Bike Check: Thomas Genon's GT Fury - Red Bull Hardline Tasmania

Feb 27, 2024
by Matt Beer  
Thomas Genon s GT Fury

What kind of bike do you get when you mix a freerider and an oversize downhill race track? Virtually the ideal bike park setup. Thomas Genon recently picked up a few new sponsors and is getting familiar with the models in GT Bicycle’s line up. For Red Bull Hardline, he’s built up the Fury downhill bike with a 29” wheel up front and a 27.5” trailing behind. For Rampage and freeriding, he’ll likely run a single-crown fork and dual 27.5 wheels.

Despite his height of 183 cm/6’, he’s decided on a size medium Fury here. Thomas says that’s partially due to the growth in the chainstay length as the high-pivot suspension moves through the travel. You might be surprised to hear that the rest of the bike is set closer to a “race spec”, rather than what might work best for his regular practice of tricking huge jumps.

He’s also chosen the popular downhill race tires from Schwalbe, a sponsor he’s worked with for a handful of years now. A Magic Mary up front provides tons of grip and a Big Betty out back is said to increase rolling speed. Both tires are 2.4” wide, the softest “Ultra Soft” compound, and the burliest Super Downhill casing. The pressures are reasonable at 1.8 and 1.9 bar, or 26 and 27.5 psi.

One surprise that goes against the trend in downhill racing today is the choice for carbon over aluminum wheels. Tommy prefers carbon rims for their resistance to denting and deforming, which can certainly happen more frequently when alloy rims are smashing through the rocks in bike parks. Oddly enough, for freeriding, and especially at Rampage, he says he’d rather use alloy wheels since their lines are well groomed.

Thomas Genon s GT Fury
Bike Details:

Frame: GT Fury, size MD
Fork: Suntour / 90 psi / LSC 4 clicks from open / Rebound: N/A
Shock: Suntour Tri-Air,
Wheels: Novatec M30 carbon
Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary, 29x2.4", 1.8 bar (front) and Big Betty 27.5x2.4" 1.9 bar (rear) / both Ultra Soft compound / Super Downhill casing
Inserts: None
Brakes: Shimano XTR w/ 203mm rotors
Drivetrain: Shimano Saint / 7-speed cassette
Bars: Deity Racepoint 35mm OD / 38mm rise / 770mm wide
Stem: DeityIntake 50mm stem

Thomas Genon s GT Fury
Tommy is still toying with various setups as the Fury can handle all three wheel configurations: dual 27.5, dual 29, and mixed wheels. Compared to the Hardline track in Wales, he says the landings are much smoother and he can prioritize traction over bottom-out control. He feels that the air shock provides more response to suit his taste but sits around a "normal" amount of sag for Hardline.

Thomas Genon s GT Fury
SR Suntour suspension is also a new partnership for Tommy and he is using their RUX dual-crown fork and Tri-Air shock. Even though Tommy is a few kgs lighter than his Suntour teammate, Sam Blenkinsop, Genon's Rux fork is set to 90 psi - two more psi than what Sam prefers.

Thomas Genon s GT Fury
Shimano is a long time sponsor for Tommy and he's had the opportunity to experiment with each of their brake systems. He prefers the characteristics of the XTR brakes over the downhill-oriented Saints.

Thomas Genon s GT Fury
For the drivetrain bits, he is sticking to the gravity classic groupset and is running the bombproof Saint cranks.
 A trimmed down Ultegra 10 speed road cassette reduces the weight and keeps the derailleur out of the spokes, just in case it takes a hit. He says the track is built so well you could cruise through it without pedalling once, though.

Thomas Genon s GT Fury
Thomas Genon s GT Fury

Thomas Genon s GT Fury
Tommy runs his bars wider than most freeriders at 770mm due to his lanky stature. He has cut them narrower on his single-crown, freeride bike setup for bar spins though.

Thomas Genon s GT Fury
Thomas Genon s GT Fury

For cockpit controls, Tommy is running ODI Longneck Lock-on grips, Deity 38mm rise alloy bars and the Frisco dirt jump saddle.

Thomas Genon s GT Fury
Look is a familiar name for clipless pedals, more notably in road cycling, but they have made a push into the flat-pedal MTB market. Tommy G has his own signature set from the French pedal brand.


