Chris Akrigg Joins GT Bicycles

Feb 3, 2020
by GT Bicycles  


PRESS RELEASE: GT Bicycles

GT Bicycles is proud to welcome mountain bike (and all-around cycling) legend Chris Akrigg to the family for 2020.


Since first popping onto the scene many years ago, Chris Akrigg has always had an amazing talent for riding bikes. Hailing from Yorkshire, England, Chris began his career as a trials athlete becoming a six-time British Trials Champion and winner of several Red Bull contests including the Red Bull Bike Battle, Red Bull Cobble Wobble, and the Red Bull Mini Drome in London.


However, Chris is probably most famous for sharing his bike-handling skills with the globe through insane self-produced video edits like A Hill in Spain and As It Lies. His unique style and ability to ride any terrain on all kinds of sketchy setups on a wide variety of bikes, has created a huge fanbase throughout the bike community.

When opting for the right rig to ride across one of his haphazard DIY setups for an edit, Chris says that he loves to mix things up and challenge himself. “The inspiration to how I pick my bike normally comes from just finding a cool location,” he said. “That’s my favorite part of riding – working out how to ride in a new place, and finding lines where there aren’t really any...As for bike choice, I feel it sort of goes through a cycle, I try not to ride one bike too much, but my favorites are trials and enduro bikes.”


After being asked about what he has up his sleeve for 2020, Chris mentioned that he a few plans, “but you’ll have to wait and see! I have a new fleet of bikes and my motivation and inspiration are high, and I can’t wait to get stuck into my first project under the GT banner.”

The team at GT is looking forward to seeing how Chris will continue to amaze audiences around the globe with his off-the-wall stunts in the next year.


To learn more about GT visit www.gtbicycles.com. Follow Chris Akrigg on Instagram.

Photos by: James Welsh


123 Comments

  • 134 2
 GT Bicycles invests in our great sport by sponsoring a wealth of amazing riders like Chris and;
- Was title sponsor of the BDS - British Cyclings National Downhill Series.
-Current title sponsor of the Malverns Classic Festival.

Other brands take note!
  • 8 93
flag i-am-lp (Feb 3, 2020 at 2:55) (Below Threshold)
 No wonder their bikes are so damn overpriced then!
  • 19 0
 I think it's brilliant that they show this level of support but at the same time I hardly ever see GT bikes out on the trails in the UK. Maybe it's just a sample bias but I can't remember the last GT I saw. I know the last GT I had was a Zaskar in about 1997.
  • 13 1
 Because of this and their other recent signings I decided to check out their range, as in the market for a trail hardtail this year.

The search was very short when I noticed that their trail hardtail (Avalanche) still comes with QR axles rather than bolt thru! On a £1000 bike!
  • 5 4
 @unclesomebody: Same in the US. It is rare to see a GT. I think it is because people don't see it as that luxury boutique brand. When you think of an impressive and awe-inspiring bike, you do not think of GT. They're suspension design is a common one and they just don't have that bling. Hopefully GT will change this in the future.
  • 3 1
 @stumphumper92: We don't see a lot of them on the Shore because they weren't very good. I say "weren't" since the last time I rode one was 2018, and that was very disappointing. I hope they've got a much more balanced and fun product now.
  • 39 2
 @stumphumper92: Seems to be working out for Martin maes though?
  • 2 1
 @unclesomebody: ive yet to ever see one here in Canada on my trails anyways.
  • 11 0
 @thenotoriousmic: He could ride a 2x4 with tires and do better than any of us though.
  • 8 1
 @chezotron: you can’t win a EWS on a shit bike.
  • 34 0
 Sounds like a lot of you here care more about what is deemed to be a popular bike brand vs. what is actually a good bike brand. GT bikes are solid, affordable and given your skill/mechanical level, will never let you down. If you suck, don't blame the bike, blame your lack of skill.

Akrigg has already proven that with enough skill you can ride a walmart bike better than anyone riding a $10k plastic super bike from 'insert popular brand here'.
  • 5 1
 @NYShred: Right said. I would go even further and claim that Akrigg rides a two wheeled vacuum cleaner better than all those bike nerds with their 10000 bucks dentist bikes.
  • 4 0
 @NYShred: f*ck it... I’m buying a GT.
  • 3 0
 @stumphumper92: I think they don't have many riders because they were sold at stores like walmart and toy stores for a while years ago (or maybe still...idk) and people spending real money don't want to be seen riding a walmart bike.

