After a fairly long and unpleasant experience with my old GT Timberline 29er, I’m happy to report that GT took care of me and I picked up my Karakoram 29er from Pedal N Paddle in Green Bay, yesterday afternoon.

I haven’t ridden it yet, but I plan to head out in the next couple hours.

The main differences over the Timberline 2.0 are:

  • It’s an XL frame, versus the L on the Timberline. I always felt that the Timberline, though a big bike with big wheels, was just a bit too short on the top tube. I could’ve changed the stem to give me a bit more reach but never got around to it. The Karakoram feels good.
  • Front forks are better quality, have more travel (100mm) and have a mechanical lock-out, which will be nice for all the road riding I do.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes versus the old style brakes on the Timberline.
  • 3×9 versus 3×8. Better quality groupset than on the old Timberline, improved shifters and levers.
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Altus FD-M370
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano, Alivio, RD-M430
    Shifters: Shimano SL-M370, Rapid Fire
    Cog Set: Sunrace CS-M90, 11-34T, 9-Speed Cassette
  • Better wheels/rims - double wall rims.
  • Lighter frame, aluminum bars (feel wider, too)
  • Nicer saddle, though I’ll be putting my trusty car seat back on. It has memory foam so every time I sit on the bike I think to myself ‘remember this, sucker’.

Anyway, I’m hoping to get at least 6 months out of this one 🙂

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