Giant Bicycles started off producing bikes for other brands, but it has since established its own brand over the subsequent three decades. The now-retired 83-year-old owner King Liu still rides his road bike and ten years ago began working to inspire others by leading a tours in Asia. The 10th annual “Ride Like King” tour this year will not be led by him, but in a partnership with Zwift will include a 30-minute Zwift group ride to start things off with a worldwide connection.
Giant, the largest bike producer in the world, introduced the ToughRoad SLR GX adventure bike in 2018. This is a drop bar version of the ToughRoad SLR, a flat bar adventure bike.
The bike employs Giant technologies such as hydroformed and butted Aluxx SLR aluminium, a D-fuse composite seatpost to damp vibrations and the X-Defender plastic guard that shields the down tube and rider from rocks, dirt and spray.
The ToughRoad SLR GX 0 with SRAM Apex 1 and HydroR brakes was on display at Sea Otter this year. The TIG-welded aluminum frame has plenty of tire clearance, even with the included 700c x 45mm Giant Crosscut tubeless tires mounted. The bike has an interesting geometry, with a relatively slack head tube angle of 70.5 for a size M. With a short 43mm fork rake, the trail is a super-long 8.2cm. The chainstays are 44cm long with a 7.1cm bottom bracket drop.
A long, low bike with a lot of trail and tire clearance is like a touring bike with room for wide tires. With the rack and fender mounts on the frame, this looks set for true adventures.
The top-end ToughRoad SLR GX 0 on display retails for $1,735. The GX1 with a 2×10 Shimano Tiagra drivetrain and Giant-branded hydraulic brakes is $1,380, and the GX 2 base model still has the same tubeless tires but has a 2×8 Shimano Claris drivetrain with Tektro mechanical disc brakes for $920 complete.
On the other end of the spectrum, the ToughRoad GX is also available as an E-bike in the form of the ToughRoad GX E+ equipped with PedalPlus 4 sensor technology, a long-distance lithium battery and a Yamaha motor to give you a boost. The E-bike retails for $3,625.
More info: giant-bicycles.com
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