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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the GT Force 29. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
19 reasons to buy
- The GT Force 29 is a 29er with a progressive four-bar LTS suspension set up.
- 150m of travel in the rear and 170m upfront absorb big hits well.
- The 77° seat tube angle places riders in a comfortable climbing position.
- The bike is compatible with an air or coil shock.
- Large brake rotors of 180mm and 200mm help ensure the bike stops quickly.
- The threaded bottom bracket is easy to maintain.
- Externally routed cables are easy to access when issues arise shifting or braking.
- Testers were pleased there is room for a water bottle on the GT Force.
- Riders can fine-tune the geometry of the bike with the flip chip adjustment.
- The Maxxis Minion tires offer plenty of grip on wet and dry terrain. In combination with the GT Force’s steep seat tube angle, they allow riders to conquer technical climbs.
- GT specs the bike with a smooth-shifting SRAM drivetrain and shifters.
- Testers found the Fabric Scoop Shallow Sport saddle comfortable.
- The GT Dropkick dropper post works well on the bike.
- The stout frame and wide handlebars offer riders stability on descents.
- GT prices the Force 29 very affordably for a full suspension enduro beast.
- The bike excels on lift-served descents and bike park terrain with its slack head tube angle of 65°.
- Engaging the easy-to-reach climbing lever minimizes pedal bob on climbs.
- The Stans rims are tubeless-ready, allowing riders to run lower air pressure when riding trails.
- An air or coil shock can be used on the Force 29.
8 reasons not to buy
- The GT Force 29 is hefty. It weighs over 35lbs.
- Testers found the bike sluggish when pedaling on flat terrain.
- The long 175mm cranks can lead to pedal strikes. One expert suggested switching to a shorter crankset.
- GT provides minimal frame protection for the bike. Testers agree that chain slap and scratches are an issue on rough trails.
- Some test riders felt the bike could use a longer dropper post. The bike comes with a 125mm to 150mm dropper post, depending on its size.
- Braking is underpowered on descents, on builds using brakes from SRAM and Tektro.
- One group of testers found the Stans wheelset was not durable enough to handle rough and rowdy trails. They had to tighten spokes frequently.
- The cabling on the bike is externally routed. Experts felt that internal routing would be more aesthetically pleasing.
Expert Reviews70/100 based on 1 rated expert review
Pinkbike Field Test: GT Force 29 Pro – A Solid Descender With Room for Improvement
Martin Maes may have raced at the Trophy of Nations aboard a Force 29, but GT aren’t billing their latest aluminum-framed machine as an enduro bike. Instead, they say it was developed for riders that seek out big hits and a lot of gravity.
2020 GT Force 29 Elite- Owners Review Part 2. What You Need to Upgrade!
The fork, the shock, the frame, the dropper post, the wheels, they’re all mint. So, its just basically the drivetrain that needs to be upgraded and that’s probably why this bike is such a good price.