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  1. “The new Pique 29 series was designed for cross country racers who want to be on top of the podium, and endurance riders who love to go fast. This bike is incredibly agile and can charge steep uphill sections while also maintaining speed in flowy and technical terrain,” said Ludi Scholz, Liv global bicycle category manager. The Pique Advanced Pro 29 and Pique 29 are built for speed with an all new, cross country-specific geometry optimized for speed, acceleration and cornering, and women’s-specific suspension tuning. To accomplish this, Liv’s 3F design philosophy, which includes thousands of data points about women’s anatomy, sizing variations, and muscle energy and outputs was used to build the Pique 29 series from the ground up for women. Prototypes of the bike were fine-tuned with feedback from Liv global athletes including Liv Racing athlete and pro rider Kaysee Armstrong. “I rode the Pique 29 prototype for the first time at Sea Otter this spring and have been riding it in all of my races since. I am incredibly impressed with the bike’s performance, fit and handling,” said Armstrong. “The new Pique 29 is the most responsive, race-oriented bike I’ve ridden, and makes easy work of diverse terrain. With 29-inch wheels, an ultra-lightweight design and other high-performance features, this bike is truly a game changer in the race world.” Optimized for Speed and Performance The 29-inch wheel technology and all new cross country-specific geometry design were optimized for speed, acceleration and cornering, giving riders the ability to fly across technical sections. Pique Advanced Pro 29 models feature an ultra-lightweight design with full advanced carbon composite frame, carbon handlebar and wheelset. Pique 29 models are designed with a full ALUXX-SL frame that was built to offer a lightweight, stiff bike with a premium ride at an entry level price. Leading Suspension Technology for Better Handling The Pique 29 features 100/100 mm of travel and was extensively tested and tuned specifically for women with Liv’s suspension partners to make the bike as close-to-perfect right out of the box. Maestro suspension uses a floating pivot point for effective suspension on all-terrain that allows efficient pedaling, the ability to absorb bigger drops and trail chatter, and offers smooth suspension with brake independence. The trunnion-mount rear shock allows for a fast and supple ride tuned for women, by women.The Pique 29 Advanced Pro 0 features the FOX Live Valve System that automatically adjusts the suspension while riding. This allows riders to focus on the trail ahead of them without having to make manual shock adjustments, which is especially beneficial in race situations where every second matters. Handcrafted Frame Designed for Efficiency The Pique 29 Advanced Pro models are handcrafted with advanced-grade composite to provide an ultra-lightweight frame with enhanced stiffness. A new Advanced Forged Composite Technology upper rocker arm was also designed for increased stiffness, durability and a lighter weight ride. The Pique 29 series includes a 30.9 mm diameter cross-country specific dropper seat post to enable the rider to lower her centre of gravity on steeper terrain. Riders will find that the seat has an integrated “UniClip” to attach compatible bike accessories, while the frame design accommodates downtube water bottles on all frame sizes, XS-L. No Compromise Build Designed to tackle serious climbs with ease and efficiency, the Pique 29 series features a PowerCore bottom bracket for unparalleled power transfer, and OverDrive steerer for precise steering along with an XCR Carbon Wheel System on Advanced Pro models for strength, durability, stiffness for demanding cross-country riding. All models in the series were also designed with lightweight paint and are available in multiple colours and graphics.
