GT 2001 Zaskar Race XC Hardtail

4.83/5 (23 Reviews)
MSRP : $1699.99


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by robs5230 a Weekend Warrior from devon england

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2011

Strengths:    light , bombproof frame , climbs well , better than me.

Weaknesses:    absolutely none

Bottom Line:   
after selling my zaskar le about 10 years ago i have ridden other hardtails including gt avalanche, aggressor , kona nunu, hoss, and more recently orange gringo.
even after 10 years the zaskar race still kicks a** and is a better all round bike than most could ever hope to be. a brilliant second hand buy !!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   auction website

Similar Products Used:   2000 zaskar le ( custom build ) , 2005 kona hoss

Bike Setup:   xt/lx groupset and standard finishing kit

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chrischad a Weekend Warrior from Denver, Colorado

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2010

Strengths:    Light, Strong, Better than I am!

Weaknesses:    Not many. Paint is a little weak

Bottom Line:   
this bike is way better than I am. My buddy spotted this on CL a year ago (I've been back into riding for 2-3 seasons now) and every time I take her out it's almost like the bike looks as me afterwards and says "are we going to be challenged next time" Everything I throw at it, it just eats and smiles. Stable strong platform with confidence inspiring frame. Climbs like you wouldn't believe. Still outperforms many newer bikes on the trail. The old Zaskars are pretty affordable these days, if you can find one in good shape, it is well worth the money over what you would spend on a new bike for the same price. Just a word of caution... it might make you think you are better than you really are...

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Favorite Trail:   hogsback

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   older GT hard tails, anything anyone will let me ride

Bike Setup:   full (Original) XTR, Sun Rynolite wheelset, Shimano Deore hydro disks, Crank brothers candys

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James Rai a Cross Country Rider from Bristol

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2008

Strengths:    This frame is pretty strong and I'm waiting for it to crack on me soon; after a good 7 years (2001) its still handles well and is pretty light 6061.

Weaknesses:    The original paintwork was soft and whoever chose the colour should have been shot-it was terrible -red/whitle/black/grey????? Dents easy from thin walls.

Bottom Line:   
I took this worn out top end retro bike dying in the corner and stripped it of parts, sold all the old bling and got the frame weighed: 1.6kg for a Large? compared to £1000 hardtail medium of 1.7kg and carbon still a bit new for frames in '06-07 (new carbon Zaskar is out now but full susser is the way forward.

Being a sentimental fool I had the bike stripped of yucky paintwork scheme and baked in Ferrari red with original white Gt decals -lettering.

With a light pair of tyres n tubes 21 lbs is not bad for an old bike. On Trail its more 23-24 lbs with trail rims, mud tyres and thick tubes but I needed reliabilty and ride characteristics sacrifices weight till summer allows xc tyres etc.

Being modest I have had some fantastically nice comments from riding clubs and they think its a new zaskar-till I tell them its 7yrs old. I could go lighter with the spec but I want a full susser trail frame so I can transplant these bits too when the Zaskar death occurs ;)

At 85-100mm travel it handles pretty dam good but mainly at high speed through bends & twists as did in Wales back in 2003 (sking on a bike?). 115mm is good for downhill or riding wobbly like a f***ing clown. 100mm for casual trails and 85mm for speed.

Tyre clearance limits choices as the rear is harsh on rocky terrain -I would like to fit a fatter rear as done on the Cove Stiffee to calm it down.

I'm still impressed and must admit with my average technical ability the bike outrides me easily and saved me a heap of cash. Still very light and handles great while climbing is a dream.

Bar the Cove Stiffee fitting me better (slacker), this has to be my favorite ht xc frame-they were on to a winner all those years ago. The modern carbon is getting rave reviews but at that price I'd rather buy a Giant Anthem do it all frame.

Till it dies, I'll never sell the Zaskar.

Thanks to Psyclwerx Bristol with prices, facing, honest advice, building me some nice wheels, taking the pi$$ in front of me and Cheesy riders team -Bristol for dragging me out on Sundays...Argos racing cycles for dents and respray repair, Craig, Will, Tomy n Trey for getting me the frame.

