In development for three years, the new GT Grade fires a serious shot across the bow of the burgeoning gravel grinder scene with a svelte, racy frame designed to tackle anything you can throw at it.
Some time ago, GT was a little more involved in road. They provided track bikes for the US Olympic team and supplied Lotto Belisol. Six years ago, they provided bikes for the Jelly Belly team. Since then, they’ve been predominantly focused on mountain with the Athertons, Tyler McCaul and others. Their latest crop of full suspension bikes have been well received.
But, there’s no denying the growth in adventure riding, and that growth is worldwide. GT says they’re seeing growth in sportives, fondos and non-sanctioned ride/races in Australia, throughout Europe and elsewhere. And of course we’re seeing a lot more of it in the U.S., too. Since big fat knobbies aren’t always the best way to get there, something new was in order. The people riding these (um, like us) want something that’s a bit more comfortable than a pure ‘cross bike but can handle wider rims and tires than a road bike. And disc brakes, of course. So, yeah, the explosion in gravel riding and racing seems very recent, but thankfully GT saw it coming - their new Grade looks amazing…
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