GT STS 1 Bike 1998 or Older

4.42/5 (26 Reviews)


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GT STS 1


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by franklynation1 a Cross Country Rider from Gloucester

Date Reviewed: December 31, 2009

Strengths:    Great fun to rise. Copes well on all sorts of terrain. Rear suspension is truly awsome! Really lightweight and far lighter than my 2008 hardtail.

Weaknesses:    No rear disc brake mount. But this is quite an old bike...

Bottom Line:   
Brilliant bike.. Havn't used it for long so can't really comment on its relability. Have used in on the road with slicks on and its great for sprinting, and comfortable on uneven roads. Rear shock is fantastic, although one thing- as im light i had to set the shock quite loose and to begin with, this caused the crank to hit swing arm , but that was soon fixed with a lil adjustment. Perfect for trails. Mine only has V brakes (which work fine), but I would like to get a disc in the front. Final thing- it looks goddamn awsome!!

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Favorite Trail:   Anything and everything.

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Was given it :D

Similar Products Used:   None really. My first FS

Bike Setup:   I guess stock. RST hi5, deore LX shifters and brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tunny1968 a Cross Country Rider from Notingham, UK

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2009

Strengths:    Solid, rock solid frame. Had Spin wheels from new and I gave it some serious abuse over the years. My average weight is 15stone and this bike really soaks up the terrain allowing you to ride harder and faster accross and down!!! Love it love it love it

Weaknesses:    Ok so it squeeks form time to time and I've found that when I've had chain suck its because the chainset and chain is worn! No rear disc mount but back in 1998 they were big on V Brakes - ran XT's for years and no probs.

Bottom Line:   
GT have tried to surpass the STS to no avail, this was without a doubt the BEST combined XC/DH bike of its time and still turns heads today!!! Great retro looks and it didn't suffer from chain slack like the older URT suspended bikes of the day. Carbon Fibre frame absorbs more that you give it credit for (I can say this having just ridden a 2009 Giant full bouncer) and is totally bomb proof - had many a high spped crash on mine and the bike never suffered, unlike me. Have owned this bike from new and she's now 11 years old and still trailing!! Get one if you can.

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Favorite Trail:   Love them all

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   JE James

Similar Products Used:   Rode various friends bikes from Marin's to Kona's all full bouncers and nothing came close to the feel and control of the STS

Bike Setup:   Currently - SLX hollowcore Chainset, XT front and rear incl shifters, XT V-Brakes, Mavic Crossmax rims (SPIN rims worn out) and Stock front and rear shocks.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chad Allen a Cross Country Rider from Queen Creek, Arizona

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2005

Strengths:    weight, Fully Ajtble suspension, Ajtbl ride hight,the warranty,

Weaknesses:    weight,Squeks,a spary from the ol hydration unit stops these sounds till your next ride.

Bottom Line:   
This frame TRULY is BADD. This thing realy works ,Ive tride lots of different types of terrain on this.Its rear suspension is nothing short of awsome. What you have here is some thing that is fully ajtbl, including ride hight, all @ your hands, no tools needed.Its just a PIG ,but its real strong.I have 5 frame Failures before this one.( none where the lts sts type)It sprints real good and climbs real will," if your strong". The plastic that its made of has a real difine absorbing Quality interms of earth shatering chatters.IF YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO GET ONE THEN DO IT..

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Favorite Trail:   The end of any

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Tempe bike

Similar Products Used:   The all mighty RTS

Bike Setup:   Jr,T (Marzocchi Bomber)Disck brakes.747 clips

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Marcelo Mazzeo a Weekend Warrior from Santos, SP, Brazil

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2004

Strengths:    Weight, Strenght, frame design

Weaknesses:    Squeeks between saddlepost \ frame, cable hardware, highly functional fork, excelent drivetrain, BRAKE AT ALL COST diatech front disc brake

Bottom Line:   
Excelent bike, ride 2 and half years in XC trails and some DH\FR trails and don't have frame fatigue (My weight is 100Kg), drive smoothly to any XC ou extreme XC rider

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Favorite Trail:   Papai Noel, Santos

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   In some pieces

Similar Products Used:   Scott and GT similar bikes

Bike Setup:   Trek 7000 (18"), SID XC, XT\XTR drivetrain, Diatech Anchor front Brake disc, XT rear "V-Brake", LX\Mavic221 Wheels, azonic handlebar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve P a Downhiller from UK

