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Michael Cooper II

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Bought this bike new on December 10, 2016 from Bicycles Of Tulsa. Its my first gravel bike and the first bike I have owned made out of carbon fiber. Some of the first ride impressions are the ride quality over loose gravel and how flawless the Shimano 105 components shift. The Bike has a more upright position Compared to most Gravel bikes Ive looked at. It is a very comfortable bike. First thing I did to this bike is swap out the saddle with a Vitesse Racing Saddle. Have put 183 miles on it at this point. Plan to ride some centuries on this bike this spring when it gets a little warmer out. Overall I am very satisfied with this bike. For the price, Giant outdone themselves on this one. Still has the stock tires. Once I wear them out I will Purchase a set of Clemet Xplor MSO 36mm for it.
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Michael Cooper II

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Update 1/24/17
Last night I threw on a used set of Clement X'plor MSO 40c 60TPI tires on to check tire clearance on this bike. The fork was no problem as a 50c tire would have plenty of clearance for mud. On the back however there was a hair less than a quarter of an inch on each side of the seat stays and the chain stays. Not really a problem out here where I live as the mud ain't that bad or deep, but if I want to race an event like Land Run 100, which I plan on riding in next year, will need a little more clearance. In that case, I will get a set of 36c MSOs. Took these tires out for a 33 mile test ride today. The difference over the stock Giant P-SLX 2 32c tires was night and day. The most impressive thing about these is how well they handle loose chunky gravel. They even roll faster than my narrower stock tires do. It isn't hard to see why many people run these tires. Those stock tires are not going back on anytime soon but will keep them around for hard times.
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1eanda

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Very Nice Bike, Life is a Journey Enjoy the Ride
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Michael Cooper II

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Thank you. Will finish the review after i ride some more miles
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NoCoGreg

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From the pic, yes that does look like a very upright position.  I typically have about 2" of drop from the saddle to bars, but I come from a road racing background where 3" or more drop is typical.   But the amount of drop is going down as flexibility goes down with age.  Sounds like a great bike, enjoy!!!
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Michael Cooper II

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This bike is the most upright bike that i have ever owned. I also have a 2015 Giant defy 3 endurance road bike. It is more upright than a typical road bike but less than the Anyroad. The Anyroad is very stable on loose chunky gravel. My dad owns a Giant TCX Advanced pro 2. You can find his review of the TCX on here Written by Okie Outdoorsman. 2 very different bikes. the TCX is more twitchy on loose gravel and has more of a race geometry. This is by far the best bike I have ever owned. thank you NoCoGreg 
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Michael Cooper II

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Update 2/20/2017
  
     Rode my first Century on this bike Saturday 2/18. 6th overall century to date. Rode mostly pavement with a few gravel roads thrown in. There were several rough paved roads that I was glad i had my Anyroad Comax. The 40c MSO"s handle everything I have thrown at them. This bike mutes out most bumps in the road and glides over loose chunky gravel. The Shimano 105 5800 drivetrain still performs flawlessly, very precise shifting in both front and back Deraileurs. Took the bike out for its first wet gravel run today. No complaints just a little bit slower. Climbed a cat 4 climb on the Century ride Saturday .8 miles 268 feet 6% avg grade. this bike climbs like a beast. Have hit 30mph on loose gravel. The bike is very stable at high speeds. I have put 523.3 miles on this bike so far. It has become my main bike these last couple of months. Still have yet to find any flaws other than tire clearance. If anyone has any questions ill answer them to the best of my knowledge. 
Here is a link to my dads blog. There is several pictures of the bike and some good writing.

http://okieoutdoors.blogspot.com/

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About A year bump for the thread.I did not check first to see if you are still active here.

But thanks Michael for the feedback and review on the Anyroad.

I have always like Giants bike and carbon bikes.I have A 2003 TCR XL that is still going strong.I just had to put on A shorter stem as I got older and rode less miles.

Want to test ride this and their Defy model.I have A short bike inseam for my height and the short ST should fit me good.

What size frame do you Ride ?That is a lot of stack for the reach size.Giant website says COMPOSITE ALL-ROUNDER and that sounds about right.I got interested in the Defy and the Anyroad as some of the 2017 Giants are being discounted around this time of year at some LBS.


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The Shimano 105 5800 drivetrain still performs flawlessly, very precise shifting in both front and back Derailleurs



Agree.My favorite groupset so far or best bang for the buck group.



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kavudan

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Funny this topic just got bumped. Today I picked up a 2016 anyroad comax as my first gravel bike (650 off Craigslist...could not pass it up).

I'm 5'8 (on a good day) with about a 29 inseam and was surprised that the small actually fit perfectly. It is a pretty upright bike overall, but I'm not planning to race it...nevertheless it feels quick.

Hoping to replace the stock tires with something wider. Is the consensus that 40mm will work on the comax? What is a good all-around tire for gravel trails?
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Michael Cooper II

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Been a while since I've been on here. I normally use a med large frame when it comes to Giand but the anyroad comax only came in medium and large frame sizes so I went with the large with a shorter stem. has been the best bike I have ever owned. Kavudan Clement xplor mso 40c tires are the best I've found for gravel on this bike. Just be careful as this combo does not have a lot of clearance on the back of the bike. If you feel like just a road ride a set of 28c gatorskins work great I have a set for special occasions like organized rides. I also own a 2015 Giant Defy 3 love my road bike. If there is anything else I can help you guys with just let me know.
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