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Contend - The Ideal Winter Road Bike?

31 October 2017

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Having a dedicated winter road bike is becoming more and more popular, and it’s not hard to see why – we all love an excuse to buy another bike! Away from the N+1 rule, there are actually plenty of reasons why it makes perfect sense to have a dedicated winter machine. So why is the Contend perfect for your winter road bike? Let’s have a look… 1) Tough, Durable Aluminium ...

Having a dedicated winter road bike is becoming more and more popular, and it’s not hard to see why – we all love an excuse to buy another bike! Away from the N+1 rule, there are actually plenty of reasons why it makes perfect sense to have a dedicated winter machine.

So why is the Contend perfect for your winter road bike? Let’s have a look…

1) Tough, Durable Aluminium frame

The reason why you’re looking at a winter bike is probably because you want to extend the life of your expensive carbon bike! Aluminium is the best of both worlds – it’s cheaper than carbon, yet its hard wearing and can withstand the corrosive elements that are kicked up from the road. The Contend range starts from £575, which comes with a carbon fork and a Shimano Claris group set.

2) Plenty of tyre clearance

Another big factor in your winter bike choice is what tyres you can run – wider tyres help to provide better traction, reduce the likelihood of punctures and soften out the road to provide a smoother ride. The Contend can comfortably accommodate 28mm tyres, and most 32mm tyres can be squeezed on (although we would advise to check as some tyres can be wider than advertised!) which gives a wide range of options when deciding on the right set of winter tyres. Having less punctures means you spend less time on the side of the road with freezing cold hands trying to replace a tube and more time riding!

3) Disc or Rim brake option

Having disc brakes on road bikes can still be a divisive subject, however it does make sense to have more stopping power on wet and slippery roads. Disc brakes are also less likely to get gunked up so it provides a more reliable reduction in speed whatever the conditions.

We do however understand that some people aren’t a fan of disc brakes, or you might already have a winter set of wheels designed for rim brakes, so we’ve made sure there’s the option to have either rim or disc brakes on your Contend.

4) Mudguard mounts

Any winter bike worth its salt (see what we did there…) has to have the ability to take mudguards. Not only do they protect the more fragile and expensive componentry on the bike from water, grit and everything else, they keep your fellow riders from getting spray in the face – important if you want to keep friends over the winter! We have dedicated Contend mudguards, available to purchase through our webshop

Have we missed anything? Let us know what your perfect winter bike includes! Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @GiantUK.

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