For 2014, GT made the decision to rework its line of mountain bikes, unveiling big changes to what we've seen in the past. With a versatile suspension, impressively light carbon frame, and a high end build kit, the Sensor Carbon Team Complete Mountain Bike more than exceeds the expectations we have for a capable mid travel trail bike. GT starts with its Force Optimized Construction FOC when shaping the Sensor Carbon's frame FOC consists of a high modulus weave of premium carbon that's strong enough to be layered almost as thinly as a pro level road bike frame. After extensive testing of different directional carbon layups, GT has settled on the ideal blend of lateral rigidity and weight, resulting in a confident and responsive platform. Contributing to that assessment is the frame's geometry itself. It has a moderately slack head tube angle for responsive steering, and that touch of restraint is paired with some enduro style elements like a longer top tube for increased stability on recklessly steep descents. Coupled with the 27. 5in wheels, you get an incredibly versatile bike: nimble in twisty singletrack and aggressive on root latticed descents. New for 2014, GT revisited its Independent Drivetrain Suspension, raising the pivot point and moving the bottom bracket slightly to create the Angle Optimized Suspension for less feedback and more consistency through the pedal stroke. The suspension nets 130mm of supple responsiveness as you float through rock gardens and bank berms, and the FOX Float fork provides 130mm of its own bump absorbing plushness. Both front and rear are adjustable on the fly, too, so you can make sure your power is going where it needs to when you're climbing or traversing. As we mentioned, the Sensor Carbon Team's build kit is admirable. GT includes Shimano's virtually perfect XTR drivetrain with a 10 speed cassette and a Race Face triple crank to make sure you have a gear ratio for every ride situation. The e. thirteen TRS wheelset c...