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Old 05-16-18, 09:35 AM
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Giant Toughroad SLR GX Adventure Bike

I saw this bike at my LBS after looking at it online for a few months now and wanted to inquire if anyone has this bike or had experience with it? I test road the GX 1 model in a size Large and it was definitely enjoyable. So much so that I canceled my pre-order on the Salsa Journeyman to put a down-payment on this bike. I was a little bit worried that the longer chainstays of 450mm would make the bike feel less responsive compared to my 425mm Cyclocross bike, however for the extra stability that I felt with the bike I think I was definitely making a big deal out of a not so big deal.

Won't have the bike till later this Summer, or sooner if I get lucky, so if any of you have the bike I'd love some pictures and thoughts of your riding experience with the bike. I'm also curious to see what the largest tire people have been able to run on this bike.
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Subscribing as I've been comparing pretty much the two same bikes .... the Journeyman with the Toughroad SLR GX1 ....

I didn't know the Journeyman was on pre-order either ... did you have any idea of expected delivery time?
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Through my LBS they said they wouldn't have it in till mid-July. The Journeyman Sora might still be on my radar however, as I found out the GX 1 model comes with a carbon D-Fuse seatpost and not the alloy one. Also Giant doesn't sell the alloy seat-post separately so there's that too. At my weigh of about 350lbs I'm a bit worried about having complications with that seat-post, but IDK yet. I contacted Giant also and am just waiting to hear back.
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Afternoon folks,

I picked up my SLR GX0 a couple of weeks ago and have 50k on it so far. Out of the gate impression is that I love this bike. For reference, my roadie is a 14.5lb Cannondale SuperSix Evo HM Sram Red. I wanted a do it all road inspired bike for bad weather days, early/late season and for fun. Since getting the toughroad, I haven't touched the SuperSix. It will go anywhere and is a comfortable ride with the larger tires. Will try to get some pics later for review.

The only thing I will change out of the box is a new saddle. I prefer another style. Other than that, stock is great. FOr reference, I am 6'3" 220lbs and a large is perfect for me. The bike is in the 23lb range with pedals but is built like a tank. Rolls really well when up and going. Is it a high speed roadie... nope. But it will hold its own. If you are in an area with not too many hills, put a 42 or 44 up front and away you go. On the weight scale, if you really wanted to pair weight down you could get it below 20lbs but it would run you $1.5k or thereabouts for tires, rims, cassette, crankset and rear derailleur. If it was to be a one bike do it all, I might consider it. But its not so I will ride as is and when things break and fail, then I will replace with upgraded parts (Force vs Apex etc.). The shifting is as precise (if not more so ) than my 2013 Red group. The 1x is a dream and does it all. Yes, you notice the gaps at first between the gears but you quickly get over that. You can tweak cassettes and chain rings to mix it up and tailor to your needs is needed. For me, its more than fine.

All in all, a great, fun bike that will go anywhere comfortably and allow you to load it up with racks and rigging. Oh, and put 48/50 tires on it!!
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t the GX 1 model comes with a carbon D-Fuse seatpost and not the alloy one. Also Giant doesn't sell the alloy seat-post separately so there's that too. At my weigh of about 350lbs I'm a bit worried about having complications with that seat-post, but IDK yet. I contacted Giant also and am just waiting to hear back.
Isn't alloy meant to be as strong as Carbon these days ???? If someone else knows better please do chime in and correct me but I wouldn't have thought that'd cause a problem.

martimer .. your comment was interesting about the gear spacing ... I was looking at the GX1 as opposed to the GX0 and that was one of the reasons as I thought think I'd prefer it as well as it offering more versatility?????

Just as a general if anyone has any comments in relation to the GX2 / 3 in comparison to the GX1 ... would you really notice a difference and is it worth spending the extra money .... or even the GX0 (although very hard to find in the UK) ... whilst I was happy to by a 2nd hand 29er and didn't know if I'd like it or not and thought if I don't I'd sell it and wouldn't lose much .... I'm hoping my gravel bike will become my main keep for ever bike and will have it for years in which case I don't mind spending the extra but the flip side there's no point if I'm really not going to notice the difference and it could be spent on mudguards / frame / saddle bag and all the other bits needed to go with it??
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Afternoon folks,

I picked up my SLR GX0 a couple of weeks ago and have 50k on it so far. Out of the gate impression is that I love this bike. For reference, my roadie is a 14.5lb Cannondale SuperSix Evo HM Sram Red. I wanted a do it all road inspired bike for bad weather days, early/late season and for fun. Since getting the toughroad, I haven't touched the SuperSix. It will go anywhere and is a comfortable ride with the larger tires. Will try to get some pics later for review.

