Giant Anyroad Making Its North American Debut, this Fall

Anyroad_1_black

Last year while Tyler was visiting Taiwan, he spotted a peculiar Giant road bike with disc brakes and big tires. Called the Giant Anyroad, it was based on an upright geometry road bike with loads of tire clearance that seemed like it would be perfect for dirt, gravel, well, any road really (hence the name). There was only one problem, the Anyroad was not available in the US.

Now, 6 months and a lot of positive comments on our original article later, Giant has confirmed that there will be select models of the Anyroad coming to North America this fall.

Anyroad Intended Use Giant

While not a road bike, and not a cross bike, the Anyroad sits somewhere directly between Adventure/travel and commuting according to Giant. The bikes Tyler saw in Taiwan did have a few braze ons to add racks, but the type where you have to use a monostay at the brake arch. We’ll see what comes to production in the US. One interesting spec – both bikes will ship with 700×32 tires.

Anyroad_2_grey

Rumored to be only arriving on our shores in two models, specification will be limited to a 10 speed Shimano Tiagra model, and lower end 9 speed Shimano Sora bike, both with Avid disc brakes – BB7s and BB5s respectively. As Tyler originally pointed out, the beautifully swoopy frames may look carbon-esque, but they are Giant’s Aluxx aluminum with a carbon fork w/alloy steerer. Also, the hidden seatpost bolt and integrated seat clamp look to carry through, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see a threaded BB on these bikes as well.

Giant Anyroad Geometry

Anyroads will be offered in 6 sizes – XS, S, M, ML, L, XL. Final pricing and availability is still to be determined, but expect us to bring you more later this summer!

 

 

Comments

Steve@Tern - 05/20/13 - 10:39am

Fantastic-looking bike – but it doesn’t feature on Giant’s UK/Ireland site either. I can see it going down a storm over here if Giant actually get their act together on this one

mateo - 05/20/13 - 10:49am

Great looking bikes. These should fit the needs of a pretty big part of the market I think. Hopefully the shop snobs get on board and recreational riders aren’t too scared off by the drop bars.

Meshkat - 05/20/13 - 10:55am

“…the beautifully swoopy frames…” wow beauty is in the eye of the beholder I guess because the first thing I thought when I saw the picture was how ugly that frame is.

Wojtek G - 05/20/13 - 11:27am

I love the idea.

John - 05/20/13 - 11:28am

Beautiful and interesting bikes!!!

vectorbug - 05/20/13 - 11:48am

Just in time for some great summer gravel grinder fondos.

murpes - 05/20/13 - 11:52am

I like the concept, but I’m not a fan of internal cabling routing on a bike like this, as they can make roadside repairs problematic. Unless they’re thinking owners of this bike will be the take-it-to-the-shop-for-everything kind of riders, but not really how I picture adventure/traveler bikers.

Wojtek G - 05/20/13 - 11:54am

@murpes How often do you actually need to repair cables far from home?

L - 05/20/13 - 12:34pm

Agreed with Meshkat and Wojtek.

HOrrid looking but the idea is great.

pmurf - 05/20/13 - 12:43pm

I think when evaluating the aesthetics of the frameset you have to keep in mind the target market. Someone potentially new, or getting back in, to cycling may not be at all keen to the subtle detail and beauty of more traditional frames. The unique look may signal progressiveness and differentiation to a customer choosing a commuter/adventure bike in a saturated market.

Calvin - 05/20/13 - 12:46pm

Kinda like a Salsa Fargo only not as versatile.

Slow Joe Crow - 05/20/13 - 1:07pm

To me the curved line of the top tube/seat stay looks a lot like a 29er hardtail which makes some sense to me since this is targeted at gravel road and light trail use. Of course this does leave me expecting widely flared dirt drop bars instead of standard road drops.

Tyler Benedict - 05/20/13 - 1:57pm

It’s worth noting that Giant has typically been a bit cautious with new models, introducing mid-spec’d alloy versions to test the waters, then bringing in the higher end goodies. We’d guess they’ll play it the same way on this one, and it’d be easy enough to upgrade these or throw some Woodchipper bars on them!

Pedals - 05/20/13 - 2:31pm

@Calvin

Fargo or the Warbird or the Kona Rove (which is like the Warbird).

Chad - 05/20/13 - 2:56pm

Strange shape….looks like some sort of dinosaur. I like it…no I don’t….yes I do…no, I’m not sure. Probably wouldn’t buy it…or maybe I would. Too strange to determine.

murpes - 05/20/13 - 3:03pm

@Wojtek G It’s happened enough that it’s something to consider when assessing a new frame. I do endurance riding and randonneuring, which I guess is in the “adventure / travel” part of the matrix. Probably not the intended purpose, but I’m always on the lookout.

Meshkat - 05/20/13 - 3:15pm

On the plus side with a headtube that tall pretty much everyone will be slamming their stem.

Baz - 05/20/13 - 3:20pm

HORRIBLE

nathan - 05/20/13 - 4:26pm

Lets take a Trek Crossrip, make the frame look like a bad hybrid, and release it a year later. Marketing win.

