Chris Akrigg has announced on social media that he is leaving GT after three years. Chris joined GT
at the start of 2020 after being with Mongoose for 12 years
. As part of his announcement Chris also mentioned he is leaving Cycling Sports Group who he has worked with for 15 years.
|If someone had told me way back when I first saw @hansnowayrey on a GT on the front cover of a magazine riding trials that one day I’d be a Pro rider for GT bicycles also, I would of probably laughed but over the last three years that is exactly what I’ve been!|
My time has come to move on from GT ! It has been an awesome three years and I am honoured to now be a small part of GT’s amazing history alongside so many legends of the sport!
I would like to thank everyone that I’ve worked with at GT and also cycling sports group who up until 5 days ago I have been a part of for fifteen years!
So this chapter has come to an end, but there is another one starting very soon! Watch this space, start the rumour mill up…..— Chris Akrigg
We don't know what Chris' plans are just yet, but we'll keep you updated when we learn more.
To me, Akrigg's riding has always somehow seemed more raw and physical, whereas Danny has always seemed more calculated/practiced.
I love them both (as well as a bunch of others), but the stylistic differences on what otherwise might be similar skills/moves, makes watching all their videos different and fun.
GT used to be bigger here, as seen in the Suomi DH documentary (highly recommend).
Good luck to Chris with whatever he does next.
They're totally distinct of Dorel though. As Chris has been through Mongoose and GT the only other big brand CSG do are Cannondale - if they don't have a spot he doesn't have much option but to leave CSG as well.
They just follow
Yes they have a presence in the UK but it's not distinct from the US operation.
The bikes themselves are decent. I had a 27.5 force for several seasons and honestly it performed very well. However, when something went wrong, there was absolutely zero support to be found anywhere! One of my local shops theoretically is a GT dealer, but they'd just have to order parts online (which at least they could after a lot of digging).
I feel like they sell a lot of demo/rental fleets to bike parks etc.? Otherwise I have no clue how they support their racing/marketing budget.
I ride a 2018 Fury with the older linkage. It is a really nice riding bike, but dread needing to replace any parts. There appears to be no parts anywhere listed online. It has about 40 or 50 linkage bearings too.
@jokermtb: I see your comment about online support. I'll see if they can point me in the direction of small part suppliers.
Shout out to Rousniemi, and their trail crew i tried out the hill last summer.
As a result Halfords have their own range of GT bikes which were very mildly better spec'ed but I think they've not had a good distributer since BikeNet.
Literally as a kid - everyone has a GT Zaskar..... well those whos parents could afford a GT and the rest of us had Raleigh or Carrera haha
Just look at the Zaskar "trail", quite basic geometry and not very good components, besides only being in 29"
Hey you!! GT marketing chief, bring back the LOBO (obviously improved and more updated) and the RUCKUS hardtail, only in 27.5+ and with geometry and parts to complete an entire enduro race.
Can't wait for the next video.
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