HOWEVER...this is what has allowed me to purchase and ride AWESOME Mongoose and GT bikes over the years for cheap. I try not to care what random people think of me. In fact, I like being the guy out on the trails that looks like I'm on a Walmart bike. If I get passed later I have a good excuse and if I pass other people riding their carbon 10k bikes I look even more like a badass!
  • 2 4
 @NYShred: maybe.. But i cant get passed the looks.. Yes, looks are important if im spending substantial on a ride.
  • 2 0
 Great to see him stoked on his new sponsor. He has been a inspiring rider for me. Years ago he broke his femur one week after I broke mine. I think the health care is way better by him or he is just an amazing rider or both.
  • 3 1
 A buddy of mine has a Fury and it’s pretty damn nice. Sure you can easily spend more and get something boutique, but I seriously can’t put GT down just because I don’t see a ton of them.
  • 60 0
 Great news! Chris and Hans edit is gonna be epic Smile
  • 52 0
 GT is stacked this year, damn
  • 29 2
 GT is the new YT.
  • 31 0
 @chyu: from Young Talent to GENIUS TALENT
  • 4 0
 @chyu: Interesting does, GT stand for Good Times now tooooooooooooooooo?
  • 7 0
 @aljoburr: always has
  • 5 3
 @mtnbykr05: I think it stands for Gary Turner
  • 1 0
 @jaame: Originally it did, but not the same company any more!
  • 34 1
 Thought gt and mongoose were owned by same conglomerate?
  • 22 1
 Yup, riding under the Mongoose didn’t really make sense so the switch should work for everyone
  • 2 1
 @mashrv1: yep, but they're bikes aren't really all that. they had the booters a while back but, nowt good for a while. DJ Brandt off mongoose too. I reckon the corp marketing will keep mongoose to entry level BMX

All the better for Akrigg though, with a brand like GT. He is pretty fkng RAD
  • 5 0
 Yup, Dorel Industries owns Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Caloi, IronHorse, SUGOI, and Fabric.
  • 3 2
 Yea I was just thinking it was a lateral move. Although GT carries a little more cred than Mongoose.
  • 4 0
 @nojzilla: Mongoose has a stacked bmx team (contest rider-wise) it should really be that way. Kevin Paraza and Pat Casey are really pushing the limits of things. I think Greg Watts is only remaining MTB athlete now?
  • 3 0
 @BobbyLite: they sold Sugoi last year
  • 1 0
 @5afety3rd: and Brayden Barratt-Hay and Josh Hult.
  • 1 0
 You could have googled it?
  • 2 1
 GT and Mongoose used to be these cool, laid back SoCal brands...now they are just cubicle space at Dorel's East Coast cycling division. I mean have you been to Connecticut? Its where dreams go to die.
  • 2 0
 @SvenNorske: Dorel is always giving Gt dealers way less support than Cannondale dealers.
  • 23 0
 Super stoked James Welsh is still onboard with the soundtracks - integral part of the edits for me Smile
  • 4 0
 My thoughts exactly when that familiar sounding beat set in
  • 2 0
 @benmoosmann: Good old Welshy
  • 16 0
 So, is GT cool again?
  • 15 0
 Only if Chris Kovarik arrives out of nowhere on a Lobo
  • 33 1
 Since they signed the Denim Destroyer and said he could continue to ride in jeans - YES!
  • 3 5
 @thingswelike: maybe even a denim styled race kit?
  • 3 0
 @si-paton: As long as it's not like the Carrera Jeans road racing kit from the 80s!
  • 1 4
 They are bike sponsor for the Whistler Bike Park so.......Nope. In Whistler at least they will be seen as cheap plentiful and rentals.
  • 12 0
 Nice! GT's line-up is really packed with big names this year. I'm mostly looking forward to a video collab of Akrigg and Vestavik though.
  • 13 0
 Akrigg and Rey collab coming soon.....
  • 9 0
 My son's Force 27.5 should come in today. He was torn between GT, Evil and Ibis but ended up going with the "less sexy" GT for a few different reason.

