Bike Check: Wyn Masters' GT Fury Team - iXS Cup Test Session

Jul 6, 2020
by Ralf Hauser  


New Zealand will always be home but these days Wyn Masters is a true globetrotter, having spent the European summer mostly in Munich, with plans already in motion to move to the UK soon.

Spending most of his riding time on his enduro race bike, a big objective in his setup choices was to create a similar feeling between his different bikes. The Fury offers plenty of different geometry settings to play around with – like a flip chip at the shock and dropout inserts – but Wyn is also using an angle set for fine-tuning his head angle. Currently, he is running a bit of a steeper setup than stock to get more weight on the front.

With a 29” front wheel, he chooses to spec the Fury with a 27.5” rear. He’s also running that combination on his enduro bike and the Fury is designed to work with either wheel size out back. Although he was really using NotARace as a test session so he also did some test laps on the 29er rear wheel.

Wyn Masters
Wyn Masters // GT Factory Racing
Age: 33
Hometown: Munich, Germany (soon UK)
Height: 185 cm/6'1"
Weight: Between 84 and 87kg/185-191lbs.
Instagram: @wynmasters


GT Fury Team Details
Frame: GT Fury Team, L
Shock: Fox Float Factory X2 RAD, 205psi 1 volume spacer
Fork: Fox Float 49 Factory RAD, 105psi, 5 volume spacers
Wheels: Stan’s Flow EX3
Tires: Schwalbe Magic Mary Ultra Soft DH casing 29x2.35” front (25 psi), 27.5x2.35” rear (28 psi)
Tire inserts: Cushcore in rear
Drivetrain: Shimano Saint 9-speed
Cranks: Shimano Saint, 165mm, 36t chainring
Brakes: Shimano XTR, 200mm discs
Handlebar: Race Face SixC, 780mm, 35mm rise
Stem: Race Face Atlas Direct Mount, 50mm
Seatpost: Race Face Turbine
Saddle: Fabric Scoop
Weight: About 17.8kg/39.1lbs.
More info: www.gtbicycles.com

bigquotesAll of my settings on the downhill bike are based on my enduro race bike’s setup. I just try to keep my bikes as similar as possible.Wyn Masters

Wyn was playing with a coil setup but swapped to an air shock, which he is also running on his enduro race bike. 7 clicks high-speed rebound, 15 low-speed rebound, 11 high-speed compression, 12 low-speed compression.

Five volume spacers deliver plenty of progression throughout the stroke. 6 clicks high-speed rebound, 5 low-speed rebound, high-speed and low-speed compression are fully open.

The LTS suspension system on the Fury utilizes an idler pulley to minimize chain pull. The geometry flip chip is set in the low position.

Although they are pretty similar, Wyn prefers the feel of the XTR levers compared to a Saint setup. Again, he’s running the same brakes on his enduro race bike.
200mm rotors front and rear. He is running the longer chainstay option for some added stability, putting it at 445mm.

One spacer underneath the crown, two underneath the stem. He’s also running an angleset but wasn’t sure about the current angles, as they keep playing around with it.
Stan’s ZTR Flow EX3 rims with 29mm internal width feature their Neo OS hubs.


A little extra protective tape at the rear link keeps the noise down.
e*thirteen’s chain guide is a custom assembly to work with the Fury’s design.

Integrated fork bumpers also act as a cable guide.







