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GT Bikes Karakoram Elite Bike 2014

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GT Bikes Karakoram Elite Bike 2014

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.

Key Features

  • 100mm front fork with lockout capability
  • 27-speed drivetrain with the range to get you through any terrain
  • Hydraulic disc brakes
  • All-new GT Colorado saddle
  • Fast-rolling and grippy Continental Race King tires
SPECIFICATIONS
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
Chain KMC X9
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
Grips GT Statement
Saddle All Terra Colorado
Seatpost All Terra Alloy Micro-Adjust, 30.9mm

Note: Components are subject to change without notice.


GEOMETRY
Size Small Medium Large X Large
Seat Tube Length 420mm 471mm 507mm 545mm
Standover Height 734mm 772mm 802mm 833mm
Top Tube Length (Effective) 584mm 603mm 623mm 642mm
Head Tube Length 110mm 110mm 110mm 120mm
Head Angle 70.5º 71º 71º 71º
Seat Angle 73.5º 73º 73º 72.5º
Wheel Base 1062mm 1091mm 1112mm
1131mm
Chain Stay Length 445mm 445mm 445mm 445mm
Fork Offset 45mm 45mm 45mm 45mm
BB Height 315mm
315mm 315mm 315mm
BB Drop 58mm 58mm 58mm 58mm
Wheelbase 1087mm 1095mm 1115mm 1128mm

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4.3

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4.0

nice bike nice price

By John JK

from Atlanta

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Commuting/City
  • Mountain Biking

Comments about GT Bicycles GT Bikes Karakoram Elite Bike 2014:

I suspected this was a woman specific model because the men's don't come in XS. I checked the geometry and for the Small model there is no real difference between men's and women's models. I'm a 5'7" male and the XS fits perfectly. Seems the GT 29ers run big. The only issue I had was the stripes on the frame are hot pink and looks very feminine, which does not come across in the pictures. I painted over the stripes with black model building enamel (Testors brand) and painter's blue tape but left the GT logo and wings on the seat tube pink. Looks pretty awesome now. This is a great value if y u are about 5'7" +/- 2". There are 3 left, jump on it!

  • Cycling Style:
  • Speed Oriented
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

For the wife

By Cheyne

from Long beach ca

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain Biking

    Comments about GT Bicycles GT Bikes Karakoram Elite Bike 2014:

    For the price at 35 percent off you really can't beat the build on a woman's specific 29er. Sizing was a bit hard as my wife has shorter legs the xs woulda been preferred but we'll make it work with the small . Frame has a good look though the welds at the triangular seat stay are a bit harsh. ( very early gt aluminum BMx looking) weld beads the size of quarters. But overall a good starter to average mtb for fireroads and light single track.

    • Cycling Style:
    • Comfort Oriented
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    I got this for my girl and...

    By Mr. F

    from Upland, CA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Chick Style

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting/City
      • Mountain Biking

      Comments about GT Bicycles GT Bikes Karakoram Elite Bike 2014:

      she really likes riding again. The frame is really nice, classic GT style and nice components make for a great way to get into riding the trails again. Great tires and wheels and brakes. 3 X 10 shifts really smooth. The fork is nothing special but its more than enough for light trails and fire road stuff. The seat tube has bottle cage screws inside that hit the seat post when trying to lower the height so she had to cut the post a little bit to get it just right. The complete package is really great for a great price. Can't say enough about how well the bike was assembled and set up by Jenson in Riverside.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Comfort Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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