Giant Rapid 0 first ride review£999.00

A quick commuter

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.

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

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

The kit Giant has plugged into the frame is very competitive on a bike of this ilk. Power is transferred through a 2x11 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 and narrow bars
Shimano M395 brakes and narrow bars

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.

Bosses to fit a rack for your commute
Bosses to fit a rack for your commute

Giant Rapid 0 early verdict

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

Tom Marvin

Technical Editor, Tech Hub, UK
Tom's been riding for 15 years, and has always chopped and changed bikes as soon as his budget allowed. He's most at home in the big mountains, having spent nigh on 30 weeks riding the Alps, as well as having lived a stone's throw from the Scottish Highlands for four years. Tom also enjoys racing events like the Strathpuffer and the Trans Nepal.
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 182cm / 5'11"
  • Weight: 82kg / 180lb
  • Waist: 81cm / 32in
  • Chest: 97cm / 38in
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep and super tech or fast and flowy
  • Current Bikes: Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429SL, Mondraker Vantage R +
  • Dream Bike: Transition Scout
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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