According to the video they just released, the current carbon fiber GT Fury started it’s update process as soon as the brand signed Atherton Racing to their roster.
Besides switching to an alloy frame, key changes were in a new, gravity-oriented Independent Drive linkage system and more modern downhill geometry. The headtube goes from 65º to 63º, chainstays shorten to 430mm, BB drops 20mm lower and the top tube grew by 15mm, allowing for a shorter stem. All that combines with lots of machining and design work to create a metal frame that’s a whopping 300g lighter than the outgoing carbon Fury, and it’s stiffer.
Drop in for more pics, including a before/after overlay, and the geometry chart…
Bearings are all pushed as wide as possible to keep things stiff. They’re starting with an alloy frame this (next) year so they can tweak and optimize before building the very expensive molds to form carbon fiber frames. And they’ve made it pretty clear that’s the idea…test in alloy first, then make a composite frame.
At the moment, it’s a 26″-only platform, but it’s no secret they’re testing 650B on other platforms.
Compared to the carbon one, the Independent Drive linkages are much smaller and overall bottom rotating bits are more compact.
The geometry, followed by radness.
The bike made it’s race debut this past weekend at Fort William. And won. Watch it here on demand.