GT I-Drive 2.0 XC Full Suspension

4.27/5 (11 Reviews)
MSRP : $1099.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Desmond a Cross Country Rider from Tampa, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2006

Strengths:    The I-drive system really works! This bike Pedals like butter over rough and uphill terrain!

Weaknesses:    The stock SDG saddle is hard on the goods. GT is now owned by Pacific Cycles. As the bike comes stock it is heavy.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike and well worth every penny. I have been riding this bike for two years and I've only made a few changes. The first was the saddle. The stock SDG saddle has to go right away. I replaced it with a Specialized BG Rival, very nice to the goods. I changed the other stuff to lighten the bike a little (very little). The bike is a little heavy with all the stock components. The Rock Shox Pilot Air front fork does the job. The Fox float rear air shock makes bumps and drops seem like flat smooth ground. The I-drive does away with pedal bob and really puts all of you hard pedaling effort to the ground. The Shimano brakes are fantastic. If you ride XC and light to medium trails test ride this bike before you spend more money on a more expensive bike that will not be any better. I guarantee you will not be sorry. If you ride harder trails look at the Idrive 1.0. If you ride Down Hill buy a down hill bike. This is not one and I fear you will be disappointed. 5 Flamin' Chilis for an overall awesome bike!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Crooms, Flatwoods

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Adventure Cycles NYC

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale Jekyll, Gary Fisher Sugar 2+, Gary Fisher Marlin, Giant Iguana Disc, Giant Cypress, Specialized Epic Comp Disc. (All of which are owned by ridding buddies or I've owned prior to the Idrive)

Bike Setup:   Specialized BG Rival Saddle, Easton Monkey Lite Bars, Easton EC70 Seatpost, stock everything else.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gerardo Iglesias a Cross Country Rider from Miami

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2006

Strengths:    great suspension, i-drive work great, just 29 pound,
i rider many bikes for 8 year and I say idxc 4" 2006 is awesome!!!!!


Weaknesses:    rip rised xt derailler is coming with standard shift.

Bottom Line:   
the i-drive allow to pedaling all the time,
fork duke is the perfect suspension for this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   razorback

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   thebicycleoutlet.com

Similar Products Used:   no one!!!!

Bike Setup:   fork duke sl 100 mm
rear float r
29 pound

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian from Frederick, MD

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2006

Strengths:    Great bike for the money! Perfect for folks who are new to MTBing (or new to FS bikes, as i was). The bike's handles like a deer when flat or downhill. Stylish frame design, i-drive mech is sweet-- you can roll over all kinds of junk and just keep pedaling away! I think the bike climbs well (though slowly). The syncros comps (including Big Box Abuser Friendly wheels) are real' nice.

Weaknesses:    Not the best specs: alivio f-der, deore rear, etc (but this IS a 1g bike after all) The Tioga tires that came stock wore out VERY quickly. Oh, and yes...it weighs a ton:(

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike and I'd recommend it as I did in 'Strengths' section. Very tough MTB that has taken a heck of a lot of abuse from a hard riding clydesdale. 5 chilis for value and 4 overall just cause i love riding it. Had some probs with the Big Box rear wheel and hub, but my dealer had GT replace it with WTB goodies!! The whole 'Pacific bought out GT' thing worried me some, especially with re to warranty and possible frame issues or probs, but I've had absolutely no problems.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Chakra Cycles

Similar Products Used:   '94 GT full rigid MTB.

