prototype Giant Anyroad dirt road bike with disc brakes being tested in Asian markets

While touring Taiwan’s various bicycle industry partners, we spotted the Giant Anyroad, a gorgeous dirt road bike that’s being tested in Asian markets.

At first glance, it looks carbon fiber but is actually a wickedly smooth hydroformed alloy frame with only a few visible welds. The bike is a 2013 model and might (hopefully!) make it into broader worldwide distribution if there’s demand. Check the pics and details after the break, then leave a comment if you want it…they’re listening!

prototype Giant Anyroad dirt road bike with disc brakes being tested in Asian markets

The hydroformed seat tube and mast flows upward from the top tube with absolutely no visible welds. The top and downtube are curved and shaped, boxing off much like their performance road and mountain bikes, suggesting it’s plenty stiff where it needs to be for solid handling but likely offers a bit of comfort on rough roads.

Note the hidden seatpost bolt and lack of collar…very clean!

prototype Giant Anyroad dirt road bike with disc brakes being tested in Asian markets

Lots of rear tire clearance between both sets of stays.

Frame is Giant’s ALUXX and has a carbon fiber fork. Claimed weight for this model is 10.2kg (22.48lbs) built up with Tiagra drivetrain, Tektro mechanical brake calipers, alloy Giant stem and handlebar, carbon seatpost and Velo saddle. No doubt this thing could get built up a good bit lighter.

prototype Giant Anyroad dirt road bike with disc brakes being tested in Asian markets

prototype Giant Anyroad dirt road bike with disc brakes being tested in Asian markets

Plenty of clearance at the fork crown, too. If we had to guess, this also foreshadows a disc brake cyclocross bike. Giant’s reps have told us before they’re not getting asked for it, but it’ll have to come eventually.

prototype Giant Anyroad dirt road bike with disc brakes being tested in Asian markets

Want one? Leave a comment!


  1. David on

    Why Lyras instead of Avid anything… those Lyras are a pain to keep in tune, the discs themselves cause a lot of shudder. I rode these on a Focus and didn’t have much love for them!

    Otherwise, please bring more stuff like this to market!

  2. Resty Refuerzo on

    Make the frame workable with road or mountain cranksets so future owners can have that choice. The seat tube should be able to accomodate whatever front derailleur the owner wants to install.

  3. jtg on

    A bike like this would be ideal for the crushed limestone paths and light trails that are so common in the midwest. Consider me interested.

  4. Ck on

    I love the look. I wish it could translate to a disc cx model for here in the states, but I don’t think such a sloping top tube would work for cross. And I don’t see Giant willing to bring this over and eventually a disc TCX in the same lineup.

  5. Discodave on

    Come on Giant this should be a no brainier. This seems like a segment of
    the market that is heating up right now with gravel grinder races poping up all over.
    Bring it to the US!

  6. Mark W. on

    The frame is workable with it as far as the BB goes, it is a 68mm wide shell and all you need to do is use the spacers that come with a threaded mtb bottom bracket. The only problem with using a crank like that would be that the chain line may move so the shifting is not as good as it could be.
    No real need to run a mountain bike crank set when you could just use a cyclo-cross crank, you cant fit 29er tires in that small of a frame.

    In my opinion it looks a lot like a Volagi from that top picture. Any word on what size that frame shown is ?

  7. JimmyZ on

    maybe I’m a mutant, but I want to see lower standover, and no toe overlap to the front wheel. If they want to make a bike that isn’t cx specific, accommodating an 80mm fork would be helpful as well. I like to ride a drop bar bike once in a while, so I am looking for the perfect compromise.

  8. Pete on

    You can go ahead and submit my order for this with a Shimano 105 drivetrain and Avid BB7 mechanical discs and I’m there. My TCR Advanced could use some company.

  9. Gillis on

    not really cx’able with that top tube – just try and shoulder that thing! But otherwise looks like a solid contender as an all-road bike.

  10. Capitalist on

    I guess Specialized couldn’t sue Volagi out of business…

    so they’ll just try the old fashoned way by stealing their concept & selling a COPY.

