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GT LTS Bike XC Full Suspension

4.34/5 (290 Reviews)
MSRP : $4295.00

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by diamond gore a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2015

Strengths:    everything

Weaknesses:    havent found anything bad yet

Bottom Line:   
havent owned my gtlts3 for long but am enjoying it as have put rock shox jett on the front and is running rock shox on the back havent been anywhere in the bushes yet but throuoghly enjoying it

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Yuri

Date Reviewed: October 24, 2014

Strengths:    Descending

Weaknesses:    Really hard to say

Bottom Line:   
This is my favorite all around mountain bike of all time and after all the years, the only other bike that provides me this level of joy is my Sensor 9r. I own a 96' LTS-1 and is handles the technical climbs very well and you'd have to pedal badly to get this bike to bob.

There are replacement parts for the rear shock, pivots, and bushings (which can be upgraded to ball bearings!). So, you can always keep rehabilitating the bike as parts exist.

Overall, unlike many full suspension bikes of it's time, this bike is worth the cash with my big recommendation being that you should be mechanically inclined as you can upgrade the bike without having to take it to a shop that may not know how to install your bike parts.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Heidi

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2014

Strengths:    Love my Horse I ever had...does me well on the streets of NYC..can't feel a bump..BUT...My Front shocks are DONE..need new..where can I find them?..lh

Weaknesses:    Love my Horse I ever had...does me well on the streets of NYC..can't feel a bump..BUT...My Front shocks are DONE..need new..where can I find them?..lh

Bottom Line:   
If anyone know ehere I could find a new front fork please reach out~~

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rene a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2014

Strengths:    Very good bike

Weaknesses:    None I own one the models

Bottom Line:   
Exelalent bike

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Duration Product Used:   9 years

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   5,900

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 6erwebb a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2013

Strengths:    You wont see another on the trail. Comfy ride, strong as far as Ive pushed it (which isnt too far due to me being not too confident yet).

Weaknesses:    parts availability, which even still isnt that bad.

Bottom Line:   
People say "oh you have an old gt? guess you dont ride it often." Like it must break all the time and I cant find parts anywhere... The bike also feels similar to a vintage sports car in that it catches attention and performs well while doing it!

First off Im a vintage bmw guy so not being able to call down the street and pick up some parts doesnt bother me. Secondly, people do offer new, better, maintenance parts for the rear pivots and the shock as well.
If you are mechanically minded and can do your own maintenance I dont see why anyone would give this bike a bad review. All my friends wonder why in the world I bought this one over a newer model like they got. Well... My answer to them, and anyone looking at buying one: I got a bike that, yes, is a few years old but at the time of its birth was about the most expensive bike that could be had. And for what I payed, you can barely get a low end new bike.

As far as riding and comfort, Ive only been able to recently begin upgrading. Mine started as a mishmash of components and a blown shock out back so the ride was quite odd but manageable. Last week I got an sts frame with a good shock which I swapped to my complete lts and it feels like its on rails! Feels like a hardtail (to me) corners like one, but jumps like an FS.

Bottom-bottom line, I couldnt be happier and I dont expect to be on anything but 90s FS GTs for quite a while.

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Favorite Trail:   Montgomery Bell, Tn

Duration Product Used:   1 year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Bike Setup:   Simano xt brakes, shifters/ drivetrain. Vuelta wheels, 2007 marzochi bomber 150mm fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Grooveface a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2013

Strengths:    Cool looking for one. Built like a tank. Great climber.

Weaknesses:    Due to having a an older model it only takes canti's on the rear. Rear shock suuucks but does the job.

Bottom Line:   
This bike sure is SWEET! Bought the frame on ebay last year and through some of my ol' parts sitting around and a few purchases I have come up with a truly awesome ride. I have pretty much shelved my Intense Uzzi to ride this bike. It just may be the thrill of riding something different but is sure as hell easier to get it up the mountain. If you can find one pick one up.

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Favorite Trail:   they're all good

Duration Product Used:   1 year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Intense Uzzi(another vintage ride), Mongoose nx 9.something(destroyed)

Bike Setup:   Mavic ust rims with slime srt tires, Shimano LX front and rear,Deore thumb shifters, Old Manitou SXR fork and Rockshox coup deluxe on the rear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ahmed a Racer

Date Reviewed: February 27, 2013

Strengths:    Solid build quality, superb design and execution of the welding process.
Attractive design and functionality
Built to last!

