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    GT Sensor 9R

    Anybody have any experience with this bike? I am looking to jump to a FS. Performance has them on sale for a fairly reasonable price. !20mm fork and frame shock. Looks like it would be a good candidate for a FS. I know that test rides are the tell-all, but I just wanted some opinions on it. Thanks ladies and gents.

    BTW, I ride Blankets Creek and Taylor Randal memorial trls (woodstock, Ga). Also do some riding on other local trails in other nearby counties. (Allatoona Creek and Mt. Tabor Park). The trails are rooty and rocky with some climbs and some good flow.......a good mix.
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    I found lots of good reviews but didn't like the components of the newer ones and nobody was selling used. After months of deliberating over the new models a 2010 came up and I put a new drivetrain, brakes and hubs on it.
    I'm more than happy riding the kind of stuff you describe and think I got a lot of bike for the $$.

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    I was looking at buying a used one. Check the top tube length before you buy. They run very short for the size!

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    ......and post up some pics of your axe.....catalog/ad pics dont seem to do some bikes justice as far as looks go. thnx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jlee197853 View Post
    I was looking at buying a used one. Check the top tube length before you buy. They run very short for the size!
    I would more-or-less agree with that. TT = 23.8" for the L, and 24.8" for XL.

    There isn't a whole lot of information on these bikes and I don't think they have sold many of them. I personally think my Sensor 9r is one of the best pedaling FS bikes out there, but I'm not hearing any one else state that. My current shock is an X-fusion that seems to have little to no compression damping, which IMO is exactly what you want with the I-Drive suspension. Very plush compared to the Fox shocks I've tried on this bike. Even with the loose shock I can hammer it out of the saddle, and it just goes. I even leave the shock open on the street (granted I don't street ride much). If there is a Performance Bike near you, try throwing a leg over one. Keep in mind when testing this or any other FS bike, many shocks have a lot of compression damping built in, which lets the bike pedal great, but won't be plush on the trail.

    My 2012 is 8 months old now, and is holding up great. I'm 225, ride plenty of rocky trails, and catch air now and then, but nothing major. I did have the pivots start creaking 2 months ago, but I took them apart and greased them and all has been well since. The pivot bearings are basically headset bearings.

    Sensor 9rs don't have tapered headtubes or ISCG tabs, and have a standard QR in the rear. None of that is a big deal to me, but if GT wants to play in the bigs they are going to have to add those features.

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    I have the 2012 GT Sensor 9r Elite.
    Love the the bike.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKL View Post
    There isn't a whole lot of information on these bikes
    Too true, on the GT site it says something like 'when too much information isn't enough' below the tech link which leads to a few old catalogues that don't include my 2010.5 model. It's a shame the website isn't up to the standard of the product.
    I concur on your other points JACKL

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    Very Happy with my 2012 GT sensor 9r Elite. I am 6' 33" inseam and the Large fit me very well.
    The Deore drive train has held up very well, and works flawlessly. about every Month I pull the pivots apart and clean and grease them (about 30 mins).

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    GT Sensor 9R

    I've built three or four at work, and I've gotta say they're awesome bikes. I'm especially a big fan of the comp version, loved it when I rode it.


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    Bought a new GT Sensor Elite 29 in early April and love it.I did add FSA SL K seatpost to help lower the weight and ODI lock on grips!

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    I had a 2012 sensor comp and sold it because it felt like a noodle and I only weigh 140. If you ride real aggressive, this bike is not for you. The front is stiff but the rear flexes like crazy. Aside from that flaw which drove me nuts.....its a great bike just wasnt for me. I do miss how great it climbed because i now suffer pedaling my enduro around but it rewards me with a bigger smile going down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveagibsonsg View Post
    the rear flexes like crazy
    I weigh 180 and don't know what you're talking about and can only assume you thought it was a hardtail.

