Proven through third-party wind-tunnel tests to be more aerodynamic from every yaw angle tested when compared to other leading aero road bikes, Propel Advanced SL sets a new standard for speed. The Advanced SL-grade composite frame is engineered with AeroSystem Shaping Technology, which saves 12-36 seconds over a distance of 40km at a speed of 40 kph compared to key aero bike competitors-with zero compromises in weight or stiffness. And technologies including the SpeedControl SLR brake system, integrated seatpost and internal cable routing, and the result is clear: Propel Advanced SL is faster from every angle.
Strengths: An incredibly fast bike. I rode this bike back to back with some of the other best bikes in the world---Cervelo S5, R5, Felt AR 4, BMC Team Machine, Giant TCR Advanced---Imwas faster on this bike on the same course with less or the same perceived effort.
Very stiff bottom bracket, uncommonly stiff front to back, the lightest aero road bike I have ever ridden....and it 'feels' light when you ride it. Reasonably comfortable, even with the ISP.
Weaknesses: The ISP...felt like the ride could have been a little smoother. In my opinion both the Felt AR and the Cervelo S5 had a smoother ride.
I have Enve SMART 3.4...the Giant hoops were very good, but not as good as the Enve's. They felt slightly heavier. This is a very small criticism. .
Overall, this is the best aero bike I have ever ridden....the gap between mainstream manufacturers like Giant and Felt, and the 'boutique brands' is narrowing. In this case, the Giant wins over them all. That's my opinion anyway. If I had this kinda money to spend on a bike in this price range, this would be the one.
Just wondering if anyone knows whether Giant is planning to release a non-SL version of the Propel. The Envie Advanced is basically what the bike needs to be but with "men's" geometry instead.
I'm a big fan of Giant but the SL is out of my budget, so a Propel Advanced would be sweet.Read More »
[url=http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/01/bikes-and-tech/reviews/ride-report-giant-propel-advanced-sl_273122]Ride Report: Giant Propel Advanced SL[/url]
Pretty good article. Thinking about getting one of these bikes.Read More »