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    I never even sat on the seat, never even installed it infact. I took it off the post and put my Selle Royal seat on it. I need padding.

    Looks like a fairly nice seat, though. Might be worth selling it to someone with a more narrow butt.

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    got the bashwich put on, it DOES clear the chainstay barely- took just a little pressure and tweaked it in some- looks very nice now.

    I think I saved roughly 1/2 a pound ditching the front derailer, shifter and all the hardware (not to mention the inner and outer rings)


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    I have also noticed that my crank arms are a alittle 2 long for me and i hit alot of things when ridding im 5'8" Have any of you guys changed your crank yet

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    I have not.

    Do any of you have a metric ruler long enough to measure the length of the seatpost?

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    measure it with a ruler and use a metric conversion chart on google.

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    Yeah, I was being lazy. It's roughly 14 inches to the center of the seat rails, about 355mm.

    I've just about tapped myself out for the month on what I want to spend for upgrades; Easton EA90 stem (the closeout one), EA70 Monkeybar, WTB gel grips, lizardskin chainstay protector, and a Thomson Elite 31.6x367 seatpost.

    Just leaves pedals, and wheels some day.

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    I sold my 07 specialized hrxc and ordered a 2011 karakoram 3.0 from blusesky. I know im moving from entry level to entry level but ive been wanting to step into 29er field! Cant wait!!

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    just ordered one today from performance bicycles, price went down to $699!

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    699 is a solid price. I am thinking about getting one as well and just sell the 2010 Gt Force 3.0 that I picked up 3 weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeri534 View Post
    just ordered one today from performance bicycles, price went down to $699!
    Gah, if I'd just waited a week...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skrapmetal View Post
    Gah, if I'd just waited a week...
    don"t they have a 90 day price match?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain916 View Post
    don"t they have a 90 day price match?
    It looks like it "Performance will match any advertised price on the same item offered by a retailer operating within 25 miles of our store within 90 days of your purchase. Just bring in the ad, even if it's our own, along with your original Performance Bicycle receipt, and we'll gladly refund you 100% of the difference. We will also do the same for you at the time of purchase."

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    They sure do. Just got off the phone with them, they are refunding me $100.99.

    Awesome.

    Might be a trick getting it refunded though, I paid with Bill Me Later so I could use Paypal and then paid it off the next day when it showed up on the site, so I'm not sure how that will work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skrapmetal View Post
    I am 5'11" as well and went with the medium. I'm glad I did... it fits me like a large frame 26".
    Thanks Skrapmetal...I was torn because Blueskycycling had the large for $319 and Performance had a medium for $499, I went to 5 different shops and tried both the large and medium my cheap brain was telling me to get the Large, but my heart kept telling me the medium felt better and i was going to have to pay close to $200 more. Good news today when i checked performance's site ,they had the 3.0 marked down to $399 so i went in an bought it...Thanks everyone for your help

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    see if my uploads work~

    BBG bash guard pic-

    old 97 Avalanche next to New 2011 Karakoram 1x9

    Action shot~




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    Hey, I've been looking at the Karakoram's, I see a lot of people are happy with the purchase. As a beginner would this be a good bike to start with? Now that Performance lowered the price this seems to be the best deal around for a beginner, and with the shop support it seems like a great way to get into mountain biking. Can anyone give me any other suggestions, or tips? Thanks for the advice, I cant wait to get a bike and hit the trails.

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    I bought the 1.0 a few weeks ago for $799 and LOVE it! Now it's down to $699! I'm taking my receipt in today to get a refund! Love the price guarantee. I would highly recommend this bike as a intro 29er, but I'm just a noob myself. Changed out the pedals and plan some other changes in the near future. The SRAM shifters suck, but otherwise it's a great ride!

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    Meant to say the SRAM x.5 shifters suck. I'll be changing them to x.9 soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonkingKong View Post
    Hey, I've been looking at the Karakoram's, I see a lot of people are happy with the purchase. As a beginner would this be a good bike to start with? Now that Performance lowered the price this seems to be the best deal around for a beginner, and with the shop support it seems like a great way to get into mountain biking. Can anyone give me any other suggestions, or tips? Thanks for the advice, I cant wait to get a bike and hit the trails.
    advice is free. jump on the 2011 2.0 from bluesky. Buy a 10.00 set of pedals from them too.

    then go ride!



