Taiwanese company Giant Bicycles is well known worldwide for producing top value complete bikes that provide riders with a lot of bang for buck. In recent years though, they’ve been stepping up their performance game, taking the ride qualities of their full suspension models to the next level. For a typically conservative brand, they’ve been progressing their geometry to align with more modern standards, which we saw last year with the latest Reign.
For 2017, Giant is rolling updates through its full suspension line, with the Anthem and Trance models getting an all-new chassis’ that is trending away from the XC racerboy style, and more towards the trail end of the spectrum. They’ve also got a new XTC carbon frame, which is compatible with 29in wheels and 27.5+ wheels, making it Giant’s first ever plus bike.