Check out the Giant Anyroad 1 that we spotted at Taipei Cycle. This is a bike that looks like it means business, but it’s currently only available to Asian markets and might not ever reach the UK.
It’s an aluminium X-road bike. Maybe you’d call it a gravel road bike, or you might describe it as being closely related to a cyclocross machine, perhaps. Whatever you call it, the Anyroad (you have to say it like a Northern comic) comes with a curved top tube that magically transforms into a pair of seatstays, along with disc brakes and beefy tyres.
Instead of a standard seat clamp, it uses a wedge arrangement and you get some very cool looking auxillary brake levers attached to the tops of the handlebars. The Anyroad 1 has a Tiagra level group while the Anyroad 2 gets mostly Sora.
We’ve know about the Anyroad for a while but Giant UK aren’t currently bringing it into the country. They’re considering it for next year, but they have another secret bike up their sleeves so the Anyroad might never make it to these shores. Shame! It might have been a lot of fun.
Mat has worked for more bike magazines than anyone else in the known universe, dating back to a time when this was all just fields. He's been road.cc technical editor for four years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. When he's not cycling around Wiltshire, he's running around it, or possibly swimming (sadly, he's one of those 'triathletes'). Mat is a youthful 42-year-old Cambridge graduate, GSOH etc.