The recent signing of Brage and now Akrigg has definitely made him feel like he's in good company.
  • 4 1
 He's gona love that force! I love mine! Loves to jump and is super stable. Much better bike than my 2018 Trance in all aspects.
  • 2 0
 @Adhdj: That's great to hear! He's coming off a 2019 Stance 27.5, so it's going to be a pretty huge upgrade. Glad to hear it's a good jumper, as that's his jam.
  • 2 0
 @Hogfly: I've had 2 27.5 forces and a sensor. Fantastic bikes!
  • 10 0
 How does he never look any older!!!
  • 14 0
 The restorative effects of a nice cup of tea.
  • 4 0
 @chakaping: Must be strong tea Yorkshire tea or somat' cause the stuff I drink doesn't seem to stop me getting older!!
  • 1 0
 @landscapeben: You and me both mate. Imagine how bad I'd look without it though!
  • 1 0
 @chakaping: Taking lessons from Tom Cruse. Scientology?
  • 4 1
 GT lost their way for about 10 years and most bikes sold were supermarket jobs but I'm so glad to see awesome bikes being produced and back to their tradition if supporting amazing riders - remember Peaty on the LTS I had an atomic grape or whatever '98 Tequesta back in the day with red Mozo Pros, it's the bike I cut my teeth on and Akrigg's looks like an homage to it!! So tempted.
  • 2 0
 To be fair, here in Canada they went total department store, in the US they still ssold bikes we couldn't get as they sold the naming rights to forzani group/sport chek which is the same as iron horse and the reason we couldn't get Sundays in Canada. This was right after they went belly up after the purchase of schwinn went bad for them in 2001.
  • 2 0
 There were some interesting comments from Sam Dale on a podcast he did a few months back about the race team being sent one proto 27.5” bike to the second round of the World Cups at fort will and them basically having to complete the winter testing and refinement process during the main race reason, seemed badly managed at the time. That said they have since sorted their game out a bit and the years Sam was riding there saw them maybe buy talent in rather than sort the right bike out.

The whole I Drive thing probably didn’t help, they stuck with it for longer than they probably should of which I think turned a lot of people off the brand. I used to lust after an LTS DH growing up and Zaskar, they really should do a modern geom tack on the latter in anno purple or ball burnished colors, they would sell to the old school heads
  • 1 0
 In north-america they seem to have drifted away from their 90's reputation and status. I think in terms of sales and brand image it's a country thing, in parts of Europe they were always popular others not so much, but they always had locally sponsored athletes that won dozens of national championships and of course world team ones, remember the Athertons? But as always liked GT, I'm happy they're wining some fans again.
  • 1 0
 @kiddlivid: I worked at Sport Chek when we got the deal to sell GT - that was pretty awesome for us. At the time we were carrying basic diamondback hardtails and some Jamis hardtails and full suspension. I got my first mountain bike in 2012 when this happened - 2012 Avalanche 1.0. I miss riding that bike, but the frame is still hanging in my garage.

They were/are good bikes to work on (especially compared to Nakamura/Diadora bikes) but I feel they haven't developed as quickly as other brands when adapting to the new trends. As for brand recognition, I don't think it was beneficial for them to be only sold at Sport Chek as most people shopping there are not going to buy multi thousand dollar bikes and if they won't buy them at Sport Chek (could be any brand) the buyers won't bring them in and then people don't see GTs higher end offerings.
  • 4 0
 Isn't GT part of Dorel Industries that in turn own Mongoose, Cannondale, Iron Horse etc, so all the great Askrigg seems to have done is change bike brand whilst riding for the same company?
  • 4 0
 Yeah, that's what I thought too. Maybe they thought GT should be the brand of the greatest and coolest riders and considered GT a better fit for him than Mongoose. On the other hand I think he single handedly made Mongoose cool. Not sure what is left of it now. They should sign Neethling again.
  • 4 0
 Maybe Wyn Masters could go to Yorkshire to drink tea and ride some local spots with Chris, and then Chris could go to a World Cup or EWS to drink beer and ride with Wyn? Much jibbing would ensue...
  • 2 0
 Just picked up a GT La bomba jump bike and am loving it. Classic straight top tube/rear seat stays in a deep sparkly blue, constantly getting comments down at the skate park from the elder generation who say its a throw back to the old GT's. Plenty of great riders on their team to help sell bikes, well done Chris!
  • 2 0
 I think I broke my arm on a GT in 7th grade. Good old times
  • 1 0
 I guess it's a small step up from Mongoose. The GT bike reviews say they're pretty vague feeling but the quality is good. Was it Kazimer who was faster on one, even though he didn't like it?
My local bike shop demos them and the employees there all end up buying Rocky Mountain instead.
  • 3 0
 pretty sure Chris can ride better then most shop employees on a tandem
  • 1 0
 @lesz42: hell yeah. But is a bike defined by how the best rider can ride it?
  • 2 0
 @taletotell: that's the opposite of the lbs here. Far more mecha taking GT than RM
  • 1 0
 One thing I really never figured out (one that stands out from the other millions in all he’s edits) it’s how he alwasy can bunnyhop so high with bikes that have such high toptubes, and low level of leg clearance. So unclear ahaha
  • 2 0
 Damn! GT have really on it this year with a stacked bunch of riders! Chris has always been one of my favourite riders and its awesome to see him still killing it! Hopefully see him and Hans do something cool together.
  • 4 0
 Mint.....wish you could buy skill and power like that....
  • 4 0
 Wow that's some big (Hans Rey sized) shoes to fill.
Ace!
  • 3 0
 Mr No Way is not out, and Mr Akrigg brings his own enormous shoes for sure!
  • 4 0
 We Need an epic Hans, Chris and Mr Masters, manny/wheelie off, I don't care what day of the week it happens on!
  • 1 0
 @Trialsmeister: You mean a GT Hans, Chris and Brage manny/wheelie off? Wink
  • 5 0
 This makes me want a GT
  • 1 0
 Yeah.. I bought a teocali after watched his vids. He's really an inspiration. But GT is really hard to find in my country, mostly their new line-up.
  • 2 0
 I agree that you don't see a lot of GT bikes in the wild... but... they are the official rental and staff bike for Whistler Bike Park. So they're definitely out there.
  • 4 0
 Glad he brang his beats with him to his new sponsor!
  • 3 0
 Would love to see a video of Chris teaching Skills with Phil some cool trials stuff.
  • 2 0
 He looks so uncomfortable on it lol great signing GT and a cracking edit
  • 1 0
 I was thinking the same thing. Given how Mongoose and GT are owned by the same parent company, he didn’t really go anywhere, nice marketing trick....but you’re right, he doesn’t look as comfy
  • 4 0
 GT outa here! Wink
  • 1 0
 Chris was running Maxxis tyres, Shimano drivetrain and Fox suspension previously too, so there's a lot more than just the frame that's new.
  • 1 1
 I think the finishing kit on this GT is literally the exact kit that he removed from his mongoose frame in the garage, with the exception of the suspension and tyres.

