GT bets on full-suspension for 2015

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Present at Eurobike with a hard to miss booth, GT didn’t only bring its new 2015 models, but also displayed the Atherton’s weapons of choice, which helped the American manufacturer climb so fast up the ramp of bike brand stardom. For the coming season, GT will heavily rely on full-suspension mountain bikes, adapting this format to all disciplines in between cross country and enduro.

Looking rather dashing, GT Helion is the manufacturer’s suggestion for XC riding, which includes a carbon frame, and a pair of 110mm shocks, while Sensor X will humor all-mountain fans thanks to its 150mm suspension fork and 130mm rear shock, rolling, of course, on 27.5” wheels.

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Sticking to all-mountain stuff, but just at the limit between it and enduro, we can find the Force X, with its 150mm rear shock and 160mm fork, that employs Fox’s 34 Float CTD fork in the case of the highest version. Other specifications include a KS LEV dropper seat post and a Shimano SLX drivetrain. Depending on your budget, you can opt for either the alloy-framed Force X or the version that has a carbon frame, but in both cases you will will encounter the same 27.5” format.

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GT fully revamped the enduro beast Sanction which seems to have severed all ties with previous iteration, becoming now a mature product, ready to become a cult-bike, even more so as Dan Atherton helped develop it and used it in this year’s Enduro World Series. The bike will rely on a GT Independent Drive 160mm suspension, and on a frame manufactured out of 6069 alloy, which does better in terms of strength, and having very slack and stable angle of 66 degrees. Completing the line-up is a vintage-painted Fox 36 suspension fork and Float X Remote rear shock.

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Expect some sanction upon your bank account if you aim to buy this bike, as the frame alone will set you back 1.999$. But maybe you can find some solace in the overall weight of 13.6 kilograms of the finest Sanction version.

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Also on display was Rachel Atherton’s GT Fury she used this season in downhill racing.

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