Woof - 05/20/13 - 5:12pm

Awesome ! It’s about time we had a decent road bike, with discs, that IS NOT a racer-boy roadie bike !

Eric NM - 05/20/13 - 6:05pm

Just my $0.02, but my first impression when I saw the picture of the Anyroad was that it reminded me of a Santa Cruz Nomad, but with drop bars.

Anybody else get that design vibe, or have I had waaaaay too much caffeine this afternoon? ; )

BBB - 05/20/13 - 7:53pm

It’s certainly a move in the right direction but…

…what many people are actually asking for is not necessarily upright hybrids with added drop bars but simply lightweight, lively, slightly relaxed road bikes with clearance for wider tyres so one could get the weight, handling and performance of a typical road bike but with added versatility of wide rubber e.g for fast long distance commuting on bad roads, gravel racing etc…

Give me a Spesh Roubaix that takes 38mm tyres and I’ll be very happy.

P.S. Crossrip looks so much better.

Adam2 - 05/20/13 - 8:16pm

So ugly I actually barfed in my mouth. Hopefully it rides better than it looks.

David1 - 05/21/13 - 12:10am

Hopefully that does not come to Australia as I will have to gough out my eyes to stop me from looking at something sooooo UGLY………….

andyb - 05/21/13 - 7:21am

def looks like a mtn bk w/ drop bars

King County - 05/21/13 - 10:00am

I don’t like the severely sloping top tube. Other than that, the bike is cool. Due to that asthetic, I would pick a different bike in this category. There are others that do the same thing.

Mindless - 05/21/13 - 6:48pm

Needs 15mm front and 142×12 rear.

Dondon - 05/22/13 - 12:14pm

This report is not accurate. There are no braze-ons for racks. There is no place for a front nor rear rack on this puppy. You’d have to use a seatpost rack. Big, bad oversight in my opinion. You want to tour? Find another. I live in Taiwan and have seen alot these around.

Jason - 05/22/13 - 2:47pm

I like the Team Giant colors of the Asian model.

MaLóL - 05/22/13 - 3:40pm

ugly bike. this is a 29er mtb with drop bars. thank you giant. i think it’s a nice product for people who can’t recognise a 29er with slicks and drop bars. thanks in their name.

Kurosan - 05/22/13 - 11:59pm

@BBB – Exactly so, but at least the industry is moving in that direction. It wasn’t so long ago that it was a road bike or a CX bike, and no in between. I for one welcome our new adventure/gravel overlords.

Ventruck - 05/23/13 - 7:20pm

While testing local markets was strategically smart. I think Giant was too cautious in releasing this in the US. I didn’t see any risk is in releasing this from the get go in the USA. There are so many freds and it also makes an awesome commuting idea period. The opportunity to set a trend and beat everyone to this niche was (I guess still is) there. It’s very practical.

I myself would want one to just abuse, take it on sweet jumps (liek, 3ft of air).

steve - 05/23/13 - 11:51pm

A bike for just my style of riding…..but that thing is butt ugly.

Darwin - 05/27/13 - 10:34am

I’d like one but want a higher level group like Ultegra.

tdeo gomez - 05/29/13 - 12:14pm

giant is arriving too late to the party, this bike already exists in many variations, they probably manufacture them

specialized tricross, salsa vaya, various soma and surly models, etc.

a bike like this needs rack mounts front and rear,,, more options are always better

DDD - 06/02/13 - 1:59am

This article would have valid points, if it was written a decade ago.

MarkyMark - 08/04/13 - 12:03pm

Cool looking bike! Somewhere between a MTN bike and a road bike, this bike is catching my eye. What’s wrong with getting away from straight tubes? I bet it has greater strength with the one piece head to tail bar. And it’s modern looking! Hooray! Disc brakes, bigger tires, did I say Cool? I’ll be going to look at it.

verofuoco - 04/01/14 - 9:58am

I took both the Cannondale Bad Boy (sweet ride) and Anyroad out for a spin in Shanghai, the Bad Boy took me for a geezoir (French geezer), live in an area with varied road conditions so although would like the Bad Boy, it is the Anyroad that is more practical at this stage and want to do some backroads in the countryside, those roads can be littered with all sorts of stuff that is looking for a tyre to puncture, there is also 30% fine to pay for Cannondale in China above the USA price, however will get one on my return to the USA. I am not into MTSL (Me Too School of Lemmings) so either way it has to be one of these babies.The minister of finance (the wife) has authorized the budget so tomorrow it is down to the Giant shop and order me an Anyroad. Happy riding!

Larry - 04/05/14 - 7:13pm

I test rode a 2014 Anyroad and a 2013 TriCross today.

I was on both chat road and sidewalk. The Anyroad beat the Tricross big time in smoothness and responsiveness.

The Tricross was on closeout and $200 cheaper but I’m going to order the Anyroad 1 as soon as funds are available.

I’ll likely have to fab some mounts to fit my existing tail-rack but it will be worth it.

Don’t knock it because it looks different. Ride it and then comment.

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