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New bike dilemma update...GT Team Edition ZR 3.0(6 posts)

New bike dilemma update...GT Team Edition ZR 3.0MVN
Jan 8, 2002 4:05 PM
I was offered what sounds like a sweet deal (cost!!) on a GT ZR 3.0 Team edition road bike. My friend who is the manager of the sporting goods store told me if I didn't want a Cannondale (he offered a deal on any one of my choice) then he would sell me whatever brand he carries (Giant, GT, Cannondale) at his cost plus shipping. He's assured me there would be no warranty problems. I've heard good and bad things about Cannondale and GT, so I'm really trying to increase my knowledge about them so I can make an informed decision. I had thought about getting a better TREK than the one I have, but my LBS guy was busy and didn't seem too interested in helping me out. He doesn't really give deals on bikes anyway. My experience there today was puzzling because he's usually more helpful. Although I'm considering both the Cannondale R700 and the GT team, the GT is really tempting. Any GT owners out there? How does the "Triple Triangle" help?
re: New bike dilemma update...GT Team Edition ZR 3.0Velocipedio
Jan 8, 2002 5:08 PM
My GF rides a ZR 3.0 and loves it. Unlike some other bikes in its [pre-Pacific] price range, it's a full-105 bike. The chainstays are slightly longer than the Trek and Specialized of the same price range and the frame is surprisingly compliant for 6000-series alu. [It ain't steel, but it ain't bad]. It's also a rather light bike -- my GF's 50cm bike weighs in at somewhere around 18 lbs, lighter wheels could bring it in at 17.5 lbs. The triple triangle seems to make the bike laterally stiffer than it would have been with the slightly-longer chainstays. On the whole, and excellent bike and a little better, IMO than comparable models from other manufacturers.
the test is in the ride....KEN2
Jan 8, 2002 5:58 PM
You need to ride these bikes back-to-back if possible. I have a GT ZR 1 and love the ride but I tried a lot of bikes before I decided. There are real differences, they just don't stack up the same for everyone.
I would consider the warranty issue again with GTspookyload
Jan 8, 2002 6:18 PM
They just got bought out, and who knows how long Pacific Bicycles will honor their(GT's) warranty. What will they do if your bike fails in two years and there are no GT's to replace it with? Give you a nice shiny Pacific! Look closer at the Giant TCR2. It is a raging deal if you can get it at cost plus shipping. The frame is the lightest you will find at 2.2 pounds, and it is every bit as stiff as you could ever want. Unlike the cannondales, it comes with the carbon mike burrows seatpost to take the edge of the aluminum harshness. I rode a TCR ONCE which is the same frame they rode in the tour de france. In fact it is the same frame the TCR2 would have with a different paint job. They are also making a composite TCR this year which will be a carbon frame. It might be worth waiting for if you can get it at cost.
I would consider the warranty issue again with GTkentuckyjoe
Jan 9, 2002 9:17 AM
Hey,im fairly new to roadbiking but i feel like ive learned alot in the past 3 months"mostly due to the fine folks on this site"anyways ive been test riding the crap out of bikes this month and as a heavy rider ive found that i simply love aluminum frames.My current ride is a GT zr 5.0 setup with 105 components and kyserium ssc wheels,i love it,its stiff,fast,fairly light,and loves to climb.My next frame will be a cannondale CAAD 4 im building up myself with campy groupo.id say go ride them and decide which feels best to you.I have heard alot of riders under 140lbs dont care for the ride of the dales but the ones i rode with the slice fork were very smooth and i didnt feel alot of flex on standing climbs,and sprints.Theirs also some awesome prices on the GT 1.0 frames on ebay,like $379.00 for a new in box team lotto,that leaves alot of room to pick and choose your components. take care,Joe
I would consider the warranty issue again with GTDWridesGT
Jan 10, 2002 6:06 AM
I have the GT ZR 5.0 road bike, got it for $500 complete. Love it, changed some parts to Ultegra, but the frame is excellent. If you like the GT and it fits properly, get it.