  2. “Since Liv’s introduction of its first E-bikes last year our customers have been asking for a dual-suspension option for increased comfort and rideability. We listened and are excited to deliver two additional models to our E-bike lineup just one year later,” said Ludi Scholz, Liv global bicycle category manager. Using Hybrid Cycling Technology, a system developed by Liv’s brother brand Giant Bicycles, Liv’s E-bikes offer a boost to how far riders can travel. This technology lies at the core of each model and combines electric power with human power to produce a highly efficient, powerful and natural E-bike riding experience. Hybrid Cycling Technology consists of four key technologies that work together to provide a smooth yet powerful electric plus human powered ride: SyncDrive, RideControl, PedalPlus and EnergyPak battery. Powered by Yamaha, the SyncDrive Pro motor on Liv’s Intrigue E+ features five support modes and 11 micro assist modes offering up to 360% of a rider’s effort—more than three times the power output to pedal stroke with 80NM torque. This assures an immediate and smooth power integration. The motor also comes with a narrower Q factor, making the distance between the pedals smaller and more comfortable for the rider. The SyncDrive Sport motor on the Embolden E+ includes five support modes, 10 micro assist modes, and up to 350%, 80NM torque. The all-new, intuitive handlebar mounted RideControl ONE allows the rider to control the motor assist level while also providing battery feedback. SyncDrive, RideControl ONE and PedalPlus technology give riders the ability to easily customize their desired level of pedal assist. RideControl ONE will connect with a multifunctional smartphone app that allows the user to track rides, navigate routes, set fitness goals based on various metrics (heart rate, time, distance or calories). It also allows motor support personalization so the user can fine-tune how much assist each level provides. This app, designed specifically to work with Liv and Giant’s Hybrid Cycling Technology, will be available in early September to enhance the rider’s experience. The battery integration into the downtube on both the Intrigue E+ and Embolden E+ offers a seamless look made possible by an updated EnergyPak. EnergyPak now comes with new Smart Charger technology that has potential to charge the higher capacity 500Wh batteries to 60% in less than 90 minutes, and a full charge in just over three and a half hours. This is accomplished by direct feedback from the battery to the charger, allowing the charger to moderate the energy charge input based on the age and condition of the battery. With this technology, new batteries charge quickly under optimal conditions, and older batteries are charged less rapidly to extend battery longevity. When fully charged, the battery can last up to 150km before it requires recharging. The 400Wh battery, also charged with a Smart Charger, reaches full charge by three hours and can last up to 120km. “We are proud to expand our investment in this category and deepen our offering for women with these incredible E-bikes," continued Scholz. "The customizable power output support ratios, seamless battery integration and personalized options help them become the ultimate E-bikes for women." Intrigue E+ Range The Intrigue E+ is an agile, capable contender designed to take rowdy lines, link together longer rides with ease, and give riders the confidence to pedal uphill for longer periods of time instead of strategizing an inconvenient shuttle drop-off system. This bike features 140 mm plush rear suspension on Giant’s premium Maestro platform and a trunnion mounted shock with a 150 mm fork. The Intrigue E+ is ready to shred trails going both up and down thanks to a playful, aggressive all-mountain trail geometry featuring a longer top tube and shorter stem, slack headtube angle of 66.5 degrees, steeper seat tube angle of 74.5 degrees, plus the tunable SyncDrive Pro motor, new fully integrated downtube EnergyPak with 500Wh capacity, handlebar-mounted RideControl ONE with available Giant E-bike App and PedalPlus technology. The result is a high-performance bike that sails over challenging terrain with less rider fatigue. Tubeless and plus-size compatible Boost 27.5-inch wheels make this ripper a complete package. Learn more at www.liv-cycling.com/intrigue-e. Embolden E+ Range The Embolden E+ was designed to be a fun, capable mountain bike that encourages both new and experienced riders to enjoy the freedom, fun and exhilaration of getting on the trails more often. This playful series uses the FlexPoint premier single pivot technology offering a simple and durable system and effective performance of the 120 mm rear shock. The suspension system is completed with the 130 mm fork. The tunable SyncDrive Sport motor, new fully integrated downtube EnergyPak with 500Wh capacity, handlebar-mounted RideControl ONE with available Giant E-bike App and PedalPlus technology come together to create a go-to bike that is always ready to hit the trails. Plus-size compatible Boost 27.5-inch wheels make this bike ultra-capable. Learn more at www.liv-cycling.com/embolden-e.
  3. Giant Durbanville is proud to announce the return of Leon Jansen and Ruan Visagie to our team. They were part of the successful team who designed and opened the store 2 years ago and have more than 25 years of experience in the industry. Ownership changed from 1 Feb 2017 and the store will be owner managed. Please contact Leon at our store for any current issues as well as pending questions or quotes on 021 9751349. We would like to thank our loyal clients for their support and look forward to an exciting future. In celebration of this and the upcoming Cycle Tour we will have a massive sale on Wed, March 8th. We will be open from 8am - 8pm on the day. Some of the deals on offer... Giant SLR 0 Carbon wheelset and Tyre Tubeless tyre combo Was: R 26,760 Now: R 18,995 Sidi Drako Carbon MTB shoes Was: R 5,400 Now: R 3,595 All Fizik saddles, save up to R1500 Please note prices are valid while stocks last.
  4. 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.