    I guess what they say about Sinyard true or maybe it has been “in development” for 5 years..yeah

  11. Just Saying... on

    Too bad they didn’t bring that bike to the USA. Specialized has been doing well selling their redesigned Tricross model with and without discs for 2 years running (now entering it’s third model year). “Anyroad” sure sounds similar to the “Freeroad” moniker Specialized gave it’s Tricross quite a number of years ago. I would even say Trek was a little too far ahead of it’s time with the Portland (or whatever it’s name was).

    US-based Giant dealers would do well with this addition in shops. Makes for a great commuter/ride almost anywhere bike.

  12. Guy on

    I’m a bit confused by this market segment in my “region”. My region is the mountain states of Merica where the single track is abundant and diverse ; the road riding is also quite good in most areas with big mountain passes and beautiful scenery. Therefore I’m confused why you’d spend your Saturdays banging around on gravel roads in the mountain west! Sure, if i still lived in Ohio maube I’d do this but this gravel buz really lends itself to areas that have crappy MTB or road riding. I guess it’s really just a lame branch of the 29er crowd that would rather see how long they can suffer on an epic gravel road than go ride perfect single track. I understand the “adventure” aspects but I know 3 people that have ever done an overnighter off there Gravel Bike. BTW, this is what the 650b bikes were developed for a long long time ago.. I’m glad I will never need to own a lame gravel road bike.

  13. Sevo on

    Proof that Monstercross is not dead. That’s what this is. Sweet.

    BTW “Guy” the gravel in Iowa would kill you and sure the stuff in mountain west would too. I know. I’ve lived in both. Don’t knock it ’til you try it. If you are a real cyclist, a bike is a bike is a bike…doesn’t matter what it is. Just go pedal dammit. To knock a culture of cycling is a newbie thing to do.

  14. Spencer on

    To each his own. If you are in the mtns, you will ride mtns and not half-ass roads. If all you have are half-ass roads, then yeah- a bike is a bike is a bike. A horse is a horse, of course of course.

  15. Ajax on

    Oh yeah. While I do support this bike, please DO NOT call it the “Anyroad”. That is just stupid and Americans will never buy a bike called the Anyroad.

  16. Ozbikebuddy on

    All I can is…


    Where can i get one, For where I live in Australia this would be a wonderful, commuter, trainer, gravel grinder, crossbike.

    I want!

  17. Ozbikebuddy on

    And i agree not “Anyroad”, how about “Graveller” if we are going to use something corney.

    But all humour aside how about: Explorer, Alltrack, Land Cruiser (hehe)

  18. Ozbikebuddy on

    Enought being Funny.

    i do actually think this is a brilliant idea a great all purpose bike. the general versatility this displays anf the overall layout, really makes me thing this would be really popular and would attract people who want something that would work like a Defy but give more options, a true competitor for Specialized Allroad models like the Tricross series and being giant, so much better on the bottom line/hip pocket

  19. BBB on

    Nice bike but one could simply build a road bike based on a (one or two sizes smaller) lightweight mtb (29er?) frame with a rigid fork for ultimate versatility.
    Fast, XC 2.00 tyres (optionally trimmed) are certainly a better option for gravel than a UCI “imposed/influenced” 35mm variety especially that there isn’t much choice of anything fast in a 35mm-2.00″ range.

    I’ve been riding a 26″ (optionally 700c) MTB/road bike like that for a while on gravel tracks and on the road and it’s perfect. GP4000, Kojaks, Furious Freds, Racing Ralphs… depending on a day and mood.

    MTB, road, CX, dirt whatever… categories mean nothing and are influenced more by marketing, pro scene and UCI regulations than by intended use.
    Many mountain bikes don’t need straight bars, suspension and overbuilt components and many CX bikes don’t need to have tyre clearance restricted to 35-ish mm but rather than making existing bikes more sensible and versatile it’s better for the manufacturers to come up with a new bike type;-)

  20. Cycling Five-0 on

    Love it. I want one for a Police Patrol Bike. I’m willing to test one out catching bad guys. Hope it makes it to USA soon.

  21. Alex on

    I like the execution of the frame, but the concept is not new and it’s a pretty narrow niche to sell into. People having been riding their CX bikes in the middle of the summer on dirt roads for years. “In my region”, Southern Ontario, paved roads don’t have steep climbs unfortunately and long climbs don’t exist, period. But what the region does have is twisty dirt roads that go up and down the Niagara Escarpment (a several hundred mile-long rim, a world biosphere reserve) that Toronto sits in. Within an hour of Toronto (8MM people in the Greater Toronto Area, I think), you’ve got all these roads with no cars, wonderful scenery and challenging riding. Admittedly, if there were miles of alpine singletrack to explore, this might not be particularly interesting, but that’s how it is… this looks like a great bike for mixing it up on pavement and dirt roads. But, Giant would do just as well to bring a disc-TCX and sell it to ‘cross racers and dirt-road riders alike.

