a Cross Country Rider
from Hon, Hi
Date Reviewed: November 20, 2003
Strengths: 4 bar linkage Adjstable travel Adjustable head and seat tube angle ball bearing kit upgrade in rear link adjustable rebound and compression shocks
Weaknesses: 6 lbs frame is porky friends tell me the frame will explode Bad rap from early model sts. No crotch clearence unless your pushing 5'9"
Great XC bike Strong on the down hill. Most people don't know to use the lock out in the rear shocks for climbing. It'll make going up hill more bareable The tunable head and seat tube angle is great for stabalizing the bike on the fast stuff. Or making it more quick in the handling in the single track. I have been riding it since 99. I can't find a bike that has a personality like it.
This bike I would recommend for XC riders and weekend warriors. The big hit guys would be better off with some 6" travel bikes. verticaly challenged people stay well away. Your twig and berries will pay in spades!
Similar Products Used: XCR 1000 STS 1500 Gt zaskar LE I-drive
Bike Setup: Yeti bars xtr brk/shftr Race face stem Judy 100 forks Avid disc SLR seat isis BB Race face crank XTR frt and RR derailur mavic 317 rim frt. Mavic 517 rear. White industries rear hub XT disc hub front.
from Olympia Wa. USA
Date Reviewed: September 26, 2002
Strengths: I love it. She loves the hard stuff, travels well on flat and down hill. True, she climbs like a beast. Holds well in the tights, recovers well, crashes well, and most important the GT STS likes to stay upright. I've had some scary close calls but somehow, she got me through them. The secret is holding on, getting OTB and not braking!
Weaknesses: Its a fat beast (affectionately said - just incase she reads this). First set of decals were junk but new ones are vinyl and have been holding up well.
I hear a lot of people braking their STSs especially back there over the rear shock. I've had some pretty good wrecks and she's holding up great (knock on wood). True, I'm not a big air fan outside of what I get while I'm racing. My wrecks have all been at speed on muddy downhills. There is a race series out here in Olympia called the Peak to Creek. They bus you up to the top of the mountain and launch riders in 30 second intervals. Course is rough, steep, muddy and long 14-22.5 miles. Even has between 2 and 4 miles of evil uphill. With my STS, I've won money in 3 of 6 races. No, she's not a XC racer or a full out downhill rig but she's fun and great if you've got what we call gravity assisted cross country. What the heck, $600 for the frame and 2K in components that can be put on another bike when my STS finally goes to that great bike rack in the sky.
Bike Setup: Mavic 519s over Nuke Proof hubs, XTR Ds f&r and 9 spd cassette, SRAM PC59 chain (QuikLink rules!). XTR V-brakes with Kooka levers, SRAM Rocket Shorties on Azonic riser bar on a Synchros Hinged stem. Rock Shox Julie XL triple crown, RaceFace Next cranks, RaceFace chromoly BB, Thompson seatpost and WTB SST'98. Presently running IRC Trail Bears with much satisfaction and Time Atac pedals. Oh yeah, Vetta 100 computor with HRM (so I can tell how scared I really was because I'll never admit it!)
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: April 17, 2002
Strengths: Strong frame, beautiful CNC parts, plush suspension, great 4 bar linkage design-- one of the best suspension design which really works in the 90's
Weaknesses: Noisy nylon bushing & Noisy rear shock, way too heavy
It's a great trail bike and also a part time downhiller with its 5" plush travel. With its 9 lb frame, it's kind of tough to climb with it. Once you're done with climbing part, It's where all the fun begins. The handling is quite predictable, the shock swallows all kinds of bumps. I've tried 3 different kind of forks on this frame- 99 Judy SL, 98 Xvert-R, 00 Xvert super. Overall, I'll suggest put the single crown Xvert super on this bike to keep the weight light, and the 4" plush travel matches the rear end quite well. I've also tried Fox Vanilla air shock in the rear..... to shave some weight. But, it was such a dispointment. It feels mushy and it LEAKS air, end of story!
Similar Products Used: GT Avalanche LE GT Zaskar LE GT Xizang GT STS1500DS Klein Mantra Race Specialized Enduro Expert Santa Cruz Bullit LTS 1000DS Specialized M4 XC GT XCR1000
Bike Setup: '98.5 STS 1000DS w/link arm & bearing kit '00 Marzocchi Z1-CR 5" Hayes Discs Hadley/Mavic 317 Full XTR
a Cross Country Rider
from littleton, co usa
Date Reviewed: February 17, 2000
Strengths: Stiffness of the frame, quality of travel... buttah!!
