GT Timberline FS XC Hardtail

4.33/5 (73 Reviews)
MSRP : $650.00


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GT Timberline FS


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mustang6147 a Weekend Warrior from Kent,Ohio

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2011

Strengths:    This bike has been used and abused since new, and it likes it.

Weaknesses:    None that I can find

Bottom Line:   
I would buy this bike again. I have riddin in rivers and streams, the bike was under water, off hills and jumps, and it is great. Many other riders have been through many aluminium framed bike, and this one has held up. I weigh in at 235lbs, so this bike takes a pounding.

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Favorite Trail:   Buckeye

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $475.00

Purchased At:   Wheel & Wrench in Ke

Similar Products Used:   GT Avalanche

Bike Setup:   Manitou Stroker FS TI 80mm fork, Alivio, Uno.... nothin special

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hobbeast a Weekend Warrior from Rohnert Park, CA.

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2009

Strengths:    I have had this bike 11 years. Keep in mind, I take good care of it. Keep it clean, service bearings, adjust cables once a year. Just the basics. I am 5'11' tall and 200LBs. It is great on or off road. I take this bike on the Rubicon Run trail. It is a level 10 class 5 boulder crawl. The bike and I do fine. In my opinion, that says it all!

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
A bike built to last, that is comfortable to ride and easy on the

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Favorite Trail:   Fordyce Creek Traik (Rubicon)

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Rincon Cyclery, Sant

Similar Products Used:   Bridgestone MD 5

Bike Setup:   shimano IG chain- crankset.
Indy C Rock Shox
Zac19 rims /WTB Velocirapter tires
Shimano STX derailers
Bike weight is 29.5 LBS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by walker a Weekend Warrior from Memphis TN United States

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2008

Strengths:    strong frame, nice shocks, very well built

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Great Bike for the money. Best for trails.

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Favorite Trail:   Blue Trail and Tour de Wolf

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $575.00

Similar Products Used:   Giant MTX 250


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Adam Clark from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2007

Strengths:    Hit by 3 cars and run over once, and it is still straight. This is a great bike that I have owned since new in 1996, and have ridden to death at least twice. Beautifaul Team Scream paint

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
The best, most badass, strongest, most durable bike I have ever ridden. Almost 12 years old and still going strong. Too bad you probably missed out on it.

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Favorite Trail:   Wherever

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Skunk River Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Why use anything else?

Bike Setup:   Acera front v-brake, Judy xc fork (yellow), Dia Compe Aheadset, Bontrager Race aluminum stem, Onza bar ends, GT gel grips (blue, matches the team scream paint), new Deore cassette and chain, Serfas Drifter tires. The front end stuff is only because it was run over by a conversion van.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Marley a Weekend Warrior from England

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2007

Strengths:    THE FRAME is awsome totally invincable the paint jobs pretty nice aswell

Weaknesses:    weight but no that much

Bottom Line:   
best bike ive owned its good for hard terrain i also like jumping it its very reliable!!!!!!!!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   from a mate

Similar Products Used:   gt chucker 2.0

Bike Setup:   alivio crank, s-ram gearing ,bomber suspencsion fork
carbon fibre handle bars kore seat post alex rims with bontrager tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ben Light a Weekend Warrior from Naperville, IL, USA

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2006

Strengths:    Super solid frame, bike looks tough and sporty because of the almost horizontal top tube.

Weaknesses:    If you like a lighter frame then you might have a problem with the weight but it works great for me.

Bottom Line:   
Gorgeous bike that has suffered minimal damage from it's years of sitting outside in the snow while I lived in residence at university. Will do most anything you ask of it unless you're a real expert rider.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Used Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Univegas, Huffys...

Bike Setup:   Almost all stock, Nakamura seat.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jason a Weekend Warrior from philadelphia, pa

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Awesome bike in every way. For me the bike weight is reassuring. Any lighter would be for racing and would probably get wrecked. This bike is bullletproof. I have had many bikes over the years and this is by far the best. I probably got this in about 96.
I would definately buy from GT again.

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Favorite Trail:   high rocks park, pa

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   staten island

Bike Setup:   never upgraded, thinking about pedals to replace the toe clips-maybe primo tenderizers

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dan smith a Racer from uk

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2005

Strengths:    awesome bike great fun good allrounder pimping matt black paint job that looked metalic purple when wet. steel frame nice very upgradeable.

Weaknesses:    forks were pants and wheels wern't great but can't complain as overall package was good

Bottom Line:   
longest i have ever owned a bike . the 98 ( 97 maybe can't remember) timberline i had was my first real bike i had it for about three years i killed it only because i was a rubbish rider and was trying to jump and dh on it. for its purpose it was a fantastic bike and i wish i still had it as a frame for xc. if you can get one i'd recomend it the 90's frames are way better then when they became the alu comfort rubbish bike. this bike got me started in mtb'ing now im a mountain bike instructor.so thanks gt

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   bridgewater

Similar Products Used:   i've had so many bikes hard to know were to start.

