When trying to pick out the perfect road bike for the summer season it can be an absolute minefield. There are good and bad bikes like in anything, especially when your budget is under $300. That is why I decided to take a look at the GMC Denali road bike, which is priced very reasonably. I was pleasantly surprised after a few days of riding how versatile this bike is, it is a perfect fit for any rider looking to ride for fun, as part of a group or even individualized training.
There are different sizes and colors available on this model which uses top quality materials to appeal to men and women of all body types. Sitting in the middle of the spectrum, this road bike is perfect for the in-between riders who are not looking for a professional bike but are wanting something more durable and of better quality than a normal street bike.
For the serious riders out there, GMC does a pretty good job of including high-performance materials in a road bike that is relatively inexpensive and reliable and as a unisex bike, it is only a matter of choosing the perfect color option and size which is simple due to the four size options and three color schemes.
There are four size options available on the GMC Denali:
X-small – 16″/41cm frame – 9.2 x 28 x 51 inches.
Small – 19″/48cm frame – 18 x 40 x 68 inches.
Medium – 22.5″/57cm frame – 18 x 40 x 67 inches.
Large – 25″/63.5cm frame – 18 x 41 x 68 inches.
I used a medium frame for this review as it is the most popular size for men and women alike. The design is lightweight but contains the rigidity needed for challenging road racing and surfaces. All sizes are available in the following color schemes: Black/green, Painted black with green accents, An attractive solid red and Black/pink which offers a solid black paint job with minimal pink accents.
All colors are attractive and neutral giving this bike a serious look.
- Intended use: Road use/rugged surfaces/road racing.
- Frame: Aluminum.
- Shimano Revo shifters and Shimano derailleur for easy and smooth gear changes.
- High-performance 7000 tires for rough street surfaces and road racing.
- Mechanical rim/caliper brakes.
- Available in four sizes and three colors.
The reliability and longevity of this bike is often praised by many riders, from those across states and even the country, the bike is often hailed as very reliable and is great at unpredictable roads, unlike professional racing cycles, this bike is not the slim, aerodynamic frame that one would see on the tv during the Tour de France.
The road bike is designed as a versatile and robust bike for use on real roads. Some pros include versatility in use including beginner use for road racing, group biking, exercise and training as well as long-distance biking. The design is also a good selling point. The color options available are an excellent in-between for both men and women. None of the color schemes are too over the top but are well-suited towards many different bikers of all sizes.
There are four different sizes available on this bike so whether you are over six feet tall or under 5 feet in height, the size options will ensure that you choose the bike that is right for you. The price is what draws so many beginners to this bike. For only a few hundred dollars, this bike is as solid a choice as you can get, it features gears and tech that more expensive models have which is great for learning on before moving on to a more expensive bike.
Not So Good Points
Some customers have complained of the bike not feeling very sturdy once assembled, this could be just down to customer mistakes assembling it so it is recommended to get it assembled by a professional bike shop.
Another negative is tire and brake issues, the alloy Vitesse racing rims are high-profile but are not necessarily high quality. The tires for this model are not standard road bike size and the quality of the tires is not as good as it could be. The ‘tire tape’ inside of the tires is not of the best quality so be aware of this when you start riding your bike. New tape can be purchased for around $60 and fix any flats if they occur and reinforce the tires for the thousands of miles of life it has in it, this will all depend on the surfaces you ride on and how you ride the bike of course.
The brakes do have some issues as well, being difficult to adjust during assembly and some users have reported that this model is slow to stop with the standard brakes. The bike does not get delivered assembled only partially assembled, you will need to mount the front wheel and handlebars. You will only need basic tools such as Allen wrench, flat-head screwdriver and a Philips screwdriver.
The main highlight of this bike is the longevity and can be used for thousands of miles without any issue, it is perfect for every day riding, commuting and other road uses, no matter how long the trip is.
This bike is perfect for beginners as it will teach you how to ride depending on the intended use in sports, racing etc. And once you get a feel for the higher-end 21-speed gear set-up you can then look to move onto something more expensive for a more professional use.
The bike is built to last with fancy aspects of it found in bikes worth thousands of dollars so this bike is perfect for anyone starting out on a budget which will serve you well for many years, be sure to get it assembled and tuned by an expert though as this will make a big difference to how well this bike functions.
The intended use of this bike is road use whether that be leisure riding, commuting to work, for exercise, road racing or training. The bike I would say is pretty effective at what it does.
The styling is high-end as well, it is an entry-level bike with lowish quality tires and brakes but is excellent in normal use but you would not want to bring it to a professional event. It makes for an excellent teaching tool for someone looking to become a professional biker, all for under $300, professional bikes can go for thousands so this bike is a bit of a bargain with excellent functionality.
The frame is aluminum and weighs around 29 pounds, whilst this is not super light it is still good for those that do not require an aerodynamic racing bike but rather a sturdier bike that is comfortable, reliable and can go long-distances.
This road bike comes across as super reliable and long-lasting for long-distance biking or commuting. It is perfect for beginners looking to get into the sport as it is inexpensive and is great for learning on.
The affordable price does not ruin quality and while some parts are not high-end but then you would not expect them to be for the price, of course this bike does not match up to the professional bikes costing thousands of dollars more but holds it’s own despite this, this road bike will definitely not disappoint in whatever road conditions you can throw at it, take a look at it here.