Last weekend, GT Bicycles invited us out to New York City for their 2017 BMX Product launch and jam at 5050 Skatepark in Staten Island. As you know, we’re big nerds when it comes to product and we’ve been real stoked on what GT has been doing since it brought Ben Ward on board to re-ignite their BMX program as a whole, so there was no way we could miss out on the trip out to see what they have been working on. GT brought Brian Kachinsky, Albert Mercado, Dan Conway, Jason Phelan and Jeff With Glasses on out for the session and to get their first look at all of the bikes as well. For 2017, GT have their Team Signature Series (Brian Kachinsky, Jason Phelan and Rob Wise), Team Comp series, Team Series, Performer Series and Slammer bikes that cover a lot of ground from entry level on up to higher end bikes.
The Brian Kachinsky Signature Bikes are available in 3 different styles.
BK Team Signature Series
– Transparent Yellow
– BK signature GT Elevated stem
– Sealed 9-tooth freecoaster (KHE Internals)
BK Team Comp
– Transparent Copper
– Chromoly Front Triangle and Seat Stays
– GT 4-Piece Bars
– Transparent Black
– Chromoly Front Triangle
– GT 4-Piece Bars
– GT Pool Tires
Brian Kachinsky Team Signature Series Complete
Each of the bikes feature this GT logo which is based off the sewer hole covers you can find all over the world from Brian’s hometown, Neenah, Wisconsin. You can find the sewer covers in Chicago where Brian calls home now, too.
Each of the bikes feature the GT 4-Piece bars.
Here’s a look at Brian’s signature Elevated topload stem that will be available aftermarket as well. CNC machined with beveled edges, smooth curves, a rounded back, additional machining for weight saving and engraved logos.
The new GT Team grips use the classic mushroom style with a soft rubber compound. You can find these on all the bikes in the range.
The graphics on the bike are based off the transit maps of Chicago. The seat tube features a crosswalk style design as well.
The seat also features the same style design which is a nice personal touch since Brian takes a lot of pride in Chicago where he calls home.
GT have some 2-piece cranks that can be found on the higher end bikes, which look real clean.
Brian’s Signature Series bike comes with a 9-tooth sealed freecoaster hub. The hub is based off the tried and true KHE system.
You can find GT’s classic, but modernized Pool tires on the bikes as well.
Brian’s bikes in order front to back, BK Team, BK Team Comp and BK Team Signature Series.
Believe it or not, but Brian didn’t see the final bikes in person until the event, so you could see how blown away he was when he saw months of bouncing ideas and concept designs back and forth with designer and team manager, Ben Ward, in person finally.
Overall, we were really impressed with the bikes for Brian’s line. There are a lot of details that definitely make it a signature complete beyond just a colorway or something simple we find on other signature bikes out there.