GT officials say they will be showing their 2014 bikes at Dealer Camp in Park City June 18, and to get our attention, they released the following teaser video. So, we went through it frame by frame to garner as much information as we could. The following cannot be validated by GT, but there are two different bikes in the edit - each with full carbon frames and Fox suspension. The all-new carbon chassis are based upon 650B wheels and feature a completely new Independent Drivetrain rear suspension. Early sightings show that the suspension uses a pivot on the chainstay - which is a big change for GT - and that the rear end will also be full carbon. GT fans can breathe easier knowing that the two production designs do not share the not-quite so beautiful profile of the test mule that Dan Atherton was photographed riding at the Enduro World Series in Punta Ala, Italy. In fact, the production versions are completely different designs.
Looking closely at the video release, the two frames are distinctly different. One having a more or less conventional front triangle with a forked seat tube brace and is based around a 32-millimeter Fox Float CTD fork that appears to be in the 140-millimeter travel range. The second design features a Z-braced head tube area, and is apparrently based upon a longer-travel 150-millimeter, Fox 34 CTD fork. Drivetrain options are Shimano two-by-ten, with braking, evidently by Formula The One.
(Clockwise) The longer-travel AM design sports a longer-travel Fox 34 fork and has a distinctive Z-strut head tube reinforcement. New to GT is the under-the-axle swingarm pivot near the through-axle dropouts. A comparison between the two frames shows the head tube areas are very different configurations
The static pics showed RockShox Reverb Stealth seatposts, with all cables and hoses routed externally on the downtube. The tire and rim choices of the two bikes suggest the first shown in the video is destined to be an XC/trail machine, while the second is purposed as an All-mountain bike - perhaps the replacement for the Force LE. Both feature Float CTD shocks. While we are offering a heck of a lot of speculation at this point, we will be at Press Camp for GT's official debut on the June 18 to fill in the blanks and furnish you with a decent riding impression of what appears to be GT's first solid swing at the mid-travel trailbike market.
Dan Atherton's prototype, seen at the Enduro World Series in Punta Ala, Italy is welded aluminum and uses a completely different rear suspension compared to the carbon twins in the GT video.