The original GF Ti impressed us: it was a highly competent endurance-biased machine that made the most of titanium’s talent for vibration-reducing shock absorption without becoming flexy or sloppy in its handling.
This latest-gen edition, however, makes the switch to disc brakes, with a new all-carbon fork designed to slot straight into the tapered head tube (which itself is gloriously machined from a single billet of solid titanium). It made the long list for our sister mag Cycling Plus‘s 2016 Bike of the Year awards.
Room for experimentation
The fork features massive clearances allowing for plenty of rolling-stock experimentation, making the GF far more than your everyday sportive machine. The aerospace-grade titanium frame is beautifully finished in brushed Ti with laser-etched graphics and subtle decals.
The rear hourglass seatstays flow into neatly machined dropouts and the nicely executed bridge means it’ll take proper mudguards, or fenders if your national dialect prefers (the chainstays also have a bridge behind the BB for ‘guard fixing). The flat-mount disc mount is forged titanium, flush welded into the chainstay, and continues the beautifully realised design that marks out the GF’s overall looks.
The head tube is machined from a single titanium billet
Responsive yet forgiving
Spec as tested:
- Weight: 8.5kg (57cm)
- Frame: Custom drawn 3al/2.5v titanium
- Fork: Kinesis Tracer full carbon
- Crankset: Turn cranks with Praxxis 52/36 rings
- Gears: Shimano Ultegra (52/36, 11-28)
- Brakes: Shimano BR-RS805 hydraulic disc
- Wheels: Reynolds Attack carbon disc
- Tyres: Schwlabe S-One tubeless 30c
- Handlebar: FiZik R3 Cyrano carbon
- Stem: Fizik R1
- Saddle: Fizik Arione Kium
- Seatpost: Kinesis carbon
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