GT (named after founder Gary Turner) originally came up through the IBD ranks by starting out as a high-end BMX brand in the heyday of 20” bike sales. Then came freestyle, and again GT was the “go to” brand. Naturally, when mountain bikes boomed across the U.S., GT was in a great position to capture a good deal of that market just through brand recognition.
Can that appeal still work? Pacific is hoping so. The GT brand never lost its’ luster in European and Asian markets like it did domestically. Talking with longtime shop owner Tom Jones of Around Town Bikes in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Tom thinks the appeal may still be there for new bike buyers, since these same buyers were growing up when GT was on top of their game. Tom also noted that “dealers have room for another A level brand” in their shops.
Nick Andrade, an industry veteran with 48 years of experience, notes that his intention since coming on board with Pacific three years ago was to have the product line that would warrant going back to the independent dealers. “They are signing up, and it’s a good thing to see.”
Nick’s enthusiasm is contagious, and if that is any indication of GT’s ultimate success, then they are on their way.