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  1. Hi, I'm looking to buy a new mountain bike for the first time. My budget is up to R20k, but I have already looked at a few bikes and made a list of my favourites. I have looked at a few bikes within my budget including the Giant Talon 0 (2021), Trek Marlin 8 (2022), Specialized Rockhopper Expert (2021) and Silverback Stride SX (2021). These four bikes are my top picks, but I lean towards the Marlin 8 and Talon 0 more. Does anyone have any advice between these two bikes? I will use the bike for commuting and some off-road riding over weekends, so currently it looks like it might come down to external looks, brand preference and warranty as I won't be pushing the bike to its limits anytime soon, but that might change over time. If I go with the Talon 0 I will upgrade the tires to tubeless tires, so it will cost a bit more than the Marlin 8.
  2. So I bought a new bike and the specs of the bike online said the front hub is a sealed Giant unit. In the bike shop I checked all specs except the hubs for some reason (trusted the web specs). Then I see the front hub is not a sealed unit and not a Giant hub either. (The rear hub is also not a Giant hub, different to the web specs) Dragons sports are the guys to contact and Gavin Salt tells me they made a running change and on dragon's website it is stated that the front hub is a non sealed unit and not a Giant hub. I didn't even think to check dragon's site beforehand to check for specs. Kinda disappointing. Gavin basically said it makes no difference and if I want a sealed hub I must wait until next year and then there may be rotor compatibility issues. Any thoughts on this from anyone who knows more than I do? And how much better is a sealed hub?
  3. Hi Gents, I am about to take the plunge into a new MTB to replace my aging Silverback Saturn . I have narrowed my options to 2 bikes, both offered by my LBS. Scott Spark RC 900 Team (2018): https://www.scott-sports.com/za/en/product/scott-spark-rc-900-team-bike VS. Giant Anthem Adv Pro 1 (2018): https://www.giant-bicycles.com/za/anthem-advanced-pro--29er--1-2018 Which is the better bike? does anyone have any experience on these? Thanks in advance
  4. One of the team’s key additions this year is French downhill pro Rémi Thirion, bronze medalist at the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships. Thirion, a veteran pro with six World Cup podiums to his name, captured his first World Cup win in 2013. The 31-year-old is coming off a strong 2020 season that saw him finish second at a World Cup race in Maribor to go with his podium at World Championships. French DH pro Rémi Thirion joins the team following an impressive year that saw him finish on the podium at the 2020 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships. Kéno Derleyn photo I’m excited to be joining forces with Giant this year and can’t wait to get the season started. I’ve been training hard, getting the new bike and gear dialed in, and thrilled for new opportunities with this team on both the racing and product development side. Thirion Team technical specialist Sebastian Boyington said Thirion brings a proven track record and veteran experience to the team as it looks to elevate its stature at the World Cup level. Remi is a proven contender, always one to watch at the World Cup level, and we’re all excited to see what he can do this year on and off the race course. In addition to Thirion, the team welcomes new arrival Luke Vrouwenvelder, a promising young American XC racer, along with the core group returning from 2020. Luke Vrouwenvelder, pictured here with his Anthem Advanced Pro team bike, is a six-time collegiate national champion in the U.S. A new addition to the team this year, he is considered one of the top young American talents in XC racing. Jack Looney photo 2021 Giant Factory Off-Road TeamJosh Berry (USA), Gravel Josh Carlson (AUS), E-bike Stephan Davoust (USA), XC Carl Decker (USA), Gravel/XC Youn Deniaud (FRA), Enduro Jacob Dickson (IRE), DH Reto Indergand (SUI), XC Antoine Philipp (FRA), XC Matt Sterling (USA), DH/Enduro Rémi Thirion (FRA), DH Tristan Uhl (USA), Gravel/XC Cameron Wright (AUS), XC Mckay Vezina (CAN), Enduro Luke Vrouwenvelder (USA), XC 2021 Giant Factory Off-Road Team sponsorsSuspension forks/shocks: FOX Wheels: Giant Tires: Maxxis Pedals: HT Drivetrain & Brakes: Shimano Bar/Stem: PRO Saddle: Giant Seatpost: FOX dropper and PRO seatposts Grips: ODI Chain guides: MRP Tire insert: CushCore Cycling shoes: Giant Race kits: Cuore Cycling eyewear: 100% Helmet: Giant & 100% (full-face) Protection: 100% Gloves: 100% Other: Honey Stinger nutrition, Park Tool, Finish Line lube and cleaning products, Stan’s tire sealant, GoPro cameras, Thule gear DH and EnduroThirion is joined on the downhill squad by three-time Irish men’s downhill national champion Jacob Dickson. Following a season that saw most major events cancelled due to the global pandemic, Dickson is looking to get back on track to his 2019 form, when he won two races including a national championship and collected several podium finishes at national-level events. Three-time Irish downhill champion Jacob Dickson is aiming for consistency and top-10 finishes on the World Cup circuit with his Glory Advanced Pro DH bike. Victor Lucas photo The third member of the DH squad is American Matt Sterling. The 19-year-old is the 2019 U.S. junior men’s DH national champion, and last year he won the Junior Men’s Downhill race at Crankworx Innsbruck. This year the California native makes the jump to elite men’s competition. American Matt Sterling, the 2019 U.S. downhill national champion in the junior men’s category, is looking to excel in international competition this year. Victor Lucas photo Thirion, Dickson and Sterling will compete primarily on their Glory Advanced DH bikes with FOX suspension. All three riders will also be working closely with Giant product developers and the team’s technical staff to develop and test next-generation DH bikes and gear. The enduro team sees the return of Youn Deniaud, a top talent from France who made the most of the short 2020 season with a top-10 finish at the Enduro World Series race in Pietra Ligure, Italy. Deniaud earned the “EWS Breakthrough of the Year” award in 2018 and is once again aiming for podium finishes at this year’s EWS. Joining Deniaud on the EWS is 25-year-old