I’m in love with my road bike! Here’s my full review of the Giant Avail 3 road bike. It has a women specific design, is comfortable, fast, and has smooth shifting – all in all, it’s a quality road bike for less than $1,000.
Joe and I went bike shopping recently. Joe had seen an ad for a Giant Rapid for a really good price. I was not crazy about drop handle bars so the appeal of the Rapid was its flat handlebars. We had both shopped at Cap’s Bicycles before and knew that they also sell Specialized and Trek so we thought this would be a good place to start. Joe read some reviews online about the Giant Rapid and they were all very positive. Determined to take our time and do our homework we set off, with Billy (our Yorkie-Poo) in tow. He often comes for bike rides with us, in his Axiom Premium Pet Basket (reviewed here).
Winter is a good time to buy bikes because the prices are very good, but sometimes the selection can be limited, which was the case for my (small) size. I test drove the Rapid and thought it was a nice ride, but wanted to try some other bikes for comparison. Since I wanted flat handlebars the selection was even more limited. I decided to try drop handlebars and noticed a very beautiful Giant Avail 3 in my size. Not only that, but it was also a women specific design – bonus!
I took a test ride on the Giant Avail 3 and immediately fell in love with the bike. It was comfortable, I really enjoyed all the hand position options, the shifting was very smooth and the second brake levers were brilliant. The seat is comfortable. Best of all she is a fast, fast girl. So much for taking our time – I wanted this bike and I wanted it now!
I have not regretted my choice for a minute. Here’s my bike on a lovely ride we took on the Point Grey bike route in Vancouver.
Here is a nice little video that shows you the technical specs of the Giant Avail 3 in a more interesting way than the chart at the bottom of this post:
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The Giant Avail 3 is at the lower end of the Avail range. If you have more than a thousand dollars to spend, and want the very best, you might want to consider the all new Giant Avail Advanced 1.
Here’s a video of the very high end Giant Avail Advanced 1. This is a bike that will cost you around $2,600 – but according to this video, you would not be sorry. This bike features electronic Ultegra gearing.
Well, I am not quite at the level of a Giant Avail Advanced 1 yet. In the meantime, I have done many commuter rides on the Giant Avail 3 and she is wonderful. So much faster than my old commuter. Her acceleration is the best of any bike I have ridden. And she looks great too! Here she is, dressed in her winter Bike Wrappers (high visibility reflective wrappers that protect your bike and protect you too – read our review here).
My Giant Avail is just a joy to ride. I highly recommend the Giant Avail 3 to anyone looking for a quality road bike for less than $1,000. Great value for money.
Read on … Joe can give you the technical specs below:
This is Joe … the Giant website will tell you:
“Group rides or solo sessions, centuries or triathlons avail gives you the confidence to take it to the next level. The lightweight and comfortable ride quality of Avail comes courtesy of its premium aluminum frame, designed specifically for women riders with Liv/giant’s 3F philosophy. Its road-taming technologies include the distinctive OverDrive steerer tube, which is oversized for improved handling and slightly taller for optimized endurance positioning.”
It’s all true!
This is a great bike for a very reasonable price. Took it for a spin myself, even though it is not exactly my size. It handles like a thoroughbred – FAST, and responsive. A little on the stiff side for me, but Maggie loves it. If you’re looking for a road bike under $1,000, definitely give this one a test ride.
(For more product reviews, see Average Joe Cyclist Product Reviews.)
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Technical Specs of the Giant Avail 3:
|Sizes||XS, S, M, L|
|Fork||Advanced-Grade Composite, Alloy OverDrive Steerer|
|Handlebar||Giant Sport, Women’s, 31.8|
|Seatpost||Giant Sport, 30.9|
|Saddle||Giant Performance Road, Women’s|
|Pedals||Caged w/ Toe Clip and Strap|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Sora|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Sora|
|Brakes||Tektro TK-R312 Giant Specific, Dual Pivot|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Sora w/ Tektro RL720 Top Bar Levers|
|Cassette||Shimano HG50 11×32, 9-Speed|
|Crankset||Shimano Sora, 34/50|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano, External|
|Rims||Giant S-R2, Double Wall|
|Spokes||Stainless Steel, 14g|
|Tires||Giant S-R4, 700×25|