Giant Propel Advanced Road Bike

5/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $11350.00


Product Description

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.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by flyguy

Date Reviewed: June 18, 2014

Strengths:    Call them out...
VERY Stiff, VERY comfortable, VERY responsive.
Full Ultegra 11 except for the TRP aero optimized brakes designed by Giant specifically for the bike
Awesome wheelset
Great looks...
Unique...NOBODY around here has one but me !
Light
Agile


Weaknesses:    Fizik saddle...not a fan...swapped out before the fitting
Other than that...nada !


Bottom Line:   
Review is actually for the 2014 Propel Advanced 2 (not the SL)

Just got this bike a few weeks ago as an insurance replacement for my Spesh Tarmac which I loved. Have put a couple of hundred kms on it and THOROUGHLY IMPRESSED! This bike is the cycling equivalent of Jekyll and Hyde...silky smooth, quiet and docile until you stomp on it and wake up the beast inside. Hit the cranks and it's like being smacked in the backside...NO flex; just massive acceleration. Carves through corners like a blade. Climbs beautifully; at least as well as my Spesh did. Braking is excellent. Bike is VERY fast ! Aero optimized frame and wheelset have increased my avg. speed by almost 3 km/h. Frame geometry is spot on for my taste. Bang for the buck is crazy...wheelset alone is $1600. Without question the most fun I've ever had on two wheels! I doubt I will ever reach the limit of this bike's capabilities, but it's going to be a helluva a lot of fun trying.
This bike is a Venge killer...I know, I tested one before I tested the Giant...IMHO, it wasn't even close
Please don't buy one...I want to keep this all to myself !
GIANT ROCKS !


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jay T a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2013

Strengths:    -Aero
-Stiff
-Light


Weaknesses:    -Expensive


Bottom Line:   
I've owned the Advanced SL3 for approx. 8 months now. I am really happy with my purchase. The best way to describe the ride, is any pedaling action immediately translates into forward momentum, and it feels as though the bike moves effortlessly compared to inferior road bikes. The Giant PSLR wheels are light and aero and climb very well. Although, a stiff cross wind can push you around a little, especially if you're a lightweight like me. The value is moderate considering you get mechanical Ultegra with the SL3, but you really are riding a state of the art frame and a nice set of wheels. Good enough for me :) Brakes are great, and I have the confidence to stop on a dime if needed. PSLR tires were great too, I rode several thousand KM's this year and not one flat! Just make sure to swap rubber if you plan on riding wet weather. The ride is definitely on the stiff side, but its not uncomfortable considering that its a race machine. A good fit helps here. All road 'buzz' is muted and only pavement cracks and uneven road spots are felt through the frame. It can be described as the exact opposite of my aluminum frame road bike, where road unevenness is not felt so much, but a lot of pavement 'buzz' can be felt through the chassis.


My only gripe about the bike is top end power sprints on uneven pavement can result in a slightly twitchy rear end. Probably due to the small rear triangle of the frame. This is not bad by any means, but something to note about the geometry of the bike.

To sum up, I love this machine and I look forward to putting many miles on here in the years ahead.

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Price Paid:    $5300.00

Purchased At:   Brant Cycle Burlingt



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michael Woodard

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2013

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. .


Bottom Line:   
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.

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Bike Setup:   As stock



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