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    That color is really nice its better than the green I saw on performance website. How much did that set u back if you don't mind me asking?

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    Where did u find that color

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    I am looking at buying the Karakoram 1 from Performance, but I'd like to see how the bike fits. Are the frames the same for both the '11 and '12 models? I'd have to try a '12 at REI and then buy online if that's the case.

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    I don't know of any frame difference between 2011 and 2012, but I'm not certain.

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    I don't think there is a frame difference either, I tried out the 12 2.0 for sizing and feel and went ahead and ordered the 11 1.0 yesterday from the Performance store. I can't wait to get it thanks for the help guys, now I need to figure out what to spend the $70 storec credit on and wait for the bike to arrive lol.

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    70.00 credit? easy~ Pedals (10-15.00), and upgrade the shifter and rear derailer, or brake levers, or brakes, or???????

    buy 2 spare tubes, and a mini pump, different bar grips, ditch the outer and inner and go 1x9 (buy bash guards)

    try out some different tires, get a lighter stem and bars?





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    just picked up my 2011 Karakoram 1.0 from Performance Bikes....a couple issues though, if anyone can help.

    - is the front brake cable supposed to be secured to the fork or something? mine doesnt have any cable stay or bracket on it.

    had to adjust my front brake caliper a bit as it was having rubbing.

    Im having problem with gear changes, either the front gear is very hard to shift or wont shift at all, and the rear gears the smaller 2 keep jumping back and forth with eachother sometimes

    also how much travel do you guys have on your shock when its locked out?
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    Got a 2011 gt karakoram 3.0 medium, real bang for the buck.
    Changed everything, what left is the frame and seatpost
    -upgraded groupset to 2012 deore, brakes, crank, rd, fd, cogs.
    -changed to alex sx44 rims laced with dt swiss spokes on chosen hubs (nice sound)
    -changed the saddle to selle royale wave for comfort
    -changed the stem to easton 75mm
    -used on one mary bar, nice and comfortable for urban and light trails
    -installed halo twin rail 29 tires for urban attack and light trails, rolls smoothly
    -changed headset to wtb race sealed bearing

    Will post pics soon.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by barnbig View Post
    Got a 2011 gt karakoram 3.0 medium, real bang for the buck.
    Changed everything, what left is the frame and seatpost
    -upgraded groupset to 2012 deore, brakes, crank, rd, fd, cogs.
    -changed to alex sx44 rims laced with dt swiss spokes on chosen hubs (nice sound)
    -changed the saddle to selle royale wave for comfort
    -changed the stem to easton 75mm
    -used on one mary bar, nice and comfortable for urban and light trails
    -installed halo twin rail 29 tires for urban attack and light trails, rolls smoothly
    -changed headset to wtb race sealed bearing

    Will post pics soon.
    pics or it hasnt happened!


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    here are the pics guys

    currently pictured here with 1x10 drivetrain, non series brakes







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    Quote Originally Posted by jeri534 View Post
    just picked up my 2011 Karakoram 1.0 from Performance Bikes....a couple issues though, if anyone can help.

    - is the front brake cable supposed to be secured to the fork or something? mine doesnt have any cable stay or bracket on it.

    had to adjust my front brake caliper a bit as it was having rubbing.

    Im having problem with gear changes, either the front gear is very hard to shift or wont shift at all, and the rear gears the smaller 2 keep jumping back and forth with eachother sometimes

    also how much travel do you guys have on your shock when its locked out?
    My rockshox manual baggy had a zip tie in it, I used that to zip tie the brake cable to the shock... there are four little bumps on the fork that the cable sits nicely in when you zip tie around that.

    Your deraileurs need adjusted. You can find tutorials online, or have a bike shop do it.

    And my shock doesn't have much travel when locked out unless I hit a really nasty bump, which is the way it is supposed to work, but make sure you have put air in the shock... mine had none in it when it arrived.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LONRGR View Post
    70.00 credit? easy~ Pedals (10-15.00), and upgrade the shifter and rear derailer, or brake levers, or brakes, or???????

    buy 2 spare tubes, and a mini pump, different bar grips, ditch the outer and inner and go 1x9 (buy bash guards)

    try out some different tires, get a lighter stem and bars?





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    Haha that's a lot of stuff, Im a beginner I have no idea where I would begin if I tried to install that stuff lol ... The spare tubes is a nice start tho, gotta learn to change a flat, good thinking! In regards to the 1x9, can you tell me your experience with that? Like I said I'm a beginner, not sure if that makes a difference, but what are the advantages of one gear vs 3?

