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  1. The Revolt E+ Pro is powered by Giant’s Hybrid Cycling Technology, a system that combines electric power with human power to produce a smart, natural and powerful E-bike riding experience. Its power is generated by the new SyncDrive Pro motor, which helps riders climb steep hills, hold higher speeds, and ride longer distances. The motor delivers power based on a rider’s input and the chosen support mode. The Revolt E+ Pro features five support modes to choose from (Eco, Basic, Active, Sport, Power) and delivers a maximum support ratio of 360 percent. This means that, in Power mode, 100 percent of human torque input offers 360 percent pedal-assist power. It’s tuned to provide a quick and direct response to pedal input, delivering 80Nm of torque in less than 19 milliseconds. The Revolt E+ Pro’s Smart Assist technology gauges pedaling input and the terrain being ridden to determine the precise amount of power needed for a smooth and natural pedaling feel. It delivers pedaling assistance at high cadences so the rider can experience full support whether they’re climbing or descending on roads, gravel or dirt. The new RideControl EVO display and control center makes it easy to view riding data such as speed, distance, estimated range and battery capacity. This handlebar-mounted unit features aluminium casing that’s shockproof and durable, and it has a USB charging port. It can be updated wirelessly via Bluetooth, making it easy to stay current with the latest software. The new integrated EnergyPak Smart compact battery contains 375Wh of energy. For longer adventures you have the option of adding the EnergyPak Plus Range Extender for an added 250Wh of battery power. And the EnergyPak 6A Fast Charger makes charging quick, safe and efficient, allowing you to charge the battery to 80% in about 90 minutes. The frameset is inspired by Giant’s Revolt range of gravel bikes, designed to give riders efficiency and control along with smooth-riding comfort for long-distance adventures. It’s constructed with ALUXX SL aluminium produced in Giant’s industry-leading aluminium forging facility with proprietary production techniques. The Revolt E+ Pro also comes with a D-Fuse composite seatpost, which features a D-shaped shaft that adds compliance in the rear of the bike to enhance comfort and minimize fatigue. The Revolt E+ Pro is equipped with the new gravel-specific Shimano GRX 11-speed drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes, offering purpose-built shifting and braking performance on variable terrain. It also features the E-bike specific Giant eX2 WheelSystem and high-volume tubeless tires (45c) for enhanced rolling efficiency, comfort and a reduced risk of tire punctures. The Revolt E+ Pro will be available in South Africa at the end of November.
  2. Giant Full-E+ 1 Angles on the bike closely match those of the Trance with the biggest difference being the chainstays growing from 440cm to 470cm and the heat tube from 120mm to 145mm on a size Large. To accommodate the motor around the bottom bracket, Giant opted for a single pivot suspension design called SmartLink instead of their well-known Maestro design. Internal cable routing has been executed well with little to no sign of the extra cables needed to send information from the sensors to the computer. Controlling the motor is done through a neat handlebar mounted remote with ride, mode and battery info displayed on a LCD screen that is centrally mounted. Yamaha's Evolution line SyncDrive motor develops a hearty 80Nm and is powered by a 500Wh battery which will be good for 200km under ideal circumstances in Eco mode. This range is achieved by Giant's EnergyPak battery technology, with a 25% higher energy density when compared to competitors' batteries of the same size and weight. There is a battery level indicator on the battery with five LEDs to show you how much juice is left and the screen displays battery life left in percentage and a level indicator to make a quick glance possible. New 4-sensor technology system precisely measures the amount of force a rider is applying to the pedals and delivers the power boost. To deliver even power across the entire gear range the system combines speed and torque sensors with motor and pedal rotation sensors. As with other e-bikes to hit our shores, Giant's range of e-bikes have their top speed limited to 25km/h to comply with European law. FeaturesEvolution line SyncDrive 80Nm central motor, powered by YAMAHA 500Wh battery pack for longest range Fox 34 Float FIT4 140mm travel fork Contact Switch remote height adjust seatpost Shimano Deore/XT 10-speed drivetrain Shimano M506 hydraulic disc brakes Colour: Orange/Acid Yellow available locally; Black/White tested Weight: 21,9 kg Components Big news here is the use of a Fox 34 Float Performance. Although not as smooth as the Factory model, it is a great pick for the Full-E with the beefed up lowers and the extra stiffness adding composure to the heavy bike. A Deore / XT drivetrain paired with a FSA crank and 36T chainring keep the wheels spinning. A set of Shimano M506 brakes running a 200 mm rotor up front and 180 mm rotor rear will slow you down when requested. Apart from the Schwalbe Nobby Nic, all the finishing parts come from Giant's own stable. The Giant branded kit has improved considerably over the last couple of years to the point where it does not seem out of place on any of their bikes. A nice touch is the Trail star compound front and Pace star compound rear Nobby Nic. I'm sure it would have been easier to go with one compound front and rear, but it shows Giant have their eyes on the details when planning bikes. The 730mm handlebar is on the narrow side and I would like to see at least 760mm being selected. It is easy enough to cut aluminium bars down to your preferred width should 760mm be too wide. At least that way you will not have to buy a new handlebar. First Ride The first thing you notice is that the overall feel of the bike is typically Giant: neutral, positive feel that is almost familiar from the off. Switch the electric assist on, select your preferred mode and off you go. It's like riding a bicycle! My very unscientific test took me from 15km/h to 20km/h when switching from Eco to Normal modes and keeping my effort and cadence consistent. Going one more level up to Sport required me to up my cadence and drop a gear or two as I quickly started spinning out before hitting the 25km/h limit. The motor makes light work of even the steepest climbs and longest days in the saddle rewarding you with fresh legs when hitting the single track on your favourite trail. At speed the Full-E sheds the e-bike feel allowing you to attack trail sections like you would on your regular bike. Due to the increase in rear chainstay length it is not as agile as a regular Trance and getting the front wheel up takes a bit more effort, but one quickly adapts to that. The computer son e-bikes need to start having ANT+ or Bluetooth built in to allow greater connectivity. I can see a world where e-bike riders can keep an eye on their heart rates and training zones with a connected screen rather than having to carry another device around. It would also be a great add on to have an App that can be used to tune your settings to your liking like Specialized's Mission Control does with their Turbo Levo range. It adds a level of customization that is truly useful and something I believe will soon be standard on e-bikes. The only real change I would like is to have a more gradual initial kick-in. Other than that the bike rides like the mountain bikes we love to ride, with an on the trail feel that is good with positive feedback from the suspension and Giant's neutral feel. ProsRegular mountain bike feel Buying one of Giant's e-bikes will mean great support and back-up through their vast dealership footprint Cons Motor's kick-in takes some getting used to (worth noting that this is not unique to Giant) Note: Full-E+1 as tested was an early demo bike brought into the country to show to dealers and has a different colour scheme. The specification is the same as is currently available at your local Giant dealer. Giant Dirt-E+ 1 The Dirt-E is a 100mm travel hardtail. As the electronic components match those of the Full-E, the main difference between the two is in the bike design and component choice. In terms of design, unlike the Full-E, the Dirt-E integrates the battery pack into the downtube making for a far sleeker looking bike. Components The components on the Dirt-E+ 1 while on the lower end of mid-range, are all proper mountain biking parts. There is nothing attached to the bike that is not ready for off-road duty. The bike features Shimano gearing with a FSA crankset and KMC chain. The 2x10 setup is mostly Deore level with an XT rear derailleur. The brakes are also from Shimano with 180mm rotors. A