GT’s new £1,000 Zaskar LT hardtail gets the long, slack and low treatment

New ground-up design aims to make the Zaskar LT as capable as the 1991 original

  The products mentioned in this article are selected or reviewed independently by our journalists. When you buy through links on our site we may earn an affiliate commission, but this never influences our opinion.
GT Zaskar LT Elite mountain bike

Synonymous with the start of mountain biking, the GT Zaskar has been on the scene since 1991 in one form or another.

Advertisement

The bike has taken many forms over the years, but the latest Zaskar LT looks to stay true to its forefathers’ go-anywhere, do-anything characteristics with a ground-up redesign that sees a move to more modern frame geometry.

It’s competitively priced too, with builds starting at £1,000 for the Zaskar LT Elite model, and sits alongside the more XC-orientated Zaskar we tested last year.

GT Zaskar LT frame details

GT Zaskar LT Elite mountain bike
GT claims the floating seatstays give the bike 50 per cent more compliance than a traditionally-designed frame.
GT

Retaining GT’s iconic triple triangle frameset – a third, smaller triangle is created at the seatstay/seat tube junction – the Zaskar LT is claimed to have 50 per cent more vertical compliance compared to a traditional-looking bike.

It does this by having floating seatstays – the stays bridge the seat tube without being attached to them, instead only joining to the front triangle on the top tube.

Otherwise, the frame has been designed around a 130mm travel fork (but can run up to 140mm of travel), 29in wheels and 1x drivetrains.

It has internally-routed cables, can run up to 2.4in wide 29er tyres and comes in four sizes and two colours.

The Zaskar LT frame also has Boost 148mm rear axle spacing, a tapered head tube and BSA 73mm threaded bottom bracket.

GT Zaskar LT geometry

GT Zaskar LT Elite mountain bike
It looks stunning in blue.
GT

Jumping on the longer, lower and slacker geometry bandwagon, the new Zaskar LT gets a 66-degree head tube angle, 75-degree seat tube angle, longer reach figures across all sizes and long 450mm chainstays.

Longer, lower and slacker bikes are generally more stable on rough, steep or technical terrain. They help inexperienced riders tackle tricky trails more confidently because the bike’s moving around less beneath them, requiring fewer rider inputs to keep everything pointing in the right direction.

For more experienced riders, this type of progressive frame geometry should help them ride faster, their gusto being the most limiting factor. It’s no wonder, then, that brands like GT are moving away from traditional geometry on their more hardcore bikes.

The Zaskar LT is available in four sizes: small, medium, large and extra-large

Size Small Medium Large Extra-large
Reach (mm) 425 445 465 485
Seat tube length (mm) 400 440 480 520
Top tube length (mm) 592 615 637 659
Head tube angle (degrees) 66 66 66 66
Seat tube angle (degrees) 75 75 75 75
Standover (mm) 732 763 794 825
Head tube length (mm) 105 115 125 135
Wheelbase (mm) 1181 1,205 1,229 1,253
Chainstay length (mm) 450 450 450 450
BB height (mm) 323 323 323 323

GT Zaskar LT models, pricing and specifications

The new Zaskar LT is available in two variants.

The more expensive Zaskar LT Expert retails for £1,300 / €1,499 / CHF1,699, while the cheaper Zaskar LT Elite costs £1,000 / €1,199 / CHF1,399.

GT Zaskar LT Elite

GT Zaskar LT Elite mountain bike
The GT Zaskar LT Elite has plenty of competition at its £1,000 price-point.
GT
  • Frame: Zaskar LT alloy frame with triple triangle and floating seatstays
  • Fork: SR Suntour Zeron 35, 130mm travel, coil-sprung, 15x110mm axle
  • Groupset: SRAM SX Eagle (1×12)
  • Crankset: SRAM SX Eagle, 30-tooth chainring (1×12)
  • Brakes: Shimano MT410 disc 180mm (f), 160mm (r) rotors
  • Wheels: WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 rims on Shimano MT400 hubs
  • Tyres: WTB Breakout Comp DNA compound 29 x 2.3in (f), WTB Breakout Comp DNA compound 29 x 2.3in (r)
  • Bar and stem: GT Alloy 31.8mm clamp, 15mm rise, 780mm wide bars / GT Alloy 31.8mm clamp, 45mm long stem
  • Saddle: WTB Silverado Sport
  • Seatpost: TransX Dropper
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Price: £1,000 / €1,199 / €1,249 (Portugal) / €1,299 (Finland) / CHF1,399

GT Zaskar LT Expert

GT Zaskar LT Expert mountain bike
Spend a little more on the Zaskar LT Expert and some of the bike’s spec is upgraded.
GT
  • Frame: Zaskar LT alloy frame with triple triangle and floating seatstays
  • Fork: RockShox 35, 130mm travel, air-sprung, 15x110mm axle
  • Groupset: SRAM NX/SX Eagle (1×12) mix
  • Crankset: SRAM NX Eagle, 30-tooth chainring (1×12)
  • Brakes: Shimano MT410 disc 180mm (f), 160mm (r) rotors
  • Wheels: WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0 rims on Formula DC-511 (f) and DC-1248 (r) hubs
  • Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF WT, Dual Compound, EXO, TR 29 x 2.5in (f), Maxxis Minion DHRII WT, Dual Compound, EXO, TR 29 x 2.4in (r)
  • Bar and stem: GT Alloy 31.8mm clamp, 15mm rise, 780mm wide bars / GT Alloy 31.8mm clamp, 45mm long stem
  • Saddle: Fabric Scoop Shallow Sport, steel rails
  • Seatpost: TransX Dropper
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL
  • Price: £1,300 / €1,499 / €1,549 (Portugal) / €1,599 (Finland) / CHF1,699
Advertisement

As soon as the lockdown restrictions in the UK have been eased, we will have a review on the new 2020 GT Zaskar LT on BikeRadar. Stay tuned. Otherwise, let us know what you think of GT’s latest Zaskar in the comments.