GT Factory Racing Unveil 2015 Bikes

Mar 18, 2015 at 11:16
by Lauren Jenkins  
AthertonRacing Pre Season Riding Camp Queenstown New Zealand.

Both the GT Fury and GT Sanction are housed on 650b wheels and are the result of three seasons close collaboration between the Atherton family and their bike partner GT.

AthertonRacing Pre Season Riding Camp Queenstown New Zealand. - Sanction

Gee and Rachel Atherton first rode the Fury back in 2012 when its original 26’ wheels and carbon frame carried Rachel to World Cup Overall victory, and earned GT Factory Racing the title of World’s Fastest Downhill Team

In 2013 the DH team trialled a completely redesigned Fury frame, to great effect. When Gee and Rach “did the double” on two consecutive race weekends, taking Male and Female World Cup titles at Fort William and Val di Sole, the mountain-bike world went wild. By the end of the season Rachel had captured the World Cup Overall and the World Championship and the Downhill riders clinched another World’s Fastest Team accolade.

AthertonRacing Pre Season Riding Camp Queenstown New Zealand.

The move to 650b in 2014 was not without a few teething problems as the athletes adapted to new courses and a slightly different “feel” to their bikes but the Downhill team’s haul still included a World Cup and a World Championship win for Gee, two World Cups for Rachel and World Cup wins for both of GT Factory Racing’s junior riders, Taylor Vernon and Martin Maes. The five-strong 2015 GT Factory Racing team will be looking to recapture the title of World’s Fastest Downhill team and to establish the Enduro team as a force to be reckoned with.

AthertonRacing Pre Season Riding Camp Queenstown New Zealand.

World Champion Gee Atherton said: “This will be our fourth season riding for GT. We had a lot of input into the design of the Fury, especially with the frame and getting the geometry perfect. We made quite a lot of changes to the Downhill bike last year and we ended up in a good place so basically this year’s bike is the bike that carried me to victory in World Champs. There’s no major component changes, we’ve been working with Fox, Shimano and Continental for so long that the products feel like an extension of myself. But even with the best equipment in the world it’s vital that the bikes are set-up right. My mechanic, Polish Pete has been wrenching for me for the past four years, I know that he will always have my bike dialled which means I can focus 100% on my ride. I can’t wait to race!"

AthertonRacing Pre Season Riding Camp Queenstown New Zealand.

Gee’s sister, Rachel agreed: “We've made some small but telling changes to the geometry of my Fury for this season and I'm so excited riding it, I've been working with my mechanic Joe for two years now, in the first year we won both World titles, so that's a massive goal for us in 2015!"

AthertonRacing Pre Season Riding Camp Queenstown New Zealand.

Over on the Enduro circuit Dan Atherton first unveiled his GT Sanction for the 2014 season. He said “ =I designed this bike to race, and two years later I still have a massive grin on my face every time I ride it.”

Unfortunately a knee injury sustained on a routine training ride kept Dan out of most of the 2014 Enduro World Series but young team-mate Martin Maes flew the GT Factory Racing flag, racing in the General Classification despite his junior status he racked up an amazing 7 stage wins across 7 races.

AthertonRacing Pre Season Riding Camp Queenstown New Zealand.

Speaking about his GT Sanction Dan said: “The bike is unchanged since 2014, apart from a fresh lick of paint. People often underestimate the severity of the EWS courses – basically they are six World Cup tracks to be ridden in a day, it’s not terrain that all Enduro bikes can deal with. The Sanction has the suspension and pedaling characteristics of the GT Fury but in a scaled down chassis. It’s a tough bike and 2015 is going to be the year that Martin and I push it even harder.”

Team Director Dan Brown said: “I have never seen the team this focused going into a season. Without exception the five riders have trained super-hard this winter and cannot wait to get started. Gee has a World Championship that he’s not going to give up without a huge fight, Rachel wants her titles back and Dan is more focused on racing than I have ever seen him, he’s concentrating on Enduro 100%, I haven’t even needed to hide his shovel!

AthertonRacing Pre Season Riding Camp Queenstown New Zealand.

Martin will ride his second season in the EWS Elite class while Taylor hits his first season in the senior ranks. Both of them have the confidence of a World Cup win behind them and are starting to put the lessons of the last two years’ into practice. They are still learning but they are aiming for the very top.

AthertonRacing Pre Season Riding Camp Queenstown New Zealand.

The 2015 bikes will carry striking new liveries, for the first time Rachel will fly the flag for female riders with her own teal colour-way.

AthertonRacing Pre Season Riding Camp Queenstown New Zealand.