  5. New Zealand’s Raewyn Morrison has become a consistent top-ten finisher after merely two seasons of racing the Enduro World Series. A relative newcomer to enduro competition, Rae’s varied racing background—from downhill to cross-county—has helped her develop the blend of technical skills and physical fitness demanded of the discipline. Her break-out year came in 2015 as she made her EWS debut—earning two top-five finishes at the final rounds of the season—while also becoming New Zealand’s top-ranked enduro racer. First established in 2014, Liv is the first and only cycling brand completely dedicated to women. With an upbeat personality paired with the drive and confidence to take on the toughest race tracks, Rae not only values Liv’s mission but also embodies it. “I like that Liv is a brand dedicated to women of all levels—from those just starting out, to competitive racers—with women’s-specific bikes, gear and apparel that performs and looks amazing,” Rae said. Leveraging Liv’s affiliate brand Giant, Morrison will receive complete support from the well-established Giant Factory Off-Road Team and anticipates a newfound confidence when the 2017 Enduro World Series kicks-off in March in Rotorua, New Zealand. “Having the best support, the best equipment, the best bike will make a world of difference. It takes away a lot of the pressure and saves energy for me to just focus on the race,” said Morrison who is looking to further improve on the success of her first two seasons. Rae draws from both her downhill and cross-country mountain bike racing experience to excel on the technically challenging and physically demanding race tracks found on the EWS. Rae will have a quiver of Liv bicycles to utilize in- and out-of-competition but will rely on the Hail Advanced come race day. “It ticks all of the boxes: stable, yet playful and very confidence inspiring. I love it,” said Morrison after getting acquainted with her new Hail. For her training, Rae will also utilize the new 120mm travel, Pique Advanced trail bike. Both models are designed using Liv’s 3F design philosophy and are handcrafted with a women’s-specific Advanced-grade composite lay-up while featuring the latest in Maestro suspension technology. Along with Liv bicycles, Rae will use select Liv rider gear, including the Infinita trail helmet. In addition to Liv bicycles and select rider gear, Morrison will rely on SRAM components, RockShox suspension, Schwalbe tires and 100% eyewear, racewear and full-face helmets. Featuring aggressive geometry and the latest in Maestro suspension technology, the Hail Advanced will be Rae’s bike of choice for racing when the Enduro World Series begins in Rotorua, New Zealand. For more details about Rae and her 2017 race program including Liv bikes and rider please check out http://www.liv-cycling.com/global/teams-and-riders
  6. Liv, the cycling brand dedicated to the female cyclist, unleashes the Pique series, the all-new performance XC racing and trail riding bikes for 2017. Featuring lightweight Advanced-grade composite and ALUXX, Pique satisfies the rider who is looking to up her game on challenging XC terrain. Following the success of Liv’s Lust, evolution yields the new and improved bike, Pique, which steps up the suspension to 120mm, features wider boost spacing, and brings the addition of the rowdier Pique SX with a 140mm fork. Liv is also proud to introduce the all-new 2017 Hail series - the industry’s first 160mm travel all-mountain and enduro racing bikes made from the ground up for women. Previously absent in the ranks of women’s performance mountain bikes, the Liv reaches 160mm travel sweet spot with both Advanced Composite and ALUXX Aluminum and Advanced Composite frame options in the Hail series. Click here to view the article
  7. Liv Pique The women’s-specific Pique Advanced 0 features an advanced composite layup, 120mm front suspension and 120mm rear suspension controlled by Maestro suspension technology. Render.Using the 3F design philosophy, Liv’s engineering team designed the Pique to offer the best fit for women—a process that involves analyzing global body dimension studies and product testing with professional mountain bikers like Leigh Donovan, Katie Holden and Lindsey Voreis. Pique Advanced composite models feature a women’s-specific carbon lay-up perfectly tuned for stiffness that creates power and trail dampening compliance where women need it most. New to Liv’s composite off-road line-up this year is the addition of a carbon upper rocker arm made with Advanced Forged Composite Technology, a high pressure molding process that creates complex shapes in multi-directional carbon layups for maximum strength and lightness. The Pique has updated Maestro suspension technology, which is mounted in a Trunnion mount to shorten the chainstay and lower the center of gravity for better handling, and increased