GMC Denali Pro 700cc Bike w/ 22.5" Frame
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I won the Tour De France on one of these 4 years ago.
Only if you were on Lance’s doped up US Postal team.
time has moved on. this has 21 speeds, now they have 22 speeds. the current TDF riders will ride away from you with the extra speed.
“built with the same pride and attention to detail as GMC trucks”
So, Does that mean built in Detroit, MI and not in Taiwan or China??
The Good:[list]8 sp cassette (as opposed to 7 sp freewheel)
Dual Pivot brakes (previous model used nutted single pivot)
MicroSHIFT “brifters” aren’t any worse than Shimano 2200/2300/Claris and way more appropriate for road bike than RevoSHIFT/Grip Shift
The rims, though heavy, are surprisingly well built with machined sidewalls. If they’re the same as before then they’re 15 mm interior width. A 700x23c would handle better.[/list]
The Bad[list]We survived for decades with threaded headsets and they can last a while, but this isn’t one of them. Steel cups in an aluminum head tube isn’t ideal.
Which brings us to quill stems. Some people still like them. They’re more easily height adjustable, but not the one seen here. It’s minimum insertion line is fairly high. Note it’s clamp diameter is 31.8 mm (today’s standard) whereas most quill are 25.4 mm or 26 mm clamp diameter
Looks like a Prowheel crankset. Steel rings, but easy to bend. FD’s are difficult enough to adjust without bent chainrings
Semi cartridge bottom bracket. Some adjustment could be necessary but hope it isn’t because you will not have the right tool.
The Ugly[list]Steel fork weighs around 900 grams. It’s heavy, harsh, unforgiving and twitchy.
Solid rear axle (nutted). You’ll need a wrench to remove rear wheel. And I’ve seen instances of overtightening crushing the rear hub bearings. At least its 130mm spacing this time and not the really stupid 135mm.
Clips and straps. In 2014? Seriously?
That dork disk
Lance rode with US Postal from 1998 to 2004.
First thought - That will be heavy
Second thought - That will be recalled
Wow, dude, you really know your bike tech. You forgot to mention that this entire bike is built to specs that are from 10-15 years ago, and the thing is heavy as a tank (32lb on the spec page) My Eddy Merckx Team SC TDF bike weighs 16 lbs, half the weight of this thing. Then again, it cost more than 10 times the price of this one.
Is this honestly a 22.5 inch frame? If so, very few people will be able to ride this comfortably. I’m 6’3" and I usually ride a 21 inch frame; few people under 6 feet can even sit on my bike and reach the pedals at the bottom of the stroke. Or are they measuring it in some obtuse manner?
This bike is almost certainly made in Taiwan or China. There are bikes that cost 5-10 times this that are either made there or at least have frames made there, I highly doubt this was made in the USA in any meaningful way.
Although the current GMC Yukon (Denali) is made in Texas, not Detroit:
This might have been funny, if this bike was a 21 and not 16 speed.
I think I’ll keep my old Univega Gran Turismo still a sweet ride from back in the day…
This is not worth half the used bikes you’ll find for the same price. It will be a very displeasing ride.
While I love riding bikes and will spend money on them, I’m in no way a bike snob, I’ll take my $200 fixed gear over this any day with any conditions. It’s just not a good bike at any price point.
its 56 cm / 22 inch
On a non-compact frame, measurement implies CtoT-- center of bb, along the seat tube to top of the top tube.
You’re 6’3" on a 53.5 cm?
Always a laugh when posers protest bike weight, and talk of “gram shaving” components, when in reality, they’re hauling 10+ excess pounds atop the saddle everyday.
If you want to get in shape, just ride. But if you really want to shape up, pull along short trailer that holds a few cinder blocks. Bike weight ain’t no big thing until the day you compete.