GT Bicycles announced the introduction of its all-new Grade gravel bikes. Available in both carbon and alloy frame models, GT says the new Grade is built for adventure out of the box. It’s more compliant, versatile and adjustable than ever before, with a leaner look and a purposeful redesign of GT’s iconic Triple Triangle frame design.
Named after a favorite gravel route near Cannondale’s headquarters, the Topstone is the company’s second gravel model. Unlike its stablemate, it cuts a more traditional ‘gravel bike’ profile, rolling on 700c wheels, with stated clearance for up to 42c tires.
If you can get by the limitations of the Warhawk- dedicated single speed, limited tire clearances, and limited versatility- then you will be rewarded with one of the better handling, better riding gravel/all road/commuter rigs you can find. For the dollar amount that State Bicycle Co. asks for this bike, I cannot find anything in my experience that compares to how nice it handles and how fun it is to ride.
The GX5 is pretty smooth, but the fork isn’t quite up to steel fork feel. That said, it handles in a stable, but not sluggish manner, over choppy roads and deep gravel. The light weight is very nice and the total package is fun to ride on. The wheel and tire limitations are somewhat of a bummer, as is the slightly too stiff fork, but this bike is very impressive so far.
Gravel Grinder News: Sea Otter ’19- Lunch With Alchemy Bikes – by Grannygear Or: A lunch with Alchemy bikes and the custom bike quandary. The day before Sea Otter ’19 began I was invited to a lunch highlighting some new steeds from Alchemy Bicycles, a custom frame builder based out of Colorado. While custom bikes […]
State Bicycle Co. Warhawk: Checkpoint- by Guitar Ted The last time we looked at this bike we had snow on the ground yet. Since then we’ve gone from late Wintry conditions through “shoulder season”, Spring, and lately it has been like Summer. Plenty of opportunities to check out this single speed rig in varying conditions. […]
State Bicycle Co. Warhawk: Getting Rolling- by Guitar Ted The world of bicycling has a lot of niche categories. Obviously “gravel bikes” are one of those, (but maybe becoming less so everyday), and there are plenty of others I can think of right off the top of my head. “Niche”- just what does that mean […]
Noble Bikes GX5 Gravel Bike: Getting Rolling- by Guitar Ted Gravel cycling has been hot of late and so there has been a flurry of activity from several companies looking to take advantage of this style of riding. This bike from Noble Bikes may seem like one of those kinds of moves to hop on […]
Gravel Grinder News: New Ti Bike From Knolly, Time Shoes Are Back- by Guitar Ted Knolly isn’t a company you might have pegged to come up with an offering for the gravel rider, and certainly titanium may not have been a frame material you would have thought a company like this would have chosen. That […]
Breezer Inversion Team: At The Finish- by Grannygear The last ride on the Breezer Inversion Team before it’s return trip to the Breezer mother ship was just a noodle around town, a stretch of the legs before honey-do’s consumed my day. I recalled the previous night where I had been e-scouting a three day route […]