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www.grindtv.com, 2009: GT Bicycles is a large American manufacturer of road, mountain, and bmx bicycles. The company was founded in 1979 by Gary Turner, a welding engineer and Richard Long, a bike shop owner. The company merged with Schwinn in 1998, but the conglomerate went bankrupt in 2001, and was acquired by Pacific Cycle. Dorel Industries acquired Pacific Cycle in 2004. GT itself acquired Auburn Racing and Dyno Products from Bob Morales plus Robinson Racing from the late Chuck Robinson in the late 1980s.early yearsGARY TURNER.
Moto Cross racing is big. Between moto's parents allow the youngsters to race bicycles on the big dirt tracks. Dad's get involved and Bicycle Moto Cross was born. Gary Turner is one of the dads that goes to Moto Cross races and watches the kids racing including his own. He notices that the bikes are heavy, slow and fragile. Gary is a professional drag racer and has vast experience welding and building cro-mo "rails" or chassis, for drag racers. With the high grade aircraft cromoly tubing used for dragsters Gary starts to make frames for his son to race at the MX track. His son's bike gets noticed and Gary starts to supply the frames to other kids and building his reputation one frame at a time.

RICHARD LONG.
Richard Long owns and runs a bike shop in Orange County, California. He notices Gary Turner and his frames. He notices that they are selling and that people want to know how to get them. Richard calls Gary and asks him if he can stock and sell the frames. Gary agrees and the most famous partnership in BMX history starts.

PEDALS READY GT FRAME.
cycbmx.wordpress.com: 1976. Pedals Ready is a Pro Shop at the Western Sports-A-Rama BMX track. Gary Turner begins making them bikes selling them as Pedals Ready/GT “Ames Replica”
jmc/ace, bmxsociety.com, february 2009: Gary Turner was the guy behind the design of the Pedals Ready GT. Ronnie Ames replica was the short frame and Dennis Dain replica was the long frame. Most of the JMC team were riding these frames prior to the first JMC frames being produced. It would have been '76 to early '77 that you would have seen JMC riders on Pedals Ready frames....
cycbmx.wordpress.com: 1977. CYC begins selling them as Stormer “Ames Limited Edition”. *Note the catalog shows them still with GT downtube decals but a CYC head tube decal. Shown it was sold only as frameset. But CYC also sold kits so some bike shops may have gotten them complete with kits from CYC.

GT BICYCLES INC.
Things happen fast and soon Richard and Gary invested in a shop dedicated to making top quality Cro-moly BMX frames in Santa Ana. In 1979 they incorporated into GT Bicycles, Inc. GT standing for the initials of it's founder, Gary Turner. Richard sold his bike shop and began selling frames as fast as possible to bicycle distributors across the USA and into Europe. Business is huge and so is BMX. GT begins to sponsor BMX racers. Richard is the business and marketing genius and Gary is the engineer and craftsmen. Little did they know that in 20 years they would build together one of the most well known bicycle companies in the world.gary turner
Gary Turner

richard long
Richard Long

gt pedals ready
Pedals Ready GT frame. Advertisement in the first issue of BMX Action, december 1976.1980Ad in BMX Action february 1980.GT 19801984GT arrive en France officiellement.
Bicross magazine mars 1984: On trouvait déjà quelques pièces GT en France, arrivant par des chemins tortueux et à des prix élevés. Il fallait qu'une véritable entreprise d'importation se penche sur la question. C'est fait avec Mobycycle à Nantes.

GT frame standers.
Ad in BMX Action september 1984: This unique design from GT is trick. GT factory, they go onto the rear axle, clean and simple. They work great for climbing all over your bike.

Bob Morales and Eddie Fiola designed the first GT freestyle frame and named it the GT Performer.
Ad, BMX Action may 1984: Freestyle has just moved up to the level of professional. The Pro Performer is not a converted BMX bike. Deigned by professional freestylers, Eddie Fiola and Bob Morales, the Performer was engineered specifically for stylin' from its uniquely bent down tube to extra wide lower chain stays for climbing all over the bike. Lightweight and strong, the Performer is all new and all GT. The freestyle Performer frame and fork becomes the Pro Performer complete bike when GT puts it all together with components like their 4130 chromoly handlebars and laid-back seatpost, GT high pressure tires, Dia-Compe front and rear brakes, Tuf Neck stem and freestyle tuff Skyway wheels.
The GT Pro Performer, if it works for riders like Eddie, who constantly redefine the word radical, it just might improve your style.
Ron Wilkerson:GT was coming out with a freestyle frame and we were TOTALLY stoked because that was a BIG thing - another company besides Haro making a freestyle bike.
Bicross magazine: Ils jetent ainsi les bases d'une nouvelle géométrie qui sera reprise (copiée ?) par la plupart des constructeurs. A l'époque, les principales révolutions concernent le cintrage du tube inférieur au niveau du tube de direction et la plateforme rabaissée.
?: The bend at the top of the downtube was to enable full 180° x-up without crushing the front brake cable (this was before Potts Mod cable routing)GT 1984 pegs

gt pro performer eddie fiola
Ad from BMX Action may 1984.1985Richard Long interview in Bicross Magazine #33 juin 1985.

