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Giant Contend SL 1 2018

Giant Contend SL 1 2018

  • Best rim brake equipped Giant Contend SL
  • Shimano 105 2x11 STI equipped
  • Successor to Giant Defy 1

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£999.00
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Giant Contend SL 1 2018

With its super slick Shimano 105 STI 2x11 gear shifting, this is the best rim brake-equipped sportive-ready road bike in the Giant Contend SL range.

Upgrades from Giant Contend SL 2 2018

  • Shimano 105 STI 2x11 gear shifting is that bit slicker than Tiagra 2x10
  • Carbon composite version of the D-Fuse seatpost is even more shock damping than the alloy version

Same as Giant Contend SL 2 2018

Track record
Contend is the successor of the Defy - Giant's original super popular, multi-award winning, aluminium frame, endurance road bike range. (Giant now reserve the name 'Defy' for their carbon frame endurance road bikes.)

Like a Defy, a Giant Contend combines comfort with speed to create one of the best sportive-ready road bikes for the money.

Then Giant updated the design so the Contend now boasts internal gear cable routing and dispensed with the old Defy's 'washing line under the top tube' look. Also, the Contend's shorter seatstays make for snappier handling than its predecessor.

Giant Aluxx SL frame and Composite fork
Lighter weight and more compliant and shock absorbing than Giant's standard Aluxx frame tubing, Aluxx SL frame tubes are a finer-grain double-butted 6011 aluminium alloy for optimal strength:weight ratio. The result: arguably the best aluminium frame for the money.

Giant's Hybrid Composite fork combines carbon legs for excellent shock damping and steering precision with an OverDrive tapered aluminium steerer to help eliminate brake judder.

Giant D-Fuse Seatpost
The Giant D-shaped seatpost helps damp bad vibes that would otherwise be transmitted from unsmooth road surfaces. Also, being D-shaped, it's impossible to set the saddle up squint when it's mounted to a Giant D-Fuse Seatpost.

Good Wheels
Lighter weight 700x25 folding tyres on Giant's own wheels help ensure this is one smooth-rolling bicycle.

Endurance Road Bike Geometry
Giant's classic road bike frame geometry (72.5 degree head tube angle / 73 degree seat tube angle for medium-size frame) delivers a fast, engaging ride with engineered-in comfort. The Contend remains a true road bike. It just happens to be designed to be less stretched out and more comfortable for most riders, especially over longer distances. That's why endurance road bikes such as the Giant Contend are sometimes referred to as comfort road bikes or sportive bikes.

Here's how Giant describe the Contend SL 1 2018

QUICK, CONFIDENT AND ULTRA CAPABLE. THIS LIGHTWEIGHT ALUMINUM ALL-ROUNDER TAKES YOUR ROAD RIDING TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

Made with lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum technology, the Contend SL frameset features balanced geometry that gives it an agile yet confident ride. The rear end of the bike is designed for quick acceleration, while the front end puts the rider in a confident position for maximum efficiency and control. Technologies including the D-Fuse composite seatpost add road-smoothing compliance to reduce fatigue and maximize rider comfort.

  • ALUXX SL-grade frame with D-Fuse composite seatpost
  • Carbon-Composite fork with alloy OverDrive steerer
  • Shimano 105 11-speed componentry with Tektro rim brakes
  • Giant PR-2 wheelset with Giant P-SL1 tyres
  • Colour: Black/Red/Blue, White/Orange/Charcoal

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Technical Data

Giant Contend SL 1
2018
 
SizesS, M, ML, L, XL
ColoursGloss Black / Gloss Red / Metallic Blue
FrameALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum
ForkHybrid Composite, OverDrive Steerer
HandlebarGiant Connect
StemGiant Sport
SeatpostGiant D-Fuse Composite
SaddleGiant Contact (Forward)
PedalsWellgo clip and strap type
ShiftersShimano 105 22 speed
Front DerailleurShimano 105
Rear DerailleurShimano 105
BrakesTektro TK-R540 Giant Specific, Dual Pivot
Brake LeversShimano 105
CassetteShimano 105, 11x32
ChainKMC X11EL-1
CranksetShimano FC-RS510, 34/50
Bottom BracketShimano PressFit BB-RS 500
RimsGiant PR 2 Wheel Set
HubsGiant Performance Tracker Road, Sealed Bearing
SpokesSapim Race
TyresGiant P-SL1, 700x25, Folding

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