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GT Force Carbon Pro Frame (discontinued)

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Excellent Agressive Trail Or Light All Mountain Bike

Rating:
The Good:

Stiff frame, fun nimble handling, great climber, decent weight.

The Bad:

Better suited for heavy trail use. Could use a slightly slacker head angle.

Overall Review:

To be honest, I've only had a handful of rides on my GT, but I can say the bike has longish feeling top tube and climbs exceptionally well. Despite the longer than normal feeling reach, steering is on the quick side, and it may be because of the 69 degree head angle. The quick steering make the bike feel nimble and fun, but a bit of a hand full when the trail starts to get steep. I wouldn't consider it a ride killer by any means, just be prepared. The I-Drive suspension provides a nice, quiet ride lacking much chain slap, and the high-forward pivot does a great job of sucking up square edged hits. Chain growth is kept in check via the floating bottom bracket. It takes bit to wrap your mind around the design, but you can definitely feel it working. The bike has responsive feel at the pedals despite some minor bobbing visible when watching the shock while pedaling (which I don't recommend). I'd definitely recommend this bike to anyone looking for a trail bike with long travel. If you're going All Mountain, go with a Santa Cruz Nomad or Butcher, or a Banshee Spitfire or Rune. Those bikes have slacker head angles and the handling attributes of a proper all mountain bike IMO. I give the Force Carbon four stars only because GT put it in the All Mountain category. It would easily get five stars as a trail designated frame/bike.

Someone got it right.

Rating:
The Good:

The GT Force Carbon may be the perfect trail bike. I have my bike built custom weighing in at 28 lbs with pedals, 2.35 tires and tubes. Simply put: This bike is fun to ride and that is what a 6" travel bike is all about. I'm amazed how well the force climbs! The styling is easy on the eyes! This is one beautiful frame.

The Bad:

Really, the frame has no "bad". The internal headset cups are bonded in the headtube. I guess I can't bling out with a King headset. The frame comes with a high end FSA headset anyway.

Overall Review:

GT deserves credit for designing such a spectacular bike! I can't see how the other companies could build something better. I love this frame.

Specifications

Product GT Force Carbon Pro Frame
Riding Type Cross-Country, Trail
Rider
Sizes and Geometry
XS, S, M, L, XL View Geometry
Size XS S M L XL
Top Tube Length 21.7 22.2 22.2 23.6 24.8
Head Tube Angle 69° 69° 69° 69° 69°
Head Tube Length 4.1 4.1 4.1 5.1 5.9
Seat Tube Angle 72.7 72.7 72.7 72.6 72.6
Seat Tube Length 17.2 17.6 17.6 19.2 20.2
Bottom Bracket Height 13.6 13.6 13.6 13.6 13.6
Chainstay Length 17.1 17.1 17.1 17.1 17.1
Wheelbase 42.1 42.7 42.7 44.1 45.4
Standover 27.8 27.7 27.7 28.7 29.6
Reach
Stack
Wheel Size
Frame Material Carbon Fiber
Frame Material Details Carbon
Rear Travel
  • 152.4mm
  • Hardtail
Rear Shock Fox Float RP23 Shock
Head Tube Diameter 1 1/8-inch
Bottom Bracket Euro 68/73mm
Rear Dropout / Hub Dimensions 10x135mm
Front Derailleur Size
Seatpost Diameter
Max Tire Size 2.5-inch
ISCG Tabs No
Bottle Cage Mounts Yes
Colors Carbon/Blue
Warranty
Weight N/A
Miscellaneous
Price $2,499
More Info GT website

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