This bicycle was produced by hand in Waterloo, WI, using the same molds and techniques as the Madone 6.9 SSL of the same year. The bicycle uses Trek's proprietary OCLV 110 carbon fiber material for very light weight and impressive torsional strength. An aggressive geometry provides nimble handling and lightning-fast pedaling response, especially during uphill, out-of-the-saddle efforts. Up front, a 1-1/8" Cane Creek external-cup headset holds the lightweight Bontrager Race X Lite OCLV 110 carbon fiber fork. The Madone's cables are all externally routed, allowing easy servicing in the field.
The Livestrong Madone bicycles feature real gold leaf panels on the top tube, down tube and seat tube. Lance Armstrong's signature appears across the top tube under the clearcoat. Yellow highlights and custom graphics adorn the bike and many of the components.
Shimano's 10-speed 7800 Dura Ace components are found throughout the bike, including the dual-control levers, both derailleurs, both multi-pivot brake calipers, and the 12-25T cassette. Long service life and precise operation can be expected for years to come from Shimano's best pro-level components. A Bontrager crankset with carbon fiber arms, 53/39T chainrings and matching custom graphics is an impressive centerpiece to the Livestrong Madone. Bontrager Race X Lite alloy wheels also feature custom yellow spokes and carbon fiber hubs, and are wrapped with 700x23mm Bontrager tires. A Bontrager carbon fiber seatpost, Bontrager saddle, Race XXX Lite carbon fiber stem and OCLV carbon fiber handlebar also boast custom yellow graphics.
For many riders looking for a high-performance endurance bike, the Domane SLR 7 Disc will check all the right boxes. How well? Bicycling Magazine awarded the Domane SLR 7 their Bike of the Year award for 2020!
The Domane series of bicycles are developed from the experiences of Trek's Factory Racing Team over many years of racing over the worst roads in Europe. From the cobblestones of Roubaix to the gravel roads of Tuscany, racing the Domane has brought new lessons to the engineers at Trek. The Domane SLR is the ultimate expression of Trek's commitment to building and improving high-performance endurance-category road bicycles.
To build the frame of the Domane SLR Disc bicycle, Trek used their proprietary 700 Series OCLV carbon fiber for incredible strength and feather-lightness. This material has been used in Trek's race-winning Madone road bicycles, guaranteeing excellent strength-to-weight attributes. From the start, Trek's engineers knew that the fit and geometry of the Domane SLR needed to be easy to fit a wider range of riders. Called Endurance Geometry, the bike's slightly shorter top tube and taller head tube allows the Domane SLR 7 Disc to fit more riders -and rider flexibilities- with greater comfort during multi-hour rides and races. The slightly longer wheelbase of the Domane SLR 7 Disc produces a more stable feel over rough surfaces, reducing rider fatigue. Power Transfer Construction is the name given to the Domane's frame architecture. With it, the overall tube shapes of the Domane SLR's main triangle are shaped to add torsional strength that is critical for flex-free power delivery, especially during hard climbing efforts up steep grades. Aerodynamics was considered for the Domane series for the first time, and Trek's renown Kammtail Virtual Foil (or KVF) frame shaping was used throughout the Domane SLR 7. Battling headwinds just got a little easier! Even the cables were tucked behind the headset and steerer tube to reduce overall drag. Internal storage in the down tube is a clever solution to clumsy seat bags hanging off the saddle rails. There's even an aperture for a multi-tool in the door under the front bottle cage. Cool, huh? The tapered head tube anchors the all-carbon fork for a more precise feel during high-speed turns and hard braking. Torsional strength is also reflected in the press-fit BB90 bottom bracket, improving pedaling response further. Both hub mounts are 12mm thru-axles rather than open dropouts, adding even more torsional strength for improved handling. The all-carbon IsoSpeed fork reduces weight further, while disc-brake-specific carbon construction ensures predictable stopping power.