SR Suntour Raidon 100 mm air fork dampens the shocks on the front. The bike is finished off with Giant's own wheelset and Connect cockpit components. First ride On the trails, the Dirt-E felt very much like you would expect a bike of this specification level to feel. The central, low weight of the motor and battery did well at masking the true heft of this bike, even allowing for confident pavement bunny hops.The only thing you need to remember on the Dirt-E (if you want power assistance) is to turn it on. Otherwise, it is as simple as can be. Changing between the power modes via the handlebar remote is intuitive and the information on the display is clear and relevant. Like the Full-E, the Dirt-E makes climbing much easier on the legs but don't be fooled into thinking you won't be doing any work. Even in full assist mode, I still found myself attacking the climbs and working up a sweat.On downhill sections due to the 25 km/h speed limit, you are mostly on your own. It was rather pleasant having a bit of assist out of slower corners, helping to get you back up to speed and blasting down the trail in no time. This does come at a cost however as the kick in from coasting was noticeable and is something you need to constantly remind yourself about to being flung off balance. I was a bit confused about the 2x10 gearing until I turned the power off. When pedalling with assistance, gear choice has little consequence as the motor helps power you through even in the toughest gears. But when powered off or in economical assistance mode, the easier gears start to make sense, especially if in the hands of a rider that already requires the electronic assistance to get around. The Dirt-E rides exactly how you would expect a normal bicycle of this specification to ride. This is an impressive feat by Giant considering the additional 10 kg or so worth of motor and battery strapped to the bike. This modestly kitted hardtail model will never excite a mountain biking enthusiast but for casual riders looking for a bit of help on the climbs or a commuter looking to make things easier and faster, the Dirt-E+ 1 will do the trick. Specification list: Frame sizesS, M, L, XLColourAnthraciteblack-Racered Matt-GlossFrameGIANT Dirt-E + 27.5 ""AluxX SL aluminium for SyncDrive mid engine with integrated EnergyPak battery, OverDrive headtube, internal cable routing, integrated post mount disc brake recording, integrated Luggage Rack, upright and wheel guard-Up, replaceable derailleur RecordingForkSR Suntour Raidon 32 RL-R Air 100mm travel, Tapered 1½ - 1⅛" steerer,15QR, remote lockoutHandlebarGIANT Connect TR riser bar, 25mm Rise, 31.8x730StemGIANT Connect, ± 8 °, 31.8SeatpostGIANT Connect, 30.9x375SaddleGIANT Contact UprightPedalsWellgo M149 MTB AluminiumFront derailleurShimano Deore M618 Dyna-Sys Direct MountRear derailleurShimano Deore XT Dyna-Sys Shadow Plus M786BrakesShimano Deore M447, hydraulic disc brake, RT56 rotors (180mm)Brake LeversShimano Deore M506CassetteShimano Dyna-Sys HG50-10f. (Deore series), 11-36 Z.Chain KMC X10eCranksetGIANT by FSA CK-746-1 / IS, ISIS spline, aluminum, 38-24 Z. aluminium / steel chainringRimsGIANT SXC-2 Disc Wheel Set, ETRTO 19-584HubsGIANT by Formula Tracker Sport Disc sealed, 15mm thru-axle frontSpokesNiro 2.0 ~ 1.8 black, 32/32 spokesTyresSchwalbe Rocket Ron Performance, foldable, dual compound, 57-584Extras4A fast charger, anti-theft label powered by CODE-No.com, bellWeight21.2 kgs (Medium)MotorGIANT SyncDrive Sport powered by Yamaha Motor means, 250W, 80Nm, for doubly-chainringControl unitGIANT pedal Plus powered by Yamaha 4-sensorOperator displayCentral GIANT LC display with Sport Ride Control within reachBattery packGIANT EnergyPakF Lithium Ion downtube battery, integrated 36V 13.8Ah (496Wh), lockable, onboard / offboard ChargingRetail PriceR 51,995
  3. Giant entered the mountain bike e-bike market with two distinct models. The Full-E a 130mm rear and 140mm front dual suspension bike and the Dirt-E hardtail. Click here to view the article
  4. The Propel Disc range also introduces new purpose-built Giant components including an aero handlebar-and-stem unit with internal cable routing, and aero WheelSystems optimized with different rim depths front and rear to reduce drag without sacrificing control or power transmission.The goal with the new Propel Disc range was to create a race-winning aero road bike with zero compromises in weight, stiffness and overall race handling. Superior aerodynamic performance was a critical factor, but Giant pro racers including Tour de France stage winner Michael Matthews—who tested and raced pre-production versions of the bike earlier this year—demanded that it also deliver measurable gains in efficiency and control. Giant engineers created a dynamic mannequin, a first for the bike industry, to accurately test and refine the aerodynamic properties of the Propel Disc frameset and a pedaling rider. Final testing and development was conducted at the Aero Concept Engineering facility in Magny-Cours, France. It took three years, radical experimentation with tube shapes, hundreds of iterations in Computational Fluid Dynamics, and innovative wind-tunnel testing with a dynamic mannequin, but the final results speak for themselves. The flagship model of the range, the Propel Advanced SL Disc, has the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio of any bike in its class, and wind-tunnel tests reveal a lower drag coefficient at a wider range of yaw angles than its non-disc-brake predecessor. Matthews raced on pre-production versions of the Propel Advanced SL Disc earlier this year, including at the Tour de France. Following a rainy Stage 2 at the Tour, he said: “With all the new aerodynamics, this bike is super fast. When you need to accelerate, it really gives you that kick that you need. And even in the rain, with the disc brakes it’s perfect.” Team Sunweb riders played a key role in developing the new Propel Disc range. Sprinter Michael Matthews, who recently won the points classification at the 2017 Tour de France, raced pre-production models at several stages of the Tour. Cor Vos photo. The core concept behind the new Propel Disc range is Giant’s AeroSystem Shaping Technology. Viewing the bike as a complete system, rather than an assembly of a frame and components, engineers analyzed countless combinations of airfoils, tube junctions, wheels and components through CFD and wind-tunnel testing. One of the key breakthroughs is a new truncated ellipse airfoil shape—a design that lowers drag at a wider range of wind angles than traditional “teardrop” frame tubing. Engineers also found that, with proper integration, a disc-brake design can actually improve aero performance compared to rim-brake configurations. With its new integrated disc brakes, the Propel Disc range delivers superior braking power and greater modulation in wet or dry conditions. This was a critical performance demand from Giant pro racers. The frame is engineered with flat disc-brake mounts, along with front and rear thru-axle configurations for added stiffness and steering precision. Aerodynamic testing also reveals that the bike’s disc-brake integration reduces overall drag compared to traditional rim brakes. Oncoming air flows smoothly through a more open fork crown area, and the asymmetric fork design helps push air around the front disc-brake caliper more efficiently. Another big demand from Team Sunweb pros was efficiency, as measured by stiffness-to-weight ratio. The flagship Propel Advanced SL Disc model frameset is lighter than that of key competitor bikes including the Specialized Venge Disc and Trek Madone. And tests show that it is also significantly stiffer than those competitors. The combination of lower weight and higher stiffness means that the new Propel Advanced SL Disc is more efficient on the road. Beyond the chassis, the Propel Disc range features several new component innovations including an integrated Giant WheelSystem. The rear wheel, less affected by crosswinds, has a 65mm deep rear rim for uncompromising aero performance and power transmission. The front has a shallower 42mm rim for added control in crosswinds. This further boosts the bike’s aerodynamic performance by lessening the effect of crosswinds on the front wheel while also reducing overall drag. The result is a bike that not only accelerates and slices through wind faster, but also corners with greater precision and handles better in all types of racing situations. Up front, the new Contact SLR/SL Aero handlebar/stem unit was designed with internal cable routing to optimize aerodynamics. And while overall aero performance was always at the forefront of every design decision with the new Propel Disc range, the engineering team was mindful to never compromise weight or stiffness. It’s easy to attain better aero numbers by sacrificing stiffness or weight, but engineers committed to