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What is an Anthem SX?See his very in depth reporting on the Carbon version here.
For 2015 Giant have created two ‘trail’ versions of their Anthem XC race bike and called it the Anthem SX. For those of you unfamiliar with Giant’s Anthem, it’s a 100mm travel full-suspension XC race bike. To create the Anthem SX, Giant took a standard Anthem frame for 27.5” wheels and bolted on a 120mm fork, a remote adjustable seatpost, and a shorter stem – with brilliant results. There’s an aluminium version with a 2X (two chainrings) Shimano drivetrain and Fox suspension that retails for $2999AUD, and the version reviewed here, the $4999 Advanced version that has a 1X SRAM drivetrain and RockShox suspension.
The all-new 2015 Giant Trance 27.5 2 was designed to cover the vast majority of the different types of off road terrain that one can practically find, with its full suspension and lightweight ALUXX SL aluminium alloy frame that features 140mm of travel at the rear with a similarly matched 140mm travel Fox 32 Float CTD Evolution fork for the front, this aggressive bike can handle almost anything that a regular MTB rider is willing to ride on, with the exception of trails with huge death defying drops which are anyway out of most rider's capability and daringness as well.
Giant's Maestro Suspension Technology is what sets it apart from the other designs of rear suspensions in the market, it's an active and adaptable system that offers pedalling efficiency whether you are climbing up slopes or speeding along single tracks, complete suspension activity that absorbs all trail impacts and total braking independence in which the Maestro Suspension remains fully active and reactive, even under full braking forces.
|2015 Roam 2 Hybrid bicycle with lockout front fork suspension|
Giant Roam 2 Disc Specifications:
|Sizes||S, M, L, XL|
|Frame||ALUXX grade aluminium|
|Fork||SR Suntour NEX HLO lock-out, 63mm travel|
|Handlebar||Giant Connect low rise, 31.8mm|
|Stem||Giant Sport alloy, 15 degree|
|Seat Post||Giant Sport alloy, 30.9mm|
|Saddle||Giant Connect Upright|
|Shifters||Shimano Altus, 27sp|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Acera, 34.9mm|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Acera|
|Brakes||Tektro HDM 290 hydraulic, 160mm|
|Brake Levers||Tektro HDM 290 hydraulic|
|Cassette||Shimano HG-200, 11-34T, 9sp|
|Crankset||Shimano M371, 26-36-48T|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano UN26 sealed|
|Rims||Giant alloy, double wall|
|Hubs||Giant alloy disc sealed, 32H|
|Spokes||Stainless steel, 14g|
|Tyres||Giant S-RX4, 700 x 40c|
|Sizes||XS, S, M, M/L, L, XL|
|Frame||ALUXX SL-grade aluminum|
|Fork||Composite, Alloy OverDrive steerer|
|Handlebar||Giant Connect, 31.8mm|
|Seatpost||Giant D-Fuse, Composite|
|Saddle||Giant Performance Road|
|Pedals||Caged w/ toe clip and strap|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105|
|Brake Levers||Shimano 105|
|Cassette||Shimano 105 11x32, 11-speed|
|Crankset||FSA Gossamer Pro, 34/50|
|Bottom Bracket||Shimano, Press Fit|
|Hubs||Giant Performance Tracker Road, Sealed bearing, [F] 24h, [R] 28h|
|Spokes||Sapim Race, 14/15g|
|Tires||Giant P-R3, Flat Guard Deflect 3, Front and rear specific, 700x25|
Liv introduced its 2015 Avail line to media at the event in Scotland. With a goal of making cycling more approachable and appealing to women, Giant recently launched its Liv brand, which is designed, engineered and headed up by women. “Most of the composite frames are made by women as well,” said Amanda Schaper, Liv global marketing coordinator. “So Liv is truly made for women, by women.”Each Liv model is handcrafted by Giant, and a small badge stating that located on the seattube near the bottom bracket is the only reference to the parent company that can be found on the frame.
Schaper said that Liv is 100 percent committed to the female cyclist, as also proven by the expansion of the Liv soft goods line, which has also been redesigned for 2015.
Female editors attending the event rode the Avail Advanced SL 0. The frame weighs in at less than 900 grams, making it the lightest in the 2015 Liv line. Equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace disc brakes, Di2 shifting, Giant's new SLR 0 disc lightweight carbon wheelset, which it also unveiled, this model is the cream of the Avail crop.Many of the Avail Advanced SL's core features are borrowed from the Defy, including the D-fuse seatpost, integrated disc brakes, internal cable routing through one side of the frame and the same thin and flattened seatstays. But the Avail frame is not just a tweaked version of the Defy.
