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Giant AnyRoad -- Anyone with real life experience with them? (and other gravel bikes)

Old 01-22-15, 07:09 PM
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Giant AnyRoad -- Anyone with real life experience with them? (and other gravel bikes)

Giant AnyRoad -- Anyone with real life experience with them? (and other gravel bikes)

Last summer I accidentally rode several miles of gravel roads when I got lost on a unsupported/unplanned century. It was a blast despite my skinny 23mm on my Fuji Gran Fondo. Since then I've ridden a few gravel roads (not as bad as the first ones) and I'm hooked.

I'm planning on dedicating some of my ridding time on gravel but I'm convinced my Gran Fondo won't hold up to anything other hard packed gravel/dirt. Add that to the fact I need a bike for my son (see my previous thread on this https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycli...owing-boy.html) I thought it was a perfect opportunity to invoke the N+1 rule.

So back to the title of this thread. I came across this bike while browsing Giant's line up on their website. I don't know if I like it or dislike it but it sure looks different than what I've seen. I usually like things that are different and I've been contemplating a visit to a shop to see it in person. It's a little bit more than I'd want to spend for my soon but if I'm going to be riding it... well maybe I can justify with the wife.
DOes anybody here have anything good or bad to say about this bike specifically or any other options I should be looking at?

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...specifications


P.S.: I've posted this same thing on the Road Bikes sub-forum to get different perspectives.
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I haven't touched the AnyRoad, but I did pick up a GT Grade Carbon, which I believe is in the same category with that and bikes such as that Specialized Diverge, etc...
Loved this bike so far (I've had it since early December). Only hit a few gravel roads with it thus far and I'm now in the same boat as you: I expect to do a lot more riding on them. This bike is comfortable and responsive and just plain fun to ride. It's probably worth putting on the list to check out for you. Not sure of your price range and such, but GT has something like 8 different build-outs for it from aluminum w/sora to carbon w/ultegra.
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What's the biggest tire you can squeeze into the Gran Fondo?
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I have an Anyroad 2 and love it. Tires are stock 700-32C and have been problem-free and they handle gravel and pavement really well. I have no qualms about going on gravel with this bike. Only con I have about my 2 is that the frame design limits what you can carry--lack of space. Giant states the AR is not compatible for rear rack but my LBS installed one and used the bridge between the seat stays to attach the rack's front bracket.

I chose the AR 2 over the AR 1 because of the gearing. We have a lot of wind at times in Houston and hilly terrain in outlying areas and the range of gears really helps in both situations.
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Originally Posted by Henry III
What's the biggest tire you can squeeze into the Gran Fondo?
25s maybe some 28's depending on the profile of the tire.
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