GT is known for offering cyclists a big bang for the buck. The frames typically run $500 below others in the category. That money is transferred to kitting out their frames with higher quality components. The Sensor is GT’s trail series 29er, with the Expert slotting in the middle of their carbon fleet. Their Carbon Pro tops the line at $5,500. Below the Expert is the Carbon Elite at $3,250. At $4,350, the Expert is a solidly spec’d bike that strikes the right balance between price and kit.

We’ve been pedaling the Carbon Expert around the Mountain West this fall. From Ely, Nevada, to the Idaho foothills, to Scottsdale, Arizona –riding everything from snappy slalom trails to rollicking backcountry rides– here’s our take.


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