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    No issues with flexing in the rear here. I am 175 lbs and I am no slouch on the trails.
    So I will agree, I have no idea what you are referring to.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    My buddy has the comp version. In stock form, the front end is a bit high, cockpit is a bit long. Things that can easily be fixed. I'm 220, and didn't feel any flex. This was with stand up and mashing. Climbed great, even though I couldn't get the rear shock dialed in. Rear end wasn't very active on the downhill. Sits a bit high, I think this bike would do well with a wide, flat bar, and short, low degree stem.

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    Sensor 29er Pro

    Got my Sensor 6 months ago at the start of our summer.
    Done 800km on it - mostly single track and some events.

    I love it, seems small to me now and fits like a glove, climbs nicely and hasn't done anything wrong.

    I'm 83kg, no flexing at the back either.

    I got it for a bargain as a run out - and still think I got a lot of bike for my $$
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shmoo View Post
    Sits a bit high, I think this bike would do well with a wide, flat bar, and short, low degree stem.
    Have not changed the bar but the stem had to go.
    I put a 40mm Hussefelt on it. Worked like a charm.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    GT Sensor 9R

    Got a Large 2012 9r Elite model and the end of last year. I'm 5' 9" and 155lbs and was on the fence about getting a Large. But it works great for me. Bike pedals well and climbs even better than my 29er hardtail.

    Sometimes the shock feels a little too plush, but doesn't seem to have adversely affected how it climbs for me.

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    225, hammer it hard, and no flex here either. However if the "film reels" on the pivots are not properly adjusted, the rear triangle will be able to move around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I have the 2012 GT Sensor 9r Elite.
    Love the the bike.
    I had the same bike and despised it. Returned it and bought a Trek Superfly 100 AL Pro.

    The frame weighs a TON compared to bikes in its class and it comes with some really garbage level components. My fault for impulse buying before researching but there was really nothing redeeming about it in my eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    I had the same bike and despised it. Returned it and bought a Trek Superfly 100 AL Pro.

    The frame weighs a TON compared to bikes in its class and it comes with some really garbage level components. My fault for impulse buying before researching but there was really nothing redeeming about it in my eyes.
    When you say "bikes in its class", you do know that the Sensor Elite 9r is almost half the price of the Trek Superfly 100 AL Pro?

    Sensor Elite 9r msrp = $1999
    Trek Superfly 100 AL Pro msrp = $3889

    Not really the same class if you ask me.

    Now if you compare it to $2k full suspension 29ers, it specs out nicely and is at the top of its class. Considering I paid $1035 for it with $65 cash back to spend in the store, I got an even more fantastic deal.

    As far as the frame weighing a ton, did you strip it down and weigh the frame and compare it to the weight of the superfly? I wouldn't be surprised if it does weigh a little more but I would bet most the extra weight is in the components and not the frame.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    When you say "bikes in its class", you do know that the Sensor Elite 9r is almost half the price of the Trek Superfly 100 AL Pro?

    Sensor Elite 9r msrp = $1999
    Trek Superfly 100 AL Pro msrp = $3889

    Not really the same class if you ask me.

    Now if you compare it to $2k full suspension 29ers, it specs out nicely and is at the top of its class. Considering I paid $1035 for it with $65 cash back to spend in the store, I got an even more fantastic deal.

    As far as the frame weighing a ton, did you strip it down and weigh the frame and compare it to the weight of the superfly? I wouldn't be surprised if it does weigh a little more but I would bet most the extra weight is in the components and not the frame.
    BAAM...Pimp hand!!! I heard that smack all the way from the Single Speed thread! At $1035.00 it's like 3 to 1. I'd take 3 of them personally and pimp them out all different...but I'm funny that way and cant seem to make myself put the proverbial "all the eggs in one basket". Even 1 at $1035,00 and another $1035.00 in upgrades still saves you the rest for a lifetime membership at Ray's Indoor LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    When you say "bikes in its class", you do know that the Sensor Elite 9r is almost half the price of the Trek Superfly 100 AL Pro?

    Sensor Elite 9r msrp = $1999
    Trek Superfly 100 AL Pro msrp = $3889

    Not really the same class if you ask me.

    Now if you compare it to $2k full suspension 29ers, it specs out nicely and is at the top of its class. Considering I paid $1035 for it with $65 cash back to spend in the store, I got an even more fantastic deal.

