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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the 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 lineThe 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 Reviews91/100 based on 6 rated expert reviews
GT Grade Carbon Pro 2020 First Ride Review
…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.
GT Grade Carbon Expert Review
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.
GT Grade Alloy 105 Review
When it comes to handling GT has really nailed it with the Grade – fire roads and gravel paths can be ridden hard and fast.
2020 GT Grade Carbon Pro Review
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).
GT Grade Pro Carbon | Test: Total Gravel [Español]
In short, it’s for those looking for a bike without limits. You can ride asphalt, conventional gravel or bikepack with friends.
GT Grade Carbon Pro [German]
The GT Grade comes with a triple triangle construction. This provides on the one hand for a lot of comfort, on the other hand, there are hardly any losses in terms of stiffness.
GT Grade Review | One of the best 2020 gravel bikes?
If you’re new to gravel riding … if you want a bike that can be used for a lot of different situations, then the Grade definitely is a good pick.
Cannondale Topstone vs GT Grade | ‘Suspension’ – Equipped Gravel Bike Shootout
If it was my money today, I’d probably be buying the GT.
2020 GT Grade Carbon Pro Long-Term Review: A Big Improvement over V1.0
If you’re getting the impression that I liked the Grade, then you’re getting the right message… softness isn’t a detriment; it’s a secret superpower.
GT Grade Carbon Pro: Getting Rolling
I have been waiting a long time for a modern low-trail gravel frame, and in the GT Grade Carbon Pro, I believe that day has come.
Test: Gravel GT Grade Carbon Pro (2020) [Polish]
The ride can be quite subdued and calm, stable and safe. But with appropriate corrections in position and active body work, this equipment can drive aggressively, even on cross-country or forest singletrack.