When it was originally released back in 2012, the Propel was one the very first aero road bikes to hit the market. In the decade since, Giant has been steadily refining the platform with today seeing the official launch of the latest iteration, led by its flagship model, the 2023 Propel Advanced SL 0.
As tends to be the way, the 2023 Propel actually broke cover earlier this year when piloted by Team BikeExchange-Jayco at the Tour de France. Success came quickly thanks to a brace of very different – but equally impressive – victories by Dylan Groenewegen (Stage 3, Sønderborg) and Michael Matthews (Stage 14, Mende). They’re results that speak volumes to the ever-evolving nature of what is one of the world’s most commercially-successful aero road bikes.
At first glance, the styling of the new Propel is a little slimmer and more refined than its predecessor, especially the top tube and seat tube which now features an integrated seat mast, with fewer harsh edges and hard angles. While the base geometry remains similar to the previous generation Propel (circa 2018), the 2023 frameset is 225 grams lighter and nearly 10% stiffer – significant numbers in the never-ending quest to maximise on-road performance.
With an RRP in the vicinity of $13,999 it would be erroneousto describe the 2023 Propel Advanced SL 0 as an affordable road bike. It’s still the price of small car. Yet compared to many of its direct rivals boasting similar (that is, outstanding) levels of engineering and componentry, headlined by Shimano’s superb new 12-speed Dura-Ace Di2 groupset, integrated dual-sided FC-9200P power meter and CADEX carbon components, the value here seems pretty compelling.
Certainly, there’s more than enough on offer to warrant serious consideration should you be in the market for one of the pro peloton’s top-shelf speed machines towards the end of the year when the first bikes should start hitting Australian shores.
The 2023 Propel Advanced Pro 0 models are priced even more attractively at around $7,799 (Shimano Ultegra Di2) and $8,499 (SRAM Force eTap AXS) respectively.
Senior journalist Peter Maniaty has been testing a pre-release of the 2023 Giant Propel Advanced SL 0 in recent weeks. His full review will appear in the November/December edition of Bicycling Australia magazine.
2023 Giant Propel Advanced SL 0
Frame: Advanced SL-Grade Composite, integrated seatpost, disc
Fork: Advanced SL-Grade Composite, full-composite OverDrive Aero steerer, disc
Handlebar: Giant Contact SLR Aero
Stem: Giant Contact SLR Aero, OverDrive Aero
Seat post:Advanced SL-Grade composite, integrated design, -5/+15mm offset
Saddle: Giant Fleet SLR, carbon rails
Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 ST-R9270
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 ST-R9250
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 ST-R9250
Brakes:Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 hydraulic
Rotors: Shimano RT-MT900 (160mm front/140mm rear)
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-30, 12-speed
Chain: Shimano Dura-Ace M9100
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace 52/36 with FC-9200P power meter
Bottom Bracket: Shimano, press fit
Rims: CADEX 50 Ultra Disc (hookless)
Hubs:CADEX R3-C40 Aero Hub, CenterLock, 12mm thru-axle (front)
CADEX R3-C40 Aero Low Friction Hub, 40T ratchet driver, CenterLock, 12mm thru-axle (rear)
Spokes: CADEX Super Aero Carbon (F21/R24)
Tyres: CADEX Aero Tubeless (700×25)
*Indicative pricing only. Final RRP is yet to be confirmed by Giant.