key elements including a larger headtube, downtube and bottom bracket area that were deemed critical to the bike’s efficiency and handling. Here’s a look at the three series in the all-new Propel Disc range: Propel Advanced SL Disc: The flagship model of the new Propel Disc range is engineered with Giant’s highest-grade Advanced SL composite material. Already tested and proven at the highest levels of professional racing by Team Sunweb sprinting specialists, it has the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio of any bike in its class. Every model in this series includes the Contact SLR Aero handlebar-and-stem unit with a wind-tunnel shaped airfoil design and internal cable routing for optimal aerodynamics. It also features new Giant SLR Aero WheelSystem with a 65mm rear rim depth and 42mm front rim for the perfect balance of aero speed and control in crosswinds. As part of a complete Tubeless System, these wheels are matched with Giant’s new Gavia tires. The 2018 Propel Advanced SL 0 Disc model is handcrafted with Advanced SL-grade composite developed with AeroSystem Shaping Technology. It features an integrated Giant SLR 0 Aero WheelSystem along with the Giant Contact SLR Aero handlebar-and stem unit that has internal cable routing. It’s built up with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 electronic drivetrain. Availability varies by country. The 2018 Propel Advanced SL 1 Disc model is handcrafted with Advanced SL-grade composite developed with AeroSystem Shaping Technology. It features a new integrated Giant SLR 1 Aero WheelSystem along with the Giant Contact SLR Aero handlebar-and stem unit that has internal cable routing. It’s built up with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic drivetrain. Availability varies by country. Propel Advanced Pro Disc: Extensive CFD analysis and dynamic wind-tunnel testing were used to optimize every frame tube and angle in a process called AeroSystem Shaping technology. The frame is handcrafted using Advanced-grade composite material to produce a bike that’s lightweight and stiff, with a sharp, responsive ride quality. Disc brakes are integrated with the frame using flat-mount calipers, thru-axles and an asymmetric fork to maximize aerodynamic performance. This series features the Giant SLR 1 Aero WheelSystem with a 65mm rear rim depth and 42mm front rim for the perfect balance of aero speed and control in crosswinds. These Tubeless Ready wheels are integrated with Giant’s new Gavia tires to deliver seamless Tubeless System performance. This series also includes the Contact SLR/SL Aero bar and stem designed to reduce overall drag. The 2018 Propel Advanced Pro Disc series frameset is handcrafted with Advanced-grade composite, including a full-composite asymmetric fork, developed with AeroSystem Shaping Technology. It features an integrated Giant SLR 1 Aero WheelSystem along with the Giant Contact SLR Aero handlebar and Contact SL Aero stem that has internal cable routing. Availability varies by country. Propel Advanced Disc: Engineered with AeroSystem Shaping technology and Advanced-grade composite, this series delivers proven aero performance and one of the lightest frames in its category. New integrated disc brake technology includes flat-mount calipers and thru-axles for wheel stiffness and streamlined performance. This series features the Giant SLR 1 Aero WheelSystem with a 65mm rear rim depth and 42mm front rim for the perfect balance of aero speed and control in crosswinds. As part of Giant’s Tubeless System, the wheels are integrated with new Gavia tubeless tires for added rolling efficiency and a reduced risk of flats. The 2018 Propel Advanced Disc series frameset is handcrafted with Advanced-grade composite, including a hybrid composite fork, developed with AeroSystem Shaping Technology. It features a Giant SLR 1 Aero WheelSystem along with the Giant Contact SL Aero handlebar and stem that has internal cable routing. Availability varies by country. For more information, go to www.giant-bicycles.com/PropelDisc Looking for a new or second hand road bike?Find a road bike in our marketplace here.
  5. NeosTrack GPS Technologies NeosTrack is Giant’s FIrst GPS computer to offer both navigation and training functions. Compatible with all training accessories, including power meters, heart rate straps, speed/cadence sensors, and smart trainers, NeosTrack offers everything pro racers like Team Sunweb and serious cyclist need. Di2 Compatibility NeosTrack provides Di2 support function for Dura-Ace 9150, Dura-Ace 9070, Ultegra 6870 Di2, and Ultegra 6770, allowing you to see Di2 information including real-time gearing ratios and combinations. A Di2 battery level indicator is on your computer screen so you always know how much power you have and when it’s time to recharge. Another great function is that you can scroll through your NeosTrack screen views using the remote buttons built into the Di2 shifters.Compatible with Dura-Ace Di2 9150/9070 and Ultegra Di2 6870/6770 Displays Di2 real-time gearing ratios and combinations on the screen Displays Di2 battery level indicator on the screen Easy scroll screen views using Di2 shifters SRAM eTap/ FSA WE E-shifting compatibility launches at the end of 2017 FTP/LTHR TrainSmart Including LTHR/FTP test protocol and To Plan function, TrainSmart function allows tracking your physical condition and customizing your workouts based on the desired result. Train like a pro with TrainSmart.Pre-programmed workouts to test MHR/LTHR/FTP/MAP value Detail plan your workout via FTP, MAP, MHR, LTHR or HR value to create specific intervals to guide your training. Sync and Share Auto sync with NeosTrack for analysis of ride data or connect automatically with TrainingPeaks and STRAVA to get in-depth training data evaluation, including power analysis results. Know your peak performance levels and enhance your training plan. Record every ride experience and share your rides with friends.Auto sync to NeosTrack app, TrainingPeaks, STRAVA Future Plan: provides TrainingPeaks classes for direct use on NeosTrack. Follow routes Let NeosTrack become your cycling guide. Create a new route or upload .gpx files directly to the NeosTrack computer and start riding to follow the designated route. NeosTrack will provide all ride information, including turn-by-turn instructions, overall route information and total elevation gains to help reach your cycling goals. Three ways to get route information:Create a new route via NeosTrack app or NeosTrack.com website. Use previous routes from ride history. Download .gpx files to NeosTrack to follow. Giant NeosTrack App Ride with the all new Giant NeosTrack GPS computers and enjoy seamless synchronization with NeosTrack app to view ride data, graphical analysis, and auto sync with TrainingPeaks or STRAVA to get further analysis. The Plan Route function provides turn-by-turn instructions while riding and you can also share your ride data with social media. Ride with NeosTrack and achieve your cycling goals. NeosTrack GPS - Track and Train Combine navigation and training functions. Giant NeosTrack is designed to meet the specific training needs of performance-oriented cyclists. The follow tracks function offers all route information during your ride, while providing turn-by-turn instruction so you won’t get lost. And for those looking to improve fitness, the unique train smart function auto syncs with TrainingPeak to provide valuable training performance and analysis.Features: Quick Start: High-sensitivity GPS receiver quickly locates satellites Easy Setup: Five intuitive keys with simple indicators and user-friendly UI Navigation: Plan a trip using the NeosTrack app with info for distance and turn-by-turn directions Group Ride: Plan a group ride using the NeosTrack app and keep track of friends during the entire ride Easy-to-Read: Large 2.6” LCD Anti-glare display Enhanced Battery Life: Up to 33 hours on a single charge—one of the best in the market TrainSmart System: Provides a variety of power data (Current Power/IF/TSS/Pedal Balance) also with pre-loaded FTP test protocol and To Plan function, which allows tracking physical condition and customized workouts File Compatibility: Ride data is saved in .fit file format for uploads to popular training software sites such as TrainingPeaks, Strava, Golden Cheetah and others IPX7 waterproof protectionSpecifications: Dimensions: 3.7” x 2.2” x 0.8” (92.9 x 57 x 20.3mm) Weight: 78g (2.75oz) Water Rating: IPX7 Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion Battery Life: 33 hours Display Size: 2.6” (66.1 mm) Display Type: FSTN positive transflective dot-matrix LCD Connections: BLUETOOTH SMART 4.0, ANT+, WLAN Colours: Black Local availability and pricing The Giant NeosTrack is available through Giant retail stores. The recommended retail price is around R2,399. Specifications Read our review of the Giant NeosTrack.
