Everything you need to know about Giant Bikes
Looking for a bike and not sure where to start? Not sure about who’s who in the biking world? Or do you want to find out a bit more about your favourite brand? Welcome to everything you need to know about Giant bikes!
Giant doesn’t need much of an introduction, but do you know what got the brand ticking and how?
Giant bike founders were engineers and craftsman who, in the early 1970s, realised they could put their expertise to good use and enhance the cycling experience by enhancing the actual bike itself. (Picture)
The masterstroke was developing lightweight aluminium frames – all of a sudden Giant was delivering high-quality bikes that were not out of financial reach. The public responded, and bike sales increased; more people began to discover the joy of cycling.
Today, the publicly listed Taiwanese company is the number one bike manufacturer in the world, and the top selling bike brand in a number of leading markets – including Australia.
Let’s hear it for the girls. Introducing Liv
A diffusion brand just for females? Sounds like a smart move…
Liv is all about encouraging more women to take up – and maintain – cycling at any level. Liv is an off-shoot brand of Giant comprising women-specific designed bikes, gear, accessories, events (including bike maintenance classes for women) and ambassadors. The Liv family encourages a culture of happy, healthy, more adventurous women linked by a passion for cycling. Liv has established a number of regular women’s rides around Australia that are for cyclists of all levels and skill.
Giant isn’t just about bikes – they also deliver on a massive and growing range of rider and bike gear. From 2016, the brand has an extensive range of high-value helmets, shoes, clothing, gloves and more on offer.
Just as with Giant's move to offer a full wardrobe of cycling gear, they also offer an impressive range of components and accessories. From magnetically attached lights to in-house made carbon racing wheels to impressively powerful floor pumps.
The Giant Super Stars
Go for a ride anywhere, any time and you’re bound to see a Giant bike out and about. Giant is a favourite amongst all levels of cyclists, but they certainly have their fair share of international superstar riders as well. We’re talking some of the most recognised named in the sport.
So who’s riding Giant?
Giant-Alpecin – formerly known as Argos Shimano and Giant-Shimano, Giant announced its sponsorship of World Tour cycling team in January 2014. The announcement also includes sponsorship of a men’s development team and the Liv/Giant women’s pro team, Rabobank Liv.
Giant Factory Off-Road Team – Built around the bustling gravity disciplines, Giant's team is one of the top Enduro World Series and Downhill World Cup outfits in the world. The team is always chasing podium spots with rider names such as Marcelo Gutierrez Villegas, Yoann Barelli, Adam Craig, Carl Decker and Australia Josh Carlson.
Giant – for the Tech Head
Bikes are like computers – they just keep getting smarter, better and more efficient. So what makes a bike brilliant? Giant has a fair idea.
Otherwise referred to as carbon fibre, delivers an ultra lightweight-to-strength ratio frame. In the world of speed cycling the stronger but lighter the frame, the better.
SL Composite – this is Giant’s premium, pro-grade carbon fibre and is woven in Giant’s very own factory.
Advanced Composite Technology – high performance grade carbon with excellent stiffness-to-weight ratio.
Giant Composite Technology - performance-grade raw carbon features best-in-class stiffness-to-weight ratios.
Lighter, stronger, stiffer. Engineering and cutting edge materials combine to deliver aluminium bike frames that continue to evolve to be lighter, stronger and stiffer than their predecessor models.
• ALUXX SLR – Giant’s top-of-the-range aluminium frameset with the highest strength-to-weight ratios, most advanced forming methods, and unique welding techniques
• ALUXX SL – Extremely lightweight framesets featuring high-performance strength-to-weight ratios
• ALUXX – Lightweight framesets featuring optimized strength-to-weight ratios
Compact Road Design
The science seems simple – smaller triangles create a stiffer, stronger bike. With this knowledge, Giant developed Compact Road Design, which essentially saw the toptube sloping down from the headtube, thus making the frame’s front and rear triangles smaller. Genius.
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