Interbike 2008 - GT Force Pro Carbon

Sep 26, 2008
by Mike Levy  
Over a pound lighter than last years aluminum version, the new GT Force Carbon features some striking and very unique lines. We took a closer look at GT's 6" travel 26lb flyer.

HD Video's Inside!This bike is one bike that will never blend in with the rest. It's like GT traveled to the future and brought the Force Carbon Pro as a souvenir of their travels. I have a feeling that riders are either going to love the look, or hate it. After seeing the bike in person I'd have to say that I'm a fan of it's unique stance. You'll have to make up your mind for yourself!

2009 GT Force Carbon

2009 GT Force Carbon




Watch the video to see the Force Pro Carbon in detail!




GT's Independent Drivetrain system has been fully proven over time and is a great all around design, perfect for this platform of bike. The finished weight is more than competitive, it's class leading for a bike with 6" of travel. It's slightly steeper than all-mountain geometry should suit the rider that leans more towards XC than aggressive AM riding.

The ID system

The ID system


Frame and SizeGT Force Carbon
•6" of travel
Rear ShockFox Float RP23
ForkFox TALAS 32 RL
•15 mm Tool less removal
•110-150mm Travel
HeadsetFSA integrated
CrankarmsShimano XTR
ChainringsShimano XTR 44/32/22
Bottom BracketShimano XTR Outboard
ChainShimano HG73
CassetteShimano XT 11-34
Front DerailleurShimano XTR
Rear DerailleurShimano XTR Shadow
Shifter PodsShimano XTR
HandlebarRitchey Carbon WCF(31.8mm)
•Low rise
StemThompson Elte X4(31.8mm)
GripsGT Lock Down
BrakesShimano XTR
Front WheelMavic CrossMax ST
Rear WheelMavic CrossMax ST
TiresKenda Nevegal, 2.3 front, 2.1 rear, w/Kevlar Bead
SaddleFizik Gobi XM
SeatpostThompson Elite




The Force's appearance isn't exactly conventional by any means. Think of all those cool concept car designs that you see...Well the Force Carbon Pro is like one of those that actually made it through to production. Being familiar with how carbon performs I don't have a doubt in my mind that the Force Carbon Pro is ready for whatever you throw at it, and then some.

Loving the clear coat over carbon look

Loving the clear coat over carbon look

Tidy forward shock mount

Tidy forward shock mount




The story up front? Flowing lines and an Integrated headset

The story up front? Flowing lines and an Integrated headset




Need even more carbon? Ritchey WCS bar

Need even more carbon? Ritchey WCS bar




This long legged XC flier is GT's top of the line mountainbike and the price reflects that. Fortunately it's top end components are hung from a state of the art frame with a proven suspension platform. If your wife/girlfriend/mom would skin you alive if you came home with the Pro model, GT also has the Expert that retails for $1700 less but still sports dialed Fox suspension and the same carbon frame.

Like the look of the Force Carbon and want more info? GT's website is the answer then!

