2022 GT Pantera Current Review
- Price: $3501
- Frame: Aluminum
- Wheels: 29″
- Gear: 1×9
What we like about it: Efficient electric power assist, stable mountain experience.
What we don’t like about it: The greater weight.
The GT Pantera Current series is a hardtail mountain bike series that has been popular among cycling enthusiasts for decades. The development of this series can be traced back to the early 1990s when GT Bicycle Company began experimenting with new frame designs and materials to create a high-performance mountain bike that could tackle the toughest terrains.
Over the years, the GT Pantera Current series has continuously evolved and improved, incorporating new technologies and features to keep up with the constantly changing trends in the cycling industry. In 2022, the GT Pantera Current series includes a range of electric hardtail mountain bikes designed to effortlessly handle any terrain.
The 2022 GT Pantera Current electric hardtail mountain bike series features powerful motors and long-lasting batteries, allowing riders to conquer the steepest hills and roughest mountain trails. This bike is built to handle various types of terrains, from rocky, technical trails to smooth, flowing singletracks. Whether you’re an experienced rider or just starting, the GT Pantera Current electric hardtail mountain bike is a versatile and reliable choice for exploring the great outdoors.
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Before setting off, I also booked accommodation through Skyscanner to give myself ample space to rest and prepare. As I set off on my 2022 GT Pantera Current electric hardtail mountain bike with a light breeze, I was more than eager to tackle the hills ahead. With its sleek design and cutting-edge electric power, I knew this bike had what it takes to tackle the toughest terrain. As I started up the first hill, I felt the rush of adrenaline along with the sound of the electric motor propelling me forward. This was going to be an epic ride, and I was ready for the challenge.
I recently had the opportunity to take the 2022 GT Pantera Current electric hardtail mountain bike for a spin on some of the toughest terrain I’ve ever encountered. With its powerful electric motor and long-lasting battery, the bike was a game changer when it came to conquering steep climbs and tricky descents. While it may not be able to compete in those regular mountain bike races, the ample electrical support is perfect for riders like me who aren’t very physical.
As I began to climb up a steep, rocky trail, I was amazed at how effortlessly the GT Pantera Current handled the incline. Thanks to the steady power provided by the electric motor, I was able to maintain a steady pace and keep my momentum as I climbed higher and higher. The bike’s sturdy frame and responsive handling made it easy to navigate the rocky terrain. I found myself gaining elevation quickly without feeling fatigued or overwhelmed. The electric assist allowed me to easily climb mountains that would normally be insurmountable.
As I reached the summit and began my descent, I was once again blown away by the performance of the GT Pantera Current. The bike’s hydraulic disc brakes provided excellent stopping power, allowing me to quickly slow down and navigate through narrow turns and technical features with ease. Even when I rode down on a rainy day (although I don’t recommend cycling on rainy days, especially uphill), the outstanding disc brakes still made me feel safe and stable. Despite the annoying noise caused by the rainwater interfering with the discs, there was no doubt about its powerful braking ability, something that rim brakes couldn’t provide. The electric motor was also very useful on downhill sections, allowing me to maintain a faster speed and cover more ground than a traditional mountain bike.
One of the biggest advantages of the GT Pantera Current e-bike is its ability to help me conserve energy. Because the motor does a lot of the work on the uphill sections, I found that I had more energy and stamina to tackle downhill sections with confidence and speed. This meant that I could handle more challenging terrain and push myself harder than when I rode a regular mountain bike.
Overall, the 2022 GT Pantera Current electric hardtail mountain bike left me with an incredible impression. Its powerful electric motor, responsive handling, and sturdy construction enable it to ride even the toughest terrain. I found myself easily challenging my limits and exploring new mountain trails. Whether you are an experienced rider or just starting, the GT Pantera Current is an excellent choice for those looking to take their mountain biking to the next level.
The 2022 GT Pantera Current electric hardtail mountain bike is equipped with top-of-the-line components to provide the highest quality and smoothest riding experience possible. The ePantera alloy frame is designed specifically for the Shimano STEPS DU-E7000 250W drive unit, including an internal battery and press-fit bottom bracket. WTB STX i29 TCS rims and stainless steel spokes provide durability and reliability even on the toughest terrain. Shimano Alivio rear derailleur and Shimano Altus 9-speed shifter ensure smooth and accurate shifting, while the Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm RT10 rotors provide excellent braking power. The Shimano STePS BT-E8035 504 Wh battery and Shimano SC-E7000 bike computer allow you to easily track your ride and ensure you have the power you need to conquer any mountain bike adventure.
