BikeRadar were surprised to learn that GT will not be bringing their new Force all-mountain bike to UK shores. Fear not, though, the company are instead introducing the Force X – a revised version of the Force available in two specs that GT feel are more appropriate for the British market, with pricing starting at £3,999.
The carbon frame will remain mechanically identical to that on the GT Force we tested earlier this year, although suspension has changed at both ends. Both Force X models use the piggyback-equipped Fox Float X CTD shock, while travel at the front has been upped by 10mm, further slackening the head angle from the previous 67.2-degree figure.
The Force X also ditches the triple chainset of the Force, in favour of single/double setups. The cheaper of the two models, the £3,999 Carbon Expert X, uses a mostly SLX drivetrain twinned with a RaceFace Evolve double crankset.
The range-topping Carbon Pro (£5,299) uses mostly Shimano XT componentry, once again with a RaceFace crank, all kept tight and quiet with an e*thirteen XCX-ST guide and a single ring. Interestingly, GT also include a front derailleur and extra ring should you want to switch to a double.
Gone are the tasty e*thirteen TRS+ alloy hoops, replaced by more cost effective components from Shimano on the Expert X and WTB on the Pro. Aesthetically, both Force X models differ from the Force, with a yellow/blue/black matte finish for the Expert X and an Atherton-esque gloss livery for the Pro.
Stock isn't likely to land until next year. Oh, and if you were wondering, UK distributors Cycling Sports Group have confirmed that the Force X will not be available in frame-only form.
The Force X Carbon Expert will be the most affordable option at £3,999 complete