BikeRadar recently broke the news on the Giant Bikes 2015 men’s performance range. One notable thing was the clear separation of the men's and women’s ranges; Giant has taken the bold step to rebrand its female-focused bikes as Liv. So female riders looking for a Giant, will now be offered a Liv – but they’ll find a subtle ‘handcrafted by Giant’ marked somewhere on the frame.
The other big news for the Liv range was the recent launch of the completely revamped Avail endurance road bike range, with many bikes now featuring disc brakes and greater comfort. As well as this, the aero race-focused Envie (Propel for the men) now has improved brakes and there's also a new performance flat-bar road bike.
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For the racers, the aerodynamic Envie range continues with numerous options, all well-suited to road or triathlon racing. The Envie offers a different carbon layup and geometry to the men’s Propel bike, and there's also differences in gearing ratios and contact points.
The Envie range gets new and improved brakes
All Envie models receive a small but significant switch to better performing integrated brakes. As well improved lever feel, the new brakes offer a two-position cable stop to enable simple swaps between wide carbon race-day wheels and narrow alloy training wheels.
The LIV Envie Advanced Pro 0
Sitting at the top of the range is the Envie Advanced Pro 0 (US$8,300 / AU$7,699 / £TBA), a bike that's worthy of world champion Marianne Vos. This full-carbon model features a Giant P-SLR0 carbon race wheelset, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 gearing and an aero integrated handlebar and stem combo.
Sitting a few price points below is the Envie Advanced 1 (US$2,775 / AU$2,799 / £TBA) in a super bright blue and yellow, which we expect to be a popular choice. This carbon-framed model features Shimano Ultegra mechanical gearing.
For the ironman and triathlon focused, there’s now a Envie Advanced Tri (US$4,250 / AU$N/A / £TBA), which takes the aero road model and adds composite clip-on aero bars, bottle cages and Giant 55mm deep aero wheels.
New for 2015, the Liv Thrive CoMax 2 Disc
The Thrive CoMax Disc models are designed for commuters or fitness seekers – it's a range of performance-orientated flat-handlebar road bikes with carbon composite frames. The Thrive CoMax 2 Disc (US$1500 / AU$1,599 / £TBA), a model we suspect will do well, offers Shimano Tiagra gearing and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes.
At a lower end of the price spectrum, the Thrive Disc models move to aluminum frames, but lose little in the way of components. For example, the Thrive 1 Disc (US$925 / AU$999 / £TBA) has many of the same components as the Thrive CoMax 2 Disc.
The Liv mountain bike range mirrors Giant's push on the 27.5in (650b) wheel size. All but the entry-level Enchant series is now offered with middle-sized wheels only. Another key change for the mountain range is the removal of Giant’s OD2 technology – a proprietary oversized fork steerer and stem that made finding aftermarket stems a real hassle.
The Liv LUST Advanced 2 (US$3,600 / AU$3,299 / £TBA)
The LUST Advanced series of race and endurance-focused cross-country dual suspension bikes headlines the mountain bike range. The 'Advanced' part of the name refers to a carbon front triangle, matted to an aluminum rear triangle. Those seeking absolute performance will likely gravitate toward the LUST Advanced 0 (US$8,050 / AU$6,999 / £TBA), with its RockShox SID XX fork, SRAM XX1 11-speed gearing and, interestingly, a Giant Control SL Switch dropper seatpost.
The fully aluminium-framed LUST series is the more affordable option – the LUST 2 (US$2,450 / AU$2,499 / £TBA) is likely to be popular, thanks to its Fox suspension package and Shimano Deore 20-speed gearing.
Liv Obsess Advanced 2
The Obsess, a carbon race hardtail used by the likes of two-time U23 world champion Jolanda Neff, is on offer for the speed seekers. In both the US and Australian markets, the Obsess Advanced 2 (US$2,775 / AU$2,799) will be the only model offered; it features a Fox Float Evolution front fork and a Shimano SLX/XT drivetrain. UK models and pricing are TBA.
Built for technical trail riding, the Liv Intrigue 2
And for the less race-focused riders, there’s the 5in (140mm) travel Intrigue trail bike. It's available in two models: the Intrigue 1 (US$4,700 / AU$N/A / £TBA) with a Fox TALAS Performance front fork and SRAM X0 20-speed gearing, and the Intrigue 2 (US$2,775 / AU$2,699 / £TBA) with a more basic RockShox Revelation RL front fork and Shimano Deore 20-speed gearing.
The Liv Brava SLR 2
Introduced last year, the Brava SLR is an affordable cyclocross race bike with disc brakes and a lightweight aluminum frame. While the Brava SLR 1 (US$3,500 / AU$N/A / £TBA) looks fantastic with its Shimano Ultegra gears and matched hydraulic disc brakes, it’s the more affordable Brava SLR 2 (US$1,650 / AU$1,799 / £TBA) that will likely be a popular starter bike. The SLR 2 features Shimano’s workhorse 105 gearing and TRP’s Spyre mechanical disc brakes.
If you’re seeking a little adventure, the new Invite CoMax (US$1,650 / AU$N/A / £TBA) is worth a look. A carbon composite frame is combined with a drop handlebar and a reasonable width tyre for touring, commuting or all-day adventures on a variety of surfaces.