Giant Rapid 0 first ride review

A quick commuter

GBP £999.00 RRP
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Sometimes, you’ve just gotta get to work as fast as you can. At this point, your standard urban town bike just doesn’t cut the mustard. Up-right positioning, slacker seat angles and chunky tyres don’t equate to rapid-spinning wheels, even if they add comfort. Thankfully, Giant’s Rapid 0 is rapid by name and rapid by nature.

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Stick a dropbar on there and it’s virtually a road bike, so if you’re constantly running late and have a decent-length commute, the Rapid 0 should be on your shortlist.

Giant Rapid 0 specifications

  • Frame: ALUXX SL alloy
  • Fork: Giant Composite
  • Wheels: Giant PR Disc 2
  • Transmission: Shimano 105
  • Brakes: Shimano M395

Giant Rapid 0 frame and kit

Skinny 28c P-R3 tyres
Skinny 28c P-R3 tyres
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The frame is pared with a composite fork and post, both designed to provide insulation from the road buzz that inevitably travels through the alloy frame. It’s a good thing, too, as the skinny Giant PR Disc 2 wheelset and 28c P-R3 tyres roll fast and hold speed but have very little give.

The narrow tyres don’t feature any significant tread, though still instil confidence in the wet. The in-built puncture protection doesn’t make them feel sluggish and heavy, either.

Disc brakes
Disc brakes
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The kit Giant has plugged into the frame is very competitive on a bike of this ilk. Power is transferred through a 2×11 Shimano groupset — 105 mechs and cassette, and a RS 700 set of shifters. These are a highlight with a beautifully engineered composite thumb lever, and double release on the smaller thumb lever for quick shifting up the block. The crank is a 34/50 FSA model with easily serviceable threaded bottom bracket.

Bringing it all to a halt are Shimano M395 brakes — they offer bags of power and modulation, which are ideal for dodging errant drivers. The bar’s narrow and the stem long for a stretched position, and while they’re not fancy bits of kit, the cockpit is comfortable enough thanks to the soft ridged grips.

Shimano M395 brakes
Shimano M395 brakes and narrow bars
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Ultimately, this bike is ideal for longer commutes where you’re holding good speed. The skinny tyres feel racy, as does the head-down, arse-up position gained through the long, narrow cockpit.

If your riding is exclusively weaving through stand-still traffic, I’d opt for something taller at the front with chunkier tyres, but if you’re after speed, I’d get a Rapid.

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Giant Rapid 0 early verdict

A road bike with flat bars — fast and to the point.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Rapid 0
Brand Giant

Brakes Shimano M395
Fork Giant Composite
Frame Material ALUXX SL alloy
Front Derailleur Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Wheelset Giant PR Disc 2