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    Picked up a 2012 1.0 from one of my lbs here in Australia.

    Is going to be a commuter for me as I have other trail bikes already. Only done a few laps around the block with it so far but am looking forward to giving it a long run!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimCz View Post
    Picked up a 2012 1.0 from one of my lbs here in Australia.

    Is going to be a commuter for me as I have other trail bikes already. Only done a few laps around the block with it so far but am looking forward to giving it a long run!
    Nice! I have one also - mostly used to commute - i have road tyres on it at the moment, as i am doing the ride for MS on Sunday (46km)
    I have done 800km on it since Jan :-)

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    I bought a White 2011 3.0 at Performance for $300. Immediately bought some Avid Elixir 3 hydraulic brakes and a Rock Shox Reba Race 100mm air fork, some carbon fiber bars, and new grips. This is an amazing package for less that $1000! Hell of a lot better than buying the 1.0 in my opinion, get a great fork, much better brakes and still hardy components. What an awesome bike!


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    Timcz that 2012 Korakoram 1.0 is a real beauty! I have a 2011 GT Korakoram 3.0 that I destroyed the rear derrailleur and went into the spokes.I am in the process of a full upgrade on forks(2011 Marz 44 tst2 29'r) SLX cranks,F/R derailleur,Thomson elite seatpost,stem,Avid bb7,Mavic 719 wheels with XT m756 hubs,( I am eventually buying Hadley's)
    I am in Specialized ,Cannondale,enemy territory and I have to make a good showing representing GT!Hah!

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    Hey guys. I just went down to my LBS today and picked up a Karakoram 4.0, I think it was, for about 450. Did I get a bad deal? Is the bike decent for an entry level trail bike?

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    Hi any of you wants to get rid of their stock wheelset? I have a 2011 3.0 and would like to have an extra se of wheels to commute on slicks but don't want to spend the money in nicer rims.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by VChuck View Post
    Timcz that 2012 Korakoram 1.0 is a real beauty! I have a 2011 GT Korakoram 3.0 that I destroyed the rear derrailleur and went into the spokes.I am in the process of a full upgrade on forks(2011 Marz 44 tst2 29'r) SLX cranks,F/R derailleur,Thomson elite seatpost,stem,Avid bb7,Mavic 719 wheels with XT m756 hubs,( I am eventually buying Hadley's)
    I am in Specialized ,Cannondale,enemy territory and I have to make a good showing representing GT!Hah!
    Cheers! Rode it into work this morning for the first time. Was great. Pedals easy, changes well for the spec on it. Rides really well.

    I wanted something that was going to be a good commuter, and I'm not the biggest fan of road bikes, plus there are a few sections where I like to cut across the grass, ride off a few gutters and down some small stairs. Can't do that on a road bike!

    Sounds like a few nice upgrades on yours. My upgrades will have to wait until I finish building my yeti!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimCz View Post
    Cheers! Rode it into work this morning for the first time. Was great. Pedals easy, changes well for the spec on it. Rides really well.

    I wanted something that was going to be a good commuter, and I'm not the biggest fan of road bikes, plus there are a few sections where I like to cut across the grass, ride off a few gutters and down some small stairs. Can't do that on a road bike!

    Sounds like a few nice upgrades on yours. My upgrades will have to wait until I finish building my yeti!
    Thanks TimCZ,I am of the same exact mindset,I commute 40 miles a day to work and back except I am on a 1997 GT Zaskar ball burnished beauty I just aquired after my 02 GT Timberline was stolen by the bro's.
    I was recently accosted by would be bike jacker's it seems as though I have been targeted for theft,Hah!
    This new tactic involves pulling up ahead of bicyclist and bum rushing you(4 bro's this time)and trying to knock you off of your bike and stealing it,I have heard other stories of forcing you off the road and bust you up and take your bike.
    Luckily for me,I am in extremely good physical condition and grew up in rough asian neighborhoods(Okinawa) besides, I love physical conflicts and served 8 years in the military and love edged weapons
    What has happened to my beloved Ormond Beach,FL.? it was the best place in the USA to live!
    Anyway just a heads up to you people out there to be aware at all times of your surroundings!
    The scumbags are getting more inventive to steal your expensive bicycle!
    Well, Uh I certainly did not mean to kill this thread,posted this while I was drunk.turns out it was a rare incident (attempted bike theft) whew!,
    back on topic my 2011 GT Korakoram project is almost complete,just a derailleur hanger #94 ? ,and she rides again
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    aawyeah.com has (had) the Karakoram 2.0 for 599.00 I added one to my cart and checked with the better half and when I got approval I went back to purchase and realized that I need a large frame not a medium. I tried to change it to a large but the price had gone up 100.00!!!!!!!!!! 9on ALL of the 2.0's

    I sent them an e-mail to see if they will fix the problem- whats the best price you have seen on a 2011
    2.0?