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    My stem showed up today, so I finally got around to bolting on all of the new goodies I've picked up for my 2011 1.0:

    Thomson Elite seatpost
    WTB Comfort V Sport saddle
    Easton EA90 100mm 10deg stem
    Easton EA70 low rise Monkeybars
    WTB dual compound grips

    ...and a little Rockshox carbon fiber stem spacer to get rid of the bigger original one with the All Terra logo on it. It's a hair lighter, but it was really all about looks.

    Really glad I went with the 10 degree stem rather than the straight one. The angle is perfect for what I wanted, just about parallel to the ground.

    Also the original GT slimline pedals are growing on me. Not as much bite as I would like, but they are starting to spin a lot better now that they are breaking in.
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    Thanks to this forum I jumped on a 3.0 29er from Performance. Wanted to have a bike back east for when I visit and really couldn't resist the price and the awesome breakdown here on this thread. Last time I rode a GT it was an 88 GT Pro Performer!

    Thanks for the heads up and all the info. Gonna ride this thing stock until something breaks. Pretty pumped to have a GT again.

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    Same here, I was thinking real hard about the 2011 1.0 @ $799, then when it dropped to $699 last week I just couldn't resist Went to a local performance shop last Wednesday and ordered one on their "Red Phone" which gets the bulk shipping charge waived. Now just waiting for the call/email that it's ready.

    FYI - I just noticed on the performance website that all sizes of the 2011 1.0 are now SOLD OUT.

    bob

    Oh, and this is my first post, awesome message board!

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    Picked up my 1.0 a month ago, then got $100 back when the price dropped! Loving it. Changing out a few things, will post pics soon. Absolutely LOVE the 29er!

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    Got mine today. Took me an hour to put together. I was effing with the rear derailleur and the rear qr skewer. It just didnt drop out of the slots. I had to take the skewer out put the rear wheel in and put skewer back in. Anyways gng to ride soon. I also swapped out the stem bc its too long for me so I put on a 60mm truvativ hussefelt stem from my specialized.



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    Airic, did you cut your stem down? My stem wont go in that far... hits the top water bottle bolt (even when the bolt isn't in the hole) and stops.

    It is the height I need, but I wouldn't mind being able to lower it some if I wanted.

    Also my rear wheel was installed already when mine arrived, and the rear derailleur was perfectly adjusted already. Thankfully.

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    Skrap, nope i didnt have to cut the steerer, i just remived a spacer bc of the height of the stem. I got it from aawyeah.com for $26 shipped.

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    Whoops. Complete brainfart. I meant to say seatpost... not stem. ><

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    Nope didnt need to cut the seat post either.

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    I finally picked up my bike from the LBS after 9 days, It was ready a day early! I had them install the Elixir 3 hydraulic brakes and the Rock Shox XC 32 TK fork. I changed the pedals, seatpost and the stem myself when i put it together. It's been almost 3 weeks since i got it and i only got to take it around the block to try it out before i took it home from the LBS and it was raining of course. Looks like it will be for the next three days also...








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    I was having issues with the derailleur yesterday and gave up effing with it and brought it to lbs today . It turns out the chainstay was a tiny bit bent, rear sprocket 4th ring were bent at teeth and front wheel were all bent due to shipping most likely.
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    What size would you suggest for 170 cm (5 ft. 7")?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wooyek View Post
    What size would you suggest for 170 cm (5 ft. 7")?
    Unless you have really long legs for your height, I can't imagine being comfortable on anything over a medium. Probably a small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airic81 View Post
    I was having issues with the derailleur yesterday and gave up effing with it and brought it to lbs today . It turns out the chainstay was a tiny bit bent, rear sprocket 4th ring were bent at teeth and front wheel were all bent due to shipping most likely.
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    Ouch. Have you contacted GT yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skrapmetal View Post
    Unless you have really long legs for your height, I can't imagine being comfortable on anything over a medium. Probably a small.
    Yeah, I was thinking that small would be perfect, but I just like the looks of medium so much more that I was taking it into consideration... But I guess that it wouldn't be a good idea to buy medium just for the nicer frame layout. If the geometry chart on VitalMTB is correct, the difference in top tube lenght is almost 2 cm, which should make a significant difference.
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    I had to gamble when I picked mine. Only one LBS sells GT's, and they weren't stocking Karakoram's at all. They are slowly going out of business by the look of things, and they can't afford to keep much in stock.

