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Giant Introduces All-New 2017 XC and Trail Bikes!

Giant Introduces All-New 2017 XC and Trail Bikes!


Giant, the world leader in cycling technology, has introduced a new lineup of its award-winning, Maestro Suspension-equipped Anthem and Trance off-road bikes. Developed and tested with pro riders from the Giant Factory Off-Road Team, both platforms feature new geometry, lighter frame weights, and key updates to their suspension systems.

At the heart of the new design with both the Anthem and Trance bikes is an updated Maestro rear suspension setup that employs a new trunnion shock mount and a new composite upper rocker arm made with Giant?s Advanced Forged Composite Technology?a new high-pressure molding process that results in a lighter, stiffer and stronger performance compared to aluminum.

These technologies combine to produce a lower leverage ratio for increased pedaling and braking efficiency as well as a lower center of gravity for better control. The new suspension updates also allowed engineers to create shorter chainstays on both the Anthem and Trance for improved climbing and agility on off-road terrain.

Here?s a look at what?s new with the Anthem and Trance ranges this year:

2017 Anthem

The totally reengineered Anthem range was developed and tested over the past two years in a collaborative effort between Giant engineers, product managers and pro racers. Longtime Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Carl Decker has been part of the Anthem?s evolution for more than a decade. The input of the five-time winner of the Downieville All-Mountain World Championships helped the development team target new performance goals for the latest Anthem.

?Having the opportunity to ride all eight previous iterations of the Anthem that Giant has produced, I have a solid feel for how the product has developed over time,? Decker said. ?And also where I?d like to see it go in the future. With the trend of XC racecourses getting longer and rougher, what we have come up with this year is the perfect tool I need to win.?

In addition to the Maestro Suspension updates, the 2017 Anthem features an all-new frame design with 110mm of rear suspension travel and 120mm up front, plus the superior all-around performance of 27.5-inch wheels. The toptube is now 10mm longer, which helps create better handling with a ?long and low? rider position that increases efficiency and boosts rider control.

The longer toptube is complemented by a slightly slacker head angle (0.5 degrees) from the previous Anthem, which further boosts stability on fast, technical descents. And the rear section of the new Anthem frameset features more compact chainstays (5mm shorter rear-center measurement), which improves climbing efficiency and control on technical terrain.

All of the Anthem bikes also include Boost technology, wider hub spacing (110mm front/148mm rear) that produces stiffer wheels for added control, plus more tire clearance and an improved chainline for optimal drivetrain performance.

The new Anthem range includes four series, giving riders a choice of frame materials?either Advanced-grade composite or ALUXX SL aluminum. And the ?SX? models include a longer travel fork with a more robust components build for more aggressive XC or trail riding.

2017 Trance

To update the Trance range, the Giant development team turned to another veteran rider from the Giant Factory Off-Road Team, enduro racer Adam Craig. The former XC Olympian competes in a variety of off-road disciplines and over the last couple years has focused on aggressive trail riding and enduro racing.

Just as off-road riding and racing has continued through an era of rapid progression, so have the demands on bikes and gear, Craig said.

?The definition of a trail bike continues to evolve, and to me that means a single bike that can handle a huge variety of terrain,? Craig said. ?It has to be able to climb well and have huge capabilities on the descents. I?m looking for that one bike that can pretty much handle every kind of trail. With the adjustments to its geometry and the new suspension tweaks, this new Trance gets us even closer to that perfect do-it-all trail machine.?

Updated to offer 140mm of rear suspension travel and 150mm up front, with the superior all-around performance of 27.5 wheels, the new Trance is engineered to offer more confidence and control, especially on technical trails. Each of the lightweight frames?engineered with either Advanced-grade composite or ALUXX SL aluminum depending on the model?features new ?long and low? geometry and the updated Maestro suspension system including the new trunnion mount and Advanced Forged Composite upper rocker arm.

As with the Anthem, the toptube of the new Trance is now 10mm longer, which helps give it the ?long and low? positioning that gives trail riders like Craig a more ideal rider position for efficiency and control. The bottom bracket of the new Trance is now 5mm lower than the previous generation, which gives it a lower center of gravity and better stability at high speeds. And a more compact rear end (5mm shorter rear-center measurement) provides a boost on climbs and a quicker, more agile feel on technical terrain.

Each of the new Trance models also includes Boost technology, wider hub spacing (110mm front/148mm rear) that produces stiffer wheels for added control, plus more tire clearance and an improved chainline for optimal drivetrain performance.

The new Trance range includes two series. The Trance Advanced is built on an Advanced-grade composite mainframe, and the Trance features an ALUXX SL aluminum frame.

New Off-Road WheelSystems

Both the Anthem and Trance ranges also feature new purpose-built Giant WheelSystems. The most notable technology in the new WheelSystems is called Dynamic Balanced Lacing (DBL), which employs innovative spoke tensioning to optimize wheel stiffness and strength when the wheel is in its dynamic state. DBL wheels place more leverage on the ?pulling? spokes, less on the ?pushing? spokes. When the wheel is static, the opposing spokes have different levels of tension. When a rider applies pedaling force, spoke tension balances out to produce a stiffer, more efficient wheel.

Select Anthem models come with XCR WheelSystems, built with carbon materials and 28mm wide Tubeless Compatible rims that are specially designed for XC riding and racing. The front wheel is engineered with DBL Disc technology, which delivers best-in-class braking stiffness and performance for added control on the trail.

Top Trance models come with TRX WheelSystems, which feature many of the same technologies as the XCR models, but with a wider 33mm rim profile to optimize traction and control in more rugged trail riding conditions.

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