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What do we like about it?
- Powerful electric motor: The Shimano STEPS DU-E7000 250W drive unit provides consistent and reliable power to help you tackle the steepest climbs with ease.
- Long-lasting battery: With the Shimano STePS BT-E8035 504 Wh battery, you can ride for hours on end without worrying about running out of power.
- Seamless Integration: The ePantera alloy frame is designed specifically for Shimano STEPS systems, providing seamless and reliable integration.
- Top-of-the-line components: From the SR Suntour XCM32-DS fork to the Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes, the GT Pantera Current is equipped with top-of-the-line components to ensure a smooth and controlled ride.
- Responsive handling: The bike’s sturdy frame and responsive handling make it easy to navigate even the trickiest terrain.
- Wide range of gears: The Shimano Alivio rear derailleur and Shimano Altus 9-speed shifter offer a wide range of gears for any riding situation.
- Durable Wheelset: WTB STX i29 TCS rims and stainless steel spokes provide durability and reliability on the toughest terrain.
- Superior braking power: Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm RT10 rotors provide superior braking power to ensure you can ride with confidence.
- Comfortable saddle: The WTB Silverado Sport saddle with steel rails provides a comfortable riding experience, even on longer rides.
What don’t we like about it?
- It is heavier than a regular commuter bike and cannot be carried up the stairs.
- How far can I ride the GT Pantera Current’s battery on a single charge?
The Shimano STePS BT-E8035 504 Wh battery can provide 60 miles of riding distance on a single charge. This depends on factors such as terrain, rider weight, and riding style.
- Can I use my GT Pantera Current as a regular mountain bike if I don’t want to use an electric motor?
Yes. The GT Pantera Current can be ridden as a regular mountain bike without the electric motor. Simply turn off the motor and ride it like a traditional hardtail mountain bike.
- Can I adjust the suspension on my GT Pantera Current?
Yes. The SR Suntour XCM32-DS fork on the GT Pantera Current can be adjusted for preload and rebound to suit your riding style and preferences.
- What type of brake system does the GT Pantera Current have?
The GT Pantera Current is equipped with Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm RT10 rotors, providing excellent braking power and control.
- What is the weight of the GT Pantera Current?
The weight of the GT Pantera Current varies depending on the frame size but is around 48 to 50 pounds.
- What heights does the GT Pantera Current fit?
The size chart for the GT Pantera Current is as follows:
These sizes are only a general guide, the true fit may vary from person to person, and the easiest way to find your size is the best way to go for a test ride.
|5’3″ – 5’8″||S|
|5’6″ – 5’11”||M|
|5’9″ – 6’2″||L|
GT Pantera Current Specs
|Frame||All New ePantera Alloy 29″ Frame, Shimano STEPS Specific, Internal Battery, Tapered Head Tube, Boost 12×148 Thru AxleBB Standard: STEPS, Press Fit|
|Fork||SR Suntour XCM32-DS, 120mm, 110×15, Coil with preload adjust, 51mm offset|
|Bottom Bracket||STEPS, press-fit|
|Stem||GT All Terra, 6061 Alloy, 31.8, 7°|
|Handlebar||All Terra Riser, 6061 alloy, 15mm rise, 8° sweep, 4° rise, 780mm width|
|Saddle||WTB Silverado Sport, steel rails|
|Seatpost||All Terra, 6061 alloy, 0mm offset, 30.9, 350mm (XS-M), 400mm (L-XL)|
|Grips||GT Statement Logo|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Alivio|
|Crank||Shimano FC-E8000, 165mm, X-Sync, 34t|
|Shifters||Shimano Altus, 9-speed|
|Cassette||Shimano HG200 11-36, 9-speed|
|Chain||Shimano HG93, 9-speed|
|Brakes||Shimano MT200 hydro disc, 180/180mm RT10 rotors|
|Rims||WTB STX i29 TCS, 32h, tubeless ready|
|Spokes||Stainless Steel, 14g|
|Front Hub||Shimano MT400, 15×110|
|Rear Hub||Shimano MT400, 12×148|
|Tires||WTB Breakout 29 “X2.3, COMP Level, DNA Compound, Wire Bead WTB Breakout 29 “X2.3, COMP Level, DNA Compound, Wire Bead|
|Motor||Shimano STEPS DU-E7000 250W Drive Unit|
|Battery||Shimano STePS BT-E8035 504 Wh Battery|
|Remote||Shimano SC-E7000 Cycle Computer|
|Bicycles||Price||Drivetrain||Frame material||Battery||Motor||Click view|
|2023 Scott Aspect eRIDE 940||$3620||1×9||Aluminum||500Wh||Bosch 250W 63Nm mid-drive||Click View|
|2023 CUBE REACTION HYBRID, PRO 500 ALLROAD||$3125||1×11||Aluminum||Bosch 500Wh||Bosch 250W 85Nm mid-drive||Click View|
|Trek Powerfly 4||$3849||1×10||Aluminum||Bosch 500Wh||Bosch 250W 85Nm mid-drive||Click View|
|2023 Sensa Merano Power Pro||$3442||1×10||Aluminum||Shimano 504Wh||Shimano 250W 60Nm mid-drive||Click View|
GT Pantera Current vs. Scott Aspect eRIDE 940
When comparing the two bikes, the GT Pantera Current has a significantly lighter weight. This can be felt by itself and does not need those scales to show.
