GT Marathon Elite XC Full Suspension

5/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $2100.00

Product Description

  • Seat Post: Ritchey 31.6mm 3 D forged
  • Grips: GT Alloy Lock Down
  • Brake Levers: Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic
  • Spokes: DT Swiss stainless steel
  • Chain: Shimano Nine Speed

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by SPANNER

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2013

Strengths:    A great bike that requires little looking after. A pleasure to ride. Climbs well, handles smoothly and Comfortable.

Weaknesses:    Needed to be greased as the i-drive was creaking (no big deal).
My legs are a weakness.

Bottom Line:   
This is my first MTB. Having had no experience of the sport I managed to get this bike cheap. A friend who knows about bikes was impressed with the components supplied. I have grown in confidence and managed several long haul rides. The bike is comfortable and stands up well to the rigours of XC cycling - I am never going to be fast regardless of the bike so am happy with its performance (I am the weakest link). I truly love this bike. It has changed my life style and health by being a pleasure to ride. Chuffed to bits.
Great full suspension bike which enables an unfit bloke to do things he never thought he could. Marvellous!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by aw461 a Cross Country Rider from Rockwall, Tx US

Date Reviewed: December 18, 2010

Strengths:    Light, I-drive completely eliminates the dreaded bob and nice component package for the price range.e

Weaknesses:    Brakes are fine but could be a little better

Bottom Line:   
This bike can't be beat for this price. Bike is fast and very nimble. I Drive is amazing.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Sanson Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Hard Rock Sport, K2 Zed, Specialized Epic

Bike Setup:   WTB Thin line seat and tubeless

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jado a Cross Country Rider from Sydney, NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2010

Strengths:    Fast! First thing I noticed when testing this and other models, GT Marathon Elite is very fast. Capable in all terrain, climbs like a goat, pedals fantastically over rock gardens, excellent components list, excellent on the road.

Weaknesses:    none as yet

Bottom Line:   
This bike won't disappoint anyone looking for an extremely capable and fast XC rig. The GT Marathon Elite handles all mountain challenges well, and some exceptionally well, such as climbing traction, rock garden traction, and fast switchback corners.

The i-drive isolates the pedaling force to eliminate all but the smallest of pedal bob. The Marathon does this so well they chose not to fit the rear shock with a lock out, which I can confirm is the right choice (I would never engage the lockout if it had one).

Rolling down the hill through challenging terrain the Marathon holds up well compared to all mountain machines with extra travel, albeit with the need for slightly more careful choice of lines.

The Marathon also makes superb city bike, with the rigid frame and fast rolling ability, the suspension takes the bumps out of city streets giving a truly enjoyable commute.

Expand full review >>

Favorite Trail:   Manly Dam

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1900.00

Purchased At:   Bike Depot

Similar Products Used:   Kona 120, Kona Dawg, Giant Trance, Specialized FSR XC

Bike Setup:   (Standard Out of the box set-up) Frame - 6061 aluminum i-drive, Fork - RockShox Recon 335 Air, 120mm travel Rear shock -Fox Float R, Crankset - Shimano SLX Hollowtech II, Shifters - Shimano SLX Front and Rear derailleur - Shimano SLX, Brakes -Avid Juicy 3 hydraulic , Rims -WTB Speed Disc XC, Hubs - Shimano Deore, Tires - Kenda Nevegal 26 x 2.3, Handlebar – Ritchey, Stem – Ritchey, Seat post – Ritchey, Saddle - WTB Rocket V Comp, Headset - FSA Integrated

Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating