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GT Karakoram Sport – Review

My quick review of an amazing and made in the USA mountain bike, the GT Karakoram…

Quick Product Intro

The Karakoram is the a 29er. This bike is great for the new rider looking to ride some level 1 or level 2 bike trails and then gradually trying out tougher trails. For the price, this bike will perform great going uphill, through mud and tough trails.

+ SR Suntour XCT-HLO Fork

+ Shimano 3×9 Drivetrain

+ Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes

http://www.gtbicycles.com//karakoram-sport
GT Mountain Bike

Ride Review

This bike has been on many bike rides. It was used to ride to/from work thru downtown Houston. It was used on rides at Terry Hershey park, other neighborhood trails, Reimers Ranch Trail, Brushy Creek Trail and others around Texas. Unfortunately, i never had (or thought of) entering a race with this bike. This may be something I try this year.

The bike rides very smoothly even in the toughest terrains. It is great in mud paths and makes crossing creeks very easy. Climbing up steep hills is very easy on this bike. The front shocks make tough terrain feel rather smooth. Even though the bike is big, it weighs less than the smallest of my bikes.

Is it a keeper

After about 6 years of owning this bike, it still provides a great amazing ride. All the gears, springs, cable lines, etc are in great working condition.

Specs (lots of bike – great price)

Sizes:
S, M, L, XL

Frame:
All New 6061 T6 Aluminum Frame, w/ Triple Triangle?, Replaceable Derailleur Hanger, Disc Brake Mounts, and Zerostack tapered Head Tube, 29″ Design

Fork:
SR Suntour XCT-HLO w/ 100mm Travel, Steel Stanchions, Aluminum Leg, Post Mount Disc Brake, Hydraulic Lockout, QR, For 29″

Rear Shock:
N/A

Chain:
KMC Z99

Crankset Chainwheel:
15

Crank:
All-Terra V-401, 44/32/22T

Crank Option 1:
All-Terra V-401, 44/32/22T

Bottom Bracket:
Cartridge Sealed

Pedals:
GT Slim Line Flat Pedal

Front Derailleur:
Shimano Altus

Rear Derailleur:
Alivio

Shifters:
Shimano Altus

Cog Set:
Sunrace CS-M90, 11-34T, 9-Speed Cassette

Rims:
All Terra Double Wall, 32H 29″, disc specific

Tires:
(F&R) All Terra Cypher 29X2.1″

Hubs:
(F) Alloy Disc QR, (R) Alloy Cassette Disc QR

Brake:
(F&R) Tektro Hydro Disc, 160mm Rotor

Brake Levers:
Tektro Disc Brake Lever

Handlebar:
6061 Aluminum Riser, 680mm Width, 12mm Rise, 31.8mm Clamp

Stem:
All Terra 1 1/8″ Threadless, 4-Bolt w/ CNC Face Plate, 10? Rise, 31.8mm Clamp

Grips:
GT Statement

Headset:
Integrated seal bearing, 1-1/8? Upper + 1-1/2? Lower

Saddle:
All Terra MTB

Seat Post:
All Terra Alloy Micro-Adjust, 30.9mm

Seat Clamp:
All Terra Alloy QR

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, this has been an amazing bike. I could ride it for ever. If I sell it, I may just get a new and similar GT bike. If you haven’t felt the wind on your face going down a hill at about 25 miles per hour you should try it on this bike.

 

 

Jesse Longoria

Jesse has over 30 years of experience in the IT Industry. He has helped businesses in the private, non-profit, medical, social work, and public industries solve problems. He has utilized technology to dramatically streamline business processes. Jesse now enjoys using technology to buy his time back and enjoy life more by spending more time with his wife and looking for new places to travel. Affiliate marketing has opened so many opportunities. He enjoys his new found freedom and loves to share what he does with others so they can enjoy life more.

7 Comments

  1. This sounds like a fantastic bike and you sound like you are very well informed as a promotor and owner of this bike. I am not familiar with any of the trails that you speak of being much further North, I would like to see some pictures of the trails this bike handles to get a better idea of what it is capable of.

    • This is a wonderfull bike but I think I will end up getting a new one by the end of the year. I’ll get the same size bike as this one but maybe with shocks on the rear end as well.
      I will be testing some and will be sure to post my reviews here.
      This is a link to Reimers Ranch in Austin, TX: Reimers Ranch

      I highly recommend the trails at Reimers Ranch because the area offers trails for all level of riders and because it is right next door to the beautiful Hamilton Pool Preserve
      Hamilton Pool

      I hope you visit and have fun in the sun!!

  2. Thanks for this review on the GT Karakoram Sport bike. However, I have no idea where to get one for myself. I’m thinking of getting this one or at least something similar since I’ll be learning to ride trails.

    I’m a complete beginner but don’t mind a good challenge. What’s your recommendation? Cheers.

  3. Hi Jesse, this sounds like a fabulous bike. I really need to get back into bike riding as I loved it as a kid. Can you recommend me a mid price range bike that would be good for somebody starting out? I will be mostly riding on roads and paths. I can’t wait to feel the wind in my face again, like you say, it really is the best feeling in the world and I love your passion for it 🙂

    • Hi Stefanie,
      If you are just going to start out, keep in mind that you may spend a pretty penney for bike and then find out that it was not the best fit for you. One thing you may want to try is shopping at REI. When you become a member at REI, you are able to return/exchange purchases with no questions asked. So, you should you find that you would like to try a different bike if the one you purchased was not perfect for you, they will gladly help you.
      I found these three that may be a fit for you. Good Luck!!!! Ride it like you stole it!!!!

  4. I think this bike would work for me, the fact that it is lightweight and has shocks for a smoother ride appeals to me. I want to get my exercise but still have a comfortable ride. Thanks for the info and I will be checking back soon!

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