The new bikes can be seen in action when Dan and Martin take part in the Torpedo 7 Coronet Enduro at Queenstown Bike Festival, NZ on March 20th and at Round 1 of the Enduro World Series (part of the Crankworx Festival at Rotorua) just eight days later.

AthertonRacing Pre Season Riding Camp Queenstown New Zealand.

The Downhill team will open their season at the Crankworx Downhill presented by IXS which takes place on Friday 27th March. Expect to see all of our riders in the mix.

Visit the gallery for more images. The team would like to thank all of our partners for their essential and unwavering support, GT Bicycles, Silverline Tools, Jeep, Shimano, IXS, Continental, Fox Shox, GoPro, Bell, Stans No Tubes, Pro, Muc Off, Hope, Oakley and SRM.

All photos by Sven Martin - svenmartinphotography.com

MENTIONS: @GTBicycles @shimano @iXSsports @BellBikeHelmets @AthertonRacing @ContinentalMTB @foxracingshox @hopetech




103 Comments

  • 131 2
 26" for lif...ah screw it, no one listens anyway
  • 116 8
 This bike will be outdated by hub standards next year. Anyone still ride DH bikes?
  • 6 0
 Gee and Stevie Smith are not going to go a miss this season thats for sure, seems fluro yellow is making a come back!
  • 2 0
 heavyp hehe I know something you dont know
  • 3 5
 I know something too...but it should be obvious to everyone that its no accident that Maxxis, Kenda, Vee Rubber, Panaracer and WTB are all having production mid-fat 650B tires with heavy duty casings coming out at the Taipei and Sea Otter shows and Rockshox and Fox already have forks going to production.
  • 6 4
 DH yes, upduro, no
  • 7 4
 Enduro sucks... Downhill for ever...
  • 2 1
 Big heavy tires didn't work 15 years ago... not going to happen again.... despite what Deeeight says.
  • 1 3
 Then tell that to WTB, Maxxis, Kenda, Schwalbe and others all putting such things into production... because clearly they've had orders for the tires to have already developed them.
  • 3 0
 some people will obviously buy them... people buy Karpiel and Ellsworth. The last place you want to add weight is the outermost of a wheel. How many WC's were won on 3.0's? This is just another niche trend spurred on my manufacturers to make more $ obviously.
  • 2 5
 Or you could ya know, wait till sea otter and the big unveils... as to how many world cups, by 3.0s I assume you mean 3.0 gazzaloddis. Quite a few actually but then 45-50 pound DH bikes were the norm at the time so nobody cared that their tires weighed 4 pounds each as long as they got fewer flats.
  • 1 2
 no one has won a WC on Gazz or 2.8 Michi back in the day. If bigger tires were faster, WC racers would have been doing it years ago. 650+ will be for beginner or intermediate riders. Weight is key, especially with wheels whether you go up or down. It's nothing more than a trend like Fat Bikes to get more $ out of consumers to fuel this constant need by manufacturers to shove things down our throat.
  • 2 5
 Well if you wish to be ignorant and believe that, its your choice. Myself I'm content to know better and I'm done wasting time with you.
  • 1 3
 You seem to brace everything from industry without a care in the world.... I'm just a little more skeptical and cynical. I think PB users are done with you... nothing but neg props on basically anything you say.
  • 57 2
 What, no Boost Hubs?! Blasphemy!!!
  • 6 0
 How can you ride without the weight reduction of a 2mm narrower axle!?!?
  • 3 0
 boobs hut anyone?
  • 32 3
 I know this is a GT Factory Racing article so it might not be the best place to post. But it would be good if GT did a park specific Fury with a shorter cockpit and maybe go back to 26" wheels.
  • 16 1
 Trek did it with their Session. They've got the Session DH with 650b wheels and the Session Park with 26" wheels. '