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Favorite Trail:   Bristol and many places around the world

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Halfords (frame+custom build)

Similar Products Used:   Cove Stiffee 69er, Trek 4400, Diamondback Response Sport, Spesh Hardrock list goes on...

Bike Setup:   Full 2007 XTR bar XT HT2 cranks, X719 rims splined xtr hubs, raceface carbon bars, post and stem, and one Chris King Headset and one U-turn 85-115mm Reba Team, Xtr spds or Straitlines flats in gloop.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by will Atkin a Cross Country Rider from Birmingham

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2006

Strengths:    rock solid handling underheavy pressure, viagra like rigidity

Weaknesses:    Not the most nimble shows wear n tear

Bottom Line:   
Im 6ft 4' and 17 stone this is the ideal bike for heavy aggressive riders the BB never flex's the stock Lx crankset is made from recycled coke cans absolute tat to me its still worth upgrading components hey the frame is the 2000 world cup winner.

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Favorite Trail:   Canals/urban terror

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Paulscycles

Bike Setup:   Brooks ti saddle, Middleburn Cranks, Avid Ultimate, Nokon Cables, Easton Ea50 seat post, Thompson 140mm Stem

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Trevor Burchell a Downhiller from Birmingham/England

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2006

Strengths:    are you kiding this bike is stong all over tough light and goes like hell standard kit is all good enough to keep you going in light or heavy tracks only bad point standard dior brakes had to go for some avid legends and yes they are

Weaknesses:    none really other than it can make you pee your pants D/H its that light and fast

Bottom Line:   
for the price i would swear there is no better bike honest

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Favorite Trail:   all over barmouth wales

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $15000.00

Purchased At:   Petes cycles

Similar Products Used:   GT ZASKAR PRO 99/2001 VARIOUS TREKS

Bike Setup:   Pure standard exept for break avid legend worth that extra £150.00 pounds any day

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Moh a Weekend Warrior from Brisbane, Australia

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2005

Strengths:    Very nice geometry, light, strong. Climbs and descends with confidence.

Weaknesses:    May not stand up to the punishment of a weekend warrior. Mine didn't

Bottom Line:   
I rode this bike pretty hard for just over two years until the frame cracked last week. Thought the frame would last a bit longer... but no luck.

Despite this, I still have to recommend this frame to anyone looking to ride XC. If you are looking to ride rough stuff, then you should look elsewhere. I loved the way the Zascar handled, and the 20" was perferct for my height (6'2"). It will be a hard bike to replace.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   TC's Bike Bar (frame only)

Similar Products Used:   Giant ATX 860 & 890

Bike Setup:   Fox Vanilla, XT gear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam Baqden a Racer from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2004

Strengths:    The frame is one of the strongest (at a decent weight, 1400 grams) i've come accross. Angles are perfect

Weaknesses:    Scratches to easy

Bottom Line:   
GT ROCKS, simple as that. Ive been a bike messenger for 6 years and have had 2 GT's the Zaskar, and now the Race. Solid frame, i use it for work and then convert it to a cross country bike when i go bush. This bike has had many a crash and bingle, not a dent on it. When built from frame up (to your own specs) is one of the best bikes ever.

Ideal for anyone who is hard on there frames and want a light, strong bike. Everything about the frame says tough.
An all round winner

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Favorite Trail:   Melb C.B.D

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   City Cycles

Similar Products Used:   1999 GT Zaskar, 2002 GT Zaskar Pro

Bike Setup:   Mavic Cross ride rims and hubs, GT Cro Mo forks, Deore
V-Brakes, Fsa cranks and Headset, 11 kgs total weight

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KGT a Weekend Warrior from Bishop Auckland

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2003

Strengths:    So light I thought the box was empty when I got it. It looks like a pro even if you dont.

Weaknesses:    Paint seems to chip quite easy.

Bottom Line:   
When I got back into biking a few years ago, I decided I needed a decent steed. I went through a few options really quickly, then decided to build my own (alright I decided to buy bits and get Halfords to build it up for me). After some good advice settled on this frame and added the gear bit by bit. Purchased the whole lot for about £750, which I think is an absolute bargain. Big thanks to Chris and Stu and Bishop Halfords who did all the hard work. Light as a feather but tough as old boots. I spend about 80% of the ride on the bike and 20% in the air / on the ground. Its coped with a fair few spills so far. Unfortunately the paintwork seems quite soft, so its missing a few spots. Im no expert, but if I wrecked this, Id buy another one. Would probably go like the wind with a racer on board, but it does me fine.