GT World Tour with Eddie Fiola, (Bob Morales?) and David Breed.
Ad in BMX Action march 1985: GT is taking Freestyle to the world. The 1985 World Tour will take GT pros Eddie Fiola and Dave Breed to almost every recognized country on the globe. They'll be demonstrating their high flying, free style from the beach in Hawaii, to Japan, to down under inAustralia. From the deserts of Saudi Arabia to the mountains of France. From England to Germany, to Holland stylin' their way around the globe, making their way back home. Once in the USA, they'll perform across the country from the east coast to the west. Forget the Jacksons, This is a tour; the GT World Tour.
David Breed, june 2003:In 1985 the world tour was with Eddie Fiola and David Breed. Shawn our manager was with us also as we when to Tokyo, Hong Kong, Macau, Dubai, England, Ireland Scotland, Wales, Switzerland, East Germany, West Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Holland back to England then on to the Rockville show in Washington, DC. Eddie and I went to France 1 month before the World Tour to Valence France, we stayed in a little hotel in Romans France.
Peter Edge, december 2006:You have Bob Morales down as a ? for the 85 World Tour, he was definitely on the UK leg as my dad (John) was sales rep for GBGT (UK importers for GT run by Geoff Barraclough) Both Eddie and Bob visited our house whilst staying in Blackpool:o)

GT Epoch Headset.
Lightweight, high quality headset with the unique self-adjusting mechanism to ensure your steering is always precise.
Jeu de direction à ressort.

BMX Action Bike december 1985: Pegs.
1985 GT Frame Standers Eddie Fiola's invention redesigned. These rear platforms are quite simply the very best available.
GT Fork Standers Eddie Fiola new design fold-up fork standers. Chromed steel with extra wide platform. These are the ultimate in fork standers.
GT Tube Rides Serrated, lightweight alloy axle extenders.
GT Steel Tube Rides Extra large diameter axle extenders. Designed for more control and comfort, covered with grip tape to prevent slipping.

GT produit 70 000 bicross par an.gt stem potence
Potence cubique à expandeur percé

1985 GT world tour
World Tour 1985

1985 GT Frame Standers
1985 GT Fork Standers
1985 GT Alloy tube rides
1985 GT steel tube rides19861986 GT WORLD TOUR.
Gary Turner a choisi cette année pour promotionner sa marque Martin Aparijo et Dennis Langlais. Le World Tour passe en France (Evry, Nantes, St Etienne, Givors, Six Fours) du 25 au 29 juin.

DYNO.
Automne 1986, GT rachète à Bob Morales les parts que celui-ci possède dans la marque Dyno.19871987 CATALOG.(scanned)

GT BICYCLES.
GT, Dyno et Robinson font parties de GT Bicycles. Richard Long est Président Général, Gary Turner Vice Président.

GT PRO FREESTYLE TOUR.
Deuxième coude sur le tube inférieur libérant ainsi une nouvelle plateforme, angle de chasse réduit, U-Brakes (Dia-Compe AD990).

MOUNTAIN BIKES.
As the late 80 's approached BMX racing tapered off and the BMX business got hard. In light of this Richard turned his focus onto the sport of Mountain Biking although he never forgot BMX and in fact turned up the heat on his competitors. In November of 1987 GT showed its first line of 5 mountain bikes at the young Interbike Show in Reno, Nevada.gt bmx 1987 catalog1988 1988 CATALOG.(scanned)

GT BICYCLES.
GT Bicycles rassemble les marques GT, Dyno, Robinson et Auburn.

HUNTINGTON BEACH.
In 1988 GT moved from the 4 separate Container lane buildings into a specially built facility on 17800 Gothard street in Huntington Beach for the next 5 years.

Full assortment of USA made 4130 BMX and freestyle frames, components and accessories. Complete BMX bikes sourced from Taiwan, range expands to over 10 models.gt bmx 1988 catalog

gt cranks
Crank 198819891989 CATALOG.(scanned)
Frames underwent some minor refinements in design, but nothing too drastic.gt bmx 1989 catalog19901990 CATALOG.(scanned)
GT 1990 catalog with Joe Johnson at the 1989 Woodward KOV on the cover.

Sean McKinney, Ride BMX UK april 1997:The period from 1989 to about 1994 who was 20 inch bikes? Kids growing up in that era who wanted to start riding BMX. If they thumbed through a magazine they saw Standard, S&M, Hoffman, but mostly GT. That's what they saw. Even though people bad-mouth GT, if it wasn't for them doing it in that time it would have been less - I mean they stuck it out when BMX wasn't a flourishing industry. I've got a great respect for them. Some people say GT is too big, too corporate, too garbage; those people are pretty close minded, they're not looking at the big picture. If it wasn't for them, you might not have seen these bikes around. They're the reason BMX stayed in. They were like the backbone for all these smaller companies. GT will be around for a long time. joe johnson gt 1990 catalog19911991 CATALOG.(scanned)

1991 GT INTERNATIONAL TOUR.
Dave Voelker, Bill Neuman, Dave Mirra and Team manager Ron Haro started the tour from Huntington Beach, California on june 1st. This was the first leg of the tour and it lasted until august 2nd. It covered the west coast and the midwest. Rhino Ron and Voelker flew back to California from St. Louis, Missouri. Bill Neuman and Dave Mirra picked up new Team manager Rick Thorne at his house in Kansas City, Missouri.gt bmx 1991 catalog19921992 CATALOG.(scanned)gt bmx 1992 catalog1993CATALOG.(scanned)
Gary Ellis and Dave Voelker on the cover of the 1993 GT/Dyno catalog.ellis voelker gt dyno 1993 catalog19941994 CATALOG.(scanned)

FUELER.
Fueler frame is introduced, at the time it was one of the only dirt jump specifc frames in the market. The Fueler featured massive over size cro-mo tubes with plate cut drops and 1 1/8" headtube.

