More OMG than WTF: Gary Turner Making Bikes Again

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Gary Turner… The original GT of GT Bicycles? Yes that Gary Turner, has taken up the torch again to make a limited run of reproduction Mono Shocks, his original groundbreaking full suspension BMX design. Here’s one he made in 1974:


The reproductions are frame and forks only; sadly, the oddly braced 20″ wheels above are not included. For $985 you’ll have a coil shock just like all the big boy enduro racers, and can claim the smaller wheels are a higher bandwidth interface for trail feedback. In all seriousness it’s probably not the bike for your Megavalanche attempt, but if you’re a collector it’s a bit of bike history.

Gary is back in business with his son Craig, making various and typically more conventional BMX race frames. They ship internationally, check them out at

David Hayward

Singletrack Contributor

David started mountain biking in the 90’s, by which he means “Ineptly jumping a Saracen Kili Racer off anything available in a nearby industrial estate”. After growing up and living in some extremely flat places, David moved to Yorkshire specifically for the mountain biking. This felt like a horrible mistake at first, because the hills are so steep, but you get used to them pretty quickly.

Previously, David trifled with road and BMX, but mountain bikes always won. He’s most at peace battering down a rough trail, quietly fixing everything that does to a bike, or trying to figure out if that one click of compression damping has made things marginally better or worse. The inept jumping continues to this day.

Comments (4)

    Oddly braced 20″ wheels? They’re Motomags – classics!

    It’s because Singletrack now employ children as young as 35 to write news. Thanks for schooling me 🙂

    Heh. Someone’s enjoying themselves. Mad is good 🙂

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