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Gi­ant’s AnyRoad fea­tures a huge bow-shaped top tube flow­ing from head tube to rear dropouts cre­at­ing a very low-slung frame. One of the key ben­e­fits of this is that it leaves masses of Gi­ant’s clever D-shaped car­bon seat­post un­sup­ported, which al­lows the post to flex fore-and-aft (while the D-shape stops it twist­ing), cre­at­ing by far the most com­pli­ant back end here. The rest of the bike is well-thought-out, too. The XR bar fea­tures a sub­tle flare to the drops that isn’t as ex­treme as most, but enough to give you am­ple wrist clear­ance when set­tling into the shal­low drops when rid­ing fast. For when you’re on the tops, Gi­ant’s in­cluded the long out-of-favour cy­clocross-style flat-top brake levers. The shape is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent to your stan­dard, with the lever blades deeper and more sculpted than most with a pro­nounced flat on the ends that makes them more se­cure when bounc­ing across cob­bles. The driv­e­train is Shi­mano’s Ti­a­gra with a road-friendly 50/34, 11-32-gear range – plenty to hus­tle the bike along tar­mac yet with a low enough bot­tom gear to send you up steep gravel climbs with plenty to spare. At this price you can’t re­ally ex­pect hy­draulic disc brakes, but the AnyRoad does have the next best thing: TRP’s Spyre C ca­ble discs. Th­ese best their me­chan­i­cal com­pe­ti­tion by hav­ing both pads ac­tive, mean­ing there’s no brake rub that you of­ten ex­pe­ri­ence on stan­dard sin­gle-sided brakes. Large 160mm ro­tors also raise the power-brak­ing stages, as well as pro­vid­ing good lev­els of con­trol­ling mod­u­la­tion at the lever. The ride qual­ity im­presses with the car­bon fork up­front tak­ing the sting out of big hits, aided by the chevron-treaded big-vol­ume tyres. The back-end’s com­pli­ance com­bined with the slightly squishy sad­dle can feel a bit soft when re­ally ham­mer­ing along on tar­mac, but the off-road rides so well we’d hap­pily live with it. On dry, dusty trails the P-SLX2 tyres re­ally im­press with enough tread to bite in cor­ners, while on the road they don’t slow things down too much over a stan­dard road tyre. All in all, if the Gi­ant’s unique styling is some­thing you can live with then we’d sug­gest you do, be­cause as an all-road ve­hi­cle the AnyRoad is truly im­pres­sive, and one of the finest dirt-ready ma­chines we’ve ever tested at this price point.

BIKE SPECS Frame Aluxx alu­minium / Fork Giant car­bon com­pos­ite / Wheels Giant SX-2 / Trans­mis­sion Shi­mano Ti­a­gra 50/34, 11-32 / Brakes TRP Spyre C disc brakes with 160mm ro­tors www.giant-bi­cy­

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