  6. We are clearing some models to make space for 2018 stock that will soon be available over and above the 2018 stock we already have on the floor. Contact us on (021) 975 1349 or info at giantconceptstores.co.za Model: 2016 Giant Anthem x advance 29er 1 Wheelsize : 29”Size: Small, MediumColour: Black / Blue Price: Was R 55 599NOW R 43 999Full Spec: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/za/anthem-x-advanced-29er-comp
  7. Giant, the world leader in cycling technology, has introduced a new lineup of its award-winning, Maestro Suspension-equipped Anthem and Trance off-road bikes. Developed and tested with pro riders from the Giant Factory Off-Road Team, both platforms feature new geometry, lighter frame weights, and key updates to their suspension systems. The 2017 XtC Advanced +/29 range and the Fathom range feature a number of cutting-edge innovations to improve the XC and trail riding experience for a variety of riders and almost any off-road adventure. Click here to view the article
  8. 2017 Anthem and TranceAt the heart of the new design with both the Anthem and Trance bikes is an updated Maestro rear suspension setup that employs a new trunnion shock mount and a new composite upper rocker arm made with Giant’s Advanced Forged Composite Technology—a new high-pressure molding process that results in a lighter, stiffer and stronger performance compared to aluminium. The 2017 Anthem and Trance bikes feature updated Maestro suspension with a new trunnion mount shock setup. The result is increased pedaling and braking efficiency as well as a lower centre of gravity and shorter chainstays for better handling, climbing and agility. These technologies combine to produce a lower leverage ratio for increased pedaling and braking efficiency as well as a lower centre of gravity for better control. The new suspension updates also allowed engineers to create shorter chainstays on both the Anthem and Trance for improved climbing and agility on off-road terrain. The composite upper rocker arm on the new Anthem and Trance bikes is made with Advanced Forged Composite Technology, a new innovation from Giant that’s used to produce complex shaped carbon fibre components that are lighter, stiffer and stronger than aluminium ones. Here’s a look at what’s new with the Anthem and Trance ranges this year: 2017 Anthem Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Carl Decker, a five-time winner of the Downieville All Mountain World Championships in the U.S., tests a prototype version of the new Anthem Advanced.The totally reengineered Anthem range was developed and tested over the past two years in a collaborative effort between Giant engineers, product managers and pro racers. Longtime Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Carl Decker has been part of the Anthem’s evolution for more than a decade. The input of the five-time winner of the Downieville All-Mountain World Championships helped the development team target new performance goals for the latest Anthem. The new Anthem Advanced is built around a lightweight composite frame with 110mm of rear travel in an updated Maestro suspension setup. This Anthem Advanced 1 model comes in composite and yellow. “Having the opportunity to ride all eight previous iterations of the Anthem that Giant has produced, I have a solid feel for how the product has developed over time,” Decker said. “And also where I’d like to see it go in the future. With the trend of XC racecourses getting longer and rougher, what we have come up with this year is the perfect tool I need to win.” The quick and agile Anthem is updated this year with new geometry on its ALUXX SL aluminium frame. The 2017 Anthem 2 model comes in deep blue. In addition to the Maestro Suspension updates, the 2017 Anthem features an all-new frame design with 110mm of rear suspension travel and 120mm up front, plus the superior all-around performance of 27.5-inch wheels. The toptube is now 10mm longer, which helps create better handling with a “long and low” rider position that increases efficiency and boosts rider control. This new Anthem Advanced SX 1 features a lightweight composite frame that delivers 110mm of updated Maestro rear suspension and 130mm of front suspension, plus Boost hub technology for stiffer wheels and added tire clearance. The longer toptube is complemented by a slightly slacker head angle (0.5 degrees) from the previous Anthem, which further boosts stability on fast, technical descents. And the rear section of the new Anthem frameset features more compact chainstays (5mm shorter rear-centre measurement), which improves climbing efficiency and control on technical terrain. All of the Anthem bikes also include Boost technology, wider hub spacing (110mm front/148mm rear) that produces stiffer wheels for added control, plus more tire clearance and an improved chainline for optimal drivetrain performance. The Anthem SX model combines 110mm of updated Maestro rear suspension with 130mm of travel up front for added control on rugged terrain. The 2017 Anthem SX 2 comes in red. The new Anthem range includes four series, giving riders a choice of frame materials—either Advanced-grade composite or ALUXX SL aluminium. And the “SX” models include a longer travel fork with a more robust components build for more aggressive XC or trail riding. 2017 Trance From XC to enduro, competition to epic adventure rides, Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Adam Craig is an all-around trail rider. The new Trance range delivers the off-road performance and versatility Adam loves, all in one super capable machine.To update the Trance, the Giant development team turned to another veteran rider from the Giant Factory Off-Road Team, enduro racer Adam Craig. The former XC Olympian competes in a variety of off-road disciplines and over the last couple years has focused on aggressive trail riding and enduro racing. Just as off-road riding and racing has continued through an era of rapid progression, so have the demands on bikes and gear, Craig said. “The definition of a trail bike continues to evolve, and to me that means a single bike that can handle a huge variety of terrain,” Craig said. “It has to be able to climb well and have huge capabilities on the descents. I’m looking for that one bike that can pretty much handle every kind of trail. With the adjustments to its geometry and the new suspension tweaks, this new Trance gets us even closer to that perfect do-it-all trail machine.” The 2017 Trance Advanced 0 model features the new Giant TRX 0 WheelSystem with Dynamic Balanced Lacing technology, which delivers best-in-class braking stiffness and performance for added control on the trail. Updated to offer 140mm of rear suspension travel and 150mm up front, with the superior all-around performance of 27.5 wheels, the new Trance is engineered to offer more confidence and control, especially on technical trails. Each of the lightweight frames—engineered with either Advanced-grade composite or ALUXX SL aluminium depending on the model—features new “long and low” geometry and the updated Maestro suspension system including the new trunnion mount and Advanced Forged Composite upper rocker arm. As with the Anthem, the toptube of the new Trance is now 10mm longer, which helps give it the “long and low” positioning that gives trail riders like Craig a more ideal rider position for efficiency and control. The bottom bracket of the new Trance is now 5mm lower than the previous generation, which gives it a lower centre of gravity and better stability at high speeds. And a more compact rear end (5mm shorter rear-centre measurement) provides a boost on climbs and a quicker, more agile feel on technical terrain. This 2017 Trance is built on a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminium frame with updated Maestro suspension and new geometry including a longer toptube, lower bottom bracket and shorter rear end for added efficiency and control on the trail. The Trance 2 model is shown here. Each of the new Trance models also includes Boost technology, wider hub spacing (110mm front/148mm rear) that produces stiffer wheels for added control, plus more tire clearance and an improved chainline for optimal drivetrain performance. The new Trance range includes two series. The Trance Advanced is built on an Advanced-grade composite mainframe, and the Trance features an ALUXX SL aluminium frame. XtC Advanced and FathomThe XtC Advanced +/29 range and the Fathom range feature a number of cutting-edge innovations to improve the XC and trail riding experience for a variety of riders and almost any off-road adventure. 