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Its that time of the year when the new year models start pouring into the market. Giant’s 2018 range has hit the market, well in time for new year’s. We got to test ride the Giant SCR 2 (2018) and here is what excites us.
The Giant SCR 2 (2018) has been made using ALUXX technology, with an aluminium frame with butted 6011 alloy, making it lightweight and strong. The frame features a race-inspired front-end geometry making it quick and nimble. The stiff chassis and sharp-handling, front-end geometry is balanced out by the D-Fuse seatpost design, which helps smoothen bumpy road surfaces.The frame houses integrated mounts for pannier racks making it efficient as a tourer or to carry essentials while riding in the city.
Known for their impeccable sense of designing efficient, good-looking bicycles, the Giant SCR 2 definatley meets the mark. This bicycle from Giant is sure to turn heads while on the road, with its high quality glossy paint job. Overall, it looks sleek and sporty. The bicycle is available in two colour variants - a primary black with orange decals, and a primary white with orange decals. I find that the white bicycle looks less sporty in comparison to its other black and orange color variant.
The Giant SCR 2 comes equipped with a Shimano Claris Drivetrain. The shifting is controlled by Shimano Claris Shifters. The shifting was incredibly smooth, seamless and precise. The positioning of the shifters allows for easy shifting on a ride. The shifters require a feather light nudge to shift, very impressive.
The Giant SCR 2 (2018) comes equipped with Giant’s specific Tektro TK-R312, dual Pivot rim brakes. The braking mechanism was impeccable, and the brakes were extremely responsive and efficient. The Shimano Claris brake levers are well positioned, and require minimal efforts to get the bicycle to come to a complete stop.
The alloy handlebar is just the right length to allow for a comfortable riding position, when gripping the drop bars as well as the top of the handlebar.
The Giant SCR 2 comes equipped with Giant S-R4, 700x25c tires. The 25mm wide tires on this bicycle balance rapid rolling characteristics with grip in the corners.
The Giant SCR 2 comes equipped with a Justek saddle, which I felt was on the harder side and could cause slight discomfort while on longer rides.
The race-inspired influenced riding position, combined with compliance features and reliable components make the Giant SCR 2 (2018) road bicycle ideal for fast paced rides and long distance rides or commutes. A versatile all-rounder, the Giant SCR 2 is one of the best entry level road bicycles for new cyclists as well as experienced riders looking for a comfortable and durable training machine.