GT Grade 2015 builds and pricing

Aggressive pricing confirmed for GT’s disc-equipped adventure road ride

BikeRadarrecently reported on GT’s answer to the gravel/adventure road bike movement. Known as the Grade, it’s a disc-only road bike with a thru-axle fork and room for 35c rubber. After a visit to GT’s UK distibutor, Cycing Sport Group, BikeRadar can now confirm final builds and pricing for this highly-anticipated bike.

No matter which Grade you choose the fundamentals are the same with every version – slack angles and a long wheelbase, room for up to 35c tyres, a 15mm thru-axle fork and disc brakes as standard. Each Grade also gets its own GT handlebar complete with a unique 14-degree flare.

To give you an idea of how radical that is a typical road bars feature a flare of around three to five degrees. This extra bend puts a rider into a more suitable position for any off-road excursions.

GT grade carbon 105 - £1,999:
GT grade carbon 105 - £1,999:

The Grade Carbon 105 – full carbon, 105 mechanical, hydraulic discs (not pictured) and tubeless ready rims for £1,999

One particularly interesting model was the Grade Carbon 105. For a penny under two grand it appears to offer exceptional value. There’s a full carbon frame and fork, Shimano’s 105 11-speed transmission and RS685 hydraulic disc brakes.

And no, that’s not a mistake – the display bike we photographed was built up with mechanical discs, but production models will feature the hydraulics. GT hasn’t skimped on the wheels either – they’re tubeless-ready offerings from Stan’s. Should you want a transmission upgrade then there's a range-topping Ultegra mechanical version for £2,599.

Alloy models

GT grade alloy x - £1,499: gt grade alloy x - £1,499
GT grade alloy x - £1,499: gt grade alloy x - £1,499

The GT Grade Alloy X has the same geometry as the carbon model

For £1,499, there’s the Grade Alloy X. The frame shifts to an alloy construction but shares identical geometry to its carbon sibling. Amazingly there’s still 105 11-speed and the RS685 hydraulic discs but the chainset has been swapped out for a cheaper FSA item.

Drop to £999 and you get the Grade Alloy 105. It’s a similar build to the Alloy X but with more affordable finishing kit and TRP’s Hyrd mechanically actuated hydraulic discs. 

Below this there’s a 10-speed Tiagra model with Tektro mechanical disc brakes for £849. The entry-level bike uses Shimano’s Claris group and budget mechanical discs to hit a price point of £649.99. Sandwiched between these two is an 18-speed Sora-equipped bike for £749.

GT grade alloy claris - £649: gt grade alloy claris - £649
GT grade alloy claris - £649: gt grade alloy claris - £649

Even the £649 entry-level Grade has discs and a thru-axle fork

For a more detailed look at the GT Grade check out our initial report.

Oli Woodman

Section Editor, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
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