GT Marathon 1.0 XC Full Suspension

5/5 (3 Reviews)
Weight : 30 lbs


Product Description

  • Frame: GT 6061 aluminum ID4 full suspension frame, 4” travel
  • Stem: Ritchey Pro cold forged stem, with 6 degree rise, and 4 bolt face plate
  • Grips: New GT Alloy Lock Down
  • Headset: FSA Integrated, sealed angular contact bearing
  • Seat Clamp: GT Alum QR


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jono968 a Cross Country Rider from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2009

Strengths:    Just about everything, tracks and corners fantastically, absolutley no bob when climbing in pro-pedal mode and hardly any bob climbing with prop pedal off. Strong feeling bike,

Weaknesses:    Limited rear tyre clearance at the chainstay near the bottom bracket - currently running a Maxxis 2.1 Advantage which only just fits but gets clogged with mud pretty easily.

Bottom Line:   
This was a warranty replacement for two broken Mongoose Canaan's. Full credit to Jenson and Pacific Cycles for sorting this out and not giving me another Canaan.

This bike is great! I am significantly faster on descents, I can brake later into corners and lean it over with much more confidence than previous bikes, possibly helped by running a tubeless Michelin Mud XCR on the front at 25psi.

It climbs really well, this is my first i-drive bike, it's a simple concept and does a great job of isolating pedal force from the suspension while remaining active. Nice big bearings should last for ages and are easily replacable with an ISIS spline BB tool.

This is my first experience with a GT full suspension bike and I would easily buy another when the time comes despite the limited rear tire clearance. Highly recommended.

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Favorite Trail:   Deliverance

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   98 Marin Rift Zone, 07 & 08 Mongoose Canaan Elite

Bike Setup:   08 frame with RP23 shock - otherwise completely non stock - XTR/Mavic 819 wheelset, most other parts transferred from previous bike - Juicy 5 brakes, XT/SRAM drive train, Fox RL F100 forks etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Duncan a Cross Country Rider from Cape Town South Africa

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2008

Strengths:    Great Climber and the component setup compliments a bike that handles like a dream. XT servowave technology really gives you that extra breaking power. The price to component ratio is fantastic and i was astonished that the GT comes in at $2300 with its superb components.

Weaknesses:    The Kenda Nevegal tyres do not have the best cornering ability and tend to slide on tight switchbacks.

Bottom Line:   
This is an excellent XC bike that is superbly priced and spec'd. I would highly recommend the Marathon 1 to anyone i speak to!

Great Handling - Great setup and Great shifting thanks to the new Deore XT 08.

Any above average - skilled rider looking for a great XC bike that will not break the bank and give you high end performance should definitely purchase this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Tokai Forest

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Purchased At:   City Cycles

Similar Products Used:   I have upgraded from a shwinn hardtail so the performance compared to the shwinn is phenominal!!

Tested a Giant Trance 1 and Anthem 1 - Similar spec and handling on the GT but a lot less on the wallet!


Bike Setup:   
Fox Float RL fork, air spring,120mm travel; Fox RP23 shock
New Shimano XT 27-Speed Drivetrain with XT rear derailleurs; new Shimano LX trigger shifters
WTB Speed Disc XC Rims, Shimano LX Centerlock Disc Hubs; Kenda Nevegal 120 tpi tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adam a Cross Country Rider from Niagara Falls, NY US

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2008

Strengths:    Very good all around performance. Bike is extremeley tunable and responsive. I am a heavy rider at about 270 lbs and it is very smooth. Excellent front suspension with the Fox fork.

Weaknesses:    At just under 30 lbs it is a little on the heavy side but not too bad.

Bottom Line:   
Great investment for an experienced rider looking for an all around full suspension XC bike but will handle some moderate downhills and abuse. Worth every penny.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2300.00

Bike Setup:   Fox Float 32 RL (ront) All xt components w/ hydaulic disc brakes. Fox RP23 rear shock.

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