Some of the biggest news from GT at PressCamp was the fact that the Zaskar was nearing its 25th anniversary. One of the longest running production bikes has also proven to be one of the most versatile having won World Cups in DH, XC, Slalom, and Trials. While 25 years is impressive, more impressive is the fact that GT’s sponsorship of the legendary Hans ‘No Way’ Rey is entering its 30th year. Likely one of the longest running sponsorships in the world of mountain biking, Hans was there for the launch of the very first Zaskar just like he was for the 25th Anniversary LTD.
While still perfectly capable of schooling most riders in trials, these days Hans is more likely to be found on incredible adventures across the globe promoting his Wheels 4 Life charity. When adventure calls, Hans reaches for his tricked out GT Sensor Carbon…
Starting with the frame, Hans rides a medium Sensor Carbon 27.5 which he says is his choice for trail riding or any of his adventures. Typically built with a 150mm fork on the front, Hans likes his bikes a little more “choppered out” and chooses to run a 160mm Fox 36 Float FIT4 CTD Kashima fork on the front. The frame runs 130mm of travel with a Fox Float CTD Kashima rear shock.
As a long time Crank Brothers athlete, the Sensor rolls on Iodine11 carbon wheels with a special gold treatment. Hans’ sponsorship with Duro tire meant the Iodine11 wheels were wrapped in the 27.5 x 2.35 Switch tires from the brand front and rear, though he typically runs a Matador 2.2 out back. Both tires are run tubeless.
Due to the remote places his travels take him, Hans sticks with a 2×11 drivetrain with Shimano XTR running a 34/24 up front and an 11-40T cassete. Shimano also supplies the 175mm cranks, a new D-mount Side Swing front derailleur, and XTR chain. You’ll also find XTR for the brakes with Trail brakes with a carbon lever mounted to the shifters with i-Spec mounts and 180mm rotors.. Crank Brothers also supplies the Iodine 11 bar in 15mm rise and 780mm width, 50mm Iodine 2 stem, and the 50/50 flat pedals.
SQlab provides the grips and saddle which are his forthcoming signature series called the HRC (Hans Rey Certified) edition. The saddle starts with the 611 Active model in the 14cm width while the grips are the 711 in a size small. The saddle is mounted to a Crank Brothers kronolog dropper with 5″ of travel and a remote lever on the right side of the bar.
Thanks to Hans for the time and that last run down the mountain in Park City!