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When the GT Fury was first released, its bold styling and robust carbon frame turned heads. Under the stewardship of the Athertons and Mark Beaumont the original Fury took the world by storm and accrued wins like they were going out of fashion. As with anything though, times change. Aluminium replaced carbon and in an era of longer, slacker, lower, the Fury was showing its age.
Results abandoned the American brand and riders struggled to compete aboard the bike, to such an extent that Brook Macdonald was vocal in his criticism. There's a lot riding on this all-new Fury then; a pivotal moment for GT and an opportunity to rekindle former glories or risk fading into middle-of-the-pack obscurity.
One of the worst kept secrets in Downhill; the new Fury has been a regular feature on the World Cup circuit for a number of seasons now. Having been put through its paces by the GT Factory team, fettled with and adjusted, GT believes that they've finally hit the nail on the head and the bike is ready for release.
GT Fury Team Detail Gallery:
Featuring totally revised geometry and suspension, the Fury that replaces its predecessor couldn't be more dissimilar. Carbon returns in the form of the front triangle, and a Linkage Tuned Suspension (LTS) replaces the COR Design of the former. In essence then, GT, much like Scott earlier in the season, have plumped for the tried and tested 4-bar design as the solution to their problems. Where GT have looked to distinguish themselves, however, is in just how adjustable this all-new model is.
Beginning with wheel size, GT have all options covered. The new Fury will be available in three models, Team, Expert, Pro, and a frameset. The Fury Team, the highest spec version, will be available as a 29er only, while the Pro model incorporates a blended wheel size offering – 27.5 for small and medium and 29 for medium and large. Meanwhile, the Expert is equipped exclusively with 27.5 wheels to provide a poppy and playful ride; a bike park killer. There's also the option for riders to purchase a frameset which includes a Switch Kit, allowing them to rotate between 27.5 and 29 wheels. No complaints on that front then.
When paired with 29-inch wheels, the Fury sits at 190mm travel and promises a stable, controlled ride for when the going gets fast, a la Mont Sainte Anne. In the 27.5/200mm travel configuration, the ride is claimed to be nimble, agile and more suited to park style riding.
GT has managed to engineer it so that geometry remains consistent regardless of the wheel size and travel combination. There's also the option for riders to lengthen or shorten the Fury’s cockpit with adjustable headset cups and the rear end can also be lengthened or shortened, allowing the Fury to be a tailor-made weapon regardless of rider or track.
GT Fury x US Open Gallery:
If 2017 was the year of the big wheels, 2018 is the year of the idler. Commencal led the charge, with Norco following suit and even Scott welding a makeshift one onto their new rig. Considering the four-bar suspension of the Fury in a little more detail, the LTS platform is very, very tunable. GT claim that the design offers supreme bump absorption, phenomenal braking and no pedal feedback, culminating in a smooth, predictable and controlled ride. According to Luis Arraiz, GT frame engineer and a man who knows his stuff when it comes to suspension, the idler pulley of the Fury allows the drivetrain and suspension forces to be kept completely separate. The result? Pedal efficiency, traction and a bike that charges over the rough stuff.
GT Fury Prices
GT Fury Team - £5499.99
GT Fury Pro - £3999.99
GT Fury Expert - £2999.99
Frameset w/ Switch Kit - £2499
GT have paid attention to the details on the new Fury too. A shock flip chip allows for changes in geometry to suit the terrain while on the 27.5 set-up, the dropout flip chip allows for a 10mm change in chainstay length. GT has also made the Fury as easy as possible for riders to work on by using Groove Tube technology. The Groove Tube allows cables to be externally routed yet tucked away for easy maintenance and clean looking lines.
We'll wait until we've had an opportunity to put the new Fury through its paces before we pass judgment, but first impressions are good. It looks like GT have grabbed the bull by the horns and delivered a bike that, if it lives up to the promises of the marketing hype, may well be a thoroughbred. Keep your eyes peeled for a full review as soon as possible.