First Look: 2016 Giant Anthem X, Reign, TCR and Liv Lust

We visited Dragons Sports to get a sneak peek of some samples from the 2016 range of Giant bikes.

2016 Giant Reign Advanced 27.5 1


The design of the Reign is much the same from the previous year's model. The 2016 range features updated components and new colour ways. The Reign Advanced 27.5 1 boasts a gorgeous green and lime paint scheme, XT 11 speed drivetrain, wide bars and shortish Truvativ stem, and DT Swiss M1700 Spline wheelset.

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Reign Advanced 27.5 1 specifications:

  • SizesS,M,L,XL
  • ColoursGreen/Lime
  • FrameAdvanced-grade composite w/ ALUXX SL rear triangle, 6.3" Maestro suspension
  • ForkRockShox Pike RC Dual Position Air w/ 15mm thru-axle, Custom 46mm offset, OverDrive steerer, 130-160mm travel
  • ShockRockShox Monarch Plus DebonAir RT
  • HandlebarGiant Contact SL DH, 31.8mm
  • StemTruvativ Holzfeller
  • SeatpostGiant Contact SL Switch, dropper, 30.9mm
  • SaddleGiant Contact SL neutral, SST tubular rails
  • PedalsN/A
  • ShiftersShimano XT, Rear only
  • Front DerailleurN/A
  • Rear DerailleurShimano XT, Shadow+
  • BrakesShimano XT, Hydraulic disc, [F] 200mm [R] 180mm
  • Brake LeversShimano XT, Hydraulic disc
  • CassetteShimano XT 11x42, 11-speed
  • ChainKMC X11L
  • CranksetShimano XT, 32T w/ MRP AMG guide
  • Bottom BracketShimano, Press Fit
  • RimsDT Swiss M 1700 Spline
  • HubsDT Swiss M 1700 Spline; [F] 15mm axle [R] 142x12mm axle
  • SpokesDT Swiss M 1700 Spline
  • Tires[F] Schwalbe Magic Mary, 27.5x2.35, Tubeless easy, Snakeskin, Trailstar [R] Schwalbe Hans Dampf, 27.5x2.35, Tubeless easy, Snakeskin, Pacestar


2016 Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1


The TCR Advanced Pro 1 comes kitted with Ultegra gearing, a reworked internal routing system, Giant's heat resistant SLR 1 DBL carbon wheelset and nifty integrated ANT+ speed and cadence sensor. See the announcement of the 2016 Giant TCR here.

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TCR Advanced Pro 1 specifications:


  • SizesXS, S, M, M/L, L, XL
  • ColoursMatte Composite/Blue/Green
  • FrameAdvanced-grade composite, Electronic ready
  • ForkAdvanced-grade composite, Full-composite OverDrive 2 steerer
  • ShockN/A
  • HandlebarGiant Contact SL, 31.8mm
  • StemGiant Contact SL, OverDrive 2
  • SeatpostGiant Variant, Composite
  • SaddleGiant Contact SL forward, SST tubular rails
  • PedalsN/A
  • ShiftersShimano Ultegra
  • Front DerailleurShimano Ultegra
  • Rear DerailleurShimano Ultegra
  • BrakesShimano Ultegra
  • Brake LeversShimano Ultegra
  • CassetteShimano Ultegra 11x28, 11-speed
  • ChainKMC X11L
  • CranksetShimano Ultegra, 36/52
  • Bottom BracketShimano, Press Fit
  • RimsGiant SLR 1 DBL WheelSystem; 30mm deep, 23mm wide, Full composite
  • HubsGiant SLR 1 DBL WheelSystem; Pawl driver, [F] 16h [R] 21h
  • SpokesGiant SLR 1 DBL WheelSystem; Aerolite bladed stainless
  • TiresGiant P-SL 1, 700x23, Front and rear specific, Folding
  • ExtrasRideSense


2016 Giant Anthem X Advanced 29er


The Anthem Advanced X sees minor changes to the frame, the top tube shaped has change and the rear axle now fits a 142x12 thru axle. Due to lack of demand internationally, Giant will only be producing this build of the Anthem X Advanced but Giant SA will also be speccing an XT 2x11 and XTR 1x11 build for the local market.