    As far as the frame weighing a ton, did you strip it down and weigh the frame and compare it to the weight of the superfly? I wouldn't be surprised if it does weigh a little more but I would bet most the extra weight is in the components and not the frame.

    Of course those two aren't in the same class, the Trek is WORLDS better. Whatever poverty class the Sensor is in was what motivated me to get ahead of it by 3-4 classes

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post

    As far as the frame weighing a ton, did you strip it down and weigh the frame and compare it to the weight of the superfly? I wouldn't be surprised if it does weigh a little more but I would bet most the extra weight is in the components and not the frame.
    Good point. I'm curious to know what my frame weighs, but not enough to strip it down at this time. Bottom line, it's an aluminum frame, and until we get one weighed, there is no reason to conclude that it weighs significantly more than a comparable FS aluminum frame. But if your build uses less-expensive components, then yes the bike will be heavier. Not a big deal to me, but as parts wear out or break, I will be swapping lighter stuff on. On my 2012 Elite, the wheels are skinny and heavy, so I already swapped those for Flow Exs and an XT cassette. The 5lb Marz TST2 fork will probably get swapped at some point, but for now it's working great so I'm going to leave it be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alias530 View Post
    Of course those two aren't in the same class, the Trek is WORLDS better. Whatever poverty class the Sensor is in was what motivated me to get ahead of it by 3-4 classes
    That's cool whatever floats your boat.
    Of course the last guy that spoke like you and thought his $4k bike was so awesome, I climbed right past on my heavy pig of a GT Sensor.

    (And yes, that is a true story)
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    I was visiting my Dad in Palm Springs, in April, and rented a Sensor 29er Elite, it was a 2012 model with the Marzocchi fork. Initially, I was a bit leery as to how this rental bike would ride, seeing that GT is not exactly on the radar like they used to be in their glory days. I rode it on a variety of trails out there, the Goat Trails, Wildhorse, Target trails - all the local Palm Springs stuff, and I fell in love with the bike. Sure, it's no lightweight ballerina bike, but as you've heard, the bike rides well above it's class. The feel of the bike climbing, the balanced feel, and what I consider to be very snappy handling, really encouraged me to push the bike harder. And it handled all the light chunk and scree just fine. I even rode over some stuff that gave me pause on my own personal bike (that bike is a 2008 Turner 5-Spot, and I shipped it over there a few years back so I could ride the local trails while visiting) - There is a particularly technical spot on this trail - a combination rock squeeze, and drop off, into another S-turn squeeze - all at low speed. It gave me fits on my 5-spot previously because this bit of trail was chock full of wheel stoppers, but I decided to just go for it and see what the Sensor could do with this tricky bit o' trail. I couldn't believe how little drama there was! Those big wheels really do help! After clearing this spot that gave my 26" fits, I couldn't believe how easy it was on the big wheels - it was at this moment, I became a huge fan of this Sensor 29'er (and 29'ers in general).. That said, I'd ridden a handful of 29'ers in years past (the last one was the latest Santa Cruz heckler-style 29'er), but this was the first 29'er that really fit my riding style and handled/rode very similar to my Turner. I like a bike that feels like it can go over anything.

    So when I returned home to Michigan and got back onto our woodsy, twisty, glacial terrain trails, I couldn't get that Sensor 29'er out of my brain - I tried.... After one too many beers, I ended up buying one on Ebay a few weeks ago - got it for $1450 to my door, a 2012 Elite, yes - the one with the Marzocchi fork (I'm a fan).

    I rode it last night for the first time on my 'benchmark' local trail - heavily wooded, short steep no-warning climbs, blind loose gravely corners, long flowing sweeping downhills, etc. and the bike was an absolute blast. It even wheelies pretty good too. I had to apologize to my wife and her riding girlfriend for leaving them in the dust, because I had to see what this bike could do. Compared to my Turner 5-spot, the biggest difference was that I was carrying eye-wideningly huge amounts of speed into corners - way more than I ever generated on my 26'er. I really had to reconfigure all my approach speeds - and once leaned in, the bike tracks true, and mid-corner adjustments are easy. I did notice that these 29" wheels generate more of a gyroscopic effect than a 26" wheel, and one quickly learns to give the handlebar a little more to get the same amount of lean as would one on a 26" wheel bike. Still, I loved how stable the bike was, yet could be easily leaned from one side to another for S-curve type trail sections. Handling is top notch!

