GT Sensor

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on GT Sensor. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

11 reasons to buy

  • Most riders described the handling of the GT Sensor as very stiff, responsive and lively.
  • A number of riders described the aggressive geometry (leaning over the front-end and high bottom-bracket) as beneficial for climbing and technical riding.
  • Some riders described the look and finish as impressive.
  • Most reviewers appreciated the ability to choose between two tire sizes (29” and 27.5”).
  • It was common for riders to note how well the GT Sensor handled pedalling, even on uphills.
  • Experienced riders mentioned how this bike was designed to be easily maintained, due to the replaceable threaded bottom-bracket and the removable ICSG (International Standard Chain Device) mounts for replacing chain-guides or skid-plates.
  • A number of riders mentioned that the protections on the GT Sensor were very tough, with a thick rubber covering beneath the down-tube, that protected the frame on carbon models.
  • Most reviews mentioned the benefits of the ‘flip-chip’, that allowed a simple adjustment of the rear suspension, using an Allen key.
  • Some reviews mention that the price is quite low, especially for the Sensor Carbon Pro, with its carbon frame and 1x12 drivetrain.
  • Many reviews mentioned that the effect of pedalling kickback on the rear suspension was minimal.
  • Almost every review mentions how much they liked the ‘groove-tube’, that sits cables neatly in the frame while leaving them easily accessible for adjustment.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Many riders said that the front fork was a little short – and would have replaced the provided 130mm shock with a 140mm spring.
  • Almost all reviewers saw the stack-height at the front of the bike as being too low. Many of them replaced the supplied handlebar with a riser bar.
  • A number of riders said that the provided ‘Sram Level Lt’ disc brakes were under-powered for the style of riding that the GT Sensor Carbon Pro is suited to.
  • A few riders said that the front tire wasn’t suitable and needed to be replaced with one that featured a softer compound material to improve cornering traction. It was predicted that it wouldn’t be durable.
  • Some riders with larger feet said that their heels could rub on the rear stays of the bike when cornering.

Bottom line

The GT Sensor is designed to sit within the new ‘Trail’ category of aggressive, full-suspension bikes. It has received high praise as a bike that can handle both demanding, rocky downhill riding and uphill climbs when needed. Riders almost universally mention the stiffness and maneuverability when describing how it handled. Almost all reviewers commented on the unusually slack head angle / steep seat-angle combination, which they saw as beneficial to technical riding and climbs. While some riders thought that a few components should be upgraded on the lower-end models (brakes, front tire, front fork), they were seen as more than adequate for most riders. These criticisms were minor compared to how impressed most riders were with this bike. The price-point on the GT Sensor Carbon Pro made it a very affordable choice for a carbon, full-suspension bike.

Expert Reviews

71/100 based on 2 expert reviews
70
Mountain Bike Rider

GT Sensor Alloy Sport Review

Level 3 expert
Frame quality and suspension performance are both first rate.
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75
Mountain Bike Magazin

GT Sensor Expert (Modelljahr 2019)

Level 1 expert

Those who maintain an aggressive riding style will have brutal fun with the sensor, the more “typical” rider might feel overwhelmed now and then.

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Singletracks

Review – The 2019 GT Sensor Carbon Expert…

Level 4 expert
Bike Magazine

First Look: 2019 GT Force and Sensor

Level 4 expert

You definitely feel the trail beneath you, but the Sensor is easy to control, carries speed well, and corners with snappy responsiveness.

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Singletracks

First Ride Impressions of GT’s New Force and Sensor

Level 4 expert

For a mid-travel 29er, it rides very well up and down hills and it’s a bike I’d be keen to spend more time on.

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Comparison

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GT Sensor
70
Average All Bikes
80
Average GT Bike
85
Average Mountain Bike
82