Looking for a Mountain Bike under $1000? Want a bike from a company that has a long, well established history in the sport? Look no further than GT’s 2013 Karakoram 29er 2.0. This bike is based around a stiff, aluminium frame thanks to GT’s patented Triple Triangle Design. The geometry is spot on for the entry level/intermediate rider; the bike has a relaxed head angle, inspiring confidence when descending, and has a longish top tube, giving the bike a very comfortable and balanced ride. The frame also uses an integrated headset that allows the use of a low handlebar position, enabling the rider to tailor the front end to their liking.
The Karakoram 2.0 runs a solid mix of Shimano parts with its 3x9 Drive train; the Deore rear derailleur and the BR-M395 Hydraulic brakes being the stand out. The forks are Rockshox’s XC 28’s and come with Turn Key Lockout and rebound adjustment.
The bike comes fitted with Maxxis Aspen 29x2.10 tyres, these really do hold up well in all conditions except for the muddiest, and really help get the bike up to speed quickly thanks to their low profile and low rolling resistance. The wheels are made up of All Terra hubs and are laced to Alex TD19 rims using stainless spokes, making for a durable wheel set on a Mountain Bike at this price point.
The rest of the bits and bobs on the bike are a mix of GT and All Terra; including the bars, stem, seat post, saddle, seat clamp, grips and pedals; all doing their job very well.
The GT Karakoram 2.0 is a well spec’d Mountain Bike at $999, with the frame being the highlight in the overall package. Matched with Shimano and Rockshox components and big 29er wheels that will roll over most obstacles with ease, the GT, with its well-known wing graphics on the down tube, will have you flying off into the bush with a huge smile on your face in no time!
Reviewed by Troy Bussell
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