Problemo solved!
  • 3 0
 Yep it was an excellent move by Trek. It would be good if other manufacturers did the same thing, after all for most of us biking is supposed to be about having fun.
  • 7 0
 Commencal produce a park version of the Supreme DH V3. 26" wheels, 435mm chainstays and a 64° head angle. Fast and playful!
  • 4 1
 I think this will ultimately become more common. The 650 might be good for racing but a good portion of people who tide DH bikes use them for free riding and bike parks. And those users are likely to want 26 inch wheels but still want the strength and capability of 8 inch travel dual crown bikes.
  • 7 0
 im still rocking an ironhorse sunday frame! short chainstays, raked out 63 degree head angle, 26inch wheels, its bikepark bulletproof!
  • 4 1
 2015 Canyon Torque. 63° head angle, 425mm chainstay and 26" wheels. On every model. Not to mention they offer unbeatable prices for their spec.
  • 2 0
 Do you know me? Sounds like you described me perfectly. I use my 26 inch glory for just that. Free riding and having fun.
  • 22 1
 Don't mind the yellow, but Rachel's colorway is pure awesome. I'll never understand why they always seem to make the women's bikes have awesome colors compared with they guy's, a bunch of guys go into a local shop & want the Giant liv until they realize it's women's specific. hopefully they offer both colorways to everyone on this.
  • 6 0
 Lucky for you I dont think that blue one is women specific its just the other color way. But I may have missed it saying it was but I dont think anybody is going to make a women specific DH bike.
  • 3 0
 yep that blue is the tits. wonder if they did anything to fix the denting issues on these. seemed like every other guy i saw with one of these had a nice indentation on the downtube.
  • 6 1
 They should do things like Commencal does. Bright pink bikes for everyone!
  • 9 1
 Pink is the new Black, Black is the new White, White is the new dumb, dumb is the new retarded.
  • 2 1
 I'm glad I didn't take delivery of a black one four weeks ago only to see the blue now.
  • 3 1
 The blue colour is nothing new. They used similar colour on Kyle straits Distortion last year.
  • 7 2
 I'm the women's product manager at GT. This colorway is in fact specific to GT pro women. Sorry gentlemen!
  • 6 11
flag gnarbar (Mar 18, 2015 at 20:51) (Below Threshold)
 your colourist exclusivism is regarded. guys want that colour and you won't sell it it to them? ridiculous. no respect for GT from me. useless. Knolly, same deal. waste of space. an idiotic business model. brands I would never support
  • 11 2
 You are right gnarbar. We should just quit. But keep your eyes peeled in 2016...
  • 2 0
 I'm pretty sure the black sanction has only just come out. These colours are slated for next year I'd guess, which means the "female pro only" line is spice. You can't buy the yellow this year either no?
  • 2 0
 What an awesome job title.
  • 2 0
 @attnkatdaley I want to vote you up for resolving the question, but down for not letting us have that sweet colorway. sooooo cooooonnnnnffffflllliiiiccccttteeeedd.
  • 1 0
 Like GT said, wait til ya see '16. Boys will have just as much fun. Trust me. ;]
  • 1 0
 I'm mad keen on a blue carbon sanction in 16
  • 14 2
 The Fury and Sanction look amazing this year and so does the whole team! All the best for the upcoming season!
  • 10 3
 Plus 1. Sounds odd but the fury actually reminds me of the 2015 tr 500
  • 3 3
 thinking the same thing!
  • 12 1
 WE WANT THE GEE T CARBON FURY!!!!!

