GT Grade

97/100
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Facts

Gender
Release Year
Brand
Wheel Size
Numbers of gears
22, 20, 16
Weight
19.00 lbs
Suspension
Brake Type
Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on GT Grade. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

17 reasons to buy

  • Carbon and glass-fibre seat stays gave controlled flex for comfort.
  • On Carbon Pro and Expert models, a flip-chip adjusts fork offset by 15mm.
  • Carbon models are lightweight.
  • The smooth lines and slim tubing gave the Grade an elegant appearance.
  • It was an adaptable steed, being quick on-road and even quicker off.
  • Reportedly, the ‘granny-gear’ was plenty low for climbing off-road hills.
  • One direct buyer said assembly was easy and the bike arrived tuned.
  • On new Grade models clearance has been enlarged to 42c.
  • Axles have been upgraded from quick release to 12mm thru-axles.
  • 37mm WTB Riddler tires coped well with a wide range of conditions.
  • The Fabric Scoop saddle offered comfortable shaping and padding.
  • A carbon 27.2mm seatpost comes stock on the Carbon Expert.
  • On the Carbon Pro, Ultegra Di2 shifts smoothly and quickly.
  • The RX rear derailleur kept chainslap at bay.
  • On the new Grade, mounts allow for bottles, bags, racks and fenders.
  • The flared factory-brand bar increased control in drops and felt like a flatbar on tops.
  • External cable-routing allowed for easy maintenance.

5 reasons not to buy

  • External cable-routing catches mud and detracts from clean lines.
  • Handlebar tops felt narrow and uncomfortable to some owners.
  • The alloy 105 model seemed a bit husky at 22.3lb.
  • Some reviewers would have liked to see clearance for tires wider than 42c.
  • Some felt that a threaded, not pressfit bottom bracket should be specced at this price.

Bottom line

The Grade is in its fifth year. In its latest iteration, super-skinny ‘floating’ seat stays give a level of flex that’s similar to the limited suspension integrated into competitor models. Another innovation, adopted from Rondo's Ruut, is adjustable geometry via a front-fork flip-chip. This affects ride quality by adjusting fork trail. Longer trail increases stability. Shorter trail makes for a faster, more responsive ride but is also better for fully laden adventures. The best way to describe the Grade’s level of adaptability is to say that it’s great off-road and very good on the asphalt. One owner called it their “jack-of-most-trades”. There are many options in a variety of price ranges, so it’s hard to go wrong here.

Expert Reviews

90/100 based on 6 expert reviews
100
Cyclist

GT Grade Carbon Pro 2020 First Ride Review

Level 3 expert

…the GT Grade Carbon Pro has all the finishing of a premium racer but is just a fundamentally fun and exciting bike at its heart.

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90
off-road.cc

GT Grade Carbon Expert Review

Level 2 expert

Highly capable, with a performance that shines on any surface as it smooths out bumps with the skinniest of rear stays – and a very competitive price – it’s a top choice in an increasingly crowded gravel bike market.

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90
Cyclist

GT Grade Alloy 105 Review

Level 3 expert

When it comes to handling GT has really nailed it with the Grade – fire roads and gravel paths can be ridden hard and fast.

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89
Feed the Habit

2020 GT Grade Carbon Pro Review

Level 2 expert

Yes, you can ride it on the road, but where you really want to ride the Grade is on gravel, dirt and singletrack. Every ride I went on with the grade turned into an adventure (of the good kind).

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83
Solo Bici

GT Grade Pro Carbon | Test: Total Gravel [Español]

Level 2 expert

In short, it’s for those looking for a bike without limits. You can ride asphalt, conventional gravel or bikepack with friends.

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User Ratings

93/100 based on 9 ratings
  • 5 star
    67%
  • 4 star
    33%
  • 3 star
    0%
  • 2 star
    0%
  • 1 star
    0%

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Rankings

Compared to other bikes
#2 Best Bikepacking
Top 20%
#1 Best Cyclocross
Top 20%
#2 Best Gravel - Adventure
Top 10%
#2 Best Road
Top 10%
#1 Best GT Bike
Top 30%
#6 Best of All Bikes
Top 5%

Comparison

In comparison to averages of categories
GT Grade
97
Average All Bikes
80
Average GT Bike
85
Average Road Bike
85