The LTS (Linkage Tuned Suspension) term will be familiar to more than a few of you out there. This was an integral part of GT’s early full-suspension bikes in the mid-90s, and now it’s back.
The suspension design is based around a Horst link and uses an idler pulley by the high pivot pointGT Bicycles
Suffice to say, it bears little resemblance to the original, apart from the four-bar design and name. The new suspension design is thoroughly modern with all the usual claimed benefits of supple suspension with a linear leverage ramp to provide smooth support and predictability towards the end stroke.
In order to counteract the rearward axle path of the high main pivot, the suspension uses an idler pulley to reduce chain growth and isolate pedalling and suspension forces.
The suspension offers 200mm travel for 27.5in wheeled bikes and 190mm travel for 29ers. The forged rocker takes a modern trunnion mounted metric shock and is claimed to work with both air and coil springs, depending on your preference.
It also features LockR Pivots that use an expanding thru-axle design to create a sturdier connection between the swing arm and mainframe.
Longer, lower, slacker, faster
The completely new frame sees some significant changes. The carbon main triangle is constructed with GT’s F.O.C Ultra2Technology and as is the trend with all things mountain bike currently, the new Fury has more progressive geometry than its predecessor.
The head angle has been slackened out to 62.5 degrees, while the seat angle is around 2 degrees steeper at 74.9 degrees. That’s likely to help balance out the rather large increase in reach of 20mm for a size medium.
The wheelbase has also increased in length by about 15mm, which is a decrease in the chainstay length of 11mm and increase in the front centre of 25mm.
Lots of adjustability
It’s a common appearance, and the Fury is no exception, that the suspension features a flip chip allowing the head angle to be slackened by 0.75 degrees and the bottom bracket lowered by 6mm.
A flip chip allows you to adjust the geometryGT Bicycles
There’s also a chip at the rear axle allowing you to adjust the wheelbase by 10mm, though this is only available when riding with 27.5in wheels.
GT adds that the cockpit can be modified with adjustable headset cups for the ultimate in tunability and getting the bike set up just right for you.
Choose your wheel size
An interesting feature of the Fury is the ability to configure it for different wheel sizes without affecting the geometry. GT offers a Switch Kit that allows you to change between 29- and 27.5-inch wheels.
It suggests 29in wheels for the demands of racing and where high-speed stability and control are paramount, and suggests 27.5in wheels will be more suited to agile and easier handling for park style riding.
Neat, tidy details
Rather than route cables internally, GT has chosen a design it has dubbed Groove Tube. This allows for easier maintenance by routing the cables externally along a groove on the top of the down tube, while maintaining the clean look familiar to an internally routed design.
The ‘Groove Tube’ provides neat, external cable routingGT Bicycles
The frame also features a threaded bottom bracket, removable/replaceable ISCG05 tabs and space for a bottle cage.
GT Fury Carbon Team 29 specs and prices
The GT Fury Carbon Team 29GT Bicycles
Frame: LTS Downhill Design, FOC Carbon 29in Frame, 200mm travel w/Forged Linkage, 1.5in head tube and 12x148mm thru-axle dropouts
Shock: Fox Float Factory X2, 225×75 Metric Trunnion Air, Adjustable High Speed/Low Speed compression, High Speed/Low Speed rebound
Fork: Fox Float Factory 49, 190mm, Adjustable High Speed/Low Speed Compression and Rebound, 20×110 boost thru-axle
Drivetrain: Shimano Saint
Crankset: Shimano Saint, 165mm w/36t ring
Wheelset: All Terra Sealed Bearing 6-bolt hub, DT Swiss Alpine II spokes, Stan’s Flow MK3 32h tubeless ready rims
Tyres: Schwalbe Magic Mary Downhill 29 x 2.35in Addix Ultra Soft
Brakes: Shimano Saint, 203mm IceTech Rotors, Metallic Pads and Fins
Bar: Race Face Atlas, 31.8 clamp, 1.5in rise, 785mm
Stem: Race Face Atlas Direct Mount, 30/50mm
Seatpost: Race Face Turbine 31.6x400mm
Saddle: Fabric Scoop Shallow Elite, cr-mo
£5,499.99 / €7,499 / $7,500
GT Fury Carbon Pro 29/27.5 specs and prices
The GT Fury Carbon Pro 29/27.5GT Bicycles
Frame: LTS Downhill Design, FOC Carbon 27.5in/29in Frame, 200mm travel w/Forged Linkage, 1.5in head tube and 12x148mm thru-axle dropouts
Shock: RockShox Super Deluxe Coil RC, 225×75 Metric Trunnion, adjustable rebound and compression