Giant bikes: latest reviews, news and buying advice

Giant Bicycles is the biggest bike brand in the world — a case of nominative determinism if ever there was one. What’s more, its road bikes and mountain bikes frequently review favourably. This is where you’ll find all the latest Giant news and reviews.

Giant Bicycles: a brief history

Founded in 1972, the Taiwanese company started out as an original equipment manufacturer, producing bicycles to be sold under other brand names, such as Schwinn. The first Giant-branded bikes came onto the market in 1981, first in Taiwan and then in Europe, North America and elsewhere around the world.

Giant went on to create iconic models, like the Cadex 980 road bike in 1987 and the ATX One DH downhill bike in the late ‘90s. Other innovations have included the Compact Road design of the late ‘90s and OverDrive tapered head tubes in 2006.

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Giant Bicycles 2018 bike range

Being the world’s leading bike manufacturer, Giant has a gargantuan selection of road bikes, mountain bikes, cyclocross and gravel bikes, hybrids and e-bikes to choose from. There’s even a separate range of women’s bikes sold under the Liv brand name (check out our Liv Bikes page for more info).

Giant 2018 road bike range

For road cyclists, Giant’s range includes aero race bikes such as the Propel, lightweight race bikes such as the TCR Advanced, endurance-focused models such as the Defy Advanced, entry-level all-rounders such as the Contend, and triathlon-TT models such as the Trinity Advanced.

Giant Propel Advanced Disc

There’s also a selection of drop bar gravel bikes including the alloy-framed Revolt and AnyRoad models, and versatile cyclocross models such as the TCX Advanced.

If you’re up for some adventure or touring but want flat bars, consider the ToughRoad range, which comes with custom front and rear pannier racks.

Giant 2018 mountain bike range

Mountain bikers have a similarly expansive number of options: competitive cross-country riders will be interested in the Anthem full-suspension XC models and XTC hardtails, while trail riders will want to look at the Trance and Stance lines of full-suspension bikes or the Fathom hardtails.

Finally, downhillers have the choice of Reign and Glory bikes.

Giant Trance 1

Other 2018 Giant bikes

Giant’s also going all-in with e-bikes. There’s the Quick-E+ mobility bike for commuters, the Road-E+ road bike that our tester said made him feel “like a god” on Austria’s Kitzbüheler Horn, the Dirt-E+ hardtail mountain bike and the Full-E+ full-suspension mountain bike.

Finally, don’t overlook Giant’s hybrid and city bikes. These include the Escape flat bar bike that can do a bit of everything, the more speed-focused Rapid and FastRoad models, and Giant’s folding bike the Expressway, which comes with full mudguards and a rear pannier rack.

Where can you buy Giant bikes?

Giant goes the traditional retail route of selling its bikes via bike shops around the world — more than 12,000 retailers worldwide, in fact. There’s bound to be one within reach, no matter where you live.

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Bike of the Year contender Giant Reign 1 review

4.0 out of 5 star rating
GBP £3999.00 RRP EUR €4499.00 AUD $5699.00

Aero Road Bike of the Year Winner Giant Propel Advanced Pro 0 AXS review

4.5 out of 5 star rating
GBP £6399.00 RRP USD $8000.00 EUR €6900.00 AUD $8499.00

Gravel Bike of the Year winner Giant Revolt X Advanced Pro 1 review

4.5 out of 5 star rating
GBP £5499.00 RRP USD $6200.00 EUR €5999.00