2015 Giant Propel Advanced

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efeballi
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by efeballi

Hello all,
Here's my new (to me) Propel. Got it pretty much new from a guy who recently had an operation on his chest.

Frame: Giant Advanced-grade Composite, size ML
Fork: Giant Advanced-grade Composite Full-Composite OverDrive 2 Steerer fork bought, not yet mounted
Handlebars: Giant Contact 2, compact bend, 42 cm c-c Syncros RR1.0 integrated handlebars bought, not yet mounted
Stem: Ritchey 4-Axis WCS 100 mm Syncros RR1.0 integrated handlebars bought, not yet mounted
Seatpost: Giant Vector, composite
Saddle: Giant Performance Road
Pedals: Shimano PD-6700 (cheers Sleepless! :) )
Shifters: Shimano ST-6800
Front derailleur: Shimano FD-6800, braze-on
Rear derailleur: Shimano RD-6800-SS
Brakes: Giant SpeedControl SL with Reynolds blue pads
Cassette: Shimano CS-6800, 11-28
Chain: SRAM PC1130
Crank: Shimano FC-6800, 53-39, 172.5 mm
BB: Shimano BB-9000 pressfit
Wheels: Farsports 50x25 mm clincher
Tyres: Continental Grand Prix 4000S II, 23/25 mm
Computer: Garmin Edge 520, Giant RideSense speed/cadence sensor and Wahoo HRM.


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Thanks for looking.
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by Sleepless

Nice one Efe. :thumbup: I can help you with Ultegra pedals. 8)

-Can.

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by siklis

waiting for your pics and full weight :lol:
Bianchi Infinito CV + campag SR + F6R DT240s 6.66kg
Bianchi Methanol SX 29er + XX1 + ztr crest + hope pro2 9.30kg
Giant TCR Advanced 3 + ultegra 10s + campy shamal ultra 7.40 kg

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by kkibbler

IIRC the stock brakes are made by TRP and if anything you might consider Fouriers as an "upgrade," though I'm not sure how much one can really upgrade alloy V-brakes.

efeballi
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by efeballi

kkibbler, you're right, I was thinking of Fouriers brakes.
The bike weighs 7.9 kg with pedals and carbon wheels. Will shave off 100g with Ultegra pedals. Sleepless, we should talk.


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efeballi
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by efeballi

New pics!


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v0coder
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by v0coder

Looks pretty good.

The seatpost sort of bothers my eye, but this is the anal retentive bike forum.

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by zirinpio97

Nice bike and nice wheels too ; you have the Farsport wheels weight ? I'm interesting to buy a set like this .

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by efeballi

Thanks all for the kind comments.

v0coder, is it the length of the seatpost that bothers you? Do keep in mind that the steerer is not cut yet, try to unsee it and it looks better 8)

Zirinpio, the wheels weigh 1480 g without skewers and rimtape. I posted a full review on Farsports 50mm Review thread, will post a link when I find it.

EDIT: found it, viewtopic.php?t=108798#p1126434

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by Tomstr

Very nice bike, those wheels really work. :)

The Fouriers are nice but if your current TRP's work with 25mm tyres I'd try Swissstops or another more agressive pad first. The braking of the TRP's is fine but the first 2 versions didn't clear the bigger tyres correctly.
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by efeballi

Thanks tomstr.
Tyre clearance is no problem, I just find braking power a bit worse than caliper brakes. I'll try better cables and pads first, instead of shelling out for Fouriers.


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by sharkman

Tomstr wrote:Very nice bike, those wheels really work. :)

The Fouriers are nice but if your current TRP's work with 25mm tyres I'd try Swissstops or another more agressive pad first. The braking of the TRP's is fine but the first 2 versions didn't clear the bigger tyres correctly.


No need to change for fouriers anymore! The latest version brakes just as well as fouriers and accept very wide tyres/rims
I use mine (on a 2015 propel isp) with enve ses 4.5 and veloflex 25 witn no problems at all (braking is nearly as good as ultegra 6800 brakes)

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by Tomstr

If you can clear your current setup (which is very likely as Sharkman notes as well) I'd go for better cables and pads first.

Giant does an ok job with the standard cables though, I suspect pads wil make a bigger difference. That said, mine is on Shimano PFTE inners & swissstop and will lift the rear wheel under heavy braking. Given it's essentially a V-brake I wouldn't go too crazy and swap everything at once since they are quite progressive in their action. :)

I'm hoping to take it to the mountains soon to see if it holds up to it's MotoGP style cornering downhill as well. :)
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by terrible1

Looks real nice in those colours!

Not too keen on the cabling on these Propels. Get me nose tickled when I'm crouched! I'm sure it wouldn't really.

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by efeballi

Tomstr wrote:If you can clear your current setup (which is very likely as Sharkman notes as well) I'd go for better cables and pads first.

Giant does an ok job with the standard cables though, I suspect pads wil make a bigger difference. That said, mine is on Shimano PFTE inners & swissstop and will lift the rear wheel under heavy braking. Given it's essentially a V-brake I wouldn't go too crazy and swap everything at once since they are quite progressive in their action. :)

I'm hoping to take it to the mountains soon to see if it holds up to it's MotoGP style cornering downhill as well. :)

The front brake cable housing looks too long to my eyes but I'll have to undo the cable and check before cutting anything.

Terrible1, thanks, I also liked this black-white-gray scheme a lot. The cable routing is clearly designed more for Di2/EPS wires rather than cables, so it reduces performance considerably and also looks bad.

I'm all ears to anyone with better cabling solutions.


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