GT is taking the lessons learned from the development of its innovative Fury downhill bike and applying them to the freeride crowd with the introduction of its new Ruckus 7.
Unlike the carbon fibre Fury, the Ruckus 7 will use aluminium construction at both ends including a monocoque front triangle and a heavily shaped swingarm.
Seven inches of rear wheel travel will be on tap courtesy of GT’s Independent Drivetrain concept, whose recently updated (and easier to service) linkage system is wholly lifted from the Fury.
Naturally, the fork will use a 20mm thru-axle and the rear dropouts will use RockShox’s 150mm-wide Maxle standard. A 1.5″ head tube will also be included for use with either the latest crop of single-crown long-travel forks or even a dual-crown if desired.
The front triangle features monocoque construction and some nice-looking graphics.
Down below, Truvativ’s HammerSchmidt FR transmission will offer single-ring security matched to two-ring versatility.
Final spec on the Ruckus 7 is still to be determined and consumers won’t be able to buy one until spring 2010. Target price is US$3,999.
Also new from GT in 2010 is the 5″ Sensor trail bike platform with a lower leverage ratio than its predecessor for better suspension performance.
Also new from GT is the 5″ Sensor family of trail bikes with new aluminium front and rear ends, the Independent Drivetrain suspension system, and the same simplified pivot layout as found on the rest of GT’s latest models for faster maintenance and reduced chance of creaking.
Prices will range from US$1,799 to US$2,999.
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