Gi­ant $3,700 En­vie Ad­vanced 1

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Gear Review Aero Road Bikes -

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.

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