Weaknesses: Too soon to tell
I haven't owned this bike long, but it's nothin' but buttah so far. Compared to my Trek, this thing is a couch! 4 inches of travel from the 'Zoke up front is a nice balance to the 4.5 inches of travel in back. I've hammered through things while seated I never would have dreamed of on the Y bike. Looking forward to putting this machine through the paces on some of the gnarlier local trails soon. I'd recommend the STS to anyone who wants something more plush than a CC bike, but not willing to go full-tilt with a DH rig. I hate the term "free-ride", but I guess that's what I'm describing here. Anyhow, I'll post a follow-up a couple months down the road. Gotta give it 5 chilis for now though!
Bike Setup: Rock Shox Super Deluxe rear; Marzocchi Z-1 Alloy front; full XTR.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 21, 2000
Strengths: Excellent suspension - feels like more than just 5 inches in the rear. In the 1 1/2 years that I have owned this bike, I've never tried out the 3.5" setting. The 5 inch just feels so good!
The adjustability of the ride - there are so many variables you can adjust to change the handling of the bike. Its definetly a dream for those people who like to play around with their bike's setup.
The frame's damping characteristics. No kidding, This frame is stiff. No flex detectable anywhere, and I am not a light guy @ 190 lbs.
Weaknesses: GT Decals come off easily. They've started to "flake" off in little parts on my frame.
The aluminium lugs and other parts of the frame used to be shiny when new - it starts to tarnish quickly. Anyone know of a good (safe & non-abrasive) polish?.
After a few rides in the wet, when the suspension compresses, an annoying squeaking sound comes from the pivots. This problem can be solved temporarily by spraying a little lube and letting it penetrate into the pivots.
I had one of the first Thermoplastic LTS's on the market in 1996. This bike served me well for 2 years, but I discovered a crack in the top tube near the headset soon after. GT was kind enough to replace my frame, although I had to pay $400 for the airfreight to Singapore (after waiting almost 2 months for the whole problem to be processed and solved!!!), and the importer here was being difficult.
But the new STS-1000-DS is a great bike. It's certainly a lot more beefier and stronger than the old Thermo-Lts that I had, and the build quality is much better. Not to mention that the travel increase from 3 inches to 5 inches was quite noticeable. A shame that GT is not making these bikes anymore, because the LTS design is still a lot better than the I-drive they are promoting now.
If you can still get one of these bikes, do so. Its one of the very few bikes that you can use for XC, and also for amateur DH. That was one of the primary factors I took into consideration when deciding on this bike. E-mail me if you want more detailed information.
Similar Products Used: GT Thermoplastic LTS. (owned the first model made in 1996)
Bike Setup: Marzocchi Jr. T. fork, Magura Gustav M disc brakes front & rear, XTR/XT mix, Azonic riser bars, Various Kore parts, SDG saddle
a cross-country rider
from Reston, Virginia
Date Reviewed: May 1, 1998
First of all, this isn't the standard out-of-the-box STS1000. It's set-up with a Marzocchi Bomber Z-1 bam, XT/XTR drivetrain, and V-brakes. Some parts are better than the stock bike and others aren't. All that aside, I've been riding it for about 2 months. Coming over from a Trek Y-11, the suspension is definately in a different league. This bike is like a Cadillac, in that it's lethargic to accelerate, but at speed it just hauls ass. Point and shoot is a good discription. Confidence inspiring, this bike soaks up almost everything I can throw at it. The suspension is plush, plusher than any non- DH bike I've ever thrown a leg over. Every time I try a buddie's FS bike, I think to myself, man--where's your suspension? I'm sure my friends would rebut, butthis is only my opinion. As a climber, it's pretty able. You have to keep a steady pedal cadence, if you torque out in a high gear you will cause suspension feedback. This is not an issue for me most of the time, because my shifting skill usually (but not always) leaves me in the right gear for the situation. The bike weighs 27lbs, which is okay. Negatives: maintainance, the rear end squeals from time to time and requires routine attention. If you aren't into working on your bike, I would say be cautious. GT has a cartridge bearing aftermarket kit, but it adds weight and cost and is apparently very difficult to install. I'm going to try a different bushing set promised to me by a GT rep. If all else fails, I'm going to buy the cartridge bearing set (for an expensive $120). Carrying a tiny can of WD-40 has helped me quiet the suspension during rides. Even though the folks in warranty at GT swear the squeeks come from the pivots, I have found the biggest culprit to be the travel chips. I understand that they are not moving parts, but a little WD-40 stops the squeals. The Rock Shox Super Deluxe fell apart in my hands 2 days after purchase, this is NOT comforting. Also, after reading reviews on it, I'm paranoid mine is going to explode half way down a mountain side. Marzocchi is making a shock I hear, put me on the must-have-it-now list.All things considered, this bike is the most fun I've ever owned. I'm the tinkering type, so I don't mind maintainance. Swap out the Rock Shit Super Deluxe and I'm totally stoked. For comfort and fun factor, I give the bike a 5. For maintainance a 4 and for Rock Shox's supposed industry leading technology a mediocre 3. Overall=4.