efficiency and agility. Pique can handle any terrain, and can climb as well as it can descend. Liv strives to make bikes to fit the needs of every woman, which is why Pique is offered in a wide range of models, from the approachable Pique 3, to the Pique Advanced 0—with the latest and greatest components like SRAM Eagle XX1 1x12 Drivetrains and premium RockShox RS-1 forks. Fast up, fast down; Pique is the versatile cross country or trail riding bike with an affinity for speed, aimed to help each rider achieve her peak performance. Pique Advanced 1, revealed. Pique Advanced and Pique join Liv’s 2017 off-road lineup that features newcomers Hail, Embolden and returning favorite, Obsess. Liv’s 2017 premium off-road lineup, offer frames that are compatible with the latest the industry has to offer—like boost hub spacing that improves stiffness, trail handling and provides increased tire clearance for riders who prefer wider rims and tires. Pique Advanced SX. Render. The Pique series is comprehensive and structured to meet the needs of a broad range of female mountain bikers. Pique Advanced composite bikes are available in three model specifications: Pique Advanced 0, Pique Advanced 1 and Pique Advanced 2. The ALUXX aluminum Pique is available also in three model specifications: Pique 1, Pique 2, Pique 3. The Pique SX, with a longer travel 140mm fork, is available in both Advanced composite and ALUXX aluminum options: Pique Advanced SX, Pique SX. Liv HailHail features 160mm travel on Giant’s leading Maestro suspension technology. Serving Liv bikes, Maestro suspension uses a floating pivot point for perfectly tuned suspension that creates efficient pedaling. This technology was enhanced in 2017, with the all-new Trunnion shock mount to lower the rider’s center of gravity and shorten the chainstay for better handling, efficiency and agility. This addition can be found on all Hail models, allowing the rider to corner more predictably and hold her line through speed-sucking rock gardens. The women’s-specific Hail Advanced 0 features an advanced composite layup, 130mm front suspension and 160mm rear suspension controlled by Maestro suspension technology. Render. Hail Advanced bikes are handcrafted with a women’s-specific Advanced-grade composite lay-up and come complete with another suspension upgrade new to 2017 Liv Maestro platform bikes. To match its compliant frame, Hail Advanced’s upper rocker arm is created with Advanced Forged Composite Technology, a high pressure molding process that creates complex shapes in multi-directional carbon layups for maximum strength and lightness. While built to descend, this lightweight Advanced Composite frame has improved power transfer through the stout PowerCore bottom bracket for pedaling efficiency and climbing prowess. With its 3F design philosophy, Liv designs off-road products that offer the best fit for the female rider. Through global body dimension databases and product testing with elite athletes like Leigh Donovan, Katie Holden and Lindsey Voreis, Liv creates a bike that acknowledges industry trends and now charters a course of its own for the most discerning female mountain bikers. The 160mm Maestro suspension technology . The Hail, like other models in Liv’s 2017 premium off-road lineup, offer frames that are compatible with the latest the industry has to offer—like boost hub spacing that improves stiffness, trail handling and provides increased tire clearance for riders who prefer wider rims and tires. Liv’s research shows that many women do not want to compromise when it comes to components. Enter Hail Advanced 0. From its lightweight carbon frame, short stem, wide handlebars and beefy tires, to the aggressive 130-160 mm RockShox Lyric RCT3 fork, 160 mm RockShox Deluxe RC3 shock and SRAM X01 Eagle 1X12 drivetrain, Hail Advanced 0 will deliver when it comes to big drops, rocky ruts or long climbs. Hail Advanced 1, revealed “As a woman, bike brands have historically offered us models that often times were not capable of doing it all and that is where the Hail comes in: finally, a bike—in my opinion—that gives me the flexibility to take an easy ride with my parents and 10-year-old daughter, ride my local cross country trails or shred black diamond downhill trails in some of my favorite spots in the world,” said World Champion downhiller, Liv ambassador and mountain bike coach, Leigh Donovan. Leigh called on a wealth of mountain bike industry knowledge and experience in research and design to give Liv feedback that helped develop the Hail into what she considers her dream bike. Hail Advanced and Hail aluminum models are true enduro and all-mountain bike products in Liv’s 2017 performance off-road lineup that also features Pique, Embolden and Obsess. The Hail series includes the composite Hail Advanced 0 and Hail Advanced 1 and the ALUXX aluminum Hail 1 and Hail 2.