Bike Setup:   changed constantly when i had it as i was a very abussive rider

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Biker a Weekend Warrior from Northern CA

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2004

Strengths:    Durable frame. Good parts pick at the time.

Weaknesses:    Heavy.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike in 1997 stock with a rigid fork which I replaced the next year with the Indy XC. It was the first year with the threadless headset and V-brakes, which were the best parts of the bike. The seating position is very comfortable, but not really aggressive. It has been a good bike and in some ways still better than the Stumpjumper I replaced it with.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Mamba, Specialized Stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   Alivio cranks, STX shifters and 7-speed rear derailleur, Alivio front derailleur, Indy XC, Nashbar clipless pedals, suspension seatpost, Weinmann ZAC-19 rims, WTB velociraptor tires, Shimano LX V-brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tommy a Weekend Warrior from Wales

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2002

Strengths:    its cheap, its a gt, it looks nice (blue), its got STX RC gears, a tioga ahead, reynolds cromoloy frame, v brakes, its light..

Weaknesses:    if it breaks theres no warranty, if its stolen i lose.. $50 hmm..

Bottom Line:   
i doubt anyone else bought one this cheap!!! they are so stupid in that pawn shop! If you see a GT at this price you have to buy!

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   2nd hand / pawn shop

Similar Products Used:   Raliegh Discovery

Bike Setup:   STX RC 21 speed, GT, shimano, rigid, tioga ahead

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stuart Blyton a Weekend Warrior from Lima, Peru

Date Reviewed: August 26, 2002

Strengths:    Strong frame, comfortable seat, good geometrty (even 5 years ago)

Weaknesses:    A bit heavy (no over the top though), although the components are not to notch, I had very few problems.

Bottom Line:   
Having never updated my bike for 5 years seems rather lame, however for a weekend warrior the GT gave faithful service. Never broke it, only ever adjusted the cable tension several times over the years. Ocasionaly oiled the chain. Finally wore out the Velociraptors and put a set of Continentals on it. Remember this is a bike with no suspension, but very forgiving on the tracks. Why are there so many product reviews on this machine ? Because it was (and is) a good and popular bike. Have recently traded it in on a Kona (hard tail) - but god bless my Timberline.


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Favorite Trail:   Inca Trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Ripleys

Similar Products Used:   Treks and other GTs

Bike Setup:   Never touched it in 5 years. continental tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by iain hunt a Racer from birmingham uk

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2002

Strengths:    good frame and riding position easy gears and frok(lacks travel should up grade asap)

Weaknesses:    brakes and my tyres (my mate ruined them though i suppose)

Bottom Line:   
really good buy would buy and new one again if i had the cash my second best bike i have rode in a long time vperfect for kids who have just started and want to show off to there mates like me

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Favorite Trail:   none

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   from a mate

Similar Products Used:   gt avalance2.0

Bike Setup:   standard except rockshock judy xc forks

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris Barnett a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: January 12, 2002

Strengths:    Frame is absolutely bomproof...mine is 9 years old now ('93 model) and no problems as yet...green metalflake paint looks superb

Weaknesses:    Original components (esp. rims, headset and plasticky BB) are crap, frame heavy, cable routing works OK but is badly thought out (esp. rear brake) and some flex in chainstays

Bottom Line:   
Great steel frame which is bombproof and lasts forever; this justifies upgrades, but it is heavy - not that good for XC but great for freeriding and general abuse. If you need something reliable and bombproof go for this.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Marin Eldridge Grade and a random aluminium framed thing

Bike Setup:   New XT everything. Tioga DH tyres, FIR rims, DT D/B spokes. Seatpost, stem and cranks original, XT chainrings. Original rigid forks!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew Martin a Cross Country Rider from Bonney lake Wa

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2001

Strengths:    The triple triangle design is invinsable its not only strong it looks awesome


Weaknesses:    weeknesses what weeknesses?

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that this is the best mountain bike ive have owened and i love riding it.

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Favorite Trail:   Victor Falls

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by TIM ROSE a Cross Country Rider from LAKERIDGE VA

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2001

Strengths:    GIVES A NICE RIDE AND IS INDESTRUCTABLE

Weaknesses:    WEIGHT

Bottom Line:   
LOVE THIS BIKE. MY EX WIFE BOUGHT THIS FOR ME IN 98. IT HELD UP BETTER THAN SHE DID. I OWN A MT TAM THERE IS NO CONTEST, MYGT TL NEVER LETS ME DOWN.

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Favorite Trail:   SHAFER FARMS, FOUNTAIN HEAD

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $440.00

Bike Setup:   FSA HEADSET, RITCHY STEM, RACE FACE BARS, MANITOU MAGNUM-R SHOCK, XTR SHIFTER/BRAKE COMBO, ARCH RIVAL BRAKES. RACE FACE BB, LX CRANK ANND REAR DR, XT CASSETTE AND FRONT DR, SPIN SPOX WHEELS

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