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    gt bikes any good ????

    ok a good friend of mine the other day said that all GT bikes all of them every single one ar sh"t which i asked why he said everybody knows this ??? so here i am puting it out there whats your experiences and views any profesionals who race them etc use them whats your thought s is this a right thing to say about them and why thanks guys and girls
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    You guys like 10 years old ? Who cares if a bike is crappy or not .. Ride what you can afford and what makes you happy.. By the way, ill let you in on a secret , more then 90% of the time its about the rider and skill set and not the bike.

    So there is really no answer to your question and it was a waste of a thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savie62 View Post
    ok a good friend of mine the other day said that all GT bikes all of them every single one ar sh"t which i asked why he said everybody knows this ???:
    That's an easy one. A GT ridden by Dan Atherton finished third in the Megavalanche this year.
    Another GT ridden by Rachel Atherton won the downhill world cup overall, with a round to spare.

    I think your friend may be misinformed...

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    They are not Sh#t, GT has been on its way back up for the last 4 years.

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    The bike only matters if the rider is really...really decent. Example: I suck at riding and purchased a $6k Yeti SB95 (27 lbs). All my buddies who have cheaper, heavier bikes leave me behind/make technical sections look easy. I make everything look like its frick'n insane hard. I love my bike, enjoy biking and learning, but I agree with the other posters.

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    Find a bike you like and ride the sh!t out of it. For the most part most mtn bikes are made out of one of several types of materials in one of a couple factories in Taiwan and outfitted with Fox, Shimano and Sram (Rockshox, Avid) parts. Find one in the price range that fits your budget and go from there. Yes, some bikes are better than others but I'd bet about 80% fit into what I described above.

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    GT is severely underrated! A few friends have the AM Force and they ride sweet and hold up well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fix the Spade View Post
    That's an easy one. A GT ridden by Dan Atherton finished third in the Megavalanche this year.
    Another GT ridden by Rachel Atherton won the downhill world cup overall, with a round to spare.

    I think your friend may be misinformed...
    This. Plus Gee was on the podium four times. Marc Beaumont was doing pretty well, too.
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    GT bikes are just fine, for the most part. I think GT has created some of this confusion by making some sporting-goods store bikes in the past, and some people think if it isn't sold in a bike shop, it probably isn't a good bike. But their top level stuff is as good as anyone. And my wife's Avalanche has been just fine for the last 10 years or so. Bought from a sporting goods store ...
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    I dont see nothing wrong with GT bikes i have had a few.. GT Agressor/GT Chucker and non of them give me any troubles i did single track and dirt jumping. They are not the lightest of bikes but its what you are used to.

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    I want the GT Xixiang frame so friggin' badddd
    -rides bikes for fun.

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    I have a GT Peace and love it.

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    Tell your friend only lesser riders make such broad generalizations.

    What would make "every single one" a sh1tty bike? Can he name any specific example?

    Are their head tubes all 75 degrees? No.
    Do they have inferior components compared to the same priced competitor? No.
    Are their frames 2lbs heavier compared to the same price competitor for same intended use (XC/Trail/AM)? No.

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    This is dating myself, but I use to have a GT Zaskar LE...wish I still had it.

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    i would say gt is as good as any other big brand (giant, trek, spec). look at their team: the athertons, buemont, mccaul, straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tekhed View Post
    This is dating myself, but I use to have a GT Zaskar LE...wish I still had it.
    When I was little, I used to go and watch pros racing LTSes against hardtails (and destroying them).

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    any bike is better then no bike.

    true story.
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    I have a GT hardtail and the wife has
    a FS. Nothing wrong with either bike.

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    I've always loved GT bikes. While my friends were bmxing with Haros, Mongooses, Redlines or Hutches I was riding a GT Pro Performer. My first mountain bike was a 92 Zaskar LE. These days, the majority of bike manufacturers are able to produce some pretty good frames. Gene Atherton is probably one of the best DH riders I've seen and he rides a GT.

    If your friend thinks this GT Force 1.0 is sh*t, then he doesn't know much about bikes cuz this ride is a bad muthaf er


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    is gene gees other brother?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tekhed View Post
    This is dating myself, but I use to have a GT Zaskar LE...wish I still had it.
    I too had a Zaskar! It was a custom one-off full XTR ano purple! I loved that bike! 5 min in the back of my Jeep and someone rode away with her!

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    2011 GT Force...yeah it rocks.

    Here is my 2011 GT Force frame. Its been a great bike to get to learn. I hadn't had a GT since my 2001 iDrive 1.0 that I had until 2009 when it cracked, had a Kona Dawg Supreme, Evil Sovereign and Diamondback Mission between then and now. All were solid rides, this one is no different.

