Given GT’s BMX heritage, we weren’t surprised that the company’s crossover roadie ($3,580) outpaced its competitors. “It’s like the griffin of the cycling world,” said one tester, “with the snappiness of a road bike but the handling and trail manners of a hardtail.” Flex points built into the carbon frame paired with a pencil-thin, reverse-camber fork took the edge off the chip-sealed asphalt and rough fire roads in Tucson, Arizona. The wide 28-millimeter tires helped, too, and we love that the bike has room for up to 35 millimeters of rubber. The Grade flew along in fast group rides, posing the question: Is there anything this bike can’t do?
18.9 lbs; gtbicycles.com