Giant had three new additions on display at the Eurobike Demo Day in the charming, Sound-Of-Music-esque village of Argenbuhl, Germany. Andrew Juskaitis took some time to run us through the highlights of the three main changes to the mountain bike line for 2009 which is headlined by the all-new Anthem X cross-country bike, the XtC Advanced SL composite bike and the refined Reign series of Maestro-equipped 6-inch travel bikes. Riders of all shapes and sizes were able to throw a leg over the new Giant models and take them for a spin on a local trail system. Here’s a rundown of the three new models:
XTC ADVANCED SL
The XTC Advanced SL is a new high-end composite hardtail with a frame weight of 1100 grams (an SL model weighing 1,000 grams will be available in the US as a frame only) and represents the lightest composite frame Giant has ever produced. The XTC was designed to accommodate Adam Craig at the Beijing Olympics and is an elite level composite hardtail designed to be durable, light and with exceptional pedaling stiffness made possible by the massive, triangular downtube section
ANTHEM X SERIES (4-inches of travel)
Anthem X: Giant fans will be familiar with the Anthem, but the “X” version is now the lightest aluminum full-suspension bike Giant has ever produced. The Anthem X will now feature 4-inches of travel (instead of the Anthem’s 3.5) and the head angle has been changed from 72 to 71-degrees for more stable handling.
REIGN SERIES (6-inches of travel)
The Reign came into the Giant line two years ago and for 2009, some major modifications took place. The head ?angle mellowed out a bit from 69 to 68-degrees for a more all-mountain feel and the Reign utilizes Giant’s new 15mm QR/Fork/Hub technology and Tracker Hub. This new 15mm standard can also be found on the Trans X trailbike in certain models and will be more prevalent on 2010 models.
SPY PHOTOS FROM EUROBIKE DEMO DAY
We were able to snap a few photos of some of the bikes and products on display for testing at Demo Day. Stay tuned for more.
GHOST MOUNTAIN BIKE
Have you ever heard of this company? They are a medium sized (50-million dollars or so) company and well known here.
LAPIERRE’S DH 920
Featuring Mavic’s New Deemax UST wheels, Shimano’s Saint group and a Fox 5.0, the aluminum DH 920 was on display at Demo Day.
Hitting stores in the US soon, the Arione (road saddle) inspired Tundra was available to test and try. This saddle if Fizik’s lightest mountain bike saddle at 199 grams and features 3D braided rails.