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    Not much love on MTBR for Sensor 9r's, so here is mine

    After trying several different 29er full suspension bikes over the years, including the Specialized and Pivot offerings, I came across a killer deal for the Sensor 9r elite. for the shipped price of $1099, I figured what the heck. The parts spec was decent, but the bike weighed a ton. I decided to convert my 29er hardtail back to singlespeed, so before it had it's maiden voyage, the Sensor was parted down to the frame, other than the front derailleur, brakes and suspension. The bike was built back up, and away we went. Let me say that I was very happy with the results. This bike climbs amazing, corners very nice for a big wheel bike, and just feels comfortable. It is not as plush as some other bikes I have tried, but at the end of the ride, my back felt great. All was not great, as towards the end of the ride, the fork developed a clicking sound, so it is now on its way back to Marzocchi. Looking forward to getting the fork back for some more ride time. Great job on the Sensor 9r GT, it may not be a high zoot frame like a Mach 429, or a Niner, but for the price, it is a steal.


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    I've been seriously pimping this bike. I started off with a $4K budget to buy a bike, but ended up spending $1500. I'm a big fan of DW-link, but after extensively demoing the 429 and Sultan, I felt that other than the few pounds for the high-dollar build, the Sensor had them 99% covered. Close enough to save a few grand. The only difference I could decern was that DW-link was slightly more fluid when pedaling over rocks, and was a little more supple on high-speed bumps. The Sensor has a QR rear and a straight 44mm head tube - not the latest and greatest. But I felt the Sensor pedaled and wheelied a little better. It is also super-stiff, like the others. The Geo is very similar to the Sultan.

    It's a little on the homely side and doesn't have much brand cashe, but I don't care about that. I wanted a stiff frame with a rear suspension that pedals well. I can upgrade the rest. I put Flow EXs on it. The X-fusion shock works really well on this bike, but in month 4 it's lost rebound and it hitting top hard, so I'm bringing the shock in to Performance to get warranteed. I've got an RP23 that I'm going to get pushed for the Sensor. The only flex in the bike is in the fork (I weigh 230), so I might get a fox 34.

    So back to pimping. When I saw the 1099 price at Giantnerd, I told two friends riding well-worn 26ers they oughta jump on this deal. They both did, in addition to another friend in CO that paid $1200 for his.

    If you care to, you can increase the the travel of the Marzocchi from 120 to 140 by simply removing a spacer.

    Enjoy!
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    Sensor 9r love!

    I *LOVE* my Sensor 9r. Mine's a 2010. I believe that was the first year. There was only one version, with SLX 3x9 drivetrain, Fox suspension, Avid Elixir 5 brakes.

    My upgrades:
    XT 2x10 crankset, XT medium-cage rear derailleur (still running 9-speed)
    SunRinglé Charger Expert wheelset, running Maxxis Ardents, tubeless.

    My buddies call my bike the Crown Vic. It just seems to roll over anything. You don't have to overthink your line, just point and shoot.

    Here's a pic from when it was brandy-new:



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    I just picked up a Sensor 9r Elite from GiantNerd last week and am pretty optimistic about my purchase so far. I've only managed a test ride around the neighborhood to check out the build, but was encouraged by first impressions. This is my first full-suspension bike (my other bike is a 2013 Trek Mamba 29er hardtail). I was on the fence (ie, indecisive) about whether to go with a 26" FS to add a totally different type of bike or stick with the 29er size. But it seemed like a heckuva deal so I pulled the trigger on the Sensor 9r.

    If the weather cooperates here in the Midwest, then I can get her out on the trail and get a better feel for the bike. But the initial ride left me feeling very encouraged. It's definitely not light, but seems to roll & pedal faster than it's weight would imply. Hopefully, I'll learn quickly about getting the suspension dialed, but I'm pretty much a noob so I figure there'll be plenty of trial & error.

    Glad to see some love thrown out there for the Sensor 9r. Hope I can add to it once I get a chance to really ride it.

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    I keep thinking the 2013 Sensor is a 9r sleeper and could be the bargain bike of the year.

    Really keen to change from my 26 Anthem so been looking at 29er Anthems, Trances, Scott Spark /Genius 940/950.

    Do the odd race but more XC/trail riding - but think the Sensor ticks all the boxes - now have info overload and too much choice - agghhh..

