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Silverback Sierra vs. GT Zaskar Expert


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Hi guys

 

Bit of a noob, so please excuse any questions that may come across as obvious to those of you more informed!

 

I'm looking at getting a bike, and currently the two models i'm considering are the Silverback Sierra and the GT Zaskar Expert (2009).

 

Both models are within my budget, so it comes down to specs.

The GT has a lighter frame, whilst the Silverback seems to have much better components.

 

If there is anything else in this price range that you guys could suggest it would be very much appreciated!

 

Thanks.

 

GT Zaskar Expert 2009:

 

Frame:

GT NEW design hydroformed Kinesis Superlight custom tube-set Machined Head tube, disc compatible

Fork:

Rock Shox RECON RACE, 100mm of travel, 7050 al steerer, Air sprung with rebound damping and motion control

Crankset / Chainwheel:

Shimano SLX, with Hollowtech 2 piece arm and bb,

Bottom Bracket:

Shimano SLX out board sealed bearings

Pedals:

Crank Bros Candy C

Front Derailleur:

Shimano Deore SLX

Rear Derailleur:

Shimano Deore SLX

Shifters:

Shimano SLX nine speed trigger

Rear Cogs:

Shimano SLX 9-speed, 11-32

Chain:

Shimano Nine Speed

Rims:

Mavic CrossRide Disc for Centerlock, with straight pull bladed spokes, QRM sealed bearing hubs, 24 holes front and rear

Tires:

Front/Rear 26"x 2.0 Kenda Karma 120 TPI with kevlar bead

Front Hub:

Mavic CrossRide Disc

Rear Hub:

Mavic CrossRide Disc

Spokes:

Mavic, straight pull bladed spokes

Nipples:

Mavic brass self locking

Front Brake:

Shimano SLX Hydraulic

Rear Brake:

Shimano SLX Hydraulic

Brake Levers:

Shimano SLX Hydraulic

Handlebar:

Ritchey Pro butted 2014 alum, Flat, 31.8 mm clamp, 680 mm width,

Stem:

Ritchey 6061 cold forged stem, with 6 degree rise, and 4 bolt face plate

Grips:

GT Lock Down

Headset:

FSA Integrated, sealed angular contact bearing

Saddle:

FIZIK Gobi XM with Manganese Rails

Seat Post:

Ritchey 31.6mm 3 D forged

Seat Clamp:

GT Alum QR

http://www.gtbicycles.com/GTFiles/ProductImages//490_320_G9ZASEX_300_1.jpg

Silverback Sierra:

 

Shifters: Shimano XT - Rapidfire Plus

Front Derailleur: Shimano XT

Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow

Chainwheel: Shimano XT Hallowtech II

Bottom Bracket: Shimano XT

Cassette: Shimano HG61-9 Speed 11-32T

Chain: Shimano HG73

Pedals: Shimano PD-M520

 

Brake Set: Shimano Hydraulic M575
http://www.silverbacklab.com/int_site/specs/sierra.jpg

 
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If it was my money, I would have gone with the Silverback. Just because everyone has a GT or Merida.

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Silverback has a much better spec. Nothing wrong with SLX at all but XT is just that much cooler.

 

Not sure about the brakes though.

 

I would go for the Silverback.

 

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Merida Matts HFS XC 1000D light and fast

I concur, Merida HFS 1000, comes with XT and is a much better bike than both options. Will have to stretch your budget a bit though!  
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Given your options I'd go for the GT, components are easy to upgrade.

 

Do yourself a favour and drop nagala a message, those Chumba hardtails are sweet!

 

 

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GT just seems like i'm paying for the "name" though. Difference in weight is about 1kg.

 

Really worth it? Oh, and the GT is about R1000 more...
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Another bike in this category would be the Scott Scale 50? Thoughts?

Weight

11.30 kg / 24.89 lbs

Frame

Scott Scale Alloy 6061
custom butted superlight tubing
D-Forged CNC machined Dropouts
Delta SST bridge / Integ. HT
BOX chainstay bridge

Fork

Rock Shox
Recon SL Solo Air
alloy steerer / Air
spring / Pop Loc
remote lockout /
reb. Adj. / 100 mm

Headset

Ritchey OE
1 1/8"
semi integrated
44/50mm

Derailleur (Rear)

Shimano XT
RD-M772 SGS
Shadow Type
27 Speed

Derailleur (Front)

Shimano Deore
FC-M590
34.9mm

Shifters

Shimano Deore
SL-M590
Rapidfire plus
2 way release
w/gear indicator

Brake Levers

Avid Elixir 5

Brakes

Avid Elixir 5
185/F and
160/R mm Rotor

Crankset

Shimano FC-M542
Scott Custom
2-piece Design
44Ax32Ax22 T

BB-Set

Shimano Cartridge
68mm shell

Handlebar

Scott Pilot 18 Team
18mm rise
OS / 640mm

H'stem

Scott Comp
4 Bolt / OS 31.8mm
1-1/8" / 6? angle

Pedals

Shimano
PD-M505
Clipless pedal

Seatpost

Scott Comp
31.6mm

Seat

Scott Racing

Hub (Front)

Scott Comp
Disc IT

Hub (Rear)

Shimano
FH-M525
Disc IT

Chain

Shimano
CN-HG53

Cassette

Shimano
CS HG-50 -9
11-32 T

Spokes

DT Swiss
Champion
black 1.8mm

Rims

DT Swiss 445d
32H / Black

Tires

Schwalbe
Rocket Ron
26 x 2.1 / 50EPI
Kevlar Bead
Performance Series

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Go to this website  www.chainreactioncycles.com and buy the groupset you want. Then go and buy the shock as well from them. Go to your bike shop and buy the frame you want. Have a look at doing it this way you might be supprized with the money you save, and will allow you maybe to upgrade the frame or wheelset even.

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i would say the scott by i am bias... Smile

but also consider the G6 alu frame mongoose
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