With all that going for it, the Domane SLR 7 Disc would be an excellent performance machine, but Trek didn't stop there. The real magic of the Domane SLR comes with the IsoSpeed decouplers found at the front and rear of the top tube. At the back, the IsoSpeed decoupler is adjustable. With the loosening of one bolt under the top tube and the damper bolt at the back of the seat tube, a slider can be moved to add or subtract vertical flex from the bike. This clever feature allows riders needing more or less frame compliance to adjust their bicycles at the roadside in only a minute. Different rider weights, different terrains and different surfaces can all be compensated for with the adjustable IsoSpeed unit. The Ride Tuned seatmast itself is designed to respond to bumps and harshness much better than a classic seat post while still reducing weight. Up front, the IsoSpeed unit at the top of the head tube takes the edge off of harsh surfaces. By isolating the steerer tube from the frame's head tube, the Domane SLR 7 Disc's fork can absorb 10% greater vibration and impacts better than the previous generation.
The Domane SLR 7 Disc has several useful features scattered about the bike to make every mile just a little better. The adjustable 3S chain keeper eliminates roadside stops and greasy fingers due to dropped chains. Vanishing fender mounts add versatility for commuters and riding in wet conditions. An aperture for a DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor (sold separately) in the left chainstay eliminates the need for unsightly zip-ties, while internal cable routing keeps the Domane SLR 7 Disc looking clean.
The Domane SLR 7 Disc is equipped with Shimano's updated Ultegra Di2 derailleurs, 50/34T Ultegra compact crankset and 11-34T Ultegra cassette for optimum shifting performance and long service life. Shifting is done with Shimano's "8070" Ultegra Di2 dual-control levers, offering improved button feedback, a more comfortable lever hood and adjustable lever reach for smaller hands. Shimano's Ultegra hydraulic disc brakes bring excellent stopping power and lever feedback in all conditions, wet or dry. Shimano Ice Tech Freeza rotors disperse heat to reduce brake pad wear during repeated hard stops. The tubeless-ready
Trek has taken the gravel racing world by storm with their Checkpoint SL carbon fiber bikes. This is their best version of the Checkpoint! Peloton Magazine even called the Checkpoint SL 7 "freakishly fast"!
Every mile of a gravel adventure is tougher than the same ride over pavement. The bike needs to be light, smooth and -above all- tough as nails. The design team at Trek didn't cut corners for low weight or high strength. They used Trek's proprietary 500 Series OCLV carbon fiber to build the frame of the Checkpoint SL 7, ensuring feather-lightness and high torsional strength for instant power transfer. The frame's carbon fiber "recipe" also smoothes out rough surfaces at every point between the dropouts. The heart of the Checkpoint SL's ride quality magic is the IsoSpeed decoupler and no-cut seatmast at the top tube/seat tube juncture. This forehead-slap simple technology soaks up sudden impacts from harsh surfaces, making it an excellent choice for attacking washboard surfaces, crumbling fire roads and gravel paths for hours (or days) on end. A tapered head tube and 12mm thru-axles all add an extra dash of sharpness to the bike's handling, especially during high-speed turns and descents. The rear dropout is an adjustable Stranglehold sliding unit that allows the rider to change the wheelbase and tire clearance. A long wheelbase will improve stability in loose or sandy conditions, while a shorter wheelbase quickens the handing. The rear brake caliper mount moves with the left dropout, eliminating guesswork when making adjustments in the field. The aforementioned brake caliper mounts are also flat-mount versions, reducing overall weight further.?Mounts for racks and fenders and up to 4 water bottles are found throughout the Checkpoint SL 7, bringing versatility to the bike. Control Freak internal cable routing keeps brake lines tucked in and rattle-free, while downtube-mounted Carbon Armor prevents chipped paint from flying debris off the front tire. If even wider tires are part of your Checkpoint SL 7's build, it can accept rubber up to 45c.?
