Giant is one of the world’s largest bike manufacturers; the Contend is a safe bet for riders wanting to access the cycling world and looking for a brand they feel they can trust. Thanks to Giant’s design background and alu expertise, the Contend’s butted ALUXX frame is well proportioned – with clean lines, thanks to internal cable routing, double pass welds, a high-gloss paint job and comfortable geometry.
You get a slightly more upright position, while the shorter stays ensure the bike handles nimbly enough without being unpredictable. A nice touch is the neat seatpost clamp and rubber seal, mated to a composite seatpost to help smooth out the ride.
A full Shimano Tiagra set-up with 11/32 to 34/50 gearing ensures you can put in all the big miles you like. Giant’s in-house manufactured wheelset and tyres, with Tektro brakes, provide the finishing touches to a reliable and hassle-free build that will see you through many an endurance ride or sporting event.
Spec highlights: ALUXX framset, Giant D-Fuse composite seatpost, composite fork.
Bottom line: Giant’s Contend is a contender, up there among the best of them with its high-level aluminum frame. A solid balance between value, performance and comfort, with great back-up service.