Legends aren’t born; they’re cultivated by being the best at what you do. Amid 25 years of victories, including World Cups in Cross Country, Downhill, Slalom and Trials, the Zaskar Carbon defines what that word means. With a modern geometry and race-ready stiffness, it epitomizes everything you’ve been looking for to put you on top.
GT is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Zaskar this year, and for 2016 they introduced several carbon models of the venerable hardtail. One of the winningest XC bikes in history, with iconic Triple Triangle Technology. It is lighter, stiffer, and faster than ever, utilizing high-tech tube shaping to increase ride comfort while improving overall performance. once again, we have created the next generation of Zaskar
The Zaskar is the only mountain bike to have notched World Cup wins in XC, DH, Slalom, and Trials. By today’s standards the Zaskar is a solidly XC bike (it is, after all, a hardtail) but in the early 1990s, bikes like the Zaskar were fairly common across all mountain bike disciplines. Needless to say, it’s unlikely we’ll ever see another mountain bike with such a diverse group of wins. And unlike the model name repurposing we’re seeing from brands lately, the Zaskar has been continuously available while staying true to its roots as a racing hardtail.
Classic XC race geometry with a slightly longer front center, wider bars, and shorter stem (80mm) for precision steering. Centered rider weight distribution makes for excellent climbing and overall handling
The Zaskar Carbon is super lightweight as you would expect, so it’s a demon on the climbs. Standing up in the saddle on the climbs feels great, like the bike could climb walls. On the descents, the Zaskar tracks the trail like a heat-seeking missile thanks to the Pike up front. Not only that, since the bike is so lightweight and stiff, it’s snappy in the turns and easy to loft and flow over chunky sections in the trail.
|Frame||F.O.C., Carbon, Triple Triangle, F.O.C. BB92 Shell, 12x142mm Thru Axle Dropouts, 27.5″ Design|
|Fork||RockShox Reba RL 27.5, Solo Air, 100mm Travel, Rebound, Remote Lockout|
|Crank||FSA V-Drive MegaExo, 38/28T|
|Shifters||Shimano SLX, Rapid Fire, (2X11-Speed)|
|Cog Set||Sunrace CS-MS8, 11-42T, 11-Speed|
|Chain||KMC X11, 11-Speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano SLX, 2-Speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore XT, Shadow Plus, 11-Speed|
|Rims||Stan’s NoTubes Rapid 25, 27.5″, 32H|
|Hubs||All Terra, Alloy, Sealed Bearing, Thru Axles (F) 15x100mm, (R) 12x142mm|
|Tires||Schwalbe Racing Ralph 27.5×2.25″, Folding bead (F&R)|
|Brakes||Shimano Deore BL-M505, Hydraulic, 160mm Centerlock Rotors (F&R)|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Deore BL-M505 Hydraulic Brake Levers|
|Handlebar||All Terra Riser Bar, Double Butted, Width: 710mm, Rise: 15mm, Dia: 31.8mm|
|Stem||All Terra, 1-1/8″, 3D Forged, Rise: 7 Deg, Dia: 31.8mm|
|Headset||FSA No.42E ACB, 1-1/8″ (Upper), Integrated, 1.5″ (Lower)|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Race|
|Seat Post||All Terra Alloy Micro-Adjust, Dia: 31.6mm|
|Sizes||Medium (16.9in), Large (19.1in)|