The Checkpoint SL 7 boasts cycling's latest tech: 12-speed wireless shifting from SRAM. Called eTap AXS, this is SRAM's cutting edge shifting technology, allowing a single-ring bicycle to run a gearing range of a cross-country mountain bike. With no wires, cables or housing to snag or foul, the Checkpoint SL 7 has a reliability advantage when charging across mud, dirt and gravel-strewn surfaces. A set of Force eTap AXS dual-control levers operate a SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS mountain bike rear derailleur, bringing lightning-quick operation (literally!) to every gear change. Time between recharges of the removeable derailleur-mounted battery is 25+ hours. A massive 10-50T SRAM Eagle cassette delivers 12 speeds along with a 40T single-ring SRAM Force D1 carbon fiber crankset. A unique SRAM Flattop chain with improved durability does power delivery duty.
Bontrager has been in the wheel business from the beginning, and the Aeolus Pro 3V wheelset found on the Checkpoint SL 7 is a classic example of their commitment to improving products for diverse needs. The "3V" designation is for their 25mm wide tubeless-ready version, allowing treaded gravel tires to produce a wider "footprint" on any given surface. Ready to take tubeless tires with sealant, gasketed valve stems and rim strips (sold separately), the Aeolus Pro 3V wheelset is better than narrower road wheels for rough terrain and long miles. The characteristic shallow aerodynamic rim profile is still there, making the wheelset an excellent choice for windy conditions in all directions. The cassette driver boasts 108 points of engagement, nearly eliminating "free play" with every pedal stroke. Weighing only 1575 grams for the set, Aeolus Pro 3V wheels won't hold you back when attacking challenging terrain or ferocious headwinds. Or both. Bontrager also supplies the 700x40c GR1 Team Issue tubeless-ready tires, offering excellent traction and a smooth feel over hardpan, gravel and broken blacktop.
SRAM Force hydraulic disc brakes cover stopping duties with excellent lever feedback and stopping power, even in wet and muddy conditions. Bontrager's Pro IsoCore VR-CF OCLV carbon fiber handlebars add an extra layer of defense from fatiguing vibration as well as keeping total bike weight very low. An accessory-ready alloy Bontrager Pro stem and Bontrager Arvada Elite saddle finish off the cockpit of this high-performance adventure machine.
A SRAM eTap battery charger is included with the purchase of this bicycle.
Yes, you read that right. The Gant Defy Advanced Pro 0 is equipped with a watt-measuring dual-sided power meter straight out of the box.
There is, of course, plenty more that Giant can brag about with the Defy Advanced Pro 0. Lots more...
The Defy series of road bikes was designed to carry a rider over less-than-perfect surfaces, keeping them fresh for a final climb or finish line sprint. This is the Defy flagship for 2019, built around Giant's own Advanced-Grade Composite carbon fiber frame and fork. Astonishing lightness and an upright fit are only the opening features of the Defy Advanced Pro 0's frameset. The frameset's carbon fiber "recipe" was redone for 2019 to provide a more compliant ride and improved torsional strength. The faceted MegaDrive down tube takes advantage of the new carbon fiber layup, improving overall frame strength and pedaling response. In addition, the 1-1.25"-by-1.5" tapered OverDrive2 head tube/steerer tube adds precision to the Defy Advanced Pro 0's handling, especially in fast turns and descents. A press-fit PowerCore bottom bracket also eliminates power-robbing flex at the crankset. Internal cable routing keeps the Defy Advanced Pro 0 looking clean and sleek, while an aperture in the left chainstay fits the included RideSense speed/cadence sensor without the use of clumsy zip-ties. Flat-mount disc brake installation promotes more even pad wear over time as well as better brake lever feedback. The bike's overall geometry feels stable over rough and choppy pavement without handling like a Winnebago.