    The suspension really surprised me - I kinda guessed on the PSI front and rear - I really only put enough air in to get the proper amount of sag at each end, figuring this was a good start. The X-fusion shock has a bit of a static platform that you need to bust thru in order to see what sag you're getting in the parking lot, but other than that, no real tricks needed. The ride was very balanced, once you set the sag front and rear for your weight (trial and error). You could feel distant thuds from big hits coming from the rear end, but never felt that the shock was struggling to sop up the little stuff - very controlled back there. And, like others have said - the pedalling is very very snappy - great response from the engine room. I will have to wrap the chainstay, cuz there was some annoying chainslap going on. As for the fork, I absolutely love Marzocchi's and this inexpensive model really was perfect for this bike. I couldn't believe how nice the action was, considering it wasn't even broken in yet - it's a shame GT didn't spec' the Marz for the 2013 lineup - it really compliments the bike's "is that all you got?" attitude. Heavy? Really not a bother - it's lighter than my Turner, and the Sensor does not feel like a heavier bike, even when pedaling into zero speed uphill burst climbs, where you have to get the wheels moving "now". I can't make sense of it, but it feels better than a 26'er!

    I have a 32" inseam, and weigh about 195lbs, and decided that the size Medium Sensor I rode in Palm Springs was sized perfectly for me - this is the same size I got. I'd not tried the Large, but noticed that the top tube was 3/4" longer, or so. I like a compact cockpit, so Medium is perfect. The bike does seem to run on the large size, dimensionally, so if you normally think you ride a Large, you really might be better off with a Medium, especially if you're at the tipping point between Med./Large. And on the medium the top tube does lightly touch the nutt area, if you're more towards the front, fyi.

    All in all, after only ONE ride on my fave local trail, I'm unanimous that I've made a great decision, bikewise. It's one of those bikes that is way more than the sum of it's parts - A bike that is woefully overlooked and ignored by "the mainstream bike media". I must admit, had I never rented one while in Cali, I would have never ever considered getting this bike, just because I'm probably a bit of a bike snob (just a little). I'm glad I got the chance to try this bike out, and even gladder I bought one. I just feel bad that my Turner will likely become a home for wayward spiders.....
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    jokermtb, nice write up. I test rode both a 26 GT Sensor and a 29 GT sensor two years ago and was blown away. Fantastic bikes and the most under-hyped suspension system out there. I also have a 5-spot but keep thinking of those sensors....
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    I love the Marz fork I even have a hardtail with the new REBA and it sucks in comparison. It took a little to get the Marz loosened up where there was practiacally no stiction. But it is like butta now. My Carbon hardtail with all better components (XO) is not half the bike my GT 9r Elite is and it is 11# lighter, but I am 2 mph faster on the same trail on the GT.

    Congrats on the new bike, they are great!!!

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    Wow... Nice to hear that my feelings about my '12 Sensor 9r Elite weren't merely subconscious rationalizations about the money I had spent on it! Joker's description is "Spot" on with my experience so far (excuse the pun). I fully realized I wasn't buying a high-end, big-name FS 29er, but have been pleasantly surprised by how much bang-for-the-buck the bike provides. Definitely pedals and rides above its pay grade. I've probably been most surprised by how well it climbs for me... feels even better than my Mamba hardtail on most climbs. Was not expecting that.

    I guess I'll stop feeling a little sheepish when telling others about what FS 29er I bought!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus View Post
    jokermtb, nice write up. I test rode both a 26 GT Sensor and a 29 GT sensor two years ago and was blown away. Fantastic bikes and the most under-hyped suspension system out there. I also have a 5-spot but keep thinking of those sensors....
    I'll never part with my 5-spot, since resale on used mountain bikes is crap (as you all know) - it just doesn't pay to "give away" such a fine bike. I'll report back once the new bike honeymoon wears off. It'll be interesting to get back on the 5-spot and compare then.