Canadian Mckay Vezina, who won the North American Continental Enduro Series in 2019. Vezina’s 2020 season was limited to Canada, where he had a strong showing at the Crankworx Summer Series, consistently finishing in the top-10 at each of the three locations. Deniaud and Vezina will have their Reign Advanced Pro 29 bikes with FOX suspension setups, along with shorter travel Trance X Advanced Pro 29 trail bikes for select events. Youn Deniaud and Mckay Vezina will race primarily on their Reign Advanced Pro 29 team bikes at major enduro events including the Enduro World Series. Victor Lucas photo Rounding out the enduro squad is veteran Josh Carlson. The Australian made the transition to E-bike competition last year, and he has been training and competing locally on his Reign E+ Pro. Carlson also has the new Trance x E+ Pro 29 to choose for certain events this year. He won the first Australian E-Enduro national championship in 2019 and is targeting the Enduro World Series E-bike events this year. Veteran Josh Carlson won the first Australian E-Enduro national championship in 2019 and is targeting Enduro World Series E-bike events on his Reign E+ Pro bike this year. Wesley Lonergan photo Cross-CountryThis year also sees an expansion of the team’s XC and endurance squad with a renewed commitment to World Cup racing. Reto Indergand of Switzerland and Antoine Philipp of France are representing the team in the elite men’s category, while Australian Cameron Wright returns to race in the Under-23 class. The 29-year-old Indergand, a former Swiss national champion (U23) and two-time Swiss Bike Cup series winner (2016, 2017), brings a strong résumé of international experience to the team. Philipp, 23, makes the jump up to the elites after an impressive U23 career that included a French national championship in 2019. Reto Indergand of Switzerland (left) and Antoine Philipp of France finished first and second respectively at their opening race of 2021 season in Turkey. Both are focused on World Cups this year, using ther their Anthem Advanced SL 29 bikes for technical tracks and XtC Advanced SL 29 bikes for smooth, fast terrain. Wright is also on an upward trajectory. The 20-year-old is a multi-time national champion and has hopes to compete for a spot on the Australian Olympic team headed to Tokyo this summer. Wright won the U23 race at the 2020 Australia MTB Nationals, earning the Australian national champion’s jersey. The first two rounds of the 2021 XC World Cup series will serve as Olympic qualifier races. Australian Cameron Wright is the 2020 Australian Under-23 national champion. The 21-year-old is aiming for international success this year at U23 World Cup races. Antonio Obregón photo In addition to the three XC World Cup racers, U.S.-based riders Stephan Davoust and Luke Vrouwenvelder will represent the squad at North American XC events. Davoust had a breakout 2019 season that saw him win a silver medal at the USA Cycling Marathon National Championship. He also scored the overall wins at two popular U.S events: the Downieville Classic and Grinduro. Vrouwenvelder, a six-time collegiate national champion, is seen as one of the top young American XC talents. He has an impressive list of top-10 results on the U.S. Cup circuit and he finished on the podium at the 2018 Pro XC Nationals. Stephan Davoust, winner of the 2019 Downieville Classic in California, will focus primarily on North American XC events. All the XC athletes will compete primarily on their XtC Advanced SL 29 hardtails and Anthem Advanced Pro 29 full-suspension XC bikes. GravelThis year’s Giant Factory Off-Road Team sees the return of its gravel racing squad consisting of Josh Berry, Tristan Uhl and Carl Decker. The three U.S.-based riders are targeting major gravel events in North America including Unbound Gravel in Kansas, the Belgian Waffle Ride series and Rebecca’s Private Idaho. All three will compete on their Revolt Advanced Pro bikes while also helping Giant develop next-generation gravel bikes and gear. American riders Carl Decker, Josh Berry and Tristan Uhl (left to right) will be racing their Revolt Advanced Pro team bikes at major gravel events throughout the year. Jeff Clark photo Team partnersOn the technical front, the team welcomes back most of its sponsors from 2020 including FOX suspension products, Maxxis tires, Shimano drivetrain and brake components, MRP chain guides, HT pedals, and PRO cockpit components. Additional components and gear include Giant WheelSystems, saddles and dropper seatposts, plus accessories including the new Clutch tool system. On the apparel side, the team continues its partnership with Cuore, which will supply race kits for XC, gravel and gravity racers. The team also continues to work closely with Cuore to develop and test next generation performance apparel. 100% will once again supply full-face helmets, body protection, eyewear and gloves, while Giant supplies other helmets including the Rail SX, Rev and Pursuit models for XC and gravel, plus footwear including the Charge Pro XC shoe, Line trail/ enduro shoe and the Shuttle DH shoe. You can follow the Giant Factory Off-Road Team all season long on Instagram and Facebook. About GiantGiant is the world’s leading brand of high-quality bicycles and cycling gear. Part of the Giant Group, which was founded in 1972, the brand combines craftsmanship, technology and innovative design to help all riders unleash their full potential. Through its products, people and retail partners, Giant delivers a full ecosystem of bikes and gear to optimize the cycling experience and grow the community. For more information, go to giant-bicycles.com.
  5. With a strong group of World Cup contenders and national champions, veterans and rising stars, the Giant Factory Off-Road Team enters the 2021 race season boasting a diverse mix of new talent and returning riders. This year’s squad consists of 14 riders competing in a variety of off-road disciplines including downhill, enduro, cross-country, gravel and E-bike racing. Click here to view the article
  6. Hi Guys, I need your help. I have bought a Giant Neos GPS and and Giant Heartrate monitor (chest strap). I downloaded the Neostrack App. The computer works wonderfully, the app is fairly easy to use and works. However I cant seem to get the app to talk to my Strava account. How do you get them to sync and has anyone else had a problem?
