The second-most popular bike on our list is the GMC Denali Road Bike. While being an overall good bike for the money, it may require a bit of modification to suit your needs. The frame consists of lightweight aluminum, which is great for both city driving and road riding. It comes in at just under 30 pounds.
We’d like to note, there are two variations of this bike that we offer. We recommend taking a look to make your own comparison. They are the GMC Denali Flat Bar Road Bike and the GMC Denali Pro Road Bike. Now, back to your regularly scheduled review.
The brakes are alloy calipers and may require a bit of adjustment—or even replacement—as their construction is rather cheap. While they feel responsive, the strength required to stop quickly is higher than you anticipate. One rider stated that they believe the issue with the brakes is due to the factory providing long pull brake levers as opposed to short pull brake levers. With twice the length of cable between the levers and calipers, it requires twice the amount of strength to fully activate.
The wheels are high-profile alloy Vitesse rims intentionally built for racing. They’ll do just fine on the asphalt and gravel of the city. The stock touring tires, however, are cheaply constructed. It’s always a good rule of thumb to pick up some rim tape. This preventive maintenance can save you some headache down the road, especially with cheap tires.
Out of the fixie realm, this bike sports a Shimano derailleur and Revo shifts. They are incredibly smooth and quiet. Now, this isn’t professional gear we’re talking about, but it gets the job done. When switching out from a low gear at a red light, you’ll find yourself at the top of the gear set by the end of the intersection. The pickup is great and works very well for hilly environments. If you notice the gears making more noise than usual or switching on their own, have it looked at by a local bike pro before things get worse.
- Rims: Vitesse Alloy black 700CX14GX36H
- Tires: Kenda Black w/ Gray Band 7X28C
- Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-TZ 31 Index
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-TZ30GS 7SPD
- 21 Speeds in all
Stuck in the cheap seats
The seat is adjustable but not very comfortable. You may find yourself modifying the pitch a bit for comfort or just chucking the whole thing in the trash. Take it on a short ride so you’re not subject to finishing your ride with a numb lower half.
Have a look at some solid or padded options with “anatomic relief”. Not only are they comfortable, they also avoid putting pressure on important nerves as well as your urethra. This is incredibly important for long-term health and virility.
With a few modifications out of the box, you’ll find this bike is a wonderful value for the price. While it’s not a professional level commuter bike, this will not compromise your savings and most importantly your safety.