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First Look: Giant 2015 range highlights

Posted by Caleb Smith on Wednesday August 20 2014

Last week Rod and I made the trip up to Rotorua to check out the new range of 2015 Giant bikes in the flesh. We were pretty damn hyped on what we were going to see, especially the new Reign, but the rest of the bikes have all had subtle changes that will make the Giant package harder to say no to. And we were surprised by a couple of bikes, especially their new Stance price-point full suspension rig.

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First up where these two beauties that you’ve no doubt read about on this site already. It’s Giant’s new 27.5″ wheeled Reign. The first time you see this bike you are just drawn to it. Giant’s solid Enduro team of Adam Craig, Josh Carlson and Yohan Barelli have obviously had huge input because every aspect of this bike is well thought out. The blue one above is the Reign Advanced Team, which will be retailing in New Zealand for the sum of $7999. That’s with SRAM’s XX1 drivetrain, SRAM Guide RSC brakes, DT Swiss carbon hoops, a 125mm Reverb and Rock Shox Monarch Plus for the rear and a Pike up front. This thing will have you Rotorua EWS race-ready the moment you roll it out the shop door.

giant bikes 2015-9296And wait till you get a load of the model down, the Reign Advanced. It still sports a carbon front triangle and alloy rear like its big Advanced brother, but you’ll be taking this thing home for the paltry sum of $4999. That’s with Pikes and a Monarch Plus Debonair rear shock. The bike is dressed in an assortment of Shimano SLX bits and pieces but still finds room in the budget for the details like a 125mm drop Reverb.

giant bikes 2015-9284As we said in our initial Reign post a few weeks back, OverDrive 2 is gone, and plain old OverDrive 1 is back. You may know OverDrive as a plain old tapered steerer, it means WAY more headset and stem options for the Reign than in the last few years!

giant bikes 2015-9286If you’ve been following the EWS races and bike setup of the pros, you’ll have noticed that even with SRAM’s 1×11 drivetrains many pros are still running guides, and the Reign Advanced Team comes with this sweet MRP carbon backplated AMG.

giant bikes 2015-9287Line extensions (colour-matched components) have been just going off this year. The Santa Cruz Nomad took them to extremes but this year’s entire Giant range is colour matched up the wazoo. It looks fresh but you’ll have to look after that custom coloured SRAM Type 2 derailleur cos’ you won’t be getting another blue one!

giant bikes 2015-9288More line extensions on the RockShox Monarch Plus Debonair RC3. Oh look, and there’s also room to fit an MRP x Spoke Decapitator!

giant bikes 2015-9289Super tidy cable routing.

giant bikes 2015-9290Its nice little touches like real world sized rotors that make you smile. The Reign Advanced team comes with 180 rear and 200 front rotors. Nice.

giant bikes 2015-9292The DT Swiss Spline One Wheelset is the order of the day (and even with matching blue decals).

giant bikes 2015-9297The Reign Advanced also gets the RockShox Monarch Plus treatment but the RT model keeps the price down, and you still get the new Debonair features. The 1x setup found on the Team model is replaced with the always bulletproof SLX 2x 24/38 setup.

giant bikes 2015-9298Shadow Plus SLX and a 12mm axle: these are the staples of a solid trail bike!

giant bikes 2015-9301Shimano/SRAM mixes are usually clunky affairs but this cockpit seems dialled!

giant bikes 2015-9303I shouldn’t even need to point out the internal cable routing. If your bike is carbon and it’s after 2014, you have no excuses not to be offering it.

giant bikes 2015-9305I don’t even know what PowerCore is? Hold on… nope, still don’t know but I now know it takes both Shimano and SRAM press-fit BBs.

giant bikes 2015-9306And the coolest thing about dropper posts, you don’t need QRs any more and Giant know it and have spec’d this cool little seatpost clamp!giant bikes 2015-9266Then there’s this all alloy bad boy that we predict will be clogging mountain bike car parks around the country. For $5999 you’ll be rocking a mixture of SRAM’s latest 1×11 X1 drivetrain with XO1. There’s Guide RS brakes, dual-position Pikes, and a RC3 Debonair Rock Shox Monarch Plus and some Spine One DT Swiss wheels. This thing is packing heat.

