New 2019 GT Force and GT Sensor Bikes Released

Words by Cycles UK

on 06/07/2018 15:21:00


GT have launched two new full suspension bikes based around a brand new platform. The new GT Force is a 27.5” wheel 150mm/160mm travel bike that could do duties as a trail or enduro bike. The GT Sensor runs 29” wheels and 130mm of travel and can do cross country or trail, or enduro riding. Part of the reason these bikes are so hard to classify is that they both come fitted with a ‘flip chip’ that lets you adjust the head angle and bottom bracket height with a simple allen key. Tweaking the Sensor with the flip chip will change it from a mile eating cross country machine into a slacker trail/enduro setup. The flip chip on the Force moves it from a trail bike to a full enduro or big mountain machine.

GT have a long history of producing full suspension bikes and the Force has already taken podium wins on the World Enduro circuit. Although the exact suspension setup on the new GT bikes has been designed specifically for these bikes it will look familiar to most mountain bikers. This kind of linkage and pivot design is one that is used on a bikes by a number of different manufacturers because it works.

The theme of using stuff that works continues with the rest of the bike. GT have tried to make the bike easy to service with external, but hidden, cable routing, a threaded Bottom Bracket, and LockR pivots. They have also used industry standard wheel spacing and shock mounts so that you can easily upgrade and customise your bike without being locked into GT specific parts.

The big draw on these bikes, though is going to be the price point. The GT Force Al Elite which comes in at £2499 features Rockshox Yari forks, Rockshox rear shock, a 12 speed SRAM Eagle, Tektro brakes and a dropper post. Meanwhile the entry level GT Sensor Al Sport comes in at just £1499 with Rockshox forks, 1x 11 speed drivetrain, dropper post and tubeless ready rims. Although there are still a lot of 2019 bikes to be released these GTs have to be contenders for best value full suspension bikes on the market.

Mountain, G23409M, 27.5 M Force Al Elite CHT MD

We’re expecting to see the first drop of these bikes in August with full range available from October. The range is:

  • GT Sensor Al Sport - £1499.99
  • GT Sensor Al Comp £1899.99
  • GT Sensor Carbon Elite - £2399.99
  • GT Sensor Carbon Expert - £3299.99
  • GT Sensor Carbon Pro - £3999.99
  • GT Force Al Comp £2199.99
  • GT Force Al Elite £2499.99
  • GT Force Carbon Expert - £3199.99
  • GT Force Carbon Pro - £3999.99