- GT bikes win enduro races on the steepest trails, but the brand has lacked a long-travel 29er carbon frame
- That product oversight has now been addressed, with the new Force
- This is an enduro bike that combines a lot of clever industrial design
GT has an incredible enduro mountain racing pedigree.
For the last few years, the brand’s Belgian superstar, Martin Maes, has been a force in Enduro World Series (EWS) racing.
Ironically, Martin also rides a Force in the EWS, but his bike doesn’t roll the mountain bike market’s preferred wheel size.
GT has thus far only offered the Force 29er as an alloy frame. And if you wanted a Force carbon like Martin races, well, that rolls a smaller 27.5” rear wheel. Conundrum? Quite.
Big wheels, suspension and a composite frame - finally
GT has now solved the issue with its new Force carbon 29er. The bike has a combination carbon-fibre front and aluminium rear triangle and rolls 29er wheels at both axles.
It also happens to be very on-trend regarding suspension design. Targeted at the more daring mountain biker – an enduro rider – this Force carbon 29 has 160mm of rear-suspension travel and a 170mm front fork.
Engineers and industrial designers at GT analyzed all the data they could source to create the new Force 29 carbon frame. The front triangle looks different from the Force 29 aluminium and Martin Maes mixed wheel size Force carbon EWS race bike.
Cables now route internally, which does a lot to clean this new GT’s overall appearance. The head tube also has a reprofile shape to accommodate those ports for the internal cable routing.
Taking the strain out of that chain
GT has also added a high-pivot idler wheel to the Force carbon 29er. A popular design detail on many new long-travel enduro bikes, it limits the influence of drivetrain tension on the bike’s rear suspension movement.
One of this new GT enduro bike's less obvious design features is its adjustable rear axle. The rear axle mount includes two flip-chips, which can be turned through 180-degrees, allowing riders on the GT Force carbon 29er to stretch or trim the bike’s chainstay length by 10mm.
For those ardent followers of all things GT, the presence of a new long-travel 29er enduro bike from the brand, equipped with a high-pivot idler wheel, will be welcomed.