The £4,499/US$5,150 Propel Advanced SL 3 is Giant’s first aero bike, launched with claims that it’s the fastest in the world.
In their quest to produce an aero bike that minimizes the amount of weight compromises from its shaping, Giant went through 80 different designs before they arrived at this one. The geometry mirrors the Giant TCR and the frame and forks are made out of Advanced SL grade carbon.
The cockpit is made by Giant – it has a solid P-SLR carbon stem and as you may expect, in keeping with the frame’s sculpted form, the bar has been subject to some aero shaping.
Alongside the Fi’zi:k Arione R3 saddle, one of the few parts not suppled by Giant is the Shimano Ultegra groupset. The brakes, however, are Giant’s own Speed Control units, with both front and rear callipers tucked behind the forks and seatstays respectively.
The brakes clamp onto the alloy braking surface of Giant’s own 50mm-deep carbon P-SLR wheels.
This Propel is a Large and weighs 7.5kg (16.5lb). For more information on Giant bikes see www.giant-bicycles.com.
[Editor’s note: This article originally quoted the US price at US$10,300. We apologize for the rather large mistake!]
There will be a full review of the Giant Propel Advanced SL 3 in issue 277 of Cycling Plus magazine, on sale 25 June and available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.