Giant Fastroad Comax 2 (2017) M/L at H2GEAR.CO.UK - £779
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Giant Fastroad Comax 2 (2017) M/L at H2GEAR.CO.UK - £779

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Found 4th Apr
The 2018 version which is the same components is £1399. This agile and smooth-riding flat-bar bike offers an exhilarating blend of road bike speed and versatility. Engineered with Giant’s CoMax composite and the proprietary D-Fuse seatpost, the frameset delivers a lively and comfortable ride quality. Fast-rolling 700c wheels give you confidence and control, whether you’re zipping through the city or out on a training ride.
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Nice find @JamieJenkins - thanks for sharing.

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Does it come with pedals? Heat if it does!
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Got mine delivered today and no pedals but I guess with these bikes you will choose the pedals to suit you. Put some SPD ones on mine.
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Should have added people are asking for more second hand on eBay.
JamieJenkins8 m ago

Got mine delivered today and no pedals but I guess with these bikes you …Got mine delivered today and no pedals but I guess with these bikes you will choose the pedals to suit you. Put some SPD ones on mine.

Even if they did include pedals, you wouldn’t want them as they will be cheap and nasty. As you say, many would want SPD pedals, awesome.
It’s a really nice bike and I would have jumped at it, had it got suspension. Choice is more limited when you want suspension on a trial bike. Shame.
Nice bike, I ride an Advanced and like it very much. Giant do some nice bikes.
smallsteve1 h, 48 m ago

It’s a really nice bike and I would have jumped at it, had it got s …It’s a really nice bike and I would have jumped at it, had it got suspension. Choice is more limited when you want suspension on a trial bike. Shame.



This is more of commuter bike than a trail bike ... you probably need something like a Giant Roam
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I am still kicking myself to the head for not buying adventure bike - 2017 Specialized Sequoia for when it was Specialized half price sale.
Will hope they'll throw another sale sometime
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siqass11 m ago

Heat addedI am still kicking myself to the head for not buying adventure …Heat addedI am still kicking myself to the head for not buying adventure bike - 2017 Specialized Sequoia for when it was Specialized half price sale.Will hope they'll throw another sale sometime


Probably be around this time next year selling off the stock for the new season arrivals
smallsteve2 h, 52 m ago

Even if they did include pedals, you wouldn’t want them as they will be c …Even if they did include pedals, you wouldn’t want them as they will be cheap and nasty. As you say, many would want SPD pedals, awesome.


Forgive me but if I've got cheap but sturdy plastic flats currently and I upgraded to some nice metal flats would that actually give me any benefit apart from more grip? More power out?
If you want suspension I can highly recommend the Roam 0. I have one and it’s superb!
Im 6.2ft would this bike be to small for me??
CampGareth40 m ago

Forgive me but if I've got cheap but sturdy plastic flats currently and I …Forgive me but if I've got cheap but sturdy plastic flats currently and I upgraded to some nice metal flats would that actually give me any benefit apart from more grip? More power out?


Not in any measurable sense. Unless your feet are actually slipping about and you need to focus on keeping them on the pedals.
alexanderrandles5 h, 13 m ago

Im 6.2ft would this bike be to small for me??


Depends on a number of factors, but mainly what you like to ride. A large would probably be just right. Possibly may want a slightly longer stem, but the bike should be good.
Looks so delicate! I had a Giant ATX 890 for years and it was one of favourite bikes.
CampGareth10 h, 15 m ago

Forgive me but if I've got cheap but sturdy plastic flats currently and I …Forgive me but if I've got cheap but sturdy plastic flats currently and I upgraded to some nice metal flats would that actually give me any benefit apart from more grip? More power out?


