Shredding an EWS stage on a 25 year old GT mountain bike

Ric McLaughlin scares himself silly on this rigid blast from the past

Watch Ric McLaughlin shred a 25-year-old GT harder than you could

We’ve just spotted this excellent video on the CRC YouTube channel that features Ric McLaughlin — presenter and ex MBUK staffer — shredding an EWS stage on a 25-year-old GT Outpost.

The bike Ric rides features a clapped-out 3x7 drivetrain, a stem that’s nearly as long as the bike's perilously narrow bars are wide and 0-whole-mm of suspension.

Out back, the Outpost is even graced with a U-brake — for those of you that don’t remember these, well, count yourself lucky…

Despite the outdated tech and essentially useless brakes, Ric does a far better job of shredding along the bike on the rocky stage than I could ever dream of managing.

Any retro mountain bikers shredding the gnar out there? Share your snaps in the comments below.

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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