Jeremy and Kashi have just had a trip to Surfers Paradise to see the new range of Giant and Liv bikes for 2017.
They were welcomed with a balmy 27dC... not much different from Dunedin ;)
Our hotel had its own lagoon, complete with tropical fish to swim with.
Yum Yum Passionfruits!
The official part of the launch began with a few of Giant Taiwan's lead product developers and marketing managers giving an overview of the brands directions and some great insights.
The LIV presentations were particularly interesting, as the talked a lot about the research that's gone behind the development of the women's specific bikes and the advantages for women of the various subtle changes we now see on these bikes.
After the presentations we finally got to see the bikes... and there were many! This entire room was purely focused on LIV bikes.
One of the highlights in the Giant performance range was the new Trance Advance 1... The spec on this bike is unreal and its price is just $6299.
The new linkage system and shock mount on all Trance and Anthem bikes creates a stiffer rear end and allows for a longer stroke shock... meaning better performance and in particular, small bump sensitivity.
The TCR now comes in a disk version, including this beautiful model with SRAM Red here (we have ordered one of these as a show piece... its unreal to see in person)
While the frame's on the Giant Reign is unchanged for 2017, the components have. Carbon rims are now standard on the high end models and this model, the Advanced 1, comes with X2 rear shock, Fox 36 Performance fork... and the colour is out of this world. Its hard to really see in a photo... but its HOT !!!
Many of these bikes will be making there way into Bike Otago over the coming weeks, so make sure to come in for a look.
For an indepth reveiw of the MTB range... have a look here at Flow Magazines overview. We aim to have our website updated in a few weeks time too.