|GMC Denali Road Bike
|List Price: $209.99
Our Price: $209.99
The GMC? Denali men's 22-in road bike offers a lightweight aluminum frame with smooth-tread 700-c hi-performance tires and hi-profile alloy Vitesse racing rims for a comfortable ride. The Shimano 21-gear shifting system and alloy brakes provide smooth pedaling and sure stopping power for all levels of riders. 19-inch bike is Yellow, 22-inch bike is Blue, 25-inch bike is Black.
The GMC Denali 700C 21-Speed Road Bike is built around a lightweight aluminum road bike frame. You'll stop on a dime with the alloy calipers and brake levers, and the high-profile alloy Vitesse racing rims look as good as they perform. The Shimano derailleur and Shimano Revo shifts make it easy to change gears quickly and smoothly, and the high-performance 700c tires are up to the challenge of rigorous street racing. Lastly, this road bike will help you stay hydrated with the included alloy water bottle cage.
- Frame: Aluminum 7005 straight gauge
- Fork: GMC Series 7000 steel
- Chain: KMC Z 51
- Crankset: Prowheel Alloy 335P6 28X38X48 170mm
- Front Derailleur: Shimano FD-TZ 31 Index
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD-TZ30GS 7SPD
- Shifters: Shimano Revo SIS L2/R7
- Brake levers: Promax BL-250AP Aluminum
- Brakes: Promax 501A Alloy Caliper Brake
- Rims: Vitesse Alloy black 700CX14GX36H
- Tires: Kenda Black With Grey Band 700X28C
- Stem: Aluminum black EXT:100mm 0D.
- Handlebar: Maesbend W: 430mm D:22.0mm
- Saddle: Cionlli Black
- Seat post: HL Aluminum Micro Adjust 27.2 X 300mm
- Pedals: VP-990S plastic body with steel cage
- Weight: 29.0 lbs
Amazon.com Bicycle Buying Guide
Finding the Right Bike
To really enjoy cycling, it's important to find a bicycle that works for you. Here are some things to keep in mind when you're in the market for a new bike:
The Right Ride
In general, bikes are broken down into three major categories:
- Road and Racing Bikes--As a general rule, road and racing are built for speed and longer distances on paved surfaces. Thinner tires, lightweight 29-inch (700c) wheels and drop bars that allow for a more aerodynamic position are the norm. Most road bikes, regardless of price, offer many gears for tackling both hilly and flat terrain.
- Mountain Bikes--With their larger tires, hill-friendly gearing and upright position, mountain bikes are very popular for all types of riding, both on pavement and off. Mountain bikes that are designed specifically for rugged trail use typically feature a suspension fork. Some may have rear suspension, as well. A quick change of the tires on any mountain bike--even one that you use regularly on trails--adds to its versatility and makes it a worthy street machine.
- Comfort/Cruiser Bikes--For tooling around on bike paths, light trails, or for cruising a quiet beach-side lane, comfort/cruiser bikes are the ticket. With a super-relaxed riding position, padded seats, and limited or no gearing, these bikes are made for enjoying the scenery and having fun with the family.
The Right Price
A bike's price boils down to three essentials: frame materials, bike weight, and component quality and durability.
- Entry-level--You'll find a wide range of comfort and cruiser bikes in this category, as well as some lower-end mountain bikes and road bikes. Most will have steel frames and components that are designed to last for several years with frequent use.
- Mid-range--Bikes in this range may feature a lighter aluminum frame with mid-range components that keep performing after miles of use. If you're looking for a quality bike that is relatively lightweight and will stand up to abuse, this is the "sweet spot." Most serious commuter and touring bikes fall into this category, as do mid-range mountain bikes with a decent front suspension.
- High-end--Racers and serious enthusiasts who expect lightweight, high-performance components will want to stick to this category. For road bikes, exotic frame materials (carbon fiber, titanium) and ultra-lightweight components can add thousands to the price tag. Mountain bikes in this class often feature advanced front and rear suspension technology, as well as components designed to handle lots of rugged trail action.
