GT goes electric with GT-E Force and GT-E Pantera mountain bikes

GT enters electric bike market with full-suspension and hardtail bikes with Shimano's STEPS motor

GT ebike news Force

GT is entering the electric bike arena for the first time with the launch of a range of full-suspension and hardtail pedal-assist mountain bikes.

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Going by the new GT-E moniker, the Force full-suspension range consists of two models, while the Pantera hardtail range is made up of three. Both the Force and Pantera will be available from November.

GT-E Force key specs

  • 150mm travel front and rear using GT’s LTS platform
  • Shimano STEPS drive
  • 29in wheelset
  • Boost hubs front and rear
  • Four-piston brakes with 200mm rotors
  • Longer chainstays and steeper seat tube to aid climbing
  • Two models available: Amp and Current

The trail-orientated, full-sus GT-E Force bikes are based on GT’s proven LTS four-bar linkage suspension platform, which was reintroduced on its conventional models last year.

This has been tweaked by increasing the platform’s anti-squat and anti-rise capabilities to better accommodate the lower centre of gravity of an e-bike.

Both the top of the range Amp and its slightly lower-specced counterpart, the Current, sport 29in wheels, while Shimano’s well regarded STEPS drive provides the powered assistance.

GT ebike news Pantera
The Pantera range of hardtails comes with rack and fender mounts for a wider appeal.
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GT-E Pantera key specs

  • 120mm front suspension on Bolt and Dash, 100mm on Current
  • Shimano STEPS drive
  • 29in wheelset
  • Boost hubs front and rear
  • Four-piston brakes with 180mm rotors
  • Floating rear chainstays
  • Models available: Bolt, Current and Dash

The alloy-framed, short-travel GT-E Pantera bikes use a new version of GT’s Triple Triangle frame design with ‘floating’ seatstays that join directly to the top tube and aren’t connected to the seat tube. GT claims this arrangement allows for 50 per cent more vertical compliance than that of a bike with regular stays.

All the bikes have internal cabling with capacity to run a dropper post should you wish to upgrade, while rack and fender mounts ensure wider appeal beyond the trails.

Like the Force, the Pantera range runs on 29in wheels and uses the Shimano STEPS drive.

GT-E Force and GT-E Pantera 2020 range overview

GT-E Force Amp

GT e-bike Force Amp
The impressive looking Force Amp tops the e-bike range.
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  • Frame: eForce alloy 29in
  • Fork: 150mm RockShox 35 Gold RL, Debon Air
  • Rear shock: RockShox Deluxe Select R
  • Drive unit: Shimano STEPS 250W
  • Drivetrain: SRAM SX Eagle 12-speed
  • Seatpost: All Terra Dropper
  • Brakes: Shimano MT420, 203mm rotor
  • Wheels: Shimano MT400 hubs, WTB STX i29 TCS rims
  • Tyres: Maxxis Minion DHF/DHR II 2.6
  • Price: £4,200 / €4,999

GT-E Force Current

Despite a more workmanlike spec list, the Force Current is still trail-ready
Despite a more workmanlike spec list, the Force Current is still trail-ready.
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  • Frame: eForce alloy 29in
  • Fork: 150mm SR Suntour Zeron 35, coil spring
  • Rear shock: RockShox Deluxe Select R
  • Drive unit: Shimano STEPS 250W
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore, 10-speed
  • Seatpost: All Terra 6061 alloy
  • Brakes: Shimano MT200, 203mm rotor
  • Wheels: Shimano MT400 hubs, WTB STX i29 TCS rims
  • Tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance 2.6
  • Price: £3,600 / €3,799

GT-E Pantera Bolt

The Pantera Bolt looks well specced for the price
The Pantera Bolt looks well specced for the price.
  • Frame: ePantera alloy 29in
  • Fork: 120mm RockShox Judy, Solo Air
  • Drive unit: Shimano STEPS 250W
  • Drivetrain: SRAM SX Eagle, 12-speed
  • Brakes: Shimano MT200, 180mm rotor
  • Wheels: Shimano MT400 hubs WTB STX i29 TCS rims
  • Tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance 2.35
  • Price: £3,000 / €3,199

GT-E Pantera Current

GT e-bike news Pantera Current
With decent tyres and finishing kit, the Pantera Current should be able to handle most non-threatening trails.
  • Frame: ePantera alloy 29in
  • Fork: 120mm SR Suntour XCM32-DS, coil spring
  • Drive unit: Shimano STEPS 250W
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Alvio, 9-speed
  • Brakes: Shimano MT200, 180mm rotor
  • Wheels: Shimano MT400 hubs, WTB STX i29 TCS rims
  • Tyres: Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance 2.35
  • Price: £2,600 / €2,699

GT-E Pantera Dash

GT e-bike Pantera Dash
The budget model looks better equipped for the towpath than the serious trail.
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  • Frame: ePantera alloy 29in
  • Fork: 100mm SR Suntour XCM, coil spring
  • Drive unit: Shimano STEPS 250W
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Altus, 8-speed
  • Brakes: Shimano MT200, 180mm rotor
  • Wheels: Shimano MT400 hubs WTB STX i29 TCS rims
  • Tyres: WTB Ranger Comp 2.25
  • Price: £2,200 / €2,399