Giant P-SL1 road wheelset review£224.99

Light and tight

BikeRadar score3/5

Giant's wheel range is new for this year, and first impressions of this entry-level set are positive. The 6061 alloy rims are shallow to keep circumference weight low and responsiveness good for the money.

Very neat joint and wear indicator dots mean smooth and safe long-term braking, and tight radial lacing with well-renowned DT Swiss Champion spokes keeps tracking tight on the front.

The rear uses 24 of the same round DT spokes three-cross-laced into a ‘universal spoke key’ style driveside flange and blocked offside flange. DT Swiss also provide the hub internals, which promises long cuckoo-clockwork durability if previous reputation can be relied upon. There’s little freehub drag and a long spin from new.

This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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