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2012 GT Force Carbon Sport Bike (discontinued)

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Great Bike

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The Good:

Geometry, Suspension and seat post

The Bad:

Stand over height and hard to keep linkage area clean

Overall Review:

The wheels and tires roll quickly and are holding up quite well. I would have preferred the wheels to accept Schrader valves over the presta, but that’s more of a personal convenience for quick fill-ups around town and my stock of tubes are Schrader type. I’m planning on converting to tubeless at some point anyway so it’s not a huge problem. I’m the type of rider that doesn’t have to have the “freshest lookin’ whip on the trail” so I’m not planning on upgrading anything until something breaks or fails, but I can see myself upgrading the wheels some time. I’m quite abusive on bikes in general, but really hard on wheels and will be getting wider rims at some point. The stock tires (Maxxis Ardent 2.25in) are quick on the trails and fairly smooth on the roads to the trails. They grip well but I’d like to see some wider rubber. The Formula RX brakes are really impressive and offer plenty of power and you can adjust the lever reach which helped my stubby little fingers quite a bit. You know what they say about guys with small hands... they have small gloves.

The X-Fusion Hilo seatpost was a huge selling point for me and I like the simplicity of it and it does exactly whatit was designed to do. My one gripe with the post is having to take one hand off the bar to adjust the height. X-Fusion makes a bar mounted lever actuated kit which I’m considering getting.

The frame is beautiful to look at and the geometry is great for trail riding. The stand over height of the bike is a bit taller than I prefer, but I’m on the shorter side at 5’6”, but once on the bike the size is not an issue. I didn’t like how different this bike was to corner compared to any of my previous bikes, so I’ve been tinkering with different settings to make it fit me better. The once change that made it ride better for me was lowering the stem height. It was about an inch drop but it made a huge impact on how the bike corners and feels. I still notice the bb height affecting the cornering but I’m assuming that’s on all rear suspended bikes compared to any dj bike with a low stance so it’s not really a problem, just a difference that I’m getting used to. Lowering the front end helped significantly to make the overall ride more efficient and familiar to me.

Overall, I am a huge fan of this bike and glad I made the purchase (45% off thru JensonUSA didn’t hurt either). The frame seems durable and when parts wear out and need replacing I have a solid and reliable frame to bolt them on that will last me many seasons.

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Specifications
Product 2012 GT Force Carbon Sport Bike
Model Year 2012
Riding Type Cross-Country, Trail
Rider Unisex
Sizes and Geometry XS, S, M, L, XL View Geometry
Size XS S M L XL
Top Tube Length 21.7 22.2 22.2 23.6 24.8
Head Tube Angle 69° 69° 69° 69° 69°
Head Tube Length 4.1 4.1 4.1 5.1 5.9
Seat Tube Angle 72.7 72.7 72.7 72.7 72.7
Seat Tube Length
Bottom Bracket Height 13.6 13.6 13.6 13.6 13.6
Chainstay Length 17.1 17.1 17.1 17.1 17.1
Wheelbase 42.1 42.7 42.7 44.1 45.4
Standover 27.8 27.7 27.7 28.7 29.6
Reach
Stack
Wheel Size
Frame Material Carbon Fiber
Frame Material Details F.O.C. Am Carbon Frame, 150mm Travel Independent Drivetrain Suspension System with F.O.C. Linkage, Pivots, and BB Shell, Replaceable Dropouts and 1 1/8" to 1 1/2" Tapered Head Tube
Rear Travel 150mm
Rear Shock FOX Shox Float RL with Travel, Adjustable Rebound
Fork Marzocchi 44 TST2 with 120mm Travel QR15, Adjustable Rebound, Lockout, and Alloy Steerer
Fork Travel 120mm
Head Tube Diameter 1 1/8
Headset FSA Orbit C-40-ACB, 1.5" to 1 1/8"
Handlebar Crankbrothers Cobalt 2, 700mm
Stem Syncros AM OE, 60mm = XS, 70mm = S/M=70, 80mm = L, 90mm = XL
Grips GT WING W/ WAFFLE, LOCK-ON
Brakes Formula RX, 180mm (F/R)
Brake Levers Formula RX
Drivetrain 3x
Shifters Shimano Deore, Rapidfire
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX
ISCG Tabs No
Chainguide N/A
Cranks Shimano Deore XT, 38/26T
Chainrings 22/32/44
Bottom Bracket Shimano Deore
Pedals CRANKBROTHERS CANDY 1 CLIPLESS
Chain KMC X10, 10-Speed
Cassette Shimano CS-HG62-10, 11-36T, 10-Speed
Rims DT Swiss E540 32H
Hubs ALL TERRA Alloy Sealed Bearing Disc 32H Hole
Spokes DT Swiss Competition 1.8/1.6
Tires Maxxis Ardent, 2.25", Folding
Saddle WTB Silverado Race SL
Seatpost X-Fusion HiLo w/ 100mm Height Adjust, 31.6mm x 350mm
Seatpost Diameter
Seatpost Clamp ALL TERRA ALLOY QR
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 10x135mm
Max. Tire Size 2.6
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Carbon/White
Warranty
Weight N/A
Miscellaneous
Price $4,180
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