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New Giant Anyroad 2 - LOVE IT!

Old 03-14-16, 12:57 PM
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New Giant Anyroad 2 - LOVE IT!

Hello all.
In the past 10 years, I have bought and sold quite a few bikes in search of my perfect bike. To name a few, I've had a Specialized Roubaix, Cannondale Synapse, Trek 2100, Cannondale CAADX, Scott Sportster, Motobecane Phantom Cross, and a few different mountain bikes. For the past year, I have been bikeless, and pretty much thought I was done biking.
But, the bug bit me again, and I began looking for that one perfect bike again. I wanted something that I would be happy riding on the road, but also be able to take on rail to trails.
In my years of biking as an adult 99% of the time I am alone, so I did not care if I could keep up with a 'group'. So I began researching and was leaning towards bikes like the Trek fx.
About a week ago I popped into my local bike store and explained to the salesman what I was looking for and he immediately took me to the 'gravel grinders' section of the store. I had not heard of this new category of bikes. I was intrigued to say the least, and right of the bat the Giant Anyroad really caught my eye.
I took it for a ride and instantly knew this was exactly what I was looking for. I loved the more upgright positioning on the bike, yet it did not feel like I was on a mountain bike. It is very stable, none of the twitchiness, that can accompany some road bikes. Also it is plenty quick for my solo riding. In addition I really wanted a triple dirvetrain, and the Anyroad 2 has just that.
I live in western pa where it is very hilly. Lots of shorter steeper hills. My past few bikes had compact doubles, which were OK for me, but I always wished for a lower granny gear. This is especially true in the spring after not riding all winter.
Anyway, I think I finally found 'THE' bike for me. This thing is so comfortable and boy do I love the gearing. I see that I will spend the majority of the time in my middle chainring, and then will use the granny gears for the steeper hills. I also love to look down at the wider tire, it instills confidence.
For anyone new to riding, or just still looking for that perfect bike I highly recommend checking out the Giant Anyroad. I can confidently say this one will get ridden till the wheels fall off(and hopefully the 50 or so pounds I want to lose)!




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Old 03-14-16, 01:02 PM
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Congrats on your new bike!

Now, I hate to be "that guy", but your saddle needs to be moved up about 6 inches (estimate may be wildly inaccurate but it definitely needs to go "up").
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
Congrats on your new bike!

Now, I hate to be "that guy", but your saddle needs to be moved up about 6 inches (estimate may be wildly inaccurate but it definitely needs to go "up").
How can you possibly know that?
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
Congrats on your new bike!

