GT Palomar 2003 Hardtail

3.75/5 (28 Reviews)
MSRP : $239.00


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jswhite12 a Downhiller from Poole

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2009

Strengths:    good features, e.g. gear shifters, and is CHEAP!

Weaknesses:    Unreliable, rubbish forks.

Bottom Line:   
it has broke every couple of weeks, rear meck has snapped three times, brakes twice. Is a nightmare to own, if you want a mountain bike try spend that little bit more to get a better bike for your money, will save lots of hassel and MONEY!!

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Favorite Trail:   Purbecks

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   wimborne

Similar Products Used:   Any mountain bike sub, £200


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by arkiebiker a Weekend Warrior from Little Rock, AR

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2008

Strengths:    Strong frame, takes lots of abuse well, rides like a more expensive bike than it is.

Weaknesses:    paint chips, rusts easily, grip shifter needs improving, brakes not the best

Bottom Line:   
This is an awesome bike for a beginner. if your used to walmart bikes that are heavy and hard to ride this bike rides like a dream. i rode it to work and back (20 miles round trip) every day in Chicago one summer and i loved it. I still ride it often, but im ready for an upgrade.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   8 years ago dont rem

Similar Products Used:   ive had this bike for 8 years, before that i rode crappy walmart bikes.

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Michael P. a Weekend Warrior from Baltimore

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2008

Strengths:    Frame

Weaknesses:    Everything else. Back tire, shifter, sprockets especially i bent mine on a log and then pushed it back in place

Bottom Line:   
The bike is good for a beginner. It determines whether or not you like mountain biking. If serious then get a different bike. Ive broken damn near everything it seems like

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Favorite Trail:   Avalon

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   Dicks

Similar Products Used:   GT RTS 3

Bike Setup:   Stock with new ritchey back tire and wheel

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Frank Pags a Downhiller from Point Pleasant Beach

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2007

Strengths:    Light and Strong.

Weaknesses:    Rust easly, Brakes

Bottom Line:   
Very good bike especialy for the price. would recomend upgrading brakes for Downhill Mountain riding.

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Favorite Trail:   Manasquan Resevoir

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Curb Side

Similar Products Used:   Diamond Back

Bike Setup:   STOCK Aluminum rims, forks, crank, Shimano Derailer Front and Back,Shimano Brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Frank Campagna a Downhiller from Point Pleasant Bch

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2007

Strengths:    Light as a feather, Shifts well down hill, Frame is solid

Weaknesses:    Paint chips and rusts, Chain rust

Bottom Line:   
Best Mountain Bike Ive ever had. Takes as much punishment as I can dish out. Very good bike for long trails.

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Favorite Trail:   Alaire state park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Curb Side

Similar Products Used:   Haro

Bike Setup:   Aluminum rims,21 speed, Shimano Brakes, Grip shifer, Shimano derailers front and back, and 100% HIGH Tensil steel frame.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Quentin Gentry a Weekend Warrior from Powell River, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2007

Strengths:    Solid frame, comfortable, fun for beginners, feels like a quality bike

Weaknesses:    Rear wheel comes out of true easy, derailleur way out of tune, sloppy shifting

Bottom Line:   
A great bike for a beginner, or someone that isn't doing alot of bashing. I have owned mine for about 3-4 weeks, and I already can't wait to upgrade, yet a great bike for someone thats not hitting the jumps, I am practicing front wheel hops on mine and whatnot, and it holds up good, yet I wince when the back tire hits, you will need to upgrade if you plan on keeping it for a while.

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Favorite Trail:   BC Forests

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   A friend

Similar Products Used:   Kent GMC yukon roadbike, numerous walmart bikes

Bike Setup:   Completely stock, stripped of all reflectors, kick stand etc.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by keith a Cross Country Rider from stain john n.b. canada

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2006

Strengths:    almost every thing this thing is tough as hell

Weaknesses:    needs stronger rims mines got a small wobble from daily jumps

Bottom Line:   
i beat the hell out of this thing it takes every bit of it good bike solid light as afeather i dropp off some big drops it just keeps going buy this bike

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Favorite Trail:   various

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   a friend

Similar Products Used:   various giants haros norco

Bike Setup:   mostley stock. front disc tioga nobbies trigger shift

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ian morrell a Downhiller from sooke, bc, canada

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2005

Strengths:    frame tires for shure(even tho its a wee bit skinny)

Weaknesses:    cranks forks stem pedals chain freewheel derailer(back)

Bottom Line:   
this bike has been to hell and back and the worst damage was chipped paint it is hard as nails and you couldent get any better for your money, i was stunned when i got it for 95 dollars canadian... BUY IT

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Favorite Trail:   BROOM HILL

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   a freind

Similar Products Used:   uhh... nothing

Bike Setup:   axiom road gap pedals 2 peice cranks shimano freewheel ect

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by douglas lemon a Cross Country Rider from roanoke,va usa

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2005

Strengths:    i love the frame, its rigid and works very well in aggressive manuevers and has pretty standard sizing for uprades, tires are great but narrow

Weaknesses:    every thing but the frame id say i bent the handlebars, bottom bracket fell apart, stem sucks,drivetrain outdated and isnt reliable -nothing ever seems to stay in tune-

Bottom Line:   
bought the bike as a platform to build a bike when i couldnt afford a full-on bad ass bike so after changing every major component over 2 years the frame is awesome i even use the bike for urban freeriding on flat concrete lands up to five feet no worries in the frame its also an excellent climber once you get the shifting tuned(used to shift at the worst moment before a steep uphill) handles well though start to finish good bike for the price regardless what other non-GT riders say i ride mine 5-miles a day every day plus XC riding, and some downhill buy the bike

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Favorite Trail:   CARVIN'S COVE

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   DICKS SPORTING GOODS

Similar Products Used:   mostly every thing

Bike Setup:   panaracer fire trailxc-pro tires, rock shox judyxc air, XT brakes, front derailuer,LX rear sram x9 shifters shimano bottom bracket, raceface riserbar/stem you get the picture changed it all

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mark from Canberra, Australia

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2005

Strengths:    Strong frame, extremely rigid and surpising light for cro-mo. Good brakes.

