Liv/Giant Envie Advanced 2 review

Female-specific aero road bike

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £1,999.00 RRP | AUD $2,999.00 | USD $3,000.00
Liv/Giant Envie Advanced 2

Our review

Thoughtfully designed with versatility in mind, the Advanced 2 is only really let down by its choice of anchors
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With an ever-increasing number of aero road frames around, it was only going to be a matter of time before the first women-specific streamlined bike emerged, and the Liv/Giant Envie Advanced 2 perfectly fills the niche (Liv/Giant is Giant’s female-specific brand). The Envie’s carbon frame isn’t just a rebadged men’s Propel, either, but has geometry designed for female riders, featuring a shorter top tube and taller head tube.

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  • Highs: Stiff aero frame, versatility
  • Lows: Brakes compromise performance

To meet this price point with a quality composite frame and fork means there’s a smaller component budget, and though the Shimano 105 compact groupset and own label oversize bar and stem are fine performers, the frame screams for better. The fi’zi:k Arione Donna saddle is no compromise, though: light, comfortable and with plenty of position variation, it’s so good our tester ordered one for herself.

Achieving braking performance and aerodynamics is a compromise. The fully faired Giant Speed Control cantilever brakes, developed with TRP, hide out of the wind behind the fork and seatstays, which is great for drag reduction and looks, but they lack progressive power compared with a regular calliper and make removing a wheel annoying. If callipers are good enough for the likes of Cervélo’s S5 and Scott’s Foil, we’d rather stick with power and convenience.

But where going aero does work is with Giant’s own label P-Elite A wheelset. Despite being an obvious compromise to achieve the price point, the semi-deep profile gives the wheels a surprisingly good ride and a useful aerodynamic benefit. Internally routed cables shave a few extra watts of drag away and the other neat touch is the inbuilt RideSense speed and cadence pod, which pairs easily over Ant+ to any compatible head unit.

While not designed as a climbing bike, the fact that the Envie only weighs 7.78kg, combined with the usefully stiff frame, means it feels very punchy over short, sharp climbs and can easily hold its own over longer drags. Where it really excels, though, is along flat, fast roads where you can feel the aero setup enabling the bike to cut through the air.

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The Envie is extremely versatile, and although it’s not aimed at the sportive rider, it’s comfortable enough for a three or four-hour training ride, as well as being stiff and responsive enough for crit racing, time trials and triathlons.

Product Specifications


Name Name, 0, 10, Name, Envie Advanced 2 (14)
Brand Brand, 0, 20, Brand, Liv/giant

Description Description, 2, 0, Description, Extras: RideSense ANT+ transmitter
Brakes Brakes, 2, 0, Brakes, Giant Speed Control
Cassette Cassette, 2, 0, Cassette, 11-28 cassette
Cranks Cranks, 2, 0, Cranks, 50/34 chainset
Fork Fork, 2, 0, Fork, Composite
Frame Material Frame Material, 2, 0, Frame Material, Advanced Grade Composite
Front Tyre Front Tyre, 2, 0, Front Tyre, 23mm Giant P-SL1
Handlebar Handlebar, 2, 0, Handlebar, Giant Connect SL 31.8mm
Rear Tyre Rear Tyre, 2, 0, Rear Tyre, 23mm Giant P-SL1
Saddle Saddle, 2, 0, Saddle, Fizik Arione Donna
Shifters Shifters, 2, 0, Shifters, Shimano 105
Weight (kg) Weight (kg), 2, 0, Weight (kg), 7.78
Wheelset Wheelset, 2, 0, Wheelset, Giant P-Elite A
Year Year, 2, 0, Year, 2014
Weight (lb) Weight (lb), 2, 0, Weight (lb), 17.15
Frame size tested Frame size tested, 2, 0, Frame size tested, M