    GT Builds good stuff and no one can convince me otherwise.
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    My first real mountain bike was a GT Tequesta that I bought new in 1992. I just sold it a few months ago to a guy who put a rack on the back and uses it as a grocery getter. I still have a 1996 GT Ricochet. I'm seriously thinking of picking up my daughter an Aggressor 3.0 when the 2012 models go on clearance. I don't see anything wrong with GT bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aedubber View Post
    Ride what you can afford and what makes you happy.. By the way, ill let you in on a secret , more then 90% of the time its about the rider and skill set and not the bike.
    True that brother..
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    Quote Originally Posted by savie62 View Post
    ok a good friend of mine the other day said that all GT bikes all of them every single one ar sh"t which i asked why he said everybody knows this ??? so here i am puting it out there whats your experiences and views any profesionals who race them etc use them whats your thought s is this a right thing to say about them and why thanks guys and girls
    Is somebody really asking this question?

    Do you and your buddy also argue about who's daddy can kick the other daddy's ass?

    I don't think GT makes any crappy bikes but they do make some entry level bikes all the way up to high end bikes. However, I would trust any of them on any trail just as much as I would trust what you buddy supposedly rides.

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    give the dude a little break, he wants to make sure he doesnt buy crap. if he isnt looking to buy one, i take that back..
    i loved my GT Pro Performer and Mach 1.
    my ex had a women's Zaskar HT that was nice.

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    My first mountain bike was a Karakorum back in the mid 90's, I now have a a Sanction and a new Karakorum. I have always had a soft spot got them glad that when I got back into riding in 2009 that they were on there way back up. I asked the same question back then, Im very happy with the press they are getting now.

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    one of the top riders as far as Strava times go in my area is on a GT Force. They are just as good as others like everyone has said

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    I bought a GT Sensor 1.0 two years ago and have never regretted it. I liked the I-Drive pedal bob isolation so much that I just bought a GT Sensor 9er Expert. It doesn't hurt that you can get closeout bikes with decent components in the 30lb range for $1200-$1600

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    GT's are sick! I had an entry level GT Palomar (yes it was a dept store bike), and when I got a new bike I kept it around. Still take it out on some easy XC today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I bought a GT Sensor 1.0 two years ago and have never regretted it. I liked the I-Drive pedal bob isolation so much that I just bought a GT Sensor 9er Expert. It doesn't hurt that you can get closeout bikes with decent components in the 30lb range for $1200-$1600
    +1. When I was looking to move from my Titus Motolite to a new bike, I demoed a bunch of bikes including Santa Cruz Blurs, Pivots Mach 5's and a GT Sensor 1.0 just to name a few. The sensor had the best suspension of the lot and it was not even close. The i-Drive system is, in my mind, the best suspension system out there, and it is not even close. I ended up buying a Turner 5-Spot, which is an absolutely fantastic bike, but the dw link it has is still inferior to the i-Drive system (in my mind).

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    GT bikes are great bikes! Bit expensive.
    My favorites are GT Force and GT Zaskar models.

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    GT gets a bad wrap because they were acquired by Pacific Cycles a while ago. So they're associated with a company that makes department store bikes. I figure any company that's making high end bikes is selling them because they're still in business, so their bikes have to be decent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HitmenOnlyInc View Post
    I too had a Zaskar! It was a custom one-off full XTR ano purple! I loved that bike! 5 min in the back of my Jeep and someone rode away with her!
    I still have a Zaskar bought it back in 99. Beautiful ball burnished frame but I haven't rode it in years, I like seeing it there hanging in my garage.

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    I have a Ruckus and a Force, and I can assure you, they are not Sh1t.

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    Yep if GT or anybody else for that matter built crap, they never would have stayed in business this long, recession and all.

    I love my 2.0 Force!
    May the GT Force be with you, always.

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    I ride a 2012 GT Force. It's wicked. Lots of fun on twisty single track and I get to use it on some all mountain stuff AND XC stuff (although it's 32 pound heft might be obese for XC).

    Anyways, great bike overall. Had difficulty finding a 150mm bike for the price. Build quality is good. And the stock RS Sektor R is SO underrated. Tried my friend's Fox Talas 36... I'd choose my Sektor over that ANYDAY.

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    I am going to take the stance that it doesn't matter what you ride as long as you have fun. I have seen people on 10 year old department store rigs out there keeping up and in some cases passing people on $4,000 Kona's and what not. At the end of the day I think it is easier to name the bikes that you definitely should NOT buy than to compare each of the better known manifacturers.

    Please to add to this list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikesBoardsBrews View Post
    I am going to take the stance that it doesn't matter what you ride as long as you have fun. I have seen people on 10 year old department store rigs out there keeping up and in some cases passing people on $4,000 Kona's and what not. At the end of the day I think it is easier to name the bikes that you definitely should NOT buy than to compare each of the better known manifacturers.

    Please to add to this list.
    DO NOT BUY:
    Huffy
    Anything made my Pacific Bikes
    A Mongoose from WalMart
    Anything from Walmart
    Pacific Bikes owns GT and is part of the Dorel conglomerate that owns Cannondale. But I agree that I probably wouldn't purchase a bike with the actual Pacific Cycle badge on it.

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