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Tour de France bikes: Luke Durbridge’s unreleased Giant Propel

BikeExchange-Jayco is racing on this as-yet-unreleased brand new Giant Propel bikes and as-yet-unreleased Cadex wheels

Team BikeExchange-Jayco is riding a brand new, unreleased 2023 Giant Propel at the Tour de France and we’ve had a chance to get our hands on it in person. 

Interestingly, the new Propel looks less like an aero bike than the previous model, with slimmed down tubing that is, if anything, more TCR-like.

It's also got a rather more aesthetically pleasing stem than its predecessor, which looked distinctly top-heavy. 

Giant has stuck with a seatmast for the new bike, though if past experience is a guide, the more affordable models will have conventional seatposts.

A neat detail is that the bottle cages appear to be specific to the bike – each matches the width of the tube to which it’s mounted. 

Regardless of the changes, we don’t doubt that Giant will say the new bike is faster, since what brand every claims anything else about a new bike?

Luke Durbridge’s Giant Propel is built up with Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 components, but the power meter crank is the previous generation R9100 – BikeExchange-Jayco isn't actually sponsored by Shimano, so the team wouldn’t be first in line when components are in short supply. 

Durbridge’s bike is fitted with unannounced Cadex C50 tubular wheels, while other members of the Australian team are on a tubeless version.

Keep reading for a full spec and sensuous close-ups.



Luke Durbridge's unreleased Giant Propel 2023 spec

Frameset Giant Propel 2023
Levers Shimano Dura-Ace R9200
Brakes Shimano Dura-Ace R9200
Rear derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace R9200
Front derailleur Shimano Dura-Ace R9200
Crankset Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 power meter 54/42, 172.5mm
Cassette Shimano Dura-Ace R9200 11-30
Chain Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Wheels Cadex Ultra C50 tubular (unreleased)
Tyres Vittoria Corsa 26mm tubs
Bar Giant Contact SLR Aero
Stem Giant Contact SLR Aero
Seatpost Integrated seatmast
Saddle Giant Fleet SLR
Pedals Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Accessories Fouriers computer mount and chain catcher, Giant Propel cages (unreleased)
Measurements
Frame size Large
Rider height 1.87m
Rider weight 78kg

For all our coverage, head to our Tour de France hub

Photos: Matthew Loveridge