Similar to the Marin Muirwoods we featured recently the Giant Tough Road SLR 2 pictured above is made to get you most places efficiently. The Giant is spec’d with wider tires that hint at a bit more off-roadability.
It has an aluminum frame mated to a carbon front fork, so it’s reasonably light, and its geometry is fairly zippy.
It has eyelets for fenders and panniers so that it can be made into a full-on tourer, but we also like it as a stripped down commuter that is capable on most local trails but is also at home on the pavement.
The size medium pictured above is built up and ready to take out for a ride now in exchange for $1070 plus taxes.