    I could probably do just fine with the large for the top tube length, but the standover height wouldn't have been very comfortable for me. I usually go with larges for 26ers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skrapmetal View Post
    Ouch. Have you contacted GT yet?
    I contacted the vendor (blueskycycling) where i bought it from. They are gonna take care of it. A++ service!!! I would recommend them to anyone!

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    I'm looking to buy a wheel set of a karakoram I want to have a dirt set and a street set but don't want to go trough the hassle of adjusting my db every time, does any of you have a set for sale?

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    I bought a 2012 GT Karakoram 2.0 Medium in the beginning of February. I have ridden it nearly everyday. I got it for $850 from a LBS that was ordered for a customer that didn't buy. I prefer the seemingly stiffer triple triangle frame as opposed to the few other 29rs I owned and tested. The LBS swapped the tires out for a set of WTB Pathways in 700x38c for no charge. They didn't have any tires in stock that really suited my riding style and conditions but these got the job done in all but mud. The Pathways even took me across the creek a few times before i ordered a set of Schwalbe Land Cruisers in 28x1.75. I love these tires on this bike. They are not the best on road nor off road but i have the utmost confidence when crossing the varied and often rough terrain of my daily commutes and these tires take the mud 10x better than the Pathways.I also added a Topeak MTX rack and bag the day I bought it and have only ridden it once for about 15 miles off road without this combo attached to my seat post. The bike is definitely fast and controllable and although it does not do any one thing particularly well when it comes to geometry, it does offer a great happy medium, which is what i was needing for my situation.
    I look forward to riding this frame for a long time.
    The only thing that i have had happen is one of the small chain ring bolts worked itself loose and fell out during a ride, i crashed down from 3-9 to 1-9 and it folded the small chain ring over, which the LBS said they would replace for free, i just haven't had the time to get it to the shop so i been using the other 2 chain rings only which is a hassle when i am pulling my wagon with some weight in it up a steep incline.
    I plan to upgrade the crank and bb and also go from the factory 22/32/44 to a 28/38/48 or similar.
    Other than that i am very satisfied for my purposes and conditions.

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    Picking up the last one from performance bikes has tomorrow morning! Pretty pumped!

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    Very cool, Blowen. I'm really glad a lot of us were able to get in on these while the deal was so good.

    Took mine out for another short ride tonight. Nothing serious, just some rail trail riding in the dark... but it was fun.

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    Something you guys might wanna check... just noticed the wear on my front rotor was only about half of the braking surface. The bracket spacer that is between the caliper and the fork (which moves the caliper back far enough to fit the 180mm rotor) was put on upside down by the factory. It has an arrow indicator on the inside that says UP, and mine was pointing down.

    Flipped it and now the pads are contacting the full surface like they should.

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    Mines the same. Thanks!

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    Here is mine. Love it so far!
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    I'm really liking mine too but out of the box it really does needs some tuning and i'm a new at this and don't know how to fix it. Mine isn't changing gears right or smoothly. I had asked my LBS when i dropped it off to add the disc brakes and fork to tune it also but they didnt and after having it in the shop for 9 days i just wanted to ride it and and take it back if it needed to be tuned. The spokes also need adjusting because the wheels don't spin straight. I'll be taking mine in again to have it adjusted.

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    Damn ,I payed full price for my 11 Korakoram 3.0 $550.and have not rode it for 5 months since I destroyed the derailleur/hanger/spokes/axle.
    I miss riding her
    I am doing a complete component overhaul on this bike,only need rear wheel,(mavic 719) headset,and bb7's I will post some pics once I get her back together
    some really nice korakorams you dudes.good to see GT on their game again!

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    this is how mine sits now i used to have a 1.0 a few weeks ago but it had some problems and i returned it for the 3.0 which came out of the box a whole better and smoother then the 1.0 but i much prefer the 3.0 specially with the upgraded parts i just got and the discount performance bikes gave me, got the 3.0 for 320


    just bought all new this past week/weekend
    stem easton ea90 -29
    handle bars: ea70 low rise -39
    fork: rock shox recon gold in white -265
    crank: slx m660 170 mm crankset -120
    brakes: magura loise bat complete kit -170

    so right now im sitting over 144 of what i orginally paid for the 1.0 of 799 but i have much better parts and comfort will post a pic when its all installed
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    ... and if we just ...

