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Giant Contend SL 2 Disc 2018 Road Bike

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Giant Contend SL 2 Disc 2018

The Contend SL 2 features Conduct hydraulic disc brakes to create a sportive-ready road bike with Absolute Braking Stability for sure control.

Giant Conduct hydraulic disc brakes
Giant's new brake is initially cable controlled from the Shimano Tiagra STI brake lever, but only to its reservoir, which is hidden under the handlebar stem from where a hydraulic line connects it to the caliper. The benefit of this system is that you get the improved power and modulation of a hydraulic brake while the caliper is much neater than previous hybrid cable/hydraulic systems for road bikes.

See Giant's own video.

Otherwise, this bike shares all the following features that make the rim brake version such a contender.

Track record
Built with Giant's more deluxe Aluxx SL alloy frame tubing and Shimano Tiagra 2x10 equipped, the Giant Contend SL 2 is a best buy in sportive-ready road bikes.
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 carbon seatpost helps damp bad vibes from unsmooth road surfaces. Also, being D-shaped, this seatpost makes it impossible to set the saddle up squint.

Good Wheels
Lighter weight 700x25 folding tyres on Giant's own wheel.

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 2 Disc 2018

A LIGHT AND LIVELY ALL-ROUNDER WITH DISC BRAKE CONTROL. FOR CLIMBS, DESCENTS, SPRINTS, CONTEND IS WITH YOU ALL THE WAY.

Engineered with Giant's innovative ALUXX SL aluminum technology, the Contend SL Disc is built for versatile, all-around road performance. Its geometry combines quick and agile acceleration with a smooth, compliant feel on the road. Seamless disc-brake integration gives you added control regardless of road or weather conditions. And the innovative D-Fuse composite seatpost reduces road vibrations for a smoother, more efficient ride.

  • ALUXX SL-grade frame with D-Fuse composite seatpost
  • Carbon-Composite fork with alloy OverDrive steerer
  • Shimano Tiagra 10-speed componentry
  • Giant Conduct hydraulic disc brakes
  • Giant SR-2 disc wheelset with Giant P-SL1 tyres
  • Colour: Charcoal/Black/Blue

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Technical Specifications

Giant Contend SL 2 Disc 2018 
SizesS, M, ML, L, XL
ColoursGloss Charcoal / Gloss Black / Gloss Blue
FrameALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum
ForkHybrid Composite, OverDrive Steerer, Disc
HandlebarGiant Connect
StemGiant Connect
SeatpostGiant D-Fuse Composite
SaddleGiant Contact (Forward)
PedalsWellgo clip and strap type
ShiftersShimano Tiagra 20 speed
Front DerailleurShimano Tiagra
Rear DerailleurShimano Tiagra
BrakesGiant Conduct Hydraulic Disc Brake
Brake LeversShimano Tiagra
CassetteShimano HG500, 11x32
ChainKMC X10
CranksetShimano Tiagra, 34/50
Bottom BracketShimano PressFit BB-RS 500
RimsGiant SR2 Disc Wheel Set
HubsGiant Tracker Road Disc
SpokesSapim Leader
TyresGiant P-SL1, 700x25, Folding
ExtrasComputer and light mount

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