This is a Giant Propel Advanced. It’s got AeroSystem Shaping Technology and a SpeedControl SL brake system which, according to the Giant website, is the result of countless hours in the wind tunnel. But that’s not what we’re looking at. Rather, it’s the engraving work of Kenn Paulson who has — by hand — inscribed the Dura-Ace groupset with a most intricate scrollwork.
Stone Artist LLC is the name of Kenn’s Wisconsin-based business, founded in 1989, whose primary specialty is custom stone memorials. He’s one of the leading stone carving artists in the world, and he’s also a passionate cyclist, so it was only a matter of time before he turned his chisels and keen eye towards bike components.
Kenn has applied his technique to Brooks saddles, wheels, stems and bars. The Propel is owned by Justin Michels, manager of the In Competition Sports store in Green Bay. While this sort of work may normally void any warranty, it’s one way of adding a truly unique touch to your ride. Get in touch with Kenn via the Stone Artist LLC website.
Special thanks to Matt Ludtke for the studio shots.