The only thing I will change out of the box is a new saddle. I prefer another style. Other than that, stock is great. FOr reference, I am 6'3" 220lbs and a large is perfect for me. The bike is in the 23lb range with pedals but is built like a tank. Rolls really well when up and going. Is it a high speed roadie... nope. But it will hold its own. If you are in an area with not too many hills, put a 42 or 44 up front and away you go. On the weight scale, if you really wanted to pair weight down you could get it below 20lbs but it would run you $1.5k or thereabouts for tires, rims, cassette, crankset and rear derailleur. If it was to be a one bike do it all, I might consider it. But its not so I will ride as is and when things break and fail, then I will replace with upgraded parts (Force vs Apex etc.). The shifting is as precise (if not more so ) than my 2013 Red group. The 1x is a dream and does it all. Yes, you notice the gaps at first between the gears but you quickly get over that. You can tweak cassettes and chain rings to mix it up and tailor to your needs is needed. For me, its more than fine.

All in all, a great, fun bike that will go anywhere comfortably and allow you to load it up with racks and rigging. Oh, and put 48/50 tires on it!!
If you have pictures I'd love to see. Interested in the tire clearance with 2" 29er tires.

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Isn't alloy meant to be as strong as Carbon these days ???? If someone else knows better please do chime in and correct me but I wouldn't have thought that'd cause a problem.

martimer .. your comment was interesting about the gear spacing ... I was looking at the GX1 as opposed to the GX0 and that was one of the reasons as I thought think I'd prefer it as well as it offering more versatility?????

Just as a general if anyone has any comments in relation to the GX2 / 3 in comparison to the GX1 ... would you really notice a difference and is it worth spending the extra money .... or even the GX0 (although very hard to find in the UK) ... whilst I was happy to by a 2nd hand 29er and didn't know if I'd like it or not and thought if I don't I'd sell it and wouldn't lose much .... I'm hoping my gravel bike will become my main keep for ever bike and will have it for years in which case I don't mind spending the extra but the flip side there's no point if I'm really not going to notice the difference and it could be spent on mudguards / frame / saddle bag and all the other bits needed to go with it??
In theory yes Carbon has a higher strength to weight ratio meaning you can have lighter carbon parts that are just as strong as alloy parts. My main issue comes with clamping the seatpost on a workstand (which is OK for aluminum) and seat-clamp tightening. Clamping or over tightening bolts relating to carbon tubes is the quickest way to cause them to fail, and since I only worked with aluminum I don't have a torque wrench to make sure everything isn't too tight. I also tend to adjust my seat on the fly which is much trickier as a result unless I also invest in a portable torque wrench.

As far as components: if I had access to the GX2 I would probably get that just because my cyclocross bike has the same 9 speed 11-34 cassette. I like the color of both, moreso than the GX 3, and they both have two-piece cranks as opposed to square taper which I prefer.
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I didn't realise which part pf it was carbon .... but it's the seat post???? If you really like the rest of the spec why not just bey a different one, wouldn't it be cheaper than upgrading other bits at a later stage??
That said I don't have a bike stand at the moment although intend to get one in the future and agree would find it really annoying if you couldn't clamp it by the seat post as most of the time I use a frame bag which is a faff to keep taking off and on to put it in a stand.

I'd looked at the GX2 as well, as you say nice colour, just thought I'd buy something slightly better for once .... especially as I'm hoping it becomes my main bike and I also wondered why they put narrower tyres on it ... is it because it can't take the wider ones which may be a limiting factor for the future and is also potentially £100 spent if you want wider ones which narrows the difference in cost quite a bit?

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Originally Posted by DarKris View Post
Through my LBS they said they wouldn't have it in till mid-July. The Journeyman Sora might still be on my radar however, as I found out the GX 1 model comes with a carbon D-Fuse seatpost and not the alloy one. Also Giant doesn't sell the alloy seat-post separately so there's that too. At my weigh of about 350lbs I'm a bit worried about having complications with that seat-post, but IDK yet. I contacted Giant also and am just waiting to hear back.
A BF member from the hybrid subforum found that his toughroad slr 1 dfuse seatpost had too much flex (I believe he was a Clyde) and managed to source an alloy one through his Giant lbs. So you too should be able to get one.
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I didn't realise which part pf it was carbon .... but it's the seat post???? If you really like the rest of the spec why not just bey a different one, wouldn't it be cheaper than upgrading other bits at a later stage??
That said I don't have a bike stand at the moment although intend to get one in the future and agree would find it really annoying if you couldn't clamp it by the seat post as most of the time I use a frame bag which is a faff to keep taking off and on to put it in a stand.

I'd looked at the GX2 as well, as you say nice colour, just thought I'd buy something slightly better for once .... especially as I'm hoping it becomes my main bike and I also wondered why they put narrower tyres on it ... is it because it can't take the wider ones which may be a limiting factor for the future and is also potentially £100 spent if you want wider ones which narrows the difference in cost quite a bit?
Kinda confused as to what you mean. I already put the bike down on layaway with my LBS so if I were to change it now Iíd be losing the initial 20%. That said Iím perfectly happy with the bike as is, and if I really need it sure Iíll get the alloy post.

As for the tires, I have two different sets of tires that I intend on using with this bike as soon as I get it. The bike has LOADS of clearance anyway - you could run a 50mm tire and still have room for rocks and a bit of mud. I always wanted a drop bar bike like that that I also like the looks of in addition, so yeah.
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