Ben Ward 2017 GT BMX Launch
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2017 GT BMX Product Line Launch @5050Skatepark (300+ Photos)

The 2017 GT BMX Product line launch event was great! The event went down at 5050 Skatepark in Staten Island and a who’s who of BMX media outlets were invited to get their first looks at the product.

We started off the day by checking out the new bikes and kicking it as we enjoyed some nice breakfast snacks and some of the best Doughnuts we’ve ever tasted. We heard the doughnuts were made by Dun Well Doughnuts in Brooklyn, we have to check that spot out!!

Next up GT Product Manager Ben Ward did a great presentation on all the bikes. What we really like about the bikes were all the details about each model that made them special. Another great thing about the new line is all the bikes look really nice with more colorway options. At first glance it was hard to tell the entry bikes apart from the pro and team bikes, which was cool. We were also really exited to see the legendary GT Performer back in action!

When it came time for Ben to talk about the team signature bikes he had BK, Jason Phelan jump in and talk about their models. It was cool to hear the riders themselves talk about their inspirations behind their signature bikes.

After the presentation was over we all had the opportunity to take photos of the bikes and do interviews and bike checks. The vibes were great and everyone was excited about the new GT BMX collection. Around 2pm was when the park opened to the public and the Jam stated. There was some awesome riding going down and at the end GT gave out some dope raffle prizes.

Crazy Al Cayne filmed a bunch of bike check videos from the event which we’ll be posting soon but for now check out our photo gallery below.

We really like the direction GT has gone with the 2017 product line and we look forward to see kids shredding the spot with them.

We want to give a big shout out and thank you to Chris Hopwood for inviting us the event! We had a great time and the bikes are awesome!

PRESS RELEASE:

Wilton, Conn. – July 16, 2016 – GT Bicycles, a premium brand of Dorel Industries (TSX: DII.B, DII.A), today announced the global launch of its all-new line of Freestyle BMX bikes at 50/50 Skatepark in Staten Island, New York. Fully revamped for model year 2017, the new line pays homage to GT’s deep roots in Freestyle BMX with throwback graphics and modernized parts. This collection showcases the brand’s commitment to the sport and highlights the diverse personalities of its Freestyle athletes.

GT Product Manager Ben Ward worked closely with the GT BMX Freestyle team including, Brian Kachinsky (BK), Rob Wise, and Jason Phelan, to design the new product line from the ground up. Ward gave new life to old favorites such as the 26” 1986 GT Performer and updated the Four Piece Bar, Low Profile LP-5 Tires, and Power Series Alloy and Cr-Mo Cranks.

“I’m excited to show the new line,” said Ward. “Working with the team has been fun, and finding a way to recognize GT’s heritage while still moving the brand forward has been a welcomed challenge.”

2017 Model Year Highlights:

Team Signature Series
Inspired by BK’s, Jason Phelan’s, and Rob Wise’s personal rides, the Signature Series bikes are meant to look as good as you do while aggressively riding all obstacles around the town.
Key Features:
• 100% Cr-Mo Frame, Fork & Bar
• GT CNC BK Elevated Stem
• Sealed Alloy 9T free coaster
• 20″ wheels

Team Comp Series
The Team Comp Series is designed to give riders the confidence they need to learn the foundations of BMX.
Key Features:
• Cr-Mo Front Triangles and Seat stays
• Sealed Female Front Hubs
• GT 4-Piece Handle Bars on BK model
• 20″ wheels

Team Series
Classic looking replicas of BK’s, Jason’s, and Rob’s personal bikes are durable enough to let you push the limits of your abilities.
Key Features:
• Cr-Mo Front Triangles
• GT Pivotal Seats
• Sealed front hub and rear cassette
• 20″ wheels

Performer Series
The Performer is the oldest name in GT Freestyle history. The bike is modeled after the classic GT design from ’86 and is the perfect long-lasting bike you need to learn all the tricks in the book and then some.
Key Features:
• Updated frame fork and bar
• Sealed front hub on 20” & 26” models
• Iconic ‘86 Performer 26” model
• Wheel sizes in 26” 20” 18” & 16”

Slammer
A low-maintenance, technique driven bike, the Slammer helps any rider fit in with the pros during any session. It’s durable enough to take the abuse that comes with dialing in skills.
Key Features:
• Updated frame fork and bar
• GT Power Series Cr-Mo 3 pc Cranks
• New Topload Stem
• 20” wheels

GT’s new line of BMX Freestyle bikes will range in price from $280USD to $580USD and will be available this fall globally and at Independent Bike Dealers in the United States. For more information on GT, its pro riders and the bikes they ride, visit www.gtbicycles.com.

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