    TAPnTX - that's no boast. I really get it. It just doesn't make sense that this GT Sensor is as good as it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jokermtb View Post
    I'll never part with my 5-spot, since resale on used mountain bikes is crap (as you all know) - it just doesn't pay to "give away" such a fine bike. I'll report back once the new bike honeymoon wears off. It'll be interesting to get back on the 5-spot and compare then.

    TAPnTX - that's no boast. I really get it. It just doesn't make sense that this GT Sensor is as good as it is.
    So I'm curious on your take for the Marz fork? I know you like it but do you notice any fore-aft flex in it? Are you running it at 100mm or 120mm? I am using the same fork albeit on a different bike (at 120mm) but I can detect some flex if I put my finger in between the fork brace and top tubes and rock forward-backward with front brake locked...sorta gives a little pinch. Have you noticed this? It's a fine line between "compliant" and "flexy" LOL. Do you have the same reaction from yours? I tend to think it's more in the realm of "compliant" and at 120mm (the upper end of 80-100-120) bushing overlap might be a bit lacking.

    Your thoughts???
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    My thoughts on the Marz - overall it's a great fork, very plush and reliable over the last year. I try to lube the stanchions before each ride to keep it extra plush, because they do dry out. However, like all 32mm 29er forks, it does flex. I'm 225 and I'm running it at 140, so that doesn't help. If I flip the bike over, hold the brake, and try to turn the wheel by hand, I can actually see the stanchions flexing.

    I don't think the flex is a big deal out on the trail, but a stiffer fork would certainly feel better. I'm planning on getting an X-fusion Trace when the unicrown comes out, but my TST2 is working quite well in the meantime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by God's Favorite Bike View Post
    So I'm curious on your take for the Marz fork? I know you like it but do you notice any fore-aft flex in it? Are you running it at 100mm or 120mm? I am using the same fork albeit on a different bike (at 120mm) but I can detect some flex if I put my finger in between the fork brace and top tubes and rock forward-backward with front brake locked...sorta gives a little pinch. Have you noticed this? It's a fine line between "compliant" and "flexy" LOL. Do you have the same reaction from yours? I tend to think it's more in the realm of "compliant" and at 120mm (the upper end of 80-100-120) bushing overlap might be a bit lacking.

    Your thoughts???
    Running full 120mm, and it's not flexy. Mine does that a little bit (I do believe that the brake pads will shift in the caliper, between the pad and piston, too when you do this as well). I have an older Marzocchi (Z1 FR) on my Turner, and it does rocks a bit more than the new Zoke in the bushings (it's a lot older and has never had the bushings swapped). It also has an air chamber, so the looser bushings don't affect the air - seal (surprisingly). The thing is, at full extension (no rider) the fork is not even in it's working range, so of course it will exhibit that behavior. You'd laugh if you saw my older Zoke rockin' in its bushings. Once underway, with 200 lbs of meat in the seat, the bushings overlap properly, and it's no problem. Sure, maybe in 9 years, this new Zoke will be as sloppy as my old 9 year old Z1......

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    Here is some video of my and my buddy riding our Sensor 9rs at Hall Ranch in Lyons, CO. First time to ride in CO (we live in the Dallas area) and first time on that trail. I apologize that it's unedited, but good stuff nonetheless.


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    Bought a 2013 Sensor Expert a couple of months ago and have ridden it quite a bit in the mountains. The bike doesn't feel like it has any flex to me. The i-drive appears to do its job very well as I don't hardly notice it is even there until I am dealing with something big. Very smooth and rides like a charm. I really have enjoyed the bike thoroughly. Drivetrain has been solid. I came from XT shifters on the hardtail so jury is still out on SLX but they work well and don't have any issues. Just not quite as smooth as my XT's but that is to be expected.

    My one minor annoyance I have had with it is the Formula disc brakes are a little loud when wet. Doesn't affect performance though. Small annoyance but I haven't much effort yet into remedying.

