First Look: New GT Fury Debuts at Fort William

Jun 6, 2013
by Richard Cunningham  
 
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GT 2014 Fury World Cup side shot


GT released its long-awaited replacement for the Carbon Fury DH racer at the Fort William World Cup DH . The new Fury World cup has a sharp looking aluminum chassis that shares little of its predecessor's profile. Designer Etienne Warnery says that the new chassis is 26-percent more rigid at the head tube and almost 50-percent stiffer at the bottom bracket compared to the Carbon Fury that it will replace. Reportedly, the new frame is 300 grams lighter weight than its predecessor too - which makes us drool at the prospects of the future carbon version that the GT promo video hints at. GT could start shipping the Fury World Cup as early as this Summer. MSRP is yet to be officially announced, but at Fort Bill, GT officials estimated £2500 to £3000 for the frame and £5500 and £6000 for the complete, top-spec bike.

GT 2014 Fury World Cup Upper link and oversized swingarm pivot
  The addition of an upper rocker link (left) is new for GT. Oversized swingarm bearings ride on a hollow aluminum shaft. The compact Independent Drive linkage controls chain lengthening.


Fans of the GT brand have been hoping for a Fury with updated geometry and the new chassis should not disappoint them - with a head angle kicked out from 65 to 63 degrees, chainstays shortened ten millimeters, a lower bottom bracket and a slightly longer cockpit. Racers should be happy to hear that the new bike's Independent Drive suspension is reconfigured for more efficient pedaling too. Four sizes are offered, from X-small to large.

GT 2014 Fury World Cup Clamp-type dropouts and direct mount rear derailleur mount
  To keep the rear end rigid, both sides of the new Fury's swingarm have pinch-bolts to secure the rear axle. The dropouts are hollowed to improve stiffness without additional weight penalties.


Speaking of suspension, the new chassis has 220-millimeters of rear-wheel travel, with re-curved linkage rates to eliminate harsh bottoming. An upper suspension link stabilizes the rear suspension and below, the Independent Drive linkage is a more compact version that we have seen in the past. The ID linkage is widened and offset to the left to add lateral rigidity, as is the World Cup chassis' oversized swingarm pivot. The overall design looks well thought out, and this is probably due to the fact that Mark Beaumont and the Athertons were happy to use the original Fury platform all last year - a fortuitous accident that bought GT's design team a full season to get the new bike right.

GT 2014 Fury World Cup specs
  GT has long been in alliance with Shimano, so we expected to see Saint grace the new chassis. Note the direct-mount rear derailleur mount. E-thirteen furnishes the wheels and the Fury's chain guide. The new Fury gets Kashima-coated Fox suspension all 'round.


GT did not stray far from accepted norms, sticking with 26-inch wheels, contemporary geometry and Fox suspension, which is a good thing, as that is what is bringing racers to the podium. The Athertons probably had some input into this, as both Gee and Rachael are entering 2013 from banner seasons and would understandably want to avoid any big changes. If Beaumont and the Atherton duo are correct with the results of early season testing, however, GT's new DH bike should bring home the groceries. The team was unanimous with praise - with the new bike lopping off a significant chunk of time from their results.

GT Fury
  Overlaying the new Fury World Cup frame over the earlier Carbon Fury shows how much different the new chassis is. The seat angle is effectively steeper, the chainstays are ten millimeters shorter, the bottom bracket is a few millimeters lower, the top tube is lengthened and the top tube clearance is improved. GT graphic


  Photo furnished by GT
GT 2014 Fury World Cup geometry




Pinkbike's First Impression:
bigquotesGT has put in the effort necessary to deliver a DH bike that should be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Santa Cruz, Trek, Devinci Giant and Specialized. Downhill bike development is in flux, however, and the question must be asked: Is the new Fury advanced enough? We expect to see a wave of new-school DH designs, including a handful of 650B entrants, from some major players emerge soon, so GT's new fury will surely be tested by fire. So far, GT's future looks very bright. - RC
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168 Comments

