GT I-Drive 1.0 XC Full Suspension

4.91/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $1499.00


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Reviews 1 - 11 (11 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sboada a Cross Country Rider from Alexandria, VA

Date Reviewed: September 29, 2008

Strengths:    Can take a beating
Pretty good stock components


Weaknesses:    Suspension can take a bit to setup just right

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, especially for what I paid. You get a beefy bike, that can take a beating, and offers a pretty plush ride to boot if setup correctly. SO far only a bent der. hanger in over 3 yrs of riding.

I'm still working on the setup, as I have had it since 2005, but just started putting alot of time behind the bars recently. So far it hasn't let me down.

One note though, while climbing it seems like there tends to be a lot of play in the back end. I am chalking this up to setup, suspension too soft, and am working through some setup issues.

If you are looking for a versitle bike that can take a beating, you can't for the price. Buy it if you can find one...

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Shop Honolu

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew a Weekend Warrior from London, UK

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2007

Strengths:    Frame. Absolutely amazing. Climbs like absolutely nothing else out there; rear wheel stays glued no matter what. Weight is reasonable for an 'agressive' XC rig. Everything works as it should.

Weaknesses:    Stock Ritchey Logic stem is a monster. Spoils you for other half-decent bikes. Stock Tioga tyres are dreadful.

Bottom Line:   
This thing is incredible. With the exception of serious DH (Fort William DH track etc.), it handles everything with aplomb. Climbs like nothing else out there. No chain derailling/sucking. If you can still find one (2004 model), get one. Amazing.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort William XC track

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Specialised FSR S-works, Trek Fuel 90 or somesuch

Bike Setup:   Stock (XT groupset, Truvativ cranks & BB, Rockshox Duke up front, Fox Float in the rear etc.). Crank Bros Eggbeater SL pedals, Specialised Avatar saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by adam groves a Weekend Warrior from england

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2007

Strengths:    great speed to pedal ratio once upgraded to 27 gears.
fantastic handling in all conditions esp dry tracks but even more on through the mud.
bike strenght! 6 foot is my biggest drop without breaking anything origional!!
so easily upgradeable to get awesome performance! never leave as "out of the box" it has so much more to offer.


Weaknesses:    easily buckled "standard hoops" try some downhill hoops wilt fat chunky tyres and the bike will handle and perform 100000% better! GARUNTEED!!!
SEAT BOLT! after 6 stitches to my nuts i would advise anyone to get the gtIT 1 DH seat pin.
rear gears do tend to need frequent (4 month) set up


Bottom Line:   
fantastic bike that will take anything thrown at it its awesome on the xc trails loves the north shore stuff and will never dissapoint!! and you can take that to the bank!
if you want a xc pocket rocket or a really good allrounder then this bike is for you, if you want a bike built for drop and jumps allday long then go back to the drawing board!

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Favorite Trail:   bedgbury pinetum

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   none why would you use any other bik once you have ridden a I-drive

Bike Setup:   WHEELS -hope hub mavic d-321 hoops swiss dt spoke
FRAME- as it is 2 years and no need for a service on eccentric bearings!
GEARS- upgraded to the xtr with hollowtech cranks- not much better than the standard deroe set up!!!
rear shock fox vannilla broke it once but repaired it my self and works better than new!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex Martinez a Racer from Houston, Texas, U.S.A

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2007

Strengths:    Durability, Strong, light if setup correctly, stability, can handle anything thrown at it.

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a 2004 Gt i-drive 1.0 bike. It rides very smooth and handles well on climbs and drops. It is very strong and handles anything I throw at it. The bike is very fast and light if you spend the bucks for the carbon (Easton) components. This GT i-drive rocks!

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Favorite Trail:   XC Houston TX & Monterrey Mex

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   GT I-Drive 4.0, Hoo Koo E. Koo(Gary Fisher),Iron Horse, Norco Sasquatch,Cheetah Prowler,GT dyno,Hutch trickstarII

Bike Setup:   XT crankset, CNT Monkeylite XC handlebar, EA70 stem, Ea70 carbon seatpost, High Roller Tires Maxxis, Vuelta rims, BB7 Disc brakes, Fox Flaot R fork, Fox Float R Shock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by anthony distefano a Cross Country Rider from west chester pa

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2006

Strengths:    grips like velcro, turns on rails, great balance what a deal

Weaknesses:    rst rear coil- cant wait to upgrade

Bottom Line:   
If you can hold on this bike will will make yor hair stand up. Great rideg

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Favorite Trail:   scalp level

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   dicks

Similar Products Used:   fsr xc, cannondale jeckel,gt i drive

Bike Setup:   fox talas rlc, xtt out , avid disks and a whole lot of balls

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Gonzalez a Weekend Warrior from Staten Island, NY

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2006

Strengths:    Lightweight... Strong Frame, I-Drive great feature that gets lots of looks... good paint that waxes well

Weaknesses:    Pain in the butt to clean out idrive system after a muddy ride...