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    Performance and REI have them for $850.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by keeseckb View Post
    Performance and REI have them for $850.00
    note this is for the 2012, not the 2011

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    Nice frame

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    Here's my GT, bought the 3.0 for $299 at my LBS. Elixir 3 front and rear hydraulics for $130 online, Rock Shox RL Race 29 here on the forums for $200, and got a Carbon fiber straight bar on the way for $50.Not a bad setup at all for $680!

    Holy huge pics...have to reupload after I resize on my computer tonight. **Edited and reuploaded**




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    where did you find that for 300 bucks? thats a heck of a deal-

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    hi guys, picked up a 2012 karakoram 3.0 and am having bad luck so far. second ride out broke the Chane i figured no biggie it happens, third ride out new chain, the rear casset brakes completely! now i am worried i just wasted 700 bucks on this bike. always been a fan of gt products that's why i went with this model should i have went with a cannondale like i was planning? any input would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance

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    If you spent 700 on a 3.0 you got HOSED! Ya still shouldn't be breaking components though~

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    bike was 590 before takes came out to about 640 all said and done. i have a bad habit of rounding up lol. so does this sound right? bike is being repaired under warranty but i still am worried that i made a poor decision in mtb.

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    any one?

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    $590 for the 3.0 is about right. That is some fancy new math you use.

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    thanks for the help guys! looks like this forum is not for me.

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    I found a 2011 2.0 for 550.00

    You got to look reeeeealy hard!

    but it is a 2011-

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    My 3.0 was 299, and the 2.0 was 550 at performance bike, pay anything more and I'm not sure you're getting a good deal.

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    I over paid for my 2012 3.0 too probably, but it was from a bike shop that's local to me. The nearest cites with a bike shop are over 40 miles away. Don't mind paying a little extra for the convenient drive, plus they've gave me some good deals on a few things I've got there from the past. I just hope my experience isn't like boostins, that sucks dude good luck with everything.

    Kinda feel jibbed though after seeing that you can get one for $299, is that a 2012? Performance bike is a large retailer isn't?....probably getting some of these with that question lol. I know there's a website, but is it a large franchise with real stores too?

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    ok folks, the forum topic is 2011 karakorum. So lets be clear, $300 is a great price on the 2011 3.0, but the 2012 will run about $590. The conversation is getting confusing which model and year you are all talking about

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    Need a new thread lol. Sorry about that, wish you could post your own topic as a new member.

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    My LBS told me they cant even get 2011's any more. GT sells all the older bikes off to online retailers. The only "aged" bikes in the shops will be when they start getting 2013's, which will let them drop prices on the 2012's.

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    Sorry for hijacking this thread again, but I can't post a topic and this is the closet one I can write about these issuse(s).

    So like boostin, I feel like I'm getting ripped off too. Took it out for my first real ride on a local trail today. First off not even a quarter mile into the ride, the chain keeps popping off going into first on the crank. Well then after awhile it stops doing that but still had issues with shifting on the crank . Then after I get done and get home, both my tires are flat....So now I'm probably gonna end up spending way more money on new tires and tubes, and have to use up one of my tune ups to get it to shift right. Looking at boostin post I have a lot more ******** to deal with in the future, feels like I got screwed over and it was only one ride. I mean come on, most people when they pay over $600 dollars for something they expected it to work for at least the first few rides.

    Starting to regret my decision now, but it was the only bike in my price range at the only local shop here (not driving 50 miles every time something goes wrong).

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    Quote Originally Posted by droc089 View Post
    Sorry for hijacking this thread again, but I can't post a topic and this is the closet one I can write about these issuse(s).

    So like boostin, I feel like I'm getting ripped off too. Took it out for my first real ride on a local trail today. First off not even a quarter mile into the ride, the chain keeps popping off going into first on the crank. Well then after awhile it stops doing that but still had issues with shifting on the crank . Then after I get done and get home, both my tires are flat....So now I'm probably gonna end up spending way more money on new tires and tubes, and have to use up one of my tune ups to get it to shift right. Looking at boostin post I have a lot more ******** to deal with in the future, feels like I got screwed over and it was only one ride. I mean come on, most people when they pay over $600 dollars for something they expected it to work for at least the first few rides.

    Starting to regret my decision now, but it was the only bike in my price range at the only local shop here (not driving 50 miles every time something goes wrong).
    Flat tires really have nothing to do with your bike's quality. Thorns, pinch flats, improper installation, etc. Don't chalk that up to your bike, it's a separate issue.

    As to the shifting, that sounds like an adjustment problem not the quality of the bike. Yes, it should be right leaving the shop and yes all bikes should work good off the bat but that's occasionally not true and sometimes a new set of cables can stretch pretty damned quick after set-up. Very much to be expected.

