GT Grade Al Claris Gravel Alloy Road Bike 2016
GT Grade Al Claris Gravel Road Bike
Over the hill and through the woods… The EnduRoad series bikes are built for the long haul, and prefer the road less traveled. Comfortable geometries are paired with a stiff frame and the durability you’ve come to love in our mountain bikes for the ultimate in go-anywhere road (and off road) riding. Never before has a high-tech road bike been so capable on low-tech roads. The Grade is ready for everything, from freshly-paved switchbacks to the gravel roads– and everything in between. The Grade knows no bounds. 'Brilliantly capable and fun disc brake-equipped bike for tackling the rough and the smooth' - road.cc's review of the Grade Tiagra. Features Shimano Claris 2x8 drivetrain components Tektro Mechanical Disc Brakes Kenda Kwest 700x28c tyres Carbon bladed forks with alloy steerer Brands GT Gender Mens Age Adult Model Year 2016 Colour Grey/Neon Green Frame Grade alloy frame with smooth welds hydroformed (TTDT) Tapered 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 headtube standard BB Fork Grade Carbon 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 threadless alum steerer disc specific Shifters Shimano 2400 Claris Sti Derailleur (Front) Shimano 2400 Claris Derailleur (Rear) Shimano 2400 Claris 8spd Brakes Tektro Mechanical Disc brake 160mm rotor Crankset FSA Tempo Compact 50/34 Cassette Sun Race 8spd 12-25 Chain KMC 8spd Bottom Bracket Sealed Cartridge Hub Front Formula 6 bolt disc sealed 28h Hub Rear Formula 6 bolt disc sealed casette 32h Rims Alex ATD470 disc specific road 22mm tall profile Spokes 15g stainless steel Tyres Kenda Kwest 700 x 28 30tpi wire bead Handlebar New GT DropTune Super Light double butted 6061 alloy bar with 16degree flair Stem GT Design 3D forged 6061 4 bolt face plate Headset Integrated TH sealed bearing Saddle GT Grade saddle Seatpost One bolt aluminun Pedal Low Profile Nylon w/ Toe Clips Wheel Size 700c Number of Gears 16
Road Bike Deals
One of the world's most iconic bike brands, GT was formed in 1972, taking it's name from the initials of founder Gary Turner. His first product was a custom made BMX frame for his son, and it's durability made it a hit on the SoCal BMX tracks. As a result of this, Gary started producing BMX frames for general sale from 1974 onwards. By 1987, GT moved into the emerging mountain biking discipline, and shortly afterwards started manufacturing it's distinctive triple triangle design hardtails, which are still made to this day. By 1999 GT have developed the i-Drive suspension system, which proved popular amongst off-roaders. Further innovations included the Downhill IT-1 complete with built in gearbox, a world's first. From 2007 production began on 29" wheel MTBs, and the introduction of carbon in the build process. Nowadays GT caters for Road, Cyclocross and MTBs, as well as a range of BMXs in keeping with it's history. Famous riders to have competed on GT bikes include Hans Rey, Steve Peat, Brian Lopes, the Atherton siblings (Gee, Dan & Rachel), Rebecca Twigg and Juli Furtado.
To find out more about GT, you can view their latest bike ranges, the official company history as well as their wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GT_Bicycles.
Start Fitness (or Start Cycles!)
Start Fitness (otherwise known as Start Cycles) started life in 1991, founded by a group of fitness enthusiasts. Primarily based in the North of England, they stock a whole host of products, from running to football, but more importantly (from our perspective!) also a reasonably wide selection of cycling gear. In particular, in recent months they've been selling road and mountain bikes at huge discounts, so if you're after a new bike then this is one of the first places I'd recommend looking (Handy quick link to their Bikes & Frames in order of discount!). I've never personally ordered from them, but several of my website's visitors have got in touch with positive feedback after snagging a bargain.
They have three main stores located in Newcastle, Durham and Darlington, but offer UK delivery via their website at (Clothing is currently £2.95 P&P, Footwear is £4.95). You can read more about their history here.