GT Ruckus I-Drive Flowta Freeride Full Suspension

4.17/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $2699.00

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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Weekend Warrior from Jersey UK

Date Reviewed: October 9, 2011

Strengths:    Incredibly strong frame and tough groupset, was first bike in Uk and had Shimano Hone prototype group set which is superb. Marzzochi bomber forks are great but rear Fox air shock is not suited for heavier riders. I- drive is top notch for climbing and forks lock out. Build quality is excellent and it survived a wipe out and fall off a 20 foot cliff with me landing on top of the bike, nothing bent!!!

Weaknesses:    Bottom bracket is a little low and you can get unsettled with heavy pedal strikes lifting the backend off the ground and whipping you around a little. However that said it does have an unbeatable feel to it and solid handling.

Bottom Line:   
Exceedingly tough, solid handling free ride bike which I am pretty sure you will not break however heavy handed you are. Pedal strike is a small annoyance however you may be able to dial it out by revising the rear shock geometry to lift it up a little but has not been bad enough to bother. Buy one and rip it up downhill and beat your mates to the top with the excellent I-drive system.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Lawrence De Gruchy

Similar Products Used:   None, first free ride bike.

Bike Setup:   Prototype Hone group set, 6" Marzzochi bombers, Fox air shock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from London

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2008

Strengths:    Easy to ride, lightish, quick up and down a hill

Weaknesses:    Main one was constant peadal strikes - way too easy to tap the pedals over tree roots, rocks etc - tried lots of fork and shock pressures to try and overcome this but in the end decided the BB was just too low. Fork had a noisy top out and lacked adjustment.

Bottom Line:   
Probably more suited to smooth bikepark trails than anything really rough or "natual" due to the pedal strikes but seemed to handle anything I could throw at it. Drops and jumps well and for a 35lb bike pedalled up hill better than it should. I bought this for a 3 week trip to NZ and would have brought it back to the UK with me if a) it was a Santa Cruz and b) it didnt suffer from pedal strike....

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Favorite Trail:   Rotovegas

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Trademe

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz VP Free, Spesh Endyro SX trail, Giant Reign and a few others

Bike Setup:   stock except XT brakes and better wheels.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jonny Crabb a Weekend Warrior from comeville usa

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2006

Strengths:    Tougher than Tyson. Light as s**nk. It ay got black paint. Awesome groupsex.

Weaknesses:    Frame looks a bit kooky, like a lot of it's riders. The stem is too long(story o me life)

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike to go as big as me mates, and guess what, it made me realise it ay got sh*t to do wid da rig it's what's in ya grollies dat counts! The bike though is awesome for the wedge. When me bros ride it they say it's smoovest fing since whenever but I is just scared to ride it ard. Buy one and you wo improve at all!

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Favorite Trail:   wet gash

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Saunders

Similar Products Used:   VD 2, GT backwoods( rocks on s*it surfaces)

Bike Setup:   As standard as *nal in a dirt flick.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alec from UK

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2005

Strengths:    Sorted geometry well specced, light for a freeride.good package

Weaknesses:    Crap kidie decals on the paint.

Bottom Line:   
For the money a good general pupose do a bit of everything kit..

Climbes like a gibon on speed..I drive is the mutts nutz.

Just a tad front heavey but ill sort that ..cant belive the spec i got for 1400 uk pounds at pauls the last 18 months i have owned a Giant nrs,Giant VT. Trek liquid.
this bike beats em all ..get it while stocks last ...if you want a light weight freeride rig this is it jumps really well.

it took me a long time to find a bike that would jump ..XC and go up hill ...and handle the technical rooty twisty fast flowing pine wood trails ..this is the babe.
i would give it 5 chills but for the slight front end weight thing..

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Favorite Trail:   Pudletown

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Pauls

Similar Products Used:   Trek liquid 10 (complete poo)Giant vt (jusst as good less travel)Specialized Demo 8(great bike Down hill)

Bike Setup:   stock maz z150 fr sl ...Fox float ava ...Saint groupe set.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Krit-5 a Cross Country Rider from Ogden, Utah

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2005

Strengths:    Proven I-drive design...good climber(just a bit heavy), stable @speed and sure footed in technical. Low center of gravity. Beefy build

Weaknesses:    Weight - but it wasn't designed for an adventure bike..

Bottom Line:   
Got this bike as a replacement frame and built it up myself. It rules for an adventure bike! 31.5 lbs and 6"/6". Can't ask for more. Coil/oil is the way to go. And thru axles...eXellent! I'd buy it again! And GT reps went out of their way to help. If you're into riding killer carvy techno 1-track, buy one - just dump the SainT.

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Favorite Trail:   18-loop

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2600.00

Purchased At:   Kent's

Similar Products Used:   GT's, Specialized, Santa Cruz,

Bike Setup:   Zokes 150 FR, Hadley hubs, Avid mech.disc, Old school Kooka cranks & br-levers, XTR shifters, No Saint!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Carl a Weekend Warrior from Yorkshire,England

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2005

Strengths:    good climber except when it gets really steep,descents are absolutley ace the rear sus just soaks up everything,I need a better fork!

Weaknesses:    none found so far

Bottom Line:   
I've only had this bike out on four rides so far,3 on local trails with lots of roots and mud,it's quite impressive compared to my old ride even though it's a couple of pounds heavier,the other ride was out on the moors in sub zero temprature and very rocky the bike just sailed through everything I just need to save up for a new fork(marzocchi all mountain sl)to even up the travel to 6" both ends.price paid worked out at just over £410 once import duties,vat and customs clearance was paid(almost 30%).This bike I bought as a frame + shock on Ebay my riding style was changing & I needed something with more travel,I reckon it's a great bike for heavy xc & light freeride but built up with triple clamps would make good on most uk downhills.

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Favorite Trail:   the downhill you shouldn't ride at Appletreewick

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $622.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   GT sts100xcr

Bike Setup:   psylo race'01 fork,hope mini's,xc hubs,headset,thompson stem,xtr gears,pan' dh fire pro tyres.

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