Shimano's iconic Ultegra group gets a full redesign with their 11-speed Di2/hydraulic disc brake "R8070" version. The new dual-control levers have been substantially reshaped from the previous ST-R785 version, making the levers more comfortable for riders with smaller hands. The lever reach is also more adjustable than ever. Under the levers' hood peak is a flush button that can be programmed (with Shimano's E-tube software) to operate the rear derailleur. Shift buttons have a more positive detent, making operation with heavy gloves much easier. The redesigned Shadow-style Ultegra Di2 rear derailleur features a more tucked-in profile for improved aero drag and faster operation while shifting under load. The front Ultegra Di2 derailleur has a reprofiled cage that reduces the chance of interfering with a wide rear tire. As always, the front Di2 derailleur automatically trims itself as the rear derailleur moves the chain across the cassette. Cool, huh? Up to 900 miles of riding can be done on a single Di2 battery charge. The recharging aperture is located in the right handlebar end, and has a charge indicator light for ease of use. An Ultegra compact crankset comes with a 50/34T chainring combination, bringing a wide gearing range to the Defy Advanced Pro 0. An 11-34T Shimano Ultegra cassette brings up the rear.
The SLR-1 wheelset found on the Defy Advanced Pro 0 is tubeless-ready, disc-specific and built from Giant's own Composite carbon fiber. Yes, you get carbon fiber wheels straight off the sales floor with the Defy Advanced Pro 0! The lightness, aerodynamics and smooth ride quality of carbon fiber hoops are already on the bike! Wrapped with 700x32c Gavia AC 1 tubeless tires, the Defy's handling over rough and choppy pavement will redefine what a bike can do for a rider looking to cover more miles over unpleasant pavement (or lack thereof...). Ultegra hydraulic disc brakes and SM-RT800 rotors ensure excellent stopping power and brake lever feedback in all conditions, rain or shine.
Now we get to the really good part: This bike includes a power meter preinstalled in the Ultegra crankset. A Power Pro dual-sided power meter will transmit vital metrics to any popular ANT+ head unit (Garmin, Giant NeosTrack, etc.) including watts, cadence, left-to-right pedal balance, and force angle with the aid of a multi-axis accelerometer. 150 hours of operation on a single charge makes training and riding endurance events worry-free. Use a Giant RideLink smartphone app to check battery charge, assist in calibration and update firmware.
Giant brings a proven (and head-slappingly simple) technology to the Defy Advanced Pro 0: D-Fuse. The bike's D-Fuse Composite carbon fiber seatpost has a D-shaped profile, allowing the post to flex backward about 10-12mm when tackling rough pavement. A Contact SL saddle, alloy Contact SL Stealth stem with internal cable routing and carbon fiber D-Fuse road handlebar completes this century dominator.
A Shimano charging cable and Giant Power Pro charging cable is included in the purchase of this bicycle. Additional accessory stem mounts for handlebar computers from Garmin and Wahoo (sold separately) are also included
The current generation Madone has set a very high standard for aero road bikes. Now all that performance can be had for less...
Trek's current Madone has helped pro racers win some of the most prestigious victories in professional racing, including the 2019 world road championships in Yorkshire. Attaining that technological masterpiece is not quite as expensive as it used to be. Welcome to the Madone SL 6 Disc for 2020.
The Madone has been acclaimed as a brilliant aero bike, with very low drag to cheat the wind. The original Madone SLR Disc also boasts incredibly good ride quality -not just for an aero bike, but for road bikes in general- due to an adjustable IsoSpeed seat mast. This clever element of the Madone SL's frame uses a slider on the base of the L-shaped IsoSpeed structure under the top tube. By moving the slider forward or backward, the seatmast can be made stiffer or softer, depending on rider weight, expected riding surfaces or ride distance. Triathletes will appreciate this, knowing that a smooth ride will benefit them during the run. Century riders will also smile, knowing the bike will still be smooth on broken tarmac. Racers will like IsoSpeed since the freshest rider is most likely the fastest in the final sprint to the finish.
