Giant Toughroad SLR/SLR 1 (for 2022!) [+/- $1,000] – Short Review

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Giant Toughroad SLR/SLR 1 (for 2022!) [+/- $1,000] – Short Review
Touring Capabilities
Value for Money
Versatile bike for touring and commuting
Great value for money
Not the best components
Low grade aluminum
Giant Toughroad SLR 2021 Review

Giant Toughroad SLR 1 VS Toughroad SLR 2 – Tire clearance, weight, wheel size, specs, geometry

Tourer or Bikepacker? A Giant Toughroad Review

From the Taiwanese colossus Giant, here’s a 700cc gravel that looks well fit for touring. Equipped with wide tires, Shimano Tiagra drivetrain, and low gearing it seems a good match if you want something that could handle off-road stretches easily. It comes with Extras X-Defender Front and Rear Rack and it’s available in four different sizes.

The specimens listed in he various linked websites are slightly different, double check before purchasing. The hydraulic disk brakes may be a downside for touring, since they are proven unreliable, would be batter to swap them for mechanichal ones.

The Giant Toughroad SLR 1 great lightweight gravel well equipped for multi-day adventures

  • Weight: 25.5 lbs / 11.5 kg
  • Max Tire Clearance: 29 x 2.20″

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Giant TOUGHROAD SLR review
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Giant ToughRoad SLR 1 VS ToughRoad SLR 2

For 2022 Giant keeps the distinction of ToughRoad SLR 1 and ToughRoad SLR 2 bsed just on the component built.

The frame is exactly the same strong aluminium frame we have seen in this popular Giant touring bike for the last few years – while the upgraded aluminum does its job and looks tough as the name states.

Toughroad SLR 1 Toughroad SLR 12
Wheel Size29″ / 700c29″ / 700c
Wheel MaterialAluminiumAluminium
Brake TypeHydraulic DiscHydraulic Disc
GroupsetDeoreAlivio, Acera
Drivetrain2 × 102 × 9

Toughroad SLR 1 Toughroad SLR 2
Rear DerailleurShimano DeoreShimano Alivio
Front DerailleurShimano DeoreShimano Acera
CrankProWheel RPP 521P, 32/44 with chainguard S:170mm, M:170mm, L:175mm, XL:175mmProWheel forged alloy, 28/44 with chainguard S:170mm, M:170mm, L:175mm, XL:175mm
ShiftersShimano Deore, 2×10Shimano Altus, 2×9
CassetteShimano CS-M4100, 11×42Shimano CS-HG201, 11×36
ChainKMC X10 with Missing LinkKMC X9 with Missing Link
BrakesShimano BL-MT200 hydraulic, [F]160mm, [R]160mm rotorsShimano BL-MT200 hydraulic, [F]160mm, [R]160mm rotors
Brake LeversShimano BL-MT200Shimano BL-MT200

Giant Toughroad SLR 2 2022 – Specifications

FrameALUXX SLR-Grade Aluminum, disc
ForkAdvanced-Grade Composite, alloy OverDrive steerer, disc
HandlebarGiant Contact XC, 31.8
StemGiant Contact, 8-degree
SeatpostGiant D-Fuse, composite
SaddleGiant Contact Comfort (neutral)
ShiftersShimano Deore
Front DerailleurShimano Deore
Rear DerailleurShimano Deore
BrakesShimano BL-MT400, hydraulic disc
Brake LeversShimano BR-MT400, hydraulic disc
CassetteShimano HG500, 11×42
ChainKMC X10 with Missing Link
CranksetFSA V-Drive, 32/44 with chainguard
Bottom BracketFSA MegaExo
RimsGiant S-X2 wheelset
HubsGiant S-X2 wheelset
SpokesGiant S-X2 wheelset
TiresGiant Sycamore S, 700×50, FlatGuard Deflect 2
ExtrasX-Defender protection, front and rear rack
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FAQs About Giant Toughroad SLR

How much does a Giant ToughRoad weight?

A full built Giant Toughroad SLR 1 or SLR 2 in 2022 weights 25.5 lbs / 11.5 kg for the size M

What size of tire can I fit in a Giant Toughroad

The Giant Toughroad maximum tire clearance is 29 x 2.20″

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