GT Ruckus I-Drive 2.0 Freeride Full Suspension

3.64/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $1999.00


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Barry Bar End a Weekend Warrior from Essex UK

Date Reviewed: March 5, 2010

Strengths:    Good suspension that doesn't fight you when you pedal. Nice geometry for confidence inspiring runs. Geometry will also allow you to ride up hills when the seat is up so you can get your fitness from it too instead of just hucking down hills and off stairs although it does feel good to jump stairs on. Groupset is budget but a great place to start out on your upgrading as things deteriorate and/or break around the bomb proof frame and forks. Don't know how so many people have broke the rear triangle as its taken my 14-15 stone for 5 years of hard riding. All I can think of is that they were unlucky or just bad skills.

Weaknesses:    Bit heavy for old legs but if you're fit and you want an all mountain bike bike for second hand money then I see no weaknesses.

Bottom Line:   
Good all rounder. What you lose to your friends on the uphills you'll more than gain on the downhills. I can say that the travel seems to vacuum the fun out of all but the most technical and rough trails by making them too easy. Makes rock gardens feel like tarmac. This is not a xc bike so don't expect it to perform like one and its nots a balls out down hill bike so anyone expecting that will be disappointed. It is a good early all mountain bike and your smile will be smugger than anyone that hasn't nade the comprimise. 5 years later and you're seeing 5-6 inch travel on every fun bike out there so gt definitely had it right when they released this beast.

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Favorite Trail:   Langdon Hills

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Paulscycles

Similar Products Used:   Gt ruckus 3.0 hardtail so not really similar at all. Bmx was my thing b4 mtb.

Bike Setup:   I've had it 5 years and all that has changed is Halo Tornado wheelset, Avid Juicy 3 in white, Kona DJ Seat with generic post, got an fsa 3rd ring to make chainset 3.3 and i'll be fitting a giga pipe BB this weekend as the 5 year old original just gave out. I plan to change the derailleurs and shifters in may as well cause 5 years is a long time for deore's and they are miss shifting now.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Darren Molloy a Weekend Warrior from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2007

Strengths:    Handles well, but heavy

Weaknesses:    The rear swing arm is very weak

Bottom Line:   
I have been using this bike as a really heavy cross country bike never going over jumps etc. I wanted something which would get me through 3 years without crapping out. BIG MISTAKE! 2 years on and the rear triangle broke. obviously it was out of the warrentable period. Long and short of it is this bike has been a horror to own and cost me a heap of money to keep getting fixed and serviced and everytime something has gone wrong the local agent has come up with some crap story - apparently you can not ride bikes in the rain or wash them with water!. Personally I would not touch GT or their sh.. supplier here in NZ again. That said the bikes one redeaming feature is that it was nice to ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Woodhill

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   anything which breaks without abuse!

Bike Setup:   XT running gear with a Sherman front end which was a freebie from the fork importer (not my choice)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by darm a Weekend Warrior from Auckland, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: September 26, 2006

Strengths:    Great handling bike with good parts spec, Its caries a bit of weight but if your over 85kgs who's counting

Weaknesses:    Don't get the bike wet or the main pivot will crap out, mine lasted less than 10 months and cost $180 to get fixed.

Bottom Line:   
Even with the crap main pivot weakness (don't let water near this bike)this is a great bike and stacks up well. But be aware that the NZ distributor does not stand behind the product.

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Favorite Trail:   Woodhill

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   BikeShop

Bike Setup:   Nixon fork, XT components

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Stevinator a Downhiller from Mill Valley, CA

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2006

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Single pivot design, brake jacking, cheaply built

Bottom Line:   
I rode this bike about three times before I determined it absolutely sucks. Downright dangerous. Non responsive, non trustworthy. Broke the rear shock liknkage on the third ride and then took the parts off and abandoned the bike. Put the parts on my xtx moto. Still have the frame and rear shock if anyone wants to buy it. A close look at the frame shows that it is cheaply built. Your money is better spent on anything with a 4bar or vpp linkage. This bike will disappoint you unless you havn't got a clue. Deserves no chilies. GT should stick to toys are us and walmart.

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Favorite Trail:   Tam

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Norco Shore, xts moto, sgs iron horse, session 77

Bike Setup:   Boxxer, etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert a Downhiller from New Zealand auckland

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2006

Strengths:    great bike needs a new front fork to preform for downhill or a harder spring real nimble to flick

Weaknesses:    shocks havnt broken the frame yet and im hucking 6 foot to flat

Bottom Line:   
great bike not for big road gaps unles u wana spend a fortune on suspension and then your frame may or may not brake

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Favorite Trail:   big hit

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   cycle express

Similar Products Used:   specialised big hit


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Nick benedetto from san luis obispo

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2006

Strengths:    rides great on down hill wheeles great is a great bike for jumping but needs different forks.breakes are the beast i have ever used.

Weaknesses:    swing arms suck broke the swing arm and it took 2 months for gt to send part. forks also bottom super easy.rims are not the strongest

Bottom Line:   
is a good bike but has a terible swing arm and need some different componets. is a good bike to get if you are starting downhilling but doesnt hold up great on bigger jumps.

