GT Bicycles have today launched their Power Series line-up of electric pedal assist full suspension and hardtail mountain bikes, with the GT Pantera-E and the GT Force-E. Both E-MTBs have been optimised to accommodate a Shimano STePS Drive System, while GT say they still offer the same ride quality and performance as their analog counterparts. Despite the analog GT Force being available in both 27.5″ and 29″ versions, both the GT Force-E and Panter-E MTBs are offered in 29″ wheel versions only. Check out GT’s promo video below, featuring shredders Dylan Conte and Jason Memmelaar.
GT FORCE-E 29″ Enduro MTB
While the analog GT Force was a 170mm/150mm travel enduro bike, the GT Force-E runs 150mm/150mm travel, rolling on a 29″ wheelset, while still utilising GT’s proven LTS Suspension platform. For the electrifying makeover, required to optimise the bike for the weightiness that comes with any E-MTB, the Force-E gets longer chainstays for enhanced stability, a steeper seat tube angle for more efficient climbing, and comes with powerful 4-piston brakes as standard.
Specifically, as compared to the analog GT Force 29er, the Force-E chainstays increase in length by 13mm to 455mm while the seat tube angle steepens by 0.6° to 76° (size medium). The Force-E has more progressive kinematics, with the anti-squat and anti-rise characteristics altered to lower the centre of gravity. The head angle sits at 65° and the medium frame offers a reach measurement of 450mm.
The Shimano STePs Drive System with Shimano’s new high capacity, long-lasting 8035 504 Wh L-Ion battery fully integrated into the downtube should allow riders to travel up to 50 miles on a full charge. The drive system has 3 power settings; Eco, Normal and High, but GT didn’t say which of these settings will allow you a 50 mile range. We’ll assume Eco, to be on the safe side.
The GT-Force-E will be available in two models; the Amp and the Current, priced at £4,199.99 (~$5,150) and £3,599.99 (~$4,420), respectively.
The GT Pantera-E hardtail features GT’s Triple Triangle design with floating seat stays, which GT say makes it 50% more vertically compliant than traditional double diamond frames. A 120mm travel fork soaks up the trail chatter while efficient and fast rolling 29” wheels get this bike going. The reach is measured at 418mm (medium frame), while the head angle and seat angle are 68.5 and 72.7, respectively. See below for full geometry information.
The frame features internal cable routing and rack bosses for bikepacking adventures. As with the GT Force-E, the Pantera-E is driven by the Shimano STePS Drive System.