GT Force 1.0 review

For the ups and the downs

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £2,299.00 RRP | USD $3,777.00

Our review

If you want an efficient climber and fast descender, use the Force
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GT’s Independent Drivetrain has been honed over the past decade to this current incarnation. This all-mountain format sports slack angles and 150mm (5.9in) of travel, so is it a force to be reckoned with?


Ride & handling: Goes up efficiently and down quickly

There’s no doubting that the frame is aimed at hard all-mountain use. It is supremely stiff laterally. The oversize pivots, chunky, triangulated swingarm and large section monocoque front end all combine to keep the front and back end pointing in the same direction, no matter what you throw it into.

The angles on our machine came up slacker than the published figures, with the head tube clocking a degree less at 67.9 degrees. This worked well for fast descending with the saddle lowered, but the front wheel tended to push wide and understeered too easily on low speed, technical trails.

The bottom bracket is a fairly tall 14.1in, which gave the feeling of being perched on top of the bike, rather than being really involved.

The Force excels with the ProPedal platform damping of the Fox shock turned off, allowing the bike to maintain great traction and transferring your pedal power directly to the rear wheel.

It may not be light at a tad over 30lb (13.6kg), but the extra girth of the chassis isn’t wasted weight – instead it adds to the solid riding traits of this bike both going up efficiently and down quickly.

At the centre of the bike is gt’s independent drivetrain: at the centre of the bike is gt’s independent drivetrain
Steve Behr

Frame: Burly chassis with efficient rear suspension

At the centre of the bike is the Independent Drivetrain. The bottom bracket is independent of both front and rear triangles. It is mounted to the swingarm on a link just below the main pivot, and connected to the front triangle by the Dog-Bone link.

This seemingly complicated setup reduces the pedal feedback you normally get from the high main pivot. It also increases efficiency by negating pedal influenced suspension input, meaning that your power goes straight to the rear wheel rather than into the shock.

The 6061 aluminium chassis has a monocoque top tube, with a Y-shaped juncture at the seat tube, lowering standover height. The burly rear triangle completes the solid frame.

Equipment: Full Shimano XT groupset, decent fork and superb tyres

This 1.0 model comes with a rare thing – a complete Shimano XT groupset, right down to the hubs.

The Fox Float 32 fork tracks accurately with its 15mm through-axle, but lacks tune-ability, with just basic external adjustments of air pressure and rebound damping.


The Kenda Nevegal dual compound tyres are a superb spec choice, rolling quickly yet hooking up inspiringly through the turns thanks to the softer compound shoulder tread.

The triangulated swingarm is super stiff and looks sweet: the triangulated swingarm is super stiff and looks sweet
Steve Behr

Product Specifications


Name Force 1.0 (09)
Brand GT

Available Colours Black
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT Shadow
Year 2009
Stem Ritchey 31.8 clamp, 3-D forged
Shifters Shimano XT
Seatpost Ritchey Comp Post
Saddle WTB Rocket V SLT
Rims Mavic XM-719 DISC, welded with stainless steel eyelets
Rear Shock Fox Float RP23 Shock
Rear Hub Shimano XT centrelock Disc
Head Angle 67.9
Available Sizes L M S
Handlebar Ritchey Pro riser Alloy 31.8 clamp, low rise
Front Hub Shimano XT centrelock disc for 15 mm through axle system
Front Derailleur Shimano XT
Frame Material GT designed 6061 Monocoque frame with Independent Drivetrain suspension. 6.0 inches of rear wheel travel. With new forged I-link. standardised bearings and modular dropout system
Fork Fox Float 32 R wth QR 15 through axle system 5.5"/ 140mm travel with air spring preassure and rebound adjust with 7050 aluminum steerer
Cranks Shimano XT FC-M770 Hollowtech 2 44/32/22
Cassette Shimano XT, 11-34
Brakes Shimano XT Disc
Bottom Bracket Shimano XT Outboard
Bottom Bracket Height (in) 14.1