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Dirt TV: Exclusive ride on Gee Atherton's new GT Fury

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Having settled back into the sultry south Wales from the carbon downhill bike test in Italy we headed north to Llangedwyn and the very real conditions of a North Walian spring to get a ride on Gee Atherton’s new Fury downhill bike.

The last time I rode Gee’s bike was his Commencal at the end of the season that he won the World Cup series 2010 – 47.5 wheelbase, 62 degree head angle and 40.3lb for the title.

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For 2011 he made way for the new Supreme which had lengthened to 48.62, 61.2 and similar 40.3lb weight.

It’s no secret that the carbon Fury production bikes were heavily modified by the top riders which included headset cups and shock offsets. Still it was a good bike that had won the toughest race on the circuit – Val Di Sol – in the hands of Marc Beaumont.

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At the end of last year it was time for change and GT knocked the team up some new chassis structures to experiment with and this is pretty much what we have here today with the new angles – 49.75 WB, 63 HA and under 36lb total bike weight with pedals. Now that is impressive.

Out on the hill up to my bars in muck the new bike feels like a large bike should with no need to overcompensate due to tight cockpit space. All the numbers add up. Yet whilst it’s easy to draw on length and head angle it’s not as simple as that – it’s the interrelationship of all the bike’s numbers. In this version they’ve got it correct and Gee commented that he’s already feeling the benefit physically, especially on the longer runs.

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Obviously we had a quick chat about wheels and its obvious that the boy’s have something in mind given the large amount of space in the swingarm with 26” wheels fitted. However they will need to try different shock tunes and get used to the different timing needed for the larger wheels. That said I cant for one second see that they will not be on the big wheels at some point this year. Even today maybe?

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It was good to get back on some ali with a bit of feeling on wet rock and root with some excellent Conti rubber. The Fury would have stood its ground very well indeed with the carbon crew. The weekend looks set to be dry, fast and wild. Gee has won here before, now he’s on a better bike……

This bike will be available to the public in the next few months.

  1. rich

    video requires a password

    1. Ali

      Sorting it now!

      1. treehuggergraeme

        Player on android fixed. Awesome work. Thanks

  2. Mav

    Wheels get trashed at FBill, got to finish to win it, bike looks good though.

  3. Leon

    Despite 2 videos and the pictures you barely see any of this bike or am I blinking for too long?

  4. jonesdirt

    So basically two of the lightest and best fitting (large) dh bikes on the market (GT soon) are currently aluminium. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

  5. dirt dodger

    @jones – measuring weight on Gee’s bike against what’s on the market surely isnt’t fair as i doubt the bike to the public will be 36lb? You know more than me obviously but i expect he has some options available as standard that “we” don’t. My secondary thought is that carbon is still relatively new for most so the builds are slightly on the side of caution as manufacturers do not have the balls/boundaries set just yet and probably don’t wish for breakages right at the start of the new era of mountain biking especially after all the R&D costs of using the new(use that word loosely) material – a couple more years and we will truely see where carbon comes in against aluminium (not aluminum take note yanks). Every body knows the limits of ali is the point i am making very badly – just my opinion from a consumer point of view. I have recently made the jump to an overbuilt carbon wilson and have to say i love it despite it being “unrefined” as you so elequently put it hahaaaa.

    1. Gabe

      Well said. If an ali frame breaks, the mass market will blame it on fatigue, crash damage, etc. If even one carbon frame breaks there will be all sorts of “carbon is only for road bikes” type sillyness and it’ll set mountain biking back ten years. Not that ali is suddenly worthless or anything. There is an application for every material somewhere. I still ride a steel road bike. Its bloody lovely, doesn’t weigh too much and it goes like a rocket. Carbon will win more races tho.

      1. dirt dodger

        glad i am not alone on this, be nice to get a measured reply at least. Ali has years on carbon, end of. For me after riding carbon there is no question – although it is a new bike, new suspension platform, geo, parts etc but hey screw it i am sold, it is the future. Regardless it has a lifetime guarantee so that means it’s staying for an undisclosed period …. I never had that from my British made, ali monocoque, single pivot machine of insanity :-) AND FUN

  6. dirt dodger

    i have to say that i do love the new fury – even in its proto version of plain black @ races it looked rad. noisy mind.

  7. Jm

    Ropey interview. Gee looks attentative and open, SJ’s just slouched asking duff questions. Come on dirt, could do better with an exclusive.

    1. drippihippy

      listening to the blurb it probably does perform better than the old carbon fury but from an aesthetic perspective it looks like a backwards step.

      1. Gabe

        function over form. every single time. no questions asked. if it really performs as well as it possibly can, it will look good as a result. if it doesn’t fit the current aesthetic fashions, but blows everything else out of the water in terms of performance then peoples idea of what looks good will change to fit the new best performer. Aesthetics are for people who care about other peoples opinions of them more than their own opinion of themself.

      2. Gabe

        Sorry. Looking back over that, the last bit kinda sounds like I’m having a proper pop at you. Didnt mean it like that. Was more aimed at the guy who I just had to spend half an hour persuading that although his shiny new forks look lovely, the steerer was not long enough and if I fitted them he would die the first time he did a jump. Seemed less concerned about that than how shiny they were. The levels he took form over function too blew my tiny little mind…Sorry again

      3. dirt dodger

        i would rather an ugly bike that was fast than a fancy bike that wasn’t end of – not that i think the Fury is ugly, i like it a lot. but function over form every time for me.

  8. david

    any thoughts on the longer reach / 30mm stem? Doesnt seem like Gee is riding a 30mm stem

  9. david

    btw its the engineer in the bottom video that mentions the 30mm stem

  10. steve

    that awkward moment when steve jones asks about big wheels size and Gee categorically states they aint faster!

    Steve then sulks and reads a puppy book :(

  11. Gossa

    I can tell you that the frame these guys are riding is exactly the same as the one that will be in the shops later this year so the weight should be similar for complete bikes. They run pretty stock parts on the team bikes, although their Stans wheels will be a bit lighter than the production bike wheels (E13).

  12. DaikanyamaGuy

    Seriously the interviewer slouching on the sofa, showing his crotch and flip flops? can we please dial the professionalism up a notch or two?

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