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2003

Strengths:    Ive hammered this bike (and myself) and its still going strong. The original forks (Judy DHO) are great, getting spongy but so bombproof I won't get rid of em

Weaknesses:    creak....creak...(new bottom bracket)....creak...creak...(cursing)...creak...(libeal GT85)...creak...etc

Bottom Line:   
This bike is the S**t.
SPIN carbon wheels help keep the weight down but add flex. Original forks are great, really bomb proof.
The real fun comes with the frame tho, GT have never beaten this frame design-the chainstay length helps distribute weight and allows a much higher riding position on the slopes than a bike with the rear wheel tucked right in-oh and one more thing-it looks sweet-like warm apple pie....

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Favorite Trail:   Woodbury Common, Devon

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $975.00

Purchased At:   Soanes Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Gt backwoods, Gt i-drive (tho never owned)

Bike Setup:   Judy DHO,XTR shifting,DMR chainguard,XT v's,SPIN carbon wheelset,Orange superX bar,Bigfoot stem,Hutchison Jumbo treds

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BOB a Weekend Warrior from HICKORY NC

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2003

Strengths:    IT IS JUST PLAIN SWEET IN THE HILLS OF NC. I RIDE THE SNOT OUT OF THIS THING. I WEIGH 190LB AND THIS RIDE TAKES IT ALL.

Weaknesses:    GT DOES NOT MAKE IT ANY MORE

Bottom Line:   
I GET EXCITED ABOUT GOING RIDING AGAIN.

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Favorite Trail:   PEE WEES

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   FRIEND

Similar Products Used:   NONE

Bike Setup:   SRAM 9.0 DRIVETRAIN, MANITOU BLACK ELITE, MAGURA JULIE DISC AND RACE FACE CRANKS BONTRAGER RACE DISC WHEELS

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Christian Schroeder a Weekend Warrior from Hilleroed, Denmark

Date Reviewed: May 12, 2003

Strengths:    Never used it - just bought it and need some info on it.


Weaknesses:    +++

Bottom Line:   
+++

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   UK

Similar Products Used:   +++

Bike Setup:   +++

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Cannonball a Downhiller from Holland

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2001

Strengths:    This can be used up and Downhill

Weaknesses:    Rear suspension linkage, i bought this bike from a French Downhiller who also broke the rear suspension linkage, and this guy wasn't a dumb fat ass but a tiny frenchman.
He broke the linkage at the french downhill tracks.
Now i'm looking for this brooking part. It's the cup where the rockshox is in. So if anyone can help me.....


Bottom Line:   
It's a great bike untill it breaks.

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Favorite Trail:   Praloup/ Vars

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   French guy from grenoble

Similar Products Used:   Koga miyata Full Suspension.Frame itself is strong. Noleen fork is not suitable for extreme downhill tracks

Bike Setup:   ZZyzx Bullet Frontfork and STX stuff

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Murf a Cross Country Rider from ATL GA USA

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2001

Strengths:    this is one bike that i can say is bomb proof. Unless you throw it off a cliff, it will stay in tact. i rife it hard and it has held up quite nicely. It desends vey well(depending on set up, and climbs well- again depending on set up.)

Weaknesses:    bearings bearings bearings. upgrade to better ones or get wierd faces looking at you saying what the heck is that noise? The frame, mine a 98 gt sts 1500 ds is carbon, and carbon squeaks and creaks. this is not a major prob by all means but does tend to be quite enoying. Also, after awile, the rear shock will tend to lose ground so to say. to get a better feel and better adjustability, upgrade to a fox.

Bottom Line:   
if u want a bike that is a "all around" type of bike, i guess this would be the one. It like i said depends how u soop it up. i went for the dh run and it will decend like crazy but it is quite hefty and does weigh a lot. it is a reliable bike and if you can still find one and are a die hard gt fanatic that wants a fun ride, i would recomend it. also it can be interchangable with 3-4 inches of rear travel by swithcing the little black chip in the back which is cool, and of couse the carbon frame. 4 flamin dookies for now

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Favorite Trail:   locals

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   y22, lts, other gt i drives

Bike Setup:   full xtr, x-vert super, xtr wheel set, some race face, chris king(the best)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alex from Newburyport / MA / USA

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2000

Strengths:    Heluva lot travel for a lightweight, good climbing frame. Tons of adjustability and high tech geek appeal. Headset supports triple crown forks. AWESOME FREERIDE BIKE!!!