    Just picked it up tonight and after a 7 mile test-drive can't say that I have any major complaints. Bone stock except for the front disc rotor (one from factory was bad) and the drink cage. Loving it so far, pretty nice upgrade from my 1992 rigid Hard Rock Many of you have complained about the seat, but I think I'll keep it for now, I must have a skinny ass or something
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    Very nice! I am crapping my pants,**** bought the wrong size Thomson seatpost(30.9?) about a few months back and have to get another one.because of stupid mistake

    fcamaro24 "How do you like your SLX 660 cranks?" the 170mm seem to get better clearance?I bought 2 sets of them in 175mm awhile back.from blueskycycling
    .just curious

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    my karakoram.
    got it as a frame only then put in a couple of parts i had

    bb is quite low with the rigid fork. saving up for a reba or a suntour epicon or whatever cheap & decent comes up in my local bike forums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IstongKowldPaRin View Post
    my karakoram.
    got it as a frame only then put in a couple of parts i had

    bb is quite low with the rigid fork. saving up for a reba or a suntour epicon or whatever cheap & decent comes up in my local bike forums.

    Looks cool! What year is that?

    I decided to sell mine because I scored a Niner frame, anyone interested in a lightly used 2012 karakoram let me know
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    My 1.0

    Finally got some pics. Added Easton 50 stem and bars, Crankbro candy pedals, went to a 1*9 set up with BBG bash and NGear jump stop, and am LOVING IT! In the pics I had a Raceface bash but accidentally bought the 40t. It's now a 32t BBG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChapmanMTB27 View Post
    Looks cool! What year is that?

    I decided to sell mine because I scored a Niner frame, anyone interested in a lightly used 2012 karakoram let me know

    I sent you a PM- would be a good ride for my wife, but where did you come up with a 700.00 asking price? I got mine for 560 brand new with shipping- I offered you 90 bucks less than that. You didn't say anything about massive upgrades to the bike, or anything- just that you were gonna take the drive train off to use on something else. If it has no drive train my offer goes down even further!

    let me know- would like to surprise my wife with it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by edrix View Post
    Finally got some pics. Added Easton 50 stem and bars, Crankbro candy pedals, went to a 1*9 set up with BBG bash and NGear jump stop, and am LOVING IT! In the pics I had a Raceface bash but accidentally bought the 40t. It's now a 32t BBG.
    Edrix, your bike is looking great!
    Did you feel the stock handlebars were a little wide? This is my first 29er, so maybe it's something I just need to get used to.
    Also, have you had any paint chip yet? Mine seems to chip very easily, but I already found some "Testers" brand paint in an almost exact color match.

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    Could you give us exact paint code you are using for the green?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain916 View Post
    Could you give us exact paint code you are using for the green?
    "Testors 1124 Green Vert" It's not perfect, but it's good enough that you really have to look hard to see the blemish.
    I apply it with a toothpick. I'll post some pics next time I have the bike and my good camera in the same spot.

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by bobRtp View Post
    "Testors 1124 Green Vert" It's not perfect, but it's good enough that you really have to look hard to see the blemish.
    I apply it with a toothpick. I'll post some pics next time I have the bike and my good camera in the same spot.
    Good call on that. My LHS had only one bottle of one green even close, and that was the one. $2 later, you're right. It's a good match, but not perfect. Especially where the white primer was left behind, but maybe another coat will do better.

    I have an old can of Tamiya PS-17 Metallic Green here that I think might be a slightly better match, so I'll probably try that next time.

    I got one nice ding right on one of the letters. Now it just looks like the decal chipped, not the paint. Can't win them all.

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    Here's mine, and the stuff removed from it so far...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LONRGR View Post
    I sent you a PM- would be a good ride for my wife, but where did you come up with a 700.00 asking price? I got mine for 560 brand new with shipping- I offered you 90 bucks less than that. You didn't say anything about massive upgrades to the bike, or anything- just that you were gonna take the drive train off to use on something else. If it has no drive train my offer goes down even further!

    let me know- would like to surprise my wife with it!