25 models in the combined GT / Dyno line. gt dyno bmx 1994 catalog1995 Fueler is offered as a complete bike, Power series tubular cro-mo cranks introduced. GT and Dyno line grows to 27 models and over 20 framesets. Powerlite and Robinson lines are also introduced with a combined total of 16 models.

GT left the old building on Gothard and moved into a sprawling warehouse back in the original town of GT, Santa Ana, California. With twice the space for both warehousing and office GT kept growing and growing.

Todd Hoffman, GT marketing co-ordinator, Ride BMX UK august 1995:We have 50 percent of the market share here in the United States, that's obviously spread out over five: brands - GT, Dyno, Robinson, Auburn, and Powerlite.

NASDAQ
In October of 1995 GT Bicycles Inc. went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange with the help of Bain Capital, a well known investment bank in Boston, Mass. Richard and Gary were turned in multi millionaires over night.

BMX and freestyle account for approximately 40 percent of the sales. 1996CATALOG.(scanned)
Dave Voelker and Gary Ellis on the cover of the 1996 GT/Dyno catalog.

Aluminum hits the track with the all new "Speed Series Team" . This is a huge step for the former Cro-mo driven BMX product line. GT applies lessons learned with Zaskar production into BMX technology. GT and Dyno both feature price point Taiwan frames to capitalize on the trend. There are now 50 models between GT/Dyno/ Powerlite and Robinson.

RICHARD LONG.
July 1996, on his way to a NORBA National race in Big Bear, California Richard Long was killed on his motorcycle. Even Richard's death could not at first slow the massive inertia that GT generated. Business kept growing and GT soon purchased distributors in the UK (This deal was actually consummated in the months prior to Richard's passing) , France and Japan in the months after Richard's death.ellis voelker gt dyno 1996 catalog 1997CATALOG.(scanned)
1997 GT/Dyno catalog.

NEW FACILITY.
GT moved to an even larger 300,000 square foot facility a few miles down the road in June of 1997. This latest location was a fully integrated manufacturing, assembly and warehousing facility. The stock price, after a dip following Richard's accident, soared as high as $22.00. However chinks in the armor started to show and the weak organizational fabric that was previously held together by Richard's sheer force of will was starting to rip apart. By the fall of 1997 a few corporate suitors had secretly come and gone. The focus of sr. mgmgnt was not on the company and the internal forces within were often at odds. Sales goals were missed, forecasts were wrong, product delivered late, massive recalls occurred. The numbers slipped and so did the stock. However the money kept flowing like water out of a broken dam and to all outward appearances GT was as healthy as ever.gt dyno 1997 catalog 1998 GT SHOW.
6061-T6 Aluminum is introduced to freestyle by the groundbreaking GT Show flatland frame. With close input from legendary flatlander Ruben Castillo, Robert Kahler and Jeff Soucek designed a frame specifically for the discipline of flatland.
Rueben Castillo, Ride BMX US february 1998:It's basically a thought that came to my head when I started flatland to get a small lightweight bike. Smaller than any other flatland bike, I'm only 5'3" and a half. Most bike geometry's are made for someone around 5'10 or a 6 footer. I helped with Woody Itson and some of the people at GT. We came up with a bike that has an 18" top tube and a 13" rear end. It's something that has never be done before. We all put our heads together and came up with something that we are really happy about.

QUESTOR.
In the summer of 1998, Questor, the money behind Schwinn Cycling & Fitness bought GT Bicycles Inc. for 175 million dollars. Schwinn and GT merged to form a global company with two powerful brand franchise and well-established market leadership positions in several bicycle and fitness segments.gt show 1998
1998 GT Show.

