“ Manufacturer: GT / Type: Bikes „
After years of riding around - mostly on roads - on various mountain bikes, I decided it was time to bite the bullet and get myself a proper road bike.
My price bracket was at the entry 'decent bike' level, between £500 & £600. There is no shortage of choice, with Specialized, Trek, Giant and Cannondale being arguably the best known brands. As is usual with me though, I wanted something a bit different from the mainstream.... and I chose the GTR Series 4.
There is little point in repeating the full specifications here as these can easily be found on GT's website or any online bike shop selling this bike. In a nutshell though, the components are mix of entry level Shimano STI, Shimano Sora & for the wheels AlexRims. The frame is lighweight aluminium with a carbon fibre fork.
So in terms of components there is nothing flash here - but in this price range there is not likely to be.
It doesn't matter though - this bike just plain works. Acceleration is excellent, gear shifts are excellent, handling is excellent - this bike is, erm, excellent! Other than the paint job, the frame is exactly the same as you get on the more expensive Series 2 & 3 bikes, so the only compromise comes with the wheels and the components.... which can all be changed later on if you feel you want to.
It's a looker as well. Telling someone your bike is black & lime green might not sound so good, but it is a striking choice that stands out well against some of the slightly dull looking competition.
The only things I did not like were the brake pads which just seemed a bit cheap and nasty - I replaced these with some excellent KoolStop cartridge pads. I'm not so sure about the longevity of the brake calipers - these appear to be unbranded rather than Shimano. Time will tell though.
I didn't rate the toe clip pedals either - but this was more personal taste on my part than there being actually anything wrong with them. I quickly changed them for some clipless SPD pedals.
I am very happy with this bike and it has given me an excellent introduction to "proper" road bike riding. I'm hooked. All I need to do now is convince the girlfriend that I "need" another more expensive, carbon framed, shinier bike :-)