By Ryan LaBar
For 2011, GT has revamped its bike lineup with stepped-up aesthetics and selective component choices. The company did this as a part its brand re-launch (More on GT’s brand re-launch here).
One objective of GT’s for the relaunch was to make sure its bikes look more “fun”. The company went about achieving this by using color-matched anodized components and bright frame colors for certain bikes, and more subdued graphics for others–depending on the intended purpose and user of the bike.
Component wise, GT wanted to adorn its bikes with components that riders would choose if building up their bike from scratch. Highlights of this across the board include the use of wide handlebars, and high-quality tires.
The goal for GT was to portray–with its parts specs and graphics–that even though their bikes may not be lightest weight or the most recent fad, they are every-day bikes that, at the end of the day, are durable, hassle free and fun to ride.
Note: some of the following bikes were not to full spec.
GT's 2011 Sanction 1.0. The color, which doesn't show up well on screen is a neon yellow (think brand new tennis ball). GT uses this yellow on a fair amount of its top-end rigs.
GT Sanction 2.0 - The Sanction is a burlier option to the Force -- the angles are slacker, parts are more durable, and they come with a bashguard.
More custom colors, and a custom-shaped top cap. On some of its bikes, GT uses custom color-matched disc brake master cylinders and calipers, dropper post highlights and even rims.
The Sanction line will have dropper posts included. The lower-priced Sanction 2.0 receives the new X-Fusion Hilo post.
The Distortion is designed to be a short-travel all-mountain/freeride play bike. It rocks 115 millimeters of rear travel.
The Distortion's tapered headtube.
GT isn't following trends with its tread choice. The company chose the popular Maxxis Minion tires over cheaper alternatives.
GT Fury Team - The Fury Team is built up with race-ready, but budget-oriented parts. The carbon-framed machine set to retail for $5,349.
A bit different. GT offsets its massive headtube badge.
GT's top-end DH rig--the Fury World Cup. More neon yellow with blue--a fresh take on classic GT colors.
29er trail bike. GT's Sensor - 29'er Pro. The big wheeler is equipped with 120 millimeter of travel and a neutral trail geometry.
All-mountain hardtail -- GT's Avalanche X is an affordable ($1,599) rig that can take a beating and still scamper up climbs.
Even at the less than $2,000 price point, GT's bikes get custom color love.
GT's revamped Zaskar Carbon Expert. GT uses new carbon materials in it's Zaskar series to lighten and stiffen them up.
The 26-inch Zaskar Carbons receive post-style disc mounts with replaceable inserts.
GT's Zaskar 9r receives a stealth treatment.
The Zaskar Carbon 29r uses replaceable interchangeable dropouts for those who want to singlespeed it.
Tapered headtubes and internal cable routing are standard on the Carbon Zaskars.
GT Force Carbon 2.0 - The Carbon Force series lean more toward the XC side of all-mountain. For 2011, they are equipped with 2X10 drivetrains, and very welcomed dropper posts.
No details were overlooked. Even the underside of this saddle is made to match.
GT's most likely has the most logoed bikes on the market. Look close: there are blue on blue logos too.
GT's Force Carbon 1.0
The $1,069 GT Karakoram 1.0 - The Karakoram series represents a line of 29er hardtails for the masses.
The $2,649 Force 2.0. The 2.0 comes with the X-Fusion Hilo adjustable seat post.
While the Force Carbons do not have a tapered headtube (yet), the aluminum Force models do.
So many GT logos.
The 120-millimeter Sensor 1.0.