Ben Towerywrote a review of GT Helion Carbon Expert 9R Complete Mountain Bike - 2017 on January 23, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The 27.5 wheeled version of the Helion was one of my favorite bikes. The addition of 29 inch wheels only makes the Helion better.
Mountain biking is supposed to be fun, right? Why suffer through the climbs on an inefficient machine when you can have something like the Helion that goes uphill and down? XC bikes don't get enough love IMO because of their paltry travel numbers. But the Helion proves that XC bikes can be very versatile.
I rode the Helion 29 right after I rode the much bigger traveled Force. It was refereshing to be able to pedal uphill! The Helion reminds me of my old 26 inch hardtail. It got me where I wanted to go and quickly.
Not everyone is a shuttle hound. For those who ride a lot of single track or climb everywhere, the Helion is a great bike.
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