A value-driven alloy version of its big carbon sibling, the GP300 doesn’t pull any punches, with a tasteful satin-silver paint job and black/red graphics for a bit of flash. Chunky, neat welds keep the frame businesslike. While the frame angles and geometry look harsh at first, the fork is relaxed enough for stable handling at speed over the rough stuff, and the hydro-formed tube shaping softens the look of the overall stance.
Though the spec may seem basic at first, it’s chosen with reliability and comfort in mind, and at a price that won’t break the bank and/or your significant other’s understanding temperament.
The 1×11 Sram Apex groupset on its own would come in at close to half the price of the GP300 – plus the Sphyre cable discs can easily be upgraded to Apex’s full hydraulic set, should you want better feel and modulation. That aside, braking feel is still smooth and predictable in most environments, and a better all-round option for varying weather conditions than traditional callipers.
Spec highlights: 1×11 Sram, thru-axle, tapered head tube, Internal cable routing, 650b-plus gravel tyres.
Bottom line: The GP300 offers punchy value for money, in a solid, versatile bike that’s ready to rock gravel, road riding, and the odd commute. The 650b wheels are good for comfort and rougher gravel; but throw on a set of 700c wheels, with a decent-volume tyre, and you’re good for tar rides and smoother dirt roads.
Tip: Lightly scuff your pads and discs with emery paper for better braking grip. Ask your LBS if you’re unsure.