IntroductionType of Bike - All Mountain Hard Tail.
Was released in Australia in 2006 as the premium top end GT hard tail.
Described by GT as a strong, light, hard tail built to take the hits and keep you comfortable on any ride.
SpecsColor(s): Motal Blue
Size(s): S, M, L, XL
Frame: GT Triple Triangle design 7005 Kinesis Superlite butted aluminum with pressure formed downtube, zero stack headtube. Disc compatible with removeable der. Hanger
Fork: RockShock Recon 327 U-Turn, adjustable rebound, 85-130mm travel
Crankset: Truvativ STYLO TEAM 44,32,22 7050 forged arms w/outboard bearing system
Bottom Bracket: Truvativ outboard oversized bearing
Pedals: Crank Bros Candy
Front Derailleur: New Shimano Deore LX
Rear Derailleur: New Shimano Deore XT
Shifters: New Shimano Deore LX
Rear Cogs: SRAM Nine speed index cassette 12-32
Chain: Shimano Nine Speed
Rims: WTB Speed Disc
Tires: Tioga Yellow Kirin Front 26 x 2.3 / Blue Dragon 26 x 2.1 rear
Front Hub: Shimano LX Centerlock
Rear Hub: Shimano LX Centerlock Spokes: DT Swiss Stainless steel 14 gauge
Nipples: Brass CP
Front Brake: New Shimano Deore LX Hydraulic
Rear Brake: New Shimano Deore LX Hydraulic
Brake Levers: New Shimano Deore LX Hydraulic
Handlebar: Truvativ 6061 Butted Alum Adventure bar with 50mm rise and 6 degree bend
Stem: Truvativ XR stem, cold forged with 4 bolt face plante and laser etch graphics
Grips: GT Lockdown
Headset: Zero Stack system for 1 1/8"
Saddle: SDG New Bel Air Seat Post: FSA Alloy MTB Seat
Clamp: GT Forged Alum QR
My ThoughtsFirst thing I did was to replace a few items to my own riding preference.
The Handle Bars were replaced with Ritchey flat bar as Im not a fan of riser bars.
Attached to this were some bar ends and new Serfas Ergo gips.
The saddle was replaced by my favourire Vetta SL.
Pedals were changed over from Candy to Shimano SPD as all my shoes and pedals are Shimano.
To finish it off I attached a Vetta Computer.
Overall Im very happy with the the bike.
The Recon forks are fanatastic and with the adjustable travel that give plenty of options to adjust to the conditions.
With the Shimano Deore XT rear mech and Deore LX Components the bike has a very reliable groupset. The LX hydraulic discs also provide great gobs of stopping power with the extra reassurance of a 203mm (8in) rotor up front.
The bigger rotor means better cooling and more reliable power on long descents.