GT I-Drive Carbon Team XC Full Suspension

GT I-Drive Carbon Team XC Full Suspension 

DESCRIPTION

  • Frame: GT i-Drive 4 moncoque carbon fiber front triangle
  • Rear Shock: Fox Float RP3
  • Fork: FOX F100X
  • Crankset: Shimano XTR, 2 piece design
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano XTR outboard oversize bearings
  • Chain: Shimano 9 speed
  • Handlebar: FSA Carbon riser with 25 mm rise
  • Stem: FSA 3D forged MTB stem
  • Saddle: FIZIK Gobi
  • Seat Post: Thompson Elite

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 21, 2009]
Chris Nel
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

The spec/price/weight balance is superb; This bike absolutely eats singletrack and always feels poised, fast and confident. Climbs well, corners well; In fact, for a race bike, it's surprisingly forgiving and easy to ride fast or slow.

Best features are probably the X-forks which run perfect once they're setup, the xtr brakes which always feel strong, and the (DT swiss?) 1540 rims which are light and strong.

For reference, I am 80kg

Another strength I feel, is the shimano warranty - front deraileur broke and replaced no quibbles.

Saddle - the fizik wing-flex is amazing; race weight that keeps you happy when you're doing all-day rides; will probably put one on my road bike too.

Weakness:

Brakes can be finnicky, best to stick to Shimano pads and make sure the shims are exact or the brakes stick and outer pad wears out faster, also recommend change the screws on the brake for the cheaper splitpin which works better.

Stay out of mud; the i-drive clogs up (keeps working but carries a lot of mud) and there is not sufficient clearance for it; this is not a mud bike

Creaky / clicky saddle / saddle post

For this price level, I wish they had used a top level stem (Easton EA30 looks out of place with the 'rest') but that just a silly gripe, no practical benefit

Final weakness: when you own one of these, you feel like you have to go fast (even when you can't :-)

Yeah, get one if you're interested in going fast on XC circuits, marathons or singletrack. If it's muddy where you ride, give this one a miss and look for frame clearance instead.

Similar Products Used:

None really, this is the best bike I've owned;
I compared Specialized, Scott, GT, Giant, Ellsworth before buying this. Was swayed by price and availability or I might have bought the Scott instead; Happy with my choice though.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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