Last year he was on the mix of i9 and Sram gears/brakes. He hasn't been on PRO/Shimano for a year at least.
  • 1 0
 Can’t believe I had to scroll down this far to find this comment. Major changes for Akrigg here
  • 2 0
 Same company of conglomeration different bike? Kinda like swapping rooms in the same house.
  • 2 0
 So sweet! Gts got the team!
  • 1 0
 Love Chris' work, and stoked that he's riding for a company that'll back him.
  • 1 0
 The way he hits the GAS on the way out of lines makes me want to ride bikes. WynnTV and Akrigg edit to come please.
  • 1 0
 Or race! Big Grin
  • 2 0
 Been waiting for this more than most other team announcements.
  • 2 0
 So he didn't actually leave mongoose.
  • 1 0
 Was hoping to see CA on an Orange... all good tho, GT is as exciting as Mongoose, but CA’s vids always blow me away!
  • 1 0
 That was a great into video. Couldn't tell if that was brake squeal or part of the song, but didn't care ;-)
  • 2 0
 Akrigg and Hans Rey great riders for GT when the trail becomes trial!
  • 1 0
 Cool stuff, but I can't believe I'm into that catchy tune they're using. Anyone know it?
  • 2 0
 Subscribed. Akrigg is the best.
  • 2 0
 GT is sick. Moving in a good direction.
  • 5 4
 Man, he just loves riding bikes that no one buys.
  • 2 2
 I always wandered what GTA stood for... Much better looking bikes in person than in photos too.
  • 1 0
 Predictable, but awesome!
  • 1 0
 Make GT cool again Chris!
  • 1 2
 One of the most skilled riders out there. Terrible music mind... Redbull need to get this dude on their list and get him some decent music
  • 2 0
 I remember listening to a podcast with him, and he talked about being a huge fan of house/hardstyle EDM, so it's the music that he likes.
  • 3 0
 I doubt very much that RedBulls way of doing things will blend with him - he is very much a one man operation (with some help of course) - but he likes to do things his way, music and all - maybe thats why he is happier with these so called "lesser brands" - they leave him free to do his magic??
  • 3 0
 Welshy does the music, it's a guy that Chris has known for about 25 years.
  • 2 1
 Now if they could just start making mountain bikes people want to ride.
  • 2 1
 GT trials bike?
  • 1 1
 There already is one. For Pro Riders only though.
  • 1 0
 Yep!! Bring on the new GT Ricochet..!!
  • 1 0
 Good Times ahead!
  • 1 0
 Very exciting!
  • 1 0
 AKRIGG YOU BEAST
  • 1 1
 anaerobic workout
  • 1 2
 Ahh cool.. Any complain for "proper bike" ???
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