On Test: Giant Propel Advanced 2

Giant first entered the aero road bike game in 2013 with the launch of their Propel Advanced SL. Tests showed that, at 40 kph, the Propel Advanced SL saves 12-36 seconds over 40 kilometres. Third-party wind-tunnel tests showed that the Propel Advanced SL is more aerodynamic from every yaw angle tested when compared to other leading aero road bikes.
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Other than the lack of an integrated seatpost, the fundamentals of the Advanced 2 are the same as the SL: the frame geometry is identical and they share aero profiled tubes, oversized head tube and bearings, hidden brakes and profiled bars. For the ladies, looking for an aero road bike, Giant has added an Envie Advanced to their Liv range.

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There is no excess on the frame with lots of attention to detail and, in keeping with the aero nature of the frame, everything is neatly tucked away behind or under a sculptured tube. The only oddity seems to be the loop the rear derailleur outer makes from the handlebar to where it disappears into the top tube behind the steerer tube. In terms of aero gain that's the place to do it as it's already in "dirty" air, but I'll try to see if I can get it a bit less unsightly.

Powering the Advanced 2 is Shimano's excellent 11-speed 105 groupset. Except for the KMC chain and Sapim spokes, the rest of the kit all comes from Giant's own range of gear. On first inspection nothing looks or feels out of place.


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I will be riding the Prop Advanced 2 over the next couple of months and will report back on it's ride, specifically on-road feel. It has already passed the looks test with flying colours.

RRP: R 27,495.00
Weight: 8.42kg (Actual weight including 2 bottle cages and pedals)

Specification



  • SizesXS, S, M, ML, L, XL

  • ColoursComp (Matte/Gloss), Blue (Matte/Gloss)

  • FrameAdvanced-Grade Composite

  • ForkAdvanced-Grade Composite, Hybrid OverDrive Steerer

  • HandlebarGiant Connect

  • StemGiant Connect, ±8-degree rise

  • SeatpostGiant Vector Composite

  • SaddleGiant Performance Men's, Manganese rails

  • ShiftersShimano 105, 11-speed

  • Front DerailleurShimano 105, 11-speed

  • Rear DerailleurShimano 105, 11-speed

  • BrakesGiant SpeedControl SL

  • Brake LeversShimano 105

  • CassetteShimano 105 11-28, 11s

  • ChainKMC X11L

  • CranksetShimano RS500, 34/50

  • Bottom BracketShimano, Press Fit

  • RimsGiant P-A2

  • HubsGiant Performance Tracker Road, Sealed Bearing

  • SpokesSapim Race

  • TyresGiant P-R3, Flat Guard, front and rear specific, 700x23








31 Comments

Mongoose!, Jun 01 2015 03:10

Great value at this price.

Odinson, Jun 01 2015 03:11

I guess that time gain will probably be negated when you slap on two bottle cages and bottles?

Mongoose!, Jun 01 2015 03:12

Weight as in stock standard?

rock, Jun 01 2015 03:25

first thing to do would be for the LBS to fit a matching 105 crank......poor move by Giant there.

Steven Knoetze (sk27), Jun 01 2015 03:35

It would look much better with the ISP. It's the only bit that looks "out" to me.

Otherwise a stunning bike.

leaboy, Jun 01 2015 03:56

surprised the entire Propel range didn't come with Ultegra groupset

Slowbee, Jun 01 2015 04:22

as i said on the awesome thread, there is a bloke on somerset west who has a white one. Flip it looks the job !!! Should anybody ever donate one to me I might have to go for a PB on the thing

BeegMig, Jun 01 2015 04:31

Would like to see what a XL looks like.

Some bikes look good as S or M but looses it's hot-ness when it grows.

EugeneS, Jun 01 2015 06:43

I guess that time gain will probably be negated when you slap on two bottle cages and bottles?

Not necessarily, plenty of aero bottles and cages available.

Capricorn, Jun 01 2015 09:02

that rear tyre looks like it spent a lot of time on an IDT...

Kemp, if you 'testing' in my hood, let me know. keen to get a feel for that bit of farmgate hotness.

 

and throw that hottie on the scale please!

Zatek, Jun 01 2015 09:08

I have a Venge but there is just something about the propel.