  • + 141
 Now that's what I'm talking about GT! That's an I-drive bike I'd ride!
  • + 53
 stunning bike !!!...much better than anything so far, would get the new Fury in a flash !!!...
  • + 20
 Its great, looks like nothing that's on the market atm - Nice work GT.
  • - 9
 It doesn't look like a retard-on-wheels!!!!!
  • + 9
 looks so dialed! now can it take a 50 ft hit at rampage?
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 I loved the old one, wish they'd just updated the geometry and kept the same sort of look.
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 dam no carbon Frown
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 its lighter tho
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 Turquoise youre a retard on wheels!
  • + 26
 I wondering how light the carbon version of this new model will be when they produce it . Props to GT for not jumping over to carbon right away and taking the time to perfect the aluminum version first !
  • + 10
 The bike looks great I know I might get neg propped but I think if they did an all bike frame with really simple decals would be awesome
  • + 23
 Doesn't look like a session. That's for sure.
  • + 1
 skullcandyrox yeah i totally know what you mean that would look sick on this frame
  • - 1
 lol my tred off
  • + 9
 I'd-drive that
  • + 18
 i really hope someone from rocky mountain sees this. the flatline needs an update badly.
  • + 1
 No but I do....Big Grin
  • + 1
 I would have thought the rear mech would work better if the top jockey wheel was closer to the sprockets. Even with the direct mount hanger, it's a good two inches away. Wouldn't it work better if it was about 15mm away, like it would be on a 32t sprocket?
  • + 2
 I am not a fan of this bike, don't hate it either, but that video was VERY inspiring!!!
  • + 2
 The GT of old making a comeback! Needs black forks thou for more stealth appeal
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 Gt has had carbon dh bikes for years.
  • + 2
 Those LTS... GT what a legend brand...
  • + 2
 But will it blend?
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  • + 70
 Warning: With this bike under your butt, you'll be haunted by a Falcon!
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  • + 49
 for the first time im considering a GT.
  • - 1
 if uv got 6000 sapre Wink
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  • + 27
 I asked gee on twitter to lend me his bike. Strangely enough he didn't reply Wink
  • + 4
 Try his siblings.......maybe? Big Grin
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  • + 28
 This thing is awesome!
  • + 25
 That was one damn good promo video...well done GT
  • + 5
 Saint drivetrain, Fox suspension, E 13 wheels? yeah, this bike is epic.. good job GT! this is a bike i would definitely consider buying.
  • + 0
 E13 wheels are what you are looking at but I agree it looks epic
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  • + 21
 Can't wait to see this bike at Red Bull Rampage!
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  • + 16
 DAM!!!!! WELL DONE GT!!! GO ATHERTONS
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  • + 12
 Center of gravity looks lower with a stronger (looking) front triangle too. I hope Gee and Rachel will have fun and shred this new Fury to victory this Sunday in Fort Williams!
  • + 11
 I completely forgot the first race was this Sunday. Hockey play offs are great, but I am 100x more amped for this first race. Time to see if Gwin and his new steed still got it, not to mention the burning questions we all have about pretty much every other rider. Man I love this sport.
  • + 3
 what network Aires these races?

Awesome looking bike, hope it pedals as good as they say..
  • + 5
 They are usually on Redbull's website
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 Www.redbull.com
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  • + 10
 I'm completely sold. And 36 lbs for an ali bike is crazy, when they get round to doing the carbon version its gonna weigh as much as most peoples trail bikes. Madness.
  • - 3
 the carbon team this year weighs more than the alloy 2.0. Because of the Fox instead of a Boxer RC. So it may not be any lighter.
  • + 1
 That's because they haven't change the way how they make the carbon fury since they started making it about 5/6 years ago, carbon tech has moved on loads. This 1 will be lighter and stronger. Just look at the v10, not only is the back end now carbon but they took even more weight out the front triangle from last years bike with the alloy rear end which is only 2 years old!!!!!
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  • + 10
 Well its a damn sight better than the previous fury
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  • + 6
 I'll be convinced of its greatness once it has had some time out on the market with riders like us as opposed to just being rode by people who are paid by GT and will only ever say positive things about GT products. The Athertons are giving a positive review... what are the odds of that?!
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  • + 9
 I love how simple it looks. WAAAAAY better than the old one.
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  • + 8
 That promo has convinced me that gee is the man to beat this weekend
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  • + 6
 Just take my money!!!! All of it.
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  • + 6
 it looks so sexy compared to the old fury!
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  • + 6
 Come to daddy...
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  • + 1
 I hope they bring out some cheaper versions of this design, like in the old days with the RTS and LTS bikes they used to make, like scott do with there voltage fr 10, 20 and 30 versions....they would make loads of serious cash im sure..plus I could own one then.
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  • + 1
 man that seat is sure pushed forward on the rails , is this rider preference , or does the suspension travel enough to hit the seat , or a shorter rider trying to make a bigger bike fit , either way interesting design and after trying a 2012 Fury a while back , they are a bike that pedals well when sprinting .
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  • + 1
 Did the crazy length of the Wheelbase, Reach and toptube seem a little intense to anyone else... I've seen many larges with similiar geo to the medium or even close to the small :S. I'm just curious where GT is going with it.
  • + 1
 The toptube just seems ridiculously long because of the slacker seat angle. Yeah the bikes are longer than average eg. the M is about the same as a Specialized demo L. Seem like GT has followed Mondraker's direction (similiar to Forward geometry). I like it! I want sub 50mm stems as the default kinda like MX!
  • + 1
 Ah, hasn't been able to watch the video when I had first read the article. I do like the forward geometry style, I would like to see if you need wider bars to give you more steering leverage on a shorter stem though.
  • + 1
 @Sintra: I think you are right on the money! It seems to me they've gone in a direction similar to Mondraker. And didn't Gee say (in so many words) that the extra space of the roomier cockpit allows time and space to correct for mistakes before losing control?