  7. Aimed at E-bike enthusiasts and performance-minded trail riders who may be new to pedal-assist riding, the new Trance X E+ Pro 29 delivers a blend of progressive trail bike design and innovative, user-friendly motor technologies. It’s a next-generation advancement on Giant’s popular Trance E+ Pro series that boasts several key updates including larger 29-inch wheels and an all-new flip chip feature that lets the rider switch the frame geometry between two different settings. The Trance X E+ Pro 29 2 is built up with premium trail-riding components including a Giant Contact Switch dropper seatpost and Romero saddle, along with grippy, high-volume 2.6-inch tires. Trail-tuned chassis The Trance X E+ Pro 29 is built on a super strong and lightweight ALUXX SL aluminum frameset. The chassis is engineered for the unique needs of E-MTB trail riders, with added strength and stiffness to improve handling while climbing, cornering or descending on a wide variety of terrain. This purpose-built frameset is balanced out with the latest Maestro suspension system that delivers 135mm of smooth, active rear travel. A trunnion-mounted shock produces a lower leverage ratio for improved pedaling and braking efficiency. This updated design also lowers the bike’s centre of gravity and allows for shorter chainstays to improve the bike’s climbing and overall handling. Other updates to the rear suspension include new double-sealed bearings and hardware to improve durability without adding friction. The rear suspension is paired with a 150mm suspension fork, giving the bike a balanced feel that soaks up the terrain with smooth control. One of the key innovations on the Trance X E+ Pro 29 is its adjustable frame geometry. A flip chip on the upper rocker arm lets you choose a steeper or slacker head and seattube angle depending on your riding style and terrain. You can change the head angle from 66.2 degrees to 65.5 degrees. The seattube angle adjusts from 77.9 degrees to 77.2 degrees. The upper rocker arm of the Maestro suspension system has a flip chip that lets you choose a steeper or slacker head and seattube angle depending on your riding style and terrain. Switching the geometry also changes the bottom bracket drop from 40mm in the low setting to 30mm in the high setting. The low setting gives you slacker geometry that's better suited to faster, more open terrain, while the high setting offers steeper geometry and is recommended for slower, more technical terrain. In both settings, the geometry is designed to optimize the superior roll-over capabilities of 29-inch wheels. Boost hub spacing improves lateral wheel stiffness, and the frameset is engineered with plenty of clearance for high-volume tires up to 2.6 inches. Every Trance X E+ Pro 29 model comes with a Giant tubeless wheelset and tires set up right out of the box. The new Trance X E+ Pro 29 helps you climb faster and ride more singletrack on any given day. Christoph Laue photo Powered by SyncDrive Pro The SyncDrive Pro motor gives the new Trance X E+ Pro 29 a massive 80Nm of torque and 360 percent tunable support. This means that when you’re riding in the highest mode (Power mode), 100 percent of human pedaling input offers 360 percent assisted power. The adjustable support allows the rider to choose exactly how they want the motor to react to pedaling input to fine-tune how the bike performs on the trail. The new SyncDrive Pro motor produces 80Nm of torque and a maximum support ratio of 360 percent. SyncDrive Pro features Smart Assist technology, which uses six sensors to determine the precise amount of power needed in any riding situation. The result is an extremely smooth and natural pedaling feel on variable terrain and changing grades of steepness. The command centre of the Trance X E+ Pro 29 is the new RideControl Ergo handlebar-mounted unit. Ergonomically designed control buttons and a clean handlebar layout make it easy and intuitive to operate. The buttons are laid out with LED lighting that indicates the support mode and battery level. You can also connect the unit wirelessly with the RideControl E-bike App to display additional functions such as motor tuning, fitness data and navigation. Another key upgrade with new Trance X E+ Pro 29 is its battery. The EnergyPak Smart 625 is Giant’s most advanced battery system. Cleanly integrated into the downtube, it can charge up to 80 percent in just over two hours. The EnergyPak Smart 625 battery system is cleanly integrated into the downtube of the frame. This is Giant’s most premium battery technology and is also compatible with the EnergyPak Plus range extender. Beyond the new frameset and electronic updates, the new Trance X E+ Pro 29 includes a full set of components designed specifically for trail riding. All models feature the Giant Contact Switch dropper seatpost with a handlebar remote that makes it easy to adjust positioning on the fly. Also included is the new Romero saddle, Giant’s first high-performance mountain bike saddle designed with an optimal shape, flexibility and comfort for trail riding.
  8. The Big PrizeCongratulations Jemaine Jacobs! We hope you’ll grind the gears and push past the impossible on your brand new Giant TCR bicycle! Designed with Compact Road geometry and built with Giant’s Advanced-grade composite frame material, the TCR Advanced Disc delivers the best on-the-road efficiency of any bike in its class. The Variant seatpost adds just enough compliance to give it a balanced, race-tuned feel on the road. The tubeless WheelSystem delivers speed and efficiency with a smoother ride and a reduced risk of flats. And with its integrated disc-brake technology, including flat mounts and 12mm front and rear thru-axles, it’s an all-weather, all-conditions race machine to keep you at the front of the pack. Thank you Giant South Africa for the incredible prize! Congratulations to all our Winners! Garmin Units Saskia van der Merwe Matthew Young Pieter Mulder Ciovita Vouchers: Waldo Kellerman Sizwe Mpato Chantal Wooding Tyrone Goddard Carrie van Rensburg Russell Smith Versus Socks Vouchers: Matt Bott Denise Prince Dewald Lotter Estelle van Zyl Liesl Smith Zahied Kajee Marnus Steyn Chrisna Du Toit Robert Brown Virtual Ride Hamper:Kerry-Anne Rafferty To our fellow sponsors Ciovita, Garmin and Giant, thank you for providing these awesome prizes and making the first Versus Virtual Ride one to remember, as well as to all those who participated.See you at the next one!
