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Most mountain bike for the money
Giant bikes always come close to the top of our bike buyers’ list when it comes to helping us achieve our core aim. That is, to offer you the best bikes for your buck.
Giant have a 30-year history of building great quality MTBs. Originally, Giant were a builder of choice for the best-respected bike companies such as Specialized. Today, they are the world’s biggest bike brand, hugely respected for their quality control and their innovation.
Giant’s mission statement chimes perfectly with the Bike Co-op’s. It reads:
Giant bicycles are dedicated to improving the rider’s experience by offering the best bicycle possible at every price.
Every bicycle company makes a similar claim but Giant’s is arguably, the most convincing. Particularly compelling is the staggering fact that they produce around 6.5 million bicycles a year.
What’s more, Giant is the only bicycle company that build every frame from scratch. From raw aluminium ore to the final hard lacquered finish, Giant control every aspect of the production of every one of their trademark AluxX alloy frames.
Combining this level of control with economies of scale helps ensure consistent quality and the most competitive prices, as perfectly illustrated by the four bikes we’re featuring here.
Four Fab Giant Mountain Bikes New for 2016
Giant Reign 27.5 2 ’16 £2,199
As explained in our recent Full Sus v Hardtail blog, the experienced, skilled mountain biker often opts for a long-travel enduro/trail bike to take their riding experience to the next level.
‘Skilled mountain bikers’ perfectly describes many of our shop staff – a very discerning bunch of individuals, each with strong views on what works best for them.
It therefore speaks volumes that no fewer than 11 of our staff are proud owners of the 160mm-travel Giant Reign 27.5 2.
Here’s why John D of our Bruntsfield shop thinks his RockShox Pike Solo Air / Shimano Deore-equipped Giant reigns supreme.
‘I wanted a slacker bike which really came into its element on steeper terrain. I love Maestro link bikes and combined with the aggressive 65-degree head angle and wide rims the bike ticked a lot of boxes for me. I also prefer Shimano gears and brakes over SRAM. And most importantly I liked the colour!’
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Giant Trance 27.5 2 ’16 £1,999
The Trance is Giant’s 140mm-travel suspension platform. For 2016, the Trance 27.5 2 enjoys the best upgrade a trail bike can get. It is Giant’s first sub-£2,000 Maestro full susser to come ready fitted with Giant’s excellent Contact SL Switch R dropper seatpost.
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Giant Talon 27.5 0 ’16 £1,099
The Giant Talon 27.5 0 was our best selling hardtail in 2015. That’s impressive given that it’s the most expensive bike in the Talon 27.5 five-bike range. It seems our customers truly appreciate a mountain bike that delivers such a superb spec (Fox forks, Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes and 2×10 gearing) for the money.
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Giant ATX 27.5 2 ’16 £349
Giant’s signature AluxX aluminium frame makes the ATX almost certainly the lightest hardtail MTB for the money. Name-brand equipment, such as SunTour 100mm-travel forks, Tektro mechanical disc brakes, Shimano 21-speed gears and Giant 27.5×2.1 tyres (custom-made by Kenda) inspire confidence. This might be Giant’s entry-level mountain bike, but it has all the essentials to make it an excellent introduction to trail centre mountain biking.
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