29ers, 29ers, and more 29ers. The past few months have seen a red carpet rollout of long-travel 29ers, and GT is the latest to stick the big wheels under a downhill bike.
Their long-running Fury has been refreshed and will accommodate either 27.5- or 29-inch wheels.
With 29-inch wheels on it, the frame runs 190mm of travel and is best suited for high-speed race courses. With 27.5-inch wheels, it’s a 200mm travel, playful park bike.
The Fury features adjustable geometry that takes the angles from slack to slacker. In the high setting the head angle is 62.5-degrees. The low setting puts the head angle at an even 62-degrees.
Riders can also switch out headset cups to adjust reach and make it a long, stable bike, or a shorter, more “flickable” bike.
The new version starts with a carbon front triangle, a four-bar suspension design, and an alloy rear triangle. GT is using a design they call Groove Tube technology to keep externally-routed cables accessible for easy maintenance, but tucked away for a cleaner aesthetic.
GT has tested the prototype for several seasons now on World Cup tracks with Wyn Masters and Martin Maes. Maes took the bike to a top-ten result at Fort William, Scotland this year.
Three models of the GT Fury will be available, as well as the frameset alone, which includes a kit for swapping between 27.5-inch and 29er wheels.
A frameset by itself is priced at $3,000. Build kits start at $4,000, with a middle build at $5,500, and a high-end build at $7,500.
Check the GT website for more information, and look for a first ride review from Singletracks in the coming weeks.