james needham ride bmx uk 08 1998
James Needham flatlanding with his GT Show on the cover of Ride BMX UK august 1998. Photo by Paul Roberts.2001BANKRUPTCY.
In spring of 2001 it was obvious that Questor and the banks had decided to get out. Spending was frozen, payments to vendors and subcontractors were stopped. The writing was on the wall. Questor through their holding company, Schwinn-GT inc, declared bankruptcy on 6/27/01. The once mighty duo of bicycle companies was sold to Pacific Cycle through bankruptcy court on 9/11/01 for 86 million dollars. This represented an almost 175 million dollar loss to Questor and a much larger blow to the bicycle community.
Pacific won the battle over Huffy buying the Schwinn/GT corporation. Pacific also owns Mongoose. Pacific makes the quality bikes found in K-Mart and other such stores. Exact plans for the future have not been made but Pacific will possibly put the Schwinn brand in the mass market circuit. 2002TEAM.
Le team est réduit à Jamie Bestwick en free et Christophe Lévèque en race.2003Pacific propose une gamme GT pour 2003 avec un pro modèle haut de gamme pour Jamie Bestwick.TEAMMartin AparijoBMX Plus! april 1985: GT announced that it has signed BMX Plus! test rider Martin Aparijo to the GT freestyle team. - 1989
Jamie Bestwick july 1998 -
Jason Brown may 1997 - ....
Brian Blyther .... - .... then 1997 - ....
Graig Campbell 1990 - january 1991
Lionel Cardoso
Krys Dauchy
Jason Davies 1997 - ....
Reuel Erickson summer 1996 - february 1998
Romaric Fath
Eddie Fiola 1983, Eddie Fiola finished his contract with Kuwahara and signed with GT Bicycles. - august 1987
Ken Hale july 1998 -
Tom Haugen mai 1998 "Kip Williamson was working for GT at the time. He saw me ride and saw potential. He told GT to hire me and when I got home from the Virginia X-Trials contest, I was on GT"
Woody Itson spring 1993, Woody is now in charge of GT/DYNO's freestyle division.
Joe Johnson winter 1988.89 - 1990
Kevin Jones spring 1989 - end of 1989 J'ai refusé de faire un Tour pour eux, notre contrat n'était pas signé, j'avais posé certaines conditions et ils ont laissé traîner (...) j'ai compris que c'était fini.
Alexandre Jumelin (xmas 1999 - .... )
Eben Krackau july 1998 -
Stéphane Libersac (xmas 1999 - .... )
McGoo, Harold McGruther team manager/announcer/... 1987 - ....
Trevor Meyer february 28th, 1994 - december 2000
Pat Miller 1994
Jay Miron .... - november 1992 when he refused to wear his GT Jersey.
Bob Morales 1983, Bob finished his contract with Kuwahara and signed with GT Bicycles.
Rob Nolli 1994 - ....
John Parker spring 1993 - december 1997
Mike Parenti 1998, GT picked up new jumper named Mike Parenti from San Diego on a recommendation from Dave Voelker - ....
Gary Pollack ex CW 1988 - ....
Rob Sigaty summer 1996 - ....
Josh White 1985 - 1989
Dave Voelker
Matt Wilhelm april 2001, Matt is now on GT.
Ron Wilkerson .... - 1984 Haro rachete le contrat de Ron chez GT pour un bon paquet de dollars.www.fatbmx.com, october 2001:All people at Schwinn/GT got fired after Pacific Cycles bought the company. Only a few employees got re-hired for 90 days to help Pacific with the transition. Riders were told that there would not be any paychecks coming till the end of the year so people like Robert de Wilde, Thomas Allier, Danny Nelson, Dave Voelker, Tom Haugen, Rob Nolli, Ruben Castillo, Kevin Gutierrez, Jamie Bestwick, Matt Pohlkamp and his brother (Duncan Gore), Jay Egglestone, Dave Osato, Brian Wizmerski, Brendan Meadows and Travis Turresson are shopping. Good luck to them finding a new ride.
Sours: http://www.23mag.com/com/gt/gt.htm

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GT Bicycles

Company

GT Bicycles designs and manufactures BMX, mountain, and road bicycles. GT is a division of a Canadian conglomerate, Dorel Industries, which also markets Cannondale, Schwinn, Mongoose, IronHorse, DYNO, and RoadMaster bicycle brands; all manufactured in Asia.

GT was founded in 1972, by Gary Turner and Richard Long in Santa Ana, California, and was noted at its inception for spearheading the prominence of BMX bicycles, later for developing a range of bikes around its "triple triangle" design, and at the end of its independent history, winning a commission to manufacture a $30,000 carbon fiber "Superbike"[1] for the 1996 Summer games. GT sponsored numerous race teams and individuals, including noted riders Rebecca Twigg and Juli Furtado.

In 1998, the company went public and subsequently merged with Questor Partners, then owner of Schwinn. The conglomerate went bankrupt in 2001 and was acquired by Pacific Cycle, which was in turn acquired by Dorel Industries in 2004.

GT is noted for innovative BMX designs and their "triple triangle" hard-tail mountain bike frame design — where seat stays are parallel to the downtube and attached to the top tube forward of the seat tube, rather than directly at the seat tube. The company often uses a frame design where the bike's top tube extends rearward past the seat tube, claimed to reduce the vibration transferred to the seat from the rear wheel. Later versions would have "GT" stamped on the end of the extended top tube.

Company History[edit]

Origins 1972-1979[edit]

GT bicycles began in 1972 when professional drag racer and experienced welder Gary Turner makes a frame for his son Craig Turner in his Fullerton, California garage to race at the BMX track. Most frames used during this period were modified Schwinn Stingrays which were heavy and broke easily under the stress of BMX racing and jumping. Gary Turner made his frames from 4130 chrome-moly tubing, the same tubing used in building chassis for dragsters which is stronger and lighter than regular carbon steel. Craig's bike gets noticed at the BMX track and Gary starts making frames for other kids.

In 1976 Gary Turner begins producing frames for Pedals Ready, a Pro Shop at the Western Sports-A-Rama BMX track in Orange County, California named and marketed as Pedals Ready/GT. These are the first commercially distributed Gary Turner produced frames and one of the first sponsored riders to use them was Greg A. Hill whose father owned the Pedals Ready bike shop. Aware of the popularity of Gary Turner’s BMX frames, Richard Long contacts Turner in 1977 about supplying his Anaheim, California bicycle shop. Turner agrees and the foundation of GT Bicycles is born. These early frames were not yet the GT brand, but were simply called "Gary Turner" as seen by the frame stickers. Things happened fast and soon Richard and Gary invested in a manufacturing warehouse dedicated to making top quality Cro-moly BMX frames in Santa Ana, California. In 1979 they incorporated into GT Bicycles, Inc. GT standing for the initials of its founder, Gary Turner. Richard sold his bike shop and began selling frames as fast as possible to bicycle distributors across the USA and into Europe. Richard headed the business and marketing aspects of the company while Gary was the engineer and production head.

