2021 GT Bikes Highlights - Across the Pond Beaver

Sep 2, 2020
by Dan Roberts  
2021 GT Force Carbon Team

For 2021, GT have added some new models to their line ranging from their all-mountain and enduro Force all the way through to the old-school inspired Pro Series, as well as spec and colour changes to some of their existing bikes to bring them up to date with all the latest components.


2021 GT Force Carbon Expert

Force Carbon Team

Touted as a bit of a do it all, from high alpine to enduro racing, the Force Carbon Team is a 150mm travel bike with a mullet wheel setup. It mirrors what Martin Maes was racing for a long time with great success.

The frame uses a four-bar suspension layout with a Horst pivot and rocker link. There's a flip chip at the lower shock mount giving two geometry settings, high and low.

There's practical and neat external cable routing that runs down a channel on the down tube and ample protection on the underside of the down tube and around the critical chain slap areas.

The Force Carbon Team comes with Fox Factory 38, Float X2 and Transfer dropper, a Shimano XTR 12-speed drivetrain and brakes and a Stans NoTubes wheelset with Schwalbe Magic Mary tyres front and rear with the Addix Soft compound.


2021 GT Force Carbon Expert
2021 GT Force Carbon Expert

2021 GT Force Carbon Team


Flipping the geometry chip to the High setting steepens the head angle by half a degree, raises the BB by 6mm and lengthens the reach by 5mm.

It's available in sizes S to XL ranging from 415mm to 490mm reach, with a 65° head angle in the Low setting and 435mm chain stays across all the sizes.

2021 GT Force Carbon Team Geometry
Force Carbon Team Geometry

Unfortunately it's not available in North America, but is in the rest of the world. It retails for $5,499 or €5,499 with more information online at gtbicycles.com.





2021 GT Force GT-E Amp

Force GT-E Amp

The Force GT-E Amp takes the ideas that the regular Force has and adds some pedal assist for those looking to cram more into a shorter period of time or go a little further afield with the same amount of energy.

It has 29" wheels and 150mm travel front and rear with the same four-bar suspension layout as the Force, using a Horst pivot and rocker link.

For a drive system there's the brand new Shimano EP8 system and a 504Wh battery.

The GT-E Amp has a RockShox 35 Gold E-MTB fork and Deluxe Select R shock, a SRAM SX 12-speed drivetrain, Shimano MT420 four piston brakes and a Shimano MT400 hub and WTB STX i29 rimmed wheelset with A Maxxis Minion DHF / DHR II 2.6" tyre combo.


2021 GT Force GT-E Amp
2021 GT Force GT-E Amp

2021 GT Force GT-E Amp


Four sizes from S to XL are available ranging from 425mm to 500mm reach, a 65° head angle and 455mm chainstays across all the sizes.

2021 GT Force GT-E Amp Geometry
Force GT-E Amp Geometry

The GT-E Amp arrives in North America in the first quarter of 2021 retailing for $4,999 or €4,799. It's online at gtbicycles.com.





2021 GT Zarkar LT Expert

Zaskar LT Expert

The Zaskar is a legendary hardtail name and the latest versions still carry the recognisable floating seat stays.

Aimed at aggressive hardtail riding, the Zaskar LT has 130mm travel and 29" wheels, with all models having 12-speed drivetrains and dropper posts.

The Expert model comes with a RockShox 35 Gold RL fork, SRAM SX/NX drivetrain, Shimano MT410 brakes, a TranzX dropper and a Maxxis Minion DHF / DHR II tyre combo.


2021 GT Zarkar LT Expert
2021 GT Zarkar LT Expert

2021 GT Zarkar LT Expert


The Zaskar LT is available in four sizes ranging from a 425mm reach on the S up to a 485mm reach on the XL. A 66° head angle is up front,there's a true 75° seat angle in the middle and 450mm chainstays out back.

2021 GT Zaskar Geometry
Zaskar LT Geometry

Available in select markets such as the UK and Europe the Zaskar LT Expert retails for €1,499 and will be coming to North America for 2021 for $1,699. It's online at gtbicycles.com.





2021 GT La Bomba

La Bomba

The La Bomba is a dirt jump, pump track and skatepark hardtail from GT. The aluminium framed bike uses a threaded BB, adjustable dropouts with built in chain tensioners and even comes with gyro tab ready.

The Pro version comes with a Manitou Circus Expert, Promax hydraulic rear disc brake and Kenda 3-Sixty tyres.

The La Bomba comes with an RST Dirt-T fork, Promax mechanical rear brake and Kenda 3-Sixty tyres.


2021 GT La Bomba Pro
2021 GT La Bomba Pro

2021 GT La Bomba


M and L sizes are available with 22.2" and 23.2" top tubes respectively. A 68.5° head angle keeps things responsive and there's a 1", or 25mm, BB drop and 376mm chainstays.

