Giant is still relatively new to footwear, but the brand has just introduced six new models aimed squarely at knobbly tyres and dirt.
Each of the new models was designed and developed under Giant’s Dynamic Cycling Fit programme, alongside Giant’s pro teams and athletes.
The Charge series, Line, Transmit and Flux shoes all feature Giant’s Motion Efficiency System, which combines a stiff and efficient pedalling platform with just enough torsional flex to reduce pressure and strain in the lower leg. The result is a more natural foot movement during the pedal stroke to optimise comfort and power transfer.
Previously available in premium models only, MES has been extended across the lineup, allowing more riders to experience its benefits.
Charge Pro and Elite
The Charge Pro was developed and tested by Giant’s cross-country and gravel riders, including Carl Decker who wore these shoes to win the Lost Sierra Triple Crown last year in Northern California.
The new flagship Charge Pro, and slightly more budget-friendly Charge Elite both feature what Giant says is an updated version of its Motion Efficient System, now called MES 2.0, consisting of the ExoBeam outsole and ExoWrap foot closure.
ExoBeam is a ‘beam’ sole design that Giant says combines stiffness in the forefoot where the most rigidity is needed. Meanwhile, engineering flex zones further back in the foot reduce tension on the lower leg — Scott uses a similar system in its shoes.
The Charge Pro sees a full carbon ExoBeam sole, and the Elite uses a carbon fibreglass blend. For both shoes, Giant has covered the ExoBeam with rubber to added traction and durability.
Made from a water-resistant polyurethane upper with laser-cut micro-perforations for venting, ExoWrap makes up the shoe’s upper. Giant says it’s designed to wrap around the foot rather than pulling down on one direction, for added support.
The Charge Pro is set to retail for $385 and the Charge elite for $275 (international pricing to be announced).
The Shuttle Flat is Giant’s first off-road shoe designed specifically for flat pedals. Derived from the original Shuttle DH shoe, the sole is made with the brand’s GRIPR rubber on the pedal-contact area, with a more durable and abrasion-resistant compound on the heel and toe. Giant says this combo offers the best possible grip and control on and off the bike.
The shoes also feature a reinforced toe guard, heavy stitching and quick-drying fabric in the upper.
The Shuttle Flat will retail for $110 (international pricing TBC).
The Line trail shoe has been around for two years and is a favourite among Giant’s enduro racers. And for 2019, it gets a new ratchet closure and two velcro straps for a secure and customisable fit.
Giant also says the Line features an ExoBeam sole, vented hydrophobic upper and reinforced toe box to keep your tootsies safe and happy.
The new and improved Line will cost $150 (international pricing TBC).
Transmit and Flux
While the other shoes in this launch are targeted at experienced riders, Giant has also launched two entry-level shoes, which benefit trickle-down tech from the Charge series.
The Transmits see a nylon-reinforced ExoBeam Sole, ratchet top closure and Velcro straps, while the Flux gets the same sole and a three-strap closure.
The Transmit will cost $130 and the Flux $105 (international pricing TBC).