Giant’s tag line for this series of bikes is:
Seek is the city-savvy bike styled for go-getters, to match your life on the go.
Well alright, let go! There are three bikes in the series. All feature an aluminum frame and a rigid (that is, non-suspension) steel fork. The top tube slopes in a mountain-bikey fashion, and the flat-ish handlebar and stem will put most riders in an athletic riding position: back/spine at 45-60 degree angle, off the ground, and a modest reach to the bars.
- Seek 3 is a 24-speed derailer bike with disc brakes front and rear, for about $600.
- Seek 2 has a 27-speed SRAM drivetrain and Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic disc brakes – it’s about $700.
- Seek 1 is the bee’s knees: it’s got the 8-speed Shimano Alfine internal drivetrain in addition to hydraulic disc brakes. You get what you pay for, usually, and you’ll pay about $1025 for this bike.
All three bikes come with sensible platform pedals, and have mounts for front and rear racks and fenders. You’ll have to work the accessories around the disc brakes – a minor hassle and an the only obvious problem with these bikes, on spec. The aesthetics are clean, colors muted. I was going say these are “Just the facts, Ma’am,” bikes, but that sounds a little stodgy – these are “no non-sense” bikes. And each one comes with a bell.
Thanks to the Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop in Denver, CO, for bringing these bikes to my attention. They were clearly impressed, evidenced by their use of the Seek 1 in their rental fleet.
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