Bike Setup:   Upgraded to Marzocchi MX Comp ETA forks, WTB rear wheel/hub, SRAM drivetrain.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jono a Weekend Warrior from Perth, WA, Australia

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2006

Strengths:    Look Great and Downhill

Weaknesses:    Pretty soft, Front detailer doesn’t want to change down on first attempt

Bottom Line:   
Once I pumped the shocks up 25psi front and 110psi rear (I'm 72Kg)and got the tires up to around 55-60psi it is all sweet! The front is a bit loose but I haven't done enough miles to be confident that that isn't just me being use to a lot less travel on the forks. She has always downhilled very smoothly!!! With the higher pressure rides very well on single track and climbs well too. Being in Perth OZ there are very few GT's so it stands out and looks great. (Call me vain)

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Favorite Trail:   John Forrest (Perth OZ)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Scarborough Beach Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Nothing fully suspended but Kona Explosve

Bike Setup:   Longer stem and seat pole.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick Wallace a Cross Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2005

Strengths:    I Drive really works!Grippy up hills,Handles well downhill.Slight weight disadvantage negated by i-drives off road capability.you just keep pedaling through!

Weaknesses:    I-drive suceptible to muddy british weather.Stock wheels way too heavy.Hubs again only last one brit winter!Rock Shox Pilot forks not up to the job.

Bottom Line:   
Great upgradable bike.No complaints here.

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Favorite Trail:   Nant yr Aran (Wales)

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Motor co

Bike Setup:   XT Drive train.Rapid Rise rear Mech.Eason Bars.Mavic xc717 Wheels.Rock Shock REBA U-TURN forks.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Curt Northrup a Cross Country Rider from Los Amgeles, CA

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2005

Strengths:    Downhill, it's like a Cadillac

Weaknesses:    It weighs a ton and climbs like a drunk slug

Bottom Line:   
If you are strapped, this a decent way to get pedalling. But you will quickly realize (as people are passing you continuously) that this bike is an entry level option. It is VERY mushy going up hill compared to it's competitors (Blur XT, etc). The shocks have no lock offs, so you are really bobbing. But while you won't win any races uphill, you can totally scream going down. The downhill ride over anything up to about a 5 foot drop is totally plush. Really fun. But you will break the "flexbone" on the bottom bracket if you ride "all mountain" as I did. So be prepared to replace it. Most riders are actually doubling them because of this problem. But if dragging a 31 pound mushy cow uphill is not an issue for you; you will definitely enjoy the ride down. I switched to the Intense Spider XVP and WOW! am I soooo much happier. Poorer; but happier.

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Favorite Trail:   Sullivan Ridge

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   can't recall...

Similar Products Used:   Blur, Intense Spider, Marin Pine Mountain

Bike Setup:   stock, but then swapped out for FSA K-Force Crankset, Easton Monkeylite SL bars, Eggbeater Twin TI pedals, sram shifters

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by abdullah a Cross Country Rider from canada

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2005

Strengths:    this bike is a great climber. nothing climbs as smoothly as this monster does. idrive is wonderful and its worth every ounce of extra weight that it adds to the frame. great components for the price paid.

Weaknesses:    bikes a bit heavy ~30 pounds

Bottom Line:   
this bike rocks with all the new components. do ur self a favour and buy this bike. idrive wont be there for long so grab one when u can.

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Favorite Trail:   erindale park trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $992.00

Purchased At:   bikezone in canada

Similar Products Used:   devinci.......

Bike Setup:   now i have shimano deore xt dual control levers on it, with deore xt front derrailuer and deore xt rear deraailluer. i aslo have front and rear shimono deore xt hydraulic disc brakes on it. got the upgrades and installed for 574 dollars canadian. yup i got a great deal.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rusty a Weekend Warrior from Jemez springs NM

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2004

Strengths:    I-drive pedals and climbs very well. relatively inexpensive. handles rough and technical trails well.

Weaknesses:    front der. limited tire size in back.

Bottom Line:   
this is an eight month update on my original review. I have put several hundred miles on this bike with almost no problems. the trails that I ride are mostly rocky, rooty, very technical trails with steep downhills and stiff climbs. the GT has handled everything I was brave enough to ride with no trouble. I recently upgraded the fork to a marzocchi mx comp 120 mm. a big improvement over the rs pilot. the front der. (alivo) requires regular adjustment and still often requires a couple of stabs at the shifter to shift up. I plan to upgrade soon. the rear triangle is to narrow to put a larger rear tire than 1.95 or some 2.00. watch this when replacing tires. the fox float rear shock is only adjustable for preload, but I haven't really noticed the lack. it keeps the rear wheel hooked up on climbs, absorbs rocks and roots well, and I still haven't noticed it bottoming out. the syncros big box rims are still straight and true with no flat spots.
All in all this is a killer bike for the money. a month after I got mine, my gf bought one in size small. we have had no real problems with either bike whatsoever. upgrading to five flamers!

