GT Bicycles Inc. GTR Pro Rival Road Bike

4.67/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $2499.00

Product Description

-GTR carbon monocoque frame with Ritchey Pro Carbon fork delivers a smooth, lightweight and vibration damping ride

-Full SRAM Rival drivetrain is built for serious and competitive riders who hammer on their gear day in and day out and demand technology that’s durable and long-lasting

-Ritchey aluminum handlebar and stem with carbon seatpost provide lightweight stiffness and have been perfectly positioned for race-ready performance

-SRAM Rival DoubleTap controls utilize a single lever for shifting and a dedicated lever for braking to provide smooth up and downshifting in ONE motion
SRAM Rival dual pivot brakes provide excellent stopping power in any condition and enhance progressive feel
-Shimano 105 wheelset paired with Vittoria Rubino Pro tires give you a high level of control, response and lateral rigidity for high mileage training

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by snoekadoeks a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2009

Strengths:    light, agile, great components, Performance Bikes are great on sale and service

Weaknesses:    unusual looks and paint (white, red & black) but i'm getting to like it; GT not premium brand but part of Canondale and great value

Bottom Line:   
actually it's the 2008 model with SRAM Rival all round and shimano 105 wheels. what value for a full carbon with premium components - i wasn't sure of GT but with a great frame, plus richey all-carbon fork and seat post it was a steal. bike weighs 17.3lb with pedals. rides fast and light with good handling and fizik airone saddle is perfect for me. i almost went back and bought a second as back-up.

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Favorite Ride:   18 mile country time trial

Price Paid:    $1299.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bikes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by merctom a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2009

Strengths:    Seat mast, tapered fork, and the internal cable routing are all very nice touches.

Weaknesses:    Hard to find in bike shops.

Bottom Line:   
This review is actually for the '09 GTR Carbon Pro bike. I just picked it up today so I haven't ridden it yet but it is a beautiful bike, I love it. The new seat mast looks very nice but Ritchey probably could've done a better job with the weight of the seat clamp. The tapered fork looks like it hold better than their '07 and '08 models.

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Favorite Ride:   Any ride is a good ride.

Similar Products Used:   '07 GTR Carbon Rival, BMC Streetfire, Klein, Colnago, Cannondale

Bike Setup:   Bike was purchased as a whole so it came with the Ultegra drive train, Ksyrium SL wheels and Ritchey bar/stem combo.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justin Kuo a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: December 20, 2008

Strengths:    -Light weight for the money (17lb for a 54cm)
-Solid components(SRAM Rival Top to bottom)
-Decent enough wheelset Mavic Ksyrium (No Shimano R500's).
-Brand name kit all around. Ritchey Pro for fork, bar/stem & seatpost.
-Unique styling on the tubes makes the bike very distinctive that belies its sub 2k price point.

Weaknesses:    -Not a well known road bike brand...GT's more of a mountain/BMX brand
-No carbon weave (Fewer bikes seem to have this each year)
-Questionable warranty (Not sure how long GT will survive in its current form)
-Fizik Arionne saddle - not wearing so well and a bit hard on me at least
-Rival Crankset too short. Swapped for a 172.5mm after I noticed the 170's were giving me problems at 5'10".
-Small amount of play in Mavic Ksyrium front wheel (not really the GT's fault)

Bottom Line:   
Perfect starter/midrange bike right out of the box. Put 800 miles on it thus far when I actually find time to get out on it. Mostly city riding so the carbon frame gets a work out but I can't roll up the miles as quickly as some. Coming from a mountain biking background the stiffness definitely takes some getting used to but the frame doesn't beat me up too badly.

Love riding it so much my Scott Spark has been sitting collecting dust ever since I bought this. Planned to get a matching CR1 to go w/ the Spark originally but the GT proved just too good of a deal and rode just as well. The GT even came in 1lb lighter than the Scott.

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Favorite Ride:   Midtown, Atlanta

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   -Scott CR1
-Fuji Pro Carbon
-Trek Madone

Bike Setup:   54cm GT GTR Pro Rival
172.5 SRAM Rival Crankset
Rest is stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pmead a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2008

Strengths:    Corners great, stiff, very comfortable

Weaknesses:    did not like the color scheme, came in white, with green and black highlights

Bottom Line:   
The GT Pro frameset was light and the carbon soaks up the road. One of the best carbon frames I have owned. Corners on rails and found it great for crits. Sad to see they decided to start making this frame with an integrated seatpost this will make sizing permanent. Great frameset and I put it up there with my favorite specialized sworks sl. You cannot go wrong with the sram force, which is the group I installed with the frame.

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Favorite Ride:   specialized sworks sl

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   online

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mazzoc a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2008

Strengths:    Light
Stiff for sprints and climbing
Good ride quality
Amazing parts spec for the $
Incredilble bang for the buck.
Looks great!

Weaknesses:    Arione saddle, but I know people that love them.

Bottom Line:   
Actually this is a 2008 bike. It looks great with the White and Red paint scheme with about half the carbon fiber clear coated. The Sram Rival components work great. Mine came with Ksyrium Equipe wheels. The full Ritchey Pro cockpit is very comfortable. The Fizik Arione saddle is great but not my favorite so I swapped it. Also put on White bar tape. 17 lbs. off the shelf without peddles. Similarly equiped bikes I looked at were $800 - $1500 more. I,ve put about 500 miles on it already and am very pleased.

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Favorite Ride:   Gales Creek Hwy

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Lemond Beunos Aries

Bike Setup:   Stock except changed out saddle for Specialized Toupe

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