2012 Giant Bikes Range

Giant do not tend to get the coverage that some of the other US based mountain bike brands gather when they announce their yearly updates, maybe it's because they think on such a global level and then work hard to tailor a range to suit each local market they are in.

Giant has no Faith in the New Zealand market for 2012! - that was almost going to be my headline for this article, but it would have been more than a bit misleading, as I 'm certain the Faith was discontinued during 2011. I love the concept of the Faith and I've had the chance to ride a 2010 year model, but it was just too expensive for our market. In fact most of bikes in this bracket tend to be, so it's great to see for 2012 Giant have expanded the Glory range and dropped the prices, now it comes in three flavours; Glory 0, running RockShox Boxxer and Vivid, SRAM XO 10-spd and Avid Code brakes. Yes it's a bit of a step down from previous years Fox 40 and Shimano Saint top model, but it's also almost $2,000 cheaper at $6,499.

Step down to the Glory 1, and it's Marzocchi 888 and Roco, SRAM X7/9 9-spd and Avid Elixer 7 brakes and a retail of $5,499… wow! But wait, there is more the Glory 2 comes with a more mortal Marzocchi suspension combo, SRAM X5 9-spd and Avid Elixer 5 brakes and a super sweet retail of $3,799!

Remember kids, all three models share the same frame that Danny Hart rode to a World Championship victory.

Meanwhile if full nice downhill is not your cup of tea, the all-mountain Reign range has also come in for some price tweaking; at $3,499 for 6" of Rockshox Revelation up front, Monarch at back, Shimano SLX and SRAM Elixir 5 and the arrival of the new for 2012 Contact SLR adjustable seat post of Giants own design and manufacture, that makes the Reign 1 very competitive. The Reign 2 will be available at $2,999 for Fox on duty front and rear, SRAM X5/X9 and SRAM Elixir 1 stoppers and that's really a bargain. You may miss out on a dropper seat post, but again, it's the same frame as the Reign 1… bargain!

If you a keener on just hitting the trails, rather than big hits the Trance range has not altered much from last years extensive update to the frame. The base Trance X3 is slightly up on previous years, but it's now 3x10 speed SRAM power. The Trance X1 remains the same price and is now 3x10 speed Shimano. The Trance X0 looks a bit less than last year and it is now 2x10 speed Shimano XT Deore all round and gains the new Giant dropper seat post. Prices are $2,699 X3, $3,499 X1 and $4,799 X0.

The carbon framed Trance models have the biggest price differential between models, the Trance X Advanced 1 matches the Trance X1 for components, loses the dropper seat post and the price is $5,499… oh it's 3x10 speed. The Trance X Advanced SL is an eye-watering $9,499, but it weighs next to nothing despite running full Shimano 3x10 speed XTR, full Fox suspension and a dropper seat post. The Advanced SL frame is simply so light you have to wonder if the bike will just float away! This bike dispatches hills without consideration.

The other news from Giant is the opening of their first concept store in New Zealand. It's located in Auckland at 88 Quay St, Britomart, Auckland CBD.

Source: Giant Bikes

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