2023 GT

Sensor Carbon Elite

A 29″ carbon frame full suspension trail bike with upper mid-range components.
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Manufacturer Price

$3,500
FrameCarbon
SuspensionFull, 140 / 150mm
ForkMarzocchi Bomber Z2
ShockMarzocchi Bomber
Wheels29″ Aluminum
Drivetrain1 × 12
GroupsetSX Eagle, Truvativ Descendant
BrakesHydraulic Disc
SeatpostDropper
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Lowest gear

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25 mph

Sensor Carbon Elite

26 mph

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Sizing
SM

5'0" – 5'6"

MD

5'4" – 5'11"

LG

5'9" – 6'2"

XL

6'0" – 6'6"

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Reviews
Mountain Bike Action
GT SENSOR CARBON ELITE REVIEW - A HIGH VALUE ALL-MOUNTAIN MACHINE - Mountain Bike Action Magazine

Apr 2024 · Ron Koch

With a price under $4,000, the Sensor Carbon Elite is a capable and durable carbon-framed platform that is built to have fun without costing a fortune.

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BikeRadar
GT Sensor Carbon Pro LE review

Nov 2023 · Luke Marshall

A trail bike with spot-on frame and suspension that thrashes the descents and cruises the climbs

Highs
  • RockShox suspension works very well

  • Ideal for those who enjoy simplicity

  • Great for rowdier trail riding

Lows
  • Wheels and freehub engagement are clunky

  • SRAM G2 RSC brakes struggle with power down steep trails

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MBR
GT Sensor Carbon Pro LE first ride review - MBR

Jul 2023 · Guy Kesteven

So it’s been three decades since GT Bicycles was THE mountain bike suspension brand of choice, with its RTS, LTS and STS designs ridden to countless race and championship wins by a star studded XC and DH roster. The new GT Sensor trail bike aims to capture some of that heritage and win a new audience.  Check out our buyer’s guide if you’re looking for a rundown on the best mountain bikes on the market Need to know 29er trail bike with a carbon front end and seat stays at alloy pricing LE version gets top-tier 150/140mm travel RockShox suspension components  Mix of SRAM X01 and GX mechanical drivetrain give great shifting Maxxis tyres and SRAM G2 RSC brakes enhance traction and control Only available in four frame size: S to XL While the brand has had race success and some interesting designs since its heyday, the spotlight has definitely been shining elsewhere. Joining the PON bike family alongside Santa Cruz, Focus, Cannondale, Cervelo, Juliana, Reserve and others means new investment for GT and new bikes. That includes fresh versions of the Sensor 29er trail bike in 120mm and 140mm travel options. I’ve been riding the top spec 140mm LE version to find out if it’s a return to the glory days for the SoCal BMX born brand.  New frame goes on a diet The new carbon Sensor looks a lot like the old one, with flowing triangulated lines, and a classic Horst link four-bar rear end. The rocker linkage still drives a vertically mounted shock and the seat stays are now carbon not alloy. This combined with other tweaks shaves approximately 600g off the old (medium sized) frame.  Both travel options use the same frame where an extra 5mm of stroke on the trunnion mounted RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock boosts rear travel to 140mm on the Sensor LE. That’s teamed with a 150mm travel RockShox Lyrik Ultimate fork to give the Sensor LE more suspension muscle and slightly slacker geometry than the short travel bike,  Limited size range The frame also has extensive rubber armouring, internally routed cables that go through the frame, not the headset, and room for a full size bottle too. What’s missing then are XS or XXL sizes, internal frame storage and geometry adjustment. Yes, with only four sizes, and reach measurements spanning 430mm to 515mm, this creates big gaps between each size, but at least the short seat tubes open up the potential to add length and still keep a generous seat post drop. And while fettlers will miss the chance to tweak the geometry, for most riders the Sensor will be spot on as is.  With fewer sizes and a less complex frame design to contend with, that means more money for componentry. As such, you get top-tier RockShox suspension matched to cable operated SRAM X01/GX Eagle gears and premium SRAM G2 RSC brakes. GT’s choice of rubber is the increasingly – and welcome – Maxxis Minion DHF/Dissector combo. Yes, the WTB …Continue reading »

Highs
  • Naturally smooth, high traction suspension for a 140mm bike. Excellent components for cost with sorted all rounder geometry. Lightened carbon frame has neat detailing.

