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Press Release: GT Bicycles Launches the Helion XC sled

Posted by Caleb Smith on Tuesday June 17 2014

GT Bicycles announced the launch of the all-new 2015 Helion in Park City, Utah yesterday. The Helion is a bike built for good times on the mountain – perfect for a day long pedalfest or a weekend full of cross-country shredding and racing. The Helion is designed for the mountain bike rider interested in a lightweight but stable XC bike. This bike has confidence inspiring handling that lets the rider have a fun and epic time on their ride.

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The Helion Carbon Pro features GT’s FOC Ultra carbon frame, the same AOS suspension found on the Sensor and Force and the same medium sized wheels. Out the back the 110mm of travel is looked after by a Fox Racing Shox Float CTD and up front you’ll find a Fox 32 FLOAT CTD Remote FIT fork. The drivetrain is a 10 speed XT rear mech mated to a narrow/wide Race Face Turbine crankset. Price is yet to be confirmed but you can expect something around the NZ $6500 mark.

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The Helion Carbon Pro rolls on Stans Crest tubeless wheels and stopping is looked after by the ever popular Shimano XTs

The Helion alloy Expert frame features the same AOS suspension found on the Sensor and Force models and the same medium sized wheels. Out the back the 110mm of travel is looked after by am X Fox Float CTD rear shock and up front you’ll find a Fox Float CTD fork. The drivetrain is a a 2 x 10 speed mix of XT and SLX. Price is yet to be confirmed but you can expect the alloy Expert to be around NZ $4300.The Helion Alloy Expert is hooked up with WTB’s STi23, UST Tubeless wheels and stopping power is provided by Shimano’s Deore brakes.

The GT Helion is outfitted with GT’s most efficient pedalling system, the AOS Suspension System, which isolates the drivetrain from the suspension and delivers pedalling forces into forward motion. In addition, the Helion uses the new LOCKR Expanding Axle System which allows for a simpler pivot and lighter pivot assembly, and a lighter bike.

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The Helion alloy Comp frame features the same AOS suspension found on the Sensor and Force models and the same medium sized wheels. Out the back the 110mm of travel is looked after by an X Fusion RL rear shock and up front you’ll find a Radion XC RLR fork. The drive train is a a 3 x 10 speed mix of SLX, Deore and Alivio. Price is yet to be confirmed but you can expect the alloy Comp to be around NZ $2800.

The Three models that will arrive in New Zealand are featured on this page and are the Carbon Pro model, the alloy Expert model and the alloy Comp model. Below is a little refresher on how the AOS suspension works and an detailed look at the new pivot bolt.

 

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To learn more about the Grade and the Helion as well as GT’s other great products, please visit: www.GTBicycles.com and www.GTBicycles.com/kissmyaos.

Categories: New products

  • Israel Magalit

    Typo on the Comp. It’s the Sensor that has 130mm of rear wheel travel

    • http://www.spokemagazine.com Caleb Smith

      Thanks for pointing that, all the PR material from GT had 130mm travel on the alloy models…