giant bikes 2015-9279Protection is usually reserved for carbon frames but Giant have extended it to the alloy models.giant bikes 2015-9277No words needed here. Oh wait, 160mm of Maestro travel should do the trick. giant bikes 2015-9276I should have mentioned this before, but if you buy a medium, large or XL Reign you’ll get a 125mm Reverb; buy the small, get a 100mm version. Giant have done their homework!giant bikes 2015-9275Even the alloy models get the internal cable routing treatment.

giant bikes 2015-9274DT Swiss 1501 Spline 1 radness, that’s a 22.5mm beadwidth if you’re asking. giant bikes 2015-9273Spoke hearts SRAM’s Guide Brakes, you will too…   giant bikes 2015-9270The Reign 1 uses a X1 crankset with a 32t ring mated to a XO1 rear mech and shifter, it’s a smart mix.giant bikes 2015-9269Do I need to remind you again, OverDrive 1 is back!giant bikes 2015-9267 Rounding out the package again is the MRP AM guide. There’s no doubt that this a massive amount of bike for your buck, and again it’s race ready out the door, in fact I think it even comes with a 50mm stem so there’s nothing you need to change!giant bikes 2015-9314

Now I know we show a lot of bling here at Spoke; we like our advertisers to put their best foot forward and usually they want to as well. But one of the bikes that really caught Rod’s and my attention was this brand new model, the Stance, and it’s definitely not bling. The Stance is a full suspension bike but unlike all the others in the Giant lineup it doesn’t feature their much acclaimed Maestro linkage. It is in fact rocking Giant’s new Flexpoint Suspension system and the entry level price tag of $1799. Yup, you read that right!

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With the Flexpoint, the rocker at the top is similar to Maestro but the floating link at the base is gone and replaced with a single pivot. Where does it flex then?giant bikes 2015-9320

Well, right here! Flex has been programmed into these rear seatstays. The system provides the Stance with 120mm of rear travel.     giant bikes 2015-9319Matched with the intended rider, the Stance features a 3x Alivio setup for the drivetrain… giant bikes 2015-9318And a RockShox Monarch R rear shock.giant bikes 2015-9317RockShox forks are also found up front. With the tapered 30 fork it’s pretty basic, but like the rear, they feature 120mm of travel as well as a lockout.giant bikes 2015-9316Shimano M355 hydraulic brakes (180mm front, 160mm). Reliable is an understatement.giant bikes 2015-9315 And as a bike that knows that you might one day upgrade it, cable routing for a dropper is even in the mix. With more and more kids starting to ride and most full suspension bikes being out of their reach financially, this bike is amazing value and could even be paid for on a circular delivery wage, or maybe with a bit of pocket money! But it’s a game changer that’s for sure!giant bikes 2015-9329

And the poor old Trance SX. What? Wasn’t this bike new last year? Didn’t we just review it in Issue 57 and LOVE it? Yup. But we’re guessing that Giant are seeing the Reign eating up most of the Trance SX customers, so much so in fact that you won’t even be able to buy this bike in Aussie. But luckily for you it will be making it to New Zealand shores, and if you had your eye on one last year, Giant have gone and made it pretty much impossible for you to not shell out your hard-earned Pacific pesos! Looking at the picture, would you believe me if I told you it’ll only cost you $4599? Now that’s with SRAM’s XO1 1×11 drivetrain, Guide R brakes and a dual-position Pike. So you’re saving $200 off last year’s price but getting some definite upgrades in the parts department. I’m sure there’s a bunch of Giant dealers that will take your money over the phone for this 140mm travel weapon right now!giant bikes 2015-9333The Trance SX will only be available in this one model, and unlike the picture it will be rocking a RockShox Monarch Plus Debonair RT.

