Strengths: The frame has seen 14 years of use and neglect through rain, snow, mud, sand, stairs occasionally and plenty of miles and is still solid. Somehow the front wheel has also lasted 14 years. Replaceable gear hanger is a life saver.
Weaknesses: I have broken nearly everything else or it wore out realtively quickly.
I still prefer this bike to many new ones even now it is getting quite old. If I were to start again though I would buy one with better components as I have changed everything apart from the frame and seat.
a Weekend Warrior
from Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Date Reviewed: August 15, 2010
Strengths: Frame - its about all of the stock bike that is left after 10 years! The bike is very easy to handle... just point and go!
Weaknesses: Fork, cranks/pedals and stem/handlebars. Fork doesn't have much travel, cranks and pedals not up to scratch and stem/ handlebar impede maneuverability.
As stated above I've had this bike for 10 years and have gradually upgraded almost all the components with just the frame, seat, rear derailleur and brakes being original. Having said that, this bike has done some serious miles including the odd black diamond track and I've never had to walk it home. If your looking for a bike to customize to your own needs then its a sturdy base to start from.
Bike Setup: Manitou black comp fork, FSA cranks, SMO rear wheel, Oury grips, DMR V8 pedals, Azonic handlebar, Maxxis tyres
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 21, 2007
Strengths: Light weight, good brakes, soft suspension, overall good buy.
Weaknesses: Uncomfortable seat, gears are not smooth enough
Overall this bike is a great bike, worth the money paid. Been happy with it(even Though its my Dads bike,but i dont have one). But I think it's time for a up-grade!!! Should buy for trails and street riding.
this bike's become a fairly good bit of kit.the winter seems to beast up the alloy bits and it needs regular care.Im going to try fitting a front disk sometime, and after that i might manufacture a swingarm and strip the rest of the back end off to fit it. easier done than said.if you want to fit a disk then get the kit and approach a sympathetic welder who has gas tungsten inert gas equipment.remember to rub down and heat the area where the mounting studs go before welding! all in all, im very happy with this bike after sus forks were fitted
Favorite Trail: beating traffic like a scalded cat
Duration Product Used: 6 months
Purchased At: barnardo's childrens charity shop
Similar Products Used: any mtb that comes to hand- most recently an antique muddy fox, a specialized big hit (wow) and a dodgy old marin dh.plus my old palomar... so many bikes, such little time.
Bike Setup: new pedals (robbed off my marin) marzocci bomber x3's,saracen headset and dh bars, crud catchers,3rd set of pads.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: October 15, 2002
Strengths: the frame is stong,reliable,light,durable and robust, quite a good weight as well. group set is ok
Weaknesses: its not the lightest bike on the market but for money its worth every penny.it also could do with a rear disc brake mount
the frame is cracking quaility and GT team colours look best, the group set it has is ok but the front chain set is slightly too small, starting rst forks are nice once beded in and the riding position is brilliant due to the the good stem and riser bar. good all round cross country frame. grips are really nice too!!!!!!!!
Similar Products Used: ive tried better GTs and compaired to them it wasnt too bad at all
Bike Setup: if your gonna upgrade, ive done this with mine : full deore groupset, nicer seat, mazocchi mxc air 100 fork, maxic rims (good cross country ones),panaracer xc fire pro tyres, yeti hardcore grips and a club roost riser bar. and also some nice light weight clip on pedals, and u could try a front deore cable dsc brake
a Cross Country Rider
from oxford england
Date Reviewed: June 28, 2001
Strengths: frame is excellent light yet tough,velociraptors give good grip but clog in mud.I have had some good falls but the bike didn't suffer.
Weaknesses: suntour crank,rst forks(no damping and very basic)original brakes were not up to real bad weather and ate a set of pads in a weekend
excellent value rugged and reliable,lightish(new wheels would be my next upgrade(the frame is the equivalent of the zaskar)
Bike Setup: 24 speed conversion,xt rear mech a great improvement.lx v brakes(couldn't stop on a wet downhill before upgrade) selle royal saddle.fsr cranks.lxbottom bracket.best of all judy forks.and fitting a riser bar and shorter ahead type stem
Date Reviewed: March 29, 2001
Strengths: My bike has good seat and rides smooth and can take big drops. has good tires, panracers and easton lite down hill bars.
Weaknesses: the rear derailer breaks alot and the shocks bottom out to easy.
i think the 98'palomar Gt is a good bike for a beginning rider and intermidiate. when i got the bike i was looking for somthing cheap. if you are to advanced you will have lots of problems with the bike. smooth riding and comfterble. i sugest this bike for street riding.
Bike Setup: shimano deor rear derailer, sync 285 shoks on the front
a Weekend Warrior
from Vancouver Isalnd B.C.
Date Reviewed: October 29, 1999
Strengths: V-brakes, solid Aluminum Frame, Veloci Raptors, I got it second hand cheap ($175cdn)and and its almost brand new.
Weaknesses: Peice of S#%T crank (replaced it), cheap wheels.
This is a solid bike that needs upgrades but will get you buy til you do, only reason I bought it though is cause I ripped a friend off and got it cheap. Marzocchi Bombers rock on this bike and all other shocks are F$@!G pieces of S&%T.
The Arrowhead135 is underway. Unofficial updates are Kevin Breitenbach of Fairbanks, Tim Berntson (Anchorage) and JayP (Wyoming) were all into Melgeorges before 3pm. I believe there were others with them, but not sure. Looks like it's a really fast course this year.Read More »
There are a few Alaskans headed down to Minnesota this weekend for the Arrowhead 135. Not the greatest snow year for the race, but it looks like it will go off just fine anyway. Best of luck to all of the Alaskans, especially to Tim Berntson and Kevin Breitenbach. Both of them have a good chance of ... Read More »
I'm heading out to Palm Springs this weekend and am thinking about stopping by Lake Arrowhead on the way out. I won't have my bike, but any recommendations for things to do and see? I was thinking tubing with the wife could be fun -- is there any around? I assume Big Bear has more skiing / tubing ... Read More »
Please join us for OMBA's Middle Georgia Mountain Bike Festival. Come ride the newly rebuilt Arrowhead trail.
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Some trail history
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Arrowhead 135 in Nordern Minnesota back for 8th yr. Alaskans have fine history with this race and we'd love to have a bunch of you folks come back cause we seldom have to rescue you! Veterans can sign up now or tenderfeet/newbies/anyone apply Oct 15th. check us out at [url]www.arrowheadultra.com[ ... Read More »