Cycling Plus - - FIRST RIDE -

Gi­ant wins on weight with the Rapid over 2kg lighter. The dou­ble-butted frame is fin­ished with smooth welds and rack/guard mounts. A com­pos­ite fork re­duces weight and of­fers buzz-de­fy­ing com­fort. Quick-re­lease dropouts fail the se­cu­rity test com­pared to the bolted-as-stan­dard wheel on the Bad Boy with its sin­gle-sided fork.

A Shi­mano 2x11 105 groupset is con­tem­po­rary, and per­forms flaw­lessly. The shifters are a high­light, and Shi­mano hy­dro discs of­fer am­ple stop­ping power. The stem is long and the bar nar­row, which is fine on longer, faster com­mutes, but ur­ban­ites might want some­thing shorter and wider when weav­ing around ve­hi­cles.

Gi­ant’s PR Disc 2 wheels are paired with 28mm P-R3 tyres. The com­bi­na­tion is quick rolling and gets up to speed fast. It’s not the most com­pli­ant mix, but if you want to cover a longer com­mute fast, it’s a good choice.

If you have a long com­mute from vil­lage to town you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate the racy po­si­tion and fast wheels. If you’re town based, we’d sug­gest chunkier tyres and dif­fer­ent cock­pit.

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