  8. Team Giant-Alpecin and Team Liv-Plantur were presented to the media and guests today at the Italian Embassy in Berlin. Team Giant-Alpecin chose the capital of Germany, where the team’s WorldTour license is registered, as the location of the Team Launch for the second year in a row. Click here to view the article
  9. The Ambassador of Italy, H.E. Pietro Benassi, officially opened the presentation in a setting offering a strong association with the history of cycling. Italy has brought the world legendary riders and monumental races such as the Giro d’Italia and Milan–San Remo, as well as the passion of the tifosi and a commitment to extending that passion for cycling to new areas all over the world. The 2016 lineups of the men’s and women’s teams were presented to the audience, along with the full roster of partners. Title partners Giant and Alpecin and current partner Sunweb have been joined by Renson, the trendsetting Belgian manufacturer of ventilation systems, sun shading systems and terrace covers, as a new key partner for 2016 and beyond. Team Giant-Alpecin CEO Iwan Spekenbrink (NED) said: “This year we are continuing to work with a young group of riders who will further develop within our unique elite sports environment based on the ‘Keep Challenging’ approach and principles. Alongside this we will have an enhanced focus on promoting the regrowth of cycling in Germany through grassroots development aimed at both German youth and young talents in the sport. So today is also an important day for German cycling.” Giant Propel Giant TCR Giant TCX TGA Giant Trinity In addition, the team announced the preparation of its development program, which will begin in 2017 in line with the UCI WorldTour reforms and which has the clear objective of becoming the leading and most innovative program in talent development. The program will enable the team to provide a complete grassroots-to-WorldTour structure, offering opportunities for the world’s biggest talents and also ensuring that the best German talents can develop into WorldTour riders.Spekenbrink continued: “We must thank everyone present here today in Berlin for helping make this a special day in a perfect location, the Italian Embassy in Berlin. It is a great way to kick off our 2016 campaign, and we are once again hugely excited about the coming racing season.” Team Giant-Alpecin is also pleased to announce that it has re-signed the talented Floortje Mackaij (NED), a key rider on the women’s team, Team Liv-Plantur. The two parties agreed to a commitment of four years, through the end of 2019. Team Liv-Plantur coach Hans Timmermans (NED) said: “Floortje joined the team two years ago, and we initiated a development process based on the long term. For us it is a logical decision to extend our commitment to work with one of the biggest talents out there. We consider her a product of our ‘Keep Challenging’ approach, and we are looking forward to continuing to contribute to her development.” Giant Envie. Giant TCX TLP. Mackaij said: “I am very happy to renew my contract. I feel very good at the team, where I have the opportunity to grow. Signing for a longer period gives me a lot of confidence. I’ve become stronger. I am still young and so is the team, and I hope we can continue to grow further as a team, too. I hope to show strong results in races that are comparable to last season’s victory at Gent-Wevelgem, and I want to focus on that, as it feels great to compete for the victory in such races. We’ve made a plan with the team, which gives me the structure I need.”Each of the Team Liv-Plantur riders plays a role in the development of Liv bikes and gear, including the Envie Advanced Pro team bike, and the Rev Liv and Attaca helmets. View the complete rosters of the 2016 Team Giant-Alpecin WorldTour team and Team Liv-Plantur here on our new website.Here is the full roster for the 2016 Team Liv-Plantur squad: Leah Kirchmann (Canada) Floortje Mackaij (The Netherlands) Riejanne Markus (The Netherlands) Sara Mustonen-Lichan (Sweden) Rozanne Slik (The Netherlands) Julia Soek (The Netherlands) Kyara Stijns (The Netherlands) Sabrina Stultiens (The Netherlands) Carlee Taylor (Australia) Molly Weaver (Great Britain)
  10. The women’s-specific Avow Advanced Pro 0 features the all-new AeroVault System that includes an aerodynamic bento box and stem-mounted, hands-free hydration system, plus an aero wheelset and highly adjustable handlebar system. Liv’s engineering team used the 3F design philosophy, which creates bikes based on female global body dimension studies and body composition data to best harness a woman’s power output when they designed this women’s specific triathlon bike. “We wanted to create a performance triathlon bike that is actually comfortable,” said Abby Santurbane, Liv’s global category manager. “Comfort is a word we don’t often hear in the tri world, but it was the number one feedback we got from all levels of female triathletes—they just didn’t enjoy riding their tri bikes. Avow Advanced is extremely adjustable and provides the absolute perfect fit for the female triathlete, keeping her fresh for the run without giving up an aerodynamic and performance edge.”The Avow Advanced Pro models feature a handcrafted, Advanced-grade composite frame tuned specifically for the female rider, plus an aerodynamic wheelset, AeroDrive fork for precise steering and handling, and the all-new AeroVault System. The integrated AeroVault System includes an aerodynamic bento box and stem-mounted, hands-free hydration system to keep riding essentials within reach. Avow Advanced features women’s-specific design, an advanced-grade composite frame tuned for the female rider, and dynamic colour and graphics. Triathlon fans have already had glimpses of the Avow Advanced Pro 0 ridden by Liv professional triathlete Radka Vodickova from the Czech Republic. Vodickova has scored several podium placings on the Avow Advanced Pro 0, including a second-place finish at the Olympic distance Beijing International Triathlon on September 20. Vodickova, from the Czech Republic, rode the Avow Advanced Pro to a second-place finish at the Olympic distance Beijing International Triathlon on September 20. As a member of the Liv Tri Tribe, Vodickova offers pro training tips and advice on the Liv Try a Tri online campaign. The Avow Advanced Pro 0, Avow Advanced Pro 1 and the Avow Advanced models will now be featured as the high-end bike product in the Liv triathlon bike line that also features Envie Advanced Tri, Avail series and Thrive CoMax.