-Mike "Kakah" Levy


68 Comments

  • 29 9
 haha wow thats a light fully. sick bike but i think il stick with transition =P
  • 3 1
 hahaha amen to that
  • 12 1
 NICE BIKE AND SOLID FRAME!
  • 6 0
 Check it out . . . at around 160 in the video, everyone is riding backwards because they reversed the clip.
  • 0 0
 Lmao, thats quality Smile
  • 5 2
 Looks like an android and it is light as a feather. I wouldnt mind taking it for a spin before saying anything more than that.
  • 0 0
 Anyone remember the Trek Super-Lite Y w/carbon frame, full XTR and Cane Creek Ti wheelset. Just under 26lbs FS XC. It too had mixed reviews and they were absolutely indestructable! I bought one used from a friend that set it up for FR and beat the shit out of it. No issues! Hell, my Aircooled VW Bug has lots of CF parts, it's all around you.......
  • 2 2
 honestly i dont like it... it's nice dont get me wrong but it aint big enaught and it's not a hard core DH... sorry but i like hard core big ass bike's and i like them painted si carbon is not for me... it's a nice bike but i would not like to have one.
  • 0 0
 I've been riding a Carbon Force Pro since last November and it's been amazing. I built it from the frame up so I changed the spec to my style of riding here in Laguna Beach. I have a Fox 36 VAN and DHX Air to make it more of a trail bike and dh friendly. I put an '09 Saint derailleur (amazing!) on the back and replaced the big ring with a bash guard. 8" Juicy 7's with Dangerboy levers are fantastic brakes on the local downhills.
The head angle is spec'd at 69 degrees with a 140mm fork, but with the taller 36 VAN it brings it to 68 degrees. It now has a great balance of snappy handling and dh stability. I absolutely love the bike and it fits like a glove - I'm 6' tall, 180 lbs and it's staying nice and tight after 7 months of hammering. At 31 lbs, it's not XC light but can still ride it on longer adventure rides.
  • 5 1
 Looks awesome!
  • 7 5
 if the frame is made in china and not North America, give it to us for $2G's less.
  • 3 3
 yes it would be cheaper but do u really want a carbon bike made in china
??????
  • 1 0
 I think it doesn't where it's produced, but! i wouldn't ride that bike after a bigger bail or crash, i broke too much carbon stuff...and if "plastic" cracks...it's doin it well..and that can hurt
  • 1 0
 doesn't **matter***
  • 2 1
 the whole frame looks really smooth. it all just seems to fit together. now only the test of time will tell if it's a good idea
  • 4 1
 ill stick to aluminum bikes i dont think id feel safe on that
  • 1 2
 heh, the guy didn't mention one important failure of Carbon Fiber... it is not resistant against hits... the frame might hold up some serious drops, jumps and rockgardens BUT! some bigger stone choked from under the front wheel will crush the downtube into pieces...
  • 6 4
 pretty sick bike with all that carbon, its the way of the future
  • 4 1
 that is a sweet bike!
  • 5 4
 love the carbon, next thing we know we will all be riding these frames
  • 4 2
 It makes a lot of sense, the stuff is so damn strong it's incredible. I think as price comes down and availability goes up we'll see a lot more of it.
  • 2 1
 Despite what anyone tells you, dings and nicks can happen though, and it sucks. It's the only single damn disadvantage of the stuff. Small deflector plates mounted on the carbon do wonders for that though, so it barely begins to be an issue.

It still wins the light and strong battle; and with modern techniques, flex is barely an issue anymore.
  • 2 1
 naaaaaaaaaaawwwwwccce bike dude!!! thats pretty insane
  • 2 0
 floating drivetrain, boo
  • 1 0
 6500€ in EU for the expert... amm thnx, keep it to yourself
  • 1 0
 moto carbon is nicer and better
  • 2 2
 How many owners has GT had?
  • 0 0
 The current owner (Canadian company Dorel) hasn't sold off a division in over 30 years as I understand it. They are more stable hands than ever before..as are Cannondale, Mongoose, and Schwinn.
  • 1 4
 Over a pound lighter than last years aluminum version, the new GT Force Carbon features some striking and very unique lines. We took a closer look at GT's 6" travel 26lb flyer.
  • 0 0
 Love the handle bars/ bike. Sick!
  • 0 0
 where the fuck does it say the weight
  • 0 0
 it says the weight in like the second sentance
  • 0 0
 Nice looking but I just don't like the I-drive.
  • 1 0
 pretty shitty bike...
  • 1 1
 j/k i just wanted to see how many negative props i'd get in one day its actually pretty sweet
  • 1 1
 it is god damn ugly, don't like the looks of it at all.
  • 0 0
 very nice light carbon bike ...it would last 10 mins in my hands ..lol
  • 0 0
 i'll trade my girlfriend for that gt bike! lol.. very nice..
  • 1 1
 Yeahhhh dude sweet bike!
  • 3 4
 Sorry, not liking it much.
  • 3 4
 carbon is IN for all categories.
  • 2 0
 Hell yeah it is!

Carbon technology has come a long, long way and most new carbon frames on the market (new GT's and Speciallized in particular) are stronger than the aluminum versions in testing.

I've ridden the Force Carbon and it is off tap!!! Yeah the angles are a little steeper than most might be used to but the thing absolutley rips. The bike belongs to my boss who punishes it every night of the week and this thing just takes the abuse and loves it!

Look out for the new DH bike too. Called the Fury it's already winning races under Eric Carter and Kevin Aiello. You're gonna see a lot more big things from GT this year!!!
  • 3 3
 nice GT carbon very nice
  • 0 3
 i thinkits dope that now mtbs are gettin integrated headsets, for weight and durability issues
  • 0 2
 carbon fiber melt easy ... dont come to az!
  • 1 3
 what was the wieght?
  • 1 4
 nice, i need more interbike
  • 2 5
 too XC for mee
  • 0 3
 looks cool lets see...
  • 1 4
 what is the weight?
  • 0 4
flag wearerider (Sep 27, 2008 at 17:57) (Below Threshold)
 26 pounds
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