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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

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…

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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.

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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.

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RockShox Monarch RT3.

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RockShox Revelation, Kenda rubber, and Novatec carbon rims.

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Novatec hubs and the 7-speed X01 DH cassette.

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11-speed minus four gears.

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Full chain guide for Strait.

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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.