GT Bicycles Inc.[edit]

In 1980 GT Bicycles Inc. releases their first bike the “GT Pro” and begins to sponsor BMX racers such as Lee Medlin and Denny Davidow. GT’s first magazine ad appears in Bicycle Motocross Action (BMX Action) in the January 1980 issue.

For the 1981 season GT releases five models: Junior, Expert, 24, 26 and Pro. The models stay this way until 1984 when they introduce their first freestyle bike the Performer.

In 1983 GT signs freestyle BMX riders Bob Morales and Eddie Fiola to design and eventually ride a new freestyle bike the Performer. At the time, the Performer was the only other dedicated freestyle bike besides the Haro Freestyler. The unique bent down tube was instantly recognizable and a design and marketing game changer which became a trademark look for GT. Bob Morales eventually left GT to focus on his own company DYNO Designs while Eddie Fiola became arguably the most famous and popular BMX personality of the 1980s until his contract was not renewed in 1987.

In 1985 GT bought BMX accessories and apparel company Dyno. Bob Morales said "GT Bicycles made an offer to buy Dyno. I accepted their offer because Dyno was severely under-capitalized and in need of investment. I negotiated a contract with GT to design bicycle frames and components and to consult on a marketing strategy for them." Morales developed a line of Dyno frames and bicycles for GT. Dyno also produced a line of clothing apparel and shoes under the Dyno brand. 1985 also saw GT produce their first Mountain bike for the emerging sport and market.

Robinson Racing was acquired by GT Bicycles in 1987 from founder Chuck Robinson due to financial troubles with the company. Chuck went to work for GT and did promotion for them as well as heading up the South America sales because he spoke Spanish as well as other languages. Robinson Racing was found in the late 1970s after Chuck worked for DG BMX and Webco Bikes Inc.

In 1989 GT Bicycles acquires Auburn Cycles another company that Bob Morales started along with Todd Huffman only one year earlier. Originally Auburn was going to be Honda Cycles but the Honda Motor corp. pulled out at the last minute declining to license the name. Bob and Todd continued with the project and Huffman came up with the Auburn name and Bob designed the original logo. When Auburn merged into GT Huffman was hired by GT to manage the brand in addition to his Marketing Director title. GT produced Auburn frames and bicycles until 1997.

Also in 1989 GT acquired Powerlite. Powerlite was founded in 1977 by Steve Rink in Orange County, California as a frame for Peddlepower bike shop called the Peddlepower SR. In early 1979 this would change and the decals would read Powerlite. The company name was resurrected as an independent in 2002 as Powerlite Bicycles USA which produces BMX racing bikes and accessories.

Ownership Change & Public Offering[edit]

With lost public interest in the sport of BMX and declining sales, Long and Turner sold a controlling interest to Boston-based investment firm Bain Capital in 1993, which then took the company public in October 1995.[2]

In 1996, GT won the commission to manufacture a highly aerodynamic bike design that would later become known as the "Superbike."[3] and later banned by Olympic regulations. A byproduct of a year-long development program with the U.S. national team known as Project '96, the bike featured a carbon graphite frame with no top tube, extremely thin seat and downtubes, a seat tube with a deep cutout to accommodate the rear wheel, as well as differently sized aerodynamic wheels.[4] Describing the bike, the U. S. Cycling Federation's track endurance coach Craig Griffin said "it's so thin and light, and it's as strong as anything built. It's so aerodynamic that when you look at it from the front, it disappears."[5] Controversially, just prior to the 96 Summer Olympics, Rebecca Twigg quit the team, citing her Superbike's ill fit[3] as one of the reasons for departing.

On October 11, 1996, GT announced that it had reached an agreement with Nike whereby Nike will be an official sponsor for all of GT's bicycle racing teams in 1997. Under the new agreement, all GT team athletes will use Nike shoes and after-race apparel. This new sponsorship agreement represented an expansion of Nike's current sponsorship as the official shoe of the GT mountain bike team by the then CEO Michael Haynes. GT Bicycles had the first and the only mountain bike and BMX teams that are sponsored by Nike. GT had a total of 57 athletes on various teams in 1997, including nine mountain bike racers, 32 BMX racers and 16 freestyle/GT Bicycle Air Show performers.[citation needed]

Gary Turner & Richard Long 1981

A week before GT's debut at the 1996 Summer Olympic, GT co-founder Richard Long was killed on July 12 in a motorcycle accident on his Honda Valkyrie en route to a national championship series race for the National Off-Road Bicycle Association at Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino mountains.[1]

At the time of Long's death, GT maintained an office at the factory in Santa Ana as well as a factory in Huntington Beach[2] — and manufactured 600,000 bicycles annually under the GT, Powerlite, Robinson and Dyno brands, distributed bikes, parts and accessories via its Riteway network and had annual revenues of $150 million.[1]

Less than two years after Long's death, in 1998, Bain Capital sold GT to another investment group, Questor Partners, which at the time also owned Schwinn, for $175 million. Five years to the day that Richard Long had died, Questor would file for bankruptcy on June 27, 2001, and was acquired by Pacific Cycle, which was in turn acquired by Canadian company Dorel Industries in 2004.