(Oh, and without the boost hub please. Thank you.)
  • 1 0
 right there wit ya.............
  • 8 0
 anybody noticed that the fox shock is got a name now
  • 2 0
 I was wondering if I was the only one who noticed the shock. Does anyone have info?
  • 3 0
 Two things: What happened to all the carbon rumors? Also, this bike has the new twin tube, ccdb style rear shock, but Gwins bike ( www.vitalmtb.com/photos/features/Pro-Bike-Check-Aaron-Gwins-Specialized-S-WORKS-Demo-8,8717/Pro-Bike-Check-Aaron-Gwins-Specialized-S-WORKS-Demo-8,87721/sspomer,2 ) still has the traditional damper on it. Whats going on?
  • 2 0
 Where is the carbon sanction?
  • 2 0
 They have a carbon one in testing in NZ at the moment prob a bit of hype to get people buying the new colours i reckon half way through the season they'll be on the carbon version or is this not carbon ? www.facebook.com/video.php?v=845213735544460&set=vb.226293040769869&type=2&theater i did see a post from a guy who is currently in queenstown say he was there and saw a carbon version in the flesh.
  • 5 0
 Anyone know the shoes they are on as they are different to their old Shimano's
  • 2 0
 I only read the comments to see what the shoes were. No luck
  • 2 0
 I love my GT, but come on guys, offer a little US support. I just ordered a derailleur for my 2014 from Europe, because you have none in stock. You also have no general information for your bikes, such as bearing diameter, making simple maintenance more difficult.
  • 1 0
 Is the upper swing link there merely to provide a little lateral stiffness to the swingarm? And to give the bike the GT pierced top tube look? With the shock bolted to a single pivot swingarm, it doesn't look like it affects the leverage ratio curve, especially being hinged/segmented and seeing how the Sanction doesn't have it.
  • 2 0
 Yes. I saw a video about the GT Fury development and they said that swing link was included for improved stiffness.
  • 1 0
 No Carbonium! No Boost! So Enduro! When are companies going to show a realease with some new news thats actually exciting, pretty lame, hey guys it s new, new color ways, some geo tweaks, oh yeah lets go jerk off now, REALLY..
  • 1 0
 Continental tires are one of the reasons the Athertons are so fast. The problem is that only the Athertons get to ride them which is moderately annoying, Consumers won't get them until late spring. Their tires are really good for UK and PNW conditions. I have been on the Der Kaiser Projekt tire for a couple years now and they are way better than any other tire on the market for wet conditions.
  • 2 0
 I know, I know... The EWS has big names out there like Jerome and Jared, but you cannot deny how friggin fast Martin Maes is.
  • 3 0
 Still rocking a 2010 Sanction. I love that bike to death, and am glad to see it getting a good reboot.
  • 1 0
 i do not care what it looks like !!!!!!!!!! the bike is so sick, id rather have this than solid gold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 2 0
 These available to purchase to the public or just this colorway for factory riders?
  • 4 1
 THIS LOOKS AMAZING!!!
  • 7 7
 Great nice one GT. So glad to see your race bike not being made out of bloody carbon! Looks awesome and i hope to see them on the top steps of the podium this year!
  • 3 4
 And I've been negative propped for stating a fact. Fucking knob heads!!
  • 2 0
 Was probably your blasphemy against the dark stuff, at a guess.
  • 5 0
 I neg propped because you started the sentence with the letter G.
  • 4 2
 that is the best looking blue i have ever seen on a bike.
  • 3 0
 new negative air can
  • 2 0
 they aren't bright enough.
  • 2 2
 I immediately scrolled down to the comments to see if there had been a "looks like a session or looks like a demo". Yup, it's predictably there already. LOL
  • 3 0
 Go Athertons!
  • 4 2
 Blue please
  • 2 1
 Looks like a.... Commencal Yellow
  • 1 0
 Didn't read it but let me guess... It got slacker, lower and longer?
  • 3 2
 they don't understand how economy works
  • 1 0
 BOY................................that's a nice machine!
  • 1 0
 Is Beaumont still riding for GT?
  • 1 0
 No he is not - as of now there is no word of him riding elsewhere.
  • 1 0
 Saw him in some instructional videos recently and he was on a Santa Cruz.
  • 1 0
 The blue one is just kind blowing !
  • 1 0
 lol the athertons might as well own gt
  • 1 1
 loving that blue! the AM bike still looks a bit cobbled together though.
  • 1 0
 Carbon?
  • 1 0
 Aluminum, You can see the welds on some of the close up pictures.
  • 1 0
 I realize they're all alumin but I just can't believe they're not carbon ya know? They had carbon bike's 4 years ago what happened?
  • 1 1
 They made the new aluminum frame lighter than the old carbon frame.
  • 1 1
 @carfreak2000 you don't think they've made advancments in carbon technology in the last 5 years?? I never thought I'd hear someone try to argue that aluminum is lighter than carbon (bicycle frame).

Also, the argument that aluminum is a better material for making bicycle frames is over. Carbon won. It's not the be all end all (for example, rims you could argue aluminum due to durability etc), but for frames they're just miles better than aluminum. And holy shit they ride so much better than aluminum (stiff, smooth, quiet, light...)

But this is just my speculation, lets find out. What does @GTBicycles have to say here - why no carbon?
  • 3 0
 You misunderstood my post. I was just stating that GT made and designed the newer fury in aluminum and achieved a lighter frame than the old carbon version If you have noticed the frame weight difference between the 2012 Carbon fury and the 2014 Aluminum Fury. However I did not say GT isn't working on a Carbon version since they are currently refining the design especially with their 650b version. I think GT is planning to perfect the frame with aluminum before they begin making a carbon version. Don't overreact over my previous comment
  • 1 0
 @carfreak2000 ya sorry man I see your point.

I thought GT would've perfected they're frame design in the R&D/prototype phase and just bring the carbon straight to production but maybe it will just take a year before we see it.

Particularly with the 6" bike... I just don't see how GT can even stay relevant without a carbon frame.
  • 2 2
 I'm sorry that the Atherton's are stuck with riding Continental..
  • 4 0
 Can you elaborate? I think their black chilli compound is pretty awesome.
  • 1 0
 They are one of the top racing teams. You don't think they could change tire sponsors if they wanted too?
  • 1 0
 I think so too. I guess they are happy with these tires... or Conti pays then a lot...
  • 1 0
 Go Mike King!
  • 1 0
 Nice Commencal color !
  • 1 0
 Take my money now!
  • 1 2
 I'm still confuzled on how low the bottom bracket is
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