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GT Grade Carbon Ultegra Complete Road Bike - 2016

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Item # GTE0014

No compromises necessary.

If you regularly find yourself wishing you didn't have to choose between going on an exhilarating ride on the ashpalt and exploring winding gravel side roads, then you can breathe a sigh of relief: GT understands. The brand with a long-time passion for riding off the beaten path created its Grade Carbon Ultegra Complete Bike to give you the option to go from roads to gravel to tree-lined trails without sacrifice. GT's Triple Triangle design and full carbon frame construction combine with Shimano's Ultegra components to make a bike that feels luxuriously at home on anything.

GT introduced its iconic Triple Triangle design over two decades ago and has yet to see a need to replace it. Its simple, efficient design is constructed using GT's Dual Fiber Dynamic tech — carbon with integrated glass fibers for increased responsiveness. The sharper seat stay angle disperses road noise and bumps through the frame. It also allows GT space to reinforce the slim, flattened seat stays, which are constructed out of fiberglass cores wrapped in carbon to give them the right mix of vertical compliance and lateral stiffness. The wide down tube also offers more rigidity and better energy transfer, while the slack head tube angle adds steering stability across gravel and comfort during all-day endurance road rides.

GT engineered the Grade's full carbon fork with longer, narrower blades than a traditional road bike, creating extra clearance for the front tire and better compliance over bumps. You'll remain stable on fast descents with the tapered head tube and retain efficient power transfer as you pedal out of the saddle over dirt, gravel, or tarmac. Speaking of pedaling, as soon as you start you'll be able to recognize the unmistakable sound of the included DT Swiss 240s hubs anchoring Stan's NoTubes Grail rims — the combination of which might be the best example we've seen of a manufacturer spec'ing a bike at this level with components you won't want to immediately swap out.

After the quality decisions we've listed so far, it should come as no surprise that the Grade Carbon comes with an impressive Shimano Ultegra drivetrain that both looks great on your frame and shifts effortlessly and consistently. Second only to Shimano's Dura-Ace groupset, Ultegra punches like the pros' kit but with a few more grams and a more amateur-friendly price. The Shimano hydraulic disc brakes are controlled by Shimano's BR-R685 levers, which are Shimano's hydraulic equivalent of Ultegra and give you reliable control from wet grass to dry asphalt descents. GT finishes the Grade Carbon with Fizik's wide-basined, ever-popular Aliante saddle, plush Continental 28mm tires, and an FSA K-Force Light carbon seatpost.

  • 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

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
Actual Weight:
Raw, 56cm: 8070g

sizing chart

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Geometry chart

GT

Geometry Chart

 

Grade Carbon Ultegra/105
 

Seat Tube

(c-t)

Effective Top Tube

(eTT)

Stack

(S)

Reach

(R)

Stand Over

Head Tube

(HT)

Head Tube Angle

(HTo)

Seat Tube Angle

(STo)

Bottom Bracket Drop

(BBD)

Chainstay

(CS)

Wheelbase
51cm 49.5cm 51.5cm 53.4cm 36.7cm 74.2cm 12.1cm 69o 74.5o 7cm 43cm 101.7cm
53cm 53.5cm 53.5cm 55.7cm 37cm 77.2cm 14.2cm 70o 73.5o 7cm 43cm 101.9cm
55cm 55cm 55cm 57.8cm 37.3cm 78.6cm 16.2cm 70.5o 73o 7cm 43cm 102.5cm
56cm 56cm 56.5cm 60.1cm 38.1cm 80cm 18.2cm 71.5o 73o 7cm 43cm 103.1cm
58cm 60.5cm 58cm 62.7cm 38.2cm 82.9cm 20.7cm 72o 72.5o 7cm 43cm 103.5cm
60cm 63.5cm 60cm 65cm 38.9cm 84.3cm 23.1cm 72o 72o 7cm 43cm 104.9cm

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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.

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.

color differences

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

the highlight colors are not well represented in this picture. please email me for more details. it's not huge but the pictures are a little different.

color differences

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.

Avg. ride time: 8h 15m per week
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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.

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.

Avg. ride time: 2h 48m per week
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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

Can this bike be set up for touring? Fenders, pannier's, etc.