    Any other Sensor owners with some comments on these bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mackt View Post
    I keep thinking the 2013 Sensor is a 9r sleeper and could be the bargain bike of the year.

    Really keen to change from my 26 Anthem so been looking at 29er Anthems, Trances, Scott Spark /Genius 940/950.

    Do the odd race but more XC/trail riding - but think the Sensor ticks all the boxes - now have info overload and too much choice - agghhh..

    Any other Sensor owners with some comments on these bikes?
    Not sure I'd consider the Sensor 9r for a race bike. Even after upgraded wheels, mine's pretty heavy. I believe it's right at 30 lbs.

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    Dont know if the pic will work from my phone? But I love mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joe_bloe View Post
    I *LOVE* my Sensor 9r. Mine's a 2010. I believe that was the first year. There was only one version, with SLX 3x9 drivetrain, Fox suspension, Avid Elixir 5 brakes.

    My upgrades:
    XT 2x10 crankset, XT medium-cage rear derailleur (still running 9-speed)
    SunRinglé Charger Expert wheelset, running Maxxis Ardents, tubeless.

    My buddies call my bike the Crown Vic. It just seems to roll over anything. You don't have to overthink your line, just point and shoot.

    Here's a pic from when it was brandy-new:



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    Thanks! I've always liked that 2010 green, looks killer in the sun.

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    Hawk - Congrats on your purchase. If you can swing it, I'd suggest getting a set of tires so you can get the full potential out of the bike. IMO, the 2.1 Maxis Aspens on the 2012 Elite are good for smooth hardpack, and not much else. Even if you are ok with 2.1s, they are so smooth that there is no traction on loose stuff. There is plenty of clearance for 2.35s, so I'd go that route, or at least 2.25s. You will loose a little standover, but otherwise it's all good. Then throw on a set of ODI lock-on grips and you are good to go.

    My buddies got their bikes, and I'm already getting my ass handed to me by one of them. They are 5'9" and 5'10", and both got the medium. I warned them they might struggle with the big wheels, but no, they are rocking the bikes and I got huge thanks for showing them the deal. They don't have 3k to drop on a bike (married, mortgage, kids, etc.), so they were happy to find a great 29er FS bike for a great price.

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    JACKL - thanks for the tire suggestions. I had already been considering a Rampage 2.35 for the front of my Mamba so the idea of a 2.35 front on the Sensor crossed my mind as well. Had never ridden Aspens before, but even on the pavement ride I can see where you're coming from about the grip. A mech at my LBS highly recommends the Rampage for grip & durability so I may give it a try. Still haven't settled on a tire to pair with it on the rear though. I suppose the Aspen would be sufficient for a rear tire for the time being, since it seems like it'll roll decent enough. Any suggestions for a good front/rear combo to consider for the Sensor?

    Having already shelled out money for 2 bikes this year, I'm hoping to run the stock tires as long as I can though. Maybe I've been good enough all year that Santa will put a new tire or 2 under the tree this Christmas!

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    JACKL - since your buddies are about my height, I was wondering what they think of the Medium frames (considering I bought a Large). Mine feels like a good fit so far, but still haven't got her on the trail yet.

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    They are both happy on their mediums, and they were on medium 26ers. I noticed the size chart at GiantNerd said large for them, but I disagree. In this case we checked the specs and the top tube for the medium was within a few mm of their old bikes. Since they were happy with the size of their old bikes, medium was a no-brainer.

    I'd set the seat so that you are comfortable with the reach. If the seat is mostly forward on the rails at that point, you might want to get a medium.

    Once the seat and bars are adjusted to your liking, there is not a huge difference between sizes. The top tube and wheelbase will be about 1 inch different per size. Sizing down will get you a little quicker handling, especially in tight switchbacks and such. Sizing up with give you a little more stability on steep bumpy descents (and to a lesser degree, steep climbs). The smaller size will have lower standover.

    I went from a Large to my current XL. It really did not feel a whole lot different once I got the bars and seat set up as I like them.

    Tire-wise, you could start with a Rampage on the front, but ultimately I think you'll need a good knobby on the rear as well if you ride loose stuff.