Teams[edit]

As well as the manufacturing of bicycles, GT Bikes sponsored several teams[6] competing in BMX, mountain and road competitions.

GT Factory BMX Racing Team[edit]

There are six riders on the BMX Race Team: Riley O'Neil, Luke Madill, Joey Bradford, Eric Rupe and Arielle Martin (Verhaaren), which compete in competitions held globally.

GT BMX Freestyle Team (GT Air Show)[edit]

BMX Freestyle and GT BMX have a well documented history on video and in magazine coverage from publications like Freestylin/Go, BMX Plus, and Ride which all fostered young talent like Eddie Fiola, Spike Jonze, Eddie Roman, and Mark Eaton and helped an entire generation of riders define themselves and their sport. From the mid-eighties onward, Team GT's Pro Freestyle riders were some of the biggest and most recognizable names in BMX.

The GT BMX brand and team riders appear in the 'HellTrack' starting lineup scene in the BMX cult-classic film Rad. Famous names from the ranks of Teams past include X-Games Champions Dave Mirra, Jay Miron, Jamie Bestwick, Eddie Fiola, aka King of the Skateparks, Brian Scura 'Rad Dad' inventor of the Gyro, aka SST Oryg, Trevor Meyer, Joey (Phenom) Phee, Martin 'the Chairman' Aparijo, Josh White, Dino DeLuca, Dave Voelker, Brett Hernandez, Kevin Jones, Mark Eaton, Gary Pollak, Kevin the 'Gute' Gutierrez, Ruben Castillo, Robert Castillo, Jason Geoffery, Bill Neuman, Goro Tamai, Krys Dauchy, and Adam Jung.

Along with Team Haro, Team GT helped shape the future of BMX Freestyle and helped pioneer a sport once deemed nothing more than a fad. GT produced some of the first Freestyle specific bikes in their early Performer and World Tour models. Later highly successful models were the Pro Freestyle Tour, which saw the first use of mountain bike style brake mounts for use of Dia-Compe 990, Dyno Pro Compe - one of the most ridden flatland frames of the early Nineties. GT was also there for the birth of street riding in the late Eighties with the GT Aggressor (Designed in California, but frames made in Taiwan) and Dyno Slammer bashguard models. GT also designed and sold the first flatland specific bike in the USA: the GT Show.

GT Bike's current Freestyle Team includes the riders: Dave Dillewaard, Rob Wise, Eric Bahlman, Justin Coble, Bobby Kanode, Calvin Krey, and Brian Kachinsky.

Mountain Team[edit]

Eight riders in the Mountain Team, compete in global competitions including downhill, four-cross, trials, freeride and dirt jumping. The riders in the team are: Marc Beaumont, Hans Rey, Eric Carter, Roger Rinderknecht, Kevin Aiello, and Tyler McCaul. In 2012, GT added Kyle Strait, Dan Atherton, Gee Atherton, and Rachel Atherton to the team.

Hans Rey has been sponsored by GT since 1987.

Road Team[edit]

GT Bikes briefly served as team sponsors and bike supplier for Jelly Belly professional cycling team. After the 2009 season, the team ended their relationship with GT and began riding Focus bikes. Lotto pro cycling team (now Lotto-Belisol) at one time had Easton aluminium tubing GT frames. The team now rides on Ridley carbon frames.

Co – Factory Team[edit]

The Co – Factory Team was founded in 2008.[7] The team is composed of riders from across the US riding for local dealer teams that represent GT Bicycles.

Notable past Factory team members[edit]

Gary Ellis, Greg Hill, Rick Webb, Trevor Meyer, Geoff Scofield, Tommy Brackens, Mike King, Gabe Weed, Lee Medlin, Andy Patterson, "Chicken" George Seevers, Dave Voelker, Alexis Vergara, Terry Tenette, Randy Stumpfhauser, Thomas Allier, Mike Luna, In Hee Lee, Dave Brumlow, David Milham, Tom Haugen, Eddie Livingston, Danny Nelson, Josh White, Eddie Fiola, and Bob Morales. Past mountain bike team riders include Eric Carter, and Brian Lopes.

Dyno Girls[edit]

In the Questor Partners era 1998-2001, GT Bicycles published a Kustom Kruisers Katalog, featuring the Dyno Kustom Kruisers and “The Loveley and Talented Dyno Girls” (from the Brand Model and Talent Agency, of Santa Ana, California). The team of Dyno Girls consisted of: Amy (not Weber), Brooke, Mikyla and Theresa in 1999; Brooke (shake w/ fries), Gabrielle, Linda, Mikyla and Tiffany (T-bucket) in 2000; Amy Weber, Denise, Jill and Kelly in 2001.

