#TheNewGT: Introducing the 2014 Force and Sensor 650B 31

The new GT has arrived. Just days after the launch of the updated Fury and dual Atherton Racing wins at the Fort William World Cup, the brand is releasing two completely redesigned all-mountain and trail bikes - the 150mm Force and 130mm Sensor.

Shown here in the Team edition, the 150mm Force slots perfectly into the all-mountain segment.

At 130mm of travel, the GT Sensor aims to tackle the trail market and is Hans Rey's go to ride.

Gone are the high bottom brackets and short top tubes of old, in is more modern geometry, 650B wheels, a roomy cockpit, short stems, and wider bars. Boosh!

Dan Atherton on the 2014 GT Force

Angle Optimized Suspension

GT's new bikes have been in development for over two and half years. During that time, they took a long hard look at their suspension design, bringing linkage mastermind Peter Denk into the picture. The redesigned rides use a new Angle Optimized Independent Drivetrain Suspension system (AOS), which maintains the high pivot point while making the rear end lighter and stiffer. The overall effect is a stiffer, more responsive bike with better pedaling characteristics and limited chain growth.

They key to AOS is the Path Link, which connects the shock mount to the chain stays with the bottom bracket in-between. Similar to the previous I-Drive design, the bottom bracket is removed from the front triangle.

Force Geometry Updates

Sensor Geometry Updates

2014 GT Force Models

Force TEAM and Force PRO

2014 GT Sensor Models

From left to right, the Sensor TEAM, Sensor PRO, and SensorAL PRO.

Keep an eye on www.gtbicycles.com for complete specs, prices, and more details.

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31 comments
  • dirtyhucker

    7/31/2013 9:24 AM

    GT Demo Day!! Vail Lake, Temecula Ca. Sunday August 4th 7AM!
    These bikes will be there! along with the New Fury! Shuttle will be running for all the popular Enduro & DH Trails.

  • jasen.gomez

    6/18/2013 6:36 AM

    amazing !!! GT Does it again !!Fresh new designs ready to shred !!! good job ! I bet they ride amazing,,If Dan Atherton is loving his them Im sure im gonna love it too !!plus they look fantastic !

  • yarrahappinni

    6/16/2013 11:44 PM

    I think there could be a clearance issue with that bottom pivot. Maybe this is why all the bikes have triple rings? Upside is the GT may come with its own bash guard if you run XX1.

  • RCSavage

    6/16/2013 4:21 PM

    The force just moved near the top of my list. I hope they have iscg tabs in the works though. And actually, by definition it does have a Horst link.

  • Stiksandstones

    6/16/2013 9:58 AM

    Is there a demo tour floatin around the country with these rigs on them? GT stuff is looking promising.

  • Gareth_Warren

    6/16/2013 6:31 AM

    I really really like the force. Might be the new steed when it's released. I had an I-drive 5 a few years back and loved that, this just looks awesome, especially watching Dan tear it up like that

  • ariel.gil257

    6/16/2013 1:34 AM

    Looks Amazing! though the leverage ratio is actually progressive at the start, and regressive at the end.
    this is not good.
    like the new design, low COG is good but not that necessary for a AM bike.
    i ride the 2012 sanction and the iDrive is a great pedaler, tho feels a bit too easy to bottom out, cause the leverage ratio is regressive.
    you absolutely dont feel the BB move, though in this new force its moving a bit more.

  • Dynamatt

    6/16/2013 12:07 PM

    The leverage ratio is perfect for an air shock, it will give it a linear feel. Air shocks usually blow through beginning stroke and ramp at the end

  • ariel.gil257

    6/17/2013 3:31 AM

    This doesn't change the point I'v tried to make, where they said in the video that its a PROGRESSIVE rate, while in the graph its a RISING/REGRESSIVE rate, and if its like you(Dynamatt) said, then in reality its actually a LINEAR rate.
    linear is OK in some circumstances, but progressive is much better at resisting bottoming out.
    most bikes on the market, especially AM/Enduro bikes have a progressive rate.
    the overall Leverage ratio is really high, too, which is not good for anything.

    Make up your mind, GT, we are confused!

  • dubs_22

    6/16/2013 12:13 AM

    has anyone ridden these gt idrives? seeing as the bb moves slightly do you get kick back on the pedals under big hits?

  • foco yeti

    6/15/2013 10:54 PM

    can't wait to try one. because this really ticks the boxes for me. and not just geo #'s, the high pivot wheel path, low cg, low standover......looks right. and is that a horst link i see? active braking?

  • Varaxis

    6/16/2013 1:00 AM

    Uh ya, sure, that's totally a Horst Link, bro.

  • Varaxis

    6/15/2013 9:21 PM

    Dang, that really is a high pivot. Much higher than the Devinci Wilson's and rivals the Zerode's. I love the tube shaping on the Force, and the team colors. I just wonder about the rear braking influence on the suspension, as the brakes are mounted/anchored on the primary swingarm and it looks to be more prone to the effects of brake squat.

  • Maverickdh005

    6/15/2013 8:51 PM

    Whats up with that cable routing, gone cheap, think I prefer Dans Walmart version, looks like an old GT LTS !

  • Yippee_Ki_YayMF

    6/15/2013 8:14 PM

    I kind of like it. I'm never a fan of cable routing under the down tube, and I wonder how often you will hit the bottom of the link on rocks and during bottom out? Might consider this bike in a year or two once everything is completely ironed out.

  • b-kul

    6/16/2013 1:40 PM

    probably similar clearance as compared to a sc or niner.

  • CAM JAM

    6/15/2013 7:45 PM

    It's just like mongooses geometry

  • Dirtstar59

    6/15/2013 7:02 PM

    Denk adds huge legitimacy to the I Drive redesign...if he did not think it would work he would not have used it...bravo to GT for a truly new bike that is not a massaged version of old technology....note that FSR came from AMP in Laguna Beach almost 25 years ago...

  • sadfusde

    6/15/2013 5:19 PM

    That rear shock really needs a remote lockout. It doesn`t look that easy to mess with the shock lever with it being so low

  • rob.moore.9843

    6/15/2013 5:13 PM

    my Stumpy is 29er with 130 mm . i'll stick with that

  • ryan_daugherty

    6/15/2013 5:10 PM

    Does the BB move when the rear end squishes?

  • Big Bird

    6/15/2013 8:21 PM

    It looks like it does slightly. But then it always has with the I Drive system. I've never heard anyone complain about them though, unlike the Mongoose design that also has a floating BB.

  • syngltrkmnd

    6/15/2013 11:03 PM

    It could be used to the riders advantage - grab a little rear brake as you enter a berm, squat the rear end, take up a little of the top end of the travel as well as lower your COG. If I recall correctly, some Kona racers ran their brake links "upside down" to achieve this effect.

  • 91001

    6/15/2013 5:05 PM

    So Dorel's got Denk working on GT now, too. What a coup it was to swipe him from Scott.

  • 'size

    6/15/2013 3:44 PM

    go home bottom bracket, you're drunk...

  • Triber66

    6/15/2013 3:32 PM

    Oh, I'm so relieved! It doesn't look like Dan Athertons Walmart prototype.