Giant's 2015 range has been revealed and some bikes are already at the shop! We've got some great deals on 2014 bikes and are excited for 2015.
The biggest news for Giant’s 2015 road range is the addition of disc brakes to all carbon Defy and Avail endurance bikes. The Propel aero road range also gets updates and great new colour schemes. The TCR has some great new colour schemes. On the MTB side, there’s the new Anthem SX with a more aggressive geometry and spec and the new Stance, a more budget friendly full-suspension bike. Also back for 2015 is the highly anticipated Reign, just in time enduro season.
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2015 Road Range
The Propel, Giant’s aero road race bike, quickly earned a good reputation after being unveiled during the Tour Down Under in 2013. For 2015, Giant is replacing the carbon brakes with a new aluminium version, addressing previous shortcomings. The new brake has two positions for the cable noodle, enabling easy changing between wheels with different width rims. The Propel Advanced SL and Advanced Pro models will get titanium brake hardware.
The Propel Advanced Pro 0 might be the biggest eye-catcher, in its bright orange. It features Ultegra Di2 and a 55mm deep Giant P-SLR0 Aero wheelset for a completely ready race day bike. The limited-edition, bright blue and yellow Propel Advanced SL LTD comes with Zipp 404 tubulars and a Dura-Ace Di2 groupset.
2015 Mountain Range
Giant is dropping their OverDrive 2 steerer system for 2015, with it’s non-standard 1 1/4” upper, and returning to the standard tapered head tube used throughout the industry. Good news for everyone.
The 2015 lineup is once again dominated by 27.5” (650b) wheels as the main option, only offering four 29er bikes in the line-up. Another theme will be 11-speed SRAM XX1 and X01 groupsets and SRAM's new Guide brakes on the high-end models.
All new for 2015 is the new Stance, a budget Trance, opting for a simpler single-pivot design instead of Giant's more expensive Maestro suspension system. The aluminium frame features 4.7” (120mm) of travel through a new FlexPoint suspension design. It’s a single-pivot design that uses tuned flex in the seat stay and chain stay junction instead of a pivot. The Stance 27.5 2 carries a RockShox XC30 Gold fork, 27-speed Shimano Alivio components and 2.25” Maxxis Ardent rubber priced at just $1799! It’s a ton of bike for the money.
The Anthem SX, also new for 2015, isn’t a slimmed down Trance, it’s a burly Anthem. The Anthem SX is a new platform creating a fast lightweight XC bike that is more aggressive and capable. The SX is the same 4” (100mm) travel frame with a beefed up front end, including a 120mm fork for a slacked out head angle, a 180mm front rotor and a dropper post. There are two versions of the new Anthem SX, an aluminium version featuring Fox suspension and Shimano XT/SLX components. The Advanced SX gains an Advanced Composite frame with SRAM X01 drivetrain and RockShox Revelation front fork weighing in at 11.3kg.
The popular Trance lineup sees some price drops and minor spec bump, but is left somewhat unchanged this season with a range of 2 aluminium models and 3 composite models. The Trance SX range has been slimmed down this season to a single aluminium model featuring SRAM X01 drivetrain and RockShox Pike fork.
Missing from Giant’s 2014 range was the Reign but it has returned for 2015, and better than ever. Striking in looks and aggressive in design, the Reign pushes the boundaries of all-mountain capabilities, even dabbling in downhill territory. The 2015 Reign isn’t just a re-hash of previous models, it offers a lower, slacker head angle and shorter rear end than its 26″ predecessor. It carries a custom 46mm offset fork (versus 42mm) to ensure that better ride. There are two aluminium models and two Advanced composite models offered. The most interest has been around the top-end Reign Advanced Team 0 running SRAM XX1 drivetrain and RockShox Pike front end.
The new 2015 Glory gets 27.5” wheels, a longer rear shock, longer front end, a shorter rear end and a lower bottom bracket than its 26″ predecessor. Also worth noting is the revised cable routing, an integrated fork bumper and bearings on the upper shock pivot. The 27.5″ Glory has been in development for a few years, receiving constant feedback from Giant’s team riders to ensure that not only was the bike quicker on the clocks, but comfortable for the riders. The Glory lineup consists of three aluminium models for 2015. We’re hoping for a carbon version next year.