With both the Tour and Eurobike done and dusted for another year, the world's largest bicycle companies are beginning to lift the lid on what they have up their sleeves for the coming year. Like clockwork, Giant has unveiled their 2019 road range, stacked with new tech, refined specifications, a few new models and, of course, sleek new colorways.
Arguably the biggest talking points for the 2019 model year are the introduction of an all-new Defy endurance road platform and the self-designed Power Pro powermeter. The latter being a dual-sided unit which finds its way onto a handful of mid-to-high end performance road bikes. So without further adieu, join us as we take you through the 2019 Australian performance road range from Giant.
Propel Disc Range
After scoring a complete overhaul in 2018, Giant has left the new Propel Disc aero road platform much the same for 2019, save for some slick new paint schemes and a few of specification tweaks. Flat mount disc brakes remain standard across the board, with the Propel retaining all the stiffness, reduced weight and aero efficiency gains made over its predecessor.
Looking to the rolling stock and the entire range retains the staggered 42mm/65mm depth wheelset in the form of Giant’s own tubeless ready SLR WheelSystem. Every model in the Propel Disc range is also setup tubeless straight out of the box, shod with Gavia Race 25c tubeless tires. For more information on the Propel Disc range, check out our Ten things to know article
The 2019 Propel Disc range includes:
Propel Advanced SL 0 DISC - $11,500
Sitting atop the Propel hierarchy, the Propel Advanced SL 0 scores a top-end build kit to match. A Shimano Dura Ace Di2 groupset with Shimano Dura Ace powermeter cranks are fitted as standard, whilst 140mm flat mount hydraulic disc brakes take care of the stopping.
Rolling stock is Giant’s own SLR 0 Disc Composite Centerlock DBL 42/65 WheelSystem with DT Swiss internals, and Giant Gavia Race 0 tubeless 25c tires provide the grip. The Advanced SL grade composite frame at the heart of the bike features a RideSense integrated wireless data transmitter, integrated seat post and is finished with Giant's two piece integrated bar and stem combination.
Propel Advanced SL 1 Disc - $7,300
The Advanced SL 1 Disc uses the same Advanced SL grade composite material for the frame with integrated seatpost as the SL 0, however, is finished in what we think is the slickest color scheme in the entire 2019 product line-up. The build kit features a Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 groupset with Giant’s own soon to be released PowerPro powermeter fitted as standard. Ultegra-level 140mm flat mount disc brakes round out the groupset.
Thru-axle technology and Gavia Race 0 tubeless 25c tyres are given too but with the slightly heavier SLR 1 42/65 WheelSystem used instead of the SLR 0.
Propel Advanced Pro Disc - $5,600
Making use of Giant’s Advanced grade composite for the frame, the Propel Advanced Pro Disc is finished in a fiery black and orange color scheme. Shimano’s slick shifting Ultegra R8070 Di2 groupset takes care of the going, whilst flat mount 140mm hydraulic disc brakes provide the stopping power. A carbon fiber two-piece bar and stem, adjustable composite seatpost, and Giant SLR 1 Disc Composite 42/65 wheels round out the specification.
Propel Advanced 1 Disc - $4,000
The Advanced Disc features the same Advanced grade composite frame as above, however, is finished with slightly heavier alloy components. Shifting comes courtesy of Shimano's Ultegra R8020 mechanical groupset with flat mount 140mm hydraulic disc brakes bringing the bike to a stop. The integrated two-piece bar and stem combination remains, however, the carbon stem and bars are swapped out for an aluminium version.
TCR & TCR Disc Range
Giant’s all-round road racer, the TCR is a popular choice for anyone seeking a lightweight and versatile road bike, whether for racing or weekend pedal stomping.
As is the case across the road bike industry, disc brakes continue to emerge as the stopping power of choice. For 2019, disc brakes largely replace rim brake options altogether, with six out of the nine TCR models now disc equipped. The TCR Disc range is available across three series: TCR Advanced SL Disc, TCR Advanced Pro Disc and TCR Advanced Disc.
