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Old 06-27-10, 10:53 PM   #1
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GT peace tour - Anyone try or have one?

I'm looking into the GT Peace tour http://www.gtbicycles.com/fin/eng/Bi...ATO-Peace-Tour

It's looks like a great touring bike for a few hundred less than the main stream one's like the trek 520 or LHT.

The components are solid and it looks good, but I can't find anyone who has tried or owns one.

Does anyone have any personal experience on this bike?
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Old 06-28-10, 12:31 AM   #2
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looks interesting. probably needs a crankset swap for lower gearing, but I have owned and enjoyed GT mountain bikes in the past. One thing that i am unsure of is the rack mounting... I would have to see the bike in person to determine how good that is. I do know the triple triangle makes for a stiff frame, which is nice.
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Old 06-29-10, 01:31 PM   #3
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I don't know anything specifically about the bike except for the obvious stuff. The angles look to be spot on, the tube lengths look correct, the braze-ons are all there. Couple of things I would do though before you roll it out of the shop; have THEM mount up a set of lowriders to it.. That's one thing I can't envision especially with the disc brake on the front. The mounts for the back rack are there, but it's hard to say how difficult it will be to mount that rear rack with the disc brake.. Other than that, I would look at dropping the size of the second chainring (to 39 or 40 maybe) but definately the size of the triple to 28 (maybe 26 or 24).
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Old 06-29-10, 01:37 PM   #4
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50st and a 58tt (med) make for a bike way too long for my body
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Old 06-29-10, 06:26 PM   #5
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The specs look good and so does the price. I think the rear triangle looks funky... Its always nice to have a new entry level touring bike in the mix!
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I have just taken delivery of my new GT Peace Tour here in Nelson, New Zealand. Being 6'2" tall I ordered a Large frame size, and I would say it is good for a VERY tall person! Indeed I had to have the steering stem replaced with a shorter one to make the riding position comfortable and not so "stretched out". I was pleased though, because an added advantage of a shortened stem is that when a loaded handle bar pannier is attached, its mass is closer to the turning axis which results in easier handling.
I have not loaded it up and tested any serious miles on it yet (watch this space!) but first impressions after about 50km are that of a wonderfully solid and dependable bike that will handle anything I care to put it through! Smooth, comfortable, and very stable to ride with predictable handling even if bumps or rough patches are encountered whilst cornering. Compared to my previous bike (a Giant OCR Alliance Sport which is definitely not touring geometry!), it feels more relaxing to ride albeit a little heavier. It feels like exactly what it is designed for: a good solid bike to handle the rigours of long long rides with luggage! The only gripe was the seat- too bony for me, so it was promptly replaced with a gel-imbedded touring saddle. Apart from that, everything seems just perfect. Time will tell, regarding component durability (again, watch this space!), but first impressions are positive and I think GT should be commended for providing a great tourer for such sweet value. An unexpected little surprise was the additional pair of drink cage lugs positioned UNDER the main frame tube (just behind the front wheel), making 3 sets in all... nice! Oh and the shiny putty colour with black components and black mudguards looks just classic to me! I love it! If you are looking for a touring-specific bike without spending big bucks, you will not be disappointed. The money you save can be invested into carrier(s), panniers and clothing. Incidentally, the best cycle clothing is made here in New Zealand. "Ground Effects" gear is just amazing, I cannot speak highly enough of it. My merino/polyester blend long sleeve top has lasted 5 years, thousands upon thousands of miles, and still almost as good as new! Same with the cycle shorts. Check out their website- just google groundeffects cycle gear.
Anyway, I will be back after my first decent tour on the GT and look forward to compiling a comprehensive test report for you. Cheers! Don.

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Old 03-25-12, 06:44 AM   #7
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lamabb, The GT triple triangle frames have traditionally been well regarded in the mountain bike world and should just fine for a tourer also. A good foundation is the most important aspect, IMHO. I think the last time this model was brought up there was some question about rear carrier mounting. Not negative, just different.

Don, I'm looking for shirts/jerseys. Thanks for the head's up.

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No doubt a solid tourer at a good price point.

Always a head scratcher when a company markets a touring bike with road gears. Is that some sort of strange marketing strategy? Maybe a
nod to the LBS who'll make money changing out the drive train?

Looks like they may have gotten the tires right, another often overlooked point.
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lamabb, The GT triple triangle frames have traditionally been well regarded in the mountain bike world and should just fine for a tourer also. A good foundation is the most important aspect, IMHO. I think the last time this model was brought up there was some question about rear carrier mounting. Not negative, just different.

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The triple triangle design makes for a very stiff frame... been on a bunch of Gary Turner (GT) MTN bikes, back when they were US made...

good idea for a touring bike frame.

I like the look of it.
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Performance sells this bike: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...03_-1___400319

The stock brakes are less than ideal, you might end up switching to Avid.
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I only took a test ride on one at my LBS because I was curious with it priced at only $700. Geometry on it was fine for me, but I just didn't feel very comfortable with the feel of the ride. I'm sure it would be a fine touring bike, and could have been for me with some minor adjustments and swaps. Great price point obviously at above the Windsor Tourist but below others.
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I love mine , I've got a little over 1000 miles on mine great bike for the money.
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Just saw one at my local Performance store marked down to $699. Schwalbe tires, 520 tubing, fenders, down tube shifters. A great deal.
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