Very light weight is still part of the Madone SL's attributes, thanks to Trek's exclusive 500 Series OCLV carbon fiber used throughout the frame. By using newer flat-mount disc brake installation and an H1.5 fit geometry, the frame of the Madone SL 6 Disc cuts weight in the right places. Like the current Madone SLR, Kammtail Virtual Foil (or KVF) tube shaping in used throughout the Madone SL's frame and fork, making the bike one of the slipperiest road bicycles today. The flattened trailing edge of the frame and fork tubes (the "Kammtails") make the bike far more resistant to gusty crosswinds compared to a classic teardrop shape, as well as cutting weight off the bike. An aperture in the left chainstay for a DuoTrap S speed/cadence sensor (sold separately) cuts aero drag by eliminated the need for clumsy zip-ties. Even the 3S chain keeper at the crankset has been given the low-drag treatment. A stout BB90 bottom bracket anchors the crankset for flex-free power delivery with every pedal stroke.
The Domane SL 6 disc uses Shimano's latest R8000 version of their venerable 11-speed Ultegra component group. This ensures precision functionality, long service life and light weight. Here are a few of the highlights:
- Redesigned dual-control levers and lever hoods that feature adjustable lever reach and a more comfortable textured grip
- A Shadow-style rear derailleur that improves shift quality and takes up to a 30T rear cog
- A Toggle-pivot front derailleur that requires less hand strength to shift to the large chainring
- A 50/34T compact crankset with a more flattened profile for better aerodynamics as well as stiffness for better power transfer
- Hydraulic disc brakes with improved heat dispersion and 160mm rotors for improved stopping power
An 11-28T Ultegra cassette and Ultegra chain add a wide gearing range for challenging courses, as well as precision shifting and low drivetrain friction.
Bontrager supplies the tubeless-ready Aeolus Comp 5 Disc wheelset and 700x25c R3 Hard-Case Lite tires, adding an extra aerodynamic weapon to the Madone SL 6's arsenal. A 50mm deep rim with a bullet-nosed profile not only slices the air in a wider range of wind angles, it handles better in gusty crosswinds. The Madone SL 6's Bontrager Aeolus Comp saddle is a new design that enhances comfort for riders in an aggressive aero position. A conventional alloy Bontrager Pro Blendr stem and alloy Elite Aero VR-CF road handlebar accept clip-on aero bars for triathletes seeking a better bike for technical courses.
If gravel racing and long-distance adventures are already your thing, you need to see the Revolt Advanced 0.
At first, gravel cycling was done on a garden-variety touring bike: Long wheelbase, stable geometry, room for wide tires, and durable components. It did the job sorta OK, despite the fact it handled like an artichoke. Plus lugging a 30+lb. bike up challenging inclines could get old pretty fast. When the gravel scene exploded, Giant knew it had to rise to the top of the food chain with lighter high-performance machines like the Revolt Advanced 0.
Giant started with their own Advanced-Grade Composite carbon fiber, ensuring excellent quality control, light weight and durability. By utilizing a geometry for gravel (not overloaded touring), the Revolt Advanced 0 brings instant pedaling response and confident handling to every ride. A massive down tube, press-fit bottom bracket and 12mm thru-axles adds impressive torsional strength for razor-sharp handling and effective power transfer. No wasted energy means more speed. An OverDrive tapered head tube/steerer tube interface adds an extra level of handling precision in all conditions. The Revolt's overall geometry is more upright, allowing a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to get comfortable over multi-hour adventures. Every ride could last all day in the rough stuff, and Giant added useful details to the Revolt Advanced 0. An X-Defender downtube guard helps deflect rocks and gravel, while a smart mounting system allows rack installation. There's even room for tires up to 45mm wide. When Shimano released their GRX gravel/adventure components to the world, everyone scrambled to get it on their bikes. With good reason! Shimano GRX makes tackling off-road tours, adventures and gravel racing easier and more fun! The Revolt Advanced 0 is equipped with GRX810 components for top-of-the-line performance. The rear GRX810 derailleur boasts a clutch that helps keep the chain engaged while hammering over washboard surfaces. The GRX front derailleur features a toggle-pivot design that requires less hand strength to operate under pedaling loads. An 11-34T Shimano cassette and GRX810 crankset with sub-compact 48/31T chainrings bring a massive gearing range to the Revolt Advanced 0. New GRX810 dual-control levers boast a new texture and profile, improving grip and comfort on rough terrain. The rolling stock on the Revolt Advanced 0 really hits it out of the park: Tubeless carbon fiber wheels! Giant's CXR-2 Carbon Disc wheelset adds next-level performance to the bike with a feathery-light 1518 gram weight. The rim profile measures 35mm for a bit of aero improvement. A 25mm inner rim width allows wide tires to spread out on rough surfaces for better grip and lower rolling resistance. Maxxis provides the tubeless-ready 700x40c Velocita tires. Giant's Contact XR D-Fuse road handlebar soaks up fatiguing vibration, while a composite D-Fuse seatpost does the same job out back. A Giant Approach saddle completes this smooth-riding adventurer.