Specifications and componentry remain largely the same for 2019, save for a splash of new paint across the range. The TCR Advanced SL Disc and TCR Advanced Pro Disc models also come equipped with Giant’s updated carbon SLR Disc 42mm WheelSystem and score Gavia Race tubeless rubber throughout the range, boosting efficiency, comfort, and control.
The range includes:
TCR Advanced SL 0 Disc – $10,000
Sitting as the flagship TCR option, the Advanced SL 0 Disc features a full Shimano 9170 Dura Ace Di2 groupset with Shimano powermeter cranks as standard, 140mm flat mount hydraulic disc brakes front and rear, Giant SLR 0 42mm WheelSystem with DT Swiss internals, and Giant Gavia AC 0 tubeless 25c tires. At the heart, the Advanced SL grade composite frame features an integrated seatpost, a RideSense integrated wireless data transmitter and is finished in a brilliant white and rainbow black (sparkling black) color scheme.
TCR Advanced SL 0 RED – $8,000
Wanting the lightest bike in Giant’s road range? This is it. The rim-brake equipped SL 0 Red features Giant’s top-tier Advanced SL grade composite frame and fork, a SRAM Red Etap groupset with a modern 52/36 front and 11-28 rear gear set-up, and Giant's SLR 0 42mm Composite DBL WheelSystem wrapped in Gavia AC 0 tubeless rubber.
TCR Advanced SL 1 Disc – $5,500
Using the same Advanced SL grade composite material for the frame with integrated seatpost as the SL 0, The Advanced SL 1 Disc is finished in the same stunning rainbow black color scheme as the Propel Disc SL 1. Specification for the SL 1 Disc is toned down from its range topping sibling, using a Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 groupset and Giant Power Pro powermeter. A slightly heavier SLR 1 Wheelsystem is used instead of the SLR 0.
TCR Advanced Pro 0 Disc – $5,000
Using Giant’s Advanced grade composite frame, the Advanced Pro 0 Disc is finished in a metallic blue color scheme with chrome highlights. The build kit features an Ultegra R8070 Di2 groupset, Giant Power Pro powermeter and Giant SLR 1 Disc Composite 42mm WheelSystem.
TCR Advanced 1 Disc – $2,400
The Advanced 1 Disc shares the same frame as the Advanced Pro but with a heavier hybrid alloy/carbon OverDrive fork. Shimano R8050 Ultegra mechanical sits in place of Di2 and braking comes courtesy of the Giant’s own semi-hydraulic Conduct SL braking system. Rolling stock is Giant's PR-2 disc wheelset with tubeless Giant Gavia AC 1 25c tires. For sure the Advanced Pro 1 Disc is a sizeable step up in price, but the value it offers in its lighter fork, full hydraulic disc brakes, carbon wheels and Di2 shifting is obvious.
Advanced 3 – $1,750
Sharing the same Advanced grade composite frame save for a hybrid alloy/carbon fork, the rim-braked TCR Advanced 3 represents great value for riders wanting a great frame that’s easily upgradeable as your riding interest and skills increase. The stock build kit features a Shimano Tiagra groupset and alloy rimmed, tubeless-ready Giant P-R2 wheelset.
Unveiled in 2018, the Liv Langma range of female-specific road bikes from Giant’s sister company has been expanded for 2019. Named after Mount Everest, the Langma is positioned as Liv’s lightweight all-rounder road bike and is used extensively by the Giant–Sunweb women's WorldTour squad. As such, the Langma range boasts some strong claims, including the lightest frame ever produced by Giant. There’s a number of new mid-range models added for the coming year in both disc and rim-braked models.
Langma Advanced Pro 0 Disc – $5,000
Making use of Giant’s second-tier Advanced composite material for the frame, the Advanced Pro 0 Disc represents the flagship disc-equipped Langma. As such it has an impressive specification list to boot, including a Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 disc brake groupset, Giant Power Pro powermeter and a lightweight Giant SLR 1 WheelSystem.
Langma Advanced Pro 1 – $3,000
As is the case with the TCR Advanced Pro 1, the Langma Advanced Pro 1 represents one of the best value mid-range traditional road bikes available on the market. Complete with a full Shimano R8000 mechanical groupset and Giant’s SLR 1 30mm deep carbon clincher wheelset, the Advanced Pro 1 is lightweight and ready for action.
