GI­ANT RAPID 0

£999.00

Urban Cyclist - - On Test -

Some­times, you’ve just gotta get to work as fast as you can. At this point, your stan­dard ur­ban town bike just doesn’t cut the mus­tard. Up-right po­si­tion­ing, slacker seat an­gles and chunky tyres don’t equate to rapid-spin­ning wheels, even if they add com­fort. Thank­fully, Gi­ant’s Rapid 0 is rapid by name and rapid by na­ture. Stick a drop­bar on there and it’s vir­tu­ally a road bike, so if you’re con­stantly run­ning late and have a de­cent-length com­mute, the Rapid 0 should be on your short­list.

The frame is pared with a com­pos­ite fork and post, both de­signed to pro­vide in­su­la­tion from the road buzz that inevitably trav­els through the al­loy frame. It’s a good thing, too, as the skinny Gi­ant PR Disc 2 wheelset and 28c P-R3 tyres roll fast and hold speed but have very lit­tle give. The nar­row tyres don’t fea­ture any sig­nif­i­cant tread, though still in­still con­fi­dence in the wet. The in-built punc­ture pro­tec­tion doesn’t make them feel slug­gish and heavy, ei­ther.

The kit Gi­ant have plugged into the frame is very com­pet­i­tive on a bike of this ilk. Power is trans­ferred through a 2x11 Shi­mano groupset – 105 mechs and cas­sette, and a RS 700 set of shifters. These are a high­light with a beau­ti­fully en­gi­neered com­pos­ite thumb lever, and dou­ble re­lease on the smaller thumb lever for quick shift­ing up the block. The crank is a 34/50 FSA model with easily ser­vice­able threaded BB.

Bring­ing it all to a halt are Shi­mano M395 brakes – they of­fer bags of power and mod­u­la­tion, which are ideal for dodg­ing er­rant driv­ers. The bar’s nar­row and the stem long for a stretched po­si­tion, and while they’re not fancy bits of kit, the cock­pit is com­fort­able enough thanks to the soft ridged grips.

Ul­ti­mately, this bike is ideal for longer com­mutes where you’re hold­ing good speed. The skinny tyres feel racy, as does the head-down, arse-up po­si­tion gained through the long, nar­row cock­pit. If your rid­ing is ex­clu­sively weaving through stand-still traf­fic, we’d opt for some­thing taller at the front with chunkier tyres, but if you’re af­ter speed, we’d get a Rapid. 8 A road bike with flat bars – fast and to the point

Words: Tom Marvin Pho­tog­ra­phy: asde­sign. uk.com

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