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Favorite Trail:   Hamsterley Forest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Halfords, Bishop

Similar Products Used:   Sunn Total + years of hybrid bin jobs

Bike Setup:   SID Race forks, XT brakes and shifters, XTR rapd rise rear mech, XT front mech, XT cranks, Mavic rims

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Frank B a Cross Country Rider from Aarhus, Denmark

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2003

Strengths:    Strong, fast in both down- and uphill, looks great, SID-fork, nanoRaptor tires, The best frame for the price, really light.

Weaknesses:    Frame gets scratched fast (a shame, because the bike is a real eyecatcher) and the V-brakes (i hate the noise they make when they get wet or when sand and mud gets on the rims, but like the name says, its made for races, so its supposed to stay light)

Bottom Line:   
Great bike!! I love it! I dont think ill buy any other bike or frame for the next years. Probably just some better components. Cheap if you buy it now. I got it half price (new) because its last year's modell.

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Favorite Trail:   Moesgård Forrest

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   1670.00

Similar Products Used:   Custom made

Bike Setup:   Stock, but not for long, wanna get full XTR and some discbrakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David James a Weekend Warrior from Scotland

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2003

Strengths:    This is a lovely bike, well built, fantastic groupset (why use XTR when LX does the job! front mech)

Weaknesses:    Too beautiful to scratch

Bottom Line:   
Hi, I went to Halfords to get 2 new wheels, saw this and the rest as they say is ..
If you can still find one of these at Halfords get it. If not shell out a little more and enjoy the ride!

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Favorite Trail:   Glentress (Boundary trail)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Halfords Dundee

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Jushua, Gary Fisher sugar 02

Bike Setup:   stock, foolishly swapped avid mags for xt's, changed back, ears bled!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel Watkins a Cross Country Rider from Newcastle

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2002

Strengths:    Looks great, light weight, strong and can handle nearly everything,

Weaknesses:    dont be silly, hasnt got one cos its the daddy of bikes

Bottom Line:   
i bought the 2001 Zaskar Frame and built the rest myself, ive got full LX apart from my XT shifters, Marzocchi Z3 flylite forks, Shimano M575 16 spoke wheels, Panaracer tyres, and a titec seatpost stem and bars, overall a great looking bike which performs well for just over a £1000

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Favorite Trail:   Hamsterly Forest

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Halfords (Tem Vally)


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric Dabiker a Weekend Warrior from Kwajalein, MI

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2002

Strengths:    This bike is light, but strong enough to blaze any trail you come up against.
WTB Nanoraptor tires are a GODSEND.
Easton Superlight Elite Frame is lighter than my shox!


Weaknesses:    The WTB COMP headset crapped out on me after about 4 months so I upgraded to Chris King and everything is perfect.

Bottom Line:   
This is, my opinion, one of the best hardtails on the market. With few part changes you can tackle anything from extreme XC to mild DH. HARDTAILS RULE!

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Favorite Trail:   Whats a trail?

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Stumpjumper(very disappointed)

Bike Setup:   Stock except for Syncros riser bar, chris king headset, selle italia ti rail seat, and avid ti brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Sharp a Weekend Warrior from Sarf London

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2002

Strengths:    Stiffer than every frame I've ever tried...but still more comfortable. Fast as hell. Climbs like nothing else. Descends as good as my Kona Mokomoko FS bike.

Weaknesses:    None...apart from that I wish it had come in the natural aluminium (silver) finish like the older Zaskars. That billet aluminium really gives me a rock. Woof.