Trek's Checkpoint SL 6 gets a few upgrades from last season. Somehow, it costs less!
Technology mixed with decades of engineering experience at Trek has led us to awesome machines like this. Trek's 500 Series OCLV carbon fiber makes up the frame, producing a very light chassis. Need even wider tires? The Checkpoint SL 6 will take rubber up to 45mm wide, thanks to a roomy fork and a clever "dropped" drive-side chainstay. Got plenty of stuff? Rack mounts, fender mounts and up to 4 bottle mounts let you install all kinds of bags and accessories for multi-day adventures. Are the "roads" barely worthy of the name? The Checkpoint SL 6 has your back with an IsoSpeed decoupler and Ride Tuned seatmast at the top of the seat tube/top tube juncture. This allows the frame and seatmast to comfortably flex when attacking washboard hardpan, pavement transitions and railway crossings. A stable geometry and a low bottom bracket add confidence on loose surfaces. That comfort doesn't come at the cost of handling and torsional strength, though. A tapered head tube and rock-solid BB90 bottom bracket adds strength for precise handling and flex-free power delivery. An adjustable Strangehold thru-axle rear dropout can adjust the wheelbase by as much as 15mm, offering a longer wheelbase for stability, or a shorter wheelbase for the more classic feel of a road bike. Loose surfaces can mean lots of "roost" from spinning tires, but the Checkpoint SL's Carbon Armor will protect the downtube's bottom from flying stones. Control Freak internal cable routing is not only sleek, but also eliminates noisy cable rattle. Front and rear 12mm thru-axles bring an extra dash of torsional strength for razor-sharp handling.
The Checkpoint SL 6 is equipped with Shimano's latest 11-speed Ultegra "R8020" components, adding precise operation, excellent durability and very low weight to the bike. The hoods of the dual-control levers have been reshaped and retextured, giving the rider better grip while reach adjustability has been kept for riders with smaller hands. The new rear Ultegra RX derailleur boasts a Shadow-style low profile design and a clutch brought over from mountain biking. The lever-operated clutch helps prevent chain drops and chain slap on rough terrain. The Shadow-style rear derailleur requires less hand strength to operate and is also less likely to get snagged by trail-side branches and rocks. The front derailleur is also redesigned, with the same toggle-style mechanism found on the newest Dura-Ace unit. The trimmed tail of the front derailleur's cage adds clearance for wider tires on a short-wheelbase bike. Flat-mount Ultegra hydraulic disc brakes add confident stopping power in all conditions as well as excellent lever feedback. The stainless steel and aluminum IceTech Freeza rotors disperse heat much faster than all-steel rotors; helpful when descending fast while loaded down with cargo. A 50/34T Ultegra compact crankset and 11-34T Shimano HG800 cassette boasts a huge gearing range for challenging climbs and steep descents.
