with no serious problems. Go get one! Very good for the intermediate to expert bike rider. Vey fast and agile.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Valley Cycle Shop (very good!)

Bike Setup:   Everything basically stock except pedals, front rim, and a speedometer/ odometer.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben du Feu a Cross Country Rider from Jeresy (CI)

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2002

Strengths:    Looks good, corners well, fast, Stiff, feels as if it is part of you and can be trusted to do what you want when it has some tyres that dont say tioga on.

Weaknesses:    Tioga factory Tyres. Dont grip on anything need michelin. Paintwork gets scratched easily. Heavy but 2.1 inch tyres didnt help. Deore rear derailier needs adjustment all the time to stop clicking.

Bottom Line:   
a good bike overall needing a few small changes

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   pauls cycles uk

Similar Products Used:   gt outpost

Bike Setup:   as bought Deore/acera

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Clayton a Cross Country Rider from Mississauga,Ont,Canada

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2001

Strengths:    Great shifters,fork (rock shox),great for cross country and street racing. It also looks really good.

Weaknesses:    weight,and you can hear some squeaking

Bottom Line:   
Good for money but i would recommend investing a high end gt.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Oakville cycle


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon Webster a Weekend Warrior from Staffs, UK

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2001

Strengths:    Light but Robust frame, good paintwork

Weaknesses:    I bought the frame second-hand for £60 with a seatpost and front derailleur, so I don't think it has any!

Bottom Line:   
I bought this frame to build up for local trail riding when I decided it was pointless getting my Trek Y-11 full susser messed up just to ride on tarmac and gravel.

I already had various bits of other bikes to use up, so I built a very nice Tempest for around £250. It would have been cheaper but it took me three chains to find one that worked with the 8-speed drivetrain. Taya and Sedis 8-speed only gave me 21 gears apiece, and even an HG Shimano only worked properly when I re-aligned the cage on the LX rear derailleur with a pair of mole grips. So much for inter-compatibility!

Riding wise, I think the bike is pretty good. With a 3-inch stem it handles nicely, is light and responsive, and the 2.5" Indy fork gives just enough to take the sting out of the bumps. Weight comes in at around 28lbs.

I always use Specialised CrossRoads Semi-slicks, on or off-road, and they really rock! Keep the pressure up, and the central ridge keeps contact to a minimum for tarmac. Drop the pressure, or corner the bike, and the side lugs bite. The only thing they don't like is deep mud - but out of an average 20 mile ride how much is really that muddy?

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Favorite Trail:   Peak District

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $85.00

Purchased At:   Second-user, frame only

Similar Products Used:   Trek Y-11 full susser for real off-roading

Bike Setup:   8-Speed LX & STX-RC, with XT brakes, and long-travel Indy SL forks and semi-slicks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kerry graham a Cross Country Rider from gr britain

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2000

Strengths:    nice handleling, strong, good shifters, climbs well, very comfy seatlast but not least looks very nice

Weaknesses:    little bit on the heavy side,heavy wheels and cheap hubs.

Bottom Line:   
good starter bike at a very competive price you need nothing more go get one

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Favorite Trail:   north downs

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   not to bad for the average cross country rider.

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