Bottom Line:   
I brought the frame only. I cycle to work in London every day, with Project 2 forks on the bike; its the fastest but most comfortable bike I've ever ridden. The 2001 Zaskar Race's and Team's are made of Easton tubing which simply absorbs the small bumps better than other tubes. Its a better ride than previous Zaskars; these were stiff as f**k, and harsh as f**k too. It's even better than the old Zaskar LEs' too; the geometry of the Race/Team (2001 models) is more compliant as the top-tube is more angled. What I found was...when using this frame with rigid forks (also goes for any frame designed for an 80/100mm travel sus fork); rigid forks are much shorter than modern sus. forks. I got round this problem by splitting a 10mm headset spacer with a hacksaw, and putting it on the fork steerer-tube UNDER the frame's headtube (i.e. under the bottom part of the headset) to raise the frame to the correct height (and angle). Otherwise, the steering was be twitchy. I'm not sure if this is technically safe, but it works fine for me...anyway, see a bike mechanic first. I currently use Kona P2's, which are light and stiff.

Off-road I've got Bomber forks on it, and I can go just as fast on the downhills as my FS bike. So, I'm selling the FS bike. The Zaskar is an awesome climber too. I can ride longer on it than anything, and go faster than I ever have. I would recommend that you buy one...but I won't... because I WANT ANOTHER ONE!!

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Favorite Trail:   Norf Daarns

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Halfords Bike Hat

Similar Products Used:   Kona '96 Lava Dome. Kona '98 MokoMoko. GT '98 Zaskar (test rode only). GT 2001 Zaskar LE.

Bike Setup:   Off road setup: Avid AR, Titec/Azonic/USE/Flite/XT stuff, Bombers (Rock Shox suck). On road I have Project 2 forks. Mmmm.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by G Man a Cross Country Rider from Tucson, Az ,USA

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2002

Strengths:    Holly God! Everything on this bike is top notch! The frame won’t bend under pressure or hard drops, climbs great, descends great, and even if you buy a big frame...(I’m 6’ 1” and I have a 20 inch frame) ...you can still hit huge jumps and drops with your downhill homies.


Weaknesses:    Are you serious? There are NO weaknesses on this bike. nope, sorry, this bike owns you all!


Bottom Line:   
The advice i have is this, you haven’t experienced true mountain biking until youve riddin this bike. My advice is if your not too sure what ya want to ride, like XC, Slalom, or dirt jumping, maybe buy one size less and just hammer the seat down when ya wanna jam! Basically, everone should buy this bike!

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Favorite Trail:   My High School

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Now now, that would be telling

Similar Products Used:   Yeah right...NOTHING!

Bike Setup:   Just about everything is the same as when I got it, except I got rid of those Time pedals and put some beastly Shimano M646 pedals on my Stallion

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex J Collins a Weekend Warrior from Bristol, England

Date Reviewed: December 17, 2001

Strengths:    Its amazinglt light, but at the same time strong. The welding and paint work are all good quality and the geometry is very versatile, with cross country, trials, dual all open to you its no suprise the Zaskar is super popular.

Weaknesses:    There are no instant weaknesses with a Zaskar, if you cant afford one wait till the end of the season and they'll
drop like everything else


Bottom Line:   
Versatile is a great word for this bike. Ive ridden them since I was about 14 and I cant fault them at all. I ve tried pretty much every size. I did find the 2000 12.5" a little too small although I used it for dual and trials. My new Zaskar race with be a 14" dual/freeride/crosscountry/trials/downhill bike because I can. The looks never fail to impress my mates and it is incredibly quick of the mark.
As this isnt a full susser downhill isnt easy in comparisson to say a Super 8. But you cant have everything. But what you do get is a bike that can handle very technical downhill with some long travel forks. The little details a pleasing the swoop of the disk mounts down to the dropout look great. The triple triangle is faultless also and the geometry is great if you find the frame for you and you know what you want to do. Bottom lin being if you want to race down a hill buy a Super 8 but for anything else get Zaskar.

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Favorite Trail:   Forest of Dean

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Merlin Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Zaskar LE 1996, Zaskar 1998, Zaskar 2000. Zaskar Race 2001.

Bike Setup:   Currently building the Race but it has Z1mcrs at the miniute.

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2001 Zaskar Race (Red / Black) seatpost size

Hi all, I just bought this frame used, and was wondering what size of a seatpost should I buy? Is it the standard 27.2 mm seat post? Thanks in advance! Best regards ErwinRead More »

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