Giant 29er sneak peak

Finally we have someone from Giant on Mtbr and more importantly they’ve confirmed the rumours that there will indeed be a Giant 29er for 2010. All I can tell so far is that it has some nice tube profiles and a tapered head tube from these sketches of the XTC 29er. Looks promising…

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Finally a company put some time and effort into designing a technologically advanced 29er frame. Looking forward to the Anthem X 29er!

Jon said...

Finally a company is producing a 29er with a little thought behind it. Can't wait for the Anthem X 29er!

Mark said...

meh ... just about everyone has a 29er now but I want to see something revolutionary. I guess you could say 29ers have enough market share for Giant to start producing them, now. Again, the new Huffy of the bike industry is finally getting on board ... boring.

LordOnOne said...

Giant said they would never make a 29er, similarly Fox said they’d never make a 29er fork and Chris King said they’d never make a zero stack headset. This particular bike may not turn out to be anything amazing but it’s the first step from Giant towards bigger and better things in the 29er market and Giant being a behemoth of the bicycle world they can put a lot of effort into the 29er movement, in fact with Giant and a few others joining for 2010 it will cease to be a movement and start being mainstream.

Giant’s one of the rare bicycle companies that both designs and makes all of their bikes and they have access to some of the most advanced hydroforming facilities in the world, they also make their bikes in larger numbers and give more value for money than pretty much anyone else. All of those things give them major advantages to Giant over others and can only be good for the 29er market.

If they make an Anthem X 29er or any other Maestro suspension model it probably will be amazing and if they sell it as a frame in the UK I’ll be right there at the start of the queue!

You notice that bike has no brake mounts of any kind, I think that’s a major development right there ;-)

Si said...

yep if giant brought an a 29er Anthem X I would buy one straight away - the 26er anthem rides great, but would look better with in proportion wheels for the bigger frames ( I need a 22")

Monster said...

Mark-Think you don't get how things work. And you don't get that actually Giant does some pretty cutting edge/cool stuff. Oh and if you want revolutionary, sorry but your talking bikes where the double diamond has been tough to beat for 100+ years, chains are still the norm, and shifting is still based off the original model. Also if you actually looked at the drawing there are some significant tweaks.

Jon-Yeah the Anthem is an incredible design that often gets over looked because it's a "Giant". And I can confirm you will see one this Fall I'm normally a "cool bike" snob but that will be one in the quiver when it comes out hands down.


LordOnOne-King actually never said they'd never make a "zero stack" but have been against the rage to do drop in bearing headsets...which are a poor idea and they are rightful in saying never to that. The Inset is basically a standard headset, zero stack, in a bigger head tube...which is a great idea (and will find its way onto my next bike).

Otherwise dead on!

LordOnOne said...

Right…thanks for the correction!

Not too sure I’ll bother with full suspension for my next ‘main bike’…my Singular Swift is slowly convincing me that I don‘t need it for most of the riding here. There seems to be a lot of interest in the XTC 29er, this post has actually been my most popular since I posted it.