  11. Liv, the cycling brand dedicated solely to the female cyclist, is introducing the world’s first women’s specific, performance triathlon bike. Representing years of research and design innovation, the Avow Advanced series offers a complete triathlon solution with a precise, easily adjustable fit. In addition to being lightweight and aerodynamic, the frame geometry and adjustability helps athletes keep key muscle groups fresh for the run portion of a triathlon. Click here to view the article
  12. We visited Dragons Sports to get a sneak peek of some samples from the 2016 range of Giant bikes. Click here to view the article
  13. 2016 Giant Reign Advanced 27.5 1The design of the Reign is much the same from the previous year's model. The 2016 range features updated components and new colour ways. The Reign Advanced 27.5 1 boasts a gorgeous green and lime paint scheme, XT 11 speed drivetrain, wide bars and shortish Truvativ stem, and DT Swiss M1700 Spline wheelset. Reign Advanced 27.5 1 specifications: SizesS,M,L,XLColoursGreen/LimeFrameAdvanced-grade composite w/ ALUXX SL rear triangle, 6.3" Maestro suspensionForkRockShox Pike RC Dual Position Air w/ 15mm thru-axle, Custom 46mm offset, OverDrive steerer, 130-160mm travelShockRockShox Monarch Plus DebonAir RTHandlebarGiant Contact SL DH, 31.8mmStemTruvativ HolzfellerSeatpostGiant Contact SL Switch, dropper, 30.9mmSaddleGiant Contact SL neutral, SST tubular railsPedalsN/AShiftersShimano XT, Rear onlyFront DerailleurN/ARear DerailleurShimano XT, Shadow+BrakesShimano XT, Hydraulic disc, [F] 200mm [R] 180mmBrake LeversShimano XT, Hydraulic discCassetteShimano XT 11x42, 11-speedChainKMC X11LCranksetShimano XT, 32T w/ MRP AMG guideBottom BracketShimano, Press FitRimsDT Swiss M 1700 SplineHubsDT Swiss M 1700 Spline; [F] 15mm axle [R] 142x12mm axleSpokesDT Swiss M 1700 SplineTires[F] Schwalbe Magic Mary, 27.5x2.35, Tubeless easy, Snakeskin, Trailstar [R] Schwalbe Hans Dampf, 27.5x2.35, Tubeless easy, Snakeskin, Pacestar 2016 Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1The TCR Advanced Pro 1 comes kitted with Ultegra gearing, a reworked internal routing system, Giant's heat resistant SLR 1 DBL carbon wheelset and nifty integrated ANT+ speed and cadence sensor. See the announcement of the 2016 Giant TCR here. TCR Advanced Pro 1 specifications: SizesXS, S, M, M/L, L, XLColoursMatte Composite/Blue/GreenFrameAdvanced-grade composite, Electronic readyForkAdvanced-grade composite, Full-composite OverDrive 2 steererShockN/AHandlebarGiant Contact SL, 31.8mmStemGiant Contact SL, OverDrive 2SeatpostGiant Variant, CompositeSaddleGiant Contact SL forward, SST tubular railsPedalsN/AShiftersShimano UltegraFront DerailleurShimano UltegraRear DerailleurShimano UltegraBrakesShimano UltegraBrake LeversShimano UltegraCassetteShimano Ultegra 11x28, 11-speedChainKMC X11LCranksetShimano Ultegra, 36/52Bottom BracketShimano, Press FitRimsGiant SLR 1 DBL WheelSystem; 30mm deep, 23mm wide, Full compositeHubsGiant SLR 1 DBL WheelSystem; Pawl driver, [F] 16h [R] 21hSpokesGiant SLR 1 DBL WheelSystem; Aerolite bladed stainlessTiresGiant P-SL 1, 700x23, Front and rear specific, FoldingExtrasRideSense 2016 Giant Anthem X Advanced 29erThe Anthem Advanced X sees minor changes to the frame, the top tube shaped has change and the rear axle now fits a 142x12 thru axle. Due to lack of demand internationally, Giant will only be producing this build of the Anthem X Advanced but Giant SA will also be speccing an XT 2x11 and XTR 1x11 build for the local market. Anthem X Advanced 29er specifications: SizesS,M,L, XLColoursComposite/BlueFrameAdvanced-grade composite w/ ALUXX rear triangle, 4" Maestro suspensionForkRockShox SID RCT3 w/ 15mm thru-axle, OverDrive steerer, 100mm travelShockRockShox Monarch RT3HandlebarGiant Contact SL, Low rise, 31.8mmStemGiant Contact SLSeatpostGiant Contact SL, 30.9mmSaddleGiant Contact, forwardPedalsN/AShiftersSRAM X1, Rear onlyFront DerailleurN/ARear DerailleurSRAM X1, Type 2BrakesSRAM Guide RS, Hydraulic disc, [F] 180mm [R] 160mmBrake LeversSRAM Guide RS, Hydraulic discCassetteSRAM XG-1180 10x42, 11-speedChainKMC X11LCranksetSRAM X1, 32TBottom BracketSRAM, Press FitRimsGiant XCR 1 WheelSystem; 25mm wide, Tubeless compatibleHubsGiant XCR 1 WheelSystem; [F] 15mm axle [R] 142x12 axleSpokesGiant XCR 1 WheelSystem; DT Swiss Aerolite bladed stainlessTiresSchwalbe