  9. All cyclists are welcome to enter the virtual ride and be part of something big on 25 July, with thousands of other cyclists across the globe. We are also very happy to announce our event partners: Giant, Garmin, Bike Hub, and Ciovita. How do I enter?Entry is completely free. There are more than R90,000 in prizes (detail below) to give away in the event lucky draw. You can simply enter on our website Ride a minimum of 20km on 25 July 2020 (Both indoor and outdoor rides are included) Upload the ride to your STRAVA profile and we will automatically pull it through to our results page So get your entries in to win. Lucky draw prizes to be won:Giant Bicycles: TCR ADVANCE 1 DISC KOM 2020 worth R43,000 Garmin: 3 X Garmin 130 Plus worth R4,300 Ciovita: 6 X R3,000 vouchers Versus Socks: 9 X hampers worth R500 Bonus Prize: The ultimate Virtual ride hamper worth R10,000 This is an exciting project for the Versus Socks Team and we can’t wait to see you on STRAVA on 25 July 2020. Please spread the word and have fun on race day!
  10. After hosting two successful Versus Virtual Runs in the past three months, it is time to step into the virtual cycling space. With over 14,000 participants in the first virtual run and 16,000 participants in our second, we are expecting some 10,000 cyclists to get out on their bikes on 25 July. Click here to view the article
  11. Hi everyone, I bought a used Giant TCR0 and there are scratch marks on the carbon seatpost. It looks like it could have been caused from the seatpost slipping down. I know this can be quite common but i wanted to find out if there is any way to fix these scratches? I have tried rubbing with toothpaste but that hardly made a difference.
  12. Presented from the new Giant Group headquarters in Taiwan, meet the team of designers and engineers responsible for the all-new TCR. Discussing design details, engineering targets and advancements and much more, learn about all of the details of the ninth generation TCR.
  13. Hi guys I need some help. Iv got a second hand Giant Cyclotron Mag Trainer. Problem is I cant seem to get it setup with my bike. My bike is a large frame 29" Silverback hardtail mountain bike. I have set the mag roller to its lowest point however the quick release of the trainer and the skewer of my bike dont line up. My bike is about 20mm too high. My I convert to a smaller tyre? Can I put my wifes 26" tyre on my bike for use on the trainer? Should I rather buy a cheap roadbike and keep in on the trainer? Or am I doing something stupid?
  14. Guys I bought a Giant Heart Rate Monitor a while ago when I was doing PainCave. I don't have a bike computer as it wasn't needed. The monitor synced with the computer at PainCave. Since then I no longer do PainCave but would like to know which app can be used to track my HR. I have tried the Giant app but it doesn't seem to have the function required. I would really appreciate any help!
  15. Giant did not develop the NeosTrack from scratch. It is a result of a partnership between bike GPS manufacturer Bryton and Giant. A comparison of the specifications shows that the NeosTrack closely resembles Bryton’s Ryder 530 in functionality. Giant received input from the riders of Team Sunweb who raced with the device during the 2017 season. Set up Getting started with the NeosTrack is simple. Enter some statistics about yourself and off you go. There are some advanced settings that require a connection to the NeosTrack companion app on your smartphone via Bluetooth. For instance, the app is required for giving Giant permission to upload your activities to 3rd party services like Strava or TrainingPeaks.Once you hit the on button, the NeosTrack boots up in a matter of seconds. Something I wish my Garmin Edge 520 would learn. In the box and mounting The Giant NeosTrack arrives with two mounting options: an out front mount and o-ring on handlebar or stem mount. Both systems will be familiar to those who have used similar Garmin mounts. The NeosTrack simply twisted into place on both mounting systems. Out on the road or trails, the mounts were steady throughout testing. Aside from the mountings, the NeosTrack arrives with a USB charging cable, a manual in the box, and a helpful hex key. The device The first impression is that the NeosTrack is a fairly large device. Fortunately, the added bulk does not mean extra weight as it feels light in the hand (it weighs in at 78 grams). On the road bike, it fits neatly on the stem between the steerer and handlebar. For rough mountain biking, I would ideally prefer something a bit more compact on the handlebars. Although the out front mount does well at removing it from the cockpit.The NeosTrack does take advantage of its form with a sizeable 2.6” LCD screen. The screen proved clear in all conditions with the backlight providing good vision in the dark. The resolution is fair - with the units displayed clearly but the metric labels are a bit tiny to read clearly at a glance, meaning I had to rely on the number being displayed to work out what was being reported. But once I had learned the layout, this became less of a problem. The NeosTrack is operated using five buttons located on the edges of the device. The bottom button is on/off, while the left side starts and stops recording and on the right side buttons are used for navigation and accessing the settings menu. Using the NeosTrack took some practice and consultation with the manual, but after a few rides operating the NeosTrack became much easier. In case you get caught out in the rain, the NeosTrack also boasts IPX7 waterproofing. Connectivity The NeosTrack is packed with a full suite of connectivity options: ANT+, Bluetooth 4.0, and WiFi. After having to consult the manual to find where in the menu I needed to be to pair my sensors, the process was quick and seamless. The NeosTrack connected to my Garmin heart rate, speed, and cadence sensors as well as a Stages power meter without issue. It is also worth noting that the NeosTrack supports Di2 drive systems over Bluetooth.I thoroughly enjoy bicycle computers that can connect to wifi for uploads and firmware updates. During my six week stint with the NeosTrack, I downloaded four firmware updates. To my frustration, I was unable to find release notes for these updates but it is comforting to know that Giant (or Bryton) are releasing regular updates. Mobile App The NeosTrack smartphone application provides additional functionality to support the device and allows for uploads of activities to the app via Bluetooth. Once the latest activities are uploaded, the app will display your ride with a map and all the important metrics. It keeps record of all your rides, which can be accessed from a calendar for later reflection.As explained, it also acts as a point for the handshake between Giant and your 3rd party services. The app allows you to plan your trips which are sent to your device to be followed with navigation (more on this under Navigation