The GT Zaskar has been around now for almost thirty years, first being introduced back in 1991 - it’s a model range with plenty to shout about, and the Zaskar range has won world class competitions across downhill, cross country, slalom and trials races. Having undergone a thorough re-design in recent years, the Zaskar is and remains a alloy framed 29 inch wheel running hardtail mountain bike - which is available in different specifications: the GT Zaskar AL Comp, Expert and Elite.
The Comp has 100mm of travel on the front fork, the Expert has 110mm and the Elite has 130mm of travel. Regardless of what model you choose, you receive an alloy frame, which uses GT’s famous Triple Triangle frame design. This bike has been designed to be incredibly stiff and efficient, allowing for rapid progress across all kinds of terrain - the triple triangle design helps here, and on this bike, the triple triangle construction just connects at the top tube. This not only makes the bike stiff, but also helps make the seat stay longer, for a more compliant handling machine.
The frame geometry follows the latest in MTB innovation - it’s low and slack, which gives a comfortable riding position, which is far forward enough for efficiency but upright enough for control and comfort - without making you feel like you are perched ontop of the bike when riding it.
We have had plenty of use of the Zaskar here at Westbrook, and we report it’s a great all round mountain bike - it’s a little heavy, but what you would expect from an alloy bike. There are lighter bikes available, but that should not rule the Zaskar out, it’s got a great pedigree and history - and is nice and nimble - most importantly, we all agree that this bike is fun to ride on the rough stuff.