It doesn't help that the one bike they're got that people might really really really want, other than the Fury DH Bat-bike is the Ruckus 7.1. Which you can get in America, but not here.
When did GT become 'uncool' ok perhaps not uncool but less popular..
My first full susser was a Halfords '08 (I think) i-Drive. Its arrival coincided with my starting to ride with a youthful bunch of lads who were more into 4X, downhill and gnarly hucks.
The i-Drive was perfect for all of that - at least it was for me and my limited skills / cahones, but it was horrible for xc riding. It just felt heavy and sluggish. I've since ridden newer, better (and far pricier) full sussers and the difference is like night and day.
So my take on it is that it's a great bike for chucking around, but notsogood for everyday stuff.
Just for the record, it got pinched and I went back to a hardtail (Boarman Pro )
Chucking around is what I do. Yeah it's too heavy for distance/race/enduro XC kind of stuff (personally I'm moving towards hard tails for that anyway). I'm a weekend warrior who likes to muck about on the trails and it's ideal really. Copes nicely on DH too (Aston and Cwmcarn), and rocky trail centres like CYB it worked well on. Yes there are amazingly better bikes, but for someone starting out on full-suss and just mucking about it's value for money. End of the day it's just another bike. Ride it and have fun.
Was the problem with early I-Drives not to do with the little dog-bone bit that connected the BB to the front triangle? I seem to remember a friend's snapping and them reading later that it had happened to others. Warranty service was rubbish just for a little red anodised link too.
It's a shame since I used to love GT bikes, and still go a bit weak at the knees for an old LTS. Them sponsoring Subaru Rally while Colin MacRae was there didn't hurt either. An old Karakoram was probably my 1st 'proper' mountain bike, bought second-hand of a mate's dad. Looked exactly like this one, with the rear U-brake and everything:
Unfortunately for me, he'd bought it in the US and the brakes were 'backwards', so the first time I tried to do an awesome skid I launched myself over the bars and broke my jaw. That was just the first time a doctor told me my helmet had saved my life
I got a '99 XCR2000 as an insurance replacement for a stolen FSR, so had no vested interest in defending or liking it. It rode as well as the FSR or any other FS design I've ridden, the eccentric bearings were well sealed and never died, and the bike is still seeing regular action as a mates girlfriend's bike. The only part with a rep for failing was the dog bone. GT went bust in 2001 due to financial mismanagement IIRC (no cash to pay bills) rather than poor product. which explains the lack of warranty/spares support (I bought a spare dog bone and bushes when I heard theyd gone into chapter 11).
They were bought up (along with Schwinn) by Pacific who initially said they would concentrate on the low end of the market and only sell bikes up to the ~$300 mark, but thankfully someone there recognised the value and history of the GT brand and the profit to be had in higher end bikes. I understand the company who owns Pacific now owns Cannondale (who went bust through poor management in ~2003).
Selling thru a chain like Halfords will always dent a brand's niche/quality appeal with afficionados (and LBS's who cant compete with a national chain, drop the brand and proceed to slag it off)- look at the decline of Kona's reputation.
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"I drives from Halfords were the very early versions, they just had a licence to build certain models, not the latest generation."
Um, no, not at all. Their Idrive 6 elite" was built on the same frame as a current GT model- the Sanction I think- and the Idrive 5 XCR (which was what I had) was a current GT model up until its last year of sale (and had all of the up to date revisions like the revised dogbone). They never launched a bike based on the Sensor which was the successor to that Idrive but then, they stopped selling GT not so long after it was launched.
not sure about the new 'winged' GT logo...
but new carbon 9r Zaskars look v nicePosted 2 years ago #
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