below). Navigation As far as I could make out, there are no base maps, and true turn-by-turn navigation is only accessible through the NeosTrack smartphone app. Creating a route on the mobile app is done with limitations. You can only enter at a start point and end point and then rely on the route options it provides. You can not create your own route with multiple points. The tracking feature is pretty nifty, especially for racing. It will track your movement along a route (signified by a snaking line on the screen) and report on remaining distance with a route profile to warn you and show the progress up or down any hills. These tracking routes can be created using previous rides stored on your device, loaded from an activity on Strava, or a good old-fashioned GPX file. Recording My only real benchmark for comparison of accuracy is with the devices used by my riding buddies. In this regard, the NeosTrack matched (within a reasonable range) with a number of devices from other manufacturers.My only niggle was with altitude. The NeosTrack has a barometric altimeter, meaning it can measure altitude changes. However, at the start of a ride, the NeosTrack did not always know the starting altitude. While the total altitude gains and losses were always accurate, the reported altitude was a bit off. For instance, after looking at a ride along Main Road going through Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, and Muizenberg, the profile graph reported that I had ridden this stretch at 15 to 20 metres below sea level. If this is something that might bother you, the NeosTrack does allow you to set your altitude before setting off on a ride. Battery Life The NeosTtrack has an impressive claimed battery life of 33 hours. I was not able to match that during my real life use which included lots of tinkering with settings, playing with wifi and Bluetooth, and some healthy backlight usage. With this type of use, the NeosTrack achieved well over 20 hours on a single charge, which is impressive. I’d guess that under ideal conditions the 33 hour claim is within reach. Pricing You might be thinking that the NeosTrack sounds like a good mid-range cycling computer putting up a respectable fight against the likes of the Garmin Edge 520 or Wahoo Elemnt Bolt. The NeosTrack, however, has one massive advantage, its price. The NeosTrack retails at approximately R2,399. Other than the Bryton Rider 530, you’re going to struggle to find a bicycle computer with this range of features at this price point. Conclusion The Giant NeosTrack is stuffed with advanced features at an entry-level price. Although the NeosTrack does have some quirks, it can hold its own against devices that go for twice the price. In the six weeks of testing, the NeosTrack proved to be reliable and up to the task as an everyday GPS cycling computer. ProsComprehensive feature set Price Good connectivity ConsSmaller text can be hard to read on the bike Navigation is basic
  16. Inspired by Reign mountain bikes, a platform that has been engineered and developed in partnership with pro enduro racers over the years, this new E-bike applies Giant’s Hybrid Cycling Technology to a long-travel trail bike for the first time. Hybrid Cycling Technology is a system that combines electric power with human power to produce a smart, natural and powerful E-bike riding experience. It’s an integrated group of technologies that includes the SyncDrive Pro motor, RideControl ONE handlebar control unit and EnergyPak battery system. “With this E-bike you can ride all types of terrain, including tough climbs, with fewer limitations,” said Giant E-bike Category Manager Joost Bakker. “We developed it to have the best handling and control on technical trails so you can experience a smoother ride and go longer distances.” Updated for 2020, the SyncDrive Pro motor delivers a powerful, performance-oriented ride that’s adept at supporting the particular needs of off-road riders. It boasts 80Nm of power output with improved torque and a support ratio of 360 percent. This means that, in the Power mode, 100 percent of human torque input can receive 360 percent added pedaling power. The 6-sensor Smart Assist technology calculates the amount of torque, pedaling cadence, slope and speed while riding. Based on those calculations, it determines the amount of power needed to provide a smooth, natural riding experience. The motor engages instantly when power is applied to the pedals. This helps the rider control the bike when accelerating and offers reliable performance on steep climbs and low speeds. The EnergyPak 500 battery system is cleanly integrated into the downtube of the frame and offers long-lasting power (500Wh) that’s easy to charge. It comes with our EnergyPak 6A Fast Charger, which can be charged to 80 percent in just 60 minutes. The handlebar-mounted RideControl ONE features integrated, user-friendly button controls. The robust buttons are made for riding in all types of conditions and offer a comfortable feel and grip with a clean handlebar setup. This minimalist control center uses just a few buttons and indicators to give you total control or your E-bike technology. LED lighting shows battery level and support mode, and the RideControl ONE is ANT+ compatible so you can connect with the Giant E-bike App and use your smart phone to display additional information such as motor tuning, fitness data and navigation. Beyond the latest E-bike technologies, the new Reign E+ offers proven Giant off-road features. The ALUXX SL frame is handcrafted to offer superior strength and stiffness at the lowest weight possible. The Maestro suspension system in the rear deliver 160mm of active, independent travel to give you total control on rugged terrain whether you’re climbing technical steeps or charging down enduro-style terrain. And Giant Tubeless System wheels and tires give you all the benefits of tubeless—including a smoother, more efficient ride and a reduced risk of punctures—in a system that’s easy to use. Recently, Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Josh Carlson has spent time riding Giant E-bikes, incorporating them into a training routine. “It just brings the fun back,” Carlson said. “My whole goal is to get more descending time in and less pedaling. Compared to my Reign Advanced race bike, the frame geometry and suspension on the E-bike version are pretty similar. You get to go twice as fast up climbs, so I can easily do more laps in a day’s training.” Carlson’s experience on Giant E-bikes, and his feedback throughout the two-year development process of the Reign-E+, has offered valuable insight into the design of the new platform. The 2020 Reign E range consists of three models: The Reign E+ 0 with the cutting-edge SRAM XO wireless electronic drivetrain, the Reign E+ 1 and the Reign E+ 2. Availability varies by country. Learn more at www.giant-bicycles.com/Reign-E
  17. 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.
