Giant are known for the value and range, and so far 2019 doesn't look any different. The big news? How good their new Trance E+ and Intrigue E+ look!
Long live the Reign
All-new for 2017, the Reign is still leading the Giant range when it comes to hard all-mountain and enduro riding rocking 170mm travel forks and 160mm travel frames. With Giant Factory Offroad’s partnership with DVO suspension, you win out with custom tuned suspension on both the Reign Advanced 0 and 1. The top Reign Advanced Zero looks amazing in blue and black, and the long reach (459mm on a medium!) and slack 65 degree head angles mean you can really charge.
But Giant really feel that you’re going to be in more control, and not just swinging off the back, thanks to the tuning from DVO suspension. Each shock is tuned for the appropriate size and model, and NSDynamics in Queensland have every spare under the sun for DVO forks and suspension, so the long term health of your bike’s bits don’t need to be stressed over.
At $8999 the 0 is $3k more than the 1, with notable changes in the suspension, drivetrain and wheels. The Advanced 0 will draw many in with coil performance and a drool-worthy spec sheet – but at $5999 the 1 might be the bike we see more of on the trails. Or on that week-long trail riding holiday we mentioned earlier…
Jump into the Reign range and just like with the Trance, Giant hit the right numbers and parts. The Reign SX 1 is a stand out with 180mm travel forks pushing the head angle sub 65 degrees.
The Reign SX 1 sports a SRAM GX and NX Eagle mix, stopping on Codes and sprung by a DVO Onyx SC fork and Jade Coil rear shock. 2.5 and 2.4”Minions on Giant AM wheels should be sturdy and grippy and at $4499, this alloy sled looks set to be the park bike of choice this summer.
Spring $5499 for the Reign 1 and the Lyric RC gives you 170mm up front while a Super Deluxe RTR (remote lockout) controls the back end, ideal for days where shuttling just isn't an option. GX Eagle and Code R brakes do the rest, and if you pay $3699 you get the badass black Reign 2. Same frame, a Yari fork, 10-speed Deore and still ready for park laps.
All for the Glory
With two models of dedicated downhill bikes, the Glory almost tells the story alone. Downhill isn't what it used to be. The racing is faster and harder than before, and the bikes are so advanced - but the rise of enduro the the capabilities of 150-170mm travel bikes have made a downhill bike a highly specialised rig.
Giant have Two models, the Gory Advanced 0 and the Glory 1. Carbon or alloy, both share 200mm of Maestro suspension and killer value for their price, $7799 and $5999 respectively.
Need more details? Get on the phone to your Giant dealer!