giant bikes 2015-9338A 170mm rotor will handle the rear while a 180 looks after the other end.giant bikes 2015-9337The same attention to detail as the new Reigns when it comes to cable routing.giant bikes 2015-9336And a nice short 6omm Truvativ stem. This bike is built for having fun on!giant bikes 2015-9335More internal madness.giant bikes 2015-9334This would have to be one of the few standard colour bits on this bike. SRAM’s XO1 is just waiting to keep that chain on for you!giant bikes 2015-9332  We still heart Guide brakes even when they only contain 1 of the possible 3 letters after the name. giant bikes 2015-9343

Are you still with me? There were a tonne of bikes on display but this standard Trance Advanced is the last mountain bike that really got us going. At 140mm of travel the Trance has been a bit of a genre-defying trail bike, I mean this thing is easily capable of comfortably piloting you around a race like the Whaka 100 and pinning it in an All-Duro race. The 1º steeper head angle over the Trance SX and the shorter travel fork give it a snappy, livelier feel for those long days, and like most of the Giant bikes it’s 2015 upgrades kick off with a new RockShox Monarch RT3 and some very sexy Guide RSC brakes.giant bikes 2015-9348

And we are back to bling, colour matched XX1 no less. Should you want to ever add one of those front mech things, you can… or a bottle opener!giant bikes 2015-9353It’s like an old friend, the Trance is one capable rig…

giant bikes 2015-9345With an OverDrive 1 tapered steerer, internal routing…giant bikes 2015-9346…and 120/140 dual position Revelation forks.giant bikes 2015-9354Not too sure about that stem though, on an otherwise perfectly spec’d bike.     giant bikes 2015-9347 Despite the RockShox Reverb showing up on the Reigns, Giant’s 100mm Contact SL post is still kicking round.

giant bikes 2015-9370We did want to bring you a good look at the new 140mm travel women’s Intrigue model, but thanks to some shipping hassles it didn’t make it on time. The Lust is nothing new for the ladies and from what we hear from our female readers, the Intrigue is what they’re about, albeit with specs that match the top men’s bikes! Anyhow we thought we’d take this moment to let you know that the Liv Giant brand is no more. Huh?giant bikes 2015-9369As you can see from this head tube Liv have dropped the Giant logos completely and have kind of stepped out on their own. You’ll still find them on the Giant website, but it looks like they are working pretty hard to build the Liv brand as a fully stand-alone line of bikes. We’d really love to get our hands on the new Intrigue and give it a test. Fingers crossed we can bring you more info on that bike soon.giant bikes 2015-9357

Now I know nothing about ‘Cross, but what I do know is when we were leaving the display room this thing caught our eye. Is it sexy or what? I want one so bad that I tried to find a gravel road that I could commute on the moment we got home. I did manage to get chased by the farmer but it was worth it. I have a route, now I just have to start saving for this Giant TCX Advanced Pro 1.giant bikes 2015-9358Um. I don’t think this needs words…

giant bikes 2015-9365The D shaped seat tube provides a little flex to take the edge of those rugged as hell Belgian CX courses I’ll be racing next season.giant bikes 2015-9362DISC brakes… I think I’m in love!giant bikes 2015-9360

Well that’s it. There were plenty more bikes on show, but these seven were the standouts for us. Did you want to see the new Glory or is All-Duro really the new DH? And what about the Anthems, do you even care about XC? Let us know if we screwed up!

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  • peter smith

    you guys at Spoke must have some serious pull to get these up so soon. Wicked pics and you got them first. Been waiting for ages to see them in the flesh but i don’t think i need to now.Thanks. I’m off to order my Reign now.

  • alan

    What Peter said. You never disappoint me with the best photos and write ups ever. I think i might have to take a look at the Reign this year. Geo looks similar to the Nomad , just a bit longer and way way cheaper

  • Tom

    What about the Reign 2. Only $3500, Pikes in the front, Monarch rear, and a dropper post.