A Lot of us shave our legs. A lot of us don't. Just because you've exchanged your spandex for baggies doesn't mean you don't want a bike that climbs like your hardtail; just because you don't armor up doesn't mean you don't like to decend like a madman. The ultimate trail-bike, the Sensor takes agility, responsiveness, and effciency of a cross-country race bike, and adds more travel and a slacker geometry for inspired descents and more predictable line choices. Are we claiming a little bit by calling it the ultimate trail bike? Maybe. But then again, Mick did win Sea Otter's Dual Slalom on it.
Did a lot of research on this bike. Purchased knowing I'd have to upgrade components over time. However, I love the i-drive geometry, especially now that I am running a Rock Shox Monarch Plus RL shock. Almost no loss of power when standing up or pedaling uphill, even with no lockout. Also upgraded to SRAM XO drivetrain, rockshox reverb dropper seatpost, and switched out everything that was All-Terra (wheels, seatpost, stem, bar). Never heard of this brand, but it must be a GT-specific off-shoot. I do like the stock shimano hydraulics on this. They were noisy and stiff at first, but after a few hours of break in, they are really smooth and responsive. With good components and suspension, bike is lighter and serves as a pretty good all-mountain rig.
Date Reviewed: October 1, 2012
Strengths: Sexy bike :P
Weaknesses: X-Fusion shock i shoved it up megans arse and put an RP2 on
GT sensor 2012
The bike is amazing!!! had it for a couple of months now nearly jiz**d when i first saw the bike it looks like it came from heaven...
X-fusion shock updated for an RP2 for free got rid of that peice of sh** and shoved it up Megan Collins ar**
Emily Batty SMD
Megan Collins wants my di** hard
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2012
Strengths: Looks good, priced right when on sale, components are entry level but seem to do the job. Upgradeable and will only get better.
Weaknesses: Heavy (my XL frame is about 34.5lbs), wheels needed truing from day one. Grips look awful but do the job.
This is my first FS bike coming from a hardtail, I researched the crap out of this bike. My determining factors were price (I got it for $1300 ($999 plus tax/shipping) shipped to my door in Canada), technology like iDrive, and an overall nice looking bike.
First impression is... This thing rides as smooth as a Bentley compared to my hardtail. It's much heavier but everything works in sync. I had to adjust the front derraileur and some linkage to suit me better but I think I'm going to be happy with this bike.
The rear shock lockout is good, and keep very things tight for my many road commutes.
Overall a nice bike for under $1500, if you want a better bike you're probably looking in the $2200 and up MSRP range.
Good bike, no regrets. Will upgrade as things start to wear down. I'm happy.
Strengths: Everything, I find the independent drivetrain (I-drive) absolutely exhilarating, the front suspension and rear shocks perform outstanding, it's such a smooth and comfortable ride, I have come off this a few times due to no fault of the bike, but it still rides perfectly and looks and feels in great shape. Just a few minor scratches The brakes are awesome too... Top notch.
I normally ride a hardtail which is slightly better at getting full power into climbs, but this is just as good, with the I-drive you can push into a climb without the bounce.
Weaknesses: I really cannot find any.
I was very reluctant to purchase this bike at first, due to a very poor review from a well known MTB website, However I did take the plunge as i got the bike on offer and have never looked back, Don't believe the negative reviews this bike is up there with best.
Date Reviewed: May 29, 2012
Strengths: Good drive train and suspension. Good brakes. Love the seat.
Weaknesses: Grips wear quickly, rear rim bent after a few months of riding.
I got a great deal on this bike at Performance by complete luck. It was the "deal of the day" for $899. Can't beat that deal!
a Weekend Warrior
from Alpine, UT, USA
Date Reviewed: February 5, 2012
Strengths: Solid on the climbs, descents, and everything in between. Great handling. Sick suspension design. The i-Drive is ingenious.
Weaknesses: None so far. I wouldn't say I'm an extreme mtb connoisseur, but I've been riding for several years, and this bike will not disappoint.
This bike is an incredible bike. I have been nothing but satisfied with it's performance. It's an amazing climber, with solid a great suspension setup. Easy to handle, excellent control, awesome on the downhills, etc. All around great bike for a variety of riding. Obviously, you'll pay more if you want the more high-end components, but this bike's stock setup is solid for the average rider. GT is coming back, people!
a Weekend Warrior
from San Diego
Date Reviewed: January 20, 2012
Strengths: iDrive suspension, value, comfortable ride, crazy orange color
Weaknesses: none noted although I am not to keen on the grips
iDrive works as advertised. a little squish while standing but that's about it. If i pedal on on pavement and lockout the rear shock it feels like my tire is underinflated. no creaking in the suspension.
component set works well for this entry level full suspension bike.
brakes are smooth and quiet
Climbs and descends very well.
I would buy this buy again and do not hesitate to recommend it as an entry level full suspension bike. The value is hard to beat.
Similar Products Used: (None) First full suspension bike.
Bike Setup: Stock except for clipless shimano 747s
a Weekend Warrior
from Palmerston, NT, Australia
Date Reviewed: July 28, 2011
Strengths: Nice frame build, Firm suspension yet plush on the big hits when you need it, I-Drive suspension is great on hard pack tracks.
Weaknesses: Maxxis High-Roller tyres are useless and wear out quickly, Pedals need re greasing often, rear shock bottoms out sometimes
This bike is a great climber as the suspension takes all the hit allowing you to shoot up hills with out losing speed. For a cross country bike it can easily handle downhill tracks and very rough terrain. The rear shock does however bottom out on the really hard hits which can lead to being bucked off the bike. The weight is a bit high but that's nothing that is really a concern. The bike is so easy to control at high and low speed, the tyres should be replaced after a while because they don't give the grip that the bike needs, I recommend Maxxis Minion.
a Weekend Warrior
from Petersburgh, NY
Date Reviewed: June 9, 2011
Strengths: This is the only full suspension bike I have ever riden, so I can't really compare, but coming from a hardtail, I was afraid that I was going to be disappointed with the climbing and pedalling capabilities of this bike. I am amazed. I climb further and faster than I did with my hardtail. This bike is sick.
Weaknesses: None so far.
This bike is sick. It's on the heavy side (32 lbs), but even coming from a 27 lb hardtail, I can't notice the diference except when I have to carry it. I don't really notice the suspension, expect that I am going much faster through rough sections than I ever could with my hardtail. I can pedal through rough sections where I used to have to stand. One finger braking, no matter what. This bike absolutely sick. I love it.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 23, 2010
Strengths: Competitive price for acceptable configuration. Described as entry level, but can do much more. climbs very well if the trail is not too technical, goes down very well. very pleasent bike.
Weaknesses: Drivetrain has some noises from the chain, although cleaned regularly noises remain, front derailler is Ok but not more than that. The Dosc brakes are good but require maintanance and adjustments to remove noises every 2-3 rids.
Good bike, Good entry level, great for weekend use, and as a fist full suspension bike.