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2012 outlines a third year for GT’s 120mm-travel
Sensor. Despite a 31.3lb (14.2kg) heft, a 3.0 isn’t a large hitter that you
might design – while a realistic startle is some-more during home with some-more substantial
impacts, a bike’s geometry and tyres don’t indispensably pull we to find them
out.

Ride handling: Agile, yet idle behind startle dulls
responses

GT’s Independent
Drivetrain behind cessation system, that moves a bottom joint to counter
excess sequence growth, has been around for a prolonged time and is a proven performer.
The Sensor 3.0, though, suffers from extreme application damping in the
X-Fusion shock.

This not usually blunts the
back end’s responses over bumps yet also sucks a lot of life out of a bike.
The hostility of a behind to restrict creates lofting a Sensor’s front end
harder than it ought to be, and a bike sits high in berms too. On a upside,
there’s small in a approach of delight from a behind finish and a Sensor never
feels mushy.

The movable coil-sprung
Marzocchi 44 flare is a good performer in siege yet it’s wily to achieve
a offset cessation opening with a compression-shy behind end. That said,
start attack things tough and quick and matters urge considerably. The shock
is most happier traffic with bigger hits and a Sensor sucks adult drops with
aplomb, with GT’s floating bottom joint artistry minimising pedal kickback.

The pretence is to float hard,
while staying within a boundary of a rather cross-countryish angles and
shallow-tread Maxxis Aspen tyres. Thankfully, a comparatively brief cockpit
means that there’s copiousness of range to position your weight boldly for
optimum traction.

We know from past
experience
that a Sensor height can work improved than this, and even with a
less than ideal cessation movement a elemental strengths of a bike show
through. There’s a well-judged sniff of pedal feedback – adequate to maintain
poise underneath energy yet not so most as to put we off your walk on steppy
climbs. And a doing is good, nonetheless a stream stand of tardy and low
trail bikes are easier to live with on fast, open trails.

Reluctant behind shock
aside, there’s not most wrong with a GT. But there’s a clear clarity of the
competition carrying changed on a step and left a Sensor personification catch-up. The
traditional geometry, slim behind finish and spare conduct tube are all areas where
the Sensor’s commencement to uncover a age.

Frame: Lots of tyre clearway from a slimline
swingarm, yet there’s a bit of flex in it

The Sensor height has
seen small change given a introduction for a 2010 indication year. It’s a
distinctive frame, with a hump-backed tip tube that’s pierced by a chair tube
– a GT heading going behind 20 years. At initial peek a Sensor
looks really high off a belligerent yet that’s an visual apparition due to the
straight down tube fasten a chair tube some stretch above a bottom bracket. 

That’s to accommodate GT’s Independent Drivetrain cessation system. The one-piece swingarm
rotates on a single, high focus to give a useful rearward spindle path. Ordinarily
that would outcome in substantial pedal feedback, so to opposite that a bottom
bracket itself swings somewhat behind on an additional linkage. Use of slimline tubing on
the swingarm means pots of tyre clearway yet a spirit of gusto underneath pressure.

 The shock’s position – high adult and plane in a center of a support –
keeps it out of harm’s approach yet means a singular bottle mountain is relegated to a
less-than-clean plcae underneath a down tube. Cable routing is
remarkably approach interjection to that towering down tube, with a behind stop hose
and rigging wire holding an roughly true line to their particular destinations.

Equipment: Outgunned on spec by similarly-priced
competitors

At this pricepoint
anything other than a RockShox Recon flare adult front is estimable of comment, and GT
have specced a Marzocchi 44 RLO. The Italian flare makers have had their ups and
downs in new years yet a 44 is a bit of a gem. It’s still tough to beat
steel curl springs for bump-eating performance, and Marzocchi mix them with
air preload for easy tuning.

Elsewhere it’s all
competent gear, nonetheless a FSA Gamma Drive chainset manages to somehow demeanour a
bit inexpensive notwithstanding being a complicated outboard-bearing setup and operative fine. We’ve
no complaints about a 30-speed Shimano Deore delivery or Avid Elixir 1
brakes. The rest of a pack is mostly GT’s possess All Terra gear, including the
rims and both hubs. We’d cite during slightest a Shimano behind heart in a interests of
longevity and spares availability, yet didn’t confront any issues during the
test period.

This essay was
originally published in Mountain
Biking UK
magazine.

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