2021 GT La Bomba Geometry
La Bomba Geometry

The Pro and Rigid versions are now available in North America only retailing at $1,200 and $670 respectively. The La Bomba is available in the US and Europe for $725 or €699.





2021 GT Pro Series LTD

Pro Series LTD

And finally, for a bit of something different, the Pro Series LTD from GT is a heritage inspired bike, good for cruising the neighborhood with the front wheel up at 12 o-clock.

The Pro Series LTD version comes with GT's own Pro Design fork with 3/8" dropouts, GT Power Series Cr-Mo cranks with a 33-16T gearing, a Promax P-1 rear v-brake, GT Smoothie 29 x 2.5" tires and rear pegs.

There's also a 3-piece pad set for the bike to complete the heritage look. The Pro Series LTD is available in America for $500.


2021 GT Pro Series LTD
2021 GT Pro Series LTD

2021 GT Pro Series LTD



Across the Pond Beaver 2020






68 Comments

  • 39 0
 'Unfortunately it's not available in North America, but is in the rest of the world." This is sad, as a kid I rode nothing but GT BMX bikes, and I had a few RTS MTBs, now I cant even get the top of the line bike in the country the company originated from..
  • 10 0
 that doesnt make any sense why the US cant get them??
  • 1 0
 I think it's just the one carbon model not available in North America.
  • 7 1
 GT has the coolest, most classic color scheme. Why can't we get them!!!!
  • 16 0
 try living in south america
  • 6 2
 @meathooker: because you don't deserve it the way you've all been acting lately [on the fake news]
  • 23 2
 Those are some looong seat tubes
  • 11 3
 Seriously 520 on the xl force with 490 reach is dumb.
  • 6 5
 And and a seriously slack actual seat angle like santa cruz.
  • 3 1
 This frame was also released in 2 years ago so it's expected for geo to be outdated by now.
  • 5 0
 Are they saying that Martin Maes has been performing so well on a 65 degree head angle with a slack seat angle!?
  • 16 4
 Still tall seat tubes and tall sandover in all models...why do they do that? Nobody rides there at gt? Wouldn't they be selling twice as much if they had it corrected?? Now they don't have that sanction suspension design, what's the excuse???
  • 2 0
 As a GT Sensor owner I 100% agree. I had to buy a OneUp Dropper to get 150mm travel on my medium. All other dropper post brands I checked would have been shorter. I do have shorter legs but on a Norco, Santa Cruz, or Marin I would have not been so limited. That being said, I love the OneUp.
  • 9 12
 Weird how Martin Maes and Wyn Masters still absolutely crush other riders who are on bikes with lower standovers isn’t it?
  • 26 5
 @TannerValhouli: Weird how the average non-pro rider might want more standover to compensate for the skill that they don't have? No, it's not.
  • 4 1
 @reilly: so amateurs need better bikes than pros?
  • 4 1
 As a rider with long legs - very happy at least one brand is sticking to tall standover. All this low stand over stuff on large frames has made is almost impossible to match with a dropper post that gets to proper pedalling height.
  • 1 0
 @TannerValhouli: Wouldn't they win in a Playschool® bike as long as they paid them more than gt? Sorry, I just don't get it. If it was a consequence of the design and you was told to win something in other aspects I would understand, but look at the shock stroke, or better don't.... I wouldn't ever buy this bike no matter how many races it wins...the old sanction had it's problems, but had it's own soul, at least it was different and looked like a weapon, they should have updated that design in my opinion.
  • 6 0
 The zaskar has so much potential, but when your cs is longer than your reach it feels so awkward. Sadly, smalls and meds have a longer cs tan reach.

So for someone 5'0" on a small with a 450mm cs, that's the equivalent of a 540mm chainstay for someone 6' tall. That's absurd.
  • 4 0
 If that Zaskar was available about one build-level up (and ideally in the classic polished aluminum finish) I'd be raiding my savings account ASAP.

Edit: NM just saw that the XL would have a longer seat tube than reach. Woof.
  • 2 1
 Totally agree on both counts. My first real bmx was a GT Mach One in chrome and i have been dreaming they would release a do it all aggressive hardtail in the same color way so i can build up the adult version of my childhood bike. to that end they should also go back to their iconic GT wings logo. I mean I could always just get one painted but that would be an extra $500 minimum and i might as well go titanium at that point.