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    I didnt see your PM so I sent you one.
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    Pulled the trigger today. Funny coincidence - someone on the big box store bikes forum pointed out the 3.0 as an alternative to a Wally World bike last week because Blue Sky had it for $320. I glanced at it and forgot about it until I bought a copy of MBA with a review of the 1.0. MBA loved it so I've been debating for two days, then ordered the 2.0 an hour ago.

    This is my reentry ride - tried the sport about 10 years ago, never had a chance to ride dirt much. Now I have a new wife that isn't such a stick in the mud and might get to go find some trails!

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    Can't let this thread die, too much fun with this bike. A few hundred miles later...
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    Can anyone tell me exactly what I would need to upgrade a stock 2011 3.0 to bb7 disc brakes?


    Very confused if its just the brake set...or are new wheels needed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by manmythlegend View Post
    Can anyone tell me exactly what I would need to upgrade a stock 2011 3.0 to bb7 disc brakes?


    Very confused if its just the brake set...or are new wheels needed?
    You need hubs for discs but as far as I can see in the specifications, you have them: "All Terra Alloy Disc". So check if you have 6-bolt holes on the left side of the hubs, and if so, all you need is new brake calipers.
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    I am have the same karakoram 3 - 1 2011 this is what you need 2 sets of bb7 calipers with 160mm rotors (that's the biggest one your fork can take) also is better if you change your levers to avid 7 those are cheap but they are sold individually, also new cables and cable jackets, if you are good using a dremel and have cutting wheels you can use that if not buy bike specific cable cutters. I got everything at price point . com and was the best price for cables and jackets I got jagwire ripcords

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    Quote Originally Posted by wooyek View Post
    You need hubs for discs but as far as I can see in the specifications, you have them: "All Terra Alloy Disc". So check if you have 6-bolt holes on the left side of the hubs, and if so, all you need is new brake calipers.
    Mine hasnt arrived yet =-( But thank you for the headsup.

    Quote Originally Posted by nono29 View Post
    I am have the same karakoram 3 - 1 2011 this is what you need 2 sets of bb7 calipers with 160mm rotors (that's the biggest one your fork can take) also is better if you change your levers to avid 7 those are cheap but they are sold individually, also new cables and cable jackets, if you are good using a dremel and have cutting wheels you can use that if not buy bike specific cable cutters. I got everything at price point . com and was the best price for cables and jackets I got jagwire ripcords
    Awesome. I actually have a pair of Avid 7s waiting to be returned or used.

    Do you feel the difference in braking over the stock brakes to justify the changeover to disc ?

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    I ride with my 2 year old by my handle bar in a" ibert " chair and they make me feel more confident on the trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by nono29 View Post
    I ride with my 2 year old by my handle bar in a" ibert " chair and they make me feel more confident on the trail

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    Thanks!

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    It seems like this bike has gotten some good reviews. I am thinking of building one up from a frame I found online (2011 or 12 2.0, Black/yellow). Any advice on components? I want to go 1x10, but that is all I know for sure. Thanks.

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    any one knows the length of the stock steerer tube? I know is the same size from small to large but I need this info to pick up a used fork, thanks. (XL head tube is ltaller)

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    just finished installing m29 fork on my karakoram.

    (yep, steerer needs to be cut.)

    cant wait to try it on the trails!
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    For those that the information the stock length of the steerer tube is 6-3/4" just consider the height of the new headset if you're upgrading too, I'm installing my new-to-me Reba next week

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    What's the widest tire you can squeeze In the rear?

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    Installed a maxxis ardent 2.4 mounted on velocity p35's with no rubbing issues, much room to spare.. The frame has a u shape chainstay for tire clearance.

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    Headset technology has advanced since the last time I built up a bike and it appears that my 2011 2.0 has an FSA zero stack, and possibly, internal headset.

    I eyeballed my old CK headset and I dont think the cups will fit within the head tube, in face I'm quite certain they won't without an adapter or an extension to reduce the diameter of the head tube.

    Then as I was pulling the old fork out, I dropped the lower bearing cage and sent all the little balls flying down my driveway and into the drain.

    Ugh, but a blessing in disguise. I was never fond of caged bearings and had hoped the Karakoram had come stock with a sealed unit. Guess not.

    What kind of headset do I need? Diameter/internal/ZS? Also, wondering if it's possible to go to a tapered or 1.5" fork?

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    For the tapered fork to work you need a tapered headtube, so the answer to that is no. for the headset you could use the cane creek 40.ZS44 or a little cheaper 10.ZS44 the first number is for the series/level ZS is for "Zero Stack" and 44 is for the inside diameter of the head tube.