Models[edit]

Beach Cruisers[edit]

  • Dyno Glide
  • Dyno Deluxe (springer fork)
  • Moto Glide (purple, multi-speed)
  • Ultra Glide (tank)
  • Glide Seven (derailer)
  • Dyno Deuce (red or black, with flames)
  • Moon Eyes® (yellow/black; promotional)
  • Von Franco (orange)hu
  • Taboo Tiki (green)
  • Dyno Roadster (stretch)

BMX Racing[edit]

2011 GT Power Series Junior
2009 GT Power Series Ultra Box
  • 16 (1981-1984)
  • 24 (1981-1995)
  • Expert (1981-1985)
  • Gary Turner (1976–79)
  • Hot Wheels (2001)
  • Interceptor (1986-2012, 2013-2015 frame only)
  • Interceptor Jr. (1990-1995)
  • Interceptor 26 (2013-2014)
  • Junior (1983-1984)
  • Mach One (1984-2012, 2017)
  • Mach One 16FW (2016-)
  • Mach One 24 (1997-2013)
  • Mach One Junior (2001-2008, 2010-2012, 2018-)
  • Mach One Mini (1992-1997, 2009-2012, 2017-)
  • Mach One Expert (2009-2012, 2015, 2018-)
  • Mach One Pro (2009-2011, 2015-)
  • Mach One Pro 24 (2009, 2011, 2015-)
  • Mach Two (1995-1998)
  • Mini (1981-1984)
  • Power Series (1998-2018)
  • Power Series 0.5 (2001)
  • Power Series 1.0 (1998-2001)
  • Power Series 3.0 (1998-2001)
  • Power Series 24 (1993-2014)
  • Power Series Expert (2001-2012)
  • Power Series Expert XL (2013)
  • Power Series Jr. (2010-2012)
  • Power Series Micro (2009-2012)
  • Power Series Mini (2012)
  • Power Series Pro (2009-2011)
  • Power Series Ultra Box (2009)
  • Power Series Ultra Box 2 (2009)
  • Power Series Ultra Box Team (2009)
  • Power Series XL (2009-2010)
  • Power Series Pro XL (2011-2012)
  • Pro (1980-1984) Frame and fork only in 1985-1986
  • Pro Elite Frame & Fork (1992-1995)
  • Pro Series (1984-1996, 1998-2017)
  • Pro Series 24 (1998-2007, 2013-2017)
  • Pro Series Expert (2013-2015)
  • Pro Series Expert XL (2014)
  • Pro Series Jr. (1990-1996, 2013-2016)
  • Pro Series Micro (1999-2001, 2013-2017)
  • Pro Series Mini (1998-2001, 2013-2016)
  • Pro Series Pro 24 (2013-)
  • Pro Series Team (1987-1996)
  • Pro Series XL (2001-?, 2013-2016)
  • Pro Series XXL (2001-?, 2016)
  • Raider (1997)
  • Speed Series (1996-?)
  • Speed Series 20 (2017)
  • Speed Series 24 (1997-2016)
  • Speed Series Jr. (1997-2003)
  • Speed Series Team (1996-1999)
  • Speed Series Team Expert (1999)
  • Speed Series XL (1996-2015)
  • Speed Series Expert (2018-)
  • Speed Series Expert XL (2018-)
  • Speed Series JR (2018-)
  • Speed Series Micro (2018-)
  • Speed Series Mini (2018-)
  • Speed Series Pro (2013-)
  • Speed Series Pro 24 (2013-)
  • Speed Series Pro 26 (2013)
  • Speed Series Pro XL (2011-)
  • Speed Series Pro XXL (2014-)
  • Speed Series Pro XXXL (2014-)
  • Team I (1983)
  • Team II (1983)
  • Team Series (1984–85)

BMX Dirt/Trail[edit]

  • Bump (1999-2014)
  • Cage (2013-2014 Frame only)
  • Fly (2001-2014)
  • Fly 18" (2012-2014)
  • Fly 16" (2012-2014)
  • Fueler (1994-2014)
  • Steed (2010) Frame only
  • Thumper (2000-2005)
  • XR (2001)

BMX Freestyle[edit]

  • Aggressor (1990-1991)
  • Aggressor Team (1990-1991)
  • Air (2009-2016, 2019-)
  • Bestwick Pro (2001-2006)
  • BK (2016)
  • BK Team (2016-2020)
  • BK Team Compe (2017-2020)
  • BK Team Signature (2016-2020)
  • BK XL (2016)
  • Calafia (2009-2011)
  • Compe (2009-2011, 2013-2014)
  • Conway Team (2018-)
  • Conway Team Compe (2018-)
  • Conway Team Signature (2019-)
  • DLSY (2015)
  • DLSY Signature (2015)
  • DLSY XL (2015)
  • El Centro (2009-2011)
  • El Centro 18 (2009-2011)
  • El Centro 16 (2009-2011)
  • Encore (2005, 2008-2009)
  • Finale (2011)
  • Grind (2001)
  • JPL Team (2018)
  • JPL Team Compe (2018)
  • La Chiva (2010 Frame only, 2011)
  • Mercado Team (2019-)
  • Mercado Team Compe (2019-)
  • Performer (1985-)
  • Performer Jr. 18" (1986-1995, 2015-)
  • Performer Lil 16" (2017-)
  • Phelan - Team Comp, Team (2017)
  • Pro Performer (1984-1989, 1997-2000) The 1997 model was only available in Europe and Australia.
  • Pro Freestyle Tour (1987-1997)
  • Pro Freestyle Tour Team (1987-1997)
  • Pro World Tour (1985-1986)
  • Ricochet (2012, 2014)
  • Vertigo (1988-2008)
  • Show (1998-2002)
  • Slammer (2009-)
  • Slammer XL (2016)
  • Tour (1998-2006)
  • Tour 2 (1999-2001)
  • Voelker (2001)
  • Wise (2015-2016)
  • Wise Team (2016-2017)
  • Wise Team Compe(2015)
  • Wise Signature (2016-2017)
  • Wise Team Signature (2016-2017)
  • Wise XL (2015-2016)
  • Zone (2009-2014)
  • Zoot (1987-1988) A freestyle scooter in both 12" and 14" models.