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    For tire selection, and please take this with a grain of salt, since I have only one ride on the bike, because the fork took a dump on the first trip, but I still managed to get a 20 miler in on some good techy and fast rolling areas, but I went with a 2.35 Specialized Eskar, and a 2.0 Specialized The Captain in the rear. This combo worked amazing on the same trail, I used to bomb on my Freeride bike with 2.5 Butchers front and rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKL View Post
    They are both happy on their mediums, and they were on medium 26ers. I noticed the size chart at GiantNerd said large for them, but I disagree. In this case we checked the specs and the top tube for the medium was within a few mm of their old bikes. Since they were happy with the size of their old bikes, medium was a no-brainer.

    I'd set the seat so that you are comfortable with the reach. If the seat is mostly forward on the rails at that point, you might want to get a medium.

    Once the seat and bars are adjusted to your liking, there is not a huge difference between sizes. The top tube and wheelbase will be about 1 inch different per size. Sizing down will get you a little quicker handling, especially in tight switchbacks and such. Sizing up with give you a little more stability on steep bumpy descents (and to a lesser degree, steep climbs). The smaller size will have lower standover.

    I went from a Large to my current XL. It really did not feel a whole lot different once I got the bars and seat set up as I like them.

    Tire-wise, you could start with a Rampage on the front, but ultimately I think you'll need a good knobby on the rear as well if you ride loose stuff.
    FYI, although it is very useful, effective top tube (ETT) length isn't the best way to gauge bike fit. This is because the ETT doesn't account for the seat tube angle. As the seat tube angle increases, so does the effective reach to the handlebars. This is because you have to position the seat further back on the rails (or get an offset post) to get the ergonomics right in relation to the bottom bracket. The dimensions of "reach" and "stack" are much more important IMO. Unfortunately, GT doesn't publish this info. The Sensor has a rather steep seat tube angle, so that gives it more reach than the ETT suggests. When I received my Large Sensor 9R, I measured the reach and stack. If comparing bikes, the reach falls between a Large and XL Trek Rumblefish. So yeah, the fit is a little larger than the numbers suggest. I'm almost 6'3", but have a long inseem at 36" (34" pant leg) and a relatively shorter upper body. The Large is the right fit for me. I could have fit into a XL, but I would have needed a short stem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKL View Post
    They are both happy on their mediums, and they were on medium 26ers. I noticed the size chart at GiantNerd said large for them, but I disagree. In this case we checked the specs and the top tube for the medium was within a few mm of their old bikes. Since they were happy with the size of their old bikes, medium was a no-brainer.

    I'd set the seat so that you are comfortable with the reach. If the seat is mostly forward on the rails at that point, you might want to get a medium.

    Once the seat and bars are adjusted to your liking, there is not a huge difference between sizes. The top tube and wheelbase will be about 1 inch different per size. Sizing down will get you a little quicker handling, especially in tight switchbacks and such. Sizing up with give you a little more stability on steep bumpy descents (and to a lesser degree, steep climbs). The smaller size will have lower standover.

    I went from a Large to my current XL. It really did not feel a whole lot different once I got the bars and seat set up as I like them.

    Tire-wise, you could start with a Rampage on the front, but ultimately I think you'll need a good knobby on the rear as well if you ride loose stuff.

    FYI, although it is very useful, effective top tube (ETT) length isn't the best way to gauge bike fit. This is because the ETT doesn't account for the seat tube angle. As the seat tube angle increases, so does the effective reach to the handlebars. This is because you have to position the seat further back on the rails (or get an offset post) to get the ergonomics right in relation to the bottom bracket. The dimensions of "reach" and "stack" are much more important IMO. Unfortunately, GT doesn't publish this info. The Sensor has a rather steep seat tube angle, so that gives it more reach than the ETT suggests. When I received my Large Sensor 9R, I measured the reach and stack. If comparing bikes, the reach falls between a Large and XL Trek Rumblefish. So yeah, the fit is a little larger than the numbers suggest. I'm almost 6'3", but have a long inseem at 36" (34" pant leg) and a relatively shorter upper body. The Large is the right fit for me. I could have fit into a XL, but I would have needed a short stem.

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    I've thought about a Purgatory/Ground Control combination. Haven't really considered the Eskar/Captain combo before. Wonder how that would compare/differ from the Purg/GC setup?

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    I've thought about a Purgatory/Ground Control combination. Haven't really considered the Eskar/Captain combo before. Wonder how that would compare/differ from the Purg/GC setup?

