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...
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!!
Bike Setup: I guess stock. RST hi5, deore LX shifters and brakes.
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.
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.
Weaknesses: weight,Squeks,a spary from the ol hydration unit stops these sounds till your next ride.
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..
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....
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.....
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
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.
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
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)
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.
Don't pay full price because there are good deals to be had. Upgrade the shock and start droppin' off 4 footers!! ENJOY IT!!!
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.
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...
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...
a Weekend Warrior
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)
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.
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.