  22. vectorbug on

    Not really a cross racing bike, but yes its technically cycling a”cross” different terrains. The frame wouldn’t be very good for shouldering. Which is why you see CX frames with larger main triangles and level top tubes more often (or closer to level than say, an Allez or Tarmac).

  23. Mike on

    If this bike had been available when I last purchased my alloy Defy, I definitely would have gone for it instead. The streamlined seat tube and seatpost junction looks clean, but I would still prefer using a traditional clamp. A disc TCX would make sense too, but I’d personnaly prefer having a slopping top tube. One thing for sure: I’d want more tire clearance than what you normally get on a CX bike.

  24. jose on

    simple: SWEET! I want to test on a fireroad ! looks great ! no fancy shit but just great!
    Hope to ride one of this on a gravel road for hours!

  25. guy on

    Kudos to Giant for giving this a shot overseas for now. They make solid bikes, but also tend to be a little cut and dry with their general lineup. It’s a nice departure from what I typically see. I do also like some of the tweaks on the graphics. This is something that have been working on (and needed to) the last few years and this has some nice touches. One nitpick might be the drilling for fenders/rack at the dropouts but nowhere on the seatstays. Clean touch on the hidden post binder bolt, but a collar with rack mounts would help a little on the utilitarian side to match the dropout prep. Seems like it’s a bike pulled in a lot of directions but looks fairly ready to take on some fun riding. Bring it.

  26. L Train on

    this bike looks like a higher tech Salsa Fargo. That’s great, it’s about time a big name got into that niche. But before they do this I think they should just do a disc TCX cross bike.

  27. Taiwaner on

    I live in Taiwan and have seen these around. They are so popular that they have sold out of the less expensive model. The less expensive model comes with a new Sora Triple setup, and the frame is white.

    It feels really nice. The handlebar’s drops are a bit flared out. Very comfortable setup. However …

    Big, big design flaw though. For those of you who think this might be a good tourer or commuter, think again. There is no place to put a rear rack on it. You theoretically could put a seatpost rack on it, but not on the Tiagra model, as it sports a carbon seatpost. If they keep this model, id wait until the fix that glaring oversight.

    Also, the wheelbase and chainstay are a bit on the short side.

  28. Paul on

    Yes please!!!

    Would love a 105 version of this with wide slicks and mudguard mounts, to use as a commuter. Please send some to Australia!.

  29. Mark Ernst on

    As a Midwest dealer with thousands of mile of gravel trails about this could be huge. Add BB7’s, 20 degree stem and saddle off the Inspire and NO Giant BLUE. Nice bike. Now a carbon version with Single ring front crank, S900/Rival shifters and an 11-32 back-end. Call it the Perfect 10!

  30. PedagogBob on

    As a Giant dealer- Yes, we can and will sell them.
    As an avid cyclist who loves to ride his road bike off road or on extremely crappy roads- Yes, I will buy one for myself.
    FWIW- A carbon version and BB7’s would be nice.

  31. anders on

    Saw it in Beijing a month ago.
    It’s extremly nice you can’t resist it when you enter the shop.
    It would be a perfect commuter and a mtb ligth for CX or cyclocross.
    I really looks like a composite bike.

  32. Tyler (Editor) on

    Mike – Looks wise, the Giant here seems more performance oriented, but we haven’t had a chance to ride it. I used to have a Sirrus and it’s a pretty good bike for whipping around town.

  33. Edward on

    I’ve got an Anyroad 1 from Taiwan similar to the picture above. It has good handling and comfort. The dual brake lever allows you to brake in any position. Great bike:)

  34. Philip Richardson on

    It’s true. The Giant Anyroad is an amazing bike.
    Fit’s my needs perfectly. I was in Taiwan last week and purchased it on the spot. I live in mainland China and on dry days I commute to work by bicycle otherwise I drive my truck. The bike is responsive and designed for “anyroad”. I love it.