2017 XtC Advanced +/29 Range Adam Craig, a known singlespeed enthusiast and pro rider for the Giant Factory Off-Road Team, helped develop the new XtC Advanced + SS model. Adam is seen here field-testing his prototype SS.From professional World Cup XC racers to trail-riding enthusiasts, Giant’s XtC hardtail bicycles have brought cutting-edge performance and trail riding confidence to a wide variety of off-road riders for the past two decades. The latest range of XtC Advanced +/29 bikes contains the most innovative and radically versatile hardtail bikes that Giant has ever produced. The new range contains three series: XtC Advanced +, XtC Advanced 29, and XtC Advanced + SS. Each is built on and Advanced-grade composite frameset that offers unlimited adventure with an ability to easily convert between 27.5+ or 29er wheels, and as a single-speed. Each also features the latest Boost technology wide hub spacing for stiffer wheels, added tire clearance, and ultimate control in rugged terrain. The XtC Advanced + pairs a lightweight composite frame featuring Boost technology hub spacing with Giant 27.5+ wheels to produce smooth control on the most adventurous terrain. The XtC Advanced + model comes with 27.5+ wheels, making it perfect for adventurous singletrack riding. The lightweight composite frameset is complemented by a 27.2 seatpost, designed to increase compliance for a smooth and confident ride. It can quickly and easily be converted to a more XC-oriented 29er, or even a more playful singlespeed setup. The XtC Advanced 29 comes with the larger diameter 29-inch wheels, making it a true jack-of-all-trades for XC racing or fast trail riding. Top-end models in this series also benefit from Giant’s all-new XCR WheelSystem with Dynamic Balance Lacing (DBL) technology, which delivers greater efficiency and pinpoint control. The platform can also be converted to 27.5+ or a singlespeed setup. The XtC Advanced 29 is aimed at faster XC racing and riding with its 29-inch wheels, and can be easily converted to a 27.5+ setup for more adventurous trail riding. The XtC Advanced 29 1 model, with Giant’s all-new XCR WheelSystem, is shown here. The XtC Advanced + SS is purpose-built for singlespeed purists. With its lightweight composite frame, Boost hub spacing and smooth, compliant ride, it’s a playful singletrack machine that, like the others, can take on multiple personalities. It’s easy to convert this model to a geared 27.5 + bike or a 29er. Blending oversized 27.5+ wheels and tires with a singlespeed drivetrain, the XtC Advanced + SS is a fun and super capable trail machine for off-road purists. It easily converts to a geared drivetrain or 29-inch wheels for XC racing or riding. Giant Factory Off-Road Team riders Carl Decker and Adam Craig contributed to the development of the new XtC Advanced +/29 bikes. Both riders have a long history with the XtC range—for XC racing, training and everyday trail riding. Craig, a longtime singlespeed enthusiast, helped dial in the singlespeed model, and Decker races hardtail XC bikes often throughout the course of a season. “I’ve always been a big fan of the XtC,” Decker said. “Now that it has multiple personalities, it’s more useful and fun than ever. With its ability to switch between 27.5+, 29 and even singlespeed, it’s truly a one-bike solution to all kinds of hardtail fun.” 2017 Fathom Range This all-new hardtail range consists of the Fathom and the Fathom 29—two bikes that share the same name and many similar technologies, but feature distinctive off-road personalities. With its 29-inch wheels and XC-tuned geometry, the Fathom 29 offers XC riders a perfect combination of speed and stability. The Fathom blends hardtail efficiency with a trail-bike spirit. A lightweight ALUXX SL aluminium frame with 27.5-inch wheels and rugged components offers the aspiring trail rider the perfect blend of agility, efficiency and control. It features trail-tuned geometry in the form of a 67-degree head angle that, when paired with a plush 120mm suspension fork, adds confidence and stability in challenging terrain. The Fathom 29 features larger diameter 29-inch wheels and XC-tuned geometry that’s designed for optimal off-road handling with a 100mm suspension fork and XC-oriented components. The Fathom 29 0 model is shown here. The Fathom 29 is also crafted with lightweight ALUXX SL-grade aluminium, but optimized for larger diameter wheels that emphasize speed and stability. The XC-tuned geometry is centered on a 69-degree headtube angle that’s built to optimize its 100mm suspension fork, giving aspiring XC riders and racers a fast and confident ride. Giant Senior Global Off-Road Category Manager Kevin Dana said the Fathom and Fathom 29 are each purpose-built and designed for a specific kind of rider. With its lightweight ALUXX SL aluminium frame and trail-tuned geometry designed for a 120mm suspension fork, the all-new Fathom helps riders tackle rugged trails with confidence and control. The Fathom 1 model is shown here. “It’s time the enthusiast off-roader reap the trickle-down benefits of our high-end 27.5 and 29 models,” Dana said. “Whether they choose the Fathom or the Fathom 29, they can be assured they’re riding a purpose-built, high-value machine that is custom tailored to their riding style.” New Off-Road WheelSystems Both the Anthem and Trance ranges also feature new purpose-built Giant WheelSystems. The most notable technology in the new WheelSystems is called Dynamic Balanced Lacing (DBL), which employs innovative spoke tensioning to optimize wheel stiffness and strength when the wheel is in its dynamic state. DBL wheels place more leverage on the “pulling” spokes, less on the “pushing” spokes. When the wheel is static, the opposing spokes have different levels of tension. When a rider applies pedaling force, spoke tension balances out to produce a stiffer, more efficient wheel. XCR WheelSystem. XCT WheelSystem. Select Anthem models come with XCR WheelSystems, built with carbon materials and 28mm wide Tubeless Compatible rims that are specially designed for XC riding and racing. The front wheel is engineered with DBL Disc technology, which delivers best-in-class braking stiffness and performance for added control on the trail. TRX WheelSystem. Top Trance models come with TRX WheelSystems, which feature many of the same technologies as the XCR models, but with a wider 33mm rim profile to optimize traction and control in more rugged trail riding conditions.
