2022 Giant Contend AR 1

An aluminum frame endurance bike with upper mid-range components and hydraulic disc brakes. Compare the full range

2022 Giant Contend AR 1
MSRP$1,950
SuspensionRigid
FrameAluminum
ForkCarbon
Wheels700c
Drivetrain2 × 11
Groupset105, Praxis

BrakesHydraulic Disc
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Gearing

2 × 11 — 22 speed

Contend AR 1

39 mph

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The Contend AR 1 is easier to ride up hills than similar bikes.

The Contend AR 1 is geared about the same as similar bikes for riding downhill.


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Reviews
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Giant Contend 1 review

Simon Withers

The Giant Contend 1 is a great road bike for the money in the competitive £1,000 market

  • Excellent package

  • Slick groupset performance

  • Enjoyably rewarding ride

  • The front end doesn’t absorb quite as much vibration as the rear

Jun 2022Read Review

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Giant Contend SL 1 Disc 2021

Brilliant all-round road bike that's comfortable and engaging to ride

  • Great specification

  • Rewarding and composed ride

  • Impressive seated comfort

  • Aluminium handlebar transmits vibration

  • Wheels aren't especially quick

Jul 2021Read Review

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Giant Contend SL 1

Symon Lewis

Giant has the ability to make great bikes at a great price and the Giant Contend SL 1 epitomise this

  • Price

  • Ride quality

  • Handling

  • Weight

Dec 2019Read Review

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Giant Contend AR 1 2020 review: Fresh and affordable all-road - CyclingTips

Dave Rome

If the lines between road and gravel bikes were already blurry, then the way things are trending is likely to confuse you even further. All-road bikes are relatively new and aim to do everything a good endurance-style road bike does, albeit with a pinch of additional versatility. As the name suggests, they’re designed to handle […]

  • Impressively composed ride, meets All-Road name, quality features, tubeless tyres, wide-range gearing.

  • Fussy thru-axles, loosely-captured hub end caps, rattly shifters, versatility comes at the expense of weight.

Oct 2019Read Review

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The Giant Contend 3 Will Make You Happy for $650

This durable, aluminum road bike has the parts and price every entry-level rider needs.

  • High-quality aluminum frame

  • Wide gear range makes climbing easier

  • Heavier, less-efficient components

Feb 2019Read Review


Geometry

Sizing
XS

5'1" – 5'7"

SM

5'4" – 5'9"

MD

5'7" – 6'0"

MD/LG

5'9" – 6'2"

LG

6'0" – 6'4"

XL

6'2" – 6'7"


Specs
Build
Frame

ALUXX-Grade Aluminum, disc

ColorBlack

Fork

Advanced-Grade Composite, full-composite OverDrive steerer, disc

Rear Shock

N/A

Bottom Bracket

cartridge

Stem

Giant Contact XS:80mm, S:90mm, M:100mm, M/L:110mm, L:110mm, XL:110mm

Handlebar

Giant D-Fuse SL XS:40cm, S:40cm, M:42cm, M/L:42cm, L:44cm, XL:44cm

Saddle

Giant Approach

Seatpost

Giant D-Fuse, composite, 14mm offset

Pedals

platform pedal

Grips

Velo cork tape with gel

Groupset
Rear Derailleur

Shimano 105 GS

Front Derailleur

Shimano 105

Crank

Praxis Alba 2D, 34/50 XS:170mm, S:170mm, M:172.5mm, M/L:172.5mm, L:175mm, XL:175mm

Shifters

Shimano 105

Cassette

Shimano 105, 11x34

Chain

KMC X11EL-1

Brakes

Shimano 105 hydraulic, Giant MPH rotors [F]160mm, [R]160mm

Brake Levers

Shimano 105

Wheels
Rims

Giant P-R2 Disc wheelset

Spokes

Giant P-R2 Disc wheelset

Front Hub

Giant P-R2 Disc wheelset

Rear Hub

Giant P-R2 Disc wheelset

Tires

Giant Gavia Fondo 2, tubeless, 700x32c (34mm)

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