The Giant 2017 e-bike range electrifies all the things

New Full-E+, Road-E+ and more

Giant, the world’s biggest bike manufacturer, is all-in with e-bikes and this week the Taiwanese company has launched its range for 2017, which includes everything from sensible city commuters to the Road E drop-bar machine and an updated version of the Full-E trail bike. Here's a quick look at those last two...

Giant has focused on integration with its latest line-up, with newly refined batteries that blend neatly with down tubes rather than simply piggybacking on top of them, and updates to the RideControl head units and controllers designed to improve their appearance and usability.

Giant's latest e-bikes sport much cleaner battery integration
Giant's latest e-bikes sport much cleaner battery integration

The head unit looks more robust than its predecessors
The head unit looks more robust than its predecessors

The unit integrates with the grip lockring
The unit integrates with the grip lockring

Range highlights

Full-E+ trail bike

The giant full-e+ 1 sx
The giant full-e+ 1 sx

The big news for 2017 is a redesigned Full-E, now called the Full-E+, which features a far more cleanly integrated battery than its predecessor, and debuts an update to Giant’s Maestro suspension platform in the form of a slinky forged composite linkage that’s designed for the new trunnion-mount metric-sized shocks. (Forged composites are so hot right now, because lighter, stiffer…)

The latest maestro rocker link is made from a forged composite
The latest maestro rocker link is made from a forged composite

The bike is powered by a Yamaha SyncDrive motor with a nominal output of 250W, and in its top Full-E+ 0 SX  spec it’s built with SRAM’s new e-bike specific EX1 groupset LINK and matching Guide RSC brakes, along with a Rockshox Lyrik 160mm fork and a custom-tuned DebonAir 140mm shock. 27.5in wheels are the order of the day, with DT Swiss doing the honours. We'll be bringing you a first ride on this remarkable bike in the coming days.

Giant will also be offering two cheaper builds, the Full-E+ 1 with Shimano SLX and Fox suspension, and the Full-E+ 2 with Shimano Deore and basic Suntour bouncy bits.

Pricing and availability on all Full-E+ models is to be confirmed.

Road-E+ road bike

The road-e+ is a full-on electric road bike
The road-e+ is a full-on electric road bike

First launched in April, Giant’s Road-E+ is a full-on electric road bike that uses the same Yamaha power unit as the Full-E+. With endurance-style geometry, big clearances, and mounts for mudguards, the Road-E+ could be the ultimate commuting machine, or an excellent way to cheat on climbs. More on that to come...

Available in two models, the higher-spec Road-E+ 1 has a mixture of Shimano Ultegra and 105 components, along with RS685/785 hydraulic disc brakes. The Road-E+ 2 gets Tiagra and mechanical TRP Spyre calipers.

Current pricing for the Road-E+ is as follows; however this may be subject to change as we roll over to the 2017 model year, with increases likely for the UK market if sterling does not recover from its recent slump following the EU referendum. Pricing and availability in other markets is to be confirmed.

  • Road E+ 1 £2749
  • Road E+ 2 £2299
Matthew Allen

Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Also a really, really terrible racer who's been dropped more times than you've shaved your legs.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
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