    Ciao for now,


  35. Jazz on

    I am a bike mechanic in australia. I just worked on one of these. Why can’t we get them here?? Its awesome! Great hybrid racer. Could be better with rack mounts tho. Hit up the commuter-recreational tourer market. I reckon they would sell well. Maybe not by the millions here but definatley a market for them.

  36. Philip Richardson on

    Now that I’ve had the bike a couple of months and put on about 350km it;s really a dream bike. I ride a Lynskey custom road with Campy Record as my main ride during our group training sessions but when I brought out the ANYROAD to ride in the group I noticed the climbing aspect of this bike is superior than the Lynskey because of the mulitple cycling positions and overall responsiveness of bike. Although the Lynskey is a wonderful ride, this Anyroad is my go-to bike. I’m training on it in preparation for the big Tour De Muju in Korea in June 2013. 130 kilometers with 4000 meters of climbing calls for a bike with comfort, ease of shifting, and a host of bailout gears.

    Ciao for now,


  37. stucke on

    Well very nice shaped frame (fluid and curvy – its a statement). What i would like is: real gearing diversity(50/34 front or 46/36/30and 11/32 rear), hydraulic discs – or pivot brakes and flat bar. Road oriented, or with of road tendencies but accent on one of it. Fast hard core extremly durable commuting, fun bike that looks better than bikes which are design to look nice. Could it be used for a longer tour???
    At first glance i just love it. Bring few to Croatia.

  38. Will on

    Looks amazing, id definately be interested in one of these for commuting and more casual riding for days off, without having to stick to the beaten track!

  39. John Teasdale on

    For me it is a need and not a want (Ha Ha) – lovely and very practical. Would sell just about any of my existing bikes to have one.
    Do the Giant “boys” not want to let me use one here in South Africa to test the waters. I am willing.

  40. Mike H on

    I’m going to buy a cyclocross bike or one of these,and I want a ANYROADS ! I’ll contact my LBS to him on it ! I”m looking for a gravel specific bike and this might be it. What is the biggest tire it will take ?

  41. Steve Achey on

    This is the trend. These bikes can and will go anywhere. I would buy this over a cross bike for sure. Do not think Giant, DO IT!!!!

  42. Dfrezne on

    I was pretty excited about this bike when I first heard about it.I almost ordered one but the lack or proper rack eyelets was the deal breaker.I need to be able to transfer my racks without a hassle.What the hell was Giant thinking?

  43. Mike on

    I just checked this bike out at my local dealer here in Michigan. All I can say is wow. Perfect for my recreational needs and a real stunner to look at. Plan on purchasing within 30 days. You would swear the frame is carbon unless you looked closely.

  44. Omari Cannon on

    Just came back from an all out search to find the anyroad 1, to no avail. this is an impossible bike to find although i did find one retailer in Canada who had one in stock in a large frame. I was at KLM bike shop in Birmingham, MI ready to buy at counter only to find out that there are none in stock. I was told buy Giant that they may be sold out for entire 2014 season, but they may get 2015 in stock in about 5-6weeks. Please if anyone can help me i would really like to purchase one of these bikes.

  45. Gordon Morrison on

    I have just bought one and it’s fantastic. Used to ride the roads years ago. Road trails for a while on a rigid mountain bike.
    This is ideal for me. I can easily go for a gentle dawdle along muddy canal towpaths with the missus or go for a blast down the road. It handles both well. The only dislikes I have are the gimmicky upper leavers, which I just ignore but a novice may find them reassuring, and it’s geared a bit low for the road. A second set of wheels will sort that though.

  46. Ralph on

    Saw this yesterday and I like the looks, would want one this xmas.
    Downside for me though is that it didnt come with a hydraulic breaks

  47. Jeff C on

    I just bought this bike and I will say this, I love it! I ended up buying another wheelset so I can switch out between the 32s and 25s. There might be enough clearance for 40s.

    The only things I had changed is I had the top brake levers removed so I can have my aerobars installed and changed the saddle. I might have some other things upgraded but I am happy with what it has for now.

  48. Tom Mangus on

    I’ve owned one for a month and can tell you it is an awesome bike. Bought it for commuting but have done more with it. Great price for what you get! Bottom line…I recommend this bike to friends and family.

