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Purpose built for riders who value speed and maneuverability, the 2014 GT Karakoram offers big-time trail performance at a consumer-friendly price. Singletrack, fireroads, maybe even a few jumps if you're feeling dangerous, the Karakoram is a well-designed hardtail that is agile in the corners, sturdy during descents, and all kinds of stable when climbing.
The Karakoram features GT's legendary Triple Triangle frame design and boasts an increase in stiffness, responsiveness, and durability. GT's use of a smaller rear triangle increases stiffness and makes for a delightfully responsive ride. Not just a clever marketing gimmick, over the years the Triple Triangle frame has become an iconic symbol of GT and a strong representation of their unwavering commitment to quality bicycle craft.
The 2014 Karakoram Elite build comes armed and ready to tame the trail. GT paired the Karakoram's hydroformed and butted Speed Metal aluminum frame with a Rock Shox XC28 TK Mg fork with 100mm of travel to tame the bumps and give you a little nudge of confidence in the burlier sections of the trail. A mix of Shimano components make for a dependable 3x9 drivetrain. A Shimano Alivo FC-M430 crank pulls a KMC X9 chain through a Shimano Deore XT Shadow (RD-M772-SGS) rear derailleur and Shimano Acera FD-M390 front derailleur. Shimano Alivo SL-M430 trigger shifters ensure that shifting is simple and efficient. All Terra disc hubs laced to Jalco XCD22 double wall rims provide excellent rolling power wrapped in 29 inches of Continental Race King rubber. Avid DB1 hydraulic brakes give you the power to stop at a moment's notice or modulate your speed on a tricky descent. GT rounds out the cockpit with an All Terra Colorado Saddle and a Kore XCD-R2 aluminum handlebar secured by an All Terra 4-bolt 3D forged stem with CNC face plate.
|Frame||Hydroformed and Butted Speed Metal Aluminum (TT/DT) Frame, w/ Triple Triangle design, Replaceable Derailleur Hanger, Disc Brake Mounts, and Zerostack 1 1/8" Head Tube|
|Fork||Rock Shox XC28 TK Mg w/100mm Travel, 29", Hydraulically Damped, Magnesium Lowers, 28mm Chrome Steel Uppers, Forged Crown, Post Mount Disc Brake, Turn Key Lock Out, Rebound Adjust, QR|
|Headset||Kore 1B-1, 1 1/8" Threadless, Zerostack|
|Wheelset||Hubs: (F) All Terra Alloy Disc, w/Quick Release, (R) All Terra Alloy Cassette Disc, w/Quick Release.
Rims: Jalco XCD22, Double Wall, 32H
|Tires||(F) Continental Race King 29" x 2.2"|
|Brakes||Avid DB1, Hydraulic Disc, w/160mm Rotor|
|Brake Levers||Avid DB1 Hydraulic|
|Shifters||Shimano Alivio, SL-M430, Rapid Fire|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Acera FD-M390|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore XT Shadow, RD-M772-SGS|
|Crankset||Shimano Alivio FC-M430, 44/32/22T|
|Bottom Bracket||Tange Sealed|
|Cassette||Shimano CS-HG30-9, 11-34T, 9-Speed|
|Pedals||GT Slim Line Flat Pedal, Cast Alloy|
|Handlebar||Kore XCD-R2, 6061 Aluminum, 13mm Rise, 710mm Width|
|Stem||All Terra 1 1/8" Threadless, 3D Forged, 4-Bolt w/CNC Face Plate, 5-degree Rise, 31.8mm Clamp|
|Saddle||All Terra Colorado|
|Seatpost||All Terra Alloy Micro-Adjust, 30.9mm|
Note: Components are subject to change without notice.
|Seat Tube Length||420mm||471mm||507mm||545mm
|Top Tube Length (Effective)||584mm||603mm||623mm||642mm
|Head Tube Length||110mm||110mm||110mm||120mm
|Chain Stay Length||445mm||445mm||445mm||445mm|