Now, I hate to be "that guy", but your saddle needs to be moved up about 6 inches (estimate may be wildly inaccurate but it definitely needs to go "up").
Perhaps if my legs were 6 inches longer!
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Old 03-14-16, 02:36 PM
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Nice bike......I'll be the guy that says get some nice platform pedals.........
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Old 03-14-16, 02:39 PM
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How can you possibly know that?
Because the saddle looks to be significantly below the handlebars. Maybe it's just the angle in the photo, but the bike looks set-up like a chopper.
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Which he also stated was something he loved about the bike, as he was more able to sit up straight!
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I still can't figure out why the preferred set up has the handle bars below seat height. Is that people are trying to look like the pros? If you are not riding for speed or time, why be bent over the front of the bike?
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I still can't figure out why the preferred set up has the handle bars below seat height. Is that people are trying to look like the pros? If you are not riding for speed or time, why be bent over the front of the bike?
It's not about looking like a pro, it's about having your bike set up correctly. If I don't set up my saddle height correctly, my knees kill me. I find the Lemond method fits me well. On almost any road style bike, that puts the saddle above the handlebars.
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Saddle height is saddle height. Handlebar height is handlebar height. They are independent from each other. Too many factors are involved to determine from a picture that the saddle height is too low. Age, height, weight, arm length, and torso length are variables. I'm sure I have forgot some. The flats on my road bike are level with my saddle. Drops are slightly below saddle. Works just fine and has for many years.
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I still can't figure out why the preferred set up has the handle bars below seat height. Is that people are trying to look like the pros? If you are not riding for speed or time, why be bent over the front of the bike?
Because it's the most comfortable position on some frames.
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It may be the fastest, but not the most comfortable. It is a pro/performance fit and is not suitable for the average rider. It is not if you eventually raise your bars but when.
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It may be the fastest, but not the most comfortable. It is a pro/performance fit and is not suitable for the average rider. It is not if you eventually raise your bars but when.
You are incorrect. The best fit is the best fit. A too low saddle height will mean that you're bending your knees too much, this is both inefficient (which is why "the pros" do it, why waste Watts) and bad for the joints and much tougher on your legs. When I was in my 20s I could get away with setting my saddle like on a BMX and riding. In my 40s I cannot.
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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
You are incorrect. The best fit is the best fit. A too low saddle height will mean that you're bending your knees too much, this is both inefficient (which is why "the pros" do it, why waste Watts) and bad for the joints and much tougher on your legs. When I was in my 20s I could get away with setting my saddle like on a BMX and riding. In my 40s I cannot.
Actually I am correct. I am under the assumption that the saddle height is correct. The bar height is rider dependent. You assumed his saddle height was too low due to the saddle being slightly below bar level. Without seeing the rider on the bike you can't say that with any resonableness. Saddle height is somewhat universal on road bikes, handlebar height is not.
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Actually I am correct. I am under the assumption that the saddle height is correct. The bar height is rider dependent. You assumed his saddle height was too low due to the saddle being slightly below bar level. Without seeing the rider on the bike you can't say that with any resonableness. Saddle height is somewhat universal on road bikes, handlebar height is not.
The Giant Anyroad has a standard road bike geometry, and the image of the one above shows that it does not have an excessive number of spacers, but does the the stem flipped "up". However that means that the handlebars are not excessively high for the frame. I have seen this bike in person, with a correct fit, the saddle should not be inches below the handlebars, even with a flipped stem.

I am willing to believe that the angle on photo of the bike makes it look that the saddle is lower than it is. However, I also know how common it is for riders to have their saddle set too low, as I lead a beginners group in my local club and it's usually the first thing that I advise my riders to fix on their fit.
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For the Anyroad, the stem should be flipped up, theres a marking line for a level dropbar. The seat looks lower but thats the design.
while riding this Anyroad with the stem up, you can look out for cars behind without the bars moving or changing directions. The comfort and stability of the Anyroad is good for seniors too.

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Im also a AnyRoads owner.............BEST bike for my use..............no matter where people say where to set your seat .............
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Im also a AnyRoads owner.............BEST bike for my use..............no matter where people say where to set your seat .............
Bit of a zombie thread but post a pic of your bike if you wouldn't mind. Eye candy is good.

I agree with @dr_lha, that bike above just looks wrong. I don't care where people put their handlebars but it looks like he's trying to ride a much bigger bike than he should if the saddle is in the right spot.
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Seat height, schmeat height.... here's my nearly new 2017 Anyroad Comax, soon to go on the chopping block. FS BO.

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Originally Posted by dr_lha View Post
The Giant Anyroad has a standard road bike geometry, .
Actually, the Giant Anyroad's geometry is unlike most road bikes... It has *very* high stack.
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Actually, the Giant Anyroad's geometry is unlike most road bikes... It has *very* high stack.
Yeah, **** you 2016 dr_lha! You're wrong about some minor aspect of something! INTERNET WIN.

But yes, you're right, it does have a very high stack, but apparently not high enough for you as you added that stem...

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Yeah, **** you 2016 dr_lha! You're wrong about some minor aspect of something! INTERNET WIN.

But yes, you're right, it does have a very high stack, but apparently not high enough for you as you added that stem...

It's just the perspective. Is this something new at BF, seat-height shaming? "Na na, my seat's lower than yours."
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Your seat looks fine, that first bike looks really off.

Besides, he's not seat shaming, he's stem shaming. LOL
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
Your seat looks fine, that first bike looks really off.

Besides, he's not seat shaming, he's stem shaming. LOL
He ought to see my new Vaya Ti with Jones H bar and uncut steerer. I can pop and ride wheelies on it!
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Originally Posted by PutnamMike View Post
Im also a AnyRoads owner.............BEST bike for my use..............no matter where people say where to set your seat .............
so, is your Giant Anyroad stem in positive setting too ? Or in negative setting?

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