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GT Grade Carbon Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2016

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    No compromises necessary.

    In case you haven't realized, road bikes have gotten a lot tougher in recent years. While you probably still don't want to try to duck onto an entirely unpaved descent with your twitchy carbon race frame, manufacturers have started investing in a class of bikes that bridge the gap between slammed road bikes and race-ready 'cross frames. If you're interested in exploring that enticing gap, invest in the GT Grade Carbon Ultegra Complete Road Bike to get a dose of gravel, 'cross, and road capabilities, along with a build kit that will inspire unabashed envy from the most cynical self-sponsored cyclists.

    GT uses fiberglass-reinforced carbon to shape the Grade Carbon's endurance frame, strategically shaping the featherweight tubing to disperse road vibrations through the frame to limit aching and fatigue during long rides. A widened down tube and reinforced seat stays lend the frame lateral rigidity and responsiveness when you throw watts into the pedals to climb along shady, weather-beaten backroads, while the longer, slimmer fork blades help the fork manage bumps, ruts, and other off-road features without throwing you around. A wider down tube and head tube positioned at a more relaxed angle than traditional road frames both contribute to improved stability, with the head tube orienting you in a more upright position that doesn't present as much of a strain on your back and shoulders during long days in the saddle.

    Beefy 28mm Continental tires anchor the Grade Carbon and provide a plush, compliant ride whether you're pedaling your standard road loop or ducking off to explore new bike paths and chip-sealed roads that no longer guarantee flat tires. As for the build kit, an elegant Shimano Ultegra drivetrain keeps your shifts smooth and snappy, and your 28mm tires come wrapped around Stan's NoTubes Grail rims spinning seductively on DT Swiss 240 hubs. When you do need to slow down, Ultegra-level Shimano hydraulic disc brakes stop reliably, regardless of whether you're also attempting to ride through a passing rainstorm, rounding out one of the most impressively-spec'd bikes you're likely to see in this category.

    • GT EnduRoad carbon fiber frame
    • Shimano Ultegra Drivetrain
    • Stan's NoTubes Grail rims with DT Swiss 240 hubs
    • Fizik Aliente R7 saddle
    • Shimano R785 hydraulic disc brakes
    • Endurance road geometry
    • Item #GTE0014

    Tech Specs

    Frame Material
    GT EnduRoad carbon
    Fork
    GT Carbon
    Headset
    Integrated FSA sealed bearing
    Shifters
    Shimano ST-RS685 hydraulic 11-speed
    Front Derailleur
    Shimano Ultegra 6800
    Rear Derailleur
    Shimano Ultegra 6800
    Crankset
    52 / 36 T Shimano Ultegra 6800
    Bottom Bracket
    Praxis Works PF30 BB adapter
    Cassette
    11 - 32 Shimano 11-speed
    Chain
    KMC X11
    Brakeset
    Shimano R785
    Brake Type
    hydraulic disc
    Rotors
    160 / 160 mm Shimano Ice-Tech
    Handlebar
    GT DropTune Ultra Light 6061 aluminum
    Bar Tape
    black marble cork
    Stem
    3D forged alloy SL
    Saddle
    Fizik Aliante R7
    Seatpost
    FSA K-Force Light carbon
    Wheelset
    Stans No Tubes Grail Disc
    Hubs
    DT Swiss 240 disc
    Skewers
    15mm thru axle
    Tires
    Continental Grand Sport Race
    Tire Size
    700 c x 28 mm
    Pedals
    not included
    Recommended Use
    road cycling, gravel
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime on frame

    Tech Specs

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    Awesome ride

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Would recommend this for winter riding, gravel riding, commuting, or just plain old road riding. I have a carbon road bike and it is definitely much faster feeling due to the lightness of that bike versus this one, but this feels robust, the brakes bite hard, and it is incredibly smooth. The 52/36 with 32 cassette is a real winner in terms of spinning on the flats & descents with pretty good climbing ability. I do think a compact would be a better choice, but so far happy with the mid-compact.
    Sizing: I am 5'9", 31.5 inch inseem. Size 53 fits perfect. I have an aluminum GT grade size 55, my opinion is that they run quite large. For the 53 very minimal toe overlap but if try for it, it is there. (Size 45 shoe).
    Saddle: So far so good, can update here later should I decide to change it out.
    Shipping: Came extremely quick (2 days from time of shipment, 5 days total from order date).
    Building: Built the bike super easily; Required minor adjustments to the derailleurs and brakes; Something a local bike shop could do in 15 minutes if you aren't skilled enough; Don't pay over $40 bucks for this, but overall didn't need much adjustment out of the box once put together.
    Niggles/Naggles: If had to complain, do not care for the handlebar, though planning to swap out. The real complaint is on the bar tape, but that is a $20 fix and 5 minutes time.

