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Giant Toughroad SLR 2 for 200 miles in two days, will it make it?

First, don't worry about the bike - worry about you. If you need a different bicycle, you'll figure that out pretty fast while you're training to do your 200-mile ride. What's the farthest you've ...
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How good are last year's model bikes

I'm going to answer much more generally than Michael. Basically, you want to be aware of step changes, or significant changes. If the group was updated, it's a moderately big deal - not a deal breaker,...
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heavy and want to ride again

Personally I wouldn't replace the fork, but I'd make smaller changes and start riding. The back wheel takes more impact than the front, because a greater proportion of your weight is over it. So far ...
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How good are last year's model bikes

The 2021 and 2022 versions seem to be pretty much identical. Same frame geometry, same Shimano Claris groupset, same components. When you open photos of both and switch between them quickly the only ...
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Rear cassette replace 11-30 with 11-32, or 11-28?

If the OP's bike has a short cage Shimano rear derailleur, then officially, the maximum cog size is 30t. Going down to 28t is definitely fine, but going over 30t is not technically OK. Shimano's ...
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What are the differences between a horizontal suspension and vertical suspension MTB?

The position of shock mounts is only one variable of many of the rear linkage design. It does not play an isolated role but really is tied to everything else. You might have missed that there are many ...
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How much do bikes improve over the years?

I don’t think there is much room for improvement in entry level bikes. Their main priority is to be as cheap as possible. Adding features would increase price. They have been pretty much perfected on ...
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Are my brakes overheating?

At a descent rate of nearly 1000m/h, brake overheating is likely unless braking is well managed. The energy management in the descent is a skill you will need to learn regardless of improvements you ...
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Trying to match up a new seat for my bicycle and having difficulty finding one that will work

Its a Giant Sedona, probably from the 2000's. But that information is not very useful for replacing the saddle. If you look up underneath the saddle, there will be two parallel rails, and the ...
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Trying to match up a new seat for my bicycle and having difficulty finding one that will work

The stickers tell you it's a Giant Sedona. To me it looks like a fairly old model (they still make a similar hybrid under that name, but with suspension). But you don't need the model details to ...
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Rear cassette replace 11-30 with 11-32, or 11-28?

Going down to 11-28 should be fine. Going up to 11-32 will probably be fine. If it were my bike, I would just give it a try and hope for the best, but I tend to be a little cavalier about the ...
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What are the differences between a horizontal suspension and vertical suspension MTB?

Manufacturers design the bike suspension with specific characteristics in mind. For example, should the bike be more poppy or plusher and ground hugging to ride. One parameter in this process is the ...
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Giant Rack-It Front Rack experience + bow vs. "bow-free" front racks

Stability of load will likely be quite different between the Tubus and giant racks. For the Tubus racks the Tara had a cross brace to help stabilize the load. The Tubus duo does not, but if you ...
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heavy and want to ride again

Congrats on wanting to ride again. If I were in your position, I'd inflate the 25mm tyres to around 80-90 PSI (or if you have the 32mm stock tyres go for perhaps 60 PSI) and then do a basic M check ...
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Giant Toughroad SLR 2 for 200 miles in two days, will it make it?

How far have you ridden in a day? The bike will be fine, as the comments say the question is whether you will be. A road bike is more efficient and will get you there easier, but there are many ...
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Please help me identify the specifics on my older Giant Sedona?

This is a 1996 Giant Sedona. I had this exact bike, right down to the color. The frame is 4130 cro mo and the tubes are 'triple butted'. If you notice the top tube and down tube are flared at the ...
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Upgrading tires on my road bike

Well, 26 will feel a whole lot better than your current 23. You can get away with lower air pressure because of the larger volume supporting your weight. Lower pressure means smoother ride. Of course ...
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Can anyone help me with identify this Giant bike?

You should ask the seller for all the information you need about the bike, because a) they should know more than we do and b) if they can't give it to you readily then there is more risk that it is ...
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Giant conduct compatible stem

Giant's page on the Conduct semi-hydraulic brake system says that, emphasis mine: There's no need to replace your mechanical brake lever or handlebar tape - simply shorten your current cable housing, ...
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Falling over on carbon frame bike -- likely to cause damage?

In practice, there is one thing I've seen enough to call it a pattern: aero/teardrop carbon seatstays and chainstays cracking near the joints after being flexed excessively during a crash. Some of ...
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Does Giant Contend 1 support 9 or 18 speeds?

It’s a 2x9 speed. You have 2 chainrings in the front and 9 cogs/sprockets in the rear. This allows for 18 different gear combinations but some of the ratios will be pretty close together (i.e. overlap)...
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Does Giant Contend 1 support 9 or 18 speeds?

In this excerpt from Page 55 of the Dealer's Manual (DM-GN0001) for Sora R3000, the groupset on the Giant Contend 1, you see that the front derailleur doesn't just have the two extreme positions (v) ...
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How good are last year's model bikes

Real specifications update far less often than paint jobs, so in the general case there is probably no real difference. But you need to check the components, and compare year to year. Usually the ...
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I just bought a Giant TCX SLR 2, but I still have money to spend. Which parts should I upgrade?

A good investment for someone new to cycling who starts with such a sporty bike is to get a good bike fit. Based on the findings of the fit a part that maybe has to be replaced, is the stem. As these ...
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How much do bikes improve over the years?

There is trickle-down in bike technology, so in some cases, a top-tier bike from about 10 years ago might be considered roughly on par with a 3rd-tier bike today (this is all subjective and in many ...
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increase stem height of giant tcr advanced 2

Yes. Some stems can be flipped to give an upward angle instead of a downward one - this may be a zero-cost change for you. You can replace the stem with one that has a higher angle. Be aware that ...
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Highest gear "jumps" under load

It wears fast because there are fewer teeth in contact with the chain, but that might not be the cause. Here are some other possibilities: A stiff chain link is most noticeable with a small sprocket....
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Tacx Thru Axle for Giant TCR

The specs of the thru-axle that you need are here. The one that you need is T1707, which is 12×142 with a thread of M12×1. The T1707 and the T1711 both fit a 142×12 mm with a thread of M12×1. The ...
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I am always having a broken spoke once in every 500Km

Check if all spokes are properly tightened. if some spokes are too loose that can put extra stress on the rest of the spokes which can cause premature failure. If so (some of the spokes are not ...
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Can anyone help me with identify this Giant bike?

It looks like a 2017 Giant Contend SL2 Disc: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/gb/contend-sl-2-disc-2017. The picture is quite grainy so it's hard to be 100% sure. Check if it has the Giant Conduct disc ...
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