BMX Heritage/Retro[edit]

  • Performer 26 (2013-2014, 2018-)
  • Pro Performer (2018-)
    2019 GT Pro Performer Heritage
  • Pro Performer 26 (2014, 2017-)
  • Pro Performer 29 (2018-)
  • Pro Series 24 (2020-)
  • Pro Series 26 (2020-)
  • Pro Series 29 (2018-)
  • Street Performer 29 (2018-)

Road and Mountain[edit]

  • Aggressor (Polished aluminum hardtail)
  • Aggressor 20 and 24 (Boys version of the hardtail adult bike)
  • Arrowhead (Aluminum hardtail)
  • Avalanche (All Mountain hardtail)
  • Backwoods (Aluminum hardtail)
  • Borrego (Steel hardtail)
  • Bravado (True Temper chromoly steel hardtail - higher spec compared to Karakoram)
  • Bullet (1993-1995)
  • CHUCKER (Aluminum dirt jumper)
  • Chucker (Freeride/dirt jump hardtail)
  • Course (Very rare road, Reynolds 853)
  • Crossover line (1991) consisting of Tachyon (drop bars) and Continuum (flat bars) which had very rare 700D wheel sizes and SunTour/DiaCompe components
  • DHi (Downhill bikes)
  • Distortion (Dual suspension slopestyle and 4X bike)
  • Edge (Road Series)
  • Force
  • Fury (Unique full carbon downhill frame)
  • Grade (Gravel bike line)
  • GTR Series 2.0 (Road, comfort,carbon fiber, Ultegra)
  • Helion (Full suspension cross country)
  • Hybrid 20 (1988-1991) BMX and MTN bike crossover
  • Hybris 24 (1990)
  • iT-1 (Downhill/freeride dual suspension)
  • Karakoram (Steel hardtail)
  • Kashmir 1.0 - 3.0(CroMo/Steel hardtail)
  • La Bomba (4X hardtail)
  • Laguna 20 and 24 (Girls version of the Aggressor 20 and 24)
  • Lightning
  • Lightning (Titanium hardtail)
  • Little Timber (1995)
  • GT Full Suspension Mountain Bike Development - RTS, LTS, and XCR I-Drive Series Developed in conjunction with Jim Busby, Suspension Design Engineer

See "Full Travel - GT's Suspension Development Story", published on Youtube in several parts EP 1-5.

  • LTS (Full suspension)
  • Marathon
  • Outbound (1995)
  • Outpost (Mountain hardtail)
  • Palomar
    New series (2012) hi-tensile steel GT Palomar MTB
  • Pantera (All mountain hardtail)
  • Psyclone (Fillet brazed steel hardtail)
  • Psyclone (Hardtail - hand made steel frame from GT Tech Shop, True Temper and Reynolds 853)
  • RAGE
  • RAVE
  • Rebound (Hardtail - steel, and then later aluminum)
  • Richter 8 (Steel hardtail)
  • Ricochet
  • RTS (Full suspension)
  • Ruckus (Freeride hardtail and Duallys also Dirtbikes)
  • Saddleback Mountain (Hardtail)
  • Sanction
  • Sensor
  • Slipstream (Comfort)
  • STS (Carbonbikes)
  • Talera (Mountain hardtail)
  • Tempest
  • Tequesta (Steel hardtail)
  • Timberline/Nomad (Comfort)
  • Transeo (Crossover)
  • Vengeance
  • Xizang (Hand polished titanium hardtail)
  • Zaskar (Hardtail - aluminum and recently carbon fibre)
  • ZR Series road bikes with a numerical designation, the lowest being the best spec'd bike (i.e., a ZR 1.0 was a better quality bike than a ZR 4.0)
  • ZRX (Cyclocross)

Trial[edit]

GT also manufactured a series of highly regarded Track bikes

  • GTB (General Track Bike)
  • GT Pulse
  • Jamie Skinner

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ abc"Richard W. Long, 46, Builder Of Bicycles for Olympic Team". The New York Times, July 20, 1996, Robert McG. Thomas Jr.
  2. ^ ab"Crash Kills Bike Firm's Chief". LA Times, July 16, 1996, John O'Dell.
  3. ^ ab"Best U.S. Cyclist Quits Team". Washington Post, Arnie Stapleton, July 31, 1996.
  4. ^TIM BLANGGER (July 18, 1996). "Wheels Of Fortune? Developers Hope Superbike Ii Gives U.s. Team A Cycling Edge". The Morning Call.
  5. ^"Stealth On Wheels The Wraps Are Off U.s. Cycling's Secret Weapon: Sleek, Swift Superbike II". Sports Illustrated, Richard Deutsch, April 29, 1996.
  6. ^GT Bikes Team home page
  7. ^GT Bikes co-factory team page.

External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GT_Bicycles

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