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    GT Sanction Expert

    Anyone have any experience with this bike or company for that matter? I have read some stuff on GT but I know its all about what fits for you. The bike looks like a good deal for around 3300 bucks.


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    The current and recent versions are great bikes.
    A friend has had a Sanction Pro for 2 years and I've done most of the maintenance work on it.
    Sanction Pro has lighter/higher performance suspension parts mix than the Expert.
    His has seen lots of DH/bike park days and general trail riding as well.
    Frame is burly and suspension design is pretty simple and reliable.

    The parts mix on the Expert are all good and reliable. They are not light though.
    It is a big, burly, heavy bike.
    It is far more suited to descending steep terrain at speed than going uphill.
    It will go uphill just fine, but it requires a smooth rider to make it efficient.

    Bike is best suited to a rider who will be doing lots of high speed descending and bike park riding vs trail riding in my opinion.

    Can be difficult to find bike shops that are dialed in on GT's suspension design. Can be tricky to find replacement derailluer hangers.

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    id go for a Trek, Spesh, Giant or Santa Cruz. GT just seems to be getting smaller. id feel more comfortable buyin from a big company

    i ride a GT btw

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    You have a LOT of options around $3300. Bike pricing seems to have gotten more competitive lately with all the direct sales brands.

    Carbon intense spiders were $2400 with a good build very recently. The gt seems significantly overpriced.

    $3k gets you a carbon diamondback release.

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