After 15 years GT Bicycles has brought its corporate headquarters back to southern California.
With the new Californian headquarters, GT says it "is once again a stand-alone business, marking another pivotal movement in alignment with the brand’s new direction." While GT appears to have been given more control over its future it still appears to remain a brand under PON Holdings.
As part of the changes at GT, the brand has assembled leadership and sales teams and aims to focus on products and choices that GT says reflect the "authentic nature of the cultures that we are part of."
|We have been making every effort to return GT to the spirit in which it was founded. So in addition to the Leadership and Sales teams that have been assembled, we are stoked to be returning the brand to its original home where we were lucky enough to be greeted by the OG’s of the brand and their families. Going forward, GT’s focus will be on products and business decisions that honor the authentic nature of the cultures that we are part of. Many more good things to come but most importantly GT is starting to feel like GT again!— Jason Schiers, Managing Director – GT Bicycles|
at the top.. the m80 survives whilst the thief dies on the rocks below
I'm excited to see what this brings for the company.
Paid $600 for the frame and another $400 for a complete XT groupo.
People thought I was crazy spending $1000 on a top of the line full suspension bike in 95-96ish lol
If I remember right GT, Dyno, Powerlite, and Auburn were all owned by GT at the time.
You forgot Robinson too
Funny enough, I was big into BMX in the 70s & 80s but was never into GTs. Certainly appreciated them but didn't get into them until MTB. Growing up in MD not far from Hutch, it was usually a Hutch for me. I went through JMC and Patterson phases but other than those, Hutch it was.
And, it seems I'm far from alone in my lust for the Xizang, but so far the stars have yet to align on that!
**And while I thought the shiny Zaskar was a good looking bike, I never lusted for it, as I was never a fan of aluminum bikes, Even today, I would prefer CM, Ti, Ti lugged w/CF tubes, etc over ally, but they've come a LONG way with alloys since 1995, so now, my bias is just a personal preference, not a legitimate concern as it once was.
Other than that, they stay out of our hair but we still have access to all their resources (accounting, legal, IT, etc).
If PON stays hands off and GT grows their business, could be a good thing for everyone (inc customers).
I should have put more time into practicing and goofing off on the Fueler, nicely put together BMX. Alas, I had no BMX background.
I finally bought it, put all my clapped out parts on it from my imitation Mongoose, looked at it for about an hour, ripped all the parts off and spray painted it black with a rattle can. LoL
My speed series is in the garage, got the original forks, black widow cranks, primo seat, the powerlite power bend bars and the Ati wedge grips. Can’t let it go
PS. I know this is not going to happen, but it would be cool to see a modern Schwinn Homegrown Limited XX1 AXS. But I guess Schwinn will only be homegrown in China.
The people at GT have been very good to me during my time with them but really, I hope they can make good for bike shops and customers because that has been a long time coming.
Look at how many people came here to comment on their original GT experience- Do you think any department store creates that kind of brand loyalty or following?
... like this?
And there's always anglesets, but I guess you can't make something for everyone.
I still have my "Bike of the Year"- 88 Karakoram with the Special Edition "Siberian Tiger" paint job! Many a mile on it from the awesome NorCal riding!...
I covet the Huntington Beach label stuff. Pound for pound Gt was the best at their price point good balance of price and value. With unbreakable USA 4130 chromoly frames . Sure I always wanted the se racing P.K. Ripper but my mom wasn’t a welder either, so that just didn’t make sense.
All that to say, I loved riding all of those GT’s and enjoy remembering the rides I’ve had on them. Thanks GT and best wishes!
I worked as GT official bike mechanic for Slovenia and EX-Yugoslavia republics from 2003 to 2012.
My first GT was cr-mo timberline from 90-tis. Then i bought Avalance 3.0, next in 2004 or 05 i bought avalanche 0.0 and made it add-on g-boxx with rohloff, xentis fourspoke wheells and newer working Fox brain fork. It cost me around 4000$ and in that time i drowe an old Škoda for 20 bucks, so many thinks, i go crazy. But it was just a love in GT.
I also own and ride I-drive 0.0, 07 DHi, sanction and force, a lot of zaskars, alu and carbon, 26'' and 29'' and so on and so on.
My bigest dream was and stil is Xizang. With rigid fork and rohloff and a avid BB7 brakes will last forewer.
I must admit, I love my 2022 Trek Supercaliber way better these days; although fun to reminisce on the past.
At least the new carbon Grades are available and on sale 25% and more as of today.
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