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    Took the 9r out tonite for her first trail ride. Only about 4 miles or so... Late start and fading light. Trail is a good mix of hardpack and rocks. Bike felt like it handled everything well. The out-of-the-box settings on the fork & shock felt pretty decent. Could probably stand to drop a few PSI in the shock, but overall it felt good.

    My 15-year-old son & I took turns on it to compare our impressions. We both ride Trek Mamba 29er hardtails, and are about the same size (he's a youthful 15 lbs lighter though) so he's a good sounding board for me. We both seemed to think the Sensor just seems to ride "lighter" than it's estimated weight (someone one GiantNerd said the Large weighed 33-34 lbs). That's right about what our Mambas weigh too. The GT seemed to roll & pedal quicker, although I'm sure some of that could be attributed to the Aspen tires compared to the Mamba's Bonty 2.2s.

    Toward the latter half of the trail, there's a lengthy, gradual climb that always seems to kick my butt. Tonite, on the Sensor, I felt like I climbed it better than I ever had. Maybe my legs were fresher from the full-suspension vs. hardtail, or maybe the 9r just climbs more efficiently.

    On some fast flowing downhills, it felt like I was carrying much more speed than I do on the Mamba. On the rocky sections, it did feel like my choice of lines was more forgiving on the Sensor.

    The Elixir 1 brakes did just fine. Again, very comparable stopping power & modulation to my, Hayes Dynos Sports.

    All in all, a very good first trail impression for the Sensor. Loving the bike and the good deal I think I got on it.

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    Those Sensor 9rs at giantnerd are truly a good deal. Better get one for your kid too before they're all gone!

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    I must say that the Elixir 1's are kind of a surprise to me. Having suffered through several different Elixirs in the lineup, I figured I would ride them once just to say I tried them out, but they worked well. The regular issues with fade that I had with my Elixir 5's were gone, the Turkey Wobble sound that I had on the CR's is not there, so I think I will stick with them for the time being. Having XTR race discs on my singlespeed, I am kinda spoiled, but the 1's do a decent enough job.

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    I too picked up one of the GT Sensor Elites from GiantNerd. My only complaints are some of the accessories and tires. Seems like GT could have put better grips, handle bars, pedals, stem, and seat post on the bike. Plus the tires seem really skinny. All those things are easy and cheap fixes.

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    Here is mine, still a work in progress.
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    Hi Guys-
    just wanted to tag this thread...looks like there's alot of good info to help with my 2009 GT Marathon 9er frame build.
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    Sensor 9r 2013, hope to have you soon...

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    Took the Sensor 9r Elite out in the snow & mud today. Had never done a snow ride before. Probably should've taken the Mamba hardtail instead but still have a case of new bike-itis so grabbed the GT and headed out. My son rode his Mamba and we swapped bikes for a bit so I got to compare the rides a bit. The 2.1 Aspens didn't handle the mud & snow quite as well as the Mamba's 2.2 Bonties, but they didn't do too bad a job overall. I think the Mamba held the edge in climbing in the slick conditions. The Sensor did fine for the most part, but think I'll probably take the Mamba on the next snow ride.

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    Yeah, Aspens probably aren't a real effective snow tire. If you're able to buy new tires now after laying down $$$ for the bike, check out the Geax Gato 2.3. It's a killer mud tire, available in standard folding bead, but also in a Tube/No Tube (TNT) form that works great with standard (not tubeless) rims. You just need a wrap of Stan's tape and a tubeless valve, and they mount up with no heroics required.

    The best part about running them tubeless is you can run really low pressure without risk of pinch flats. I've run my Gatos as low as 18 lbs (I'm 190 lbs) and they hold fine. At such low pressure, they have amazing grip, but they still don't feel too squishy or loose.

    It's on sale right now at Cambria for $35.

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    Have heard good things about the Gatos before, especially regarding similar conditions to what I saw today. Haven't gone tubeless on ever of my bikes yet, but if I can make my current rims work tubeless without too many headaches, I may give it a shot. Still new to biking, so I've got a lot still to learn about wrenching & general maintenance. Thnx for the tip on the Gatos.

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    Silver with blue bits - so shiny - GT Sensor Pro 9r

    Well made the decision to go with the Sensor. Walked into LBS and there it was saying buy me! Silver and Blue - looks so good.

    So picked up a 2012 Sensor Pro 9r and best of all 25% of price - the VISA card was out pretty fast...