    swiss army knife bike

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The GT grade has become very well known for its ability to it all very well. On the road its smooth and handles very well, I think most riders will be happy with it's abilities. If you are racing it's not really ideal. As a gravel grinder the geometry and ride qualities roll right over to the dirt. You can run 25's on the road and a 32 off if you want. I ran 28's and did both on those but if I was doing more of one or the other I might change that. if you have questions on sizing or specifics on the bike or components feel free to email me kylebrown@backcountry.com

    Fantastic all-around bike

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I purchased a Grade after recognizing that, with a small child, a full time job, and myriad other commitments, I wasn't going to be joining the Wednesday Worlds club rides anytime soon, nor would I be racing. I wanted one bike to take on the rare road ride, tear up the gravel trails near my house, and use to pull a baby trailer. The Grade handles all of that with aplomb.

    I'm 6'7", and the 60cm size is more than adequate for my stature, something that can't be said for even the 64cm sizes from some other manufacturers.

    The parts spec on the Ultegra bike is spot-on, minus a couple personal preference items. I swapped the bars, tires, and saddle out based on my preferences, not for need. The wheels and hubs are fantastic, and the mechanical bits are a wise selection. Someone at GT deserves a raise for the thoughtful choices that went into designing this bike -- for example, the external cable routing. The cable housing and hoses run the length of the downtube, making your mechanic happy, and, as a bonus, preventing rocks and crud from spraying onto your downtube on gravel roads and trails causing chips in the carbon.

    The bike handles well -- the slack head tube can take some getting used to, as things got a little spicier in my first fast downhill corner than I would have liked. The slack steering makes the bike stable and predictable once you get the hang of it.

    In short, the Grade is a bike for riding and enjoying. Could you race it? Sure -- it'll do anything you ask it to, and you'll have a blast in the process.

    Sweet Ride

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a followup to the first review I wrote on this bike (not sure where that disappeared to). Initially I had a few issues with rubbing brakes and a wheel that was slightly out of true, but Backcountry/Competitive Cyclist was fantastic with helping me through those issues and now I love the bike. I'm an avid cyclist and have had numerous mid-range and high(ish) end road bikes over the past 20 years. This one rates right up there as one of my all-time favorites. This bike is everything it's cracked-up to be...it can do just about anything. It's incredibly stable at speed, it gets up to speed very nice for an endurance bike, it handles gravel like nobody's business and can even handle some light off-road with the right set of tires. The thing that appeals to me most about this bike is that it's a great value for what you get. I took this into my LBS for service and they couldn't believe the price I paid for it and were further taken aback when I told them I paid retail. You simply can't get better bang for the buck IMO. Look no further if you're in the market for an endurance/fondo/gravel bike.

    Go Wherever You Want

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love this bike. The bike is extremely comfortable, compliant on rougher terrain, but stiff and efficient. The build from GT is spot on. Ultegra with disc brakes is amazing, the wheels and hubs are out of this world. Dabble in a few 'cross races, grind the firebreak roads, go on a 200k ride, explore some singletrack. Whatever and wherever you want, the Grade can handle it.

    Go Wherever You Want

    What does a size 58 weigh as configured?

    Hey Craig, it's rare to find a published weight on a bike, but from what I can find from a few different sources, this bike is likely to weight around 20lbs, if not a hair over. Give me a ring at 801.204.4556 or email at araines@backcountry.com if you want to chat further.

    What size tires will fit?

    Best Answer

    This is a great question, and very important.



    So when I bought mine it came with 28s. I use those on my road bike so that's where those tires went. I promptly installed 40mm WTB Nanos front and rear which are phenomenal tires for gravel/road/off-road. Incredible grip and low rolling resistance; a perfect combo. And they set up tubeless with ease. Only problem was the 40 literally had like 1mm or less of clearance on both sides of the chain stays in the rear... the front is fine. After a few hundred miles on the 40/40 set up, I realized I was getting some rub... between the rear wheel being ever so out of true and just rough terrain, it was inevitable. So, I switched the rear to a 38mm WTB cross boss and that's what I've been riding on for hundreds of miles. The day WTB comes out with a 37-38mm Nano I'd be back on that, but this combination is maxed out for this bike, works great on dirt and pavement, and has very long wear/life.



    Only other changes I made were to swap out the stem and bars (the bars are cool - very wide and VERY flared - for something a bit lighter but still wide with less flare.



    Really a very awesome bike.

    I would say max tire size for the rear would be close to 38mm. I'm running the Schwalbe G-One 700x35's and they actually measure about 37mm mounted on a Stan's Grail rim. I was a little bummed at first that my new set of Maxxis Rambler 40's were slightly too large but after riding the G-one's they are the only gravel tire I'll be riding for a long time.