This video is a review of my GMC Denali bicycle.
My GMC Denali bike has over 1,200 miles and is my dedicated gravel bike now. I used to ride it on paved trails and the streets.
The GMC Denali has a more aggressive road bike geometry so you find yourself leaning forward and down, but the handlebar shifters are grip shifters similar to what you may find on a mountain bike.
As a commuter bike, the GMC Denali has relatively wide tires (32mm or 35mm depending on the model year), mounting holes for fenders or a rack, and a price point that will leave you less uncomfortable about locking it up outside while you are away.
The frame is aluminum, but the fork and handlebars are steel. Overall the bike weighs around 30 pounds in the 57cm size.
The componenets are of modest quality and older tech. I consider this bike one step up from a big box store bike.
Issues I had with this bike in stock form included poor brake pads that needed replacing, a brake caliper that needed replacing, and trouble shifting. If you are thinking about purchasing the GMC Denali you might consider upgrading the freewheel because I’ve read that can help with the shifting.
I think the GMC Denali is a good buy for someone unsure they will cycle much or are just getting back into it. Obviously the more fun the bike the more likely you are to ride it.
After 6 months with the GMC Denali I decided I wanted to continue riding full time, and upgraded to a new bike. Starting from the lower end of the market makes you appreciate the finer bikes. And the GMC Denali is a good stepping stone for hesitant or budget conscious newcomers on their way to obtaining their dream bicycle. 🙂
The full specs on my GMC Denali are on my website here http://bikeblogger.com/?page_id=838
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