GMC Denali Road Bike - Is It Worth Buying?

GMC Denali Road Bike Review

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GMC Denali Road Bike Review
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Even though this bike has a GMC badge it’s produced by Kent International. In my opinion, this is a good sign since a company, with many years of experience, is producing the bikes, and it’s not a company that, although they might be very good at making cars, are just starting out in the cycling industry.

They are a family-owned company dating back to the early 1900s. Kent possesses the licensing rights to 5 external brands, as well as their own. These brands are Jeep, GMC Razor Cadillac, and Little Miss Match bicycles.

The GMC Denali Road bike is clearly an entry-level bike, that is available in 3 sizes (Large, Medium, and Small). Many people have commented that they are sized a bit larger than normal, but a sizing chart is available on their website that clears things up.



GMC Denali Road Bike Review
GMC Denali Road Bike – Black/Green

The GMC Denali road bike is built around an aluminum frame and fork. Component-wise it’s pretty much what you would expect for a road bike under $200.

Shimano derailleur and shifters are stock on this bike and the brakes are advertised as “alloy calipers” but there are no other markings that can be used to identify them.
The bike rolls on 700c size wheels, which is great since it’s the most common size and there are plenty replacement tires and tubes available. The alloy rims are what’s known as high-profile, this means that they are taller than regular spoke rims.

The added height gives the wheel more stiffness and better aerodynamics. High-profile rims can be considered the middle ground between disk and regular spoke wheels.



GMC Denali Road Bike Review
GMC Denali Road Bike – Red

The biggest pro for this bike is its price. It’s one of the cheapest options available. The different sizes available make it easy to find the right size for you.

GMC Denali is relatively lightweight and strong considering the price point and performs excellently.



However, the GMC Denali road bike is not without its cons. The biggest deal for me is the seat, it is stiff and uncomfortable, but this might not be the case for other people. the added kickstand is very flimsy and weak, people have complained that it broke off after a few rides. Also, the brake pads are very stiff and don’t feel very responsive. Most people agree that you need to squeeze the brake levers very hard and it still doesn’t feel like you are slowing down fast enough.
One thing to keep in mind is that this bike isn’t completely assembled, and some mechanical skill is required. This isn’t necessarily a con but you might want to factor in the cost of assembly by an experienced mechanic before buying. A proper tune-up and inspection is vital to make this bike function properly.


Bottom Line

GMC Denali Pink
GMC Denali Road Bike – Pink

The bottom line is that this GMC Denali road bike is a great deal. This is a bike that costs less than Shimano’s highest-end derailleur, and still, it performs well enough for most users, especially if you are just starting out It is a good idea to upgrade a few components right out of the gate (seat, pedals, etc.) in order to be more comfortable, but even without swapping out parts, it’s a great bike for a new or recreational rider.

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However, if you plan on taking road cycling seriously it might be a better idea to save up a bit more and buy a higher-end product. But for entry-level riders, this Denali is just great!

GMC Denali Road Bike













  • Good Geometry
  • 21 speeds
  • Shimano Components
  • Three sizes


  • Seat is stiff and uncomfortable
  • Assembly needed

75 thoughts on “GMC Denali Road Bike Review

  1. More of a question than a reply but I have the GMC Denali pictures in the beginning of this my question is the back room are they stocked do they come with a fixed gear on the other side of the cog?

    1. Hi Steven,
      Can you clarify what you mean by “fixed gear on the other side of the cog?”

    1. Hi Ray,
      Seems like GMC Denali road bike is out of stock. Your Local Bike Shop might help you out 🙂

    2. Ray, I had a disaster on my Denali Black/Green bike whereby the “steerer tube” broke (fortunately minimal injury). In replacing the fork/steerer tube, I was in conversation with Roy Davidson of Kent Bikes and although the specific fork for the Denali was out of production, we decided that the Kent Saber (white/red) was essentially the same bike and its fork was available. Sure enough it was a perfect replacement. Don’t know is Kent still has the Saber fork available. Be sure to get fork for same size bike as your original. Here is Roy’s email address [email protected].

  2. Anyone know where i can get replacement stickers or decals for a Denali bike? tried Kent but no reply. thanks for any help

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