For whatever reason we don’t review a ton of downhill bikes these days and so our test team were super excited when the GT’s latest carbon DH machine arrived at our office. The ‘Fury Pro’ is about as modern as DH bikes get with its 29” wheels, carbon fibre frame and razor sharp geometry. This is a bike that literally brings World Cup racing performance straight to the dealer floor.
Upon closer inspection once we had the bike up in the work stand during it’s build we noticed that there are a lot of cool frame details and features that have been designed into the bike. Take a look at that high pivot chain line for instance! At its heart is an LTS Design frame which has been specifically optimised for downhill so that the lightweight carbon is still tough enough to handle the punishment that downhill dishes out.
The Fury Pro is offered in a choice of 4 frame size; small, medium, large and XL. We opted for the medium because we were mindful that those big 29” wheels would make the bike quite a bit longer than the ‘old school’ DH bikes we have reviewed in years past and we wanted to make sure that we’d still be able to flick it around out on the trails without feeling as if we were riding a double decker bus. First impressions of throwing a leg over the bike out in the carpark of the workshop was that it feels nice and roomy with plenty of standover height and a comfortable ‘reach’. That coil sprung rear shock sure does feel bloody plush as well.
To be honest when we first spotted photos of this bike online we weren’t too sure about the green colourway, however in the flesh it looks really sweet. The colour is actually called Satin Jade and we think it really compliments all of the smooth lines and intricate details of the bike’s frame.
Spec wise GT weren’t messing around when they went shopping for the Fury Pro’s parts list. Starting with a set of RockShox Boxxer forks up front and RockShox Super Deluxe Coil rear shock, you’re already kicking goals. Add into the mix a crisp shifting SRAM GX DH compact drivetrain complete with a set of ultra-stiff Truvativ Descendant cranks, you’ll be able to transfer all of your power straight into the rear wheel with confidence. Considering how fast this bike is going to rip down the trails it’s reassuring to see that it’s been fitted with a set of mega powerful SRMA Code brands which are matched with massive 200mm rotors front and rear.Also, the Fury’s rolling prowess is complemented by DT Swiss rims and Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5” tyres for high grip performance in all conditions.
Our team are going to be testing this fine looking green machine over the next few months and we can assure you that they’ll be trying to push it to its absolute limits each and every ride. Are GT on a winner with their new top of the line DH offering? You’ll have to check the next issue to find out. Until then, let’s go shred some trails!