GT Zaskar Expert Disc XC Hardtail

4/5 (3 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Frame: GT design hydroformed Kinesis Superlight custom tube-set Machined Head tube
  • Fork: RockShox Recon 351 Air fork with 80 mm of travel
  • Crankset: Shimano Deore LX, 2 piece design
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano outboard oversize bearings
  • Pedals: Crank Bros Candy C
  • Shifters: Shimano 9 speed trigger
  • Chain: Shimano 9 speed
  • Rims: WTB Speed Disc double wall
  • Spokes: DT Swiss 15 guage
  • Handlebar: Truvativ XR cross county 6061
  • Saddle: SDG Bel Air
  • Seat Post: SL Alloy Micro adjust

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Yaro a Cross Country Rider from Kiev, Ukraine

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2009

Strengths:    Light, fast, shock-absorbing (by frame!), great tires, strong seat post, great handlebar, cool colors, hydraulic brakes

Weaknesses:    Shimano Deore LX - all bad, especially hydraulic disk brakes chew all the time; Deore LX rear hub was broken once and never performed as good after several repairs; Deore LX hubs use threaded surface to set on the frame - you have to adjust disk brakes after every tube patching. Rock Shock Reba broke less then in 1 year (now repaired). WTB Saddle was a nightmare.

Bottom Line:   
It was a lot of pleasure for the year I have it. But also a lot of repairs and upgrades. Saddle broke first (Kudos WTB!), then after several attempts replaced by Specialized Phenom LX. Shimano Deore LX disk brakes are permanent headache (plan to replace). Chain was replaced to some SRAM PowerLink, because I have to wash the chain - I ride cross country on it! Also note that Rock Shox Reba require maintenance at least half a year if you want to see it healthy.

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Favorite Trail:   many

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Local GT dealer, "Dr

Similar Products Used:   GT Avalanche 3.0

Bike Setup:   The same as in catalog, 2008 yr model

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dan711 a Weekend Warrior from DFW, TX, U.S.

Date Reviewed: April 9, 2009

Strengths:    Bike is light, good components

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
This bike is lighter than my previous Rockhopper. I can manuever better on it. I love the sleek black paint with black rims and tires. I gave it an overall rating of 4. I haven't been ridding long enough and tested enough bikes to give this one a 5 chili rating. Great price on a 08' closeout.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper

Bike Setup:   2008 model-stock (deore lx, rock shox reba, kenda)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bmanipis a Cross Country Rider from Issaquah, WA

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2009

Strengths:    This review is for the 2008 GT Expert. Light and very fast. Great on climbs.

Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
I have been mtn biking for the last 10 years on hard tails and full suspension bike in the wet northwest. This bike climbs like a billy goat and the Rockshock Reba really smooths out the trails. The Kenda Kharmas are fast rolling tires.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bikes

Similar Products Used:   GT Avalanche 1.0 (very good bike for the money).

Bike Setup:   Stock

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GT Zaskar Expert Disc 2008 or Specialized?

Hi, I need some advice on choosing my next mountain bike. I currently have an 2006 Specialized HardRock. I'm about 5'5" and 200 lbs. I ride beginner to intermediate trails but would like to progress into the more challenging rides. I have my eye on a 2008 Zaskar Expert Disc. Good price too. I ... Read More »

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