I seem to remember a number of things along these lines over the last couple of years. Mark Weir going to a large with a short stem after having a chat with Fabien Barel, then Mondrakers forward Geo shizzle and that super sexy Foxy.

Mark Weir was enough to convince me so I went to a large frame for my AM bike with a 30mm stem as well. Love it!
  • + 2
 Well I remember Fabien talking to Dan Atherton about trying a large frame with short stem, perhaps that triggled down to Gee...I'm running a 17mm stem on a Medium Status. Feels good but would like to have bought the L (it was sold out).
  • + 1
 @SintraFreeride: No 5h1t? I didn't know Dan and Fabien had that chat!

But how about Dan and Etienne or Fabien and Etienne? And did Fabien get this stuff from Cesar Rojo? :-)

One way or the other, I'll buy one of these or a Summum since it's been time for a long time to step up from my Shockwave 9.5. LOL
  • + 2
 I believe I read about that chat in Vital or Dirt. Dunno about the Etienne link but Fabien did get it from Cesar because he was sponsered by Mondraker at the time! Sounds like a good plan! The summum will be lighter but the GT might be cheaper...
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  • + 5
 Reminds me of the athertons commencal supreme dh v2s
  • + 12
 In that they're both bikes?
  • + 3
 There I deed quite different
  • + 1
 I think his point is that the athertons still want to be back on the v2...
  • + 2
 I think he means in terms of shape of the front and rear triangles. clearly they arent the same bike, dont get upset.
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  • + 2
 Can some one explain the benefits of these direct mount mechs ?
Looks to me like they have just added more leverage and length to a part that already hangs low and likes to break and go in to ppls spokes.
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  • + 2
 GT rules! Wish I had the money to buy it!!! I always believed in this guys and it is good to see such new bikes coming out this year.
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  • + 2
 Looks so sick!

Looks like an updated version of Gee's 2010 commencal which he had his best season on. No?

I want one so bad now. It just looks amazing.
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  • + 1
 This bike its pretty awesome. Great job GT! Does it have the air 40 up front or the normal fox 40? The air 40 is a pound lighter, so Gee's bike could weigh even less with that new fork.
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  • + 1
 if a midget like Racheal Atherton can ride a large, then what use is a large to someone who's actually tall like 6'-6'4?!

I swear hardly any DH bikes accomodate tall riders.
  • + 1
 In the video Rachel was saying she could ride a large on the OLD Fury. Sounds like that is one reason why they changed the geo on the new one. Maybe she'll ride a medium in the new Fury. Plus, Gee will have to ride a large. He's pretty tall isn't he? Like 6'2 or 6'3?
  • + 1
 Check out the reach on the large, thats 18mm longer than a xl v10. Sounds like the perfect DH rig for a tall rider.
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  • + 2
 whoah, that thing looks amazing!! but i love how while everyone else is just moving to carbon, GT are moving back to aluminium and making it work Razz
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  • + 3
 Poor Dan.....forgotten again. He sure is the most overlooked of the Atherton clan.
  • + 2
 They're coming out with a bike to replace the Force LE is appears... so I don't think he's been forgotten at all, in fact, he's likely the driving force behind their enduro whips.
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  • + 1
 men, when dan showed it, it really didn't look this good at all! It looked outdated but now, nooooooow my friends this is A BEAST!!!! it's screams to ride .. LITERALLY i can hear it, right here Big Grin
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  • + 0
 Nice one!
The sensor 650b bike looks sick too, the way the shock sits super low..havnt seen the force yet but im looking forward to learning more about the new "path linkage".

