The Giant Contend SL 1 Disc : Everything You Need To Know

Words by Harry Archer

on 29/01/2018 09:27:19

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Best For...

Riders looking for an ultra-reliable and durable road bike that is great for commuting, weekend rides or winter training. High-level components have been combined to balance speed, comfort and performance in order to deliver a fantastic all rounder that will be able to take on any route you decide to follow. In need of a road bike that is equally good on climbs,sprints and descents? The Giant Contend SL is for you!- Giving you everything you'll need to become a more adventurous and ambitious cyclist.


Frame & Fork

Manufactured from Giant's innovative ALUXX SL (Super-light) aluminium technology, the Contend is a versatile, all-round road performer that has replaced the much-loved Defy range (Which is now the fully carbon range from Giant). The ALUXX frame offers best in-class strength to weight ratio, with unique welding techniques providing a light and high-performance ride quality. The geometry is fast and fun, featuring a relatively high stack height,long wheelbase and short reach - ensuring that handling and comfort are finely balanced against the desire for increased speed and aerodynamics. Giant kits out the Contend with a number of brand-specific technologies such as a 'compact road design' that slopes the top-tube downwards, reducing front and rear triangle size, increasing the stiffness of the frame as a result. Furthermore, Giant's 'OverDrive' system and hybrid composite fork give the rider excellent steering control due to this oversized headset and tapered steerer tube. A D-Fuse seat post that claims to dampen vibrations from the road is fitted as standard, ensuring your comfort on longer days in the saddle.



Fitted with Shimano 105 22 speed throughout, the Contend SL is guaranteed to climb well and give you a wide enough gear ratio to maintain your momentum on the descents and flats. A press-fit bottom bracket and Shimano cranks provide stiffness for the frame ensuring that you'll breeze round bends with ease. Due to its versatile design, the Contend is available in disc or rim brake frame options. Discs are more consistent and effective in adverse conditions whereas rim brakes are lighter and more aerodynamic- it's all about rider preference as to which option is right for you.

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Wheels & Finishing Kit

Giant PR 2 wheels are durable and reliable and can be fitted with tyres between 28 and 32mm thick - allowing for increased versatility as you enter the colder months and require more grip and width on your tyres. Giant P-SL tyres roll smoothly and are reasonably puncture proof with enough profile to provide good grip in wet conditions. Computer and light mounts are fitted as standard along with eyelets for mudguards to protect you and your fellow riders from the dreaded road spray. A Giant Contact saddle gives you good support and comfort whilst toe-strapped pedals are provided with the bike (Easily removable if you want to fit your own pedals - always good to have spares though!).

The Range

Giant Contend 2 2018 Road Bike Aluminium Blue

Giant Contend 2 2018 Road Bike Aluminium

Looking for a road bike which is fun, fast, comfortable? This versatile Giant Contend 2 2018 Road Bike is the perfect contender, feel free to push the pace and ride more miles with this cycling companion.

  • Frame - ALUXX-Grade Aluminum
  • Fork - Hybrid Composite
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Claris
  • Brakes - Tektro TK-R312 Giant Specific, Dual Pivot

RRP: £748.99 Now £635.99

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Giant Contend 1 2018 Road Bike Aluminium

Giant Contend 1 2018 Road Bike Aluminium

Designed with an ALUXX aluminium frame at the core, this Giant Contend road bike is the perfect choice for aspiring riders seeking to elevate their cycling experiences on the road.

  • Frame - ALUXX-Grade Aluminum
  • Fork - Hybrid Composite, OverDrive Steerer
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Sora
  • Brakes - Tektro TK-R312 Giant Specific, Dual Pivot

RRP: £574.99 Now £399.99

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Giant Contend SL 2 2018 Road Bike Blue

Giant Contend SL 2 2018 Road Bike

In need of a road bike for climbs, descents and sprints? Giant's Contend SL 2 2018 road bike is the ideal cycling companion for any ambitious rider looking to ride further and faster!

  • Frame - ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminium
  • Fork - Hybrid Composite w/OverDrive Steerer
  • Drivetrain - Shimano Tiagra 2x10 Speed
  • Brakes - Tektro TK-R312 Calliper

RRP: £898.99 Now £599.99

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Find your nearest Rutland Cycling store

You can browse the entire Giant Road Bike range online, or you can get your hands on it in your nearest Rutland Cycling store.