Bontrager's Paradigm Comp 25 alloy wheelset is tubeless-ready and weighs only 1675 grams (that is not a misprint). These light wheels are laced with 24 stainless steel spokes each, and are ready to take on gravel fire roads with Bontrager's tubeless-ready 700x40c GR1 Team Issue tires. The 25mm internal width of the rims allow the tires to spread out for better grip and handling. The Bontrager rear thru-axle hub is equipped with a Rapid Drive 54 freehub, allowing faster engagement with every pedal stroke. A Bontrager Arvada Comp saddle offers a comfy perch for multi-hour (or multi-day) rides and races. An accessory-ready alloy Bontrager Pro Blendr stem and alloy Bontrager Elite IsoZone VR-CF road handlebar complete the cockpit of this gravel-conquering masterpiece.
Giant brings value to every performance road bicycle they make. The Defy Advanced 1 is no exception!
Can performance and value truly co-exist in a road bicycle? The Defy Advanced 1 demonstrates this with a featherweight Advanced Composite carbon fiber frame, Shimano's latest version of their Ultegra components, and lightweight tubeless alloy wheels. The closer you look at the details of this bicycle, the more it will win you over. Giant's own Advanced-Grade Composite carbon fiber is used with a specific layup to keep weight to a minimum while enhancing torsional strength. The frame design also makes every pedal stroke matter. A tapered OverDrive head tube and massive PowerCore bottom bracket anchor the faceted down tube for instant power transfer and razor-sharp handling. High-speed turns and descents can be attacked with confidence that the bike will go where you point it! Internal cable routing and flat-mount disc brake installation keep the Defy Advanced 1 looking clean and sleek. 12mm thru-axle dropouts align the brake rotors perfectly when installing wheels, as well as adding an extra dash of handling precision. Need a more upright fit? The tall head tube and relaxed geometry makes it easy for a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to get comfortable on the Defy Advanced 1. Looking for even wider rubber than the 32mm stock tires? The Defy Advanced 1 will take up to 35mm tires for really rough roads or hardpan gravel.
Shimano's high-performance Ultegra components have been impressing us for years with incredible durability, lightning-quick operation and very light weight. Those components are found throughout the drivetrain of the Defy Advanced 1, including the dual-control levers, front derailleur, long-cage Shadow-style rear derailleur and wide-range 11-34T cassette. The Ultegra rear derailleur is their clutch-equipped long-cage "RX" version. It does a fantastic job of keeping the chain on the crankset, and not flying off when clattering over railway crossings or potholes. Shimano's mountain bike components have been featuring similar technology for years, and it works like a charm! A Shimano 50/34T compact crankset does power delivery duty.
Rolling stock consists of Giant's own P-R2 Disc tubeless alloy wheels and 700x32c Gavia Fondo 1 tubeless tires. There's plenty of stopping power to be found on the Defy Advanced 1 with Shimano Ultegra hydraulic disc brakes. Rain or shine, disc brakes are always better performers. A Giant Approach saddle, alloy Contact stem and D-Fuse SL road handlebar complete this exceptional road bike.
Take a look back at the price tag and you'll agree that performance doesn't have to be expensive.
An outstanding bike gets upgrades, starting with wider tubeless tires and an even better frame!
The Avail Advanced series of road bikes has seen improvements to make the bike more effective, more comfortable and even more reliable. The frameset gets a new Advanced Composite carbon fiber "recipe", reducing weight and improving power transfer with every pedal stroke. Up front, the Avail Advanced 1 is equipped with an Advanced-Grade Composite all-carbon fork; an upgrade from the previous alloy/carbon model. A tapered OverDrive head tube improves handling in high-speed turns and descents. A tall head tube and more upright fit accommodates a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilities- for long days in the saddle. The crankset and bottom bracket are set slightly lower than the previous generation, making the bike feel more planted at high speeds.
Shimano's excellent 11-speed Ultegra components are found throughout the drivetrain, including the front derailleur, Shadow-style long-cage rear derailleur, 11-34T cassette and the adjustable-reach dual-control levers. The rear Ultegra derailleur is a clutch-equipped "RX" version that prevents chain drop when tackling rough pavement and railway crossings. An alloy Shimano 50/34T compact crankset does power delivery duties. Precise shifting, long service life and easy operation are all found with every shift on the Avail Advanced 1. The hydraulic disc brakes are also Shimano Ultegra units, offering excellent stopping power in all conditions, rain or shine.