    I did take it for test ride then took an Anthem X for a blat and went with the GT.

    When people write that their bike climbs like a goat I just assumed they could climb well anyway - well this thing climbs like a mountain goat - did a annual race on saturday and was biking (and passing people) when they were walking up the tracks.

    Love it on the flats and another strange feeling for me as well as I kept passing people - thats not the way it was on the 26er - maybe new bike psychosomatic effect - otherwise moving to the 9r been a great thing.
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    Well that's a beautifull Sensor!
    Hope you enjoy it!

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    Congratulations Really nice bike and that is some awesome scenery in the back ground too.

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    That Sensor really is a handsome bike.

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    I picked up on of the Sensor 29R's Expert from Giant nerd too. Price was awesome.. I have a 35" inseam 5'11" and was told to buy and XL by both Giantnerd and GT bikes.

    I got it and immediately called them to order a LG and swapped them out. The Lg or even a medium would fit the build since these are a larger frame bike. The LG fits well.

    My first bike on recommended by a freind: Motobecane DS Fantom Pro pedals nice and its rear suspension is dialed in real nice as is the front for fast jumps and stuff but with the roots being plenty I was still getting beat up.. This prompted me to look at the 29R's and after dumping money on the Motorbecane I couldn't justify spending 2-3K on a 29r.

    The GT just soaks up the bumps.. Wish someone would post up how to remove the spacerst to get 140mm out of the forks. Hint, hint..

    I have to say, my riding has excelled on the GT compared to my Motobecane DSPro. I take everything faster.. It just pedals really easy. I was going up stuff with the twin crankset I couldn't pull on my 26" with triple front bike and I was in 1 or 2 gears smaller.

    After half dozen rides with some serious pushing I did swap out the double for a triple.. 22, 33, 44 SRam X7 with X0 top pull front deraillure I've only been riding for a couple of months now so a Newb anyhow ever since switching to the triple my knees don't hurt anymore.

    Some of the stuff I have been tackling seems sereal, since I in no way should be able to pull some of these stuff off..

    Anyhow, I love the bike and it's my go to. I used the Aspens in just about everything and they do get a little loose on really hard pumps on snow, wet leaves, wet roots, but if I watch the power output I have been able to climb stuff my 26 with Kenda Nevagal 2.35 front and rear wouldn't even touch.

    I did get a WTB 2.55 Wierwolf I want to try and haven't had time or inclination to yet. I also have Kenda Nevegal 2.35 29's for the GT of which on the 26 I can hardly stand the rolling resistance.

    For the money I don't think you could find a better bike. I also talked one of my friends into buying 1. He got a Medium, First ride out he was very impressed and wasn't nearly as exhausted. He was riding a solid tail vintage Smith & Wesson Police MTB.

    I used to smoke him like he was standing still.. The last ride out and first time on the GT instead of averging 5.5 MPH over 17miles, we did 7.5mph over 17miles.

    Now there is 15" of snow on the ground.. .

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    Anybody notice any clicking sounds from the front end of the bike? I have a ticking sound that still is there even after sending the fork to Marzocchi, and just replaced the headset with a Cane Creek 40 series.

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    Just ordered the Sensor 9er Elite from Giant Nerd for $1035 shipped.
    Just could not beat the price.
    It is the black with orange writing.

    Hopefully it will be in soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jvm051 View Post
    Anybody notice any clicking sounds from the front end of the bike? I have a ticking sound that still is there even after sending the fork to Marzocchi, and just replaced the headset with a Cane Creek 40 series.
    When does the clicking noise take place? Did you ask Marzocchi about this when you sent it to them?

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    Got her today and had her slapped together in no time.
    Still need to do the tune up but after that she is ready to ride.

    So far the only thing added is the Arrogant Bastard to the seat but that will be removed before this arrogant bastard rides it.



    BTW, the free shipping from Giant Nerd was really fast.
    Ordered it the night of the 17th they shipped it the 18th and it was at my door on the 23.
    Also, I did not pay extra Genius build and there was still hardly anything to put together.
    Slid the seat in the seat tube, bolted the bars to the headset (everything else was already mounted) put the front rotor on, installed the front wheel, and put the pedals on. All that is left is the tune up.

