Review: GT Fury 29
|The suspension set with the coil shock had great beginning stroke suppleness, midstroke support, and ample bottom out resistance. Out of the box and on stock settings it really hit all of the marks.— Paul Aston|
The frame mates a carbon front triangle with gigantic diameters to an aluminum rear triangle using a forged aluminum linkage for strength. Up front, there is a straight 1.5" head tube to allow adjustable headset cups to be used if you so wish – the bike is supplied with +/-3.5mm reach adjusting cups. Plenty of features have been included that should please mechanics. The cable routing is fully external, but a side profile view of the bike gives clean lines you might normally expect from a bike with internal cable routing, thanks to the amusingly named Groove Tube. There are also LockR Pivots, which use an expanding through axle design for additional durability, a threaded bottom bracket and replaceable ISCG05 tabs in case they are damaged. Other notable mentions are the geometry flip chip, providing 0.75° of head angle and 6mm of BB height adjustment, 10mm of chainstay length adjustment and a 12 x 148mm rear end.
Tiny shock bolt: The original shock bolt snapped within about 10 meters of riding; this was replaced by GT in Whistler. According to GT, the bikes were originally built by the factory with the wrong bolts, which should now all be replaced. However, the correct bolt lasted only a few more weeks before snapping. I replaced this with a huge bolt from the hardware shop that survived, but it did bend and was difficult to remove. The fourth bolt has survived two whole days of riding and looks good, although it's certainly something to keep an eye on. This solid steel bolt is now fitted from the factory. Given how burly everything else is on the chassis it's unfortunate that the shock bolt doesn't seem to be up to the task.
Low front end: For a large sized bike it took some work to get the handlebar height up to a usable level, largely due to the short head tube. To raise the bars, I bumped up the fork travel to 200mm from 190, swapped the flat crown (the only one on any 49 I've had) to a drop-crown, and installed a different stem. It is possible to flip the stem for more rise, but that also shortens its length from 50mm to 30mm.
Stan's Flow Wheelset: These rims took some big hits and needed replacing after a few weeks, but worse than a few dings were the spokes losing tension. There are two schools of thought here, the first is that a perfectly tensioned wheelset will stay true, the second is that some sort of thread lock compound can be used to keep the spokes at the correct tension. I prefer the latter, some don't as the thread lock can make truing difficult. After using many DT-Swiss wheelsets and their Prolock nipple system with zero issues, I'm convinced spokes shouldn't be coming loose.
Switch Kit: The Fury can be set up with 27.5" or 29" wheels using their Switch Kit, but it's not as simple as it sounds. A full switch means changing the headset cups, fork, wheels, and even the seat stay. It's not something that riders will be doing every other ride, but it does offer many options for tuning and testing with hybrid wheel setups or geometry fiddling.