The new Toughroad from Giant is hard to define using traditional bike categories. It’s essentially a fully rigid mountain bike with lots of carrying points/potential. It’s unofficially an “Adventure bike” aimed at the outdoor folk who will be in the Lake District one weekend, on a city break the next and tootling across a beach the next. It can handle mountain bike terrain but also a long road-based touring style adventure. Whatever the category, it’s a great all-rounder with the capacity to handle almost any form of riding.
Here’s what Giant say about it:
“From ripping fast gravel road riding to long-distance tours, ToughRoad SLR is all about big adventures on almost any terrain. Built on a superlight ALUXX SLR frame and fast-rolling 700c wheels, it has an agile chassis and tough, trail-worthy features. The D-Fuse seatpost adds compliance and the bike is fitted with wide tyres to smooth out rough terrain.”
Frame: ALUXX SLR-Grade Aluminium
Fork: Composite, ALUXX OverDrive Steerer
Drivetrain: Shimano Acera 27 speed
Brakes: Shimano M315 hydraulic disc brakes, 160mm rotors
Wheels: Giant S-X2 Disc Wheelset