Giant is a leading International Bicycle brand and also one of the largest manufacturers of Bicycles. Giant with its rich history has always been on top when it comes to tech, design and quality in all of their bicycles. We got the opportunity to test ride the Giant Contend SL 2 (2019) and here is what we thought.
Weight: 9.8 Kgs
The Giant Contend SL 2 (2019) is built on a lightweight ALUXX grade Alloy frame. ALUXX Alloy frames are forged in Giant’s own factories. This technology makes sure that the Alloy is used where it is necessary and ensures there is a perfect strength to weight ratio for optimum handling. The advanced grade Alloy Composite fork on this road bicycle is bladed and absorbs a good amount of vibrations of the surface.
The Contend SL 2 (2019) which I test rode came in a Gun Metal Black primary colour on the frame with Red as the secondary colour. The matte finish paint job was smooth in finish. The fork, saddle and rims are colour coded which enhanced the aesthetics of this Road Bike.
The Giant Contend SL 2 (2019) is a mid-level Road Bicycle with Shimano Tiagra gearing components. The front derailleur is a Shimano Tiagra 2-Speed, and the rear derailleur is a Shimano Tiagra 10-Speed. Shimano Tiagra 2x10-Speed paddle shifters controls the gear system. This combination of the full Tiagra drivetrain provides smooth shifting and was ideal for sprints and climbs.
The braking set up for the Contend SL 2 (2019) is the Tektro TK-B177 Road Caliper Brakes. The Tektro Brake set up has a strong yet sleek build and a deep dual pivot system. The dual pivot calipers allowed for consistent lever feel and generated excellent stopping power coupled with the soft compound pads with easy bolt on Allen key pad fixings to forged Aluminium arms. This improved braking quality allows the rider to ride with greater confidence on steep descents and quick turns.
The Giant Connect drop handlebar on the Contend SL 2 (2019) offers a superb strength-to-weight ratio for uncompromised performance and exceptional comfort. This handlebar comes with a little drop and reach and it has also got a modern, ergonomic shape for an excellent and comfortable shoulder position.
The Contend SL 2 (2019) rolls on a pair of stock Giant Gavia AC2 700x28C slick tires. These tires use a single compound which provides good grip. These tires have a light tread pattern at the edge which helps in traction on wet roads and in turns as well.
The stock Giant Contact Saddle has an ergonomic design with the perfect amount of padding making it ideal for racing and long distance rides.
This is a mid-level Road Bicycle built on a responsive and super lightweight Alloy frame with a comfortable riding posture. The Shimano Tiagra gear set up along with Tektro Caliper brakes provide a fast and safe riding experience. Priced at Rs.96,999(as on 29th November 2019) the Giant Contend SL 2 (2019) is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a performance focused road bicycle for fitness and long distance rides.
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