GT Force£2,199.00

Force to be reckoned with on sweeping descents

BikeRadar score2.5/5

GT’s long travel I (Independent) Drive gets beefed up with a tapered head tube and new bearing system to create an impressively stiff frame considering its complexity.

By joining the two frame halves high up it takes square-edged hits well as long as you’re off the power. The mainframe and subframe linked transmission also gives a consistent, high traction connection to the ground.

There’s plenty of ground and tyre clearance too, so there’s little that’ll stop it going up or down in a straight line. Its weight and morale-sapping soft chain feel will crush all but the strongest riders very quickly if you hurry it though.

The 2.4in Ardent tyres and wide and low flat bar give it an impressively surefooted feel through sweeping corners. The titanium-railed saddle seems an odd use of resources, but the 15mm axle Sektor TK fork copes fine and the remote control height adjust seat post stops the curved seat tube being an issue.

Head angle is steep for a 150mm travel bike, which reduces technical terrain confidence. The long, flexy stem adds serious trip up potential if you turn it hard.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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