Let me rephrase what I originally stated. I should have said basic pedals, not cheap and nasty. They are perfectly fine for your typical rider, but the more serious riders tend to go with pedals such as SPD ones. These hold your foot firm and stop it from slipping. The other benefit is that when you lift your foot up, you pull the peddle with you and so both legs are working in unison.
Thanks for the suggestion about the Giant Roam 0, which i’ve Added to my list of possible replacements for my existing bike.
Macdory11 h, 22 m ago

This is more of commuter bike than a trail bike ... you probably need …This is more of commuter bike than a trail bike ... you probably need something like a Giant Roam


Assuming there are mounting points for a rear rack, then I think it would be a very good trail bike with the right tyres.
smallsteve1 h, 6 m ago

Let me rephrase what I originally stated. I should have said basic pedals, …Let me rephrase what I originally stated. I should have said basic pedals, not cheap and nasty. They are perfectly fine for your typical rider, but the more serious riders tend to go with pedals such as SPD ones. These hold your foot firm and stop it from slipping. The other benefit is that when you lift your foot up, you pull the peddle with you and so both legs are working in unison.Thanks for the suggestion about the Giant Roam 0, which i’ve Added to my list of possible replacements for my existing bike.


SPDs, one of the mysteries of the universe, the fact that ''''serious''''riders wear them in the city is mystifying. They are

- less comfortable than sneakers
- you can barely walk
-you 'glue' your legs to the bike. You increase a lot the possibility to get injured, if something happens in front of you, which happens often. Have seen it many times
- more efficient? Any report that supports that? You lose at least a second at every stop light to clip your shoes and start pedaling.
-flat pedals don't slip
They do look great though.

Heat for the bicycle deal.
£1299 for a Tiragra groupset seems a bit steep.

£799 seems like a decent price through.

I've got a TCR road bike, and a Roam for trailer towing and the occasional gravel path, and they're both great.

Can't go wrong with Giant bikes, and they seem to hold their value more than other brands for re-sale.
I have a 2016 model of this bike - really impressed with it.
Any one found any discount codes??
smallsteve2 h, 46 m ago

Assuming there are mounting points for a rear rack, then I think it would …Assuming there are mounting points for a rear rack, then I think it would be a very good trail bike with the right tyres.



Agreed, but the response was to someone wanting suspension, so i'm guessing their trails are pretty rough. Given the wheels on this you could go to a 28 tyre, but on anything more than a few bumps it would be a teeth rattling ride. As stated, if you want a trail bike, then probably best to just buy the Roam with a bit of front suspension and wheels to take a more appropriate gravel tyre.

End of the day, just about anything with 2 wheels and no engine will be able to do trails ... I still remember doing them on my Chopper
alexanderrandles13 h, 7 m ago

Im 6.2ft would this bike be to small for me??


I'm the same height and have a giant m/l and fits fine.
alexanderrandles15 h, 1 m ago

Im 6.2ft would this bike be to small for me??


Giant large bikes do come up large. I am just over 6.2 and ride a large giant but xl trek. There is a giant size chart somewhere online that puts your height right in the middle of large
Frame looks a bit thin to put a rack on. Also composite frame, more prone to cracking than aluminium surely.
Macdory6 h, 55 m ago

Agreed, but the response was to someone wanting suspension, so i'm …Agreed, but the response was to someone wanting suspension, so i'm guessing their trails are pretty rough. Given the wheels on this you could go to a 28 tyre, but on anything more than a few bumps it would be a teeth rattling ride. As stated, if you want a trail bike, then probably best to just buy the Roam with a bit of front suspension and wheels to take a more appropriate gravel tyre.End of the day, just about anything with 2 wheels and no engine will be able to do trails ... I still remember doing them on my Chopper


Chopper! Respect.
audir8810 h, 19 m ago

SPDs, one of the mysteries of the universe, the fact that …SPDs, one of the mysteries of the universe, the fact that ''''serious''''riders wear them in the city is mystifying. They are- less comfortable than sneakers- you can barely walk-you 'glue' your legs to the bike. You increase a lot the possibility to get injured, if something happens in front of you, which happens often. Have seen it many times- more efficient? Any report that supports that? You lose at least a second at every stop light to clip your shoes and start pedaling.-flat pedals don't slipThey do look great though. Heat for the bicycle deal.


More off putting to the scroates who like to help themselves to other peoples property though !
Not sure why this is such a deal.

