Hot off the press – GT Factory Racing (the Athertons) just unleashed their new-for-2015 race bikes. Here’s the details, and some gorgeous images from Sven Martin.
Both bikes are said to be the result of 3 years of development with the Athertons and are an evolution of the bikes that have taken all 3 of them family to World Cup success.
The Athy’s jumped on to 650b in 2014 and will continue with this in 2015. 650b was they say “not without a few teething problems as the athletes adapted to new courses and a slightly different “feel” to their bikes but the Downhill team’s haul still included a World Cup and a World Championship win for Gee, two World Cups for Rachel and World Cup wins for both of GT Factory Racing’s junior riders, Taylor Vernon and Martin Maes”.
Gee says: “This will be our fourth season riding for GT. We had a lot of input into the design of the Fury, especially with the frame and getting the geometry perfect. We made quite a lot of changes to the Downhill bike last year and we ended up in a good place so basically this year’s bike is the bike that carried me to victory in World Champs.”
The Fury will be specced liked so:
Frame GT Fury Shock Fox DHX2 Fork Fox 40 Stem Pro Atherton Star Series 50mm Headset Hope Integrated Grips Pro Prototype Bars Pro Atherton Star Series Shifter Shimano Saint Derailleur Shimano Saint Brakes Shimano Saint 203mm Seatpost Pro Atherton Star Series Saddle Pro Atherton Star Series Crank Shimano Saint 165mm BB Shimano Saint Ring Shimano Saint 36t Chain Guide Shimano CD Cassette Shimano XTR 1136 modified 6speed Chain Shimano XTR Wheelset Shimano Saint 32h on Stans Flow rims Tyres Continental Kaiser Projekt 2.4 Tubes n/a Stans no tubes system
And the Sanction will be no less pimpin’:
Frame GT Sanction Shock Fox Float X Factory Series Fork Fox 36 Stem Pro Atherton Star Series 35mm Headset Hope Integrated Grips Pro Bars Pro Tharsis Shifter Shimano XTR Derailleur Shimano XTR Brakes Shimano XTR Levers/Saint Calipers 180mm Seatpost Fox Doss 5” Saddle Pro Atherton Star Series Crank Shimano XTR 170mm BB Shimano XTR Ring Shimano XTR 34t Chain Guide Shimano CD Cassette Shimano XTR 1140 11 speed Chain Shimano XTR Wheelset Shimano XTR Trail Wheelset Tyres Continental Baron Projekt 2.4 Tubes n/a Stans no tubes system
Dan said “ The bike is unchanged since 2014, apart from a fresh lick of paint. People often underestimate the severity of the EWS courses – basically they are six World Cup tracks to be ridden in a day, it’s not terrain that all Enduro bikes can deal with. The Sanction has the suspension and pedaling characteristics of the GT Fury but in a scaled down chassis. It’s a tough bike and 2015 is going to be the year that Martin and I push it even harder.”