Giant Glory 2013 – first look

New version modeled on Danny Hart's world championship machine

Danny Hart’s incredible ride to win the 2011 world downhill mountain bike championships was done astride a Giant Glory. It wasn’t a stock model, though, but a prototype of the bike that Giant has just released for the 2013 model year. We had a look at Danny’s rig earlier this year.


According to our sister site ChopMTB, the big news is that the 2013 Glory’s head angle has been reduced from 65.5° to 63.5°. And with a longer wheelbase and lower bottom bracket, it should be more stable at speed, as well as when landing massive, Hart style whips.

Giant use a tapered fork steerer is 1.125in-1.5in for the fork, versus the straight 1.125in models still prevalent on downhill bikes. Elsewhere, it’s business as usual, with the same floating-pivot-point Maestro suspension design delivering 8in of travel, and the same FluidForm ALUXX SL tubing creating a light but strong chassis. Even the graphics remain largely the same, just replacing gold with black.


Pricing has yet to be announced by Giant.

Danny hart’s influence shows on the top tube here: danny hart’s influence shows on the top tube here