SOUTH COAST CYCLES ATHLONE PARK has relaunched and is now trading as GIANT TOTI. It is one of the few GIANT CONCEPT STORES in SA. The store boasts a full workshop, bike washing bay and clothing section. Every Friday GIANT TOTI hosts coffee morning rides where it offers FREE coffee for cyclists. A bonus is you do not have to go home and shower, as GIANT TOTI has a shower for cyclists as well!
Flow Mountain Bike published a new review today on the 2017 Anthem XC/trail bike, claiming, “this is a seriously great bike!”
Flow editors detailed the updates and new technologies with the new Anthem, including changes to frame geometry, Boost hub spacing, and the new Maestro rear suspension setup with a trunnion mount shock and Advanced Forged composite rocker arm:
“Giant have specced a new trunnion mount rear shock. Mounting on the side of the shock instead of on the end, the frame designers are able to position the shock lower in the frame, freeing up space for a longer stroke shock and thus requiring less air pressure.”
The result? Added suspension travel (110mm rear and 120mm front) and a smoother ride, according to Flow: “The suspension is balanced and efficient, the geometry is playful and fun, and in singletrack and fast descents it feels alive and confident.”
To read the complete review, go to the Flow Mountain Bike website.
Curious to learn firsthand how the new XtC Advanced+/29 off-road bike performs on the trail, the Global Mountain Bike Network recently put the versatile hardtail bike to the test. In this new video from GMBN, presenter Neil Donoghue talked about what makes the XtC Advanced+/29 unique, and how it feels out on the trail.
Neil noted that while the merits of different off-road wheel sizes are well understood by now, this bike offers something different. “What about people who don’t want to choose just one wheel size?” he said. “That’s where bikes like Giant’s XtC Advanced come in. The same bike can run 27.5-inch plus and 29-inch wheels.”
Neil went on to outline the technologies and innovations in this new off-road machine, including Boost hub spacing, wider rims, and a unique rear dropout design that allows rider to run it as a singlespeed.
In its 27.5+ format, which offers lots of traction and a more forgiving ride with its high-volume tires, Neil said: “This bike is really made for adventures.”
Switch to 29-inch wheels, and the transformation is surprising. “It really feels like the bike’s transformed into a cross-country racing weapon,” Neil said. “Super fast, almost feels like you get further with every pedal stroke.
Summing it up, Neil said: “It just goes to show that a hardtail still can be that great do-it-all bike.”
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What makes the new Anthem so different to the 2016 one?