The April issue of Adventure Cyclist features a new review of the ToughRoad SLR from veteran cycling journalist Patrick O’Grady. Testing the flat-bar adventure bike on some challenging terrain in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico, O’Grady found many of the modern design features and technologies of the ToughRoad SLR to his liking—despite some admitted biases he held going into the review.
“And y’know what,” O’Grady wrote. “My biases and I both survived to tell the tale: you too can find adventure on the ToughRoad. Even a rigid old roadie like me has to tip his salt-stained Red Zinger cap to the ToughRoad SLR 1, which should serve quite nicely for a more flexible customer eager to sample light touring, gravel roads, or even an occasional singletrack scamper.”
O’Grady had good things to say about the smooth ride delivered by the ALUXX SLR aluminum frame and its composite fork and D-Fuse composite seatpost, writing: “If you equate aluminum with a harsh ride, you’ll wonder who sold you that particular bill of goods after a spin on the ToughRoad” he wrote. “Its carbon bits (the fork and a flexy D-shaped seatpost), coupled with Giant’s CrossCut Gravel 2 tubeless tires, work together as advertised to smooth the path as it unfolds before you.”
The performance of the tubeless WheelSystem and tires in the thorny desert terrain left O’Grady particularly impressed. “The CrossCut Gravel 2 tires rolled well on asphalt and hardpack and found plenty of purchase in sandy corners at the minimum recommended tire pressure of 35 PSI. After one trail ride, I noticed a goathead thorn snuggled between two lugs. I pulled it out, a small bubble of sealant followed, and that was that. Tubeless tires: 1. Thorns: 0.”
To read the full review, pick up a copy of the April Adventure Cyclist, or visit the Adventure Cycling website to view a digital version of the magazine.
And to learn more about the ToughRoad SLR, click here.