GT’s bill racer has a hydroformed 6061 aluminium frame, CO flare and engaging componentry. Mechs are a common (at this price) Shimano 2300 yet these are interconnected with Microshift eight-speed shifters. While this setup shifts faultlessly, we’re not so penetrating on a figure of a hoods or a push design. Overall, though, a Series 5 is quick and responsive.

  • Highs: Excellent weight for a price, good looks and glorious all-round performance
  • Lows: Minimal mudguard clearway and a Microshift levers take some removing used to
  • Buy if: You’re looking for a lightweight, quick initial highway bike.

The Series 5 has strew weight given final year, and during 9.99kg/22lb (without pedals) is among a lighter bikes we’ve tested during this price. This contributes to an glorious spin of speed and really sharp-witted acceleration. The compress support valid gentle over longer rides too, notwithstanding a oversize seatpost – no doubt helped by GT’s ‘biomorphic’ saddle. 

While in speculation 6000 array aluminium isn’t as clever as 7000 series, in use we won’t notice any disproportion and a element has a long, successful history. The support is extensively hydroformed and really orderly finished, yet a large coupling where a tip tube meets a down tube isn’t a prettiest.

The GT’s altogether opening is helped by a reasonable set of wheels, and we like a Schwalbe Lugano tyres too, with their glorious file-pattern tread. These are utterly modestly labelled yet offer a good change of grip, suppleness and speed.

The bike isn’t yet a quirks, though. There are mudguard eyes yet you’d be tough pulpy to fit full-length mudguards, a opening during a back measuring only 4mm or so. Brakes with a some-more conspicuous arch would fist a small some-more room, yet it would still be tight, generally when we cruise that a bike already comes with 23mm tyres.

But a GT’s many surprising facilities are a Microshift eight-speed levers, that are interconnected with Shimano derailleurs and an FSA Tempo chainset. Shifting is excellent, yet a ergonomics of a 3 apart levers takes some removing used to, generally if you’re wearing thick winter gloves. With a small use we do get used it, though.

Behind a dedicated stop levers there’s a paddle push for downshifting a back mech (upshifting a front mech on a left-hand lever). Above this is a smaller third push for back upshifts/front downshifts. It doesn’t take most bid – a lever’s crispness means a poke by a inside of your index finger will do a pursuit – yet a tighten vicinity of a 3 levers can be a small awkward. 

The GT name competence have depressed behind some of a antithesis recently, yet a Series 5 could assistance revive it. It looks good, offers an enviable change of speed, handling, comfort, opening and weight, and does so during an considerable price.

This essay was
originally published in Cycling