2020 Giant Contend Range Guide

Words by Tom Worsfold

on 15/10/2019 11:42:04

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For 2020 the contend is a sleek, lightweight option for those looking to take their first steps into performance road riding. With a new updated frame design the Contend packs a punch that hits far above its price bracket, bringing with it a quality ride and great spec over a broad range of models. The Contend features fast, comfortable geometry designed to keep you pushing distances at pace and could well be your next road bike - a true all-rounder for those seeking a performance model at an attainable price point.


Overview

Discipline: Road

Usage: Sportive and Endurance, suited for fast distance riding

Models: Contend, Contend SL, Contend SL Disc, Contend AR

What's New?

  • - All new frame designs
  • - New Contend AR �all-road� option
  • - Overdrive forks on all models
  • - Sram AXS spec option
  • - 32mm tires on some models
  • - Internally routed cables on all models

The Models

Giant's model breakdown can be confusing at first, with there being various versions of each model. An SL designation means the model is handcrafted with ALUXX SL aluminium; a lighter version of the material found on the entry level models. Giant bikes also feature a number moniker after the model name, with lower numbers (e.g. 0) being the higher end of the series. Disc models of the SL are also on offer, which offer increased wet-weather braking performance, ideal for commuters and all-weather riders alike. For 2020 the all new Contend AR is featured in the range, an all road option designed for the road less travelled.

Contend

The Contend marks the entry level for the series with two models, the Contend 1 & Contend 2. The Contend is designed to be a great value model for those first getting into road cycling or commuting. Although these are the least expensive models in the line-up the entry level Contend's offer great technology and share the same comfortable geometry as others in the range. For 2020 these now feature an all new frame with internal cable routing and improved geometry. These two Contend models have lower end Shimano drivetrains to bring the price down, but they still offer solid shifting and a wide range of gears. If you are looking for stability, fast pace and value the Contend is an excellent choice to get you moving - a perfect first road bike.


Contend SL/SL Disc

The Contend SL is a more performance orientated aluminium frame model, designed for road enthusiasts who are looking for a race-ready model for sportive riding and more. The SL features mid-range Shimano drivetrains with 10/11spd shifting, allowing for improved shifting and less noticeable jumps between gears. The SL's main improvement is the use of Giant's excellent ALUXX SL grade aluminium to further drop the weight. Disc equipped versions are also available which are a perfect UK upgrade, offering improved braking in wet weather and reduced braking distances when compared to rim brake models. The Contend SL is a prime option for those looking for a value model that packs a punch with technology and spec.

Contend AR

Featuring relaxed, stable geometry and tough adventure ready components, the Contend AR is designed to push boundaries when it comes to what you can ride on a road bike. The AR features wide, 32c tires for comfort on rough surfaces and to open up possibilities of where you can ride. Powerful disc brakes are featured on all models, and the lightweight ALUXX framesets can accommodate pannier racks and fenders for long-haul rides. The Contend AR is for those who do not know where the ride will take them, opening up new horizons as to where and how far you can ride.


The Models - A Breakdown

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Giant Contend 2 2020

Smooth, fast and fun. This versatile aluminium road bike has a well-rounded performance ride quality.

  • Frame - ALUXX-Grade Aluminum
  • Fork - Composite, OverDrive steerer
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Claris 8 speed
  • Brakes - Tektro TK-B177
  • Wheels - Giant SR-3 wheelset
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Giant Contend 1 2020

Push the pace, ride more miles and expand your road riding experience with the Giant Contend 1 2020 Aluminium Road Bike.

  • Frame - ALUXX-Grade Aluminum
  • Fork - Composite, OverDrive steerer
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Sora 9 speed
  • Brakes - Tektro TK-B177
  • Wheels - Giant SR-3 wheelset
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Giant Contend SL 1 2020

Made with an updated lightweight ALUXX SL aluminium frame that delivers efficient climbing and snappy acceleration, the Giant Contend SL 1 2020 features balanced geometry that gives it versatile all-rounder capabilities.

  • Frame - ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum
  • Fork - Advanced-Grade Composite
  • Drivetrain - Shimano 105 GS
  • Brakes - Tektro TK-B178
  • Wheels - Giant P-R2 wheelset
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Giant Contend SL 2 Disc 2020

This all-rounder helps you expand your road riding horizons with a lightweight aluminium frame and performance parts

  • Frame - ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum
  • Fork - Advanced-Grade Composite
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Tiagra SS
  • Brakes - Giant Conduct Disc
  • Wheels - Giant SR-2 Disc wheelset
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Giant Contend SL 1 Disc 2020

This bike is engineered with Giant's lightweight ALUXX SL aluminium frame technology, and features a Contend SL Disc that delivers a confident ride quality.

  • Frame - ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum
  • Fork - Advanced-Grade Composite
  • Drivetrain - Shimano 105 SS
  • Brakes - Shimano 105 hydraulic disc
  • Wheels - Giant P-R2 Disc wheelset
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Giant Contend AR 3 2020

Elevate your road riding adventures with the Giant Contend AR 3 2020 Aluminium Road Bike.

  • Frame - ALUXX-Grade Aluminum
  • Fork - Composite, OverDrive steerer
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Sora 9 speed
  • Brakes - Tektro MD-C550
  • Wheels - Giant SR-2 Disc wheelset
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Giant Contend AR 2 2020

The Contend AR 2 combines a smooth and responsive ride quality with the ability to handle adventurous routes.

  • Frame - ALUXX-Grade Aluminum
  • Fork - Composite, OverDrive steerer
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Tiagra GS
  • Brakes - Giant Conduct Disc
  • Wheels - Giant S-R2 Disc wheelset
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Giant Contend AR 1 2020

Explore an unknown corner of your map. Climb that summit you see in the distance. With disc brakes and smooth-riding, high-volume tubeless tyres, this 2020 road machine will encourage you to elevate your road riding adventures.

  • Frame - ALUXX-Grade Aluminum
  • Fork - Composite, OverDrive steerer
  • Drivetrain - Shimano 105 11 speed
  • Brakes - Shimano 105 hydraulic
  • Wheels - Giant P-R2 Disc wheelset
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