Langma Advanced 1 Disc – $2,400
Sharing the same Advanced composite frame, the Advanced 1 Disc offers riders a solid frame save for a slightly heavier composite/alloy fork as the Advanced Pro series. Braking power also shifts to Giant's own Conduct SL semi-hydraulic disc brakes.
Sitting as the entry-level option in the Langma range, the Advanced 3 saves as a fantastic starting point for beginners, or those simply seeking a bike the represents fantastic value for money. Specification includes a 10-Speed Shimano Tiagra groupset, a lightweight Giant SR2 wheelset and tubeless 25c tires.
Revamped for 2019, the all-new Defy has evolved from a toned down racer to a solid high-performance endurance road bike. Featuring an all-new fork, flat mount disc brakes, tubeless ready wheels across the range and geometry tweaks to make for a more lively ride, the new Defy looks set to continue its reign as Giant’s most popular range of road bikes. Learn more about Giant’s newest bike in our [ten things to know about the 2019 Defy] article.
Defy Advanced Pro 1 – $3,600
The specification on the Advanced Pro 1 largely mirrors that of its more expensive stablemate, save for a standard mechanical shifting Ultegra groupset and slightly heavier SLR 1 30mm tubeless ready carbon clinchers. The Advanced Pro also misses out on the Power Pro powermeter, however, is sharply priced as a result.
Defy Advanced 2 – $2,000
The entry-level Defy features a value-packed build kit comprised of a Shimano R7000 105 groupset and Giant Conduct SL semi-hydraulic disc brakes. The SL D-Fuse handlebar is aluminium where the models above feature a carbon model, while the tubeless ready, alloy rimmed Giant PR 2 wheelset is shod with a heavier version of Giant’s 28c Gavia tubeless tires.
The all-rounder Contend range remains a value-packed option for entry level and recreational riders. Specification remains largely the same for 2019, with tubeless compatible wheelsets included on all SL-level bikes. Tyre width has increased, and now 28c wide tires are fitted across the entire range to provide a more comfortable and confident ride. It's otherwise much the same Contend Disc we reviewed early last year.
Contend SL 1 Disc – $1,450
Priced t under two grand, the Content SL 1 Disc features an ALUXX SL grade aluminium frame with an Advanced grade composite fork with alloy steerer. Shimano takes care of the drivetrain with a partial 105 groupset and Giant’s own Conduct SL semi-hydraulic disc brakes taking care of stopping. Giant’s PR2 Disc is the wheelset, and it comes shod with Gavia AC 2 tubeless 28c tires.
Contend SL 2 Disc – $1,200
The SL 2 Disc shares the same frame and fork combo, but features a Shimano Tiagra Groupset and Giant SR2 disc wheelset.
Contend 1 - $900
Two rim brake options remain on the entry-level Contend 1 and Contend 2 offerings, with the Contend 1 featuring the ALUXX grade aluminium frame with an Advance level composite fork with alloy steerer, Shimano Sora groupset, and Giant SR3 alloy wheels.
Contend 2 - $620
The Contend 2 is almost identical in specification to the Content 1, save for a Shimano Claris groupset. Still, it remains a strong choice if you’re seeking a bike under the one grand mark!
ToughRoad SLR GX
Released in 2018, the ToughRoad SLR GX range is Giant’s adventure/gravel bike offering and features a number of tweaks over the standard ToughRoad series to make it worthy of any rider's n+1 list. The GX range features a drop bar design on a rugged frame, there’s tire clearance for up to 50c rubber, mounting points for racks and fenders and space for a downtube mudguard. Want to know more? We’ve took a look at the 2018 version of the ToughRoad GX previously.
ToughRoad SLR GX 2 - $1,150
The SLR GX2 scores the same frame and fork, with a Shimano Sora groupset, Giant Conduct 160mm semi-hydraulic Disc brakes with Giant’s SX2 disc wheelset wrapped in Giant CrossCut AT 2 38c tubeless tires.
In the market for a new ride and don’t know where to begin? Our ultimate road bike buyers guide is a great place to start your search.