The Avail Advanced 1 comes with tubeless alloy wheels and tires factory installed. The PR-2 Disc wheelset offer an aerodynamic rim profile to slice through the air, while wide-flange hubs improve lateral strength. The 700x32c tubeless Gavia Fondo 1 tires boast a comfy ride quality along with excellent puncture protection with the included sealant. A Liv Approach saddle sits atop a clever D-Fuse Composite carbon fiber seatpost that flexes slightly when crossing railway tracks, broken pavement and potholes. Up front, an alloy Contact stem and Contact SL D-Fuse road handlebar complete this outstanding century conquerer.
Sometimes the bike industry needs to do a collective forhead-slap when they see a bike like the Checkpoint SL 5. Why doesn't everyone make a bike like this! VeloNews was so impressed, they gave the Checkpoint SL 5 their Bike of the Year award for 2020!
The Checkpoint SL 5 takes plenty of great features and combines them to make a brilliant all-rounder. It can take on plenty of weeklong adventures and still commute to work on Monday. Trek's exclusive 500 Series OCLV carbon fiber makes up the Checkpoint SL 5's frame, making it very light yet incredibly strong for excellent handling and power delivery. The fit of the Checkpoint is more upright, allowing a wider range of riders -and rider flexibilities- to get comfortable easily. A tapered head tube/steerer tube interface adds to the Checkpoint SL 5's handling precision, while a press-fit BB90 bottom bracket ensures flex-free power delivery with every pedal stroke. Out back, the adjustable Stranglehold thru-axle dropouts allow the rider to tweak the bike's wheelbase, adding stability for rough surfaces or heavy loads. The Checkpoint's all-carbon fork is also thru-axle equipped, adding an extra dash of handling precision.
Little details on the Checkpoint SL 5 add up to huge versatility, including a 3S chain keeper that prevents dropped chains (and greasy fingers), asymmetrical chainstays for better tire clearance (up to 45c!), a rear IsoSpeed decoupler and Ride Tuned no-cut seatmast to soak up fatiguing vibration. Downtube-mounted Carbon Armor defends against rock strikes, while mounts galore allow for racks, fenders and bottle cages to be installed for weeklong adventures or just rides across town.
Shimano's latest 11-speed update of their GRX gravel/adventure component group are found on the Checkpoint SL 5. The latest updates to this world-beating setup includes features found on mountain bike groups, improved functionality, and user-friendliness. The new GRX rear derailleur is now a Shadow-style unit, increasing cassette capacity up to 34T, as well as tucking it under the chainstay for more precise operation, especially under hard pedaling loads. A clutch mechanism helps prevent dropped chains on rough surfaces. The new GRX front derailleur's toggle pivot design is much more compact, easier to adjust, and improves clearance for wider tires at the cage's trailing edge. Shimano's engineers have increased the rigidity of the GRX 36/30T crankset with a massive hollow bottom bracket spindle. The lighter GRX dual-control levers have a wider range of adjustment for smaller hands, as well as improved lever hood texture. Less effort is needed for each shift, too. An 11-34T Shimano 105 cassette brings a massive gearing range to the party, making challenging inclines less intimidating. The flat-mount Shimano GRX hydraulic disc brakes found on the Checkpoint SL 5 help regulate speed with excellent lever feedback and sheer stopping power, rain or shine. Tubeless-ready alloy Bontrager wheels are shod with Bontrager's 700x40c tubeless-ready GR1 Team Issue semi-treaded tires, giving the Checkpoint SL 5 excellent grip on road, gravel and hardpan surfaces alike.
Bontrager's Montrose Comp saddle, accessory-ready alloy Elite Blendr stem and alloy Elite IsoZone VR-CF road handlebar completes this epic-ready machine.