It's official, the all-new 2023 Giant Propel has arrived!
The all-new Propel is made for the moments that count. The 2023 Propel is lighter, faster, stiffer, more comfortable, and easier to work on than before.
This aero road machine made its public debut at the recent Tour de France, and now Giant has officially announced the launch of the new Propel aero road bike that has been engineered to give a competitive advantage for pros like Dylan Groenewegen and Michael Matthews of Team BikeExchange-Jayco.
The new Propel looks less like an aero bike with the latest iteration with shallower tube profiles, compared to its predecessor, the previous Propel that was launched 2018.
Tests show that the new frameset is not only one of the lightest in the aero road category, but it also achieves significant gains in stiffness. Lighter weight plus increased stiffness result better efficiency on the road. For competitive racers, nothing matters more than power-to-weight, so making the new Propel both stiffer and lighter was essential.
Giant engineers focused on two key areas of stiffness: frame stiffness, which determines the amount of overall frame and fork torsional flex under load; and pedaling stiffness, which measures the lateral flex of the bottom bracket area under load.
It wouldn’t be a flagship road bike release without the “lighter, stiffer, more aero”. A re-engineered seat tube, chainstays and integrated seatpost with slimmer diameter tubing compared to the previous generation Propel Advanced SL. This new design gives the new Propel improved road handling.
The guiding design principle behind the new Propel is its AeroSystem Shaping Technology. It has aerodynamically integrated bottle cages, which are individually designed to help air flow smoothly from the down tube to the bottle and from the bottle onto the seat tube respectively.
The cockpit has been completely redesigned with two-piece Contact SLR Aero handlebar and stem making it easier to change components and dial in a precise fit. While hiding the cables and hoses from the wind, this new OverDrive Aero system avoids the complexities associated with fully integrated handlebar/stem designs that are common with many of today’s aero road bikes.
With those improvements, as well as the introduction of the new cockpit and recently launched Cadex 50 wheels, the new Propel requires 6.21 fewer watts than its predecessor to hold 40km/h, when tested with cages and bottles in situ.
2023 Giant Propel key stats
- Integrated aerodynamics with the bike and its components designed holistically. Aero testing data can be found in the launch book provided below.
- Easier adjustability with a completely redesigned cockpit including an all-new Aero handlebar and stem system - availability and pricing TBD.
- All-new CADEX 50 Ultra and Giant SLR 1 50 WheelSystems - pricing and availability TBD.
- Race winning efficiency achieved through a lighter weight frameset and increased frame stiffness.
- Advanced SL and Propel Advanced Pro series model(s) as well as an SL level frameset option.
Models, pricing and availability
- Propel Advanced SL 0: Cadex 50 Ultra wheels, Contact SLR Aero cockpit, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9200 groupset, Shimano R9200-P power meter
- Propel Advanced Pro 0 AXS: Giant SLR 1 50 wheels, Contact SLR Aero handlebar, Contact SL Aero stem, SRAM Force eTap AXS groupset, SRAM Force crank with Giant Power Halo power meter
- Propel Advanced Pro 0 Di2: Giant SLR 1 50 wheels, Contact SLR Aero handlebar, Contact SL Aero stem, Shimano Ultegra R8100 Di2 groupset
Please note that pricing and availability on the Propel range is to be confirmed, and that information will be made available closer to our virtual launch in September. Below are indicative retail prices, but please be advised that these are subject to change and should only be used as a rough guide.
- Propel Advanced SL 0 - $13,999 RRP
- Propel Advanced SL frameset - $TBD
- Propel Advanced Pro 0 AXS - $8,499 RRP
- Propel Advanced Pro 0 Di2 - $7,799 RRP