Giant Propel Advanced SL 0 review – Road Bikes – Bikes

The Giant Propel Advanced SL 0 is the latest flagship aero road bike from the Taiwanese behemoth.

While the previous Propel (which launched in 2018) went all in on aerodynamic efficiency at the expense of some added weight, this latest version is intended to offer the best of both worlds.

With an exceptionally low weight of just 6.91kg, the Propel is competitive on the scales with some of the best climbing bikes, yet appears to sacrifice little in terms of outright speed on the flats.

On top of this, smart refinements such as an increase in tyre clearance, an overhauled cable routing system and a new two-piece aero cockpit, make the new Propel a bike that isn’t overly specialised or difficult to live with.

While at €12,000 / $12,500 / AU$13,999 (UK pricing is yet to be confirmed) the price of this WorldTour spec race bike is predictably lofty, the Propel Advanced SL 0 is a true do-it-all road bike with few compromises.

Giant Propel Advanced SL frameset

Unusually for a self-styled aero road bike, the headline feature on the new Propel frameset is its low weight.

At a claimed 1,429.5g for a size medium frameset, the 2023 Propel is only 163.5g heavier than the latest Giant TCR Advanced SL frameset – an almost imperceptible difference.

It’s clear Giant isn’t lying about this either. Our size ML test bike weighs a feathery 6.91kg, including the new aero bottle cages and an out-front computer mount.

There are relatively few competitors in the aero road bike space that can come close to matching that weight figure (bikes such as the Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL7, Factor Ostro VAM and Canyon Aeroad CFR spring to mind).

In its top-spec guise, the new Propel is an exceptionally light aero road bike.
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Of course, the new Propel likely gives up some aerodynamic efficiency compared to heavier, more aggressively aero-optimised bikes such as the Cervélo S5, Cannondale SystemSix,  Orbea Orca Aero or Trek Madone SLR.

But given the balance of comments we receive on the subject, the compromise struck by the Propel is likely closer to what most people want from a high-performance road bike.

Nevertheless, Giant claims the aerodynamic performance of the latest Propel surpasess that of the previous version as a complete bike by 6.21 watts at 40kph, equating to 27 seconds over 40km.

Notably, though, this figure includes the new Contact SLR Aero cockpit, Cadex 50 Ultra Disc wheelsystem and Cadex Aero Tubeless tyres (more on these later).

How much of that 6.21 watts improvement is attributable to the various component parts is unclear, but if you’re buying it as a complete bike, it arguably doesn’t matter.

Despite being significantly lighter than the previous version, the new Propel is nevertheless said to be more aerodynamic as well.
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My only quibble with the Propel Advanced SL frameset concerns the integrated seatpost.

The flippable head that allows you to switch between -5 and +15mm

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Maryann Keller, formidable Wall Road analyst, pundit and recurrent Detroit 3 critic, dead at 78

She mastered the names and features of tools employed to create autos and mild trucks, and the formulation to compute company average gasoline overall economy scores expected by the federal authorities.

She at the time referred to as Toyota Motor Corp.’s Tahara assembly plant, on the eastern coastline of Japan, amid fishing villages in Mikawa Bay, a oversight for the reason that it was substantially much too automated when it was crafted in 1979. Toyota, fearing a scarcity of staff amid Japan’s declining birth costs, packed the plant with robots and automation to build the greatest Lexus sedans and Toyota versions.

“It was not a competitive manufacturing facility when they built it,” Keller would say afterwards.

Whilst she praised the third-technology Ford Taurus as a fantastic car or truck and possibly the very best automobile constructed by Ford Motor Co., she decided it was much too highly-priced to build.

“Alternatively of understanding what the market would have paid for a Taurus, Ford created the car that it preferred to layout … and priced it to gain a realistic return on its expense,” Keller explained in an April 1996 speech prior to a supplier convention. “Now it is really spending for all those problems with rebates, articles reduction … amplified incentives and affordable funding and lease bargains. The Taurus may attain Ford’s sale targets, but it will not access Ford’s revenue focus on.”

A single of Keller’s ideal sources for investigate and intelligence was previous Detroit 3 executives who went to do the job for Japanese automakers environment up U.S. functions, as well as U.S. sellers who signed on early to promote Japanese vehicles starting off in the 1970s. Her on-the-ground investigate made her among the initial analysts to warn Detroit of the rising menace from Japan’s far more gas-efficient automakers, specially Toyota, Honda and Nissan.

