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Advice on potential bike choice - Giant Anyroad

Old 02-20-17, 05:53 PM
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Advice on potential bike choice - Giant Anyroad

Hi folks, I am new to the forum and ready to get back into cycling. I currently have a '10 Gary Fisher Marlin mountain bike and am looking to get a road bike. I've lost about 20 lbs recently but am still about 300lbs @ 6'3". I have been looking at the Giant Anyroad (the cheaper one, not the comax) for something that will be able to take gravel every once in a while. I don't see myself doing full cyclocross and this seemed like a good in-between. Do you think it will hold up with my weight? Any other bike recommendations would be welcome, I am completely overwhelmed with all of the choices out on the market. Thank you very much in advance.
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If you are stuck on Giant, and don't want want a road bike, I'd suggest comparing the Anyroad with the Revolt as I heard they ride different.

If you are open to other brands, then you have many more options. You'd have to narrow it down by finding which bike shop you like best, frame material and comparing prices.
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Originally Posted by katsup
If you are stuck on Giant, and don't want want a road bike, I'd suggest comparing the Anyroad with the Revolt as I heard they ride different.

If you are open to other brands, then you have many more options. You'd have to narrow it down by finding which bike shop you like best, frame material and comparing prices.
I'm open to anything, just want something that will hold up to my weight and in between a road and mountain bike. Thanks!
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More than anything, I wanted to welcome you to the forum.

https://www.marinbikes.com/ca/bikes/d...orners#image-2

I like the Marin line. But once I brought up both bikes. The Giant has a rather nice group set, where-as the Marin still has a better gearing, and tire size in my opinion.

Well, enjoy what ever you get in the end. Please add photo's then, We all like photo's, ha-ha.



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Originally Posted by zappmann
I'm open to anything, just want something that will hold up to my weight and in between a road and mountain bike. Thanks!
Every brand has a bike in that category now. It will require some research and reading on your end.

I was personally comparing the Specialized Sequoia and Jamis Renegade (both steel) and ended up with a Salsa Vaya. Other notable options I considered were the Fairdale Weekender, Trek Crossrip, Specialized Diverge, Surly Crosscheck and + others that I am forgetting.
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Originally Posted by katsup
Every brand has a bike in that category now. It will require some research and reading on your end.

I was personally comparing the Specialized Sequoia and Jamis Renegade (both steel) and ended up with a Salsa Vaya. Other notable options I considered were the Fairdale Weekender, Trek Crossrip, Specialized Diverge, Surly Crosscheck and + others that I am forgetting.
Thanks man, it's turning into paralysis through analysis
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Take it for a test ride. On paper, the AnyRoad looks very impressive. I have seen it up close and it would be on my short list, were I looking for a new bike.

I second the recommendation of the Fairdale Weekender drop, as well as Salsa Vaya, All City Space Horse, Jamis Renegade, Kona Rove. Lots of others out there.
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Take it for a test ride. On paper, the AnyRoad looks very impressive. I have seen it up close and it would be on my short list, were I looking for a new bike.

I second the recommendation of the Fairdale Weekender drop, as well as Salsa Vaya, All City Space Horse, Jamis Renegade, Kona Rove. Lots of others out there.


Thanks much, that Fairdale is interesting
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also look at kona rove at that price point

KONA BIKES | ROAD | ROVE

the steel version might be a bit north of the budget, but you get a steel frameset, full rival setup 1x11 and disc brakes with good fat tires

KONA BIKES | ROAD | ROVE | Rove ST


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Thanks!! Great info
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Originally Posted by zappmann
Thanks man, it's turning into paralysis through analysis
If it was easy anyone could do it.
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Originally Posted by tyrion
If it was easy anyone could do it.
Roger that, I guess the hunt is all part of the fun
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Got the Anyroad

I ended up going with the Giant Anyroad, took it for a decent spin this afternoon and I love it! I am definitely going to have to replace the saddle, dear sweet baby Jesus is that thing uncomfortable.
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Originally Posted by zappmann
I ended up going with the Giant Anyroad, took it for a decent spin this afternoon and I love it! I am definitely going to have to replace the saddle, dear sweet baby Jesus is that thing uncomfortable.
Did you get the yellow/green Anyroad 1 or the Anyroad 2?
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Did you get the yellow/green Anyroad 1 or the Anyroad 2?

I got the Anyroad 2 which is Black/Red, I absolutely love it except the saddle.
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I got the Anyroad 2 which is Black/Red, I absolutely love it except the saddle.
Cool. I really like the Anyroad 2, I was actually looking at one as an N+1 for myself. If you find yourself wanting just a little lower gearing you can swap in a 12-36 t cassette with a long cage Deore or Alivio derailleur. The pull ratio is the same for 9 speed mtb and road so you can keep the sti levers.
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now that you have the bike, and before you replace the saddle, take the bike in for a proper bike fit.

They will replace your stem to one that is the right length and angle for you, and they will adjust your saddle height and position. Also I would recommend getting clipless pedals and riding shoes (if you don't have them already), and have the bike shop adjust your shoes/cleats to better position you on the bike.


Getting a proper bike fit will give you a more comfortable ride, and improve your overall performance. Once you have your bike fit ride for a month or two on the current saddle and then if you still don't like the saddle go on the hunt for a saddle that works for you. Some bike shops have loaner saddles so you can find the one you like before you spend the money on a saddle (I paid just over $100.00 for my saddle and it was marked at $250.00... I got a deal as it had hung on the bike shop wall for over two years.).

Good luck, Good riding, and welcome to the forum.
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