Weaknesses:    Lack of spare parts nowadays like the elastomer

Bottom Line:   
I wish GT remained true to their build quality today as they were back in the 90's!

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Duration Product Used:   3 years so far!

Bike Setup:   Marzochi Bomber Mx Pro with ETA
Original yellow elastomer rear suspension
Shimano Saint rear derraillur
RaceFace Crankset
KMC X9 SL gold chain!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Boyan Silyavski a All Mountain Rider

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2012

Strengths:    Build like a tank. Extreme climber.Low or no maintenance even after abuse. Very stable on bumps and corners due to the Horst link design. Free-ride bike, not DH by today's standards. Good for tall riders. No need for platform rear shock! Will not Bob.

Weaknesses:    None that i can see, apart of the rear shock aftermarket price of 200$ and the very weak Rockshox Super deluxe. read the review for my cheap solution!

Bottom Line:   
Hi there. Its my first double suspension bike. I acquired it for 200 eur from a friend who upgraded. This bike has seen a lot. To start- 2 Mega Avalanches. I do most of all aggressive cross country. I am 6.4 high and this bike fits perfectly. In fact the first one that does so. The bike is very fast and stable and with 2.1 bar fully inflated 2.3 tires/ scott / i have no problem on asphalt, gravel and pure cross country. I weight 95 kg and make through every bump directly without any problem. Riding in 25-30 cm water is also without problem.
Now to the shocks:
The front fork is double crown Rockshox Judy DHO. Elastomer one. Had a hard time adjusting it. Or sags or is very hard. Until i figured something. Preloaded the left tube with one elastomer more and some plastic ring. The right one i left normal. This is the real deal. Now the fork progressively hardens. Takes the gravel and stone and small holes like a butter and doesn't flinch at the big bumps. The elastomer is Shore 40A. Do not put 60A, will not work good. If you have the plastic ring separators and more importantly the original springs you will need 20" elastomer to repair both forks. I use synthetic oil instead of grease.
The rear shock Rockshox Superdeluxe was a pain in the **s. Due to its stupid design of the oil seal it can not be repaired and work after that for more than 1 month. Don't waste your time! In fact i have ridden like half an year only on spring, the Horst link design is so good. Back to the point. Take off the shock. Buy a 6 cm shore 40A elastomer for 10 bucks/ what they call medium/. Put it inside. Use some washers spacers to form a flat piston from the original piston or put a 2 mm plastic between . Grease with synthetic grease or oil. Voila. You now have a perfect rear shock. If hard, cut by 1mm down the elastomer and test. If soft, preload. That's why you should by 8cm long 19mm standard wide elastomer. I use 6cm for my load. Most importantly i did not loose any shock travel!!! I have a 750 spring.
If you are lighter can cut and mix it with 60A elastomer, if you are lighter can mix it with 30A elastomer, always the softer at the side of the rider.
Now to the plastic bushings on the rear suspension. I don't see why sb. in his right mind will pay 100 euro for bearings upgrade. I live by seaside . Bearings rust even with marine grease from the humidity around. If you grease the plastic bushings properly they don't squeak. If you have to exchange them you can adapt something from plastic tubing. Also if you want absolute performance and 0 backslash, let me tell you something. Graphite filled epoxy. Moglice. There was a german brand costing like 10 euro. Spray the parts with release agent or silicone spray. Pour it between the 2 parts, it hardens and you have a perfect bearing.
Some words for the crank and speeds.Shimano hollowtech. I have only one 42 tooth x 8 speed and it covers it all. One of the best upgrades/ downgrades/ possible.

With some cheap DIY initiatives you can have a damned cheap DH, XC or Freeride bike. Beating anything less than 2000$. I stil have mine with V brakes. It stops? It stops, why spend more money. My friends have shiny new bikes worth a ton of money. Little better here and there but overall nothing more. Next step from this bike is 888, boxer, etc forks and 500$ 6 way air and spring double camera rear shocks. Otherwise , don't bother.
if you upgrade, do not sell it! give it to a friend, he will bless you.

