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Published on May 15, 2013
GT Distortion 2.0 Price: $3,350 Weight: 33.1 pounds By Ryan LaBar
Of all the bikes in this issue, we had the toughest time pinning this bike to a specific category. The Distortion outweighs all the bikes in the trail category by nearly 3 pounds, has a head-angle that's slacker than most of the all-mountain bikes, yet the Distortion's 114-millimeters of rear travel seemingly lands it squarely in XC territory. All testers agreed on one thing: Of all the bikes in the group, the Distortion consistently proved to be one of the most fun to ride.
The 66.5-degree head angle and 140-millimeter fork gobble up bumps and keep the bike pointed in the right direction. Additionally, the Distortion's frame is quite stout and carries its weight low, making it a blast to rip corners, catch air and drop into steep sections of trail. The Distortion is a far more capable bike than its travel numbers suggest.
Aiding all this fun was a solid mix of quality components, which includes the RockShox Sektor TK fork, which we found to be surprisingly capable, as well as short stem, wide bars, Shimano SLX shifters and derailleurs with Shadow Plus and Maxxis Minion DHF tires front and back.
There are, however, some disappointments that tarnished an otherwise outstanding build. We had to trouble.....FOR THE FULL REVIEW, GO TO WWW.BIKEMAG.COM