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  1. #1
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    Jan 2012

    2011 GT Karakoram -- worth it?

    This bike has gotten really cheap (Performance has it for 699), but I'm weighing out buying it and spending a bunch of cash to lighten it or spending more initially for a lighter bike.

    GT Karakoram 1.0 29er Bike - 2011 at

    I'd need a medium which weighs about 30.5 lbs.

    I figure the following would get it down to about 26 lbs:
    Stans wheelset: 550 (after selling original wheels)
    Reba RL shock upgrade: 300 (after selling old shock)
    Easton EA70XC bar: 100
    Thomson post/Specialized saddle: 150

    Total = 1100 + 800 (cost of bike) = 1900
    Estimated weight after upgrades = 26 lbs ?

    Or, I can be patient and wait for one of these Ti Motobecane 29ers to come back in stock:
    SRAM X9, 3x10 Speed 29er Titanium Front Suspension Mountain Bikes - MTB - 2011 Motobecane Fantom Titanium 29er | SRAM X9 hardtail mountain bikes | Save up to 60% off list prices on new bicycles

    That is 1700 and weighs 26 lbs right out of the box. Plus, I'd get a much nicer drivetrain and I could probably lighten it another pound fairly easily.

    Almost seems like a no brainer to not get the GT.


  2. #2
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    May 2007
    It almost never works out cheaper to build or upgrade when there's an off the shelf configuration that you would be happy with. Hell, if I was planning to plunk down well >$1k in upgrades I'd seriously consider just building from scratch in the first place.

  3. #3
    viva la v-brakes!
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    Oh how the mighty have fallen! It pans me to see that budget bike being called the Karakoram, it was once a really solid high end bike, a little more working man reasonable than the Zaskar.

    I'm pretty happy with my Motobecane Fly X 29er. There are a few quirks where they cut some corners, but the construction quality is good and the components are the same good components from good manufactures. If you're willing & able to build and tweak the bike yourself, its hard to argue with the Motobecane's value.
    I have a car. I made a choice. I ride my bike.

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