The 2016 GT Zaskar Carbon Expert XT Complete Mountain Bike brings together the liveliness and finesse of a hardtail and modern carbon fiber design for a fast, fun ride out on the trails. It boasts a Shimano drivetrain, a RockShox fork, hydraulic disc brakes, and tubeless ready 27. 5in Stan's NoTubes wheels to power through the course. Of course, the skeleton of any hardtail mountain bike is its frame, and that frame informs every aspect of the bike's on trail characteristics. The Zaskar Carbon Expert frame is composed of light, stiff carbon fiber for a race ready, responsive ride that's light enough to shred technical cross country singletrack one day and tough enough to rip some serious all mountain trails the next. The frame owes a big portion of its capabilities to GT's signature Triple Triangle design. The seatstays are elongated to join the mainframe not at the seat tubetop tube junction, but further forward on the top tube. The seat stays are connected to the frame not just here, but also where they cross the seat tube. This configuration achieves several things. First, it shrinks the rear triangle. The tighter angles make it stiffer, for greater acceleration and less torque robbing torsional flex under load. Second, the stays sit wider at the seat tube junction, again reinforcing lateral stiffness for greater stability and responsiveness. The design's durability is equally important there's a reason you see so many decades old GT frames still roaming the trails out there, and Triple Triangle is part of that. They can take a serious beating, and then some. The Zaskar Carbon Expert's build balances bling with value and starts off with a RockShox Reba RL 27. 5 Solo Air fork boasting 100mm of plush travel. A 2x11 Shimano Deore XT drivetrain with an FSA V Drive MegaExo crankset powers you forward with a huge range of gears to tackle even the steepest grades. The Shimano SLX hydraulic disc brakes and metallic pads provide consistent, controllable stopping ...