“Instead of taking the men's frame, shrinking the top tube and making the head tube taller and calling it a women's bike, we used three years' worth of body dimension research, feedback from athletes, our target consumers, and our ambassadors to determine the ideal geometry,” said Abby Santurbane, global category manager for Liv. “We also took into consideration the intended usage of the bike to find the ideal body angle.”
While the Avail Advanced bike range is not just a smaller version of the Defy, the core characteristics, including handling, stiffness, comfort, weight, and components are common to each line. For a complete evaluation of the brother bike to the Avail, see our detailed review of the 2015 Giant Defy Advanced here.Santurbane also said that positive feedback about past iterations of the Avail model led them to only make small changes in the frame geometry, including lowering the top tube for improved standover height. The geometry is optimized for long rides on varied road conditions, with frame seat angles that help put the rider's center of gravity over the bottom bracket and a head tube angle ranging from 70-72 degrees.
Giant calls the Defy an endurance road bike—I’m not so sure that such classification is necessary. Much like modern trail bikes are to the world of knobby tires, the Defy seems to me to be a bike you’d choose to ride on almost any ride, any day, on any terrain, and feel confident and comfortable the whole time.Specifically, they point out that:
The New Defy DesignThe trick on this bike was to come up with lightness, stiffness, and still get performance and comfort that this bike is noted for.
The tube shapes are different, subtly in some places and more dramatically in others. The old aero-shape seatmast (or seatpost, depending on the model is gone in favor of a
flat-backed profile Giant calls D-Fuse, which first saw use on the TCX cyclocross model. The seatstays narrow to gossamer thinness, and attach lower down the seat tube to help prevent vibration from traveling up to the saddle.
Weight was also a huge design driver. Swanson says the top end frame is the lightest road frame Giant has ever produced. “The perception is that with road disc you have to pay a weight penalty,” said Swanson. “We approached it as how do we offset that weight. And we actually dropped 50 grams on our top end frames, which is pretty significant when you see our competition having to add 40-50 grams to get disc tabs on.”Giant took this bike to the lab against it's most relevant competitors. They looked at weight, stiffness, and compliance, where compliance is the comfort to feet, hands, and rear end. The lower the amount of vibration that comes from the road, through the bike, to the three points of contact on the bike, the better for comfort in a longer ride.
That weight was shed in part by using hollowed carbon dropouts, eliminating the brake bridge, and generally minimizing the need for reinforcement frame material by reducing the number of holes in the carbon frame. The front brake hose is routed externally; all other cables/hoses go into one side of the frame because when you punch a hole in frame you have to add weight with reinforcing material. Instead Giant made a single slightly larger hole on the non-driveside.
|MSRP : $3700.00|
The Talon 4 was our first experience with a 650B wheeled bike at this price point, and we liked the outcome.650B makes a lot of sense at the budget price point – it provides a lighter feeling and more playful ride compared to a 29er, while still providing greater control to 26in wheeled bikes.
Ride and handling: handling and control beyond its priceThe Talon 4 is an entry-level bike that’s full of surprises. Taking the Talon off-road, we were immediately surprised by its confident handling and playful ride nature. We’d previously ridden the Talon 29er and found it slow to accelerate and hard to throw around, but the 27.5 does away with these traits.
It was sprightly and easy to get up to speed, yet never felt twitchy. This characteristic made the Talon a joy to ride, encouraging us to find the limits of the tyres in and out of every corner. Large volume tyres meant it didn’t feel harsh – they numbed much of the trails buzz.
|Sizes||S, M, L, XL|
|Fork||SR Suntour XCM w/ hydraulic lockout & preload adjuster, 100mm travel|
|Handlebar||Giant Connect XC, Low rise, 31.8mm|
|Seatpost||Giant Sport, 30.9mm|
|Saddle||Giant Connect, Upright|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Altus|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Alivio|
|Brakes||Tektro Auriga, Hydraulic disc, 160mm|
|Brake Levers||Tektro Auriga|
|Cassette||Shimano HG20 11x34, 9-speed|
|Crankset||FSA Dynadrive, 22/32/44|
|Bottom Bracket||FSA sealed|
|Rims||Giant Alloy, Double wall|
|Hubs||Giant Tracker Sport Disc, 32h|
|Spokes||Stainless Steel, 14g|
|Tires||Giant Sport, 27.5x2.1|