The Right Size
Fit is crucial for comfort, control, and proper power and endurance on a bike. Here are some basic bike fit tips:
- Stand-over Height--To find out if a bike's overall height fits your body, measure your inseam. Next, determine how much clearance you'll need between your crotch and the top tube of the bike. For a mountain bike, you'll want three to five inches of clearance. A road bike should offer between one and two inches of clearance, while a commuter bike should have two to four inches. Compare the stand-over height for a given bike to your measurements (inseam + clearance) to determine the right bike height.
- Top Tube Length--You can measure your torso to get a good estimate of proper top tube length. First, make a fist and extend your arm. Measure from the center of your fist to the end of your collarbone (the part that intersects your shoulder). Next, measure your torso by placing a book against your crotch with the spine facing up. Measure from the spine to the bottom of your throat (the spot between your collarbones). Finally, add the two measurements (arm length + torso length), divide the number in half and subtract six inches. This is your approximate top tube length. Compare this number to a bike's posted top tube length. You can allow for about two inches longer or shorter, as most bikes can be adjusted via stem length/height and saddle fore/aft position to make fine adjustments to the fit.
- Bikes for Women--Proportionally, women tend to have a shorter torso and longer legs than men. Bike makers design women's bikes that offer a shorter top tube and many comfort/cruiser bikes built for women may also provide more stand-over clearance.
The Right Accessories
When you make a bike purchase, don't forget these crucial add-ons:
- Helmet (this is a must!)
- Seat pack
- Hydration pack, or water bottles and bottle cages
- Spare tubes
- Portable bike pump
- 21-speed road bike features a lightweight aluminum frame
- Alloy calipers and ally brake levers
- High-profile alloy Vitesse racing rims
- Shimano derailleur and Shimano Revo shifts makes it easy to change gears quickly and smoothly
- High-performance 700c tires are up to the challenge of rigorous street racing
- great bike for the price
I got the 22.5" denali about a month ago. I ordered it with the super savers shipping, and it still got here in less than 5 days. I took it to a local bike shop to have some of the parts put together and they also tuned the gears and the breaks.
First impression of the bike is that it looked great. I'm a pretty strong guy, so the bike feels like a feather when I lift it. To me, there really didn't seem to be much of a difference in weight from this bike and some bikes at the bike shop I took it to, which go for about $800-1000. I asked the guy at the bike shop what he thought about my bike. He said that for every day riding and training, it's a great bike, but I shouldn't expect competition performance out of it. Since I don't care to compete and I'm new at the sport, he said the bike should suit me just fine.
The bike rides extremely well, and it's very sturdy too. I haven't had any problems with it, except the breaks aren't the best. I'm going to get new break pads when I have the money. The gears all work properly, except for 3-7, which takes a bit of time to shift. Other than that, it makes some noises in 3-4, as if the chain is scratching against the gear, but it hasn't hindered the riding. It has a water bottle holder, which is truly a blessing. I took it out for a couple of rides of 6-10 miles, and in 80+ degree weather, that water is a godsend. The gearshifting is a little funny, seeing as how it has revo-shifters, which are mostly used on mountain bikes. Also you have to put your hands into the drops to access the breaks, which is a bitch when your back is hurting and you want to rest your hands on the top handle bars.
Speaking of, the ride quality isn't exactly the best, but that's because of the stock seat that comes with the bike. It's hard as a rock, and it's non-adjustable, which can cause QUITE a bit of discomfort if you're a guy.
Other than that, the bikes runs smoothly and almost effortlessly on level ground. I can go for miles and miles without feeling pain in my legs on level ground. The hills are another story, but that's not because of the bike, but because of your fitness level.
I hit more than 30 mph going downhill with this bike, and its truly a rush. I think I may have hit more, because one time I even had to slow down because the car in front of me was going too slowly.
