Test: Admittedly, we have rarely seen single-speeders at Velomotion. However, when we saw the GT Gutterball, we couldn't resist.
In the lifestyle segment, GT still has a cult character, which is probably due to the unmistakable triple triangle design. With the support struts attached to the top tube, GT wants to reduce the pressure on the seat tube and at the same time generate more rigidity.
equipment and practice
In practice, this works quite well. In addition to the distinctive frame triangle, the integrated chain tensioner, which grips a Mohawk high-flange flip-flop hub, which can be ridden both rigidly and with a freewheel, also catches the eye. The hubs are 30 millimeters high in GTs Balls-Rims framed. Come at all gutterball mainly in-house components are used. Just the tires, here's Kenda 700he wound up, the crankset, here's an FSA Vero track installed with a 46 blade, and the Tektro Pro Max Brakes are different.
The bike already shows its agile side on the first ride. It's agile and looks pretty playful. The translation is also well chosen, you can do that gutterball accelerate quickly and find your footing relatively quickly. The bike appears stiff in the area of the triangle and the bottom bracket, which also contributes to the positive handling.
The braking behavior of this simply colored single speeder is also appropriate. The only real drawback is the cable routing. This is not really elegant and could easily have been solved more elegantly, for example with train flags.
The GT gutterball is a single speed with a fun factor. People who normally ride a racing bike will enjoy the agile handling. The train routing could have been designed more chic.
- agile driving behavior
- restrained but distinctive look
price and web
- 599,00 Euros