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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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