My Trek FX 3 bike (£550) seems as good, lighter, and build quality is very good (e.g. routing of cables inside of frame). Yes, it does not have a Tiragra drivetrain, but the gear changes can't be any sharper or faster.
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If I had the choice of this Giant or the Boardman Hybrid Pro, I would take the latter, it's a great spec hybrid for ~£675 if you have British Cycling membership discount... The Boardman weighs ~9Kg, the same as my carbon disc road bike.
what size Frame is this
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CampGareth4th Apr

Forgive me but if I've got cheap but sturdy plastic flats currently and I …Forgive me but if I've got cheap but sturdy plastic flats currently and I upgraded to some nice metal flats would that actually give me any benefit apart from more grip? More power out?



I snapped a pedal and swapped in a pair of the 'free' plastic ones, maybe they were just a different depth (thickness) but didn't feel as food, bought some reasonable metal ones and seemed better - but that might have been the something new effective.

However on the exercise bike going from pedals to spd I see a 10-15% increase from the same effort. But better pedals will have better bearings, be stronger so you can get more power through them etc etc - don't have to be a lot bot 20-30 quid will make a big difference.

Or try the approach I did with o/h "oh look these pedals are £360 - would be cheaper to buy a new bike.... but then I would need pedals for that...." missed that joke!
tomtomato22 h, 21 m ago

Not sure why this is such a deal.My Trek FX 3 bike (£550) seems as good, …Not sure why this is such a deal.My Trek FX 3 bike (£550) seems as good, lighter, and build quality is very good (e.g. routing of cables inside of frame). Yes, it does not have a Tiragra drivetrain, but the gear changes can't be any sharper or faster.


Your Trek is aluminium, the Giant is carbon. That's pretty much it. Compare any two bikes with similar specs where the frame of one is aluminium and the other is carbon and there is always going to be a big difference.

Not sure how you are judging the comparative weights of the two models but if you have the disc model of the Trek (and if you don't, then the whole comparison with the Giant is not worthwhile anyway) then the weight seems to be about 26lbs. I doubt very much that the carbon Giant here is going to be heavier than that, and I would guess at least a couple of pounds less.
Fatal.Swan5 h, 39 m ago

Your Trek is aluminium, the Giant is carbon. That's pretty much it. …Your Trek is aluminium, the Giant is carbon. That's pretty much it. Compare any two bikes with similar specs where the frame of one is aluminium and the other is carbon and there is always going to be a big difference. Not sure how you are judging the comparative weights of the two models but if you have the disc model of the Trek (and if you don't, then the whole comparison with the Giant is not worthwhile anyway) then the weight seems to be about 26lbs. I doubt very much that the carbon Giant here is going to be heavier than that, and I would guess at least a couple of pounds less.


Trek has got a carbon fork, and is apparently lighter overall than the Giant, although it's hard to find the weight of the Giant... Apparently, they are not capable in factory to weight their bikes...

I don't know if the Giant is carbon or not, but if it's 100% carbon, then should be lighter. Isn't the main point of a carbon frame to be lighter??

The Trek doesn't have disc brakes on purpose, as they had weight, and not necessary for most people. They are also much harder to maintain. Braking power on the Trek is absolutely fine.

So yes, for 2/3 of the price, the Trek bike would be a better bike for many people.
Edited by: "tomtomato" 7th Apr
tomtomato3 h, 58 m ago

Trek has got a carbon fork, and is apparently lighter overall than the …Trek has got a carbon fork, and is apparently lighter overall than the Giant, although it's hard to find the weight of the Giant... Apparently, they are not capable in factory to weight their bikes...I don't know if the Giant is carbon or not, but if it's 100% carbon, then should be lighter. Isn't the main point of a carbon frame to be lighter??The Trek doesn't have disc brakes on purpose, as they had weight, and not necessary for most people. They are also much harder to maintain. Braking power on the Trek is absolutely fine.So yes, for 2/3 of the price, the Trek bike would be a better bike for many people.


