While touring Taiwan’s various bicycle industry partners, we spotted the Giant Anyroad, a gorgeous dirt road bike that’s being tested in Asian markets.
At first glance, it looks carbon fiber but is actually a wickedly smooth hydroformed alloy frame with only a few visible welds. The bike is a 2013 model and might (hopefully!) make it into broader worldwide distribution if there’s demand. Check the pics and details after the break, then leave a comment if you want it…they’re listening!
The hydroformed seat tube and mast flows upward from the top tube with absolutely no visible welds. The top and downtube are curved and shaped, boxing off much like their performance road and mountain bikes, suggesting it’s plenty stiff where it needs to be for solid handling but likely offers a bit of comfort on rough roads.
Note the hidden seatpost bolt and lack of collar…very clean!
Lots of rear tire clearance between both sets of stays.
Frame is Giant’s ALUXX and has a carbon fiber fork. Claimed weight for this model is 10.2kg (22.48lbs) built up with Tiagra drivetrain, Tektro mechanical brake calipers, alloy Giant stem and handlebar, carbon seatpost and Velo saddle. No doubt this thing could get built up a good bit lighter.
Plenty of clearance at the fork crown, too. If we had to guess, this also foreshadows a disc brake cyclocross bike. Giant’s reps have told us before they’re not getting asked for it, but it’ll have to come eventually.
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