All Mountain, 27.5 Force Carbon Pro     Photo: Courtesy GT

Best in Show: GT Sensor and Force

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

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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