Moved to FL from the Northeast about 15 years ago. After riding a Cannondale Mountain bike that I slowly converted over to a fitness/hybrid bike for mostly road riding, I was looking for a bike with the following criteria:
-Drop bars - I live near the coast and wanted to be able to tuck under the wind
-Sturdy - I'm over 200lbs
-Comfortable - didn't want a road racing posture, but didn't want to be too upright either
-Accommodate wide city tires - Don't want flats, roads here are rough, comfort
-Through frame cable wiring
-Decent price / value
After some research, the Giant Anyroad seemed to be what I was looking for. I ended up paying a little more for the Anyroad Comax which featured a more comfortable carbon/composite frame and 11speed 105 group and took delivery in early November.
After spending some time with it, I made some modifications. First was to add some 42mm Continental Top Contact II tires and some reflective tape on the rims since I ride a MUT at night during the week.
Added two Magicshine clones. One with a diffuser and one without for long throw.
Wired up two batteries in a storage container that I can slip into a bottle cage when needed. Easy removal for charging also.
Made a mount for my iphone 6+ out of a cheap Amazon case that had a belt clip
It's zip tied on and even rotates to landscape
The bluetooth speaker mounts securely with industrial velcro
Swapped out the 175mm 50/34 cranks for 170mm Ultegra 46/36 along with a 12-25 cassette. This combo is working great for my flat, but windy rides. I spend most of my time on the big ring in the middle of the cassette.
Zip tied a Planet bike super flash to the seat
That's about it. After three months with this bike, I am very pleased with this purchase and would recommend it anyone looking for something similar. It's very versatile.
Even though, a fitter would recommend an L frame to me, I chose an XL to get a longer wheelbase and more compliant frame. The top tube angle makes stand over height a non-issue. I did have to go with a shorter stem though.
How are the mechanical disk brakes working? Any issues in wet conditions?
Brakes work fine but not stellar, like hydro discs. About the same to me as Avid V-brakes with good pads. Don't forget, I don't have hills to contend with so I haven't put them through the wringer. No issues when wet - better than V brakes in this regard.
I was interested in getting the Giant Anyroad 2. Went to test ride it and its really really smooth. Was just looking for a bike to ride in wet weather/bad roads. So took the cheaper route and just put 28mm Gatorskins on my Giant Fastroad SLR instead.