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GT 2009 Zaskar Expert

I purchased a new bike on Saturday, went a little over budget so I walked into the city (8km), picked it up and was riding home and I got a bloody nail through the tyre, so another 4 km walking :-(

So far, I like it. It is very responsive, easy to accelerate. My goal with the bike is to lose 20kg over the Australian summer and build a good physical base.

GT 2009 Zaskar Expert

Marketing Drivel:

This bike screams “big fun” to XC hardcore racers. Hydroformed Kinesis aluminum frame with a stiff rear triangle excels at fast, technical hill climbs while remaining extremely lightweight and responsive, perfect for YOUR next XC race.

  • Hydroformed Kinesis Superlight custom aluminum tubeset delivers nearly “weightless” performance and is highly responsive on technical climbs
  • Rock Shox Recon Race fork with 100mm of travel gives you smooth, predictable and reliable bump absorption over uneven terrain
  • Shimano SLX 27-speed drivetrain with triple cranks provide sharp, powerful shifts and include plenty of gears for the hills and flats
  • Shimano SLX triggers offer fast and quick shifting action
  • Ritchey aluminum handlebar, stem and seatpost for core-level strength, style and performance
  • Shimano SLX hydraulic disc brakes supply rapid and controlled stopping power in any condition
  • Crank Brothers Candy C pedals add stability and easy in/easy out convenience
  • Lightweight and low rolling Kenda Karma tires combined with Mavic Crossride Center-Lock Disc wheels deliver tough and predictable handling on your favorite XC trails


Handlebar Ritchey Pro butted 2014 alum, Flat, 31.8 mm clamp, 680 mm width
Brake Shimano SLX Hydraulic
Rear Brake Shimano SLX Hydraulic
Tires Front/Rear 26”x 2.0 Kenda Karma 120 TPI with kevlar bead
Front Brake Shimano SLX Hydraulic
Chainrings 34/50t
Nipples Mavic brass self locking
Spokes Mavic, straight pull bladed spokes
Cog set Shimano SLX 9-speed, 11-32
Rear Hub Mavic CrossRide disc
Front Hub Mavic CrossRide Disc
Chain Shimano Nine Speed
Rims Mavic CrossRide Disc for Centerlock, with straight pull bladed spokes, QRM sealed bearing hubs, 24 holes front and rear
Shifters Shimano SLX nine speed
Rear Derailleur Shimano SLX shadow
Front Derailleur Shimano SLX
Pedals Shimano PDM-520
Crankset / Shimano SLX, with Hollowtech 2 piece arm and bb
Fork Rock Shox RECON RACE, 100mm of travel, 7050 al steerer, Air sprung with rebound damping and motion control
Frame GT design hydroformed Kinesis Superlight custom tube-set Machined Head tube, disc compatible
Stem Ritchey 6061 cold forged stem, with 6 degree rise, and 4 bolt face plate
Headset FSA Integrated, sealed angular contact bearing
GRIPS GT Lock Down
SADDLE FIZIK Gobi XM with Manganese Rails
Seat Post Ritchey 27.2mm 3 D forged
Seat Clamp GT Alum QR


Frame Size: L
Head Tube Angle: 71
Seat Angle: 73.0
Chainstay Length: 419.0 mm
Standover Height: 777.9 mm
Horiz. Top Tube Length: 619.68 mm
Seat Tube Length: 130 mm
Head Tube Length: 305 mm
Bottom Bracket Height: 39 mm
Fork Offset: 473 mm
Fork Length: