Some good guesses, but no one got it; New bike revealed!
In yesterday’s blog I wrote that I would be selling my trusty Trek Madone 5.9 Di2, and would be replacing it with a new aero road bike when it’s released in about 10 weeks time. I didn’t say which bike I was getting, and a bunch of you took some educated guesses here and on Facebook. The new Trek Madone, the Specialized Venge ViAS and the Pinarello Dogma F8 were some of the excellent, but incorrect, guesses. No one got it.
EDIT: I just noticed that “Teh Ghost” posted a comment a little after midnight last night, and he (mostly) got it. Great job, Andrew (you were close on the gearing, but just missed the bullseye, see below).
So, without further delay, let’s pull the curtains back and check out the new bike:
The Giant Propel was Cycling Plus’ 2014 aero road bike of the year, and Bike Radar’s 2015 aero road bike of the year. The 2016 model further refines an already awesome design, and is as good looking as it is fast.
There are several models of the 2016 Giant Propel, but the Advanced Pro 0 ticked off all my “must have” boxes: full Di2 electronics, full carbon aero wheels, aggressive geometry, carbon steerer, carbon handlebars and a killer paint scheme. Follow the above link to see the full specs, if you like.
This Propel Advance Pro 0 comes with a mid-compact crank (36/52), which is perfect for the type of riding I’ll be doing on this bike. My current bike has a true compact (34/50), and I tend to spin out the gears at around 34 MPH. The mid-compact will allow me to continue putting watts to the ground well past 34 MPH. Out back I’ll have an 11-28, which is the same range as my current bike, however the Propel is an 11-speed so I’ll have a little more precision there.
So basically the model I’ve selected comes ready to roll. All I’ll need to do is slam the stem, bolt up my Stages power meter, add aerobars/remote shifter, replace the saddle and slap my pedals on.