When the Detroit 3 began narrowing the reliability gap with Japan as the 1980s closed, Keller predicted technological innovation would grow to be a critical marketing level and aggressive advantage.

“There are no extended big differentials in size and high-quality, and cars are getting to be seem-alike the world in excess of,” she instructed the Los Angeles Situations in 1988. “Substantial tech, consequently, is the final aggressive edge.”

With an encyclopedic memory of the auto business and a cheerful demeanor, she became a well known guest expert on Tv news systems — morning, noon or evening. Reporters in smaller towns and big media marketplaces routinely reached out to her for perception or a quote.

Steve Friedman, onetime executive producer of NBC-TV’s “Now” morning program, once explained to The New York Instances that he usually invited Keller to be a guest “for the reason that she talks English, she knows her stuff, she talks in small sentences, and she’s right. What else do you want?”

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Silver Lake car retailers charged with unlawful road parking

Two Silver Lake auto repair service retailers are struggling with misdemeanor prison charges, accused of illegally parking luxury vehicles in places intended for neighborhood inhabitants, Los Angeles metropolis officers said.

In a grievance filed Tuesday in L.A. County Remarkable Court, Metropolis Atty. Mike Feuer accused the two outlets — Hi Tech Automotive and Chic Silverlake — of illegal street parking and storage of various autos alongside the 4000 block of Fountain Avenue.

The complaint names home entrepreneurs Grigor Bakchajian, Arusiak Karadanaian and Vasken Bedirian. Bakchajian operates both equally organizations, according to the criticism. Attempts to attain the homeowners Wednesday had been unsuccessful, and messages left with the two shops had been not straight away returned.

The prices arrived immediately after a KNBC-Tv set Channel 4 investigative report spotted store staff parking the vehicles in the coveted neighborhood spots — a zoning violation under the city’s municipal code, which prohibits fix shops from parking motor vehicles exterior their heaps or authorized storage yards.

6 Porsches, a few Ferraris and a Dodge Viper were being between the motor vehicles parked alongside Fountain Avenue while allegedly in the shops’ possession, court files say. The extend is a busy thoroughfare in the community.

“It’s untenable that neighborhood inhabitants have endured for so lengthy mainly because these automobile fix stores allegedly just take up scarce general public parking areas,” Feuer mentioned. “That’s why we are using motion and submitting these costs.”

KNBC, which began its investigation following receiving an e-mail from Silver Lake resident Brian Behrend, also noted that Range Rovers, Mercedes-Benzes and Maseratis had been clogging household streets close by.

Attained by cell phone Wednesday, Behrend, 51, claimed that he has lived about two blocks from Hi Tech for 20 decades and that he has been pissed off by lines of exotic and expensive vehicles parked on his avenue for all of those two a long time.

“It was just the sheer quantity of autos on the road,” he claimed. “They do not conceal it, you can see mechanics parking autos there and then they just sit on the avenue and moved again and forth for avenue cleaning. It is not right.”

He claimed he arrived at out to the information outlet after years of sending letters and e-mails to council members and town departments to deal with the issue, all to no avail. However he was “happy and elated” that officials were being at last taking motion, he also remained guarded over no matter if something will improve.

“It’s awesome to contribute to the neighborhood in a way that, if anything at all ever comes of this, looks like favourable issues are taking place,” Behrend explained. “But I’m kind of outdated and jaded, I’ll believe that it when I see it.”

Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for Feuer, claimed the incident is not isolated to Silver Lake and included that the city attorney’s office will go on to work with town companies to tackle comparable troubles in L.A.

In complete, the shop proprietors were

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Tiltons Automotive Support operator programs to move small business area throughout Huntley Road in Worthington community

Tiltons Automotive Provider, 6661 Huntley Highway, has outgrown its space and is arranging a transfer throughout the street, in accordance to its owner.

The corporation is scheduling to construct a 19,500-square-foot facility on 2.57 acres at the northeast corner of Huntley and Schrock streets in the coming months, in accordance to a city of Worthington memorandum on a closing development approach.

Owner Andy Tilton said the existing facility is about 21,000 sq. ft and slightly larger sized than the new a single, but the new facility will be “actually designed to do what we do.”

“The benefit of shifting across the street is there is a large amount much more space for our clients, and we are creating a facility that is built close to what we do as a organization, not a warehouse that we established the room to do operate in,” he said.