    For what it is worth, I narrowed my choices down to this and the Trek Fuel EX8 and I couldn't justify the extra money for the Trek. Even the Trek salesman looked at the Sensor specs and noticed how close they were and for $600 extra, it just wasn't a convincing argument to go with the Trek albeit it did ride quite nice as well. Both bikes did. For that $600, I may update the shifters and have money left over. And of course, Performance Points just sweeten the deal. Overall, I am well satisfied and enjoying the bike immensely!

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    My brakes made a little noise, I just ignored it and eventually it seemed to go away.
    I think I noticed the difference after cleaning the bike using Simple Green.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    I too am having a time getting the Avid 1.0's fitted to my 2012 Sensor 29r. The 8" rotor started out silent, but as the pads wore in, the infamous Avid HOWL emerged. I've tried fiddling and adjusting to no end, perhaps some fresh pads and some scotchbrite disc deglazing is in order. No fault of the bike though. I initially did not like the Shifters (deore), because the levers were placed differently than my XT's on my other bike. I've now gotten used to it, and don't mind em at all - they're actually quite good shifters - amazing, considering the price point. Even cheap Shimano is pretty awesome.

    So far, no issues with the bike, the BB is creak free, headset smooth, cranks are solid, the shock is holding air happily, no weird clunks or cable noises, although I did zip tie on a section of road tire for a chain stay muffler for chain rattle in the bumps. The bargain basement WTB saddle will probably be replaced soon, for it's a bit fragile in the vinyl deptartment, and I'm a bit of a hack (sorry saddle). As for the bumps, the Marzocchi 44 is breaking in nicely, and beginning to exhibit that Marz-butter feel. I'm really impressed by the Maxxis Aspen tires. Light weight, and fast rolling - could use a bit more knob in the chunk, but considering their weight class, they perform well beyond it.

    Now that I'm used to the bike, I've discovered how light feeling and flickable this Medium framed version really is - totally defies the convention that says 29'er will be a little truck-like in the handling dept. Can you tell I'm really digging this bike?

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    Joker,
    Can't really argue with too much of your assessment of the Sensor 9r. Yeah, not a huge fan of the stock WTB saddle, but it's not horrible. I'll probably swap in a WTB Pure V at some point, since I hear good things about them (especially for the price).

    I'm less of a fan of the Maxxis Aspens, although I feel better about them now than after my initial impression. I left the Aspen on the rear, but put a 2.35 Geax Gato TNT on the front. Wow... what a difference! The Gato is definitely a burlier tire than the Aspen, but I'm not a weight weenie, so the extra grip and durability of the Gato are a major plus for me. A lot tougher getting the Gato on and off the rim though.

    So far, the Elixir 1's on my model have been merely OK. Probably ready for a bleed on the rear brake, but have not experienced the Avid howling that many others have mentioned. But I can't really say the Elixir 1 is any better than the Hayes Dyno Comp hydros that are on my Trek Mamba.

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    The Aspens suck

    They will cause you to crash if you push them in the corners.
    At least swap the front out ASAP.

    I also accidentally mounted the rear backwards the other day when changing a trail side flat.
    Afterwards it seemed to handle better.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gumby. View Post
    I found lots of good reviews but didn't like the components of the newer ones and nobody was selling used. After months of deliberating over the new models a 2010 came up and I put a new drivetrain, brakes and hubs on it.
    I'm more than happy riding the kind of stuff you describe and think I got a lot of bike for the $$.
    Thinking about picking up this one: 2010 GT Sensor 29r Mountain Bike. Any thoughts on the price?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgelax06 View Post
    Thinking about picking up this one: 2010 GT Sensor 29r Mountain Bike. Any thoughts on the price?
    Bicycle BB doesn't list the year but it seems like a decent price if it is in good shape.
    Ask to go look at it and make an offer.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgelax06 View Post
    Thinking about picking up this one: 2010 GT Sensor 29r Mountain Bike. Any thoughts on the price?
    My only concern would be whether the fork and shock have been overhauled. I paid not much more for my 2010 when it was new. I'd try to get him down a little bit.