Overall, the bike is excellent for beginners. I'm in decent shape, and yet this bike still gives me a great workout. I paid $147 for this bike, which is truly remarkable. It's probably the cheapest road bike you can find out there, but it's sturdy and it will last you a long time if you take care of it. ...more info
- Good, but the breaks are troublesome
the overall product was good, and i'm happy with my purchase. The only problem are the breaks when the bike is put together, they won't stop the bike. ...more info
- Great Bike for the Price!
This is a great starter kit for those who want to buy a decent bike for a great price. I picked mine up at a local walmart last year for $147 and this bike has never failed on me, no matter how hard i go on it. I upgraded the tires to Continental Ultra Sports, 25C on the back, 23C on the front. After the tire upgrade, it brought out a lot more performance. With the stock gearing, it tops out at around 35MPH. The rear hub of this bike features an easy to upgrade cluster to make this bike go even faster. The 2008 model features a new paint finish. All the black is removed and replaced with a cool silver. The Vitesse rims feature a new logo and the rims are silver. I also managed to see a 6065 Aluminum version of this bike as well at Walmart for the same price as the 7005. This bike is a steal for the price!!! ...more info
- Potentially a solid road bike after much needed upgrades.
I purchased the 26" GMC Denali at a local super center for $176 w/tax. My first day of riding, I noticed that the brakes were less than adequate. While attempting to adjust, I found that the front calipers were bent. So I removed them, and reluctantly rode with just the rear brakes. Secondly, I noticed that when shifting, it either misses the gear, or the chain would slip off the crank. It's safe to say that's not so good when you got a 16 yr old driving behind you in traffic. Finally, there was a weird noise coming from the bottom bracket and the chain would sometimes rub against the front derailleur.
Anyway, I called a local bike shop and they quoted me $75 for a tune-up, which you must have for any pre-assembled road bike, or $400 for the upgrades. So, rather than spend the extra money, I returned the bike back after riding it for about two weeks. I went ahead and spent the extra money ($600) for a Schwinn Carbon Fiber 1000, and have no regrets. I absolutely love the Schwinn. It's partially carbon fiber, the components are better quality, it shifts like it's designed to, the ride is smoother, and the bike only weighs 19.5lbs. Perfect!
The Denali could be a decent bike, but you'd have to upgrade all of the components. And I mean all of them! This upgrade should include the shifters, both derailleurs, the rear cogs, the bottom bracket, and definitely the brakes. Now if you can find the parts used, or maybe locate last year's stock, you could probably spend less than $300 to upgrade, excluding labor cost. But keep in mind that these newer bikes are not like the ones I rode back in 1980. They're far more complex, and require more technical skills. But why go through the hassle?
I'm not knocking the Denali, because not everyone can afford to pay $600+ for a bike. But eventually you're going to spend that amount in repairs, tune-ups and upgrades. The good thing about road bikes is that their prices usually remains the same throughout the year. So why not wait, save up, and purchase a better bike. Check online stores like[...] for price and component comparisons.
Although, the Denali frame is solid and it carries a lifetime warranty; the break downs will take the fun out of the bike. Therefore, I would only recommend the GMC Denali to those who have the skills to upgrade and/or repair it. Other than that, the average person will be constantly visiting the local bike shop and spending unnecessary money.
Finally, the Denali is actually a two star road bike, but I gave it three stars because of it's potential. However, my review is based on the 2008 model. The 2009 models may be better. I would suggest you do some research first, before deciding. Compare the 2008 components against the 2009 models. Or, even better, go visit your local bike shop and see first hand, the difference between the GMC Denali and a $700 quality bike. You'll be amazed! Enjoy life and ride safe!
- Fine product for the money
I'm a new road bike fan and find this bike to be great entry level find....more info
- you must rebuild this bike
I read all reviews and anticipated some problems but the price was lower than all of the others. I need a very large bike because I am all legs even though I am not tall so this bike suits my needs. It came partially assembled but the brakes are on the back of the front wheel and you cannot make left or right turns, at all, without fixing it plus the lever to apply the brakes is out of reach. This might be out of my range to fix. I figured out how to tighten the brake cable before I realized this and by then I found the handle bar heavy and hard to steer plus my feet hit the front wheel even at the slight turn it could make and I wear a woman size 7 shoe. All of these problems have been written about by honest people except the one guy who blamed the customer. Well, sorry charlie, the problems are very very real. Still the price is right if you never need to actually ride the bike....more info
- Cyclists BEWARE.