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Anthem X Advanced 29er specifications:

  • SizesS,M,L, XL
  • ColoursComposite/Blue
  • FrameAdvanced-grade composite w/ ALUXX rear triangle, 4" Maestro suspension
  • ForkRockShox SID RCT3 w/ 15mm thru-axle, OverDrive steerer, 100mm travel
  • ShockRockShox Monarch RT3
  • HandlebarGiant Contact SL, Low rise, 31.8mm
  • StemGiant Contact SL
  • SeatpostGiant Contact SL, 30.9mm
  • SaddleGiant Contact, forward
  • PedalsN/A
  • ShiftersSRAM X1, Rear only
  • Front DerailleurN/A
  • Rear DerailleurSRAM X1, Type 2
  • BrakesSRAM Guide RS, Hydraulic disc, [F] 180mm [R] 160mm
  • Brake LeversSRAM Guide RS, Hydraulic disc
  • CassetteSRAM XG-1180 10x42, 11-speed
  • ChainKMC X11L
  • CranksetSRAM X1, 32T
  • Bottom BracketSRAM, Press Fit
  • RimsGiant XCR 1 WheelSystem; 25mm wide, Tubeless compatible
  • HubsGiant XCR 1 WheelSystem; [F] 15mm axle [R] 142x12 axle
  • SpokesGiant XCR 1 WheelSystem; DT Swiss Aerolite bladed stainless
  • TiresSchwalbe Racing Ralph, Evo, 29x2.25, Tubeless ready, Folding


2016 Giant Anthem X 29er


The aluminium Anthem X 29er also gets a 142x12 rear thru axle. The drivetrain is a mix of Shimano XT and SLX with Fox Float Performance suspension front and rear.

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Anthem X 29er specifications:

  • SizesS,M,L, XL
  • ColoursMatte Black/Charcoal/Yellow
  • FrameALUXX SL-grade aluminum, 4" Maestro suspension
  • ForkFox 32 Float Performance w/ 15mm thru-axle, OverDrive steerer, 100mm travel
  • ShockFox Float Performance
  • HandlebarGiant Contact SL, Low rise, 31.8mm
  • StemGiant Contact
  • SeatpostGiant Contact, 30.9mm
  • SaddleGiant Contact, forward
  • PedalsN/A
  • ShiftersShimano SLX
  • Front DerailleurShimano Deore
  • Rear DerailleurShimano XT, Shadow+
  • BrakesShimano SLX, Hydraulic disc, [F] 180mm [R] 160mm
  • Brake LeversShimano SLX, Hydraulic disc
  • CassetteShimano HG81 11x36, 10-speed
  • ChainKMC X10
  • CranksetShimano SLX, 24/38
  • Bottom BracketShimano, Press Fit
  • RimsGiant P XC-2, Double wall
  • HubsGiant Performance Tracker Disc, 32h, [F] 15mm axle, [R] 142x12 axle
  • SpokesStainless Steel, 14/15g
  • TiresSchwalbe Racing Ralph, Performance, 29x2.25, Folding


2016 Liv Lust 2


The women's specific Liv Lust 2 makes a statement with it's bold black, orange and pink paint job. This model won't be readily available in South Africa. Instead, the higher specced Liv Lust 1 has been selected as a better option for the more serious rider.

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Liv Lust 2 specifications:

  • SizesXS, S, M, L
  • ColorsBlack/Pink/Orange
  • FrameALUXX SL-grade aluminum, 4" Maestro suspension
  • ForkFox 32 Float Performance w/ 15mm thru-axle, OverDrive steerer, 100mm travel
  • ShockFox Float Performance
  • HandlebarGiant Connect XC, 31.8mm
  • StemGiant Connect
  • SeatpostGiant Connect, 30.9mm
  • SaddleLiv Contact, forward
  • PedalsN/A
  • ShiftersShimano Deore
  • Front DerailleurShimano Deore
  • Rear DerailleurShimano Deore
  • BrakesShimano M395, Hydraulic disc, 160mm
  • Brake LeversShimano M396, Hydraulic disc
  • CassetteShimano HG50 11x36, 10-speed
  • ChainKMC X10
  • CranksetShimano Deore, 22/36
  • Bottom BracketShimano, Press Fit
  • RimsGiant S XC-2, Double wall
  • HubsGiant Sport Tracker Disc, 32h, [F] 15mm axle, [R] 135x5mm QR
  • SpokesStainless Steel, 14g
  • TiresSchwalbe Racing Ralph, Performance, 27.5x2.25



32 Comments

Brawler, Jul 24 2015 04:33

The Reign looks super nice with the XT M8000 parts  :drool:

MUST. RESIST.

Iwan Kemp, Jul 24 2015 05:18

MUST. RESIST.

 

Resisting is overrated. SWIPE!

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Jul 24 2015 05:26

Green? That's turquoise! Full xt and spline wheelset. Pretty darn good!

