The New 2016 Giant ToughRoad Touring Bikes

This year we’ve seen many new additions to the off-road adventure touring category such as a pair of Salsas, a Bombtrack and a Marin – prompting my new list with all of the options. Now the 2016 Giant ToughRoad wants to play!

These aluminium-framed flat bar touring bikes are spec’d in two different options, both at highly competitive price points. The ToughRoad is essentially a mountain bike with a rigid carbon fork, a high handlebar and provision for front and rear racks. The 29×2.0 tyres and wide gear range should be able to conquer most dirt roads, heck, the bike would probably dominate a smooth road with some slick tyres too.

The 2016 Giant Toughroad Offroad Touring Bikes

2016 Giant ToughRoad SLR

The top model, the 2016 Giant Toughroad SLR1 comes with front and rear racks installed, a SRAM 20 speed drivetrain with a wide-range cassette (11-36), a composite fork, carbon seatpost and a 29er mountain bike wheelset. The retail price is US $1299.

2016 Giant ToughRoad SLR 2

The 2016 Giant Toughroad SLR2 shares the same frame, fork and wheelset as the top model, but comes with a lower quality Shimano 27 speed drivetrain (with an even wider range of gears, however!) and an aluminium seatpost. US $870 will get you rolling dirt roads on one of these.

If you love your dirt road adventures and you’re on a budget, check out the Giant website for more information. If you like this style of bike but are after more options, check out my list of off-road adventure touring bikes.

Want To Compare These Touring Bikes With Dozens of Others?

Check out The Touring Bicycle Buyer’s Guide which compares touring bike steering, sizing, gear ratios, specification, pricing and more. The Bikepacking Bike Buyer’s Guide does the same thing, however, with a focus on lighter bikes and models with more off-road capability. Both of these guides are updated annually with the latest models at no extra cost!

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  1. Re: the Giant Tough Road SLR.
    I just spent a few days riding forever up and then a wee bit down or so it seemed 🙂 the hills of Northern Laos – Nong Khiaw to Udom Xai to Luang Namtha to Huay Xai. Whilst the bike I bought as a light 29 er tourer overall performed well to my expectations on the mostly smooth asphalt roads with reasonably good climbing gear ratios, extremely light/agile to handle, and braked well down some serious sharply curved descents there is a problem with cracking around the area where the front racks screw into the composite front fork. Luckily I was able to unload the front panniers and pick them up back in Huay Xai. The weights were well below the recommended 7.5 kg each side. I have it back at the bike shop in Australia now and will see what Giant have to say – its only a few months old. Would be a shame if it’s not just a one off thing as the bike is a great fit and choice for me as a 68 year old credit card tourer 🙂 The all up weight 12 kg with racks is also a plus at airports as well.

  2. I have a new fork 🙂 replaced free of charge by Giant – a wee bit slow although the bike shop maybe was a bit at fault also. I’ve been away 2 months on my MTB in Vanuatu anyway so no bother.

  3. bought it last year , like the bike in general , totally dislike the seat post locking mechanism

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