  18. The new range includes two series: the XtC Advanced SL 29 and the XtC Advanced 29. Both have been reengineered with updated composite frameset designs that boast lower overall weights and improved performance compared to previous models. Designed to optimize the stability and speed of 29-inch wheels for XC terrain, these composite hardtails deliver quick acceleration and responsive handling on the trail. Each frame is custom-tuned based on its size, with individual composite lay-up schedules made to optimize vertical compliance without compromising frame stiffness. Beyond the frame materials, geometry has also been updated to meet the needs of Giant’s pro XC racers, delivering a super-responsive ride that flies up climbs and boosts control on rugged XC racetracks and trails. An aggressive 69.5-degree headtube angle allows for quick but confident front–end handling, while the 73.5-degree seattube angle positions riders securely forward for aggressive climbing. Both frames are designed for a 100mm suspension fork and feature optimized tube shaping to shave weight, maintain stiffness and improve ride quality. All of the new models are designed for 30.9mm diameter seatposts, which makes it easy to add a dropper post for riding aggressive XC terrain. Boost hub spacing delivers stiffer wheel performance, added tire clearance and improved handling on the trail, and all models come with Giant Tubeless System technology. Every bike is delivered with Giant WheelSystems and tubeless ready tires, making it easier than ever to enjoy the benefits of added traction, smoother trail control, and a reduced risk of flat tires. XtC Advanced SL 29 The 2020 XtC Advanced SL 29 1 features a superlight Advanced SL-grade composite frameset, 100mm RockShox SID Select Plus fork, and Shimano XT drivetrain.The new XtC Advanced SL 29 builds on its World Cup pedigree with a totally reengineered frame that represents the lightest off-road machine ever built by Giant. The superlight chassis is handcrafted with pro-level Advanced SL composite for a total weight of 920 grams (size medium). It features geometry that’s optimized for its balanced, stable and fast-rolling 29-inch wheels. The frameset is custom assembled with a specific composite layup schedule that varies according to frame size. The result is supercharged climbing efficiency and smooth compliance through roots, rocks and ruts. XtC Advanced 29 The 2020 XtC Advanced 29 2 features a lightweight Advanced-grade composite frameset, 100mm RockShox Recon RL Solo Air fork, and Shimano SLX drivetrain.Handcrafted with Giant’s Advanced-grade composite, the XtC Advanced 29 frameset weighs just 995 grams (size medium) compared to the previous generation’s 1259g). Like the pro-level XtC Advanced 29 SL, it’s handcrafted with a specific composite layup schedule that varies according to frame size to create the optimal stiffness-to-weight ratio with just the right amount of vertical compliance. The result is a bike that scoots up steep climbs and gives you added confidence and control on fast, flowy singletrack. Like the pro-level XtC Advanced SL 29, this one features Boost hub spacing, which improves wheel stiffness and adds clearance to run larger tires. South African Availability: Only the XTC Advanced SL 29er 1 model will be coming to South Africa. It will be in stores around the end of October.
  19. Following in the footsteps of the Revolt Advanced, a pro-level gravel bike developed with Giant Factory Off-Road Team riders for long-distance gravel events like the Dirty Kanza 200, the new Revolt offers similar gravel-specific frame geometry and features—but with the high-value performance of an aluminium frameset. Beyond its ALUXX aluminium frame, which is engineered and produced in Giant’s industry-leading aluminium forging facility with optimized strength-to-weight ratios and proprietary production techniques, the new Revolt features innovative technologies to make it highly capable on a wide variety of terrain. The D-Fuse seatpost is engineered with a distinctive tube shape that features a round front and flattened rear section. Following its initial success on TCX cyclocross bikes, including multiple world championship titles, this design was applied to Revolt bikes to help improve ride quality on rough terrain and minimize fatigue on long rides. Its shape and composite design result in up to 12mm of “travel” for a smoother ride quality. The Revolt 0 and Revolt 1 models feature the Contact XR D-Fuse handlebar, which also uses D-shaped tubing. Tests show the D-Fuse bar has 10 percent more “pushing” or downward compliance and 20 percent more “pulling” or upward stiffness compared to the Contact SL round handlebar. It absorbs shocks and vibrations while also increasing stiffness for sprinting or out-of-the-saddle climbing. The handlebar also has slightly flared drops (8 degrees) and a 5 percent back sweep for wider hand positioning and better control on rugged terrain. Up front, an Advanced-grade composite fork with an OverDrive tapered steerer tube absorbs road shocks and vibrations. The frame and fork also have added clearance for high-volume tires (up to 45c) and disc brakes, which improves ride quality and control in all conditions. All Revolt bikes feature Giant Tubeless System wheels and tires, which improve rolling efficiency and ride quality while reducing the risk of flat tires. Finally, all Revolt bikes come with integrated mounts that make it easy to add racks and fenders to personalize for individual riding style, terrain and gravel adventures. The Revolt 1 (pictured above) will be available in South Africa this September. For more information and details on each of the new Revolt models, go to www.giant-bicycles.com/Revolt.
