As one of the biggest, if not the biggest, bicycle manufacturers in the world, Giant Bicycles could be forgiven for sitting back and resting on their laurels. They did introduce concepts such as compact frames, and were one of a few brands to adopt composite technology in frames and components early on.

But instead, Giant continue to grow, and make sure their products evolve to suit the market, or more frequently, their products are ready for where the market is heading.

Bling takes the stage. Photo: InsideSport/Getty

Giant equip the Sunweb professional road team, who have had a string of high-level success this year. From Tom Dumoulin's win at the Giro, to 4 stage victories and the Points and KOM jersey at the Tour de France, Giant have access to some of the best real world research and development. And this is a key resource that they use in the design and development of their bikes, wheels, and accessories.

Here's what caught our eye in their 2018 line-up.

Get out and explore with the Giant ToughRoad SLR GX

One of the models to really catch our eye at the recent Giant Australia launch was the ToughRoad SLR GX range. While the ToughRoad SLR range was around this year, the GX is new for 2018. The ToughRoad has been built for adventures off the beaten track, with alloy frames and carbon forks that can take upto 50mm wide tyres, and still take mudguards and racks. The GX range are dropbar bikes while the regular range (which is still around in 2018) are flatbar models. The GX series has a 1x and a 2x option, they are disc equipped, have Tubeless Ready wheels.

Riders who wanted this sort of bike had previously moved to a Giant TCX. And while those are still a good option, the ToughRoad SLR GX has geometry more suited for adventure riding and loading up with racks and panniers for truly epic adventures. With pricepoints of $1599 and $2399, both bikes are great examples that you don't have to invest a small fortune for a ticket to escape.