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    That looks awesome, Congratulations

    Mine shipped today from them as well

    Cant wait to read the first ride report


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    Quote Originally Posted by TAPnTX View Post
    That looks awesome, Congratulations

    Mine shipped today from them as well

    Cant wait to read the first ride report


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    Can't wait to be able to give one. lol
    Probably be this weekend.

    Anyways the bike seems solid and GT really added some touches to to it and I don't just mean the paint scheme. Tires however, look like they won't suit me very well. I ride Pisgah and Dupont and the Aspens just do not look aggressive for the terrain here. However, I knew that going in to the purchase.

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    I have to agree about the Aspens. They've left me "unimpressed" to say the least. Ordered a Nobby Nic to try on the front. Should get here in time to test it out this weekend. Trying to decide on a front tire has left me mentally exhausted. I'll figure out a replacement for the rear Aspen when the brain recovers.

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    My Geax Saguaro are pretty good and they rate well.
    Not saying I would get them over some others but they do the trick.
    I flipped the rear for traction and have the front for speed.

    The aspens are not listed for multi direction use though.

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    Sensor 9r Elite Brakes

    kjlued,

    I was looking through the 2012 GT catalog and it says the Sensor 9r Elite has Avid Elixir 3, but all the specs I see online say it is the Elixir 1's. Since you have one is it 1's or 3's?

    Thanks,
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    Elixir 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Elixir 1
    Ok thanks, everything I have read about them says they are good. I am not a big brake person so not a biggie for me.

    BTW, the Deore Stuff on the bike should be pretty good, I guess it changed in 2010 and the newer stuff is really nice.

    Todd

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    Quote Originally Posted by mackt View Post
    Well made the decision to go with the Sensor. Walked into LBS and there it was saying buy me! Silver and Blue - looks so good.

    So picked up a 2012 Sensor Pro 9r and best of all 25% of price - the VISA card was out pretty fast...

    I did take it for test ride then took an Anthem X for a blat and went with the GT.

    When people write that their bike climbs like a goat I just assumed they could climb well anyway - well this thing climbs like a mountain goat - did a annual race on saturday and was biking (and passing people) when they were walking up the tracks.

    Love it on the flats and another strange feeling for me as well as I kept passing people - thats not the way it was on the 26er - maybe new bike psychosomatic effect - otherwise moving to the 9r been a great thing.
    Awesome bike, I got one last year for a couple of rides. Going down it feels amazing, I could stay with guys that normally drop me after three or four turns. Too bad I already have too many bikes. Great value for money.

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    Ok, after riding it today for the first time, one word comes to mind.

    Brilliant!

    The bike is a little harder to climb with then my hard tail but that is to be expected.
    However, on the down hills, this thing more than makes up for it and handles like a cat on carpet. Also to my surprise, I was expecting to hate the tires but the Maxxis Aspens actually did a lot better that expected. I was pleasantly surprised with them.

    I know there are higher end and better bikes out there, but bang for the buck, this thing is great. Even at the MSRP price of $2k, it is a great bike and well worth it. That being said, all of us who lucked out and got it for half that price at giantnerd.com should be arrested because we got a steal.

    Another pic of the bike on the ride.


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    I agree 100% Fantastic bike

    I also took my bike out to day for its maiden voyage and was also expecting to hate the Aspens, but they worked flawlessly. I just cant say enough good things about this bike. I know there are much batter bikes out there, But for the money this bike is really hard to beat. And Ginatnerd was awesome to deal with.

    i had thought about changing the Derailleurs and the shifters to XT, but i see no reason at this time. The Deore stuff worked perfectly.

    Todd

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    Loving this thread! It continues to affirm my feeling that I got a good bike at a great price. Took my Sensor out this morning for the first time since switching the front tire from the stock Aspen to a new Nobby Nic. Although I never thought the Aspen was a "bad" tire, it just never gave me a ton of confidence in it when cornering. First impression with the Nic on front was great though. While it still felt like it rolled pretty well, the cornering grip was better and more predictable than the Aspen. No immediate plans to replace the Aspen on the rear. The Nic/Aspen combination seems at least serviceable for the time being.

    With the Nic on the front, it seems like it's taken the Sensor up another notch for me. And with the money I saved on the bike, the $45 spent on the Nobby Nic still feels like money well spent!

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    Aspens work fine










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    I test rode a GT Sensor 9er. I think this is going to be my next bike purchase. Had a great feel.

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