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Thread: GT Zasker 24

  1. #1
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    GT Zasker 24

    Hi all, I'm looking at one of these for my son, he's mad keen on biking, we go riding most afternoons, he's currently on a 16inch BMX which is to small for him, I'm reluctant to move to a 20 as I think it will only last him a year or so at the rate he's growing. I have only just gotten back into biking after a 10 year absence so am not completely sure of what constitues a good build and what doesn't. I also wonder if front suspension is useful for a 30kg kid, would I be better off getting the bike built without it?

    The spec on the Zasker 24 is:

    FORK SR Suntour XCR LO 24", w/ 65mm Travel, Magnesium Leg, Alloy Steerer, Post Mount Disc Brake, QR
    CRANKSET FSA Alpha Drive, 36/24T, 2x9
    BB FSA Sealed W/ Alloy Cup
    PEDALS GT Slim Line Flat Pedal, Cast Alloy
    FRT DER. Sram X5, 2x9
    RR DER Sram X5 Mid Cage
    SHIFTERS Sram X5 Trigger, 2x9
    REAR COGS Sram PG950, 11-34T
    RIMS All Terra AT18, Double Wall, 32H
    TIRES All Terrain 24 x 1.95" Folding Bead, Dual Compound
    FRONT HUB All Terra Alloy Disc, W/ Quick Release
    REAR HUB All Terra Alloy Cassette Disc W/ Quick Release
    SPOKES Stainless steel 14 gauge
    NIPPLES Brass
    FRONT BRAKE Hayes MX5, w/ 160mm Rotor
    REAR BRAKE Hayes MX5, w/ 160mm Rotor
    HANDLEBAR All Terra Riser, Double Butted, AL -6061, 540mm Width, 30mm Rise, 31.8mm Clamp
    STEM All Terra 1 1/8" Threadless, 3d Forged, 4-Bolt W/ CNC Face Plate, 5 Rise, 31.8mm Clamp
    GRIPS Single Density Racing
    HEADSET FSA TH-888, 1 1/8" Threadless
    SADDLE All Terra XC
    SEAT POST All Terra AL6061
    SEAT CLAMP All Terra Alloy QR

    I live in Norway, the choices for good 24's are pretty slim on the ground, Scott Scale 24 Jr, Orbea MX 24, Cube Kid 240, and crap from sports store brands Diamant, Merida and Nakamura.

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    Just depends on what you want to end up with.

    I went with a Marin Bayview Trail Disc for $499. The GT is $940. Take the $440 and get some better parts. The GT specs are better than some of the other kids bikes, but not $440 better.

    Look at my Update: Marin Bayview Trail Disc build thread.

    Expect for the wheels all the upgrades I did would come in under $440. What is depends on is the used bike part market in Norway.

    I bought an entire XT drive train minus cranks and full set of BB7 for $120 on Ebay.
    The Carbon Bars where $32.
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    The Marin importer in Norway doesn't bring in kids bikes, there really isn't a lot of choice here for better than rubbish kids bikes, the GT and the Orbea MX Team 24 are about it.

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    I would be interested to hear how you made out. I've got a 24" Zaskar coming my way for my 8 yr old son this week via a decent closeout deal. He,s moving up from scott spark 20". Looking to put some of the savings into upgrades. Any thoughts on wheels, bb, etc that could shave some weight? Thanks!

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    We were going to get him the bike for Christmas but decided to wait until his birthday, which is in April, I'm now leaning towards the Specialised Hotrock 24XC Disc, it's about 2000 NOK cheaper, some of the components aren't as good but we can live with that, I don't expect the 24 to last more than 3 years before he's big enough for a 26 so no point spendiong large now.

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