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Favorite Trail:   the face

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   cambria bicicle outfitters

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky specialized enduro

Bike Setup:   stock except for new tires and new swing arm

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jaron a Weekend Warrior from new zealand

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2005

Strengths:    good design idrive rides well juicy 7 brakes are awesome best yet ive tried

Weaknesses:    so far i have found it mostly too be a reliable ride very nice to ride on faster trails....but the main pivot bearing was getting a bit sloppy so into shop for service only too find that this factory fitted roller bearing had been missing a few rollers and galled the pivot bush.now to add to the last view from n.z. about warrenty i have had no help or resolution from W.H.Worrells our dist. not only did they not cover even part of the replacment costs they also took 2 months too supply the parts Grrrrrr. have contacted GT about their services so well see what happens

Bottom Line:   
good alround bike and fun too throw around and jump soaks up fast ruts nicely and very predictable handling. just beware of slack distributor services in your area.happy trails.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   stinky,bullet,fly,gemini plus various hardtails

Bike Setup:   as supplyed just added third chain ring for dh speed and heavyer front spring and xtr comp.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sham a Weekend Warrior from Kuantan,Pahang,Malaysia

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2005

Strengths:    Strong frame. No faults what so ever.

Weaknesses:    position chip nuts broken. replaced with custom made bolts and nuts.

Bottom Line:   
THis is absolutely great bike. I enjoy every minute riding this bike. Its handling is precise and the suspension, can match new designs that came up. The suspension is plush and i have no plans to upgrade to DHX shox. The fork upgrade was worthwhile. It doesn't dissapoint me. all other components is doing ok. no comment there. But the bike is really really good. The experience on this bike is non comparable to other bikes on the market. Its fun to ride and very inspiring.

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Favorite Trail:   Pelindong DH

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Purchased At:   KSH Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   SC Heckler & Bullit; Stab Primo;Stinky 03,04,05;Giant AC1;DaBomb Mind Bomb and many else

Bike Setup:   RS Boxxer Race,Azonic BDW handlebar,Thomson Stem,thomson seatpost,san marco saddle,syncros big box rims,ringle hubs, XT cranks (double ring setup with e13 bashguard), SRAM X7 shifters and deraillieur,Maxis Mobster 2.7 & Swampthing 2.35,Fox Vanilla RC

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Brett a Weekend Warrior from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2005

Strengths:    Great handling bike on the ground and in the air.Especially when accompanied with a good front shock.

Weaknesses:    welds on rear swing arm around the main pivot point crack.Had my frame welded up by pro was told original welds were not very good.Have 2 other friends with same frames and their frames, after close inspection have cracked aswell.NOT GOOD.GT does not sell rear swing arms seperatly? Got local bike shop to ring GT they did not want to know about it.swing arm needs sealled bearings to be smoother through its travel.Can only use the MRP chain guide that cost a fortune.

Bottom Line:   
It's not a matter of if the rear swing arm welds will brake but when.If you don't jump much over 4-5 feet the frame should last alot longer.The bike handles sweetly but my next frame will not be a GT due to the weakness in the rear swing arm and GT's lack of interest in the matter,The 2005 frame is still the same!

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Favorite Trail:   Northface (Rotorua)

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   2nd hand 6months old frame only of girl(doesn't jump)

Similar Products Used:   Schwinn,Kona,Norco.

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi 66RC forks,fox vanilla RC rear shock,MRP chain guide,XT components,Mavic 729 rims etc Not much expense spared.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mr. R. a Downhiller from Peoria, IL, USA

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2004

Strengths:    Can take mean bombs and resembles a firearm, which - for some - excites the libido. GT's best design with a great stance (low).

Weaknesses:    Now that they put the 2.5 inch WTB tires on there, to find fault with the factory set-up would be unreasonable nit-picking.

Bottom Line:   
The Ruckus rates "The Wildman's choice" by anyone who knows better. It's a tank that handles like a smaller, more nimble, armored vehicle. If you're looking for a 6-8 inch freeride bike for 1000 (used) to 2500 (new) I recommend this one or the Specialized Big Hit, or the Iron Horse SGS. The Iron Horse is a strong, strong monster. So, if you also are strong, you may prefer that one. Most 2000 dollar bikes are built well and perform well (let's say 92% of them) so just play the odds and pick one already. Come on! Let's all have a good time out there.

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Favorite Trail:   Big John McNaughton's Vortex to Hell

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Ellsworth, Iron Horse, Specialized

Bike Setup:   Manitou Sherman (Firefly) fork, Fox Vanilla RC rear, Hayes hydro discs, S47 platinum beverage holder - 12 and 22 oz. (oh, calm down)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rider a Racer from grass valley

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2004

Strengths:    the bike is very stable when the chip is flipped to the slacker head tube setting. the suspension is plush and its reasonably light weight for what it is supposed to do. the brakes are wonderful once they brake in (no pun intended!)The front end lofts extremely easy and its fun to ride.

Weaknesses:    none yet other than its climbing ability but who cares its a freeride bike right

Bottom Line:   
overall I think that its the only way to go if your a freerider who likes to ride to the top of the hill instead of be shuttled or take a lift.

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Favorite Trail:   ?

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   local bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Ive ridden so many bikes its hard to recall

Bike Setup:   stock w/ 90mm thomson stem

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