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Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   2011

Similar Products Used:   4 other 1000$-4000$ DH bikes my friends use.

Bike Setup:   Scott Stroke 2.3 tires, Raised Stem, Shimano,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2011

Strengths:    light. climb. and its a tank

Weaknesses:    ?

Bottom Line:   
best mtn bike ever

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Favorite Trail:   all it a baest

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   craigslist

Bike Setup:   fox suspen

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by je6583 a Weekend Warrior from Stockton, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2011

Strengths:    rReliable, Durable, fast and predictable downhill, competant climber

Weaknesses:    Some bobbing when climbing out of the saddle

Bottom Line:   
I paid just $200 for the frame in 1998 becaue it was an extra large frame and no one else was interested in buying it. I transfered some components from the Proflex 756 I had and then upgraded with others. I did have Magura rim brakes on the bike but later switched to the XTR rim brakes due to the weight savings. This bike I have ridden in the Santa Cruz mountains, Wilder Ranch, Salmon Falls, down the trails at Northstar and Squaw Valley, Wilder Ranch, Red Rock Canyon outside of Vegas etc. etc. Very dependable bike but occassionally it had trouble with chain suck. Great bike for its time but it's getting long in the tooth. Time for a very expensive upgrade.

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Favorite Trail:   Salmon Falls

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Robby's Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Proflex 756

Bike Setup:   Manitou Xvert 100mm front fork, Rock Shox Super Deluxe rear shock, XTR Rear derailer, 8 speed cassette and rim brakes, XT crankset and shifters, LX front derailer, Mavic 717 rims w/XT hubs, WTB Velociraptor tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by GT_4_Ever a Weekend Warrior from Miami, FL

Date Reviewed: November 21, 2010

Strengths:    The frame build is top notch, handnade

Weaknesses:    The bushings and getting new parts

Bottom Line:   
My trusty 1997 LTS1 has bee reborn..... Recently I found a GT LTS XR-1000 frame on Ebay with the disc brake tabs. Not much is known about this frame. But it is considered the best LTS frame made. Built in 1999 it was the last of the LTS type frames. I used the shock/trunion mount and trunion from my LTS and installed in the XR-1000. Just rode Amelia and wow.... With disc and the Marz Atom this baby is butter smooth!!! I must admit having disc did something I never thought would happen. The stopping power and modality gave me more confidence to ride harder. As is this ride is oh-so-sweet. The minute I got there the envitable "what is that" question came up. Well until I break it I have a new LTS for the next ??? years. These truly are remarkable frames!!! Be hittin BETD from some spares before they run out....

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Favorite Trail:   Amelia / Oleta

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $140.00

Purchased At:   Ebay (frame only)

Similar Products Used:   Zaskar hardtail various DS bikes from freinds.

Bike Setup:   JUST UPADTED.... GT LTS XR-1000 frams with Thompson stem and seat tube. Chris King headset. Marz Atom 80 front fork. XTR shift/brake set M952 cranks, drailleurs and wipperman chain. Selle Italis SLR seat. Monket light carbon bars. Rockshox DeLuxe rear shock. Avid mechanical disc 180 F 160 R.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ulairi a Weekend Warrior from Texas

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2010

Bottom Line:   
For people looking for replacement rear shocks for the GT LTS-2 it might be possible to use shocks from this manufacturer, who custom build coil over shocks to order:

Yasusu have a shock catalogue ("DM for Bike") and measurement and setup instructions for download at this link:

Here's some info here on MTBR giving user perspectives on Yasusu shocks:

You can get these shocks via eBay (locate the seller "i-sports-tw" and search the seller's store for "shock")
or place an order directly with Yasusu.

They make the shock and the bushings to order. You'll need to specify the shock and bushings in metric.

Note also that I e-mailed both Yasusu (with a technical query) and the ebay seller and this revealed that the ebay seller is a Taiwanese agent, selling the shocks on behalf of Yasusu. Therefore, if you place an order you will need to be very clear with your dimensions since English is not their first language and they are not intimate with the shocks. I was asking questions about the disparities between info in Yasusu's catalogue and the ebay advert for a shock and they ultimately admitted that their ebay advert was wrong. The catalogue was correct. Ebay lists the one I was looking at as BNCP 501, when it actually is a BRNP 501. Their ID convention is:

B= Bike
N = No rebound adjust / R = Rebound Adjust
C = Compression adjust / N = No compression adjust
P = Preload adjust

I hope this helps!

