GT Bicycles is an American manufacturer of road, urban and mountain bikes and BMXs. It has been building BMX bikes ever since the sport was invented – founder Gary Turner thought frames of the early 70s just weren’t durable enough, so using skills acquired from welding drag racing cars he created the first GT frame in 1972 for his son to use on the SoCal BMX race circuit. The frame was a success.
As the GT company developed, headed up by Turner and bike shop owner Richard Long, it became known for creating reliable and innovative frames, picking up an overnight cult following on the race circuit. It quickly become one of the BMX industry’s market leaders, with an extensive range of products and a number of successful pro teams.
In the 80s, GT brought home more BMX wins than any other bike brand of the era, many thanks to the legendary Hans Rey, who signed with the company in 1986. Riders currently part of the GT BMX line-up include racers such as Shanaze Reade and freestylers Dave Dillewaard, Calvin Krey, Jeremiah Smith and Rob Wise.
In recent years, GT has developed new technologies for its range of BMXs, including ‘Force Optimized Construction’ which enabled the production of the UB2, the world’s first carbon BMX race bike. The current range of GT BMXs includes a selection of light, stiff and strong Race models, including the Speed series carbon frame and fork, and a comprehensive Freestyle line-up, plus two big-wheeled models.