Rachel Throop, now known as Rachel Strait, has been rocking it with the GT Factory team racing enduro. She walks us through her two favorite bikes, a GT Helion and GT Sanction. The Helion is her daily driver while the Sanction handles EWS and even DH duty. Dig into these 27.5-inch steeds and vote for your favorite at the end of the feature. -photos and interview by Dan Severson

Rachel discusses the bikes in the audio

Rachel Throop's GT Helion Carbon 27.5 Spec and Details

  • Fork: RockShox Pike, 140mm travel
  • Shock: RockShox Monarch XX with remote - 110mm travel
  • Bars: Race Face SixC 35, 750mm width
  • Stem: Race Face Turbine 35, 60mm length
  • Brakes: SRAM Carbon XX
  • Drivetrain: SRAM XX1 1x - 32t chainring, X1 1180 cassette
  • Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy
  • Wheels: Stan's NoTubes Crest 27.5
  • Tires: Vittoria Morsa 2.35 front, Barzo 2.35 rear (for now)
  • Seat post: RockShox Reverb, 150mm travel
  • Saddle: Ergon SME3 Pro Carbon
  • Grips: Ergon GA2
  • Weight: 25.8 pounds

Rachel Throop's GT Sanction Pro Spec and Details

  • Fork: RockShox Lyrik, 170mm travel
  • Shock: RockShox Monarch R Plus Debonair with rebound and compression adjust - 160mm travel
  • Bars: Race Face SixC 35, 750mm width
  • Stem: Race Face Atlas 35, 65mm length
  • Brakes: SRAM GUIDE Ultimate, 180mm rotors
  • Drivetrain: SRAM Eagle X01 1x - 34t chainring, XG 1295 cassette
  • Pedals: Crank Brothers Mallet E
  • Wheels: Stan's NoTubes Arch 27.5
  • Tires: Vittoria Morsa 2.4 front and rear (for now) 19 psi front, 20 psi rear (not a typo)
  • Seat post: RockShox Reverb, 125mm travel
  • Saddle: Ergon SME3 Pro Carbon
  • Grips: Ergon GE1
  • Weight: 29 pounds

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