GT Lightning (Ti) Bike 1998 or Older

4.88/5 (8 Reviews)


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Lightning (Ti)


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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike FTW a Cross Country Rider from Queens, N.Y.C.

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2005

Strengths:    Light, fast, flexy, strong. Frame design is super strong for race-type mtb frame. Will never do aluminum cross bike again. Am completely spoiled forever.

Weaknesses:    No disc bosses :(

Bottom Line:   
IF you can find one in good shape with or without chipped decals, brother or sister, BUY IT!! They're long out of production, but are they worth it esp. if you can find it used in good condition and cheap. And compred to if you see what new ti costs. V-brake technology will be with us for awhile and the options are getting better. Go for it, the ride alone is worth the price of admission. Like buttah, man. And freakin' fast. Take on Racerboy in his shaven-leg spandex-clad smugness anyday(provided you've done a measure of training prior) and see his tail go between his legs. My GOD, that's FUN!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   250

Similar Products Used:   GT Aggressor. Just started scratching the surface with that one. Strong frame, too.

Bike Setup:   19" frame(I'm 5'11"& 212) Mavic Crossride wheelset; FSA Carbon Pro crankset w/Platinum Pro steel bb; Specialized carbon fiber race bar w/5' backsweep; Thomson 100mm. stem; XTR shifters/brake levers; XTR front & rear deraillers; SRAM hollow pin chain; XTR v-brakes w/ Kool-Stop pads(stop on dime-get five cents change-they rock!) WTB Pro-V gel saddle w/ ti rails; Michelin XCR race all terra tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tech-know-rider a Weekend Warrior from s.san francisco, ca, us,

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2004

Strengths:    light, strong, i am 230lbs and the bike has little flex, the flex it does have is predictable in turns, the weight of the bike is 19lbs due to the judy 100's. the bike tracks good and easy to hold your line.

Bottom Line:   
it's my understanding that gt made only one ti-frame for one year only and it is the lighting frame. so just for the rare factor alone this bike is worth having. i dont know how much this bike sold new in it's day. i payed $3,000.00 for the bike built new in 2000. with all the componets listed above except the forks, it came with rock shock sid 50mm.

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Similar Products Used:   this is the only ti-frame i have ever ridin. other bikes are my 1999 dbr x-6 6 inch in front and 5 inch in rear. 1996 raleigh m-80 alum-frame hard tail.

Bike Setup:   frame bought at a auction in 2000, bike built with all xtr componets and brakes, 1999 judy 100mm forks, mavic-x 221 rims, xt hubs, ti handle bars, avenir stem, ti seat stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by keith valentine a Racer from edinburgh

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2003

Strengths:    stiff titanium frame,nice angles.good size.very strong.will never break or rust.looks cool,old school and bombproof.

Weaknesses:    not disc brake compatible,mud clearence,original stickers are boring

Bottom Line:   
posssibly the best looking and strongest titanium hardtail
frame ever made.not the lightest ti frame you can buy.but who cares with a frame this good.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   edinburgh shop

Similar Products Used:   zakar frame.

Bike Setup:   full 02 xtr,sid blackbox,easton,magura,hope,chris king,mavic crossmax,alien post,syntace headset etc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mike hughes a Weekend Warrior from north wales

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2002

Strengths:    bombproof. frame is still going strong although after 5 years, everything else has been changed. got a small size, 16", makes it quite chuckable

Weaknesses:    won't wear out, no disc mounts

Bottom Line:   
North Wales is probably a bit like Washington state for weather, this is a lovely xc bike that I use for racing enduro and just riding. getting a bit dated esp. trying to keep up with friends downhill when they are on slalom bikes, but it climbs like a dream.

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Favorite Trail:   coed y brenin

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   james' sheffield

Similar Products Used:   Kona, Dynatech, Marin

Bike Setup:   Marz X-flys, XT on 517, Avid Vs, Times

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rigid Robert a Cross Country Rider from Appleton WI USA

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2001

Strengths:    Very forgiving frame. Long wheelbase for stability but never had problems getting it to climb or carve single track. Lokks very slick.

Weaknesses:    None that I can think of.

Bottom Line:   
They give these things away (I paid $800)and the component set is very servicable but not flashy. A good, cheap way to go Ti but alas, no more unless you find one on E-Bay. Five flamin' chili peppers for a fine bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Levis-Trow in Wisconsin

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   None, this my first and only mountain bike purchased 3 years ago.

Bike Setup:   Rigid Ti fork made in Poland. XTR/Bontrager wheelsets. LX crankset, shifters & brakes. Proshift rear derailier. Continental Wildgripper 1.9's (big part of bike's performance. Total weight is 22.5 lbs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Billy a Cross Country Rider from Stamford, CT

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2001

Strengths:    I've broken alumium and carbon frames so I figured I might as well buy the one material I can't break and that's titanium. Besides the durability of the frame, it's geometry is nice - this bike is built to climb! It's nice and light (my whole bike set-up is under 23 lbs.) and nice looking too! It is a forgiving ride - not as stiff as aluminum but not as flext as carbon - the perfect mix. Now I know why titanium is so darn expensive - it's the perfect material for Mtn. bikes!

Weaknesses:    Only weakness (and it's minor) is the the Gt decals are cheesy and peel easily

Bottom Line:   
Well worth the 300 I spent on the frame (I did buy it used but in fantastic shape!)

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Favorite Trail:   Mianus River Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Similar Products Used:   1997 Trek 9800 (carbon), 1999 Giant XTC SE2 (aluminum)

Bike Setup:   1999 Rock Shox Sid SL fork, XTR deraillers, kooka titanium cranks, XT V-Brakes, XT shifters, Kore stem, titec handlebar, XTR seatpost, SDG Saddle, Speedplay frog pedals, Mavic Crossride wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Mancuso a Cross Country Rider from Charlottesville VA, US

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2000

Strengths:    This's one of the hottest things I've ever ridden. It's light as a feather, and I've had no problems with it at all. It's not the most expensive bike, especially for what you get, and because it's titanium it will literally last forever. The shox on this bike are nice (glad not rock shox) along with other Shimano components. Overall great performance and I wish I had gotten it sooner.

Weaknesses:    The longer frame was a little hard to get used to at first. Would be nice to have XTR cranks...

Bottom Line:   
If you're a big mountain biker but maybe don't have the biggest pocket book, this bike is definitely for you. Even if you do have a lot of money, it isn't worth wasting your money on more expensive bikes that aren't as good (like the one's I've tried).

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Favorite Trail:   Blowingrock/Bonne NC

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Specialized A1 Comp FS Intl (98), Cannondale F900 (97 & 99)

Bike Setup:   LX (F Derailleur), XT (R Derailleur), XT Cranks/and both hubs, Manitou X-Vert Front Suspension, LX Brakes/levers, XT Rapid Fire (24 gear)

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Pablo Montoya a cross-country rider from Caracas,Venezuela

Date Reviewed: September 24, 1998

Bottom Line:   

Well this is basically a test given that I spent 20 minutes typing my review on this bike the other day and the damn thing wouldn't go thru but what it basically said is that the bike delivers a lot for the money, feels like a good titanium bike should feel, and is exactly the same poop as the super expensive GT xizang that team GT has taken to the podium so many times. Also the welds on this frame look as good as on any other expensive Ti frames out there and the triple triangle thing looks good as hell on those slick, ball burnished tubes. Is this one goes thru expect a fully detailed review SOON!!!!

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