  20. First introduced in 2015 as a highly capable full-suspension choice for aspiring XC and trail riders, the Stance range has gained a following for its high-value off-road performance and versatility. The original Stance marked the debut of FlexPoint suspension, a single-pivot setup that offers reliable, active rear suspension to trail riders looking to boost their skills and speed on rugged terrain. The all-new Stance 29 features progressive frame geometry that’s optimized for larger diameter wheels. The FlexPoint suspension system provides 120mm of rear wheel travel, and new “long and low” geometry includes a 67.5-degree headtube angle and 75-degree seattube angle—a combination that optimizes the roll-over capabilities and momentum of the bike’s 29-inch wheels. The new frame is also designed around a 130mm suspension fork for added control on technical trails, and all models in the Stance 29 series feature Giant WheelSystems and tires with tubeless technology right out of the box. For more information and details on each of the new models, go to www.giant-bicycles.com/Stance29 Giant Stance 29 2 The Giant Stance 29 2 (pictured above) will be available in South Africa later this week. Giant Stance 29 2 Specification SizesS, M, L, XLColorsMatte Gunmetal Black / Gloss BlackFrameALUXX-Grade Aluminium, 120mmForkRaidon 34, Boost, 130mmShockSuntour Raidon RHandlebarGiant Connect Trail, 780x31.8, [GA 690]StemGiant ContactSeatpostGiant Connect, 30.9SaddleGiant Contact (neutral)ShiftersSRAM SX EagleRear DerailleurSRAM SX EagleBrakesShimano MT200Brake LeversShimano MT201CassetteSRAM SX Eagle, 11x50ChainSRAM SX EagleCranksetSRAM SX Eagle DUB, 30tBottom BracketSRAM DUB, press fitRimsGiant XCT 29” tubeless ready sleeve-joint rim, 25mm inner widthHubs[F] Giant Tracker Performance Boost 15x110, sealed bearing [R] Giant Tracker Giant Sport QR141, loose ballSpokesSapimTiresMaxxis Forekaster 29x2.35, EXO, TRRRPR 27 000.00
  21. Since it was originally introduced in 2005 as one of the first Giant mountain bikes with Maestro suspension, Reign has continually evolved as a progressive long-travel machine for aggressive trail riding and all-mountain terrain. This latest addition to the Reign collection is aimed at off-road riders who crave more speed, efficiency and confidence on the most challenging trails. I’m proud to have worked on the details of the all-new Reign 29 range and I can wholeheartedly say it’s a confidence-inspiring, big-wheel enduro bike that is equally capable whether you choose to compete at an EWS event or have a great time riding local trails with friends. Giant Off-Road Chief Commercial Planner Jan Cees Schellenbach Giant Factory Off-Road Team riders including Josh Carlson (pictured here) at Round 3 of the Enduro World Series in Portugal, have been riding and racing pre-production models of the Reign 29, helping to dial in the details of the final production version. Sven Martin photo. The 2020 Reign 29 range is available with two different frameset configurations. The Reign Advanced Pro 29 is engineered with superlight Advanced Composite material (both mainframe and rear swingarm), while Reign 29 features an ALUXX SL aluminum frame. Both are engineered with 146mm of rear suspension travel and a 160mm fork. A third series, Reign SX 29, puts an emphasis on descending with a longer travel fork (170mm) and durable components for the roughest terrain. The heart of the new Reign 29 range is its updated Maestro rear suspension setup and progressive 29er-specific frame geometry. Both were developed with enduro racing in mind and tested on the most demanding racetracks of the Enduro World Series. The new trunnion mount shock has a longer stroke for a smoother, more active feel to the rear suspension. This new mount also allows a seatpost to be inserted deeper into the seattube so longer dropper posts can be used. The upper rocker arm is engineered with Advanced Forged Composite, which adds stiffness and strength while lowering overall frame weight. To accommodate the larger diameter wheels, which help boost speed and stability on technical terrain while also meeting the performance demands of pro enduro racers like Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Josh Carlson, the frame is engineered with shorter chainstays, a longer toptube and updated geometry in the mainframe. A 65-degree headtube angle and 76.8-degree seattube angle provide just the right balance. The front-end is designed with a 42mm or 44mm fork offset (depending on the fork model), producing confident handling on high-speed descents. We’ve been racing Reign bikes with 27.5 wheels for years, and we knew we wanted to retain that bike’s quickness and agility. So it was all about making that jump to 29-inch wheels, which can provide a noticeable boost in confidence when you’re hammering fast, technical descents, but without having to compromise anything. It took some time, but the team nailed it with this Reign 29. Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Josh Carlson All the new Reign 29 models feature Boost hub spacing for stiffer wheel performance, added tire clearance, and improved handling on the trail. And they all come with Giant Tubeless System technology, which means every bike is delivered with Giant WheelSystems and tubeless ready tires, making it easier than ever to enjoy the benefits of added traction, smoother trail control, and a reduced risk of flat tires. Here’s a look at the three series in the new Reign 29 range: Reign Advanced Pro 29 The flagship series of the new Reign 29 range is engineered with a full Advanced Composite technology frameset including the mainframe and rear swingarm. Aimed at serious enduro and all-mountain riders, it’s the first long-travel 29er ever from Giant. It features the most up-to-date Maestro suspension with an Advanced Forged composite rocker arm and trunnion-mount shock for 146mm of rear travel that’s active and sensitive to small bumps and big hits. The frame geometry is all new, with progressive headtube and seattube angles, shorter chainstays, a longer toptube, and a 42mm or 44mm fork offset for added stability on high-speed descents. Reign 29 This series features all the same suspension updates and new, 29er-specific enduro geometry as the Reign Advanced Pro 29 series. The key difference is this one is built with an ALUXX SL aluminium front triangle and rear swingarm. Reign SX 29 For ultimate confidence on steep drops and the most technical descents, this ALUXX SL aluminium model is more downhill focused with added suspension up front (an extra 10mm of travel) and bulletproof components. It’s a great choice for repeated shuttle runs on chunky terrain or bike park laps on black diamond descents. South African Availability Two Reign 29 models will be available locally: The Reign Advanced Pro 29 1 and Reign 29 2. The pricing for these bikes has yet to be confirmed. Learn more at www.giant-bicycles.com/Reign29
  22. The world of gravel biking/bikepacking has interested me for a while now and will probably lead to me buying one. The Revolt range from Giant looks to me like the best my money can buy. After doing some reading on the net I can't seem to find a South African Opinion/Review and would like to get some feedback from someone who owns one. The Pro's and Cons, what to keep in mind and other bikes with more value for my money.
