Giant Mountain Bikes Range Review

Giant is one of the world’s most prolific bike manufacturers, pumping out millions of cycles each year. It was founded back in 1972 in Taiwan when it initially worked for a range of other well known brands, but it struck out on its own in 1986 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Giant produces bikes for men, women and children of all abilities and ages, with bikes ranging between the affordable and the high performance.

Giant Revel

Giant produces a good starter family in the shape of the Revel range of mountain bikes. Introducing aluminium frames, in-house components and a drivetrain consisting of Shimano kit and Tektro Draco hydraulic disc brakes, it gets you off on the right foot. Meanwhile the Rock Shox forks and solid geometry setup gives you a good place to learn the ropes of mountain biking without breaking the bank.

Giant Talon

The Talon range brings things up a notch, using Shimano Acera and Deore components on the drive train, along with the very capable Avid Elixir 1 disc brakes. Designed for rugged trails and off-road action in any conditions, these hardtail bikes are able to put the rider in a position of confident control.

Giant Reign for Full-Suspension

For a full suspension setup the Reign family of bikes from Giant is a good place to start your rough and ready off-road experience. Featuring Rock Shox forks and rear shocks, Avid Elixir brakes and a Shimano drivetrain, these bikes are ready to tackle punishing descents and steep climbs without losing focus, soaking up the big hits as they come and leaving you in one piece.

Giant Trance X

For true trail performance you might consider the Trance X range, which features excellent Fox suspension at the front and rear for adjustable travel ranging from 125-140mm. Shimano kit from the Deore XT M range is rife across many of the bikes, bringing each together with a cohesion which you might not find from other manufacturers. This shows that Giant has confidence in its component partners.

Giant Downhill and Racing

The downhill-friendly mountain bikes from Giant come under the Glory moniker. With a super absorbent Rock Shox Vivid R2C rear shock, alloy frame and Avid Code R brakes, the Glory 0 is the exemplar of this family. Light yet strong DT Swiss EX-500 rims are wrapped in Schwalbe Muddy Mary tyres for grip even when you are plummeting downhill at high speeds.

For cyclists who want to race in a competitive off-road setting, the Giant XtC range may be a good fit. With 29ers aplenty and cleverly designed frames with hardtail geometry, you can be sure that the power which you put down will be delivered to the wheels and converted into forward momentum efficiently.

As an alternative you might choose the Giant Anthem X range, which is packed with top-tier racing cycles that feature composite frames for even greater reductions to the weight. The full-sus Anthem X Advance has a Fox FLOAT Terralogic fork and a Fox Factory RP23 Adaptive Logic rear shock along with a Shimano XTR drivetrain for effortless off-road supremacy.