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Magnum Rotae

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Saw a reddit comment indicating a new Defy carbon frame which will allow for wider tires (likely in the 32 - 34 mm range) and a new D-Fuse compliant handlebar.

AND, an all-new Giant Gravel Bike, likely similar in some respects to Checkpoint specs.

Confirmation will likely be provided via press release in the next week or two.




A teaser in this Instagram photo by @giantbicycles:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkDbUG-AaSf/?utm_source=ig_web_share

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More info here:

http://road.cc/content/tech-news/243241-giant-bicycles-reveal-prototype-carbon-gravel-bike

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I found another photo of aforementioned gravel bike prototype from Giant [wink]

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Nice! What's the source of that photo?

They need to stop teasing and release details already.. !
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Maan tell me about it...I'm really excited for it. I hope they nail color schemes. Wouldn't be mad at all black with white decals though šŸ˜‰

I found the photo on facebook. Typed "giant gravel bike prototype" in search bar, it's from some "LtD Gravel Raid" event. 
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No details yet so I'm curious. I have a 2018 TCX SX and I absolutely love it! This bike and my TCX look very similar, the head tube/top tube junction looks different and beefier on the new bike. 

There's only 1 box the TCX didn't check for me and that's a double up front. BUT is has the hardware for a front mech and has a chain catcher instead. So an upgrade in the future is possible.  My bike is Sram Apex 1x11  42-11x42. came with a 40t but went up to 42t. Full carbon, D fuse post and Sram hydro discs, 40c maxxis ramblers. Really comfortable. So really curious as to how this compares or is different than the TCX. 
Longer/shorter chainstays perhaps? Taller head tube? Lower BB? They mention the drive side stay is dropped. 
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There go those darned Lycra bikers tearing up our trails and streams, when there is a perfectly fine bridge behind him.

LOL!!!  [crazy]

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I found another photo of aforementioned gravel bike prototype from Giant [wink]

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Found some more pictures from Dirty Kanza 

EDIT: Also found a comment of Giant worker on instagram suggesting that the bike comes in fact in "stealthy black" colorway. 

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Hopefully it'll also come in other color schemes besides 'stealth black'. An aluminum option would be intriguing as well.
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I really hope they offer a frameset. I have a TCR and love it. I really enjoy my Niner, but Iā€™d love to get a carbon Giant frame. I think they make some great carbon bikes.
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Not sure what this price is on this bike but why not like A Raleigh Roker Comp even though they dropped the line?


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I just picked up a new Toughroad GX and love it..... but now they are releasing this. Oh well. Still having fun on the TR.
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Details on the 2019 Giant Defy:

https://www.bikeradar.com/us/road/news/article/giant-defy-2019-52742/

Giant's Defy endurance machine gains Propel-like integration to the cockpit, increased comfort, plus mounts for guards, and even a power meter on range-topping bikes.

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New Revolt:

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/bikes-revolt-advanced-2019

Was supposed to be on embargo till next month.. Price on the Adv 0 is amazing.
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Nice! At those price points and specs, I'd rate the Revolt above the Checkpoint, though a test ride would be required prior to rendering any decision, of course.
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I like it more than the Checkpoint as well from a value perspective.  Giant also tends to do a good job with their carbon layups.  It looks like a really solid option, all things considered.  

http://off.road.cc/content/news/new-giant-revolt-advanced-carbon-adventure-race-bike-gets-gravel-specific-geometry-2787
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