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    New question here. Need your opinions on these 2 bikes

    I've narrowed it down to 2 gravel bikes and I just wanted some feedback from you all before I buy one.

    1) https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5059-5...ad-222-Bicycle

    2) https://www.giant-bicycles.com/ca/toughroad-slr-gx-0


    I test rode both and they both feel great. Tough deciding which one to go for.

    Thoughts, opinions, and recommendations?

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    Steel is real, and I think Rival is better than Apex? but that's what I have on my gravel bike, and I have zero issues.

    I also like the looks of the first bike better.. good luck!

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    Steel, go steel. Aluminum tends to be a harsher ride and that's not good on gravel rides. Also agree on the Rival Group. FSA stuff is usually pretty good too.

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    lol the medium and large MEC bikes have the same wheelbase. Which is 20mm shorter than the Giant, all in the chainstays. That's a big deal; the Giant is a dirt road bike and the MEC is a road bike that's competent off road. I prefer the latter, but both styles have their merits, and i bet the alloy bike rides smoother.

    My vote is for the MEC, but if you owned both i bet you'd take them both out depending on where you were going.
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    Thanks for the replies! I agree, both bikes are good which is why I'm torn between which one to get. The Giant does have more clearance for wider tires and has a 1x drivetrain. The MEC is nice in that it has slightly better components and a steel frame. I'll have to test ride them again this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webmonkey8 View Post
    The Giant does have more clearance for wider tires and has a 1x drivetrain.
    I don't see those things as advantages, but characteristics of their slightly different intentions. The MEC has tighter, more efficient, wider range drivetrain and is designed around more road-oriented tires. It's a better road bike than the Giant.
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    It depends on what you want to do and where you want to ride. based on experience in riding steel and aluminium bikes, I will pick a steel bike any time.
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    This bike will be my commute to work on mostly paved roads but after work, I take the singletrack and gravel roads home.

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    On a fully rigid bike, I will take Cromoly all day over aluminum. SRAM rival with a compact cassette is the best of both worlds, unless you want a dropper post on your gravel bike. I am a fan of compact front cranks on gravel bikes and run that on my gravel bike.

    But for me, the deal breaker on the giant is the “overdrive headset and hybrid steerer tube”... meaning you will have fewer, if any, options to try a different headset or fork in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saidrick View Post
    But for me, the deal breaker on the giant is the “overdrive headset and hybrid steerer tube”... meaning you will have fewer, if any, options to try a different headset or fork in the future.
    The goofy steerer tube is an inconvenience, not a deal breaker. Replacing the stem is a nuisance, and you can't sell the fork, but if you wanted to replace the fork you can run a tapered fork with an aftermarket upper headset cup. On a road/gravel bike i don't see much need to replace the fork like i might on a price-point mtb.

    In general, yeah, dumb crap like that and the pressfit bb would scare me off Giant too.
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    Overdrive is a standard tapered steerer just like everyone else uses. Overdrive 2 is the goofy one.

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    Thanks for all of your opinions! I ended up choosing the steel one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webmonkey8 View Post
    Thanks for all of your opinions! I ended up choosing the steel one.
    Great choice!

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