(Note - I am not affiliated to Yasusu, I had been looking at them as an upgrade for a Mongoose Blackcomb and when I saw that people were having trouble getting a replacement shocks then I though that this might be an option)

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Favorite Trail:   N/A

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fbomber a Weekend Warrior from Brighton, MA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2010

Strengths:    CLIMBING, I have never ridden such a plush bik that climbs so efficiently and with this kind of grip.

Weaknesses:    It is getting nearly impossible to buy replacement parts. The rear shock, which I finally replaced seems to be nearly unavailable these days.

Bottom Line:   
I got an incredible deal on this bike a while back, and it has served me well. The suspension is very plush, and once I replaced the ancient, and terrible, Judy LT, the bike soaks up the bumps really well. This bike handles steep rocky climbs especially well, and the rear suspension stays totally active at all times. This frame is bombproof! I spend a season doing urban assaults on my LTS and destroyed a rear wheel, but the frame took it like a champ. This bike is a true classic and one of the first true all mountain bike, IMO, so if you're looking for a trail/freeride bike on a budget, this is a bike to look for since the frame lasts forever. That is, of course, if you don't need a heavy spring for the shock...

After many years on this machine, I am forced to sell it since I can't find a heavy spring for the new rear shock I just put on it. I'm 185lbs and I have the preload cranked way up so I don't sag through half the travel. It breaks my heart, but I can't afford a new bike without selling my old GT LTS. Given the age of the thing, and the fact that everything is wearing out on it, except the frame (that includes the bushings!)... 5 well deserved chilis.

Buy it and ride it!

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Favorite Trail:   State forest near Worcester...

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel ex 7, Specialized FSR XC

Bike Setup:   Nearly stock, with a Bomber Z1 up front and the ride height jacked up a bit to even out the geometry

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jaminjamis a Weekend Warrior from Miami, FL

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2010

Strengths:    This frame ROCKS!! It's out lasted 2 wives what else can I say!!! I may indulge in a new bike soon but in dry weather it's hard to get anything these days that compares in a mid entry bike.

Weaknesses:    The bushings but if you replace with bearing kit from BETD UK (if they still even have them) it's awesome!

Bottom Line:   
Given my toned down rides these days this baby is a SOLID well built frame and a real T A N K (Totally Awesome Neverending Knarly). Yeah on really wet days I think about disk but for this W.E. warrior spending 2K on a bike just makes no sense. Truthfully anything less is not worth it in terms of effective useable quality. This may be the last review I post but this beast is still going so who knows???

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Favorite Trail:   Oleta

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Bike Tech in 1998!!!

Similar Products Used:   Some DS frames here and there in mid level nothing in that that price range bike can beat this bike or frame.

Bike Setup:   Marz Marathon Bomber (what a fork!!) All XTR with Thomson SP and stem. Selle Italia SLR Mavic 217 with DT Revolution (pulled out of retirement) light as hell these babies are and still good! This is an old school setup that works!!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by isleblue65 a Cross Country Rider from Plymouth, MN, USA

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2009

Strengths:    Great geometry, plush suspension, durable frame, beautiful design.

Weaknesses:    Bushings, not bearings, original RockShox front disc brake, parts availability.

Bottom Line:   
I've ridden this bike for 11 years and have not been gentle on it. I've had the seat tube welded once where it cracked, and then cut the top of the tube off completely when the crack came back. I've replaced the rear shock once when it started leaking. I've rebuilt the suspension twice, and installed automotive grease fittings in all 4 major pivot points. I inject synthetic grease into the pivots every 4 or 5 rides and the bushings have lasted 7 years and no longer squeak. Before the grease fittings, bushings were only good for 2 to 3 seasons. The bike is still as fun as ever to ride and I ride it weekly. I'm getting a 29er, but will keep my trusty old LTS 1000 DS as my FS alternative.

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Favorite Trail:   Annadale, Norhern Cal

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Cyclery, Missoula MT

Bike Setup:   LTS 1000 DS, Shimano XT front disc, grease fittings added to pivots, XTR components

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