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Best in Show: GT Sensor and Force

From roadies to 29ers, we pick five of the best new bikes from Bike PressCamp 2013.

All Mountain, 27.5 Force Carbon Pro     Photo: Courtesy GT

PressCamp reconfirmed that 27.5 (or 650B) is here to stay. Not only were most bike manufacturers showing once-26er models now upsized to 27.5, such as the Turner Flux and the Fezzari Timp Peak, but vendors of forks, wheels, and tires said that orders for 26-inch products have all but ceased.

GT showed two brand new bikes, the trail-oriented 130mm Sensor and the all mountain 150mm Force, designed around 27.5-inch wheels. The bikes rethink the company’s proprietary suspension design in a new system called Angle Optimized Suspension, which is a high single pivot configuration that provides for an arcing rear wheel path for great rear roll over. The Sensor launches in three carbon and four alloy models, ranging from $2,800 to $9,000. The Force will be available initially in carbon only, from $5,200 to $9,000, but aluminum versions are expected in coming years.

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