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    Thank you. I've just ordered the 110 series from my LBS with an additional crown race for my other fork.
    Last edited by brianwon; 06-26-2012 at 06:08 PM.

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    Here's my 2011 Karakoram. It started life as a 2.0, but I've upgraded most of the components with stuff I had left over from my old bike (Norco - stolen) and deals I've come across.

    I'll eventually swap out the frame, but before then I'll upgrade the brakes and perhaps the wheels once they can no longer be trued.

    My most recent pick-up is the Niner fork, but I'm unhappy with the color mashup. I've got some flat black vinyl wrap lying around and may wrap it. Also note that it's only mocked up right now as I wait for a new headset.



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    Nice! Rigid! Hardcore

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    Thanks, this is my first 29er and I really think I should have purchased a smaller frame. I'm 5'10" with a 30" inseam and I'm used to bikes that I can huck and flick around. This Karakoram in medium doesnt really fit my riding style.

    With that said, for all of you ordering your bikes online (bluesky), you should really test fit it before buying. I bought mine after reviewing the specs and I chose incorrectly.

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    My 2011 2.0

    Here's my 2011 Karakoram 2.0 from Blueskycycling. Ordered it while deployed so I was taking a big chance......but I studied the geometry/dimensions compared to my past bikes and figured it'd be ok.

    Well I love it! This thing smooths out the trails/rock gardens nicely. I already upgraded the RD to a Deore Shadow and put my ZuZu pedals and WTB Pure V Race seat on it. It's not in this pic but I swapped out the handlebar to an FSA that I had. In Oct I'm swapping the fork too.

    Can't speak for everyone but as a 6'2, 215lb 41 yr old that has been MTBing since 1993 this is the change I've been needing. Just wasn't much fun anymore on that 26in Cdale (w/headshock), my local trails are pretty technical and rocky and I always felt beat up after 4 or more miles. (partly the headshocks fault)

    FYI, The bike is an XL and fits me perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by manmythlegend View Post
    Can anyone tell me exactly what I would need to upgrade a stock 2011 3.0 to bb7 disc brakes?


    Very confused if its just the brake set...or are new wheels needed?
    you need:

    brake calipers
    adapters
    rotors

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    Has any of you tried the ghetto tubeless method with this rims?

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    Ghetto tubeless? Do you mean Stan's Notubes? If so, the yes. Ive been running the Notubes kit for a while on the Alex td24 rims. However, I haven't tried with the stock Kendas. I'm running Maxxis Ardent and Specy Purgatory (2.4's).

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    Does any of you knows what the holes by the en of the chainstays are for? right before where the hanger goes there's is one that goes side to sidebig diameter in the chainstay and another threaded smaller one in the seatstay

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    Quote Originally Posted by nono29 View Post
    Does any of you knows what the holes by the en of the chainstays are for? right before where the hanger goes there's is one that goes side to sidebig diameter in the chainstay and another threaded smaller one in the seatstay
    Dunno about the chainstay holes, but I used the seat stay threaded to mount a rack.
    They're pretty wide, but around the same height/distance from the top braze-ons for a typical 26er rack. Convenient, since 29er racks are rare and typically expensive.

    My pic in post #270 on this thread shows the rack mounted there (I can't link yet. )

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    Looking into getting a KARAKORAM 3.0 cant wait.

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    im also looking to get into a 2011 GT Karakoram 2.0 29er in silver... been having trouble finding it in a large... seems everyone has xl's for sale... anyone know of one new or in mint cond used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stecz20 View Post
    im also looking to get into a 2011 GT Karakoram 2.0 29er in silver... been having trouble finding it in a large... seems everyone has xl's for sale... anyone know of one new or in mint cond used?
    Just bought my 2011 Karakoram 2.0 online last night from Bluesky
    BlueSkyCycling.com - GT Karakoram 2.0 Disc 29er Bike
    Its only $560 shipped and tax, so thought it was a pretty solid deal.

    Really excited to get this bad boy in a couple of days and hopefully see what it can do this weekend... but since they're on the other side of the country probably not till next week

    I've never put a bike together from a box before, as I'm still somewhat of a Mtb noob... I know the components and have the tools I need (minus a pedal wrench), but do you guys suggest DIY or spending the $ to get it done at my LBS?

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