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GT Launches All-New 2022 Force Carbon Enduro Machine 19

The Force returns as a pure enduro destroyer with a carbon frame, updated geometry, frame storage and an idler pulley.

GT Launches All-New 2022 Force Carbon Enduro Machine


Over the past months, spy shots have exposed multiple GT Factory Racing athletes piloting a new high-pivot, idler pulley equipped enduro bike. After plenty of savvy internet spies speculated on the possibility that GT was updating their flagship Sanction enduro bike or developing an entirely new long travel platform all-together, the truth is finally out. Introducing the new 2022 GT Force carbon! Despite seeing updates in 2020, GT has given the Force another complete face lift. Ditching the full aluminum chassis the new Force now has a carbon front triangle and has received the longer-slacker geometry treatment. GT has bumped up the rear travel to 160mm and reworked the suspension kinematics so that moving forward there is no doubt the Force is GT's dedicated enduro platform aimed at maximizing composure no matter the speed or terrain. 


GT Force Highlights

  • Carbon front triangle, aluminum chain stays and seat stays
  • 29-inch wheels
  • 160mm (6.2-inches) of rear wheel travel // 170mm (6.6-inches) fork travel 
  • High-pivot LTS suspension design with idler pulley
  • 63.5-degree head angle
  • 78-degree seat tube angle
  • Adjustable 435-445mm chain stay lengths
  • Integrated frame storage
  • Internally guided cable routing
  • Boost 12x148mm rear hub spacing
  • ISCG05 chain guide mount
  • Sizes: small, medium, large, X-large
  • MSRP $3,800 - $6,000 USD


While the general silhouette remains the same the addition of an idler pulley is the most noticeable difference with the new Force carbon. Still using GT's LTS four bar linkage design, the idler pulley was added to handle a more rearward axle path and the pedal feedback that can create. GT states adjustments to the suspension kinematics allowed them to maximize bump absorption and control while descending and maintain an efficient pedaling platform that remains composed under braking. 



Key geometry updates from the previous Force include a lower standover height and taller head tube intended to improve control. The rear chain stays are adjustable between 435 - 445mm which allows GT to provide some degree of frame specific chain stays. Size small and medium ship in the short, 435mm setting while large and X-large frames ship in the long, 445mm setting. Reach also grows across all frame sizes by 5mm except for X-large which grows by 10mm. Combining these changes with a slacker, 63.5-degree head angle, the new Force carbon has a longer wheel base which is all targeted at improved stability when tackling the gnarliest descents. 


Key Features


Noise Management - An integrated chain guide idler-pulley as well as custom chain stay and seat stay protection eliminate chain slap.


Integrated Storage - Integrated frame storage across all frame sizes for riders to stuff tubes, multitools, snacks or what ever you might require out on the trail. 


Tube In Tube Cable Routing - Internally routed cables are fully guided for effortless routing and simplicity. 


Geometry Adjustability - Flip chip located at dropout allows for +/- 10mm of wheel base and chain stay length adjustment.

Build Kits

GT will be offering the Force carbon in three build options: Pro LE, Pro and Elite. There is also a frameset option available for those looking to personalize their Force build. The Pro LE build kit retails for $6,000 USD and is highlighted by RockShox Zeb Ultimate fork, RockShox Super Deluxe Ultimate shock, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain and SRAM Code RSC brakes. The Pro build kit retails for $5,100 USD and is highlighted by RockShox Zeb Select+ fork, RockShox Super Deluxe Select+ shock, SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain and SRAM Code R brakes. The Elite build kit retails for $3,800 USD and is highlighted by RockShox Yari RC fork, RockShox Super Deluxe Select shock, SRAM SX Eagle drivetrain and TRP Slate T4 brakes. The frame only option retails for $3,300 USD and includes a FOX Factory Float X2 rear shock. 

Force Pro LE Build - MSRP $6,000 USD

Gloss Indigo with Silver

Force Pro Build - MSRP $5,100 USD

Satin Military Green with Mustard

Force Elite Build - MSRP $3,800 USD 

Gloss Tan with Black

Frameset - MSRP $3,300 USD

Matte Black with Bronze


For more information on the all-new Force carbon and GT's complete lineup of bikes, head to

View key specs, compare bikes, and rate the Force in the Vital MTB Product Guide.

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