Bottom Line:   
Set up like i have it the bike comes out to 26.5 lbs... Bike has taken 5 foot leaps, stairs, rock faces, mud, sand, rain, NYC, whatever i could throw at it. Great Frame if you can find one!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Ebay!

Similar Products Used:   Diamondback Coil X-s , Mongoose Sommet

Bike Setup:   XT shifters, XT rear+ Front der, Deore Brake Levers, XTR Cable Set, Truvativ Fire-x SL ISIS Crank, Truvativ Race BB, Cane Creek AD-5 Rear Shock, Manitou Six Elite Fork, Ringle Handlebars, Pazzaz Stem, Easton seat Post, WTB seat, Alex td-17 Rims, Formula Hubs, MX-1 MEchanical Hayes Brakes, XTR Rotors, WTB Weirwolf Tires, Wellgo pedals, Sram 990 Cassette and Chain, Cane Creek Headset, Slime Tubes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joseph from israel

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2005

Strengths:    frame, handling, no bob, rims are very strong ,good for agressive ride as well as for xc. stock set up is very good bike word great .

Weaknesses:    duke fork work great but i wish for a better one.
rims are verry heavy


Bottom Line:   
love the bike ,very happy for the price i pay.
feels good and have confidans at all kind of ride xc ,all mountain ,agressive without damaging the bike.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Bike Setup:   stock with short titec stem

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chad Cooper a Cross Country Rider from Gilbert, AZ USA

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2005

Strengths:    All around great bike, great components for the price.

Weaknesses:    I here Pacifica has bought out GT, And I have heard horror stories about there customer service and warranties. I just hope they are not tru!

Bottom Line:   
I bought this as a discontinued '04 model about a month ago. Since then I have ridden this bike 4 to 5 times a day. I test rode several bikes prior to this one. I was set on the Cannondale prophet! But, my wife talked me into waiting one more day and trying another store. I rode this GT i-drive and fell in love with it. It functioned far superior in my opinion than the Phophet did. It had better components and braking system and the price was wayyy better than any bike in its class. It climbs and decends with ease. I am not an advanced rider, but I do enjoy the occassional drop-off and it has handled anything I have thrown at it so far!

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Favorite Trail:   anything fun

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1150.00

Purchased At:   supergo

Similar Products Used:   Haro EX3, Specialized Enduro, Trek...........

Bike Setup:   Still stock so far!!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike P a Cross Country Rider from Raleigh, NC

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2005

Strengths:    Ride Quality, traction

Weaknesses:    climbing

Bottom Line:   
Rode everything in the $1500 range,the ride quality is outstanding! Been riding over 30 years and try to get in 10+
miles a day on rooty NC singletrack - the only bikes that compared in ride quality were a friends Santa Cruz Blur ($4000+) and the Specialized Enduro Pro ($3000+) Both were much better climbers but with an upgrade to pro pedal shock my I-Drive will be sweet! Save a buncha' $$$ and get a really fun ride!

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Favorite Trail:   CHHS

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Specialized FSR, Jamis, Diamondback, Trek Fuel 90

Bike Setup:   mostly stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by eis from Slovenia

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2004

Strengths:    awesome value for money compared to other bikes. Suspension front and back make for a seriously floating and advanced ride. Traction is incredible, very few points where wheels slip.
Downhills are way easier than the hardtail, and my back loves me.
Bike has great stability and just feels right flowing down the trail.
the i-drive makes for impressive suspension performance which does remain solid while pedaling but opens up with bumps. Disc brake fits with geomrty amaising.


Weaknesses:    Havent meet. For my perfect fit I bought little shorter pipe.

Bottom Line:   
Awesome, comfortable bike, takes a while to get used to it , but once you get comfortable, it feels right in every situation. Easy to ride.
very good value too, i would buy it once more.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Factory store

Similar Products Used:   cannondale jekyl

Bike Setup:   Everything original except shorter pipe. XL bike is originaly equipet with long one.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wil a Weekend Warrior from bendigo, aus

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2004

Strengths:    awesome value for money compared to other sub $3000 (AUS) bikes. air suspension front and back make for a seriously floating ride. traction is incredible, very few points where wheels slip.
downhills are way easier than the hardtail, and my back loves me for the 4.25 inches of rear travel.
bike has great stability and just feels right flowing down the trail.
the i-drive makes for impressive suspension performance which does remain solid while pedaling but opens up with bumps. no brake jack and rear triangle is stiff as.


Weaknesses:    a little heavy, but most weight is around the bb, so stability is great. also, rims are freeride rims, which is good that they are tough, but you can feel the weight on very long uphills.

Bottom Line:   
awesome bike, takes a while to get used to it coming off a 23lb hardtail, but once you get comfortable, it feels right in every situation.
even though ive put on dry weather xc tyres, the bike finds traction in any environment.
very good value too, i would still buy it if it was $4000 AUS.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   bendigo cycles

Similar Products Used:   jamis dakota al, cannondale jekyl, cannondale f2000, norco 125

Bike Setup:   stock but with hutchinson gold pythons, soon to be getting stans no tubes aswell, which will lighten up wheels considerably

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