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grizzly907la 07-15-21 01:45 PM

GMC Denali Phase I
 
I finally rebuilt the GMC Denali Road bike I got roughly two weeks ago. It didn't go exactly the way I planned it. I want to go with drop bars and brifters, but decided against that and instead went with flat bars. I had to send back the hollowtech bottom bracket, because the non drive side crank arm had a stripped bolt and the large chainring was warped. Opted for a sealed bb instead and some cranks I cannibalized from another bike. I am keeping the stock fork for now, and used the wheelset from the bike I cannibalized. I used the savings I got for the returned BB and purchased some 28c tires, along with innertubes.

A bike is just a frame, with components on it. The Denali is perfectly ridable with the stock parts. Of course they are not the best and require some TLC, however it's ridable after assembling it and and adjusting the components. The Kent/Denali road bike an inexpensive option for a commuter or casual rider. Components can be upgraded over time thus defraying the costs.

Phase I is complete. I want to do upgrade the fork to a lighter fork, go with a threadless headset, and install a hollowtech bb. Will post updates as they come.

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Maelochs 07-18-21 02:43 PM

Following this project with interest.

I'd check with Walmart if you can get replacement decals, in case you do want to strip the frame.

I grin just imagining the reactions of "serious" cyclists if I rolled up on a Denali.

One question I do have concerns tire clearance. You aren't doing much real gravel with anything less than 38s. Do you have room in the back?

Jax Rhapsody 07-18-21 04:30 PM


Originally Posted by Maelochs (Post 22147157)
Following this project with interest.

I'd check with Walmart if you can get replacement decals, in case you do want to strip the frame.

I grin just imagining the reactions of "serious" cyclists if I rolled up on a Denali.

One question I do have concerns tire clearance. You aren't doing much real gravel with anything less than 38s. Do you have room in the back?

These have 38s stock.

grizzly907la 07-18-21 07:06 PM


Originally Posted by Maelochs (Post 22147157)
Following this project with interest.

I'd check with Walmart if you can get replacement decals, in case you do want to strip the frame.

I grin just imagining the reactions of "serious" cyclists if I rolled up on a Denali.

One question I do have concerns tire clearance. You aren't doing much real gravel with anything less than 38s. Do you have room in the back?

"Serious," cyclists would probably turn their noses up at it. I doubt that Walmart has replacement decals. I would print out replacement decals if I had access to Cricut printer. I kept the GMC decal on it, just for s**ts and giggles. I don't know if 38'S will fit, but I do know that 32's will in fact fit. Ironically enough I have 38's on my Diamond back Insight II.

grizzly907la 07-18-21 07:14 PM

I am using the following components for this bike.

1. Wake drop bar...very wide drop bar.
2. Shimano Rapid fire shifters
3. Tektro Brake levers.
4. Ergonomic grips.
5. Generic steel crank
6. 68x122.5 bb
7. Shimano 105 front and rear derailleurs.
8. Alex Rims
9. 700x28c Continental ultra sport II tires.
10. Fooker pedals.
11. OEM Steel fork.
12. OEM Threaded headset.
11. Profile design threaded handlebar adapter.


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