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Any recommended upgrades for 2012 GT Zakar 9er Elite Hard Tail


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I'll be using this bike for trainig, trail riding on a daily basis. I want to purchase a better bike for racing but want to keep the GT as my daily bike. Is it worth upgrading and if yes, then what should I upgrade?


The specs are as follows:


2012 Zaskar 9R Elite HT (29inch)


Front Travel:100 millimeters

Frame Material:Aluminum

Gearing 2 x 10

Colors Black/Blue



Frame Hydroformed Speed Metal™ Aluminum Frame (TT, ST, DT), Triple Triangle™ Frame Construction, Forged Bottom Bracket, Dropouts, and 1 1/8" Integrated Head Tube, w/ 29"-er Specific Geometry

Frame Size Range

SM (15"-17")

MD (17"-19")

LG (19"-21")

XL (21"-23")

Fork RockShox Recon Gold TK Solo Air w/100mm Travel QR, Adj. Rebound, Turn-Key Lockout

Rear Shock N/A



Crankset SRAM S1000 2.2 39/26T

Cassette Shimano CS-HG62-10, 11-36T, 10-Speed

Rear Derailleur SRAM X9, Mid Cage

Front Derailleur SRAM X7, 2x10

Shifters SRAM X7 Trigger

Chain KMC X10, 10-Speed

Pedals Shimano PD-M505 Clipless



2012 GT Zaskar 9R Elite$1,760

All GT Mountain Bikes$1,799

All Hardtail Bikes$899

All Mountain Bikes$1,849




The GT Zaskar 9R Elite is a 29 inch Hardtail bike. It has 100 millimeters of front travel



Brakes Avid Elixir 3

Front Brake Avid Elixir 3, 160mm (F/R)

Rear Brake Avid Elixir 3, 160mm (F/R)

Brake Levers Avid Elixir 3

Handlebars ALL TERRA Flat Top

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Tough to say, its already a decent bike, will be hard to justify any upgrades.


Keep this bike as it is, especially because you want to buy another bike as well

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Depends on your reasoning for the upgrade, it is already a solid bike.


You'll only really make a difference on weight. (wheels, fork, some smaller components) Might not be worth it financially


You don't say what wheels are on there, you might be able to lighten that. Take them to a good wheelbuilder to check out how well they are built (I do this with any factory built wheels) and they should last a long time.


If I had that bike the only thing I would do is put my Maverick fork on there, purely so it is different no other reason.

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