GT teases new trail bike

Mystery bike to be unveiled in two weeks

GT is set to release what appears to be a new 150-160mm trail bike two weeks from today. Company spokespeople haven't been forthcoming with details on the new model. Instead, GT put together a 33-second video hinting at what’s to come.

One can gather a few details about the new bike from the video. The carbon frame appears to sport the usual assortment features we’ve come to expect in contemporary mountain bikes: a tapered head tube, 142x12mm rear end and an internally-routed dropper seatpost.

One still from the video, at about 9 seconds, appears to show the numbers  “27.5” on the drive-side chainstay.

None of these details are particularly surprising. In fact, they're all par for the course for new trail and all-mountain bikes this year. So what then makes this new bike exciting?

There appears to be a pivot just below the rear axle — a feature absent on current GT bikes

One possibility is that GT is using a new suspension platform for this yet-to-be-named bike, which appears to be a successor to the Force. It could be an evolution, or a total replacement, of the company’s longstanding i-Drive rear suspension. 

Photos and videos of the new bike appear to show a rear pivot mounted just below and in front of the rear axle. The shock is mounted low in the frame and pierces the down tube.

Take a look at the video and see what you can spot.

Josh Patterson

Tech Editor, US
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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