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Giant Contend SL 1 2019 Road Bike


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Giant Contend SL 1 2019 - Sportive Ready Road Bike

With its super slick Shimano 105 STI 2x11 gear shifting, the Giant Contend SL 1 is the best rim brake-equipped sportive-ready road bike in the Giant Contend SL range.

Key Features

  • Shimano 105 STI 2x11 gear shifting offers quick and precise gear shifting
  • 32/50 chainset and 11-34 cassette this will be all you need for any sportive or day ride
  • Carbon composite version of the D-Fuse seatpost is even more shock damping than the alloy version
  • ALUXX SL-grade aluminium frame
  • Giant P-R3 AC, front and rear specific, 700x28 folding tyres

Giant Bike Sizing

The sizing below is a guide, so please get in touch if you're unsure or between sizes. Height is in feet and inches.

  • Extra Small - 5′ 2″ – 5′ 4″
  • Small - 5′ 4″ – 5′ 7″
  • Medium - 5′ 7″ – 5’10”
  • Medium / Large - 5′ 10″ – 6′ 0″
  • Large - 6′ 0″ – 6′ 3″
  • Extra Large - 6′ 3″ – 6′ 6″

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Same as Giant Contend SL 2

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 700x28 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.

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Technical Specifications

Giant Contend SL 1 2019 Road Bike 
FrameALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum
ForkHybrid composite, OverDrive steerer
ShiftersShimano 105
Rear DerailleurShimano 105
Front DerailleurShimano 105
ChainsetFC-RS510, 34/50
Bottom BracketShimano Press Fit
ChainKMC X11EL-1
Cassette / FreewheelShimano 105, 11x34
WheelsGiant P-R2 wheelset
TyresGiant P-R3 AC, front and rear specific, 700x28, folding
BrakesTektro TK-B178
Brake leversShimano 105
HandlebarsGiant Connect
SaddleContact (forward)
SeatpostGiant D-Fuse composite


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