I received my gmc denal road bike about a week and a half ago, the first day I received this bike the stock tubes blew out after about 20 minutes into riding, then the following day the kick stand on the bike snapped off
when it was adjusted back up (not exagerating), and on top of these things the chain constantly slips and the brakes are horrible even when adjusted. And when riding one day the allen nut that hold the handle bars and the fork together loosened completely and almosty made me wreck.
I guess the saying is true "you get what you pay for"...I highly DO NOT recommend this bike to anyone, not even a begginer it is dangerous and a number of things go wrong with these bikes. So in conclusion I had to send this bike back after not even 2 weeks of riding it!? unbelievable.
Down with wal-mart bikes!...more info
- Is this a good bike? It depends
I started cycling to loose weight and I successfully lost over 60lbs in less than 3 months by riding 100 miles a week. At that time I was riding leisurely on my own and I had faced a couple of problems during that time. First, I was constantly breaking spokes on my back wheel. I can understand that though because I was 280lbs. After I got down to 230, I was still having the same problems. One day I rode 60 miles without knowing I had broken spokes. As I was returning home my back wheel was so warp I could no longer ride. I had to walk the rest of the way home. ( thank God I was only 2 miles away). Another problem with this bike is with its brakes which are horrible. The brakes are so bad I felt like Fred Flintstone using my feet to assist me in stopping. If your are heavyset person and you get a stronger back wheel and change the brakes this bike won't be so bad for some one who will use if for leisurely rides and wants to save money.
As I got into cycling even more I met a lot of cyclist along the way, I realize that this bike is no longer for me. I started joining group rides and realize that compared to other cyclist my Gmc Denali bike is extremely heavy. My 32 lbs bike made it harder to keep up with everyone else 20 lbs or less bike. Even though I was 230 lbs I am strong rider. Grip shifters made no sense on a road bike.
So I believe that if you're going to use this bike leisurely than at this price it's a good deal.
But later on you might be tempted to really get into cycling and then you will then realize that you need a 1500 bike.
- A great bike, but not for everyone...
This is really a great first bike and was fairly simple to assemble right out of the box. Took about 20-30 minutes. The gears shift great, pretty smooth. The breaks only have the single lever in the forward position(as most road bikes do), so you must be bent over completely to brake. Plus the brakes are a little soft, not the best stopping power. I'm 5'10" and the bike is almost too tall for me. Unless you're 6'+ and/or have long legs, you should get a bike that is shorter. I've ridden it on the road and aside from the brakes, it's everything I expected. I currently have it mounted on an indoor mag trainer and it's doing very well. I can't wait for Spring!! If you have questions, feel free to email me at HealthSamurai@gmail.com. Happy Riding!...more info
- Convince yourself it is real.
GMC Denali Road Bike Please don't convince yourself that you are buying an actual road bike. Rubber parts are more plastic than rubber. Cheap tires and rims. Looks great though. Aluminum frame. (Just like a beer can). Other than the 4 dollar levers, it's all big box junk parts with pretty paint. It's basically a 49 dollar heap made to look like a road bike. You get what you pay for. It's that simple. If you can justify this in your mind then you'll get what you deserve. Landfill. A new roadbike can be had for under $500. And if you maintain it, the cost will be much less than the Denali. It will have resale, NOT long gone into a recycleing bin....more info
- I have no problem with this bike!
This bike is fine to me.
I am riding it occasionally to and from work. No questions what so ever!
Rear tube got flat after first use, but after that no issues!...more info
- Great Bike, no kidding!! its a steal..
