The line up of bikes for the 2019 range from Liv sees some great additions to expand the women's specific range.
When we visited the Liv Cycling 2018 launch in 2017, Imogen Smith took a look across the range from the only women's specific bike brand in cycling. As we saw last year, Liv have really focused their range on trail and gravity riding, pulling back from an XC focus that they had previously. With the introduction of the new Liv Intrigue E+ eMTB, it's clear that this focus on trail and gravity bikes has really reaped rewards.
Liv follow their 3F principle, focusing on the right fit for a given bike, form, and of course function.
The Liv Intrigue E+ 2 Pro eMTB
The new Liv Intrigue E+ mirrors much of the tech and design from the latest Giant Trance E+ eMTB. The 27.5" wheeled bike sports a 150mm travel fork, paired to a 140mm travel via the Maestro suspension system out back. The geometry is a modern trail geometry, with a 66.5 degree head angle and decent reach in the frame matched with short stems.
Best of all, sizing goes down to XS, so there is a good range of fits available.
The 500Wh battery powers the SyncDrive Pro motor, giving pedal assistance up to 25km/h. The new head unit is far smaller than the previous version and also gives an indication of battery level and mode that you're in via mini LEDs.
The fork is from Suntour, with 35mm legs. Suntour are appearing in more of Liv and Giant's range, and it's a good sign for the expanding range of their products. The Aion 35 has lock out and rebound, Boost spacing, and has been made for the OneDrive steerer diameter, a sign that Liv and Giant have partnered with Suntour for the future.
The 10-speed drivetrain has some eMTB specific additions like a stronger chainring, and Giant and Liv eMTBs use stronger hubs to also withstand the greater loads that eMTBs deliver. At $5999 we're stoked to see a women's specific eMTB that doesn't break the bank (in the realms of a full-suspension eMTB anyway). A pedal assist mountain bike can be a lot of bike to handle, and having a focus on the fit is even more important than say, an analogue bike.
Liv also have the Vall-E+ 1 Pro, a eMTB hardtail with a 120mm travel RockShox Recon fork and the same motor along with a 10sp group set. The trail geometry means it is still all about exploration and going further - and we think a dropper post would make a great upgrade before you roll out of your Liv dealer. It sells for $4799.