2012 GTR Series 3 Womens
At Ivanhoe Cycles, we are always keen to offer a female specific model bike when they are available. Many women simply can’t find a suitable position on a regular road bike, while others prefer a bike that has been designed with them in mind.
The GTR Series 3W, is a really nice entry level bike, but only considered “entry level” due to its price of just $1299 (now $899!), as it is certainly a step or two above entry level thanks to the quality level of the components that have gone into its assembly, and is one of just a few female specific bikes available in this price range.
The heart of all bikes is the frame, and the GTR 3 shapes up extremely well with its Hydroformed and smooth welded aluminium tubes constructed within the parameters of female specific Gran Fondo/Recreational Road geometry. This particular build gives the rider a slightly more relaxed, more comfortable riding position, catering nicely to those riders for whom the speed of the journey is slightly less important than how they feel during and after the trip. Aiding in rider comfort is the are the carbon fibre front forks, which remove much of the road vibration often experienced on other bikes at a similar price.
Sensibly equipped with a compact crankset (50-34) and a 10 speed rear cassette (12-28), the GTR 3 gearing will be of great benefit to those who ride a little less regularly than they would like, or who ride in the hills regularly, or who simply prefer to turn the pedals around a little easier. In fact the gearing will suit just about everyone, except the full on racer who wants the higher ratios needed in a race scenario.
The light action Shimano Tiagra shifters are very easy to operate and provide a crisp gear change every time inspiring confidence in even a relatively novice rider.
Complimented with a host of other quality components such as Schwable tyres fitted to rims that have a CNC machined side wall, laced with stainless steel spokes to Formula Sealed Bearing hubs. A sealed bearing Bottom Bracket and sealed bearing headset for minimal maintenance, and with other proprietry components from GT’s own factory, the GTR 3 is a cut above all the opposition in this price range.
A nice overall package which will handle predictably, provide a comfortable ride and yet still scoot along pretty quickly when required.