2014 Bible of Bike Tests Roundtable Reels: GT Fury Team
When you want to go downhill in a hurry, try the GT Fury
“I didn’t worry / I wanted to go downhill / I was in a hurry / So I rode the Fury.”
While we’d ordinarily leave the limericks and whatnot for the Irishmen, we couldn’t hold back on our praise of the GT Fury Team’s straight-ahead steamroller sensibilities. Check it out here:
GT FURY TEAM
Direct Link: gtbicycles.com/2014/bikes/mountain/gravity/2014-fury-team
Final Take: A World Cup and Rampage-winning pedigree that also sits easy with Sunday drivers.
The Fury has undergone a radical makeover. It shed its carbon skin and ‘reverted’ to an aluminum chassis. This is not only less expensive and less time-consuming than carbon, but allows kinematics and geometries to be changed during development. That doesn’t mean the current model isn’t more progressive and advanced than it ever has been. In fact, most of the testers felt this Fury was an improvement over previous models.
The Fury’s toptube appears as thick as a flexed thigh and the rear triangle is so stout that one look tells you this bike is ready to exchange blows. The front end is spacious and the hindquarters compact. GT pushed the front end out, both at the axle using a 63-degree head-angle, and at the cockpit. The 438-millimeter reach on size medium increases stability, allows room for maneuvering and creates a feeling of securely anchored wheels. The wheelbase is long at 1,230 millimeters, but the chainstays are a short 432 millimeters, which allows you to commit to the front wheel more than many bikes, and it still feels responsive. We did question the high standover. Such crotch touching is a typical trait of GT bikes that we wish would change.
The Independent Drivetrain suspension platform has been modified for 2014. The reasonably high main pivot provides a rearward axle path so the suspension gobbles up hits while the floating bottom bracket mitigates the chain growth of the design. The result is a supportive feel through the stroke, allowing the bike to be flicked around and feel bottomless, especially on bigger hits.
One gripe is the zero chainstay protection; the chain whipping onto the big hollow tubes sounds like a box of spanners being thrown out of a helicopter. Both the Shimano Zee brakes and gears and Fox 40 fork provide bombproof durability and race performance at a reasonable price. –Seb Kemp