GT Bicycles has a pretty extensive heritage to call on. It also apparently has a pretty good retro bike library back at CSG headquarters, so when it decided to mark 25 years of full suspension bikes, it had plenty of retro machines to call upon.
GT chose Sea Otter to stage its retro showcase. The staff there were happy to show off all of the bikes there – from one-off concept bikes to one retro I-Drive that was borrowed back from a collector who regularly rides it. It also seemed that there was an underlying reason for showing off its many suspension designs – there seems to be something else in the works, which the staff would only hint at, but we reckon that it’s probably high time that GT unveiled a completely new suspension system. Stay tuned then… In the meantime, what about these bikes?
Luckily, GT had its longest-running sponsored rider available to give us a rundown of the bikes. Take it away Hans Rey!
Meanwhile, back in 1996, this concept bike showed where many of the ideas of the iT-1 came from. This one used a seven speed Shimano Nexus hub bolted into the middle of a suspension design. Note the ‘wrong side’ chain drive and the equally wrong right hand rear brake.
According to GT, most people have been reminiscing over this mid-90s LTS as it was one of the most innovative, yet affordable suspension bikes of its day.
And for the Steve Peat fans in the room, how about this STS Lobo from 1998?