The Taiwanese manufacturer Giant is one of World’s leading Bicycle manufacturers. They have Bicycles right from the professionals to the amateur rider. Having great technology and design capability in every Bicycle they make brings out top notch quality in all aspects. We got the opportunity to test ride the Giant Roam 3 Disc (2021) and here is what we thought.
Weight: 14 kgs
The frame in the Giant Roam 3 Disc (2021) is made with an ALUXX grade Aluminum material. The frame looks solid and also feels confident when riding over bumpy roads during the test ride. The frame tubes are neither flat nor cylindrical. It is flat on the top but rounds up as it goes to the bottom for all the tubes. This has made sure the weight of the bicycle is kept in check, which is what is needed for an Urban Bicycle. The ALUXX aluminum is optimized for strength-to-weight ratio with single butting resulting in light weight without sacrificing strength.
The 63mm SR Suntour NEX HLO front suspension works enough to absorb vibrations of speed breakers and pot holes on the road. The hydraulic lock-out helps make the fork rigid and in turn make the ride smoother and easier to accelerate on flat surfaces.
When it comes to design, Giant has always been experimenting with new shades of colour and designs on their Bicycles. The Roam series has been one of Giant’s most successful Urban Bicycle series and the main selling point for the Roam has been the aesthetic appearance. The 2021 Roam 3 Disc which I test rode came in a Concrete Grey primary colour on the frame with Black as the secondary colour for graphics.
The gearing in the Roam 3 Disc (2021) is handled by a combination of Shimano Tourney 2-Speed at the front and Shimano Acera 8-Speed at the rear. Combining 2 different levels of gearing has increasingly become popular amongst international brands, especially in their entry-level Bicycles. The Shimano Tourney derailleur is an entry level gear in Shimano’s family but when it is put to use with the Acera at the rear the balance and smoothness in the gearing is perfect.
The stopping power in the Roam 3 Disc 2021 is taken care of by a powerful Tektro M275 Hydraulic disc brake at the front and back with 160mm rotors. The Tektro disc brakes were balanced and safe to engage even at high speeds during the test ride.
Giant is known for using their inhouse componentry in a majority of their Bicycles. One such component is the handlebar. The Giant Sport XC low rise handlebar is lengthy with a very slight rise. This resembles a MTB handlebar which means a comfortable and open-chested riding posture giving much better control over the Bicycle to maneuver in traffic.
The Giant Crosscut has become a popular in-house tire brand which impressed during the test ride. The 700x 42C tires were a good mix of Hybrid and MTB tire characteristics. The sleek design combined with solid thread patterns make sure the tires are rolling fast and also safe during fast turns and bad roads. The Anti-Puncture tire gives you an extra layer of added protection from the smaller punctures during your ride.
The Giant Sport Comfort upright Saddle resembles a Road Bike Saddle. Sleek and wide with a perfect shape for the sit bones to be placed. There is enough cushioning at the right places to be sore free.
This Hybrid Bicycle has a comfortable riding posture and has an Alloy frame which is lightweight and strong. The front suspension fork with lock-out makes the ride smoother and faster on rough and flat roads. The Tektro Hydraulic Disc brakes were powerful enough for quick stops on dry and wet conditions. Priced at Rs.42,999 (as on 27th May 2021) the Giant Roam 3 Disc (2021) is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a Hybrid Bicycle for fitness rides, commutes and even occasional touring.
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