I would also love to have a test ride on 1.

rvdm1, Jun 01 2015 09:28

"Tests showed that, at 40 kph, the Propel Advanced SL saves 12-36 seconds over 40 kilometres." - Is it just me or does this not make sense at all? At 40 kph even the heaviest, bulkiest bike you can find will still do 40km in one hour. If they said at 40kph it saves a certain amount of energy over 40km i.e. less work done by drag, that would make sense.

 

Either way, I must agree, it is a good looking bike.

lone one, Jun 01 2015 09:45

got the propel advanced sl with the isp - what a bike!! love it looks stunning too

Cptmayhem, Jun 01 2015 09:49

"Tests showed that, at 40 kph, the Propel Advanced SL saves 12-36 seconds over 40 kilometres." - Is it just me or does this not make sense at all? At 40 kph even the heaviest, bulkiest bike you can find will still do 40km in one hour. If they said at 40kph it saves a certain amount of energy over 40km i.e. less work done by drag, that would make sense.

 

Either way, I must agree, it is a good looking bike.

yeah, it should be saying that at X watts, the Propel saved 12-36 seconds over 40km.... 

Iwan Kemp, Jun 02 2015 09:34

that rear tyre looks like it spent a lot of time on an IDT...

Kemp, if you 'testing' in my hood, let me know. keen to get a feel for that bit of farmgate hotness.

 

and throw that hottie on the scale please!

 

Will do and will do. 

Mongoose!, Jun 02 2015 10:37

I really like this bike!!!!!!

domane, Jun 02 2015 10:44

I won't go and buy another bike, been riding it for about 7 months now.
The Giant Propel Pro with Di2 Ultegra.

hellocolour, Jun 02 2015 10:53

The crank set is a weird choice for sure. You don't want to have to swap out something straight away when you buy a new bike because it is a bit average. 

 

I'm really keen to know how this rides on a day to day basis. The Scott Foil has suffered badly from being as stiff as Ron Jeremy in a Viagra factory and as a result all but shakes the fillings from your teeth on anything but the smoothest of surfaces. 

 

Got my eye one of these for later in the year despite JOC advising to go the TCR route. 

Mongoose!, Jun 02 2015 03:05

Currently riding a TCR frame (2015) my fourth carbon TCR frame since 2005 I think. Giant makes me think of a Toyota. Not that "wow" like the more exotic brands, but BIG bang for the money.

mikeonthetown, Jun 02 2015 03:53

"Tests showed that, at 40 kph, the Propel Advanced SL saves 12-36 seconds over 40 kilometres." - Is it just me or does this not make sense at all? At 40 kph even the heaviest, bulkiest bike you can find will still do 40km in one hour. If they said at 40kph it saves a certain amount of energy over 40km i.e. less work done by drag, that would make sense.

 

Either way, I must agree, it is a good looking bike.

 

Its the standard that bikes are rated at so that their is a consistent benchmark.

Riamich, Jun 04 2015 10:29

Been riding this one for 3 months awesome bike

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AlphaKilo, Jun 04 2015 08:21

So, I've been mountain biking for a while now, and am thinking of also doing road. So have been perving the 2015 TCR Advanced 2.

Given the not-so-massive price differential between the TCR Advanced 2 and the Propel Advanced 2, does it make sense to consider the Propel as a 'beginner' roadie?

Thanks in advance!

Riamich, Jun 04 2015 10:14

Propel a bit of an aggressive set up bike compared to tcr iMO go for the adv0 comes with ultegra DI2

Iwan Kemp, Jun 05 2015 03:33

So, I've been mountain biking for a while now, and am thinking of also doing road. So have been perving the 2015 TCR Advanced 2.

Given the not-so-massive price differential between the TCR Advanced 2 and the Propel Advanced 2, does it make sense to consider the Propel as a 'beginner' roadie?

Thanks in advance!

Both are quite high up the "beginner" ladder. May be worth your while trying something more "beginner" just to make sure it's for you. Then go for a carbon beaut like this. That, on the financial side of things.

 

In terms of bike, go for the one your heart wants. Unless you're a regular roadie who knows exactly what you want, what will suit you best and fit best to your type of rising it will be difficult to make a good recommendation. Havne't done too many k's, but in my experience the Propel's ride is not harsh compared to the TCR and both have "racing" geometries. 

 

 

Propel a bit of an aggressive set up bike compared to tcr iMO go for the adv0 comes with ultegra DI2

Not really. Much of a muchness in terms of geometry.

AlphaKilo, Jun 06 2015 12:27

Thanks Iwan. Sound advice. [emoji106]