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Favorite Trail:   forest trail 137

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   abc albuquerque

Bike Setup:   stock gt i-drive 2.0 with higher, wider bars, shorter stem, marzocchi mx comp forks, specialised bg saddle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nathan a Weekend Warrior from Hillsboro, Or

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2004

Strengths:    disc brakes, fox float rear shock, i drive frame fairly light

Weaknesses:    front derailuer and integrated shifters/brake levers

Bottom Line:   
One of the best full suspension bikes for under $1000. i drive climbs like a champ and descends nice too. I will probably upgrade the front fork next season as it tends to not hold air pressure. I will see how long the syncros wheels last too.
GT had a bad rap for the last few years with the xcr's and i drive frames cracking. It appears they have redesigned the seat post to prevent this. I also heard Pacific no longer owns GT but a Canandian company does. Hopefull GT can get back on track. I have been riding an LTS for years now without any problems.
I ride this bike to work everyday and take it out on the weekends and ride pretty hard. 3-5 foot drops are common.

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Favorite Trail:   fast

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   gt lts

Bike Setup:   stock with panaracer fire pro xc tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by damian r a Racer from melbourne

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2004

Strengths:    climbing - the idrive tech is awesome, keeps you in the seat and can get up hill climbs i have never been able to before

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
great bike - not to heavy excellent for racing and priced well for enthusiasts. GT are not going to make these any longer, get one before you cant. The idrive is a dream to ride.

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Favorite Trail:   Lysterfield - night rides

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   shop

Similar Products Used:   mogoose

Bike Setup:   standard except changed to sram grip shifters and rear der.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rusty a Weekend Warrior from Jemez springs NM

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2004

Strengths:    i drive works great. component spec is good for this price (fox and rockshocks front and rear, mech. disc brakes, syncros wheels are tough and fairly light) bike handles well and climbs well.

Weaknesses:    seat is uncomfortable. integrated brake levers\shifters limit upgrade choices (they work ok though) alivo front derailleur not as smooth as the rear.

Bottom Line:   
I am an ex bmxer\freestyler who hasn't pedaled a bike in over 20 years so I did a lot of research before choosing a bike. the GT offered the best bang for the buck that I could find in a new bike. The rear suspension, once dialed in (I had to buy a shock pump), has worked great. Remain seated, select a gear, and it keeps the back wheel hooked up nicely on climbs. I weigh 160 lbs and ride rock gardens, steps, jumps, and drops over 2 feet and have yet to bottom the rear shock. The pilot sl fork works pretty well (I found that running 5 psi over the recommended pressure helps me) but I plan on upgrading to a 5 inch fork with bigger stanchions to slow down the handling and stiffen the front end. I have only had the bike a little over a month but I ride daily on tight singletrack with very technical streches and have had no reliability issues. The stock tioga tires get great traction on the terrain in my area and handle rocky technical stuff well, no pinch flats so far. They wear kind of fast but that is the price you pay for traction. Overall an excellent bike, ditch the bunbuster seat, put a comfortable bar\stem on it and give it hell. I would reccomend this bike to any beginning to intermediate rider looking for an affordable dual suspension bike.

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Favorite Trail:   jemez falls to battleship

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $799.00

Purchased At:   abc albuquerque

Similar Products Used:   Kona stinky, Specialised enduro (parking lot demo only, couldn't afford either)

Bike Setup:   stock except for wider riser bars, shorter stem, specialised body geometry seat (much better), and platform pedals.

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