Weaknesses:    Like all the LTS / STS the bushings will annoy you and your riding buddies when they are singing, and they do sing. The stock rock shox super delux on the rear is absolute rubbish. I went thru three of the things before I replaced it with a syncros (flawless). But that degree of punishment never hurt any part of the frame / linkage. Minor point but, Red white and blue stickers on a black carbon and aluminum bike ? GT.. come on!?!?! I peeled the stickers off in the 1st 10 minutes. The lowest pivot location can cause a chain suck problem. Extracting the chain past that pivot can be agonizing.

Bottom Line:   
Don't pay full price because there are good deals to be had. Upgrade the shock and start droppin' off 4 footers!! ENJOY IT!!!

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Favorite Trail:   ridge, lynn woods, MA

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   GT Avalance / Zaskar, Kona Stab Primo. This bikes fits perfectly down the middle. Between a downhiller and a no travel X-country machine. that is why it is such a perfect freeride setup.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by BOB a Cross Country Rider from SUMMIT COUNTY, CO

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2000

Strengths:    Reliability, light weight, good handling and comfortable on long rides...

Weaknesses:    Rear Super Delux Rock Shox does not last...
G.T. Hubs...
Chain Suck...
Maintenence...


Bottom Line:   
This bike is a very plush ride that does climb well when ridden and set up correctly. More work on the rear linkege to keep it quiet and smooth is necessary, great FS cross country bike...

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Favorite Trail:   WEST RIDGE

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Bridgestone MB-1
G.T. LTS-1
G.T. XCR-LE


Bike Setup:   Full XTR, Mavic Wheels, Stratos Helix Pro Rear Shock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cletus knobbs a Downhiller from alabama

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2000

Strengths:    everything

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
john sudworth: the reason your linkage probably snapped is because u are fat c*nt that cant ride for sh*t. the problem is with you, not the bike. for everyone else: theses are great bikes

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Favorite Trail:   yahuk

Duration Product Used:   6 months


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by eric a Downhiller from annarbor mi

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2000

Strengths:    smooth ride plush rugged

Weaknesses:    some squiks just grease her like you would a well you know.

Bottom Line:   
i have torcher tested this bike all over the planet in the rockyest nastyest trails i could find the only thing that gave out was me. nuf said.

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Favorite Trail:   go to westvirigina

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years


Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Rodney Gravenor a Weekend Warrior from Peoria,IL

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2000

Strengths:    
stiff frame, sweet rear suspension, great climber, turns good


Weaknesses:    
maintenance intensive, sqeaks from linkage, not light(if that sort of thing bothers you)


Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike used a year ago and have ridden the absolute snot out of it. I have thrashed it in Moab, abused it in Winterpark and ridden it locally a minimum of 5 days a week throughout the year. The bike has performed wonderfully, although it has needed alot of adjustment and attention to maintenance items. I can confidently say that this bike has made me a better rider by allowing me to do things on it that were previously unadvisable. I love this bike and will probably hang on to it, although I would like to get a full-on DH rig before too long. I think everyone should have a 30lb. cross-country bike, mine will be an STS.

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Favorite Trail:   
un-named singletrack in Winterpark, CO

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
Trek Y-bike


Bike Setup:   
full XTR, Mavic 521's, White Bros. DC118, WB Moto Mount and Ti bar, Titec Berserker DH saddle

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Paul M. a Cross-Country Rider from Niagara Falls NY

Date Reviewed: December 28, 1999

Strengths:    
Responsive suspension,adjustability,and sleek design.


Weaknesses:    
HIgh maintenance!!


Bottom Line:   
This bike is plush, but offers little pedal feedback. I have absolutely Hammered this bike and so far it has held up. This bike is not for you if you are mechanically inept or hate wrenching. Warning: Do not use the old sealed bearing upgrade on the top front seat pivot it WILL ruin your frame. There are roller bearing upgrades available now for this bike. I would'nt rather have any other full 'spen.

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Favorite Trail:   
Little Rock City Ellicotville NY

Duration Product Used:   
2 Years

Similar Products Used:   
Specialized FSR, Joshua


Bike Setup:   
full XT,Judy SL, Fox AIr vanilaR, Mavic 517's,Syncros.

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