BikeRadar recently reviewed the 2018 Contend SL road bike, calling it “an impressive all-rounder that hits the heights” and giving it a near-perfect ranking of 4.5 (out of 5) stars.
BikeRadar tester Simon Withers details the features and technologies, including the lightweight aluminum frame, made from ALUXX SL material, and some component highlights including the Giant rims and tires.
“It climbs steadily and descends pretty decently too, and I appreciated the slick Giant P-SL1 tires, with the softer, grippier front and harder-wearing rear,” he wrote. “They’re nominally 25mm but measure closer to 27mm on the widish Giant PR2 rims.”
Withers also appreciated the handling and versatility of the Contend SL, writing: “Handling from the Contend’s OverDrive steerer is perfectly controlled, and the bike is pretty much ideal if you’re looking for a single machine to cover virtually every base when it comes to road riding.”
Summing it up, BikeRadar offered this verdict: “Another fine Giant all-round road bike at an attractive price.”
For more, check out the full review at BikeRadar.com.
And to learn all about the full 2018 range of Contend road bikes, click here.