In terms of component configuration, both use the same cushioned fork. 120mm of travel is in the middle of the pack for XC trail bikes. Both bikes use the same Shimano hybrid components, the Alivio with Altus 9-speed components, making them very much like professional race-grade mountain bikes. And, both bikes feature excellent batteries.
I can’t find much difference. You can choose the right electric mountain bike for you based on your favorite brand or favorite color.
GT Pantera Current vs. CUBE REACTION HYBRID PRO 500 ALLROAD
The CUBE REACTION HYBRID PRO 500 ALLROAD is more oriented towards casual riding attributes compared to the other bikes on the list. This can be seen in its full-length front and rear fenders, as well as the configuration of the lights, and the comfortable compression frame that makes it very easy to get on and off.
The 11-speed shifting system makes it very professional, and the comfortable gear ratios allow you to climb the steepest of uphill climbs with ease. The GT Pantera Current, on the other hand, is in a much easier and lighter configuration. The whole bike looks more like a mountain cross bike used for XC racing.
If you are looking for a comfortable weekend wilderness ride that requires exciting climbs and fast descents, then the GT Pantera Current would be a better choice. But if it’s casual riding that you need, and your riding conditions aren’t great, then the CUBE REACTION HYBRID PRO 500 ALLROAD would be a better choice.
GT Pantera Current vs. Trek Powerfly 4
The GT Pantera Current and Trek Powerfly 4 are both excellent electric assisted hardtail mountain bikes, each with its pros and cons. the Trek Powerfly 4 is more expensive than the GT Pantera Current and has a smaller wheel size. Therefore it may not be as suitable for some riders on rough terrain. However, it is also lighter in weight and offers an additional gear option, which may be advantageous for those who frequently tackle steep climbs.
On the other hand, the GT Pantera Current offers a larger wheel size and a lower price point, making it a more accessible option for those on a budget. It also has a powerful Shimano STEPS DU-E7000 250W drive unit and a long-lasting Shimano STEPS BT-E8035 504Wh battery. It provides stable and reliable power even on the toughest terrain.
Ultimately, the choice between these two bikes will depend on individual rider preferences and priorities. Those who prioritize larger wheel size, powerful motor, and lower price may prefer the GT Pantera Current, while those who value lighter weight, extra gear options, and smaller wheel size may lean toward the Trek Powerfly 4.
GT Pantera Current vs. Sensa Merano Power Pro
The Sensa Merano Power Pro is more affordable than the GT Pantera Current but compromises on the component level. It does, however, offer a larger battery capacity of 504Wh. This may appeal to riders who prioritize longer rides. In contrast, the GT Pantera Current offers top-of-the-line components, including a Shimano Alivio rear derailleur and Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc brakes that provide excellent stopping power and control. The bike also has a Shimano STEPS DU-E7000 250W drive unit that provides consistent and reliable power even on the toughest terrain.
Overall, those who prioritize high-quality components and responsiveness may prefer the GT Pantera Current, while those who prioritize affordability and battery capacity may prefer the Sensa Merano Power Pro.
Above is our test of the GT Pantera Current. An electric-assist mountain bike can make a qualitative leap in your climbing ability, allowing you to focus more on the beautiful scenery of the mountains. If you’re interested in trying out higher-end commuter bikes, check out our related tests.
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