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  • 28 2
 I see top level riders, whether it be Enduro or DH RIPPING on bike brands and models that get basically no attention from the press year to year and wonder how many normal dinh dongs like myself really need a $10K bike? I would love to have the ability to test ride a huge variety of bikes and see for myself what the differences are really like at my speed and skill level
  • 27 1
 One of the biggest factors in going fast isn't always being on the best bike - it's having the same bike (and brake, tire, type etc.) for a long period of time and becoming very good at riding THAT bike. I think there was a Pinkbike piece about that a few years back reflecting on why many top riders are slow to hop on the latest MTB trends.
  • 15 2
 As long as your bike is of reasonable weight and quality, it's much more about rider...
  • 21 0
 but if I'm on a 4 year old GT, people in the parking lot will assume I don't have super fast STAAAAAAVA times Smile
  • 27 0
 @SATN-XC: I have the opposite issue. I have a new Deviate Claymore and they assume I'm fast
  • 4 0
 Normal ding dong here: I definitely don't need a $10k bike, but maaaan would I like one so I can pretend I'm fast!
  • 3 1
 @Portland-maine: Its funny. I bought my first real bike at the end of the pandemic, and bought the wrong bike I think based partially on whats available. I have a Santa Cruz Bronson and went ham on it. It has a Fox 38 170mm fork, the Fox DHX2 coil, Cascade Link to make it 170mm rear, Nobl wheels, the purple Hayes brakes with purple 203mm Hope rotors. XO transmission and more. It is indeed much better downhill than before, but it rolls oddly slow and does not pedal amazingly well. I recently bought a Rocky Mountain Element 130/120 bike deeply discounted and bone stock. And, I probably have a lot more fun on most rides on that bike. The Santa Cruz has been relegated to pretty much just DH and bike park riding.
  • 2 1
 Just in case you forgot, its a fashion industry and the add ons are jewelry. If the bike is fast, that's a bonus but not the priority, apparently.
  • 2 0
 @skiwenric: Yeah. I went way overkill on this, in large part because my comfort was not there early on. I came from moto and motorcycle road racing and was pretty particular about set up and components. I can get by with way less, and now that I have a couple of years of strict mtb riding under my belt, the next time I do an enduro bike it will be a different approach.
  • 4 0
 If there's a better motto than "Look Pro, Go Slow" I've never heard it
  • 3 1
 thats what i did during the covid times, got to test heaps Of frames etc

All ill say is: Money doesnt buy quality and performance. Quite often brands that are super expensive etc did not offer the high quality or high performance... quite often Those expensive brands had Cool designs but didnt actually perform very good.
  • 1 0
 @rickybobby19: Totally agree
  • 3 0
 @SATN-XC: I AM actually on a 4-year old GT.....still diggin' it!
  • 5 0
 After a LOONG time riding bikes, I've come to the conclusion that I need:

1) brakes that I can trust & give me confidence,
2) suspension that I can tune to a basic good setup,
3) a no fuss dropper and
4) durable wheels.

