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Giant E-Bikes 2018: Giant and Liv have announced their new range for 2018. The Taiwanese brand continues to use the Yamaha drivetrain for its bikes but has introduced a new removable (from the side of the downtube) battery. More bikes in the range now feature the powerful SyncDrive Pro motor. We were at the launch and have selected our favourites.
- Giant Dirt-E+ – Trail Hardtail
- Video: Giant Dirt-E+ – Battery Removal and Installation
- Giant Full-E+ – Enduro
- Giant Toughroad E+ – Gravelbike
- Liv Vall-E+ – Ladies Hardtail
- Giant and Liv MTB Models
- More Information On Giant
Giant exclusively use Yamaha motors for their fleet of E-Bikes and will continue to do so in the future. Whilst Yamaha provides the hardware, Giant develops its own control software. Amongst other advantages, this allows Giant to use their new battery as well as interface the system with the in-house Giant RideControl Evo display and control unit. The SyncDrive motor also benefits from a narrow (read normal) mountain bike q-factor of 168 mm.
Giant Dirt-E+ – Trail Hardtail
After 2 years in Giant’s line-up the Dirt-E+ has the most significant changes for 2018. It is based on the Giant SyncDrive motor, though several high-end models use the Pro version. The bike is significantly more focussed on trail-riding for 2018 and should be well suited to long days on off-road terrain. This focus is verified by the high volume, tubeless, plus-tyres from Maxxis as well as the more aggressive geometry of the frame. Despite this, Giant have recognised that not everybody will be taking this bike into the hills, and there are small nods to practicality in the form of hidden mounts for a side-stand, mudguards and racks. There is even integrated cabling pre-fitted which can use the battery to power lights. However, a front derailleur can’t be fitted on the pro models.
The new battery – which gets taken out sideways from the downtube, has allowed smaller frame sizes to be built. Less space is needed between the top tube and down tube because the battery is integrated into the latter. This also gives a lower standover height (700 mm in size M). Almost all eMTBs in the range have a slightly increased reach and for this bike the head angle has been slackened to 68°. The chainstays have been lengthened to accommodate the new plus-sized tyres. To keep the centre of gravity low the bottom bracket drop has increased by 10 mm and the head tube has been shortened by 15–20 mm.
- AluxX SL Aluminium Frame, Sizes: S, M, L, XL
- New SyncDrive Pro Motor, 250 W, 80 Nm
- 496 Wh battery, removable from the side of the downtube
- In-house display and control unit
- New geometry (longer and lower)
- Internal cable routing
- 27.5″ x 2.6″ Maxxis plus-tyres (tubeless)
- Boost 148 hub
- Weight: 22.5 kg (actual measurement, Dirt-E+ 0 Pro, Size M)
Prices: Dirt-E+ Pro: 3199.90 – 3999.90 €, Dirt E+: 1199.90 – 2899.90 €
Video: Giant Dirt-E+ – Battery Removal and Installation
Giant Full-E+ – Enduro
The Giant Full-E+ E-Enduro bike continues unchanged into 2018. It was only introduced this year, and we have thoroughly tested the current model: Go here for the test report and here for our first look (both in German).
Prices: Full-E+ Pro: 4199.90 – 5999.90 €, Full-E+ 3699.90 €
Giant Toughroad E+ – Gravelbike
All new for 2018 is the Giant Toughroad E+, an aluminium gravel bike fitted with a Giant SyncDrive Sport motor. It is only available with SRAM Apex Gearing and Disc Brakes.
- AluxX Sl Aluminium Frame, Sizes S, M, L, XL
- Giant SyncDrive Sport motor, 250 W, 80 Nm
- Part-integrated Battery, 496 Wh
- SRAM Apex 11-speed gearing
- SRAM Apex disc brakes
- 28″ x 2,0″ tyres
- Weight: 20.28 kg (actual measurement, Size L)
Price: Toughroad E+ GX: 3299.90 €
Liv Vall-E+ – Ladies Hardtail
Those with a sharp eye will see that the Liv Vall-E+ is based on the Giant Dirt-E+ mentioned above and shares many of the same features. Apart from the different colour-scheme, this version also comes in an XS size. All the models roll on plush plus-tyres, whilst the two Pro Models use the Giant SyncDrive Pro motor.
- AluxX SL Aluminium Frame, Sizes XS, S, M, L
- New SyncDrive Pro motor, 250 W, 80 Nm
- 496 Wh battery, removable from the side of the downtube
- 27,5″ x 2,6″ Maxxis plus-tyres (tubeless)
- Weight: 22.8 kg (actual measurement, Size M)
Prices: Vall-E+ Pro: 3199.90 – 3499.90 € | Vall-E+: 2199.90 – 2499.90 €
Giant has offered a range of components and accessories for a number of years now. This year, as well as a shoe collection there are a range of tools for the workshop and your rides.
New Clipless Shoes – Line and Shuttle
There are two new clipless shoes from Giant for this year – the enduro/trail model called “Line” and the downhill model “Shuttle”. They both share the same water resistant material and the nylon “Exobeam” sole with motion efficiency system (MES) giving a stiff and stable shoe. The removable EVA insole uses the antibacterial TransTextura Plus technology. The enduro model has an additional Velcro closure and a ratchet to secure your feet. The downhill shoe has a more robust sole, an ankle guard and laces. Both shoes are 129.90 €.
Tubeless Pump – Control Tank
The Giant “Control Tank” can be pressurised to 16 bar. A valve releases the pressure to seat your tubeless tyres. The price is 59.90 €.
Dropper Post – Contact SL Switch
Giant now uses its own Contact SL Switch dropper post across the range. All Giant dropper posts (when bought separately) now ship with an extra remote for 1x drivetrains. The dropper costs 239.90 € (incl. 2 remotes), the 1x remote 22.90 €.
Bottle Cage with integrated Tool – Proway Stash
The Giant Proway Stash bottle cage integrates essential tools to save space. The bits slot into the ratchet which in turn slots into the cage. The handle should provide enough torque for even the tightest bolts – it even doubles up as a tyre lever. Price: 24.90 €
GPS – Tactal
Giant have developed this new GPS device with 80 unique functions and compatibility with most training sites, including Strava. Giant claim a battery life of 30 hours. The compact device is 93 x 55 x 14 mm and weighs 79 g. Sensors can be connected via Bluetooth and ANT+. It will be priced at 179.90 €.
Giant and Liv MTB Models
All information about the non-motorised models from Giant and Liv can be found at our sister-website MTB-news.de. Go here to read about the Giant mountain bikes for 2018 (in German language).
What do you think of the new Giant range? Do you like the approach this bicycle brand heavyweight has taken?
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Text & Edit: Gregor Sinn, Benedict Pfender | eMTB-News.de
Photos: Jana Zoricic, Thomas Paatz
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