2011 GT Product Launch | Introduction

Aug 4, 2010 at 12:25
by Alasdair MacLennan  
GT as a brand, has been about in the BMX world since 1972 and were around as well at the dawn of mountain biking. They are an integral part of the sports’ heritage, having been raced to the very highest of levels by a stable of athletes, all at the top of their game. With World Championship and World Cup wins to its name it is an illustrious history and one that many companies would be proud to have even a tiny percentage of in their past.

Read on for action from the 2011 product launch:Mike King, Julie Furtado & the legendary institution of Hans Rey have all played their part in creating that illustrious history, not to mention Nicholas Vouilloz who famously won the Worlds in 1995 on a Zaskar as he felt the course wasn’t in need of full suspension. And then there is of course the indomitable Steve Peat, now the most successful downhiller ever if World Cup race wins count for anything, with many of those wins having come first from a GT Lobo and latterly the original DHi.


But it’s fair to say that despite all that history, the distant past has been much more successful than the recent, the company having spent nearly ten years quietly rising from the ashes of the Schwinn/GT merger and subsequent bankruptcy in 2001. However, in the past few years there has been a significant push with top level riders working to develop bikes, and a strong World Cup team in the form of Mick Hannah and Marc Beaumont, both World Cup winners. Indeed, this weekend saw Marc take the win in the Val di Sole World Cup. The winning ways are back.

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Yet downhill is just a part of that evolution and GT has a stable of bikes to interest serious riders across all disciplines. In the past this was based around Zaskar, the original bulletproof hardtail, and then the gorgeous titanium Xizang raced by Julie Furtado to World Cup XC success in the nineties.

Which is why over the course of several days in the French Alpine town of Les Deux Alpes we had the opportunity to try out some of the 2011 range on a variety of terrain, from downhill to cross country and a bit in between. Over the coming few articles we will give a run down on what’s new, what’s changed and some first impressions.


So we’re sat in Les Deux Alpes. It’s hot, dusty and there is a network of chairlift serviced trails begging to be ridden. Also begging to be ridden are the of 2011 GT bikes sat nearby, 2011 being the year that GT aims to make a return to prominence in the sport with a new motto of ‘earn your wings’, the intention being to push yourself no matter what or how you ride. So after some presentations each day it was time to go out and ride.


Where some manufacturers seem hell-bent on producing a new category for every bike they produce, GT have decided to go down the opposite route, choosing to simplify the way they group bikes. And it’s a strategy which makes sense, with three bands for bikes to sit under to a greater or lesser degree: Gravity, Endurance and then All Mountain traversing the boundary between the two.


The Gravity range of course includes their World Cup winning Fury, piloted to a win in the hands of Marc Beaumont at the 2010 Val di Sol World Cup, but below that in the full suspension stable there is also the Ruckus with 7” of rear travel and 180mm forks up front. The most intriguing of all, and possibly one of the most interesting bike to Pinkbikers is the Distortion, a short travel full sus bike which seems to cover a wide variety of riding, from 4x and slopestyle right through to UK trail centres. This means that it falls halfway towards the All Mountain heading too given its on the fly seatpost adjustment and double ring up front. Also included under Gravity is the Ruckus HT dirt jump range and La Bomba 4x hardtail although we’ll cover more of them in a later article.


So Gravity is a relatively easy to define role, with it basically counting anything that is generally bought or sold with the idea in mind of some assistance to the top, whether that be by truck or chairlift. But what is All Mountain? Perhaps better to first define Endurance. To many, myself included, this is what would traditionally be called cross country, but with the ever increasing number of genres popping into the mountain bikers vocabulary it can mean many different things to different people. Therefore the Endurance range includes bikes aimed at covering ground under leg power and are therefore carrying the minimum weight: the faithful Zaskar, the 29” Karakoram hardtail and the Sensor 29” full suspension bike.


The All Mountain moniker therefore covers quite a range of riding styles, and it depends what part of the world you’re in as to what these styles are called. What is one man’s downhill is just about another’s cross country. That is the difficulty of selling bikes world wide – so many different markets to cater for. But the general feel of All Mountain from GT is 5”+ travel, double rings on the front for the climbs and dropper seatposts so the descents can be enjoyed without losing flow whilst stopping to mess with a quick release. The more bikes that come with these posts in the market the better, they really do make such a difference to a ride.

We’ll be breaking the range down and covering them across several articles. Keep an eye out for these upcoming articles!