I hear dans enduro linkage will be more like this fury than like the new sensor/force.
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  • + 1
 Bikes grown on me, still not in love with it but it looks like a killer tool for DH on paper, but man that Saint upper jockey wheel is a long long way away from the cassette, something I hated about the previous Saint!
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  • + 4
 first time GT made a bike with what looks to be a chain stay!
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  • + 2
 looks-wise, I think I like the old model, but I'm sure this one rides a lot better
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  • + 2
 the I drive is a very efficient way to pedal from what i hear with the guys that own them. I'd get one of these!
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  • + 3
 I liked the old design, but this thing is the tits.
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  • + 0
 I didn't like gt until the Atherton s went there and shock it up a bit. But looking at the bike it does look like their old commencals, only with the suspension mounted a bit higher.
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  • + 0
 i had a chance to ride a gt fury last year at crankworx in whistler, it was hands down the worst bike i have ever put my leg over. I really, really hope you guys got it down this year.
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  • + 3
 Finally they made a bike that looks like a bike... not a radiator :-)
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  • + 3
 As far as I'm concerned they can't put that on sale soon enough!
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  • + 3
 Doesnt look like a trek session
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  • + 0
 I liked the look of this bike till Id seen it on the film clip ....in the plain black paint with no decals it just looks like any other bike ...nothing special really .....big whoop wanna fight about it.
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  • + 3
 Looks like it will be a lot more stable than its predecessor.
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  • + 1
 If those TT lengths are correct these would have the longest DH cockpits ever (unless the stem is Mondraker-like). I think there might have been a mistake.
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  • + 1
 Any thoughts on the longer reach / 30 mm stem the engineer in the video mentions? Doesnt seem like Gee will be running it
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  • + 1
 after lots of neg. talk before hand i reckon it has totally surprised me and it looks pretty damn good!! thumbs up to gt
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  • + 1
 With the single pivot rear end, wouldn't an air shock have a better "curve" than a spring?
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  • + 1
 Needs carbon... I love the old design more than this, but only time will tell if I'll like it too.. =n=
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  • + 1
 Looks like I'm not getting a car then at £3000 a frame. 2013 orange 322 frame anyone
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  • + 2
 Nicest looking GT for sometime that!
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  • + 1
 Is it me or is there very little aluminum holding the rear axle at the pinch bolt?
  • + 1
 ....Otherwise a very nice looking frame.
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  • + 1
 And the Norco Aurum is STILL the sexiest DH bike on the market... Still, I like it better then their last frame.
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  • + 2
 such an improvement over the old fury
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  • + 2
 Come on why did you have to cut that frame I could of used it
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  • + 3
 thats orgasmic...
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  • + 1
 You can't say a bike is amazing if you have not ridden it! Fail
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  • + 1
 GT E camaradas essa e da boa
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  • + 1
 usually i don't like GT bikes but this one is awesome
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  • + 1
 Gee proved what he saidSmile
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  • + 2
 But no carbon... ??
  • + 8
 They said they are thinking about one for the future (developing one) but for right now there are already significant weight loss, stiffness gains, and geometry gains in the aluminum. This aluminum bike is a good enough product to release right now for a tease up until the carbon version is finished. It's better then rushing into a shitty carbon production bike Wink
  • + 2
 Carbon is also very expensive to invest in as far as molds and production. Best to get everything just right in an easily modified aluminum version first before they lay down the big cash to make the carbon models.
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  • + 1
 DAT DROPOUTS :QQ also the bike looks great
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  • + 1
 WooooW looks way better
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  • + 2
 my next bike, i think !
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  • + 1
 so i was right, 2014 will be a kick ass year for mtb specially downhill
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  • + 1
 Keep it black with old school yellow GT. logos would look so pimp .
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  • + 0
 It's quite a trek up to fort will but I would love to have a session on that.
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  • + 1
 Anyone notice that it looks like the new Commencal DH Supreme?
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  • + 1
 Ehhhh its just a new bike
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  • + 1
 GT will be on the podium.
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  • + 1
 look very nice ,hope to have the chance to try 1
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  • + 1
 I like the blue and orange one better
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  • + 1
 Bet it aint as good as the Pro Performer!!!
  • + 1
 Hahaha oops accidentally gave neg prop
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  • + 1
 looks nice, ball burnished finish would be nice
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  • - 1
 something about the shape of the front triangle isn't visually appealing. maybe the straight-ish top tube and seat tube area.
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 and here i deed quite differ
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  • + 1
 kill this bike, is suffering
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  • + 1
 looks much better than the old one, some real impressive specs too
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  • + 1
 whoever designs GTs frames is a f*cking legend! wasshisname?
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  • + 1
 How may kidneys must i sell......hurm....
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  • + 1
 looks cool but rear axle bolts look kinda weak
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  • + 1
 doesn't look like a Commençal....at all.


V2 rules.
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  • + 0
 preferred the look of the old chunky one
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  • + 0
 Finally, a bike that doesn't look like a Trek!
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  • - 1
 Looks like a Lapierre with the down tube, and how can it get stiffer with aluminum? isn´t it the other way around.
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  • + 0
 This bike at rampage- I'm sure it would do a cracking job. Literally.
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  • + 1
 When can I buy?
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  • + 1
 looks way better
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  • + 1
 now that is furious..
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 4:42 NoooOOOoooOOO
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 I'm old school tho, I like the previous Fury muuuuch more, it just gives this mad confidence when you look at it Big Grin
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  • - 1
 GT Fury and Intense M9 Pro; the best Downhill bikes ever !
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 This bike looks amazing! Nice work GT but i'd like to see that bike in Neon Green hah Smile
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 It's not carbon?
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 doesnt have to be carbon to be an amazing bike...
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 drivereight ,,,the carbon will come a bite later ,they needed to be sure before they put cash in
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