First look: Giant Omnium 2010 track frameset

Sprint/pursuit crossover

The Omnium is Giant's latest track frameset and as the name suggests (omnium racers compete against each other on the track in five different disciplines), it's designed as a do-it-all bike rather than a pure sprinter or pursuit machine.

Giant say their aim was to create the stiffest and most aerodynamic frame possible; they weren’t too worried about the weight because they had to stick within UCI limits.

The result is a totally new chassis crafted from Giant's Aluxx SL aluminium tubing, with a huge down tube that tapers internally (and complies with the UCI's 3:1 rule).

Other features include an Overdrive tapered head tube and fork steerer (1 1/8in - 1 1/4in), and a new fork that’s similar to the one found on the new Trinity time trial bike but with a thinner profile and no cable routing.

The carbon seatpost has adjustable offset (10/23mm) like on Giant's TCR Advanced, and the dropouts have been designed so that if you overtighten the wheel it doesn’t damage the frame.

According to Pierre-Henri Medas, Giant’s global category manager for road bikes, the Omnium "isn't truly a sprint bike or a pursuit bike; it's supposed to do it all perfectly". It should be available in six weeks. UK RRP is £850.

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