70 Comments

  • 5 0
 I wonder if GT has actually sold a Fury? I have yet to see a single person riding one. Ever.
  • 2 0
 armyof1 - great link - I had to look at it twice! That's an amazing price for that frame and spec.
  • 1 0
 yeah, i was like oh mah gawd and then refreshed the page just to make sure!
  • 1 0
 To be honest that kinda confirms that they're not selling. I don't see retailers having trouble offloading any other top spec DH bikes, to be honest it's hard to get your hands on most of them because they often sell out before they even arrive in stores (Morewood, Intense, Santa Cruz........). That the prices are being slashed implies that they have unsold models that they need to get rid of.
  • 1 0
 They're all over the mountains on the East Coast. Give it time, their has only been a small number of them made.
  • 7 1
 fuckin sweet
  • 14 2
 oh god ;O the new fury is.. !!!!! damn !
  • 5 0
 judging by that video up top or the page the furry is pretty fast and especially if it helped marc beaumont beat Gee atherton win Val di Sole World Cup, and when he Gee got sprayed by that wine bottle he did not look to impressed. ;p
  • 1 0
 the rear suspension on that Fury he rides in the video looks REALLY active....
  • 2 0
 Yer the Fury frame looks completely sick.
  • 1 0
 zofmg@ i don't blame him, he really wanted those points to give him a bigger lead on minnar. he knew he could win there, but he didn't.
  • 1 0
 im so gonna buy an fury... o; !!!!
  • 3 2
 I hate GT. horrible customer service. not to mention it took, I think if I remember 3 months to order a bike. I talked to a former GT dealer and he said it took them 9 months on one occasion to get a certain bike. so I went to specialized, 2 weeks to get a bike.
  • 3 0
 Love the colours on the fury.
  • 3 35
flag dirtjumper771 (Aug 4, 2010 at 17:41) (Below Threshold)
 same with me, but it looks almost like its made of carbon fibre
  • 13 0
 It is.
  • 7 0
 ^ LOL ^
  • 6 1
 nice.^
  • 9 1
 HAHAHA! what a dumbass
  • 6 2
 hahahahahahaha what an idiot. no offense dude but thats just sad
  • 4 0
 Every biker out there knows its made of carbon fiber i mean come on man.
  • 3 0
 how embarrassing...
  • 11 0
 I thought it was made of wood...
  • 2 1
 its not like you can see the carbon.
  • 4 0
 Easy guys, dont be mean. That was pretty funny though.
  • 2 0
 Well dirtjumper771, I'll tell you a mystery about common sense: it's not very common, and you confirmed that. Ciao! ;-)
  • 3 0
 ya, i know i don't have much common sense, im told that all the time, but c'mon, what i said isnt even that bad. I dont know too much about carbon fiber so i couldnt tell from looking at the frame that it was
  • 2 0
 looks like its made of bread and cheese
  • 1 0
 i cant quite get my finger round it but it looks kinda blue
  • 1 0
 I swear the fury used to be carbon alu mixed? like the front and rear sections were alu for increased strength and the middle section was carbon for less weight
  • 3 0
 "pinkbike magazine"...someone wasn't doing their homework.
  • 2 1
 they need a magazine ! i would subscribe, and im sure tons of others would too.
  • 1 0
 I know I would!
  • 6 0
 pinkbike can be thought of a virtual, or online magazine.
  • 1 0
 I agree.
  • 1 0
 GT bikes and team inspired me so much before 2001. They were the face of mountain-biking and so exotic coming from across the pond. So glad to see they are making a come-back
  • 2 1
 Jesus christ these bikes are looking good. Maybe my next bike will be a GT if they're well priced.
  • 1 0
 I saw 3 of em last week in Les Gets and they wer'nt the Pro's bikes either. They do look real nice.
  • 1 0
 i cant wait till they release their slope bike!i felt cho's and it was siiiick sooo light
  • 1 0
 i dont no if you see the same think then me but look the rear suspenion its maybe a new 2011 fox aire shox
  • 1 0
 on the fury
  • 1 0
 OMFG i so f*cking want that bike >.> wish i could have it in gold ,would fit so well with my ruckus...
  • 1 0
 damm that fury is sexy in blue looks so smooth almost a suprise to see the rear shock poking out the back,
  • 1 0
 WOW that really makes my bike look like a piece of sh*t!!!Frown I didnt really like GT....until now.
  • 1 0
 Wow, The Fury Looks Amazing
  • 6 0
 yeah, almost like its made of carbon fiber. hahaha!
  • 2 0
 gt are dope Smile
  • 1 0
 Best part, 02:23. The guy running with his bike, he's stoked on life...
  • 1 0
 I wanna ride that so HARD!
  • 1 0
 Is that Gods bike. Some one check the bible he has to be riding a fury
  • 1 0
 mmmm fury's lookin gooodd
  • 1 0
 yeah mark!! UK for the win!!
  • 1 0
 Howbmuch is the blue one I was thinking $3000... but im probably wrong.
  • 1 0
 Distortion looks great!
  • 1 0
 :o woo.....
  • 1 0
 new gts all look good
  • 1 0
 GT Rules...FOREVER!!!!!
  • 2 3
 i dont know why but it looks gay
  • 1 2
 those bikes are soooo effing heavy!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 My Fury is 36lbs. I didn't realize that was heavy.
  • 1 4
 GT is not dope
  • 4 1
 Reply button, how does it work?
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