Thursday, January 18, 2018

Giant FastRoad SLR 1 (2018) Review

The Giant FastRoad SLR 1 (2018) is the bike that carried me through the challenges of the PRUride Gran Fondo 50 held in Subic on January 14, 2018. Its flat handlebar provided better control adding stability for a more confident and relaxed handling. The "ALUXX SLR-grade aluminum frame" is very light that lessened the difficulty of climbs. Its 700c wheels is very efficient on paved concrete without compromising toughness on occasional gravel and rough roads along the route. Since the Giant FastRoad is equipped with disc brakes, I was more confident during the descent. With the "Shimano Tiagra 10 speed shifting" mechanism of this bike,  I was able to keep up (much to my surprise) with most riders on reputedly faster road bikes.

Since this PRURide Gran Fondo 50 is a non-competitive event, the Giant FastRoad is perfect for a very enjoyable and comfortable ride with the needed speed to stay within the pack. It is fun to ride and I cruised along with other riders within my level of fitness. I finished the event very much satisfied that I made a good move for opting for the Giant FastRoad SLR 1 as my main weapon for this ride.

I intend to attend similar events in the future. It is my own little way of contributing to the efforts of  popularizing the use of bicycles not only in these kind of events but in our daily endeavors. Biking is a great way to get fit and indulge in a healthy lifestyle. It has a lot of benefits not only to ourselves but to the environment as well.

Everyone of us experience the notorious traffic in Metro Manila. Despite the various schemes experimented on by authorities to solve the traffic problem, nothing seems to work. Traffic is becoming worse almost everyday! Why don't we try solving this problem by encouraging the use of bicycles? Just imagine if half of the cars on the road were bikes. Most of the people I knew often say that the reason why they do not opt for the much healthier "bike to work scheme" is the lack of bicycles lanes on major streets. I hope that at the soonest time, authorities would seriously act on the request of bikers to come up with an "integrated" and "connected" bicycle lanes. This would definitely encourage the public to try and experience the benefits of riding to work on a bicycle without compromising their safety.

Giant FastRoad SLR 1 (2018) Specs

"Frame - ALUXX SLR-grade aluminum
Fork - Composite with alloy OverDrive steerer
Handlebar - Giant Connect, Flat
Stem - Giant Connect
Seatpost - Giant D-Fuse, composite
Saddle - Contact Neutral
Shifters - Shimano Tiagra
Front Derailleur - Shimano Tiagra
Rear Derailleur - Shimano Tiagra
Brakes - Shimano M315, hydraulic disc, [F] 160mm, [R] 140 mm
Brake Levers - Shimano M315
Cassette - Shimano Tiagra 11x34, 10 speed
Chain - KMCX10 w/ Missing Link
Crankset - Shimano FC-RS400, 34/50
Bottom Bracket - Shimano, Press fit
Rims - Giant SR-2 Disc, Tubeless
Hubs - Giant Sport Tracker Road Disc, 28h
Spokes - Sapim Leader, 14g
Tires - Giant S-R3, 700x28, All-condition tire
Extras - Factory Tubeless"

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