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Compact Road Design

Compact Road Design is a race-proven innovation that has won grand tours, world championships and countless weeknight crits but is still perfect for the everyday rider.

For 2011, Giant is proud to carry on the tradition of Compact Road Design. True to the original design goals of creating lighter, stiffer and more responsive bikes, these, we're sure you'll agree, are the fastest yet.

THERE ARE THREE QUALITIES OF COMPACT ROAD DESIGN THAT EVERY RIDER CAN APPRECIATE:

1. By effectively sloping the toptube downward toward the seatstays, Giant is able to reduce the overall size of the front and rear frame triangles, resulting in the now-distinctive compact layout. Functionally, the compact configuration reduces weight and increases lateral rigidity. As a result, the frame accelerates faster thanks to less energy loss through unwanted flex.

2. Stiffer is more efficient, but it doesn't always offer the most comfortable ride. To address this, Giant engineers are careful to incorporate just the right amount of vertical compliance (a good thing) into each Compact Road Design for increased forgiveness and control.

3. A full range of sizes (up to seven in some series) ensures that riders of every size can find their ideal fit.

COMPACT ROAD SIZING

CONVENTIONAL FRAME SIZING (CM) RIDER HEIGHT COMPACT ROAD FRAME SIZE SEATTUBE / TOPTUBE LENGTH (CM)
49-51 5'2" - 5'4" XS 42/52
51-54 5'4" - 5'7" S 44/53.5
55-57 5'7" - 5'10" M 50/55.5
57-59 5'10" - 6'0" M/L 53.5/57
58-60 6'0" - 6'3" L 55.5/58.5
61-63 6'3" - 6'6" XL 58.5/61

GIANT FOR WOMEN COMPACT ROAD SIZING

CONVENTIONAL FRAME SIZING (CM) RIDER HEIGHT COMPACT ROAD FRAME SIZE SEATTUBE / TOPTUBE LENGTH (CM)
47 5'0" - 5'2" 2XS 41/51
49-51 5'2" - 5'4" XS 42/52
51-54 5'4" - 5'6" S 44/53.5
55-57 5'6" - 5'8" M 50/55.5
57-59 5'7" - 5'10" L 53.5 / 56.5