    Adjusting them isn't tricky, there's lots of youtube videos and books, online guides and the like that will cover it really well - if you're going to ride mountain bikes seriously, you owe it to yourself to learn how to do it so you can fix an issue that might ruin your day but take 3 minutes to sort out.

    Don't give up on the Karakoram, it's a good bike even in the lower trim. You could have spent $5,000 on a custom carbon and had these exact same issues.
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    Ditto above post- your problems are not a fault of the bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by swingset View Post
    Flat tires really have nothing to do with your bike's quality. Thorns, pinch flats, improper installation, etc. Don't chalk that up to your bike, it's a separate issue.

    As to the shifting, that sounds like an adjustment problem not the quality of the bike. Yes, it should be right leaving the shop and yes all bikes should work good off the bat but that's occasionally not true and sometimes a new set of cables can stretch pretty damned quick after set-up. Very much to be expected.

    Adjusting them isn't tricky, there's lots of youtube videos and books, online guides and the like that will cover it really well - if you're going to ride mountain bikes seriously, you owe it to yourself to learn how to do it so you can fix an issue that might ruin your day but take 3 minutes to sort out.

    Don't give up on the Karakoram, it's a good bike even in the lower trim. You could have spent $5,000 on a custom carbon and had these exact same issues.
    Sorry for the vent post, I was just super slaty after my first ride on my bike and all that happen. Took it to my lbs, they said the trail I was on is know for popping tires, not too well maintained. I went ahead and got tubeless tires, just because I'll probably be going back to that trail cause it's only a few miles away and is good for practice. Too bad after I dropped the bike, my front-driver side wheel just falls off my truck.....not been a good week at all.

    P.s: I don't blame my LBS at all. Was more mad at GT for the quality of the stuff and price. It's a awesome bike with/out the issues I had....just wish I could of rode it more this week.

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    So you guys are seeing the 2011 3.0 for $300 at Performance? Their website shows $399. Are they cheaper in the stores?

    Thanks


    2011 GT Karakoram 3.0 Mountain Bike - 29ers on Sale - Huge Selection!

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    Mine was cheaper in the store than online. Obviously lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlpressley View Post
    So you guys are seeing the 2011 3.0 for $300 at Performance? Their website shows $399. Are they cheaper in the stores?

    Thanks


    2011 GT Karakoram 3.0 Mountain Bike - 29ers on Sale - Huge Selection!


    right now its 10% off your entire order so the bike is 359.99-

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    Went to my local Performance Bike shop today and had them order a 2011 3.0 for me. Hopefully it will be here next week.

    I would like to upgrade to disc brakes pretty soon when I get the bike so I thought I would ask here what you guys thought I should look for? Also, if you have a good source that will be great as well. Thanks in advance for all of the help.

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    I got the Avid Elixir 3's for about $130 online, can't remember where though. For the price, they have been awesome. Great stopping power, and once I adjusted them correctly (took about 5 mins) they dont make any squeaking noises, or any noise for that matter. They get my vote.

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    You can get Avid BB7s for 98-110 online new (shipped) with rotors, calipers, and Speed dial 7 levers.

    That would be my vote.


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    Where would be a good place to shop for such items? I know the obvious eBay and Amazon but if there are other good options please let me know.

    Thanks for the help.

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    eBay for the BB7's !!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Tricon_ View Post
    I got the Avid Elixir 3's for about $130 online, can't remember where though. For the price, they have been awesome. Great stopping power, and once I adjusted them correctly (took about 5 mins) they dont make any squeaking noises, or any noise for that matter. They get my vote.
    Did the Elixir 3's come with the adapters needed to mount the calipers or is that something that you bought extra? Thanks for the help.

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    Yup, everything I needed to mount them came in the box.

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    Just looked at the 2011 2.0 at Performace for fit and the M looks good, I am 5 8'. Going back to order the 2011 1.0 tomorrow, $799, seems like a great deal, I'm sold. Any thoughts before I go for it tomorrow? Thanks!

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    Edrix,

    Are you purchasing it online? I'm a noob, but the bike seems pretty equipped for 800 minus 20% store credit.

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    Ordering from the Performance store. There are none in stock and ordering in the store saves on shipping and they tune it up and all. Can't pass up the price with $160 cash back for goodies! Thanks!

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    Wish I had a store near me. I am going to pick up a 2011 2.0 for 560 shipped.

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    Dbl pst
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    Damn..i must of missed this sale. I don't see it less then $499 now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoUTrO View Post
    Damn..i must of missed this sale. I don't see it less then $499 now.
    online somewhere? which model?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LONRGR View Post
    online somewhere? which model?
    The 2011 Karakoram 3.0, looks like it was under $400 last week at Performance Bike.

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    ahhhhh 3.0~ gotcha!

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    Hey, I'm interested in a Karakoram, I'm a beginner, do you suggest getting a 3.0 and upgrading the brakes or going with the 2.0 or 1.0?

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