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    Sensor 13 elite. 29er
    This bike is just flat out great as it is. As others mentioned the tires should be the first thing you change. Don't get me wrong the aspens worked great for a few months but go up a hill or take a turn sharp enough your sliding. After grabbing a pair of maxxis ardent the bike is ready for anything you throw at it. I do plenty of single track, dh and fire roads. I just recently swapped out the rims for a tubeless set up, it rides even more so. I can tell you one thing I do not regret buying this bike. Performance had a great sale on there exclusive performance edition so it came well equipped with sram 10speed. Swapped the saddle to a rocket v. Bumped up the rotors to 200mm/f, 180mm/r. All these upgrades with out having to break my bank too much. Isn't the lightest feather but for this pice you just can't find anything better for its value. Comparing a 3/4k bike to this isn't the same. That amount of money you should consider comparing it to a Gt force. (Witch will probably be my next ride)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blurryrain View Post
    Isn't the lightest feather but for this pice you just can't find anything better for its value.
    I'd agree with that.....my Elite, is perhaps the first bike I've really not been compelled to swap out a bunch of stuff in order to get it the way I want, but I will say, I threw on a new wheelset (king/DT rims), and the bike really woke up....

    I really have a hard time comprehending how GT got this bike so right!

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    Just to add to the comments, I have one as well, the '13 sensor expert.

    I wish it had a little more travel, but otherwise I think it's a great bike. miles better than the hardtail I was riding. Mine came with the formula brakes, and yes they make some noise when moist, but the do stop. Just don't use the brakes.

    I'd love to add some travel, but I hear that will mess up the geometry.

    funny you should say swap out the from tire. After constantly being scared about wiping out in turns I replaced from tire with a Purgatory Control (I know, not really a favorite around here), and now I turn a lot better and the front isn't always sliding out. I have another purgatory for the rear, but I am not sure I'll need it. let see....

    GT Sensor 9R-bike.jpg

    p.s. I did not have the purgatory on the front at the time of that pic.

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    The Aspen does make a good rear tire especially if you want to hammer out the miles.
    As a front it is ok if you don't want to corner fast but if that is the case you wasted your money on this bike.

    I ended up with a couple Exiwolfs on the bike and love them but I think my next tires for it will be the Kenda Honey Badger Pro's. I have them on my Single Speed (which happens to be a Spot Brand Honey Badger) and they corner like a cat on carpet.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L8APXR View Post
    I'd love to add some travel, but I hear that will mess up the geometry.
    I was concerned about that when I contemplated converting to tapered steerer to use a 2014 Fox 34 so I went with TALAS. The adapter raised it 20mm so the 110-140mm fork sits 10-40mm higher and the rake is changed about .5-2 degrees.
    It's much better at everything than the F29 it replaced and in no way messed up, the extra travel and damping are very nice but the biggest improvement is the preciseness of the stiffer fork, that and stiffer rims the swing arm is the flexiest bit now and I want a new carbon one :roll eyes:

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    I just purchased this bike today. any help with info on setting up the suspension would be helpful. I have the XL and it is a bit smaller than the schwinn rocket comp I had. Should be interesting getting used to the 29er as I am not much of a mtn biker.

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    If paying 3x makes you happy then great not all folks can afford to drop almost 4K on a mtn bike.

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    2010 sensor 9r XL

    GT Sensor 9R-sensor.jpgI just picked up a 2010 extra large used for $900 in MA. Not being much of a mtn biker and coming off a 2006 Schwinn Rocket Comp 26er this thing is sweet. The TT is a bit shorter than the Rocket but I got used to it very quick. Lighter, better suspension and components plus the 29 wheels. I will be in the woods more this winter. In the first few rides I notice that I am going faster over the average roots and small rocks. 6-12" obstacles are much more smooth going over from the bike being lighter and the change to 29 wheels. I am able to get up steep climbs that I could not with the Rocket.
    I put a new Bontrager seat and some WTB wide grips for comfort.I think the rear shock needs some maintenance but for the money I am a happy camper.

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    my 2014 sensor. So far very happy with it.



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