  9. Photo credit: Em Gatland. The Idea For a second year, Hayden Brown and I were hired by Supergroup to document their journey at Sani2c.Last year we used a car to follow the team. Not being able to follow the race route meant that we ended up getting lost more times than I’d like to admit and losing a ton of time trying to find the riders again. So while I was mentally preparing for the Supergroup project I had the bright idea of following the team on an e-bike. I had briefly seen one of the Giant E-bike models a month earlier and I contacted my friends at Bike Hub to see if they knew who I should speak to. Two days later, Iwan Kemp had organized two 2018 Giant E-Bike Full E+1.5 bikes for us to ride. Now that my idea was a reality, I had to face my own realities: my relative inexperience riding a mountain bike. The Reality For those that don't follow stage racing, Sani2c is a multi-day race with three events starting on consecutive days. The three events are the Trail, Adventure, and finally the Race. We were following the second event, the Adventure. The Supergroup riders anxiously awaiting the start of their Sani2c Adventure. Our goal was to ride with the Supergroup team allowing us to not only experience the journey but scout out special spots that we would not be able to access by car. While the goal and idea were grand, nothing ever goes exactly to plan, and due to human error, the chargers for the Giant E-bikes had not been packed. So I started the first day with only 30% battery on the bike. I made 30km +- before the battery ran out. Now as I mentioned before I'm not a cyclist, and riding the bike with zero power just wasn’t an option at my fitness level, so I caught a lift to the finish line where a plan had been made to get a charger.On the second day with a fully charged bike, we looked forward to the incredible drop into Umkomaas Valley and the grueling Iconic climb. This was most definitely my favorite day. Firstly, the sunrise at McKenzie is spectacular. With the sun still peeking its way over the hills, we reached the Umkomaas Valley with the most amazing view and single track. There’s nothing quite like it. The hardest part is trying to keep your eyes on the trail. I took my time here, stopping often to capture shots of the Supergroup team. Time well spent soaking in the route and atmosphere.I also stopped to help a crashed rider who took a serious tumble over his handlebars. I waited with him and his partner for around 30 mins until the helicopter flew over us and acknowledged our position. I then had to try and catch up to the group. While assisting the injured rider, I had fallen behind to starting batch M, with most of the Supergroup team being in batch I. Thankfully, with most of the downhill out of the way, I could now use the power of the Giant E-bike to catch up. By the time I reached the waterpoint 1, I had caught up three or four batches, and was back on track. I snapped some images of the Supergroup team at the waterpoint, grabbed some liquids and snacks for myself and began the next 30km of climbing. Straight off the block I started overtaking riders on the climb, and continued to do so for the next 30 km. I was blown away by the power and torque created by the bike. I must admit I needed to use the higher power option since I just didn’t have the training and strength that the rest of the riders had. I received an array of comments while passing riders. "-Ah! its an E-bike" "That’s cheating" "Let’s swap" "Nice bike" "How?" "Are you going camping with that backpack?" And many more. It really was a mix of feelings, but mostly people were impressed if not intrigued. On the Iconic climb, most riders walked except for the odd few exceptional riders showing their strength/training by getting to the top without putting a foot down. I was not one of those people. While the Giant E-bike could make mince meat of the climb, I lacked the skill to accomplish the task. I still did my best and had some dropped jaws while passing a bunch of riders and making it look effortless. We even stopped to photographed some Supergroup team riders and then jumped back on the bikes to pass them again. Unfortunately, due to using the highest power option on the climbs I ate through the battery and made it to the 60km water point 2. Again I was left with a 23kg bike and no power. Now if I had trained and was just reasonably fit, I have no doubt the bike could make the finish line. However, since I hadn’t and didn’t have any fitness, I was stoked to reach 60km and had a ton of fun while doing it. The final day was met with rain and lots of it. We decided not to ride because of our camera gear, not because of the bikes, and unfortunately, we shot the final day from a vehicle. The Bike Firstly, thank you to Giant South Africa for lending us their brand new Giant E-Bike Full E+1.5. The bike really allowed us to cover the race beyond what would have been possible with a car. With a central Yamaha motor and dual suspension with 140mm travel. The bike is an amazing ride. I enjoyed the ride, and that’s what it's about, isn’t it? You don’t purchase an E-bike to race, you buy it to have fun. The Gaint handled the single track like a pro, felt well balanced, and did what it was built to do on the climbs: obliterate. However it does weigh 23 kilograms, and when the motor was off on the flats or you forgot to turn it on up the climbs you could feel that weight. That’s probably the only downfall of this bike is the weight. But when the motor is on it feels light, nimble, almost like a muscle car. I even had guys come to me at the finish line and drool over the bike like is was some sort of super car.Man oh man did I have fun. And being able to do my job and experience the Sani2c race in a whole new way was worth it. I think e-bikes and media at races will definitely become a big thing. Full specifications: Frame SizesS, M, L, XLFrame ColorsBLACK / BLUEFrameALUXX SL-grade aluminum, 140mm Maestro suspension system, 'Boost' 148x12QRForkSR Suntour Aion 35 LO-R 27.5+ 140mm travel, tapered steerer, Lockout, 'Boost' 110x15mm Quick-Loc thru-axleShockSR Suntour UnAir 185x52.5HandlebarGiant Connect TR 730x31,8mmStemGiant Connect [50 S, 60 M/L, 70XL]SeatpostTranz-X height adjust SPSaddleGiant Contact neutralPedalAluminum PlatformShiftersShimano Deore 2x10spFront DerailleurShimano DeoreRear DerailleurShimano XT shadowBrakesShimano BR-M506/407 180/200mm DiscBrake LeversShimano BL-M506CassetteShimano HG50-10 11-36T, 10-spChainKMC X.10e, e-bike specificCranksetCustom forged crankset by FSA, 28/38T, 'Boost' 4-bolt 104BCD Yamaha specific spiderRimsGiant GE35, 584x35mm Sleeve Joint aluminum, TL readyHubsGiant Tracker Boost, Sealed Cartridge bearing, IS 6-bolt, [F] 110x15 [R] 148x12mm Thru-axleSpokesDT Swiss Alpine® black, DT Pro Lock® Squorx nipples (check possible China suuply for 2.3-2.0 butted spoke)TiresSchwalbe Rocket Ron, 27.5x2.55(584x65mm), Performance Foldable, SnakeSkin, Tubelss ReadyExtrasGiant EnergyPak 4A fast chargerMotorGiant SyncDrive Pro, powered by YamahaSensorsGiant PedalPlus 4-sensor technologyDisplayGiant RideControl EVO, grip launch control with walk assist, mini USB chargerBatteryGiant EnergyPak500, 36V 13.8Ah Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
  10. Marcelo Gutierrez: Marcelo Gutierrez is a six-time DH national champion in his home nation of Colombia. For 2017 he will again focus on major downhill races around the world including the UCI World Cup series. Cameron Baird photo. With varying ambitions ranging from UCI World Cup Downhill races to Enduro World Series events and major XC races in North America, team riders spent time in California getting to know each other and dialing in their new bikes and gear before kicking off the race season March 25 at the Crankworx Rotorua event in New Zealand. Rae Morrison: This year Rae Morrison, New Zealand’s top-ranked women’s enduro racer, joins the team to represent Liv, Giant’s sister brand for women. Morrison, who scored two top-5 finishes in the 2015 Enduro World Series, will race on the Liv Hail Advanced, the first women’s-specific 160mm travel trail bike. Cameron Baird photo This year’s roster includes ten riders representing six different nations. One of the most notable changes includes the addition of Rae Morrison, an enduro racer in the elite women’s category who will represent Giant’s sister brand Liv. The team is also expanding its XC presence at the developmental level with young American riders Stephan Davoust and Tofor Lewis joining. Eliot Jackson: American Eliot Jackson is a newcomer to the team this year. The 27-year-old former motocross racer, who scored several top pro DH results last year, is pictured here riding his local trails in Southern California on his Giant Glory Advanced team bike. Cameron Baird photo. Other new faces this year include Jacob Dickson, a four-time junior national DH champion from Ireland; Eliot Jackson, a former motocross racer from the U.S. who scored top-10 results at two Crankworx DH events last year; and Mike Day, a former BMX star and Olympic medalist who has transitioned into mountain biking. Day will represent the team at select enduro events this year. Returning riders include six-time Colombian DH national champion Marcelo Gutierrez; enduro specialists Josh Carlson of Australia and Canadian Mckay Vezina; plus veteran U.S. XC racer Carl Decker. Here’s a look at the 2017 roster, and photos of the riders with their new bikes, gear and apparel from official team sponsors. Mckay Vezina: Mckay Vezina makes the step up this year from the Giant Co-Factory Team. This past season, the young Canadian emerged as a strong contender in the Enduro World Series during his rookie year. He’s picture here riding his Reign Advanced team bike and wearing the Giant Rail helmet. Cameron Baird photo. 