WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — GT Bicycles has issued a modern version of the iconic 1979 26-inch BMX Cruiser frameset to celebrate the brand’s new partnership with founder Gary Turner and his son Craig.
After the reconnection with GT in 2017, a reunion project began brewing. “GT has been a part of our family since I was 5-years-old,” said Craig Turner. “Partnering with the company again is really exciting.”
Only 100 frame, fork, seat post and handlebar sets of the original cruiser design will be produced. The new framesets will be the first GT Bicycles made in the United States in almost 20 years. They will be built in the Turners’ workshop in Orange, California, not far from where it all began. The framesets will be designed with the same 1 1/4-inch top tube and down tube outer diameter as well as an American bottom bracket, and 5/8-inch thick chainstays. The dropouts will be beefed up from the original 1/8 inch to 3/16 inch. The headtube will be updated from 1 inch to 1 1/8 inch to accommodate modern headsets and forks.
In the early 1970s, while BMX was still in its infancy, kids would race their bikes on the big dirt tracks …read more