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Posted: May 14, 2019 at 11:27 Quote
mtbikeaddict wrote:
Wondering what real owners of the Sanction could tell me... Other PB commenters love to hate on GT. There's a Peak edition for a price I'm not sure I can refuse, granted I get the money together. Only issue would be reviews say it's more of a mini-dh and isn't great on the climbs... Which is great at Whistler, bike parks, Rampage site area, etc, just like the old freeride bikes. Problem is I would like something pedal-able that I don't have to store until the odd shuttle/park day. For reference, I'm currently on a 2011 Marin Alpine Trail (100mm xc ish 29er hardtail), previously a Mongoose XR200 that bobbed and sucked energy like crazy, and I tried my friend's Stinky Deluxe once... It was crazy plush and bombproof, but pedaling it kills... I'm thinking the Sanction is more like the Stinky? Now, I don't need another hardtail-level sprite, but the more of that the nicer I suppose... i don't think I want a full dh bike. Trying to balance my bike for Rampage/Whistler pipedreams vs a more versatile usable practical bike. Or, if I can get the cash, get the Sanction, and swap the frame or resell at some point? Confused thanks everyone
I loved my gt sanction when it came to going down but on normal trail riding and climbing it was ok. I've sold it now and gone for a 160mm 29er and love it not as good at the dh but climbs way better and accelerate's and holds speed better on general trail riding. Suppose u gotta look at wha u ride and go from there.

Posted: May 14, 2019 at 12:35 Quote
Basically I guess I'm trying to go between
A) I've only ridden short-travel(the mongoose)/rigid/xc hardtail before, so I can handle stuff on less travel and I'm accustomed to how that feels and behaves, so going for a more big trail/ all-mountain pedal bike couldn't hurt
B) I'm decently fit, so I would probably suffer less than some, so get a bruiser that can handle everything. Just not sure how far I should go towards this extreme; relatively uncharted territory here, and as mentioned I like "trail" rides of my own power.

Posted: May 14, 2019 at 12:44 Quote
I ride the sanction from 2017 and i love it. All My friends have also enduro bike (capra patrol ecc) so we climb at the same speed. We go for local trail riding, sometimes we stay around for 50/60 km with 2000+ climb and also park riding (finale ligure livigno or paganella). Your fit its very important but a good pair of wheels are a good upgrade. I solved dogbone issues with a custom pieces that ive made last year. No more trouble. Go for the sanction if you like ride always 100%. Its Not made for quiet ride. Stay away from brakes and you will enjoy your sanction.

Posted: May 15, 2019 at 11:55 Quote
mtbikeaddict wrote:
Wondering what real owners of the Sanction could tell me... Other PB commenters love to hate on GT. There's a Peak edition for a price I'm not sure I can refuse, granted I get the money together. Only issue would be reviews say it's more of a mini-dh and isn't great on the climbs... Which is great at Whistler, bike parks, Rampage site area, etc, just like the old freeride bikes. Problem is I would like something pedal-able that I don't have to store until the odd shuttle/park day. For reference, I'm currently on a 2011 Marin Alpine Trail (100mm xc ish 29er hardtail), previously a Mongoose XR200 that bobbed and sucked energy like crazy, and I tried my friend's Stinky Deluxe once... It was crazy plush and bombproof, but pedaling it kills... I'm thinking the Sanction is more like the Stinky? Now, I don't need another hardtail-level sprite, but the more of that the nicer I suppose... i don't think I want a full dh bike. Trying to balance my bike for Rampage/Whistler pipedreams vs a more versatile usable practical bike. Or, if I can get the cash, get the Sanction, and swap the frame or resell at some point? Confused thanks everyone

I have a peak edition Sanction. It's a really nice build and it makes the bike very light for what it is. My size medium comes in at 30lbs on the dot.

I'm of the opinion that it pedals very well for it's performance on the downhill. You definitely get a bit of pedal bob but it never feels too inefficient and still stays well composed. It's miles better than a Kona Stinky. As long as you are a fit rider then I don't think you will have too many issues with it. The only problem I have is that it feels kinda long on tight switchbacks but that's not really a huge deal.

I think it would be an excellent bike for your intended use.

Posted: May 16, 2019 at 6:05 Quote
No worries. It climbs as good as you stay fit Wink I climbed technical stuff and lots of fireroads without problems. Its pedalabilty depends on the tyres especially the rear one.

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