2017 Giant Factory Off-Road Team Josh Carlson (Australia), Enduro Stephan Davoust (USA), XC Mike Day (USA), Enduro Carl Decker (USA), XC, Enduro, Cyclocross Jacob Dickson (Ireland), DH Marcelo Gutierrez (Colombia), DH Eliot Jackson (USA), DH Tofor Lewis (USA), XC Rae Morrison (New Zealand), Liv Women’s Enduro Mckay Vezina (Canada), Enduro 2017 Team Sponsors Giant Bikes: Team riders have a full fleet of Giant off-road bikes to choose from this year. Cross-country riders have the XtC Advanced 29er hardtail for fast, smooth courses or the Anthem Advanced with Maestro rear suspension for more technical terrain. Enduro riders typically choose the Reign Advanced with 160mm of suspension front and rear, or, for certain courses, the Trance Advanced trail bike featuring a composite frame and 140mm of Maestro rear suspension travel. For the World Cup downhill crew, it’s the legendary Glory Advanced, a proven DH machine that has won world championships and World Cups all around the globe. Bike Gear: Team bikes are built up with the most innovative new parts and components from the following team sponsors: SRAM components RockShox suspension Schwalbe tires HT Pedals Giant saddles Giant WheelSystems Giant water bottles and cages MRP chain guide ODI grips Stan’s NoTubes sealant Finish Line lubricant Rider Gear: From helmets and apparel to travel accessories, the following sponsors help give every team rider a competitive edge in training and racing all year long: 100% DH and enduro kits, and full-face helmets and goggles/sunglasses Giant helmets for XC and enduro (Rev, Pursuit, and Rail models) Giant footwear including the Charge for XC racing Jakroo XC racing kits GoPro cameras Re-fuel power chargers Jaybird headphones Honey Stinger nutrition Thule travel gear Rae Morrison will be aboard the Liv Hail Advanced for enduro racing, and will also be equipped with Liv gear including footwear, saddles and helmets.
  11. Our route consisted of a mild 30 km loop. Starting on Signal Hill at dawn and traversing Tafelberg Road to the start of the gravel track and back. From here, we descended the winding, tree-lined Kloof Road, through Sea Point and ultimately making the compulsory coffee stop in Mouille Point. I was lucky enough to get partnered with the best-looking bike of the lot, the new 2017 Giant Contend SL 1. We met up before sunrise and were treated with the most intense orange sunrise from Signal Hill, where we made our way to Tafelberg Road and then back down the Kloof and off to a mandatory coffee stop. Having ridden some steep climbs, fast tight descents and everything in-between, the comfort and general bang for your buck with this bike is incredible. Anyone looking to do their first Cape Town Cycle Tour or wanting to get into cycling and not have to upgrade too soon, this is the complete package for you Nicholas Allen There is nothing better than starting a ride as the sun rises. The view from Signal Hill makes waking up early worthwhile: you get the feeling that the whole city is sleeping quietly below you, while you get a head start on the day and enjoy the freedom of two wheels. A quick loop on Tafelberg Road offered more incredible views of the city, and a dash down Kloof Nek for a caffeine fix in Sea Point was the perfect end to the excursion. Kylie Hanekom I have forgotten how far entry-level bikes have come in the past few years, the handling of this bike was superb, thanks to the compact geometry borrowed from its more famous cousin the TCR, this is the bike to get if you want to race and have fun but don’t want to spend crazy amounts of cash. Gavin Salt Riding the Avail made me realise that it is possible to have fun irrespective of the performance level or price tag of a bike. Getting outside and enjoying time with friends is the core of a good coffee ride, and you don’t need a full carbon race bike to experience it. Kylie Hanekom Kit and apparel details: Nic and Kylie were kitted out with the latest Giant and Liv clothing and apparel.Nic wore the Giant Race Day top and bib shorts (top R1,370; and bib shorts R1,785 ). For protection, Nic donned the Giant Compel helmet (R510) and Giant Horizon Gloves (R275). Kylie's shorts and jersey are from Liv's BeLiv range. The shorts retail for R785 while the jersey can be bought for R815. The helmets and gloves are also by Liv with the Race Day gloves (at R310) and the Luta helmet retailing for a bargain R510. Bike model details: Giant Contend SL 2017 - R17,900 The perfect blend of confident and capable. Designed to take your road riding to the next level, Contend SL is your ticket to longer rides, faster speeds, and more fun than you ever imagined. SizesXS, S, M, ML, L, XLColorsBlue/Black, Black/RedFrameALUXX SL-Grade AluminumForkHybrid Composite, OverDrive SteererHandlebarGiant ConnectStemSportSeatpostGiant D-Fuse CompositeSaddleContact ForwardShiftersShimano 105Front DerailleurShimano 105Rear DerailleurShimano 105BrakesTektro TK-R540 Giant Specific, Dual PivotBrake LeversShimano 105CassetteShimano 105 11-32, 11sChainKMC X11EL-1CranksetRS500, 34/50Bottom BracketShimano, Press Fit RS500RimsPR2 DBLHubsPR2 DBLSpokesPR2 DBLTiresGiant P-SL 1, Front and Rear Specific, 700x25, Folding Liv Avail 3 2017 - R8,900 For quick spins, or ambitious adventures, Avail is a confident companion for all types of road rides. Its lightweight frame and women's specific endurance geometry keep you in control, even on rough roads or long rides. SizesXS, S, M, LColorsIndigo, WhiteFrameALUXX-grade aluminumForkAluminum, alloy OverDrive steererShockN/AHandlebarGiant Connect, 31.8mmStemGiant SportSeatpostGiant Sport, 27.2mmSaddleLiv Connect ForwardPedalsPlatform, CagedShiftersShimano ClarisFront DerailleurShimano ClarisRear DerailleurShimano ClarisBrakesTektro R312Brake LeversShimano ClarisCassetteSRAM PG-850 11x32, 8-speedChainKMC Z72CranksetFSA Tempo, 34/50Bottom BracketShimano, threadedRimsGiant S-R2HubsGiant Tracker Sport Road, [F] 24h, [R] 28hSpokesStainless Steel, 14gTiresGiant S-R4, 700x25, Front and Rear specific, wire beadExtrasBar top brake levers Giant Contend 2017 - R11,900 Designed and developed by the world’s leading aluminum frame engineers for the all-around road rider, Contend is the result of a focused approach to high-value road performance. Born in Giant’s own in-house aluminum forging facility, the ALUXX frame forms the heart of this balanced road machine. SizesXS, S, M, ML, L, XLColorsBlack/White, Red/WhiteFrameALUXX Grade AluminumForkHybrid Composite, OverDrive Steerer, discHandlebarGiant ConnectStemSportSeatpostAlloy roundSaddleContact ForwardShiftersShimano SoraFront DerailleurShimano SoraRear DerailleurShimano SoraBrakesTektro TK-R312 Giant Specific, Dual PivotFinish need must Match Tiagra brake colorBrake LeversShimano SoraCassetteSRAM PG 950 11-32, 9sChainKMC X9CranksetShimano Sora 50/34Bottom BracketCartridgeRimsGiant S-R2HubsGiant Tracker Sport RoadSpokesStainless SteelTiresGiant S-R4, Front and Rear Specific, 700x25
  12. We caught up recently with Kylie, Gavin, and Nic to test out and rate three entry level road bikes from Giant and Liv, perfectly suited for anyone looking to experience the world famous annual Cape Town Cycle Tour. Click here to view the article
  13. Photo credit: Sam Clark on behalf of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. The race start very aggressively up Hellshogte pass with bunch being whittled away due to the fast pace. All of our riders made it over the pass safely and David Garret made a move off the front with 5 other riders. The peloton kept the pace high through to Paarl and the small group was caught. Photo credit: Sam Clark on behalf of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. For the next few kilometers, the bunch sat up with most of the teams preparing for the final assault back into Stellenbosch with the last few climbs in the last 10km being very decisive. A few crashes in the bunch made the race very challenging. Bernard got caught behind a crash with 7km to go and just before the final steep climb. Tim Jenkinson then brought Bernard back into contention with a massive pull on the descent to get our sprinter ready for finish. Another 2 crashes in the final 2km put Bernard further back in the bunch and he managed to get back to the front with 500m to go. He launched his sprint with 200m to go to take the win. Photo credit: Sam Clark on behalf of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. With the road season being over for the year, there are still 2 more track races left with SA Madison champs on the 17th and boxing day on the 26th of December. Photo credit: Sam Clark on behalf of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust.
