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Canadian Cycling Magazine - - 2019 BUYER’S GUIDE -

Gi­ant TCR Ad­vanced 2 Disc $2,549

The tcr Ad­vanced 2 Disc may be Gi­ant’s most in­ex­pen­sive climber’s bike, but the ma­chine has some high-level fea­tures. The grade of car­bon, Ad­vanced, is the Tai­wan-based com­pany’s sec­ond-tier com­pos­ite for­mula. The Shi­mano 105 driv­e­train is smooth and durable. When you face steep ramps, the 30-tooth cog in the cas­sette will be your best friend. Gi­ant takes care of the hand­bar and stem (Con­tact and Con­nect), sad­dle (Con­tact for a for­ward-sit­ting rider) and wheels (Pr2-disc). ( gi­ant-bi­cy­cles.com)

Garneau Gen­nix D1 Per­for­mance $3,850

Garneau’s Gen­nix D1 Per­for­mance is a car­bon-fi­bre frame built through a process that keeps voids from ap­pear­ing within the com­pos­ite struc­ture. In less-pre­cise con­struc­tion pro­cesses, tiny air pock­ets can form within the ma­te­ri­als. These gaps can re­duce the power-trans­fer­ring abil­i­ties of a frame. The Gen­nix comes with Shi­mano 105 and some non-series Shi­mano parts, such as an RS510, 52/36-tooth crankset and RS505 flat-mount disc-brake calipers. The 28c Vit­to­ria Ru­bino Pro tires will help you roll smoothly across var­i­ous road sur­faces. ( garneau.com)

Trek Émonda ALR 5 Disc $2,400

Well-crafted alu­minum is way, way bet­ter than cheap car­bon. Also, with an alu­minum bike, you don’t have to stress about throw­ing it on a trunk rack that holds onto the frame’s top tube. Trek shapes the tubes on the Émonda alr 5 Disc through a hy­dro­form­ing process, which uses wa­ter at high pres­sures. Builders then join the parts with a min­i­mum amount of ma­te­rial at the junc­tions. The joints are strong and don’t hin­der the per­for­mance of the tubes, which are tuned to flex or re­main stiff de­pend­ing on their roles. Solid Shi­mano 105 parts will get you up to speed, and help you scrub it, through­out your long rides. ( trek­bikes.com)—matthew­pi­oro

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