Racing Ralph, Evo, 29x2.25, Tubeless ready, Folding 2016 Giant Anthem X 29erThe aluminium Anthem X 29er also gets a 142x12 rear thru axle. The drivetrain is a mix of Shimano XT and SLX with Fox Float Performance suspension front and rear. Anthem X 29er specifications: SizesS,M,L, XLColoursMatte Black/Charcoal/YellowFrameALUXX SL-grade aluminum, 4" Maestro suspensionForkFox 32 Float Performance w/ 15mm thru-axle, OverDrive steerer, 100mm travelShockFox Float PerformanceHandlebarGiant Contact SL, Low rise, 31.8mmStemGiant ContactSeatpostGiant Contact, 30.9mmSaddleGiant Contact, forwardPedalsN/AShiftersShimano SLXFront DerailleurShimano DeoreRear DerailleurShimano XT, Shadow+BrakesShimano SLX, Hydraulic disc, [F] 180mm [R] 160mmBrake LeversShimano SLX, Hydraulic discCassetteShimano HG81 11x36, 10-speedChainKMC X10CranksetShimano SLX, 24/38Bottom BracketShimano, Press FitRimsGiant P XC-2, Double wallHubsGiant Performance Tracker Disc, 32h, [F] 15mm axle, [R] 142x12 axleSpokesStainless Steel, 14/15gTiresSchwalbe Racing Ralph, Performance, 29x2.25, Folding 2016 Liv Lust 2The women's specific Liv Lust 2 makes a statement with it's bold black, orange and pink paint job. This model won't be readily available in South Africa. Instead, the higher specced Liv Lust 1 has been selected as a better option for the more serious rider. Liv Lust 2 specifications: SizesXS, S, M, LColorsBlack/Pink/OrangeFrameALUXX SL-grade aluminum, 4" Maestro suspensionForkFox 32 Float Performance w/ 15mm thru-axle, OverDrive steerer, 100mm travelShockFox Float PerformanceHandlebarGiant Connect XC, 31.8mmStemGiant ConnectSeatpostGiant Connect, 30.9mmSaddleLiv Contact, forwardPedalsN/AShiftersShimano DeoreFront DerailleurShimano DeoreRear DerailleurShimano DeoreBrakesShimano M395, Hydraulic disc, 160mmBrake LeversShimano M396, Hydraulic discCassetteShimano HG50 11x36, 10-speedChainKMC X10CranksetShimano Deore, 22/36Bottom BracketShimano, Press FitRimsGiant S XC-2, Double wallHubsGiant Sport Tracker Disc, 32h, [F] 15mm axle, [R] 135x5mm QRSpokesStainless Steel, 14gTiresSchwalbe Racing Ralph, Performance, 27.5x2.25
  14. Kylie

    Review: Liv Intrigue 2

    I am usually sceptical of women’s specific bikes, as they can tend to be lower specced than the men’s equivalent, and feature alarming quantities of garish pink. Bearing in mind that the Intrigue 2 is not the top of the range model, I was pleasantly surprised by my experience. First ImpressionsMy first impression of the bike was that it is incredibly good looking: aggressive, and attractive without being girly (not a hint of the dreaded pink). The frame features a muted clear aluminium, purple and lime green colour scheme which really appealed to me. A closer look revealed some pretty fun suspension in the form of a Rockshox Revelation RL 120- 140mm dual position fork and the Monarch R shock on the back. The bike also comes standard with the Giant Contact Switch- R dropper seat post, and a dropper as standard is a huge plus in my view. 650b wheels complete the picture, a choice that is perfectly suited to this bike. The Rockshox Revelation with dual positioning was a pleasant addition to the Intrigue. A trail bike is pointless without an adjustable seat post. Thankfully Liv agrees. The RideI took the bike to Welvanpas for the first ride. I was immediately impressed by the plushness of the suspension, and the stability of the bike. It should be noted that I currently ride a carbon hardtail and am not used to having squishy rear suspension to smooth away rocks and roots. On the other hand the bike did feel cumbersome initially since it is heavier than I am used to. I was very keen to try the dual position fork. I started out by setting it to 120mm and locking it out for the long climb up “The Shuttle” to the trailhead. Unfortunately the rear shock on the Intrigue 2 does not come with a lockout, so there was noticeable bobbing at the back. This combined with the extra weight and my feeble legs, meant I was suffering by the time I reached the top of the first climb. Once you turn the bike downhill, it comes into it’s own: the suspension chews up rocks, and keeps the rear wheel tracking firmly on even the most dusty, loose and rutted corners, and the heavy frame combined with the slack head angle provides a very solid, confidence-boosting ride. I felt like I could make any