Liv/Giant Avail composite 1 review

Fast, racy and comfortable women's model

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,899.00 RRP | USD $2,550.00

Our review

Fast, racy and comfortable – great for sportive times and PBs on Strava
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The Liv/Giant Avail Composite 1 comes from a very prestigious family. The Giant Defy Advanced won the Cycling Plus Bike Of The Year 2013 title and other Defy siblings have consistently performed well in tests.


Thankfully, the sister of the family hasn’t let the side down. Featuring much of the same endurance geometry as seen on the Defy Advanced, the Liv Avail Composite 1 manages to combine being stable and nippy, agile and comfortable, all at the same time.

Aerodynamics have clearly been considered in the design of the frame
Aerodynamics have clearly been considered in the design of the frame:
Seb Rogers

The bike has excellent acceleration, responding instantly to your pedaling, making sure that even on days when your legs aren’t in the mood, your average time isn’t too embarrassing to upload to Strava.

The 11-28 cassette offers a fairly wide range of gears so things don’t get too tricky when it comes to climbing, helped by the 7.97kg weight. The Shimano Ultegra groupset is also impressive at this price.

A full Ultegra groupset at this price is very good value
A full ultegra groupset at this price is very good value:
Seb Rogers

As the Liv Avail is part of Giant’s endurance range,you’d expect it to be good over distances and a great sportive option, and it is – apart from the saddle. It’s very wide and heavily padded, which means it’s lovely and comfortable for about an hour, then about five minutes later the larger surface area results in more pressure points and you start to experience some discomfort.

Liv/Giant Avail composite 1
Liv/Giant avail composite 1:
Seb Rogers

Saddles are easily changed, though, and other than this, there is very little to fault on the Giant. The frame is sturdy and fast, racy yet comfortable, and as well as all the practical elements it has a great image, the red and grey moving away from any stereotype of what a ladies’ bike should look like.


This article originally appeared in Cycling Plus – Women’s edition

Product Specifications


Name Avail Composite 1 (13)
Brand Giant

Brakes Shimano Ultegra
Fork Advanced-Grade Composite
Frame Material Giant Composite
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Front Tyre P-R3 23mm
Handlebar Giant
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Rear Tyre P-R3 23mm
Saddle Giant
Seatpost Giant
Stem Giant
Weight (kg) 7.97
Wheelset Giant P-SL1