Kyle Strait’s Custom GT Distortion Dual Slalom Bike

Looking for a Repeat at Sea Otter

Words by Morgan Taylor. Photos by Morgan Taylor.
April 11th, 2014

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While Kyle Strait’s repeat Rampage win was his most recent big news, let’s not forget that he won the Sea Otter Dual Slalom in front of a home town crowd back in 2012. With a new race sled he hopes to realize another victory on the rad-yet-rare (these days) slalom course.

The Distortion slope/DS frame is reminiscent of the Independent Drivetrain design seen on the Fury DH bike, though it is in fact just a simple single pivot. Strait and GT teammate Tyler McCaul have done their own custom geometry with the Distortion team bikes; have a look at Kyle’s…


The name is about all this bike has in common with the production Distortion – in fact the tubing comes from the upcoming Sanction enduro race bike.


While the Independent Drivetrain system from the Fury and Sanction uses a similar looking rear end, this is a simpler single pivot design for slopestyle and DS use.


RockShox Monarch RT3.


RockShox Revelation, Kenda rubber, and Novatec carbon rims.


Novatec hubs and the 7-speed X01 DH cassette.


11-speed minus four gears.


Full chain guide for Strait.


The bike does look this tiny in person. Photobomb by GT enduro racer Martin Maes.

Can Strait repeat at Sea Otter?

  • erik

    Nice But no idrive meh. I love my regular model GT distortion I just built this year. Just got back from squamish and did half nelson etc where. Bike was awesome, made for that trail..

  • jeremy

    I have the distortion as well and it is an amazing bike. But the i-drive is made for pedalling up – which Kyle didn’t do, winning the slalom.