GT Mountain Bikes
Founded back in 1979, over the past three decades GT has become one of the world’s most recognisable brands in bike manufacturing thanks to its infamous triple triangle frame design. While it has been acquired, merged and reshuffled over the years, the core tenets of its original ethos hold strong, so you can be sure that the mountain bikes it makes are up there with the best of them.
GT Gravity Range – GT Fury
The Gravity bikes produced by GT are some of its best, because this is a company which is dedicated to giving riders the confidence they need to tackle serious downhill courses without putting a foot wrong. The Fury family of alloy framed downhill bikes consists of just two models, but each has its own special place on the market. The Fury 1.0 benefits from a RockShox Boxxer RC fork with 200mm of travel, along with SRAM components on the drivetrain and Avid Exlir 7 brakes. The Fury 2.0 is a little more expensive, swapping out the RockShox fork in favour of a Marzocchi 888 RV alternative and using Avid Elixir 3 brakes with 200mm rotors at the front and rear. 210mm of travel thanks to the rear shock gives you serious impact-soaking power.
The Enduro bikes from GT go one step further than the basic downhill cycles you might see elsewhere. These are bikes intended for gruelling descents as well as short climbs and anything in between. The Distortion family of enduro bikes features hydroformed alloy frames with the triple triangle geometry and plenty of travel thanks to shocks from firms like Fox and Marzocchi. There is also the stand-alone hardtail enduro bike known as La Bomba with Avid Elixir 1 brakes, Sram gearing and a Rock Shox Recon Silver R fork featuring adjustable rebound.
GT Trail Bikes
There are five different families of bikes in GT’s trail range, with both full-sus and hardtail setups available. The Sensor range introduces dual shocks and a surprisingly light selection of frames and component to keep you powering forward whether you are climbing or descending. The Karakorma, Avalanche and Aggressor all bring something new to the table, while the steel frame of the Palomar gives you excellent strength in combination with affordability that you might not otherwise find.
The XC race range of GT mountain bikes are all designed to give you a more adaptive platform for performance both off-road and in the real world. This diversity does not preclude success in competitive situations, as the Zaskar range of XC bikes proves. You can enjoy excellent carbon frames, full-sus or hardtail setups and a range of components from Sram, Shimano, Avid and many more firms besides.
The more basic Zaskar Sport is a great starter bike with an SR Suntour Raidon fork, All Terra rims, Maxxiss Aspen tyres and Tektro Draco hydraulic disc brakes. This blends just enough high end capabilities with plenty of penny-saving features in order to introduce relatively inexperienced riders to the world of GT’s off-road cycles, letting them see what they could invest in further down the road.