  49. Interiorman on

    Just picked up a 2016 Giant Anyroad Comax yesterday. OMG, what a bike. I was looking for an all round bike (for light trails to long distance rides). It had to be more upright than conventional drop bar bikes and I wanted a carbon frame with Shimano 105 or better and disc’s. For the price, there is nothing out there which is better. I have been shopping for the right bike for almost 2 years.

  50. David A. on

    Just bought this bike, the 2015 model. Got it for $940 on model clearout from at their Kearney Mesa, San Diego Outlet.

    Bottom line: best new bike I’ve seen in many years. Truly a breakthrough. Every positive comment here helped me go for a test ride & they’re spot on.

    The bike is amazingly balanced & nimble – feels as alive as any Carbon racer, yet it’s mainly normal aluminum, in a groundbreaking frame design.

    The drivetrain is perflectly suited to riding & training on varied terrain. The wheels are bombproof, if a bit heavy. If my son & I decide to race cyclocross on it, I suspect we will grab a lighter wheelset & mount knobbies.

    For now, I’ve switched out to the Strada K Road Tire in 28c, which at 105 psi is more road friendly than the otherwise excellent Giant cross tires @ 75 psi.

    This bike will be my ‘go-to-training’ bike for our rough back roads in East Texas. Full of potholes, etc, this bike is tough enough to take it.

    Yes, it’s a tad heavy, somewhere N of 20#, but that will make me stronger when I race on my full carbon race bike.

    It rolls very smooth & the disc brakes are amazing. They are just far more powerful than the rim brakes on all our other bikes. Discs are only going to grow in popularity.

    So, another triumph for Giant – expect to see more of these ‘Anyroad’ models around.

    Very aptly named – it is a bike for any road !

    PS: Giant also makes the Revolt model, which is a ‘cross-bike’, ie ‘cross-discipline’, in the other angle, oriented more towards the ‘Mountain’ side of the equation. The Anyroad is biased more towards the Road use.

    Anyroad: 60 % Road bike 40 % rough surface, dirt trail. Tighter spaced gearing, plenty of low gears. Amazingly balanced & lively feel & feedback.

    Revolt: 70 % Rough surface, dirt trail. 30 % Road bike. Wider spaced gears, even lower.

  51. Don on

    Calling this a cross frame is like calling a touring road bike a road racing bike. It’s just flawed, but you don’t know any better. True long distance gravel bikes like this are about touring and being comfortable with a more relaxed position for longer ride potential with less hand and perineum pressure that you can get from riding a race bike for a long (80km+) distance over imperfect surfaces. It’s all about SMOOTH vibrations, man. NOT a cross bike. It is a less competitive, yet more comfortable proposition. IE it is actually better for most people than a cx bike is. Most of us don’t race.

  52. David A. on

    Hey Don:

    You’re right, it’s not a ‘Cross’ bike, ie a Cyclo-cross specific bike, true. For one, it’s top tube is quite curved, so hard / impossible to carry gracefully over obstacles like a true cross bike.

    But I think the fact that is shares some attributes confuses some folks, who like me, haven’t had much experience outside of the strict categories of Road / Mountain bikes (no one I know of confuses those with each other).

    With it’s wide clearance frame & fork (good if mud builds up) and disc brakes (ditto), and mountain / cross width 700c wheels, this Anyroad does share some features with ‘Cross’ bikes.

    I suspect one could even show up & do a ‘Cross’ race quite nicely, if not perfectly, on this bike – at least moreso than any typical road bike.

    But I am finding that I love & enjoy it for it’s versatility. I now don’t worry so much if the road goes to garbage in front of me, or if I hit gravel or sand – in fact it’s a challenge this bike eats up.

    And it feels comfortable on the long rides, too. The geometry allows precision but dampens road vibration nicely. It feels like carbon, but it’s Aluminum.

    When pushed, it can keep up quite decently on a fast club ride, but not if the elevation gain is significant – due to the 24 # weight, which is not a factor in the flatter terrain.

    In fact, this experience is so encouraging that I will seek to test ride the carbon fiber version, the Anyroad Comax, at the first opportunity.

    It is 3# lighter & I bet the ride is even more comfortable !

  53. edwin riosa on

    Been using Anyroad 1 for almost 3 years now. Fully satisfied with its performance, at least for my kind of riding. Planning to do some upgrades: Vision DB wheelset that can accommodate an 11 speed groupset like 105.



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