2020 GT Grade: The Ultimate Carbon Gravel Bike
Rooted in off-road since their origins, GT was the first to create a real carbon gravel bike five years ago. Now GT is back with all-new, updated and more comfortable Grades in both carbon & alloy.
The New and Improved Grade
At first glance, the new Grade looks almost identical to the old bike, but don’t be fooled. GT has made significant improvements to enhance all-day comfort, control, and adventure-readiness. The 2020 Grade features a new take on the old Triple Triangle technology, a flip chip fork for better handling when loaded down, and additional mounting points for all your gear.
A Gravel Bike with a Purpose
Unlike many gravel bikes that try to be everything to everyone, the Grade takes a stance and delivers performance for a specific application. It’s designed as a fast-moving 700c gravel bike, prioritizing road-based geometry and builds. While it offers more tire clearance now, GT’s design team focused on proper adventure racing, rather than trying to become a mountain bike.
Enhanced Comfort and Performance
The biggest improvement in the 2020 Grade is added comfort. GT’s ‘Dual Fiber Dynamics’ technology uses a combination of solid, long strand, low-modulus glass fiber core and carbon fiber to create seatstays that absorb vibration. The new Grade also features an updated GT Triple Triangle design, with longer and more flexible seatstays that improve rear wheel forces and vibration absorption. The result is a more comfortable ride, even for heavier riders.
The 2020 Grade is built for adventure, with a new flip chip fork that allows for lower fork trail. This feature is especially useful when the front end is loaded down with heavy gear, providing better handling and control. The Grade also offers increased tire clearance, with a max tire size of 700x42mm or 650x47mm for Road Plus standards.
Geometry and Tech Details
The new Grade comes in five stock frame sizes (XS-XL) and features linear Stack & Reach steps for a better fit. The carbon and alloy bikes share the same geometry, with slightly longer chainstays on the alloy frames. The Grade also includes multiple mounting points for cages, bento boxes, and even eight bottles on the alloy frame. Full coverage fenders and rack mounts are also available. The bikes come with wide 16° flared bars and are stealth dropper seatpost ready.
Pricing and Availability
The 2020 Grade is available in five complete bike options, ranging in price from $2000 to $3900. All bikes come with tubeless ready tires and wheels, and 2x drivetrains. GRX 1x builds are expected next year. The top-of-the-line Grade Carbon Pro features an Ultegra Di2 build, while the Grade Carbon Expert offers a more affordable option with mechanical 105. The Grade Carbon Elite is the most budget-friendly option with a Tiagra 2×10 build.