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Giant’s name is accurate: it’s a behemoth making more than six million bikes a year.

Some of them are built for other brands, which is how Giant began in Taiwan in 1972. It wasn’t until 1981 that the company started building bikes under its own name, as well as those for others. Today it has manufacturing facilities in the Netherlands and China as well as Taiwan.

Giant’s size provides economies of scale, so its bikes are competitively priced. It also means that Giant’s innovations tend to stick. In the early days, Giant was in demand for its lightweight chromoly frames but it was one of the pioneers of aluminium frames, and in 1987 launched the first affordable carbon fibre road bike: the Giant Cadex 980C.

Giant bicycle

In the 1990s, Giant changed the design template for road bikes by launching compact frames. These had the sloping top tube and smaller rear triangle you now see on many bikes. The design is laterally stiffer, because the frame triangles are smaller; potentially lighter, for the same reason; and more comfortable, as there’s more (somewhat flexible) seatpost sticking out. Compact road frames initially came in just three sizes – small, medium, and large – with different stems and seat heights to customise the fit. By 1998, the ONCE pro cycling team were using compact frames and the sceptics were silenced.

In the off-road world, Giant launched its Maestro suspension platform in 2004. Still used today, it soaks both trail chatter and big hits without undermining pedalling efficiency, and it continues to work well when braking. Giant was an early adopter of 27.5in wheels off-road, now one of the primary standards.

In 2008, a new brand was launched around its range of women’s bikes: Liv/Giant, latterly simplified to Liv. Giant was producing quality e-bikes long before the current boom and now has an extensive range. Perhaps because of the Dutch connection (that Netherlands facility) Giant has long offered bikes with practical accessories. Great news for commuters!

Giant is the world’s biggest bike manufacturer and its range is as wide as you’d expect. The examples below are just a tiny sample.

Escape 1 Disc

Escape 1 Disc

With its lightweight ALUXX aluminium frame and upright positioning, the all-new Escape Disc is totally versatile and totally fun to ride. The D-Fuse seat post is great for smoothing out rough roads, absorbing shocks and vibrations, and giving you a smoother, more comfortable ride. The disc brakes deliver powerful braking performance in dry or wet conditions. As an added bonus, there’s clearance for larger tyres (up to 45c), which makes it easier to ride rougher roads. It also comes with integrated mounts, so you can customise your ride with racks or fenders

 

Lower rate taxpayer

Higher rate taxpayer

RRP

£649

£649

Cyclescheme price

(inc. ‘Own it later’ fee)


 

£469

 

£422

 


C
ontend SL 1

Contend SL 1

Made with an updated lightweight ALUXX SL aluminium frame, Contend SL features balanced geometry that gives it versatile all-rounder capabilities. The rear triangle is designed for quick acceleration while the front end puts the rider in a confident position. Its distinctive technologies, including a D-Fuse carbon composite seat post and increased tyre clearance, give it a smooth ride that’s perfectly capable on all types of road terrain. From the hills to flats, smooth roads or rough, Contend SL does it all.

 

Lower rate taxpayer

Higher rate taxpayer

RRP

£999

£999

Cyclescheme price

(inc. ‘Own it later’ fee)


 

£750

 

£650

  


FastRoad E+ 2 Pro

FastRoad E+ 2 Pro

 

Built for fitness rides, commuting or zipping around town, this speedy new E-bike has a lightweight ALUXX SL aluminium frameset with hydraulic disc brakes and rack mounts. It’s designed with a flat handlebar and balanced rider positioning, to be super-efficient on the road. The SyncDrive Pro motor delivers 360 percent tunable support and lets you fine-tune the ride just the way you want. Its RideControl ONE features navigation and fitness data you can control with the Giant E-bike app. With the long-lasting EnergyPak 375 battery, you have the freedom to ride far with full confidence.

 

Lower rate taxpayer

Higher rate taxpayer

RRP

£2749

£2749

Cyclescheme price

(inc. ‘Own it later’ fee)


 

£2062

 

£1769

  


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