Lows
  • Can feel soft under power, something that’s compounded by the very slow freehub engagement, Heavy for a carbon bike. No internal storage. Only comes in four frame sizes

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MTB Mag
[Tested] GT Sensor Carbon Pro LE

Jun 2023 · Ian Collins

GT has been moving forward with somewhat of a rebirth as of late. The iconic brand has returned from the East Coast back to its roots in the land of sun and the never ending riding season – Southern California. This move also coincides with a bit by bit update to their range with new lines and aesthetics as well as throwback graphics as a nod to their early days. I’ve been riding their latest all rounder – the Sensor Carbon Pro LE for some time now and wanted to share my thoughts on the new rig. Read on for

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Bike Perfect
GT’s new Sensor Carbon LE is a naturally smooth-riding, top-value shop-bought bike

Apr 2023 · Guy Kesteven

GT’s new Sensor is lighter with updated geometry and suspension at a killer price on paper, but how well does it go on the trail?

Highs
  • Excellent performance for the price

  • Super easy, drama-free descending speed and tech confidence

  • Very well balanced, confident but engaging handling

  • Top-class, finely adjustable, ride-optimizing suspension

  • Enjoyably engaging frame feel with neat detailing

Lows
  • Slightly heavy

  • Super gappy, clunky free hub will upset some

  • Full open suspension can feel soggy under power

  • No internal storage or geometry adjust

  • No XS or XXL sizes

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Bikerumor
2023 GT Sensor is Modernized with 120, 130 & 140mm Options

Apr 2023

The 2023 GT Sensor is their most capable trail bike yet, available in a 120mm ST Carbon build, 130mm Alloy build, and a 140mm Carbon build

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Pinkbike
First Ride: The New GT Sensor Loses Weight, Gains Travel

Apr 2023 · Mike Kazimer

The Sensor is back with more travel, a lighter frame weight, and updated geometry.

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Singletrack World
GT Sensor ST Carbon Pro: First Ride Review

Apr 2023 · Amanda Wishart

The GT Sensor ST Carbon Pro is a reminder of how capable modern trail bikes are, especially if you get the geometry at such perfect balance.

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Geometry
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Specs
Build
Frame

Sensor Carbon 29” Frame, 140mm Travel, 12x148mm Thru-Axle, UDH

BB StandardBSA, 73mm, Threaded

Hanger StandardUDH

ColorWet Cement

Fork

Marzocchi Bomber Z2, 150mm, 15x110mm, 44mm Offset

Travel150mm

Spring TypeAir

Shock

Marzocchi Bomber CR Coil, 185x55mm Trunnion

Travel140mm

Bottom Bracket

SRAM DUB BSA, 73mm

Headset

FSA No.42

Stem

GT Alloy, 45mm

Handlebar

GT Alloy Riser Bar, 30mm Rise, 780mm, 5° Up, 8° Back

Saddle

WTB Silverado

Seatpost

GT DropKick, 31.6mm, (S - 125mm, M - 150mm, L/XL - 170mm)

TypeDropper

Pedals

Not included

Grips

GT Mushroom

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

SRAM SX Eagle

Crank

Truvativ Descendant 6K, DUB, 32T

Shifters

SRAM SX Eagle, 12-Speed

Cassette

SRAM PG-1210, 11-50T

Chain

SRAM SX Eagle, 12-Speed

Brakes

TRP Slate EVO T4, 203/180mm Rotors

TypeHydraulic Disc

Wheels
Rims

WTB ST i30 TCS 2.0, 32h, Tubeless Ready

Front Hub

Formula, 15x110mm

Rear Hub

Formula, 12x148mm, HG Freehub Body

Tires

Front: Continental Kryptotal Fr, 29x2.4", Trail Endurance, Rear: Continental Kryptotal Re, 29x2.4", Trail Endurance

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