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GT bike review(3 posts)

GT bike reviewCyclingFan
Aug 18, 2001 8:18 AM
This months "Bicycling Magazine" reviewed the GT ZR 5.0 Aluminum Road Bike. The person doing the review, Garrett Lai, is very experienced with all-things-cycling. He mentioned the GT's aluminum frame is VERY upgradeable and that the steel fork is among the best around. He said there was no frame flex, excellent road feel, and that this bike corners as fast as a ball on a roulette wheel. I know the Shimano Sora Group is a little weak, but I am no future Tour de France rider, and I am not looking to tear up the local race sceen next spring. The GT ZR 5.0 seems like a lot of bike for around $500 from my LBS. Please reply with your thoughts.
re: GT bike reviewKEN2
Aug 18, 2001 8:32 AM
I have a GT Strike from a few years ago (same frame with carbon fork) and I love it. I have upgraded as stuff wore out to DA shifters and Ultegra derailleurs but the cranks and brakes are still RX 100 (roughly similar to Tiagra I think). I am a big guy (192 lbs. 6') and this bike rides beautifully, stiff but not bone-rattling. And BTW GT bikes with a very similar aluminum frame are ridden by the Lotto team in the TDF.
re: GT bike reviewVelocipedio
Aug 18, 2001 9:11 AM
My GF just bought a 2001 GT ZR-3.0. Although she hasn't put a lot of mileage on the bike -- she got it Thursday -- she was very impressed by the smoothness of the ride. She had tried a number of other models, including Specialized Sport and Comp, and liked the ride of the GT best.

I noticed that the frame has a slightly slack seat-tube angle [by about 0.5 degrees] and slightly longish chainstays [by about 1 cm]. It's not much, but it seems to impart a slightly more relaxed ride without sacrificing too much back-end rigidity. The "triple triangle" thing might have something to do with that.

It's also a light bike for the price point. My GF's bike is a 50cm, and it weighs about 19 lbs with pedals.

GT isn't one of the really sexy brands -- though Lotto does ride it -- but they seem to have a pretty fine formula, and it looks like a good value.