number of mistakes and the bike would still get me down the trail safely. In fact, I was unable to come unstuck, despite some pretty poor decision-making. It was deeply satisfying to hear my riding partner struggling to keep up with me on the descents for a change. I grew very fond of the dual position fork during the course of the day’s riding, I found it very simple to use, and extremely helpful for navigating steeper climbs. I also tried the 120mm setting on some of the smooth, flowing descents on the black route trails, although I found I preferred using the full 140mm of travel as the bike felt smoother and more balanced. A Shadow Plus derailleur means that chain slap is kept under wraps. The drive train worked well during testing. I was impressed with the performance of the drive train: the gears shifted reliably in very dusty conditions. The Shimano M395 brakes were the only feature that I felt really let the bike down. They did not have the responsiveness that I have gotten used to. I struggled to trust them, and felt slightly out of control throughout the ride. The low spec brakes don’t make sense on a bike that in all other respects is designed to be ridden aggressively. The Shimano M395 brakes struggled to keep up with the rest of the bike. The fit and feel of the bike was good- the medium frame size was spot on for me, and the handling felt intuitive, and there were no points of discomfort even after 3 hours of riding. I found the women’s specific saddle to be very comfortable - it was just the right width and shape. I am told that the Liv Contact saddle can be bought off-the-shelf from Giant/ Liv dealers and retails for around R350. A relief. The Liv Contact saddle was comfortable and compact. My personal preference would see slightly wider bars fitted to the bike. I also struggled with the position of the dropper post lever, which is situated some distance from the front shifter. I could not activate it without removing one hand from the bars completely, making it difficult to use in technical sections. The lever can however easily be moved to a more suitable position. The VerdictAt the end of the day this is a trail bike, if you are planning to race marathons, or are concerned about your Strava climbs, this is probably not the bike for you. However, if you want a reasonably priced and very capable bike to help you get the most out of challenging single track, then it is well worth considering, especially if you can spare some cash to upgrade the brakes. I have to admit, I am sold on the women’s specific frame size for my height. It is a really confidence-inspiring, fun ride, and it is great to see bikes like this released with women in mind. There are still some 2014 Liv Intrigue 2s available. The retail price is R25,995. The 2015 Liv Intrigue should be available from September. Please contact your local Giant/ Liv dealer for further information. Full specification: SizesXS, S, M, L ColoursBlast Alumnium/Purple/Lime FrameALUXX SL-grade aluminum, 5.5" Maestro suspension ForkRockShox Revelation RL, w/15mm thru-axle, OverDrive 2 steerer, 120-140mm travel ShockRockShox Monarch R HandlebarGiant Connect, low rise, 31.8mm StemGiant Connect SL, OverDrive 2 SeatpostGiant Contact Switch-R, 30.9mm SaddleLiv/giant Contact, Forward PedalsN/A ShiftersShimano Deore, Rapid Fire Front derailleurSRAM X5 Rear derailleurShimano Deore, Shadow Plus BrakesShimano M395, hydraulic disc, 160mm Brake leversShimano M395 CassetteShimano HG62 11x36, 10-speed ChainKMC X10 CranksetSRAM S1000, 22/36 Bottom bracketSRAM Press Fit RimsGiant P-XC2, double wall HubsGiant Performance Tracker sealed bearing, [F] 15mm axle, [R] 135x5mm system integrated QR SpokesStainless Steel, 14/15g TyresSchwalbe Nobby Nic Evo, tubeless ready, 27.5x2.25, folding Retail priceR25,995
  15. Over the past couple of months, I have become very interested in the range of mountain bikes available for women. This developed as a result of trying to find a bike that fits me comfortably. I tend to fall almost exactly between a men’s small and medium size frame, leading to uncomfortable compromises on many frames. I therefore jumped at the chance to test the 2014 Liv Intrigue 2, which is essentially a women’s specific adaptation of Giant’s trail staple, the Trance. Click here to view the article
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