2011 GT Karakoram

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  • 03-16-2011
    BigVaz
    2011 GT Karakoram
    Does anyone have any real world pictures or a review of one. Couldn't really find anything on the forums about it & I wanted some pics to look at besides whats on GT's website.

    I've been looking at other 29ers, but the GT's just keep bringing me back... Must be the memories of my old Performer with mags...:thumbsup:
  • 03-16-2011
    wyatt79m
    I don't have any pics, but I've seen one on my local trails, and my LBS. The green and gold one looks amazing...
  • 03-16-2011
    GTRep
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BigVaz
    Does anyone have any real world pictures or a review of one. Couldn't really find anything on the forums about it & I wanted some pics to look at besides whats on GT's website.

    I've been looking at other 29ers, but the GT's just keep bringing me back... Must be the memories of my old Performer with mags...:thumbsup:

    BigVaz,

    Here is a review of our top model, the Karakoram 1.

    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...-29er-11-40924
  • 03-16-2011
    BigVaz
    ^^^ Thanks!

    Btw, whats the widest tire the Karakoram will fit?
  • 03-17-2011
    GTRep
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BigVaz
    ^^^ Thanks!

    Btw, whats the widest tire the Karakoram will fit?


    We've clearanced the chainstays to comfortably allow for up to a 2.4 from most manufacturers.
  • 03-21-2011
    Jonesy22
    I just tested the 2011 GT Karakoram 3.0 at my shop. It was nice but I am having a hard time deciding on my first bike. They have a 2009 KHS XCT 535 for $1050 also....

    decisions..
  • 04-19-2011
    Adam_B.
    the new karakoram looks great, I was just looking at one at performance bicycles this week. I was about to pop on it but the guy at the shop told me to stay away from it. Not really sure of an exact reason but he said that everyone that has bought one from that store has been unhappy with it.
  • 04-20-2011
    Wiskerchen
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbnoobadam
    the new karakoram looks great, I was just looking at one at performance bicycles this week. I was about to pop on it but the guy at the shop told me to stay away from it. Not really sure of an exact reason but he said that everyone that has bought one from that store has been unhappy with it.


    I've been looking seriously at this bike too... Would love to hear from someone who has one.
  • 05-15-2011
    smokehouse4444
    Anybody have any reviews on this yet? I'd like to know why the guy steered you away from it.
  • 05-15-2011
    mik_git
    cause its a 29er... :)
  • 05-16-2011
    NinerNoob
    Just bought a Karakoram 2.0 and will do first commute on it tomorrow, not sure my review will be worth much, compared to the $150 cheapo bike I rode previously it's amazing.

    I can take some pics if you like, I'm kinda new at this bike stuff, are there specific parts of it that you want to see?
  • 05-16-2011
    smokehouse4444
    I went to see a Karakoram 1 at Performance bikes. They did not have one, but I saw the
    2 and I kind of lost interest. No offense NinerNoob, it sounds like it will be a very nice bike for you for awhile. I hope it works well for you...enjoy!!!
  • 05-17-2011
    NinerNoob
    None taken :-)
  • 05-17-2011
    Fractured pixel
    Karakorum vs zaskar
    what it the biggest difference between Karakoram and the zaskar 29r frames. is it weight ?
  • 05-17-2011
    wallykraken
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    i got the 1.0 last month
    love it
    changed out the cranks to a deore with external bb and changed out the bars and stem (didnt like the white)left every thing else
    only dislike is the shitty sram5 shifters its next on the list
    road riding is easy as pie and trails are smooth as silk
    find some one who has one in stock and ride it

    wally

    :edit:
    added pics
    if you want any taken just ask
    Attachment 614869
  • 05-28-2011
    mulic3
    Anybody know what's the seat post tube size for the karakoram 1? 31.8, 34.9? or something else? thanks
  • 06-11-2011
    Rip9
    I bought the GT Karakoram 1.0 about three weeks ago. It is an awesome bike ! Not just an awesome bike "for the money" . It is an AWESOME bike. I also have a Niner RIP9 that I have about $5000 invested in. It is tricked out pretty well. The Karakoram has me questioning why I have so much invested in the Niner. It is so much fun. I have spent another $200-ish on some upgrades to lighten it up a bit and used some stuff from my parts bin.I converted to a 1x9 set-up,new bar,seatpost,stem and cassette.Dropped about 3lbs. so far. Converted to tubeless via the "ghetto" method. VERY fun bike, I am enjoying it so much the Niner is collecting dust and I am considering selling it :eek: .
  • 06-14-2011
    ryderjin
    What size are you riding these in? (And how tall are you?)
  • 06-14-2011
    Rip9
    I am 6' 3" and I bought the XL and it fits GREAT. More rides on this bike and I have cleaned climbs that I have never done on ANY bike including my over-priced Niner.I am selling the Niner and using the proceeds to pimp out the GT !!
  • 06-21-2011
    emawgasm
    I bought the 2.0 a month or so ago. This is my first bike since I was a kid, so I can't give you a really legit review. I beat the hell out of it; I hit the local trails usually 5 times a week. It wasn't made for taking drops, but I do it anyways and blew out the Dart fork on it (Performance Bike upgraded me to a Tora for free). I like it so far, it's been what I expected: an entry level 29er to get me back into biking. My buddy just bought the Specialized Hardrock Disc 29er, and I've ridden it and prefer the GT much more.
  • 06-27-2011
    kuolas
    I love mine, I decide it over a Zaskar 9r! :eek:

    Why? because, It has a better frame, better profiles, better HS (I hate the Integreted HS, I prefer classic or ZeroStack) and the best of it, Kinesis SPF.

    GT outdid itself with this bike, I hope that the alu Zaskar 9r be updated to bring some of the features of the Karakoram.

    :D
  • 09-03-2011
    hitechredneck
    I just picked up a 2.0 and threw some parts out of my parts bin from other bikes when they got a upgrade. I have only been on one ride so i cant really review it. Anyone else get one? Performance has a killer deal on them if you are like me and want to try the 9er kool aid but not drop a big chunk of change to see if you like it.
  • 09-03-2011
    NinerNoob
    skipping gears on 2.0
    I'm riding the 2.0 daily to work, clocking up about 100km a week. I stick in the middle front gear all the time.

    I've found that when I push major force on the 8-9 gears that there is quite significant chain skip. I've already had it back in the store and they said my rear derailleur hanger was bent and straightened it out. But reading up online, it seems that cable tension is one of the key culprits.

    I'm trying to figure out if it's a shoddy part that needs changing, or if it's just a setup tweak i need to have made.

    Anyone had similar issues with the 2.0?
  • 09-07-2011
    Scott571
    i took a test ride today at me LBS and was wishing i had the money to buy it there and then . oh well may have to start saving i think absolutely loved it .GT Karakoram 2
  • 09-08-2011
    Jack Archer
    I have the 3.0. Ill take some pictures of it when I get the chance. Or rather when I stop being lazy...