Giant's 2016 mountain bikes are here!
Giant just announced their 2016 lineup In Melbourne last week and it's looking pretty darn good. The overall look is a lot brighter with Giant using their new performance logo throughout - we've heard nothing but praise for the new colour schemes.
Spec-wise, there is lots of 1x11 drivetrains with Shimano's new XT 1x11 featuring heavily. Solid upgrades in fork spec across the range, especially with the new Fox 34 being fitted to the Trance lineup along with the new Float DPS rear shock - no more 32mm legged forks! A redesigned Giant dropper post with Zero offset, new two-bolt clamp, better adjustability and smoother action.
27.5 wheels feature heavily in the lineup again for 2016, but 29er isn't forgotten about the Anthem and XTC hard tails getting new frame features for 2016.
The only downside for the coming season is the pricing, with the continued dropping NZD prices have risen on average 10-15%, but Giant will not be alone on this as it will effect all bike brands and goods imported into NZ.
We've picked our stand out bikes from the 2016 lineup below, all bikes are now live on our website. They will be hitting the shop floor in the next few days onwards so we ask you to come in and check them out at our Christchurch Bike Shops.
The Reign is a serious Enduro bike, aggressive geometry with 160mm of travel that likes going downhill. Re-released to the market in 2015 the Reign has quickly become one of the most popular bikes with the Enduro crowd.
That's right! Come in and buy or order any 2016 Giant performance model bike and we'll take an extra $100 off, whatever the price is, no questions asked. Valid through to 31st August 2015.
Giant's all rounder trail bike is our most popular suspension bike. With 140mm of rear suspension, this light and versatile bike is both a good descender and climber. The new Trance range gets a good spec upgrade for 2016, including Fox Factory Series Float 34s, meaning no more 32mm station forks for this season on the 3 higher models.
Launched in 2014, LIV is Giant's standalone women’s specific range. Based off Giant's comprehensive range the LIV range is packed full of geometry and specifications designed just for women. New for this season is the addition of the Intrigue SX, a trail bike with a beefed up front end for the women’s Enduro category.
Giant's most efficient, fast rolling bike the Anthem, is still available in both 27.5 and 29er wheel options. The 2016 29er Anthem receives a new aluminum rear end with a bolt-through 142x12mm axle, and a stronger top tube and seat tube junction which will be greatly received.
Giant’s XTC hardtail range remains unchanged for 2016, available in both 27.5 and 29er wheel options this will be a popular lineup for die hard hardtail fans and weight weenies.
Giant's Glory Downhill range gets newly added composite models, shaving 200g from the frame and delivering a ride quality that carbon bikes are known for - less fatigue and more precision.