None of the above HAVE to be $$$ but often the adjustments I want only come on the more $$$ models. The rest is candy and weight really isn't an issue as long as it falls within acceptable margins.
  • 8 1
 Was really looking forward to watching his entire line. My daughter was watching it with me and I was like... this dude probably won't have a top 10 time but watch the way he rides everything. He's one of my all time favorite riders when it comes to the way he looks in the air. Like Martin. Just looks cool. Wish dude could keep it rubber down more! Hope he's not too beat up and they bring him back for the next stop. As for the bike. It's nice to see that GT actually cares about their bikes and that PON is giving them some financial attention.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, I don’t understand buying a bike brand without a clear vision for what it is until they’re working out of the back of the Cannondale offices (not even a GT sign out front), like what did you expect? Lack of effort will show up in the results.
  • 10 0
 Pretty slick looking machine if you ask me! No bias here (obviously)
  • 6 0
 Thomas Genon is an underrated man. The guy is riding basically the same bike for a huge variety of events and is always bringing his A Game and never speaks much trash about other riders (or praises others who've earned it)..
  • 4 0
 So I have the same shock - SR Suntour TriAir - but had to order it all the way from alibaba as not a single one online shop stocks it for some reason. I understand it's the same thing as DVO Topaz 3 but with an IFP in place of the bladder. I'd go with DVO but they don't make it in trunnion 225x75, while Suntour does. It's one of a few in this particular size that don't cost an arm and a leg and it performs decent enough for me.
  • 3 0
 The Tri-Air is awesome. I love suntour high end stuff
  • 4 0
 Man...that frame!! Shame there is no mention of the custom paint, as that thing took two weeks to prep and spray and is gorgeous in great light. Hand painted by Al and Becky at Fat Creations in the UK, finished on a Monday, hand assembled by me on the Tuesday, then Wednesday we (myself Al and Becky) drove it out from the UK to meet Tommy G as the French Farmers had blockaded the roads in France and he needed to build it by Friday for filming. It took over twenty hours to get down there from the UK on all the French B roads but we made it in time. It really was an adventure getting that frame done for him but an absolute pleasure as he's such a nice guy and awesome for the people that painted it to hand deliver to an athlete. Hope Tommy is healing well after that crash.
  • 1 0
 @olivegosling beautiful work & quite proud of your work shows passion, if ever I’m funded for
Paint on my frame I know who I’m sending it off to cheers
  • 2 0
 I loved the 2013 Fury, this one is really tempting to me, that base level one is calling to me. Just would want to upgrade the fork and brakes on it.
  • 4 0
 And wheels.... And derailleur probably... Maybe I should just get it as a frame only
  • 1 0
 @eae903: it's used as a rental bike on many hills, might be worth keeping an eye out for end-of-season-sales on the rental fleet somewhere, if anyway you want to build it from frame up.
That is, if you're ok with a used frame.
  • 3 0
 @Lookinforit: I actually work for a shop that sells GT, so while I have no problem with buying used, I can get a really good price on a new one.
  • 3 0
 This bike is so cool looking. OK GT, now make the Fury and Sensor as good looking as this!
  • 4 0
 This is the fury…

I assume you mean the Force? In that case, I personally think it looks great as is. Handles nicely too. Good value but the wheels are always under spec-ed. And the hardware could be better.

Fun bike though, only whip in my garage at the moment.
  • 1 0
 @MrShreddypants: Good catch, I did mean to write Force. I don't hate the current bikes but I think they look dated. This new sleek angular look is far more appealing to me.
  • 1 0
 Interessting that he uses the saint brakehose with the longer banjo for better cooling on his xtr calipers. I did the same but went for the silver version. Why isn't he running the tacky chan tire?
  • 3 0
 Thumbs up for adjustable chainstay
  • 1 0
 @mattbeer - it’s Schwalbe not “Schwable“, and they don’t called their softest compound ‘Super Soft’, it’s called UltraSoft.
  • 2 0
 @Muddy-Runs Of course! Thanks for the catch. Now, say Schwalbe fast ten times in a row Smile
  • 1 0
 @mattbeer: It’s more easy to say it then saying Maxxis ten times in a row Wink
  • 1 0
 novatec leaves a bad taste in my mouth after grenading several of their hubs back when Santa Cruz specced them on bikes
  • 1 0
 I love the bike check articles. Wish the user side of PB was more developed and had a bike check section like Vital.
  • 2 0
 I can still...kinda...see the triple triangle. Nice!
  • 1 0
 Where were all the bike checks before or while the event was actually on... ....
  • 1 0
 Not many things look better than a reduced road cassette on a mountain bike.
  • 1 2
 Dual 27.5" wheels and running the frame in the 29" position... man that bb is LOW.
  • 1 0
 Thomas has a 29" front wheel here, even though it looks like it's the same size.
  • 2 3
 GT would make much more sales if they rebrand their high-end bike to something different than their big box counterpart.
  • 18 0
 GT has dumped the Bix Box bikes. No more Dick's Sporting Goods models. They are no longer sharing facilities with Cannondale and have moved back to California. PON Holdings has given them the chance to operate independently with their own design team. They are trying to rebuild the dealer network. Hopefully they can regain their former glory.
  • 2 1
 Giant took over the Dick's gig.....
  • 1 1
 I think I saw this at my local dicks sporting goods
  • 2 0
 I imagine they all look alike if you shop for bikes there.
  • 1 0
 Needs shorter cranks!!!
  • 4 5
 Someone really needs to do an Avengers version and call it the Nick Fury.
  • 17 0
 If he had parked it next to the Atherton bike, it could have been a nicked Fury.
  • 1 0
 @theboypanda: If he'd parked underneath the Atherton, it'd be the nicked Bury.

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