In one weekend, four Rabobank-Giant cyclocross stars claimed their country’s national titles riding the TCX Advanced SL. Katie Compton won the 2012 US National Cyclocross Women’s Championship. In the Netherlands,Lars Boom won the Dutch Men’s title, Marianne Vos won the Women’s crown, and Lars van der Haar won the U23 Dutch title. Matt Pacocha, US editor atBikeRadar.com, also spent some time aboard a TCX Advanced SL and here’s part of what he says in an online review:
"Giant’s ‘halo’ cyclocross bike comes straight from the European race circuit, melding expert carbon construction with one of the highest bottom brackets we’ve ever ridden” What does the high BB mean for your riding? For one, there’s the additional clearance for mud and sand riding. This offers an advantage in the dry, too: you almost never have to stop pedaling…” The expert carbon construction provides other advantages as well, “Before we cut the mast of our medium sample TCX Advanced SL frame it weighed just 1,193g – making it one of the lightest ‘cross chassis we’ve tested...On the race course, this light weight …translates into bullet-like acceleration.”
The crew at Cycling Plus in the U.K. recently put the Giant Defy 1 through some of the most rigorous testing we’ve ever seen in its February 2012 edition. What did they find? “…the all-new 2012 frameset sets new benchmarks for alloy responsiveness and ride quality….There is a flow and vitality to the Defy frame that puts it in a different class to anything else we’ve ridden in its category this year.” “Having seen the entire test team fall in love with Giant’s Defy 1, we can’t think of anyone who it won’t suit. It’s light, responsive under power, but forgiving over the long haul, well equipped and really well balanced in positional and handling terms. The result is a bike that springs forwards with real purpose when you need it to, but glides along happily when riding is more about clearing your head than maxing your heart rate.”
So how did the Giant Defy 1 stack up against its competitors? It wasn’t even close…the Defy 1 rode away with a very impressive 4.5 stars! In a field of five other competitors (including a carbon frameset) the ALUXX SL aluminum Giant Defy 1 leads the field with a “superbly responsive yet fluid ride backed up with an excellent spec for the money.”
Click here for a pdf of the entire Cycling Plus review.
Giant’s Anthem X 29ER series of big wheel mountain bikes has gotten big recognition from two online sites. First, TwentyNineInches.com revealed the Anthem X 29ER is their “Reader’s Choice” among all bikes in the 29’er category. “Many readers mentioned the Anthem as being a great all-rounder for XC, Trail, and back country adventures. It seems the bike had quite an impression on those that owned the new Giant full suspension 29er for 2011. Congratulations to Giant Bicycles and their Anthem X 29 full suspension bike!” A pdf of the review is available here.
Also, DIRTRAG Magazine online spent this past summer taking the 2011 Anthem X 29ER 2 out for a cruise. After riding on various technical terrain over many hours, Product-Tester Karl Rosengarth “…had a great time aboard the Anthem X 29ER 2. On multiple 5-6 hour hammer-fests, I was happy to have the Anthem X 29ER’s big wheels and 100mm of well-behaved suspension as my partners in grime. If I stayed on the gas and committed to my line there was very little in the way of rocks or roots that would slow down this bike.”
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