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

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Eugene
Eugene
9 years ago

Yes i want!

David
David
9 years ago

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!

Resty Refuerzo
Resty Refuerzo
9 years ago

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.

jtg
jtg
9 years ago

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.

Steven
Steven
9 years ago

Meh.

Ck
Ck
9 years ago

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.

Avi
Avi
9 years ago

DO WANT

Discodave
Discodave
9 years ago

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!

Mark W.
Mark W.
9 years ago

@Resty
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 ?

fayar
fayar
9 years ago

Can the Chinese make me a carbon fiber copy of this?

Rob
Rob
9 years ago

Would totally be interested in this.

Willis24
Willis24
9 years ago

GRAVEL, bring it!

Alan Stevens
9 years ago

Ugh, I’ve been waiting for the TCX Disc for sooo long, and this thing looks soo awesome. Bring it to us Giant!!!

Superstantial
Superstantial
9 years ago

Yes, want.

JimmyZ
JimmyZ
9 years ago

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.

Pete
Pete
9 years ago

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.

JoeM
JoeM
9 years ago

@ fayar, Where do you think this one is made?

Gillis
Gillis
9 years ago

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.

Capitalist
Capitalist
9 years ago

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 ..is true or maybe it has been “in development” for 5 years..yeah

Just Saying...
Just Saying...
9 years ago

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.

Guy
Guy
9 years ago

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.

Sevo
Sevo
9 years ago

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.

Spencer
Spencer
9 years ago

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.

Ajax
Ajax
9 years ago

YES!!!!!

Bring it to the USA!

Put thru-axles on this frame please!

Ajax
Ajax
9 years ago

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.

Ozbikebuddy
Ozbikebuddy
9 years ago

All I can is…

HELL YES!

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

I want!

Ozbikebuddy
Ozbikebuddy
9 years ago

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)

Ozbikebuddy
Ozbikebuddy
9 years ago

ALL-Surface,

Any-Surface

Ozbikebuddy
Ozbikebuddy
9 years ago

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

professore
professore
9 years ago

It looks like we have a new category of bike. I would call this a drop bar hybrid.

gringo
gringo
9 years ago

@ Joe M: Taiwan.

Mark W.
Mark W.
9 years ago

@Ajax
Americans bought bikes from the same company named ‘Boulder’ and ‘Iguana,’ just sayin’.

BBB
BBB
9 years ago

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;-)

theendinfrench
theendinfrench
9 years ago

The first Giant in a while to whet my appetite… Never mind the US, we need this in the UK

tomek
tomek
9 years ago

Where to buy this.?

Frederick
9 years ago

This thing would fit some massive fenders and tires. Great year round commuter for the Northeast. Please bring it to the states.

Chad
Chad
9 years ago

Bring it on.
We will see(and yes, we want) a lot of this category in the years to come.

MaLóL
MaLóL
9 years ago

nice 29er mtb frame with road bar

Art Vandelay
Art Vandelay
9 years ago

As an importer/exporter i would love to see these in the USA.

td
td
9 years ago
Cycling Five-0
Cycling Five-0
9 years ago

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.

Mark
Mark
9 years ago

http://www.steelwoolbicycles.ca/frames/rover
with panache.

though if the gravel is only an occasional thing or mostly to link sections of tarmac then going tubeless with 25s (or 28s now available) with low pressure is a very capable solution and doesn’t require a whole new bike.

Mat
Mat
9 years ago

Giant,

I would like to buy one.
Please, bring it to Europe!!!

matt
matt
9 years ago

Get them here now!

Alex
Alex
9 years ago

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.

Scottyroyal
Scottyroyal
9 years ago

Its just a cross bike, why all the fuss?
Plenty of other brands offering Disc CX bikes,

ascar larkinyar
ascar larkinyar
9 years ago

i have a dropbar 29er that i can put road or cx tires on and has a compact double chainring on.

vectorbug
vectorbug
9 years ago

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).