Internal hub freeride: GT IT-1

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005
By Yokota Fritz

A bike that first saw the light of day at Interbike 1997, GT's internal hub IT-1 will soon be available for sale at your local bike shop. This full suspension freeride bike features the 8-speed Shimano Nexus internally geared hub that's placed at the bottom of the front triangle, right above the crankset. According to GT, this creates a more stable center of gravity and a stronger rear wheel. It also reduces the unsprung weight, which is the efficiency loss you get because you're pedaling against your own suspension. As a bonus, there's no more rear derailer and chain tensioner sticking out to get smashed on rocks.

Cyclelicious will try to get photos and a ride on this bike. In the meantime, take a look a look at the details Popular Science has for us.

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