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Jul 24 2015 05:27

One thing I noticed though. No more debonair rc3. Just the RT now

raptor-22, Jul 24 2015 06:09

Much nicer colour scheme's from giant from 2016

cairbre, Jul 24 2015 06:32

Hmmm, where does one locate those rubber bash pads at the bottom of the down tube/BB? I really need something like that, or at least something that looks better than glueing a piece of tyre there.

 

Also, OD2 steerer on the TCR? I thought they did away with OD2 steerers in 2015.

Mopkop, Jul 24 2015 06:57

HOLLEEEEESHEEEET!!!!!!! Theyre all hott. That reign, mmmmmmmm!

Thornman, Jul 24 2015 07:22

Some of these bike's are already available at Giant Durbanville... :thumbup:

Pieterlab1, Jul 24 2015 08:06

I'm buying that Anthem! ASAP!!!

eccc whippet, Jul 25 2015 06:35

Glad i didnt wait...prefer the 2015 anthem colour.

Maximis, Jul 26 2015 05:53

I will be getting mine soon!!

Sixes & Sevens, Jul 26 2015 06:26

Glad i didnt wait...prefer the 2015 anthem colour.


Have to agree - 2015 model is a much better looking bike.

leaboy, Jul 27 2015 09:34

so much of beauty!
cant wait to see the new XTC

Scooterza, Jul 27 2015 01:09

Where is the Trance? 

Nick, Jul 27 2015 01:59

Where is the Trance? 

 

We didn't get shown a Trance during our visit.

 

You can check it out on Giant's website though.

 

Trance 27.5 here: http://www.giant-bic...nce.27.5/22206/

 

Trance Advanced 27.5 here: http://www.giant-bic...ced.27.5/22205/

 

Trance SX 27.5 here: http://www.giant-bic....sx.27.5/22207/

T-Bob, Jul 27 2015 03:28

That TCR is nice... Stuff Aero, I'm not a tri-guy and most of my racing is in a pack! ;)

nonky, Jul 28 2015 02:33

1x11 on TRAIL bikes, just like the Stumpy and the Camber - what gives?

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Jul 28 2015 02:36

1x11 on TRAIL bikes, just like the Stumpy and the Camber - what gives?

the fact that there's an overwhelming consumer demand for it to be like that would be one reason... 

raptor-22, Jul 28 2015 03:06

1x11 on TRAIL bikes, just like the Stumpy and the Camber - what gives?

rider demand and its easier to build fewer bike designs, especially when 29ers need short chain stays to keep them nimble with long front centres. Short chain stays mean theres not much space to pack two chain rings while maintaining a reasonable Q-factor

nonky, Jul 28 2015 03:08

rider demand and its easier to build fewer bike designs, especially when 29ers need short chain stays to keep them nimble with long front centres. Short chain stays mean theres not much space to pack two chain rings while maintaining a reasonable Q-factor

I understand the technical reasons, chainstay length, weight, complexity etc but how the hell are we going to get the bikes UP TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN?

Raydek, Jul 28 2015 03:11

I understand the technical reasons, chainstay length, weight, complexity etc but how the hell are we going to get the bikes UP TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN?

 

:ph34r:  :ph34r:  :ph34r:  :ph34r:

 

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Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Jul 28 2015 03:15

I understand the technical reasons, chainstay length, weight, complexity etc but how the hell are we going to get the bikes UP TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN?

i managed fine on my 34t 11-36 setup on my old reign x... And that thing was not built light. 

 

I struggled in places (mast climb, sections of the Noordhoek loop, contermans mast climb etc) but you get used to it and adapt. 

 

The difference in range really isn't that much at all. 

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Jul 28 2015 03:16

:ph34r:  :ph34r:  :ph34r:  :ph34r:

 

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or that...

Raydek, Jul 28 2015 03:16

Seriously though…

 

It's a concern that has crossed my mind in the past as well.  I tried riding a few of my local trails in the gear ratio that a 1x setup would be and the fitness/strength wasn't an issue for me, it was my dodgy knee that started giving in.

 

When my trusty steed finally gets replaced by a nice trail bike, it would at least need a 2x with a nice big gear at the back.

Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Jul 28 2015 03:19

Seriously though…

 

It's a concern that has crossed my mind in the past as well.  I tried riding a few of my local trails in the gear ratio that a 1x setup would be and the fitness/strength wasn't an issue for me, it was my dodgy knee that start giving in.

remember though that the the 1x11 would have that marvellous 42t on the back. And tbh if I did go that way I'd get a 30t chainring for the front. My probem atm isn't running out of gearing on the downs, it's on the ups that I have a problem.