Bike is just great, 108 shipped.. What a excellent deal. Packing was excellent. Putting it together is very easy and ready to ride. Fine tuning the gear, although it is 80 percent ready to ride gear switchng wise.. It does still need to be fined tuned sometime down the road. As all new bikes do no matter what they cost. You well need a few tools to put er together.. Regarding the bad brakes a few have commented below.. They are not bad, there just far apart and need adjusting. Anyone can do it.. Just lossen the brake cable and then pull the brake cable till the brake pads are very close to the rim. Tighten the cable and that is it. After doing that, my brakes stop on a dime.. Frame is beautifully painted all joints are welded perfect. Seat is comfy. Bike weight is 25 pounds with kick stand. Funny.. the first thing I did to the bike is, took off all the stickers on it. Must of lighten the bike by two pounds.. Things I changed on it so far are. I reversed the brake levers. With the revo shifter, "which I love". The brake levers are way out of the picture on the handle bar. Mean you really have to reach down to use them. On a split sec, you be dead if you had to use them where they are now. I took off the grip. All it is is a tennis racket grip. Easy to remove and unwind. Loosen the levers and reversed them and put them a inch up more so up on the handle bar. Now the levers are facing me. Easy access to them as I'm shifting gears or just riding along. Reraping the grip is very easy. Now if I'm in a speed tucked position on a five mile stretch, which I'm not going to be thinking about brakes anyway, but if I do need them it is very easy to just reach up with one hand and stay tucked to use the back brake. Also, regarding the brake levers. The right works the back and the left works the front. I switched them so the left works the back. This way I can brake and still switch gears at the same time with my right hand. Plus it is more comfotable that way for me, using the left hand on the back brake. The revo shifter is great and works great.. Hey it is 108 dollar road bike. Put some lube on the chain. Have fun.. This bike for the price is a steal, it beautiful looking, easly put together, rides great. The frame 22.5 fits me perfect. 6' 200lbs.
Enjoy! Accessories I ordered for it below.
Road and Mountain Bikes(Expanded and Revised 5th Edition
Blackburn Quadrant and Mars 3.0 Combo Bicycle Light Set
Bell Ultra-Tool Multi-Function Bike Tool
Planet Bike SpeedEZ Road Front and Rear Bicycle Fender Set (Black, 35mm Wide)
Schwinn 17-Function Bike Computer
- Excellent Value
I'm a newbie cycler, and I wanted a nice, cheap bike for exercise and fitness purposes. I wanted a road bike since I'll be riding on pavement 99% of the time, and this is the cheapest road bike I could find on the Internet at about $150. This bike met all of my requirements in terms of quality, price, and performance. I'm no expert on bikes, but it looks pretty good to me and I've had no problems yet. Only thing I wasn't too excited about was the color - it's gold/yellow. If you don't mind that, you should be very happy with the purchase....more info
- Ive had my Denali for a couple of years!
I bought this bike on a budget. Great Buy. Awesome to ride. Excellent for beginners and advanced riders. Strong Frame excellent for those tri workouts!...more info
- Ok to start with.
Arrived in one piece
crank warped (not damaged by shipping)
both Tires misaligned (not damaged by shipping)
china Break pads ...more info
- Most inexpensive NEW road bike currently available.
At $158, it is the cheapest road bike currently on the market. Your next closest is the Schwinn Varsity at around $250. Everything else is $500 and up. It sucks that road bikes used to be the only bike available in several department stores and now you can only find them at bike shops @ $1,000+.
The bike is a good value for the money. I cruise at 16-22 mph depending on wind direction and have a top speed of 30.4 mph on flat land.
My gripes: The bike arrived missing one brake shoe, the rims were totally warped, the derailers were way out of alignment. All was fixable by tuning it up.
The bike does look like it costs $1000+. ...more info
- Good bike / weak tires and brakes
Overall the bike is pretty good for it's price. The tires that comes with it aren't that good, doesn't take much pressure and are not puncture resistant. The breaks are also weak, but apart from it, if the bike is correctly assembled it works just fine. ...more info