Very agile, but maybe a bit rigid if you're used to riding Aluminium frames.


Weaknesses:    Poor Forks, drivetrain, wheelset. All essential upgrades.

Bottom Line:   
A good buy, with a quality frame and excellent handling. The price point obviously means compnents are going to be lower quality, and this won't be cheap to upgrade. Luckilly, I killed my old Kona frame so managed to upgrade the GT with all the good bits. Now it's a serious street ride.

Not a great purchase, but not a bad one either.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Similar Products Used:   All of them

Bike Setup:   Extra-Small GT Palomar in red,

Upgrades:

Forks - Marzocchi Shiver SC 2002
Front Wheel - Pulstar hub, Mavic 231CD rim
Rear Wheel - Deore XT rear hub, DT spokes, Mavic SUP rim
Crank - Suntour Microdrive XC Expert
Chain - Deore XT
Cassette - Deore XT
Rear Derailleur - Deore XT short cage
Front Deraileur - Deore XT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Duc a Weekend Warrior from Chapel Hill, NC USA

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2004

Strengths:    The brakes are nice and strong and the transmission works fine for me. It's definetly a comfortable ride.

Weaknesses:    The back wheel falls out of true, possibly due to me jumping curbs constantly multiple times daily.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike period. For the money you can't beat it. The wheels were probably meant for off roading too much, because they're single well and machine built. They fall out of true (my back one). The bike has taken a beating, I've ridden it everyday to school, I ride to the gym, I take long bike rides with groups (road bikes) and I ride for exercise. I've put on hundreds if not a thousand miles on this baby and it still works great. People who want to get into biking recreationally or commuting would enjoy this bike, it's comfortable.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Dick's Sporting Goods

Similar Products Used:   Test rode my roomate's Giant OCR3 road bike.
Target Mountain Bike


Bike Setup:   I've switched out to slick tires, the bike is extremely fast on the roads.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Orry a Weekend Warrior from Ohio

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2004

Strengths:    good frame, grip shift is pretty good, shocks are a little soft, handlebars, Tioga tires.

Weaknesses:    drive train is horrible, if you want to use this bike and have fun with it you need to upgrade to at least a Shimano Deore LX system.

Bottom Line:   
Good bike for the price, but a few things need to be replaced like the whole drivetrain system and rims. The rims cant take anything, they're too weak. Very good overall.

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Favorite Trail:   House of Dreams

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $210.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Sport and Fitness

Similar Products Used:   2 specialized bikes and 1 Mongoose

Bike Setup:   stock except drive train upgrade from Shimano Acera to Shimano Deore LX

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by ricky ohara a Cross Country Rider from DHS,CA,USA

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2004

Strengths:    Frame

Weaknesses:    shifters and back hub

Bottom Line:   
The frame is very strong. tires and brakes are good. everything else is garbage. I went to k mart and found parts on there bikes that are on mine. I broke the back hub within two months. this is a good bike if you only ride on ocation. other wise it could cost you lots of money.

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Favorite Trail:   ????

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   Sportmart

Similar Products Used:   96 diamondback wildwood

Bike Setup:   basic

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zakh a Cross Country Rider from Moscow, Russia

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2004

Strengths:    reliable cro-mo frame and low price

Weaknesses:    everything mounted on the frame esp. rear wheel and the carriage

Bottom Line:   
It is cheep. That's it. If you ride not often and do it ocasionaly - it's your choice. If it's your first bike and you want to get into the world of MTB and you're good with machinery - it's also your choice.
Otherwise try something more expensive like GT avalanche for instance.
I'm riding cross-city with occasional jumps, so the bike is not good for me due to the bad equipment and heavy weight. Now i'm looking for Specialized Hardrock with Disc breaks.
But still it was fun as it is my first bike! I am so excited about MTB, that i even rode in winter - thanx to spiked tires bougth for 100 USD (pair). Biking is good!

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Favorite Trail:   streets of Moscow city

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $240.00

Purchased At:   trial-sport

Similar Products Used:   russian brands with leg breaks and no gear shifting. Broke a couple of them!

Bike Setup:   Stock except for: rear wheel (deore hub, alex rim, schwalbe blackjack tire), new chain-wheels front and rear, new chain.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gabriel Medeiros a Cross Country Rider from Rio de Janeiro - Brasil

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2004

Strengths:    The frame is very rigid and the geometry works well in every conditions, including downhills. The tires are also very efficient.

Weaknesses:    I don't like the grip shift sytem, and the transmission is too simple.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good bike for bikers who want a strong frame and versatility to make good uphills and cool downhills spending few money. I recomend some upgrades in transmission, fork and pedals.

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Favorite Trail:   Teresópolis - Friburgo

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   nothing so versatile

Bike Setup:   I had the transmisson changed to deore/deore xt, plataform pedals, Rst Aerosa Tl Fork (63~106mm), scott seat, maxxis 2.35 tires and calypso freeride handlebar.

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