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Known for their MTBs, Taiwanese manufacturer Giant Bicycles is the world's largest bicycle manufacturing company. However, with the increasing demand for hybrid and road cycles, the company started production of road and hybrid cycles over the last few years. We got to review the Giant Snap 24 from their X-Road line of bicycles. Here is what we thought.
Model: Snap 24
Price: INR 32,700
The frame of the Giant Snap 24 is made using their in-house ALUXX technology. The use of Aluminium for the frame makes the bicycle lightweight, durable and sturdy. The top tube is on the longer side, making for a semi-aggressive riding position. However, this doesnÈt affect performance while on the saddle. In fact, I felt that this riding position seemed to add to performance. A set back is that this bicycle is available in only one size - medium, though bordering being on the larger side.
This bicycle comes with SR Suntour XCT front suspension. Having about 80mm of useable travel, it works efficiently on bumpy roads, and on mild trails. When tested over potholes and bad roads, the suspension proved to be effective.
Simple yet attention grabbing - is what comes to mind when it comes to the design aspect of GiantÈs Snap 24. The design team has focussed on keeping the bicycle simply designed but the colours used and the design of the bicycle, is what will make it stand out anywhere. The Snap 24 is available in two colour variants - Red/Yellow and Grey/Orange.
The Giant Snap 24 comes fitted with a Shimano Altus drivetrain. The shifting is controlled by Shimano ST-EF51 8x3 shifters, which provides an impressive range of possible gear combinations.
With tourney being one of ShimanoÈs cheaper components, a lag in shifting response is expected. However, when on the test ride there was no evident lag in shifting, and it was efficient and smooth.
The Shimano thumb shifters used are comfortable, and the shifting happened with ease. I did not feel the need to apply extra force to push the shifter trigger.
The Giant Snap 24 comes equipped with Tetkro TK832 V-brakes. When tested, the braking proved to be responsive and effective on dry surfaces. However, there was a need to press the levers all the way to bring the bicycle to a complete halt. This could prove to be a hindrance in a situation that needs immediate braking or while riding in wet conditions. The Tektro Brake levers were positioned well, and within comfortable reach.
The stock handlebar on the Giant snap 24 is wide and ensures an open-chestedÈ ride, while being comfortable on the arms and shoulders. The handlebar grips used were comfortable, however bulkier grips maybe better suited on a long ride.
The Giant Snap 24 comes fitted with Kenda K193 26 x 1.6 tires. The threading on these tires ensure superior grip and will be very efficient in wet conditions. The 26 wheels are fast rolling and ensure good stability. The Giant Connect saddle that comes with this cycle is comfortable for short rides. However, on longer rides, the stiffness of the saddle maybe uncomfortable and cause soreness.
If you are in the market for an affordable, lightweight, and sturdy bicycle to use on city roads on a regular basis, and occasionally on trails, the Giant Snap 24 is a worthy contender.