GT Helion 9er
New for 2017 is the Helion 29er. Based on the success of the smaller, 27.5" wheeled, aggressive xc/trail bike, the new bike brings over the advantages of the larger wheel, while short chainstays aim to keep the bikes handling snappy and progressive. Pictured here is the carbon Expert version of the bike, the only one in the range to include the fantastic plastic—the material of choice for the front triangle, while the rear of the bike is alloy.
• Progressive geometry provides a longer front-center
• Carbon front triangle, 6069 alloy rear
• 29" wheels
• Boost front, 142mm rear
• Carbon Expert (shown), Expert and Elite “9er” models
• S, M, L, XL
• MSRP: TBC
Like many 29ers, the Helion 29 dropped a few millimeters in travel when it got the big wheel treatment, dropping from 110mm (for the 27.5" version of the bike) to 100mm. Up front it can be spec’d with anything in the 100–130mm range depending on wheel size, but the 29 is fitted with a 100mm Fox Performance series 32. The bike comes with a 142mm rear while the fork is of the Boost variety, and the running gear consists of a combination of Shimano SLX, Race Face and WTB. The bike also ships with a 1x specific narrow-wide ring for those that want to drop the dual ring straight away. GT 2017 Pantera Plus Bike
GT also showed us their introductory level of the market with a pretty slick spec’d, affordable Plus hardtail; the Pantera. The bike is not a new name in GT’s line, but now sees a rejuvenation with the 27.5+ platform. The team sees a good benefit in the bike over similarly priced rides, given that with the larger volume tires provide riders with a more capable ride than closely priced, regular wheeled bikes. The simplicity of a hardtail results in less maintenance for the consumer and GT are also able to offer it in a better spec package.
The bike is spec’d with a 120mm Rockshox Revelation with Boost, Shimano XT 1x11 drivetrain and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. The tires are of the 2.8 Schwalbe Rocket Ron variety, and keep it stable but still provide that extra mow-down-ability of a plus wheel. They’re fitted to a 40mm internal width rim.2017 Verb Expert
GT's entry level dual suspension; the Verb. The bike is based on the same suspension system as their high end bikes while the spec is similar to the Avalanche hardtail, with the obvious difference being rear suspension on the Verb. Similar to the Sensor, Helion and other bikes, the Verb features their progressive geometry, with a long front center and relatively comfortable geometry. It's developed around 120mm of travel front and rear and sits on 27.5” wheels. It’s touted as being a capable and affordable trail bike to meet the needs of a rider debating between a hardtail and dual suspension. GTw Helion
GT has been growing their women’s specific line-up and the Helion is the latest bike added to the mix. Like the regular Helion, the women’s specific version is a dual suspension, aggressive XC/Trail weapon and includes the same suspension system as the higher end bikes. The difference is that the touch points (grips, etc...) are more specific to a lady's physique (ie smaller diameter) and the shock tune is such that it is lighter, so that it can perform better for the everyday female riders out there.
The Helion GTw Expert shown here features 27.5" wheels, 110mm of travel in the rear and 120mm up front thanks to a Fox Rhythm 34 and the same progressive geometry as the rest of the GT line. The bike is fitted with a 2x11 Shimano drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes.