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6-14-07 // Online Exclusive: GT Unveils 2008 Bikes









Although the new frame is made completely of
carbon, GT didn?t forget its roots and the Zaskar retains the company?s
distinctive triple triangle design.






Celebrating its

twentieth anniversary, the Zaskar receives a new, all-carbon frame.

This hardtail tips the scales at just 20.8 pounds, yet remains

incredibly stiff. In addition to the carbon frame, the bike also

receives a longer fork this year?100 millimeters compared to 80?and

wider, 2.0-inch tires. A full LX bike costs $2,300, while the XTR Team

model retails for about $4,000.














By going to an carbon rear triangle, GT
shaved more than 150 grams from the 4-inch-travel Marathon. The new
rear end can be retrofitted to last year?s bikes.





Another new model,

replacing the iD-4 Carbon, is the Marathon 4-inch-travel XC rig. For

2008, the bike will have a carbon fiber swing arm, which replaces the

aluminum rear triangle of the iD-4. The bike weighs 24.8 pounds and is

being ridden on the World Cup by GT?s top racers, including Todd Wells.














?Not every downhiller can afford a $5,000
bike,? said GT?s Mark Peterman. To please gravity racers on a budget,
GT developed the DHi-Pro model. The bike shares the same frame as the
team model but costs just $3,349.





Finally, the company

made a few tweaks to its DHi downhill bike. Changes include a

reinforced swingarm and headtube, as well as a redesigned carbon

seatmast that has a few weight-saving cutouts. GT will also offer a

lower-cost version this year, the DH1-Pro Model, which runs about

$3,349 and weighs 44 pounds. ?It uses the same frame as our team model,

but is built for the downhill racer that doesn?t have $5,500 to spend

on a bike,? said GT?s Mark Peterman.










Four days is barely enough time to

get to know a bike, but some of the models?like the

Marathon?immediately felt spot on. And while the town of Engelberg is

still developing a mountain bike culture, the trails here?all

originally built for hikers?offered a prime proving ground. With

relentlessly steep terrain, a half dozen gondolas strung throughout the

valleys and an active, mountain bike friendly population, watch for

Engelberg to continue to grow as a mountain bike playground. And watch

for further reviews of GT?s latest bikes in Bike magazine and on bikemag.com.



narra2007-07-19 07:29:56

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Carbon Mtb's, eish, I did not think it was a good idea and you know what, it's not. Lilo's boss bought a Merida carbon fiber Mtb a few moths ago, it's cracked. Friend of Fred at Geco bought a DS Specialized Carbon fiber bike, it's cracked, got new one, it's cracked...when will they learn, sure they are pretty, but pretty don't last long in Mtb'ing terrain.

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