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GMC Denali Road Bike
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- 21-speed road bike features a lightweight aluminum frame
- Alloy calipers and alloy brake levers
- High-profile alloy Vitesse racing rims
- Shimano derailleur and Shimano Revo shifts makes it easy to change gears quickly and smoothly
- High-performance 700c tires are up to the challenge of rigorous street racing
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|Frame Material Type||aluminum|
|Item Weight||29 pounds|
|Number Of Speeds||21|
|Package Height||8 x 33 x 51.8 inches|
|Shipping Weight||40 pounds|
|Size||Extra Large 25"/63.5cm Frame|
|Style Name||700c Large|
The GMC Denali 700C 21-Speed Road Bike is built around a lightweight aluminum road bike frame. You'll stop on a dime with the alloy calipers and brake levers and the high-profile alloy Vitesse racing rims look as good as they perform. Shimano Revo shifters allow you to shift with out taking your hands off the handle bars providing safety and confidence. A Shimano derailleur completes the drive train for quick and smooth gear changes. Lastly, this road bike will help you stay hydrated with the included alloy water bottle cage.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm 6'2, and bought the Large frame. It's possibly a LITTLE large for me (by an inch or two), so mounting/dismounting isn't the most natural thing in the world, but I prefer riding higher up so it works out for me.
The reviews here touting how difficult it was to put together had me worried in the beginning. When it finally arrived, I was confused to no end by these reviews. Literally ALL you have to do is throw the front wheel on, put the handlebars in place and tighten them with an alan wrench, and throw the seat on.
You should read the instructions, but I found I actually didn't need them at all.
It's all VERY common sense stuff. If you have even a VAGUE idea what a bike should look like, or save that, if you know how to type "road bike" into Google and look at an image of a bike, you'll be fine.
If for some reason you've never seen a wrench in your life, there are a bunch of videos on YouTube showing you EXACTLY how to assemble this bicycle step-by-step.
I've been out of riding for a few years and so far this has been a fantastic bike for getting me back into it. Fun to ride. I'll try to update this if anything about my experience changes.
First this I will stress is that if you have limited mechanical ability DO NOT BUY and go to a bike shop. I have read a lot of the reviews on this bike and laugh pretty hard at some of the items posted. One of the things was that the front wheel hits the frame and will not turn..... well if you could not figure out that the front fork was backward and that all you needed to do was turn it around then this is not a project for you!
That said here is the review. It took me about 45 min to assemble and 45 min to adjust. GO OVER EVERYTHING! Do not chance your safety to a Chinese factory pumping these things out. Overall I would say it is worth the $230 I paid for it. I got a medium and the frame is 20" from center of the crank to the center of the top tube and 22.5" from center of the crank to the top of the seat post. Total weight is about 29 lbs so it is not that light for an aluminum road bike. It seems fairly solid. The wheels are ok, but far from bike shop entry bike level. They need trued up as they where not straight out of the box. The tires are an odd size and not standard road bike and the tire quality is not too good. The fun part will be finding quality replacements as they wear. The gears and detailers seem to work fine after a lot of adjustment. This is a high bread setup as this bike has mountain bike type shifters on it. Once adjusted the back works good and the front gets the job done but it takes some tinkering. The brakes are a bit of a disappointment. I got them adjusted well and they take a LOT of adjustment. The pads seem to be of poor quality and the force to pull on the brake handles is too high. I think quality pads will help but stock the bike does not stop well and will not give you confidence stopping.
Would I buy it again, probably for $230 but I am very mechanical and I have worked on a lot of bikes. If you have any doubt about your ability it will cost you $50-75 at a bike shop to get it all set up. Keep that in mind. It is a fine entry bike if you don't mind tweaking and adjusting.
Other than that I have no complains. Those who gave this bike negative reviews are either not good with their hands or have some higher expectations for $250 bike.
The chief part that I wish GMC / Denali had done differently was the back wheel. It comes with a freewheel style wheel, instead of the current "standard" free hub style. That effectively means you can't easily change the gear set on the back wheel to experiment with different gears. It comes standard with a 14-28 gear set which is fine for beginners, but as you get stronger you'll want to move to a 12-28 (I'm at 11-28, as small as I can get them), unless you live in a hilly area where you might not want the faster gears.
For the parts I have changed out: pedals to speed pedals & shoes, back wheel to free hub & 11-28 cassette, presta valve tubes, changed to 25 mm tires but got too many flats and went back to 32 mm touring tires and just air them up high (90-100 psi), added a bike pannier rack (I commute to work on the bike)
Of course I'm saving up to buy that $3000 carbon fiber Mekk Poggio, or maybe keep it cheap and buy a Nashbar bike. But I'm keeping this one as my commuter bike no matter what and I'll save the $$ bike for the weekends and long charity rides (MS 150, etc.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
braking system doesn't works is just really bad. See picture taken the day I put together the bike.Read more
BUT the size need to be otherwise than the charts.there is no one size that can be fit.Read more