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Old 09-23-19, 07:37 AM
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Giant Fastroad equivalent that accepts wider tyres

Can anyone recommend a Giant model which is essentially the same as the 2019/2020 Giant Fastroad with the exception of being able to use tyres wider than 32mm?

I had thought that the latest models could accept 38mm tyres but according to other comments the widest is 32mm.

Ideally the flatbar style would have the flexibility to accept up to 43-45mm tyres.

My other considerations are:
- Toughroad (this has the mountain bike gear ratios which don't seem to have the taller gears)
- Cross City (the "Escape". The 0-model specification isn't available in 2020 and the 1-model specification doesn't appear to have the overall quality of the Fastroad)
- Revolt with Flatbar conversion (costly).

The Fastroad's rear tyre clearance might support 38-42mm but the front fork would have to be replaced with one from another model. Can anyone confirm if the 2019/2020 model Fastroad rear can support up to 42mm (comfortably, with a mudguard fitted)?

It honestly feels like an oversight by Giant on the Fastroad's design. It's not a performance road bike (it's not a drop-bar). It has fixed forks. It really could provide more flexibility in tyres (and wheels) than what it has.

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Originally Posted by nickwalt View Post
It's not a performance road bike (it's not a drop-bar).
It's a flat bar road bike, commonly known as a fitness bike. It is basically the same as a road bike in terms of performance, and with aero extensions, you probably wouldn't suffer a huge performance penalty.

Other bikes in the same category are the Merida Speeder, the Specialized Sirrus, the Trek FX Sport 4, Fuji Absolute and others. Because they're performance focused, they commonly have clearance for 700x28-32C, although many of them can go a bit fatter. Thing is, with many fatter tires on such bikes, it's like making an athlete run in old workman's boots if you don't get your tire selection just right.

Maybe consider road plus? The WTB Horizon 650x47B is a fat road tire, designed to fit into frames designed for 700x28-32C tires; endurance road bikes. Have a look at the Kona Dew range.
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Op...if you're looking for a hybrid with fatter OEM tires, my 2019 Norco Indie3 runs 700x45C's
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Have you considered the Salsa Journeyman? It's available with flat bars or drop bars, and with 700c or 650B wheels. Quite a few choices for drive train components also.
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Originally Posted by nickwalt View Post
Can anyone recommend a Giant model which is essentially the same as the 2019/2020 Giant Fastroad with the exception of being able to use tyres wider than 32mm?

I had thought that the latest models could accept 38mm tyres but according to other comments the widest is 32mm.

Ideally the flatbar style would have the flexibility to accept up to 43-45mm tyres.

My other considerations are:
- Toughroad (this has the mountain bike gear ratios which don't seem to have the taller gears)
- Cross City (the "Escape". The 0-model specification isn't available in 2020 and the 1-model specification doesn't appear to have the overall quality of the Fastroad)
- Revolt with Flatbar conversion (costly).

The Fastroad's rear tyre clearance might support 38-42mm but the front fork would have to be replaced with one from another model. Can anyone confirm if the 2019/2020 model Fastroad rear can support up to 42mm (comfortably, with a mudguard fitted)?

It honestly feels like an oversight by Giant on the Fastroad's design. It's not a performance road bike (it's not a drop-bar). It has fixed forks. It really could provide more flexibility in tyres (and wheels) than what it has.

Cheers
To get what you want, you may need to go for a brand other than Giant.

Specialized's Sirrus X Comp would appear to be exactly what you want.
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