Tilton explained he hopes to break ground on the new site in late March or early April, with options to be completed in the late fourth quarter of this 12 months or early very first quarter of up coming 12 months.

One of the important constraints of the recent facility is the parking circumstance, Tilton claimed. He mentioned due to lack of parking, his employees have been parking offsite to allow areas for shoppers.

Ron Kinnaman, an ASE master tech, runs diagnostic tests on a Honda Accord on March 2 at Tiltons Automotive Service.

“My used individuals are parking offsite, and blessings to the businesses that have allowed us to park on their parking lot for this time,” he stated. “We just did not want to keep on to do so.

“And as we improve as a company, this new facility will give us not only the room to develop but the basic safety of the parking areas and points like that for our purchasers.”

In accordance to the metropolis memorandum, 119 parking spaces will be furnished with the new facility.

Tiltons Automotive Service, 6661 Huntley Road, has outgrown its space and is planning a move across the street, according to owner Andy Tilton.

The company acquired a conditional-use allow from the Worthington Municipal Scheduling Fee on Jan. 27.

Tiltons just wants to need the essential setting up permits to start building on the new facility, in accordance to Lee Brown, Worthington’s setting up and developing director.

The city memorandum said the building’s exterior will be “a modern industrial layout with modern-day materials of aluminum storefront glass, awnings and cement fiber siding.”

In addition, the facility “will be an L-shaped developing with its major entrance oriented toward the intersection, with a looped fall-off region for prospects,” the memorandum explained.

Tiltons specializes in “all big and minimal auto mend expert services on foreign and domestic cars,” in accordance to its web site, takeittotiltons.com.

Tiltons also has a locale at 171 N. Substantial St. in Gahanna.

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Nine big changes to driving laws, road rules and car tech coming in 2022

Drivers can expect to see some big changes on the road this year. 

A raft of new laws, vehicle technology and driving rules are due to be introduced in 2022 – and many of them are influential developments that will impact every person who regularly gets behind the wheel.

From changes to the Highway Code to councils taking powers to issue fines across England and Wales for minor traffic offences like stopping in a box junction, these are the nine major updates motorists are likely to face in the next 12 months…

Rules that have allowed drivers to avoid prosecution for using their phones behind the wheel are being tightened up in 2022 

1. You can’t touch your phone behind the wheel

Introduced: ‘Early’ 2022 

Lawmakers are planning to close a loophole that has allowed drivers to evade prosecution when caught using their mobile devices behind the wheel.

Currently, motorists can only be penalised for using a handheld phone for ‘interactive communication’ while driving, meaning anyone using their device to record video, take selfies, snap pictures and scroll through downloaded music are able to avoid fines and points.

However, ministers will from early in 2022 introduce new rules that makes using a phone or any handheld device behind the wheel illegal in almost all circumstances – and mean culprits receive a fine of £200 and six points on their licence.

The stringent rules will also apply when stopped at a red light or stuck in traffic.

The only significant exception is that drivers will still be able to use their phone as a sat-nav as long as it is secured in a holder, and hands-free calls. Mobile payments at drive-through restaurants or on toll roads will also be allowed. 

This graphic shows how the Highway Code will change early in the year in relation to drivers and cyclists

This graphic shows how the Highway Code will change early in the year in relation to drivers and cyclists

These are the Government's 'key design principles' for its new plans for cycling, with the intention that it 'is or will become mass transit and must be treated as such'

These are the Government’s ‘key design principles’ for its new plans for cycling, with the intention that it ‘is or will become mass transit and must be treated as such’

2. Cyclists and pedestrians to have priority over drivers at junctions

Introduced: 29 January (subject to parliamentary approval)

A scheduled update to the Highway Code from January will see the launch of an official ‘hierarchy of road users’ system that is designed to protect the most vulnerable people, including pedestrians and cyclists.

The new hierarchy will mean road users who can do the greatest harm will have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger they may pose to others. 

It will have the biggest impact at junctions, with drivers having to ensure they do not cross the path of cyclists or horse riders. And it also gives pedestrians priority when they are waiting to cross at a crossing or junction rather than only when they are already crossing. 

What the new ‘hierarchy of road users’ will be

1. Pedestrians

2. Cyclists

3. Horse riders

4. Motorcyclists

5. Cars/taxis

6. Vans/minibuses

7. Large passenger vehicles/heavy goods vehicles

 

This places more, but not complete,

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