First look: Giant Omnium 2010 track frameset
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.
Giant omnium track frame: giant omnium track frame James Costley-White/BikeRadar