I was really more interested in the Sensor, GT’s shorter travel 27.5 brother, but this is the one we were able to obtain. On the trails we were riding today it felt like a big bike—bigger tires, heavier weight and a bit sluggish. Despite its “bigness” it didn’t feel overly plush either. Another seeming paradox for the Force was that it was one of the better bikes in regards to one particular short choppy, semi-fast, standing climb that caused most bikes’ rear wheels to skip and lose traction while pedaling hard over this section. The GT’s rear end seemed to stay glued to the ground through this same section pretty well. (The other bike that did well on this section was the Turner Flux). However on similar surfaces while the Force was headed downhill it seemed to skip around some.
Overall it was not a bad bike we may have just been riding it on the wrong trails, feeling somewhat cumbersome and slow on the tighter, twistier stuff. I think it would’ve come alive a bit more on steeper, chunkier terrain. We did get it out on Deadmans Ridge trail that had some of this kind of stuff, where it was able to show its strengths more, but I’m thinking The Whole Enchilada would’ve been more to its liking. Having said all that, I rode some other bikes that did well in both situations.
These were the only Formula brakes we rode…. And I didn’t like them as well as my XT’s. The overall power is down compared to others and they hiss when applied.
There’s a lot of beefy carbon and aluminum parts stuffed in and around the bottom bracket area. I have no idea how all that works.
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