Giant Glory: Now Available in Carbon!

With last year’s release of the all-new aluminum Giant Glory running 27.5-inch wheels, we knew it would only be a matter of time before their World Cup downhill bike received the carbonated treatment. We look forward to getting our hands on one in the next few weeks and will be posting up our initial impressions here on the website. Until then, here’s a few words from the crew at Giant:

Engineered and developed with Giant Factory Off-Road Team World Cup racers, the newest evolution of the world championship winning Glory platform represents the most-advanced and lightest DH bike (3,008 grams w/o shock) ever produced by Giant.

“This is a project that we’ve been working on for over two years now,” said Giant Global Off-Road Category Manager Kevin Dana. “We went into the project with clearly defined goals and some specific demands from the pros who race these bikes week in and week out. What we came up with is a bike that is one of the lightest on the pro circuit without sacrificing frame strength, pedaling stiffness or ride quality.”

Glory Advanced 27.5 0   $8500

With an Advanced-grade composite mainframe and an ALUXX SL aluminum rear triangle, the Glory Advanced 27.5 0 offers a lighter overall weight, improved ride quality and proven 27.5-inch specific geometry.

 – Advanced-Grade Composite main frame, 8” Maestro suspension, ALUXX SL rear end
– RockShox Boxxer Team fork, 200mm of travel
– RockShox Vivid R2C shock
– DT Swiss wheelset including EX 471 rims and 240 hubs; with Schwalbe Magic Mary tires
– SRAM X01 7-speed downhill-specific drivetrain with SRAM Guide brakes

Giant first brought its 27.5 technology to downhill bikes last year when it rolled out the Glory 27.5 model featuring an ALUXX SL aluminum frame. Marcelo Guttierez, a 5-time downhill national champion in Colombia, helped develop that bike and went on to score some of the best results of his career last season.

Among Gutierrez’s achievements was a win at the Garbanzo DH race in Whistler, British Columbia. Part of the Crankworx Whistler festival, the Garbanzo challenges pro DH racers with one of the most demanding tracks in the world, renowned for its unusually long distance (7km), vertical drop (over 3,400 feet) and extremely aggressive terrain.

Providing invaluable rider feedback, 5-time Colombian national downhill champion and Giant Factory Off-Road rider Marcelo Gutierrez has played a key role in the development of the Glory Advanced 27.5

“Making the move to 27.5 wheels totally opened up the capabilities of the Glory,” Gutierrez said. “And now we’re taking another huge step forward with this new composite frame. It’s lightweight, stiff, super smooth and has the perfect geometry to make the most of this wheel size. It’s everything I need on the aggressive tracks and terrain that I race on.”

The Glory Advanced 27.5 frame is built around an Advanced-grade composite mainframe that’s combined with an ALUXX SL aluminum rear swingarm. It’s the lightest DH frame ever produced by Giant (242 grams of weight savings over the 3,250-gram Glory 27.5 aluminum frame, size medium) with supreme front-end stiffness and improved vibration damping, plus race-proven strength and durability in the rear area of the frame.

Glory Advanced 27.5 1    $5325

The Glory Advanced 27.5 1 features Giant’s Maestro suspension system with 8 inches of travel, engineered for the efficiency, control and confidence needed in the most demanding racing conditions.

– Advanced-Grade Composite main frame, 8” Maestro suspension,  ALUXX SL rear end
– RockShox Boxxer RC fork, 200mm of travel
– RockShox Vivid R2C shock
– Giant wheelset including Giant P-AM2 rims and Giant PDH hubs; with Schwalbe Magic Mary tires
– SRAM 10-speed downhill-specific drivetrain with SRAM Guide hydraulic disc brakes

The frame is engineered with a co-pivot shock mount and 8 inches (203mm) of smooth, fully active Maestro rear suspension travel. It shares the same longer and lower geometry first developed on the Glory 27.5 for added stability and speed on aggressive terrain. Its 63-degree headtube angle and longer wheelbase is a result of extensive ride and race testing with Gutierrez and his Factory Off-Road teammates.

Other frame technologies on the new Glory Advanced 27.5 include its OverDrive steerer tube design for maximum front-end stiffness and steering precision, along with a newly shaped MegaDrive downtube. Combined with the PowerCore bottom bracket, the new design adds frame and pedaling stiffness for better efficiency and control. It also features new integrated cable guides that double as fork bumpers.

The Advanced models have an identical geometry to their aluminum counterparts:

The all-new Glory Advanced 27.5 will be available in select markets initially, with a worldwide release later this summer. To learn more, go to giant-bicycles.com

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