53 Comments

  • 37 2
 I know GT used to have that nostalgic edge for so many people but I still really like the styling of these frames. Love that groove tube.
  • 8 0
 i agree, one of the better looking horst link dh frames out there
  • 19 0
 I know they're a "big brand" and not as cool because of their association with Dorel as well as having a lot of lower end bikes, but my kid loves his Force. In addition, he's had really good customer service just through DMs on instagram. They sent him all the decal .pdfs for his bike, so he was able to get a custom sticker set made, and that was just by dm'ing someone from the company on Instagram.
  • 2 2
 That groove tube is one of my favorite design ideas from the past decade.
  • 2 1
 @flipoffthemonkeys: I was surprised to see a Horst link on a GT!
  • 3 0
 I was going to say the same thing. I've never ridden a GT mountain bike of any kind but I have seen these new DH bikes in person and IMO they are one of the nicest looking bikes out I've seen in a long time.
  • 1 0
 @RayDolor: Gts were Horst Link designs in the early-mid 90s - licensed directly from specialized.
  • 17 0
 It is so pleasing to see externally routed cables. Internal cables are such a ball ache.
  • 4 0
 The way GT does it is really nice with the little clips that hold it into the downtube. Very easy to work with.
  • 1 0
 So true
  • 7 0
 Will there be a Wyn Tv of Schladming?
  • 66 0
 Coming soon
  • 13 0
 @wynmasters: Nice you are a legend
  • 5 0
 I like how his weight fluctuates, must be depending on the amount of booze and kebabs he had the night before !
  • 16 0
 Well in the lockdown it went down to 81 but I was doing 215km xc rides
  • 4 0
 @wynmasters: Jeez, that is serious lycra lout territory there, kudos!
I can relate as my height and weight (higher end of the scale) is exactly the same although I suspect a lot more beergut, less muscle than you ;-)
Win or lose, we're on the booze!
  • 2 0
 @wynmasters: wow that’s some serious base training! Respect!
  • 1 0
 @SonofBovril: and he did it with freaking 20-25% ramps for miles and miles in the middle part, absolute madman.
  • 1 0
 @fishybob: Beergut? Sprinter's Muscle!
  • 2 0
 In the videos, Maes' Fury was making decidedly more noise than most of the other bikes, surely they can do a better job than some mastic tape on the chainstay? Take an idea from what commencal has done...
  • 1 1
 run the chain super close to the chainstay?
  • 1 0
 @HopeFbn: well yes they did that, but in this case I’m referring more to the rubber protector
  • 2 1
 Even though it's still kind of early days for the mullet setup, I'm so used to looking at photos of my own bike and the bikes of DH world cup riders from the past year that now when I see 27/27 it looks weird. The front wheel looks too small. 29/29 doesn't confuse my eyes, but 27/27, especially with big tyres, looks weird AF.
  • 2 0
 Love GT! Sick bike for sure. I wish my sensor was that rad blue it would also be cool to see if the how the idler pulley effects the chain and suspension on a trail bike.
  • 1 0
 "He’s also running an angleset but wasn’t sure about the current angles..."

I highly doubt they don't know exactly the bike's geometry, even if experimental
  • 3 0
 Blind testing
  • 3 0
 together with eddy they are the MASTERS of the universe
  • 1 0
 Does the Fury still require a different seat-stay to run it as a27.5” wheel bike?

Has Wyn’s bike running the 29er seat-stays in this mullet set up?
  • 1 0
 Not clear to me whether this is a dedicated mullet design, a 29er with a 27.5" rear wheel or a 27.5" frame with a 29" fork & front wheel - anyone know for sure?
  • 2 0
 Wyn is moving to UK??!!!!!
  • 16 1
 Surrey Hills was mentioned but I think Wyn is still yet to discover the trails behind the Nationwide in Swindon so it could all change Wink
  • 8 1
 Yeah I get that the way bikers are treated here in Bavaria isn't exemplary, but I could think of a bunch of nicer places in Europe than the UK. No offense.

Reschen/Nauders would probably be my dream corner.
  • 1 0
 Such a shame. I always thought it super cool to have a mtb pro living here in Munich. All the best Wyn!
  • 2 0
 The e*thirteen custom chain guide setup is awesome.
  • 3 1
 #Makemulletgreatagain
  • 1 0
 Ignorant question: Isn’t that bike a bit on the heavy side?
  • 3 1
 It's a DH bike... also has an aluminum rear triangle. But sure, it's probably a bit heavier than the average DH bike.
  • 1 0
 I noticed the same thing. My prior generation alloy tank of a GT Fury is two pounds lighter with heavy Hope DH wheels vs the lighter Stan's Flows. I know the Cushcore makes a difference. Not that it matters to a guy like me who's not burning up the race courses. I personally like a little heft on a dh bike for stability and plantedness.
  • 1 0
 @Trudeez: the previous generation Fury and Sanction are lighter than the newer carbon Fury and Force, even if the previous generation was released in Aluminum only.
  • 2 0
 Still lighter than my trail bike
  • 1 0
 @Hogfly: ya just curiosity, bc I have the YT Tues pro race 29er and its about 34lb. But your right aluminium would make a difference
  • 2 1
 Is that little chain guide over the front of the chainring really needed?
  • 1 0
 9 speec
  • 2 2
 I may be mistaken, but is there no seat dropper?...
  • 2 0
 It's a dh bike
  • 1 0
 You misspelled Taranaki
  • 3 4
 LOOKS LIKE A HORST LINK!!!!
  • 3 0
 high pivot horst link?
  • 1 2
 But is it really a Horst link when there's an idler attached to the top stays?
  • 1 0
 @flipoffthemonkeys: plot where the IC is on this bike, it’s waaaay High out front, but I guess the idler overrides that?
  • 2 3
 I thought it said Trek session
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