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    GT I-drive 5 vs. GT Force

    How does the GT I-drive 5 compare to the GT Force?

    Apart from the obvious the there is an extra inch of travel at the back?

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    I'm probably picking out the obvious here but i'd imagine the force would be a stronger/stiffer frame, and probably therefore heavier. Some of the I-Drive 5 frames from what i know does not use a forged i-link which is more prone to breaking (uses this flimsy one), so keep that in mind, try to get the one with the forged i-link if you want to get the I-Drive 5. All of the Force and Sanction uses the forged i-link. The I-Drive 5 would be more suited to xc/trail riding, the Force would be more for all mountain riding.

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    Currently I have an I-drive 4, which is a great bike and also has that flimsy i-link. I also have a I-drive Ruckus Flowta (older I-drive design) which also rides well but is quite a bit heavier.

    Looking for something kinda in between. The Force would be first prize but unfortunately I can't get hold of one in South Africa. (can get a carbon frame but I can get the whole Force 3.0 for a lot cheaper)

    I can get a Force for 500 or an I-drive 5 for around 185 (ebay) from UK.

    Trying to see how they compare to see whether I ask my friend who's over there at the moment to get me the ID5 now or save up and get the Force when my cousins come over in April.

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    Theres a flex bone upgrade which I have just changed on my idrive 5. 3. 0, a rubber sleeve is put over the flexy metal. to give it abit more strength and it seems to work so far.
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    Hi Northern Soul

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    Hi Northern Soul

    What sort of riding do you do on that bike?

    Also can you take a pic of what the upgrade looks like

    Thanks

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    I built the bike myself and just put the parts on I felt like, I have high rise bars and stem for a more upright position due to surgery which is more comfortable I wil get a pic for you of the upgrade.

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    Can you see the difference
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    My I-drive 4 came with that on. I didn't realise there was a difference.
    It has been holding up just fine, haven't had any problems with it

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    they only give trouble if you abuse them

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    Yeah i never had a problem with the flexy i-link thing.

    I used to have an i-Drive 4.0 (2006) which i used to race and it ran flawlessly
    with very little maintenance.

    Just back on the differances between i-Drive 5 and Force, your right the
    Force is 6" travel as opposed to 5" travel, and is actually a fair bit lighter.

    My i-Drive 4 prepped for racing came in at 14.4kgs, which is not tooooo bad
    for a race bike while my Force 2.0 tips the scales at 13.8kgs. So it's pretty
    safe to say the Force frame is lighter than the i-Drive 5.

    The Carbon Force frame from memory is around 400grams lighter than the
    aluminium versions. I think thats right. It's been a while since we weighted them
    at the shop. It was noticably lighter anyway.

    Best way to think of it is Force is an all mountain/cross country bike and the
    Sanction is an all mountain/freeride bike. And both are very capable at doing
    just about anything!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eatyapeas
    My i-Drive 4 prepped for racing came in at 14.4kgs, which is not tooooo bad
    for a race bike while my Force 2.0 tips the scales at 13.8kgs. So it's pretty
    safe to say the Force frame is lighter than the i-Drive 5.
    Amazing! So i'm assuming that the weights are based on the frames having the same components or are they both different builds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peternguyen
    Amazing! So i'm assuming that the weights are based on the frames having the same components or are they both different builds?

    Nah those are the actual weights of both bikes in the scales at work.

    Both are differant builds but i've built the Force very similar because i loved the ID4 so
    much and found it was a great mix of light weight but strong. Given that i'm 106kg's i
    need strength in my bikes!!!

    So these are the specs on both bikes, but the Force will continue to change as i upgrade
    bits.


    Force / ID4
    Fork = RS Revelation 429 (150mm) / RS Recon 351 (U-Turn)
    Rear Sock = Fox Float R / Fox Float R
    Brakes = Avid Juicy 3 / Avid Juicy 7
    Stem = Truvativ Stylo WC / Truvativ Team (Ti Bolts)
    Bar = Truvativ Stylo WC / Truvativ XR
    Post = SDG I-Beam Micro / Truvativ Team (Ti Bolts)
    Seat = SDG Bel-Air ST / SDG Bel-Air RL
    Cranks = Truvativ Stylo OCT / Truvativ Stylo Team
    Shifters = SRAM X.9 / SRAM X.9 (w/matchmaker)
    Rear Mech = SRAM X.9 / SRAM X.9
    Front Mech = SRAM X.9 / Shimano XT
    Cassette = SRAM PG990 / SRAM PG990
    Chain = SRAM PC991 Cross Step / SRAM PC991 Hollowpin
    Pedals = Ritchey Logic V4 Comp / Same actual pair
    Tyres = F Kenda Nevegal 2.35 / F Maxxis Crossmark 2.1
    R Maxxis Crossmark 2.1 / R Maxxis Crossmark 2.1
    Wheels = Fulcrum Red Metal 5 / Shimano Deore hubs WTB
    SpeedDisc rims, DT revolution
    Spokes and Alloy nipples.


    So the only huge differance in the spec is the wheels and even then that's maybe 300
    grams. And on an aluminium 6" travel dualy it really should be at least a bit heavier!

    So yeah, i'm pretty happy with the Force right now!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eatyapeas
    So yeah, i'm pretty happy with the Force right now!
    Nice! I initially had a 2004 idrive (4.5" travel, custom build) which i had upgraded the frame to a 2009 force, transferred all the parts. Don't have a proper scale, but going by feel, the new build feels a bit heavier, ie. the frame, but it was to be expected, since its a tank of a frame!

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