  14. Found these pics on the net of the new 2017 Giant Trance.
  15. TCR Disc rangeThe new TCR Disc range includes three series: TCR Advanced SL Disc, TCR Advanced Pro Disc and TCR Advanced Disc. Engineered, designed and developed to seamlessly integrate the proven advantages of disc brakes with the established benefits of TCR road bikes, the TCR Disc range delivers a new level of control to performance-minded road riders. The TCR Disc range brings the added control of integrated disc-brake technology to the legendary road performance of the TCR. Each purpose-built frame is engineered with flat-mount disc brake technology for the most consistent braking power in all conditions. And the new front (12 x 100mm) and rear (12 x 142mm) thru-axle setups produce a race-tuned ride quality with unrivalled precision and steering stiffness. The TCR Advanced SL Disc and TCR Advanced Pro Disc models also come equipped with Giant’s SLR Disc WheelSystem and all-new Gavia SLR tubeless tires to boost efficiency, comfort and control. The TCR platform has long been the bike of choice for Giant’s elite pro road racers, supplying several generations of riders with unrivalled all-around performance in the most demanding conditions and terrain. The new disc-brake version of the TCR was developed and field-tested over the past year with Team Giant-Alpecin riders. 2017 TCR Disc Range The flagship series of the new range is the TCR Advanced SL Disc. The latest overall frame design, reengineered last year and ridden to stage wins in the Tour de France, Vuelta a España and dozens of other pro races (non-disc version), is the lightest, most efficient TCR ever. Each one is handcrafted from Giant’s premium Advanced SL-grade composite. Every tube shape, junction and layup technique is strategically re-engineered to reduce weight without sacrificing stiffness. The TCR Advanced SL Disc model comes with the Giant SLR 0 WheelSystem, all-new Giant Gavia SLR tubeless ready tires, and a SRAM Red eTap wireless electronic groupset. The toptube, seattube, integrated seatpost and seatstays feature minimalistic profiles, while the PowerCore bottom bracket has each been refined to maintain the stiffness and efficiency that the TCR range is known for. The new Variant Integrated Seatpost design allowed Giant engineers to balance compliance and efficiency for a superior race-tuned ride quality. Compact Road Design, a Giant innovation that changed the landscape of performance road bikes when it was first launched in 1997, helps give the new TCR Advanced SL Disc its agile, responsive handling. And a new Advanced SL-grade composite fork with a thru-axle design helps boosts steering stiffness. When combined with the OverDrive 2 steerer tube and MegaDrive downtube, the result is razor-sharp handling and cornering precision. The TCR Advanced Pro Disc model comes with the Giant SLR 1 WheelSystem, all-new Giant Gavia SLR tubeless ready tires, and a Shimano Ultegra groupset. The TCR Advanced Pro Disc series is built around a handcrafted Advanced-grade composite frameset including a full composite fork and OverDrive 2 steerer tube. This series features the Variant seatpost (non-integrated) for a race-tuned feel, and many of the same core frame technologies as the TCR Advanced SL Disc series including MegaDrive, PowerCore and all-new internal cable routing. Finally, the TCR Advanced Disc series features the same Advanced-grade composite frame as the TCR Advanced Pro Disc, but with a composite fork and hybrid OverDrive steerer tube. The TCR Advanced 1 Disc features Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and drivetrain components. The TCR Advanced 2 Disc is built on a lightweight Advanced-grade composite frame with Giant’s Variant seatpost for added compliance. ContendThe Contend range features three series, all with purpose-built framesets handcrafted with aluminium construction. The new Contend range includes these three series: Contend SL Disc, Contend SL and Contend. With a lightweight aluminium frameset and specially designed geometry that blends endurance positioning with agility, Contend delivers a confident ride quality to a wide range of road riders. Every Contend bike puts an emphasis on confident handling, smooth ride quality, and lightweight efficiency. Its versatile all-rounder frame geometry is designed to blend endurance positioning with quick and agile riding characteristics. Here’s a look at each series: Contend SL Disc The Contend SL Disc features flat-mount disc-brake integration for added control in all types of weather and road conditions. Contend SL 1 Disc model shown here. Built on an ALUXX SL-grade aluminium frame with an Advanced-grade hybrid composite fork, the Contend SL Disc features integrated flat-mount disc brakes for consistent braking power and overall control in all weather and any road conditions. A D-Fuse composite seatpost adds road-smoothing compliance and reduces vibrations to help minimize fatigue and improve rider comfort. The Contend SL Disc series features Giant’s Compact Road Design for lighter weight, greater stiffness and confident handling. It also includes the OverDrive steerer tube for steering precision and a MegaDrive downtube of unmatched frame stiffness and efficiency. Special features on the Contend SL Disc include integrated rack and fender mounts, allowing riders to customize their bike for commuting or long-distance touring adventures. And the frame is also designed with internal cable routing for clean aesthetics and functionality. Contend SL/Contend With its lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frame and hybrid composite fork, the Contend SL offers confident handling and a smooth, efficient ride quality. Contend SL 1 model in blue shown here. The Contend SL is built with all of the same frameset features as the Disc model, but with rim brakes instead of integrated disc brakes. And the Contend offers a similar frame platform, but with an ALUXX-grade aluminium frame and a 27.2 round-diameter seatpost instead of the D-Fuse. The Contend series, available in several models at various price points, blends endurance geometry with a quick and agile ride feel on the road. Contend 1 in black shown here. Availability Giant South Africa will confirm local availability and pricing at a later stage.
  16. Giant is introducing its TCR Disc range of road bikes, a modern blend of legendary road-riding performance with the added control of integrated disc brakes. Giant have also launched the all-new Contend series of road bikes aimed at aspiring riders who seek the performance and ride quality of competition-level road bikes, combined with a smooth, confident ride quality at a high value. Click here to view the article
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