Giant $3,700 Envie Advanced 1
TheEnvie Advanced 1 is not only Giant’s first aero road bike, but it’s also the world’s first production aero bike that’s also available in a women’s specific fit. This second point is especially significant because the correct bike-fit is arguably the most important element in achieving optimal performance when training and racing. But unlike some companies that introduce women’s specific bikes by simply specing smaller cockpit components and women’s saddles, Giant offers an aero frame that actually addresses the physical differences between men and women. On the women’s frames Giant specs longer head tubes and shorter top tubes ensuring that female riders are correctly positioned for efficient pedalling and handling – just like their male counterparts. Yet all these fit benefits (for either gender) would be wasted if the bike lacked the aero performance and handling necessary for competitive riding. Thankfully Giant also realized this and created a frame shape that reduces wind resistance without compromising stiffness, handling or comfort. Giant achieves these conflicting qualities by using a unique composite layup, optimally shaped frame sections and perhaps most interesting, a proprietary brake system where the calipers are shaped to minimize wind resistance and the front brake is tucked behind the fork. Finally, Giant specs its Contact slr Aero Integrated handlebar and stem, which delivers excellent stiffness and control as well as improved aerodynamics compared to a separate bar and stem. The result is a bike that delivers surprising wind- cheating performance while retaining the ride qualities necessary for road racing or training.