As for STL, yeah, for an XL thats crazy and the reach numbers are dated. Looking at Kona & Marin have done w/ their aggressive hardtails GT just needs to mimic that geo.
  • 2 0
 Take note, GT!!! read the comments!!
  • 6 0
 That Pro Series LTD looks absolutely sick for tooling about town. I need more room for bikes.
  • 6 0
 That Zaskar LT is the GT my 14yo self would have spend hours at the bike shop drooling over.
  • 8 0
 The need to make it in chrome...
  • 3 0
 @Deanosuar: Yeah they do!
  • 1 0
 @Deanosuar: I endorse this.
  • 5 0
 (Zaskar riding pic)
Joey G is R.A.D
  • 5 4
 "Schwalbe Magic Mary tyres front and rear with the Addix Soft compound"

Same compound front and rear? And where does "Soft" lie in their lineup? Can I get a softer one for the front? Harder in back? What are they called? MaxiSoft? SlightlySofter? TeensyBitSofter? HarderButStillSoft?

Allegedly Schwalbe's new line up is easier to dechiper, but it really isn't. Almost as bad as Pirelli's F1 tire bullshit: Soft, SuperSoft, UltraSoft, HyperSoft, MegaSoft, UberSoft, SomeOtherPrefixSoft, in some sort of ambiguous order.
  • 1 0
 I think soft is as hard as you can go with a MM supergravity. In my experience the new addix compounds are basically the same as the old ones in terms of wear rate.

Soft front: will last a while
Soft rear: 6-8 bike park days and then it starts to do bad things.
  • 1 0
 The have an "Ultrasoft" option too. And nobody wants to pedal a soft Magic Mary on the rear, semms like a pure lift assistance choice.
  • 1 0
 @mdpetrie: Maybe they didn't want to scare anyone into thinking their tires changed too much, so they kept a soft in the back so you could rip knobs off after just handful of rides and feel that everything is ok in the world.

Make Schwalbe Great (at shedding knobs) Again.
  • 1 0
 @SickEdit: I pedal 10km on the road to get to the trails, MM SG soft on both wheels. The drag is sucking the life out of me, but the extra traction is very welcome on a ht. Steep and loose stuff is where this setup shines. Climbing forest roads you can't feel the drag but on the road it's horrible. The sound too!
  • 4 0
 The Zaskar LT looks pretty sweet!
  • 3 0
 Frikken Zaskar hasn’t been sold in US since 2017 after the 25th Anniversary...WTF???
  • 2 0
 I got my carbon expert then and still loving it. Upgraded to full XT brakes and drivetrain as well as a 130mm Recon. That thing rips!
  • 2 1
 The Force always looks weird to me, and I think I finally figured out that it's because of that kind of tiny shock for a 150 mm travel bike.
  • 1 1
 And they've always had highish standover. Sub 77 seat angle and short reach per size
  • 3 0
 La Bomba is my little kids code for I have to poop when we are in public!
  • 2 0
 They have to offer that Zaskar in polished / ball burnished finish, it would look epic! Come on GT!!
  • 3 1
 A 29" BMX cruiser.
We are now ready to move on to a new wheelsize.
  • 4 0
 That kid looks like he is having a blast
  • 15 0
 I live in California. It seems like every kid in my neighborhood has a bike like this and they just do wheelies up and down the street all day long. If that type of bike is what gets kids stoked on riding, I’m all for it.
  • 1 0
 Looks like the perfect townie bike for me.
  • 3 1
 Seat angle too slack. Pass.
  • 1 0
 Alberto Tomba wants his red hardtail back.
  • 2 2
 yup whatever if the Fantasy Enduro results don't get calculated soon I'm going Donnie Brasco
  • 5 4
 Just me, or does the ebike look better than the standard full suss :/
  • 1 0
 Yes I thought exactly the same ! Probably due to the steeper seat tube angle.
  • 1 1
 So, can you order these bikes from Dick's or do you have to find a local dealer???
  • 1 0
 That's the helpful downvotes pinkbike is known for...
  • 1 0
 While Zaskar looks great Labomba lost its lovely shapes
  • 2 0
 I like my Sensor a lot!
  • 2 2
 I'll just say it.... this is some crap geometry. The Enduro/trail bike has the same dam Seat tube angle as the dj!
  • 1 0
 No updates to the Sensor?
  • 2 2
 What metric are those reach #s?
  • 6 0
 Move the decimal place one digit to the right and you transform CM's into MM's!
  • 2 0
 @v7fmp: lol, sarcasm. Very rare to see cm used geo chart
  • 4 0
 @v7fmp: the magic of the metric system ! I guess it's so simply smart that it must freak you out lol
  • 1 0
 @jrocksdh: haha, my bad, sorry dude!
  • 3 3
 why do the HTs have crappy forks? RS Gold? and Manipoo Circus?
  • 4 0
 Manitou earned a bad reputation from some really poor entry level forks a long time ago, but has been making good performing, user maintainable, reliable forks for well over a decade now. The old stigma hasn't made sense in many years The Circus appears to be a solid, well-liked fork according to DJ riders
  • 2 1
 Basically, nothing new.
  • 1 1
 Idk man. I just think GT can’t make a good looking full suspension.
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