  23. The Revolt Advanced 0 was developed and tested with Giant pro racers to deliver versatility, compliance and long-distance efficiency on rugged roads and dirt. Jake Orness photo. In addition to an all-new, purpose-built frameset, the Revolt Advanced introduces several key innovations from Giant including new D-Fuse cockpit components. The D-Fuse seatpost and new D-Fuse handlebar work together as a system to smooth out rugged terrain and optimize performance on dirt and gravel roads. Giant engineers and product developers worked with athletes from the Giant Factory Off-Road Team over the past year to develop and test prototype versions of the new bike. Ryan Steers, a regional Giant pro racer in the U.S. who specializes in gravel racing, rode a prototype earlier this summer at the Dirty Kanza 200, one of the world’s premier gravel races. Ryan Steers, a rider with the U.S. regional Giant Co-Factory Off-Road Team, raced a prototype version of the Revolt Advanced 0 at the Dirty Kanza 200, a grueling 206-mile gravel race in Kansas. @PinnedGrit photo. “Dirty Kanza is infamous for being brutal on bodies and bikes,” said Steers. “Having a proper machine that’s purpose-built for stuff like this helped get me through an incredibly long, hard day. The new geometry felt just right on the endless rolling hills of Kansas, and the D-Fuse components really took the edge off the punishing gravel terrain.” Veteran XC and cyclocross racer Carl Decker also rode a prototype version of the Revolt Advanced to a podium placing at the Lost and Found Gravel Grinder earlier this summer. He finished third in the elite men’s race at the rugged 100-miler in Northern California. “I’ve done that race, and others like it, for years on cyclocross bikes or MTB hardtails, and having a purpose-built gravel machine this year was truly a treat,” Decker said. “Over the long haul, the new geometry combined with the D-Fuse seatpost and handlebar setup kept my back, hands and upper body in way better shape than previous years.” New Frame Design and Technologies The frame geometry on the new Revolt is designed for long-distance comfort and efficiency on variable terrain. It has a slightly taller stack height compared to Giant’s TCX cyclocross bikes, and a reach that’s optimized for performance on varied terrain. The fork geometry is also tuned for this type of riding, with a 50mm rake and 74mm trail, which produces a front end that feels responsive and nimble on the road but is also relaxed enough to offer confidence and control on more rugged terrain. In addition, a slightly lower bottom bracket improves the bike’s stability and efficiency for endurance riding. The new Revolt Advanced frameset features shorter chainstays and a slightly lower bottom bracket, which gives it an agile yet stable ride quality for rough roads and dirt. Jake Orness photo. The Advanced composite frame material, handcrafted in Giant’s own composite factory to yield a high stiffness-to-weight ratio, gives the bike precise handling capabilities and also transfers pedaling power with maximum efficiency. The rear triangle is designed with flattened seatstays and a lower seatstay junction to help absorb road shocks and vibrations. The frameset is integrated for disc brakes and has added frame clearance for tires up to 45c. The frame and fork are also compatible with 650B rims, which allows for even higher volume tires for added control in the most aggressive off-road terrain. Beyond that, the new frame includes a number of features for gravel adventures, including an X-Defender downtube protector, three water bottle mounts, and a smart mount system for racks and accessories D-Fuse: Tuned For Compliance Initially presented in 2014 as a proprietary seatpost for cyclocross bikes, D-Fuse was created to absorb shocks and vibrations, giving cyclocross riders and racers more control on rough roads and dirt. The heart of its design is a distinctive tube shape with a round front and flattened rear section. The Revolt Advanced features the new Contact XR D-Fuse handlebar, which uses D-shaped tubing to improve compliance while also making it feel stiffer for sprinting and climbing efforts. Jake Orness photo. Following its success on TCX cyclocross bikes, including multiple world championship titles, the D-Fuse seatpost design was adapted by the Defy endurance road range and now the Revolt Advanced to improve control and minimize fatigue on long rides. Its shape and composite design result in up to 12mm of “travel” for a smoother ride quality. Now Giant is bringing D-Fuse technology to the front half of the bike with all-new handlebar designs. The expanded role of D-Fuse, as a system, is to significantly improve compliance at key contact points. The Revolt Advanced features the new Contact XR D-Fuse handlebar, which uses similar D-shaped tubing as the D-Fuse seatpost. The D-Fuse seatpost, originally introduced on Giant cyclocross bikes, has become a rider favorite for absorbing shocks and vibrations on rough roads and bumpy dirt trails. Jake Orness photo. Compared to the Contact SL round handlebar, tests show the D-Fuse bar has 10 per cent more “pushing” or downward compliance and 20 percent more “pulling” or upward stiffness. As a result, it absorbs more shocks and vibrations while also increasing stiffness for sprinting or out-of-the-saddle climbing. The handlebar also has slightly flared drops (8 degrees), which offers wider hand positioning for off-road situations without compromising on-road ergonomics and wrist comfort. The top section of the handlebar is backswept 5 degrees, a unique design that also combines off-road control with on-road comfort and efficiency. In addition to the ergo advantages of the XR D-Fuse, it is also 5 percent lighter than the round Contact SL handlebar. 2019 Revolt Advanced Series The 2019 Revolt Advanced series includes three models: Revolt Advanced 0, Revolt Advanced 1 and Revolt Advanced 2 with various specs and price points. Availability varies by country. The 2019 Revolt Advanced 0 1 includes the Giant CXR1 composite WheelSystem and 40c CrossCut Gravel 1 tires, which are set up tubeless right out of the box for improved rolling efficiency and a reduced risk of flats. Availability varies by country. The 2019 Revolt Advanced 1 features SRAM Apex drivetrain components and hydraulic disc brakes. Availability varies by country. The 2019 Revolt Advanced 2 in Metallic Orange / Gun Metal Black. Availability varies by country. The 2019 Revolt Advanced 2 in Deep Gray / Metallic Red / Silver. Availability varies by country. For more information and details on the new Revolt range, click here.
  24. Has anyone ridden this bicycle before? I am asking more about the new fork and rear shock from Fox that uses the new Live Valve technology. I would love to know what your experience was riding this bicycle with emphasis on the fork and shock. How was the setup, any issues? How was your riding? Did the technology work as expected? I am in 2 minds regarding this bicycle because it is new tech for a bicycle and it looks bulky with regards to the unit and the wiring. Is it worthwhile getting a bike with it now, or rather wait for more iterations of the unit? Here is the link to the bicycle: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/za/bikes-anthem-advanced-pro-29-2019
  25. 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
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