In your first post you said you're not sure why it's a good deal compared to your Trek. I clarified for you - the Giant has a full carbon composite frame and it has a hydraulic disc brake setup. If you really wanted to compare the rest of the components we could find out what year your model is and go through them one by one (but please, let's not). Now, you can always argue whether carbon frames and disc brakes etc are worth the extra cost and to what kind of rider, but basically this what makes the Giant more expensive. If you don't need or want that for your purposes, it doesn't make the Giant any less of a good deal.

I still don't know what your source is for the weight of either of the models you're comparing and without that it's pretty pointless speculating about the Giant being 'heavy' - I am very doubtful about that. But regardless, carbon bikes will almost always be lighter like for like, yet one of the things a light frame allows you to do is run heavier duty parts which offer different performance (bigger tyres, disc brakes, suspension forks etc) with less of a weight penalty to the bike overall, so there is still a benefit to carbon.
Giant doesn't publish bike weights, as it's apparently too complicated given sizes etc. Yeah, must be very hard to weight each size of each bike.

From what I have read, the weight is the about same between a Trek FX 3 and a Giant Fastroad 2. I guess the Giant's carbon frame is lighter, but then such weight is lost on the heavier disc brakes. Not sure what's the point then to pay a premium price for a lightweight frame, but then add back the weight elsewhere.

I personally don't think disc brakes are essential and they have drawbacks too, hence my choice of a Trek FX without disc brakes, which is perfectly fine.

The Giant is a good deal if you compare to the original retail price. If you want a good and light hybrid bike, the Trek is a better deal at £200 cheaper than discounted price of Giant, for a bike of the same weight and similar performance.
Edited by: "tomtomato" 7th Apr
audir885th Apr

SPDs, one of the mysteries of the universe, the fact that …SPDs, one of the mysteries of the universe, the fact that ''''serious''''riders wear them in the city is mystifying. They are - less comfortable than sneakers - you can barely walk-you 'glue' your legs to the bike. You increase a lot the possibility to get injured, if something happens in front of you, which happens often. Have seen it many times - more efficient? Any report that supports that? You lose at least a second at every stop light to clip your shoes and start pedaling. - flat pedals don't slip They do look great though. Heat for the bicycle deal.


Errr. Have you ever ridden them yourself? I only ask the question as someone who had wouldn't have written as you had...

Anyway, to cover your points:

1. Proper cycling shoes are about 10x more comfy than trainers when on the bike. After all, people wear them for many hours a day when doing long rides. They also hold your foot in the perfect position on the pedal, something that even experienced riders find hard to do when riding for extended periods and, again, this reduces fatigue. Good cycling shoes are also well ventilated (for summer use) or waterproof (for winter use) and, again, superior to casual shoes in nearly every way.

2. If you're talking about road cleats, then yes, they are not designed to walk around in, but most SPDs (FYI, SPDs describe a specific type of Shimano clipless pedal and use a recessed cleat on the sole of the shoe) are perfectly usable and some are specifically designed for you to get off and walk or run.

3. The accident thing is, frankly, a pile of rubbish. I've not heard of a single statistic that picks up on clipless pedals as being in any way more dangerous than other pedals. In fact, compared to their predecessor - the clip and strap - they are hugely more safe as you can extract your feet from them without needing to unbuckle with your hands. Personally, I've been using them for 25 years and am yet to have an accident directly attributable to them. I question your use of "often" here - [citation needed]

4. A good cyclist wouldn't even put their feet down at the lights. You *can* trackstand, can't you? Either way, a competent cyclist can be up and running just as quickly in clipless pedals as with flat pedals, and far more quickly than with clips and straps.

5. Good, flat pedals are indeed very grippy, although I would never really recommend them for road use unless only very casual riding due to the above reasons.

6. Look good? WAT. They are pedals. They serve a purpose.
Thinking of getting this. I'm 5'9 do you think the m/l will fit? I know it says j should get m, but j hate feeling too small on bikes.
Also..would you guys go for the fast road slr1 2017 for 700 instead? I don't know much about bikes so any advice appreciated.
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