Danny Hart's World Champ Winning Giant Glory - Interbike 2011

Sep 20, 2011
by Mike Levy  
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Danny Hart s Worlds Bike

You're looking at Danny Hart's Giant Glory, the very machine that took him to one of the most exciting victories in the history of our sport. While there are certainly a number of standout features on his rig, the very special DLC coated, BlackBox tuned BoXXer fork and unique Schwalbe tires being the most obvious, it truly is more "go than show". There have been whisperings of offset shock mounts and angle adjusting headsets being used on the team's Glory race bikes in the past, but Danny's doesn't require any of those bits as his bike looks to make use of a slacker head tube angle than current production models. We're willing to bet next year's production frames will use similar geometry to what is found on Hart's 2011 World Championship winning steed.

Danny Hart s Worlds Bike

Schwalbe offers their Muddy Mary downhill tire that is designed for soft dirt, but Danny chose to run the more aggressive Dirty Dans for his race run. The 'Dans use a taller knob height to pierce through the slop, as well as an open tread pattern to help them clear mud and keep the tires working. We couldn't confirm it, but there is word that the tires on Danny's race bike were custom made, and we're not talking about simply having his name put on the sidewall. What makes them special? We're going to guess that they use a compound that is softer and with a slower rebound than what the average racer can purchase. This likely was not only done for the muddy conditions, but possibly also because of the cold temperature on race day that would harden the durometer of the rubber. Is this the start of tires designed for very limited use, but that offer incredible traction, as found in some forms of motor racing?

Danny Hart s Worlds Bike

Like nearly every other pro, Danny chose to go with a coil over shock for the 'Champs course in Champery, Switzerland. Besides a quick sprint out of the gate the track was nearly pedal free, but steep and unrelenting. While his Vivid R2C damper is equipped with a titanium coil, the burly track in Champery isn't the place where running an air shock will be able to save you time due to its lighter weight.

Danny Hart s Worlds Bike

Danny Hart is a SRAM rider and his race bike is equipped with the latest and greatest, including a set of the new XO DH carbon crank arms. The carbon X0 DH cranks are actually the first DH specific carbon arms that use an 83mm bottom bracket spindle on the market, weighing in at an impressive 750 grams - including the bottom bracket and 36 tooth ring. How different are the X0 DH cranks from the standard X0 arms? The carbon arms themselves, besides now being offered in a 165mm version, are actually the very same as used on the conventional model, but are mated to a longer and burlier 83mm spindle (a DH strength 73mm spindle is also available) to allow them to be fitted to the majority of downhill bikes on the market, including Danny's Giant Glory.

Keeping his chain in place is an MRP GL SL chain guide that mounts directly to the bike's ISCG tabs. The guide uses a bolt on taco style guard to protect the ring and chain from impacts.

Danny Hart s Worlds Bike

Out back you'll find an XO DH rear derailleur that moves the chain over his ten speed cassette, which looks to be the PG 1070 road model. Team riders no doubt make use of the lighter weight, hollow Red cassette when the track isn't overly muddy, but the PG 1070's open layout sheds mud much better than the Red model's one piece design.

Danny Hart s Worlds Bike

Avid's Code calipers, operated by a set of trick BlackBox levers, make a lot of sense on the insanely steep track in Champery, but we're more interested in the trick looking carbon fiber mud guard fitted to the top of the rear caliper. The idea isn't new - riders have been using these for ages - but we've not yet seen one that looks this cool. You'll usually only find them on the rear brake in an effort to keep the spray that is thrown up off the front tire from being slathered all over the rear stopper, a nice little trick that suited the cold and muddy conditions during Danny's race run.


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106 Comments

  • 118 0
 Danny Hart just has an escort of half naked girls everywhere he goes now....What a Boss
  • 16 4
 Is this the start of mr. T/chuck norriss style quotes for Danny hart
  • 39 1
 Probably not
  • 7 1
 legend! wow it's nearly been a week now since i last watched his worlds run,gonna watch it 3 times now for good measure!
  • 14 3
 God doesn't use Danny Hart's name in vain.
  • 21 0
 some say that he is escorted by half naked girls wherever he goes, and that his balls are so big he cant sit
  • 10 1
 Nice boobies
  • 20 2
 thanks, but my push up bra makes them look better than they really are. Plus I have weird nipples.
  • 3 0
 Video was uh...confusing Razz "Mumblemumblemumblemumblepinkbike mumble good on you" *Silence* "...Uhm...Thanks?" Razz I'm sure it's just my american accent ears that have a hard time with it Razz

Anyways, his run was amazing and the bike is sick, interesting that he ran a 10 speed and the specialized guys went the other direction with 6. How old is Danny?? Can't be more than 19...
  • 5 0
 those titties
  • 1 0
 sorry, Waldon83, meant to give you positive props
  • 7 0
 he is so damn good at interviews its crazy haha
  • 3 0
 ^^^ hahahahahahahahahahaah
  • 3 0
 jesus can walk on water, danny hart can swim on land.
  • 27 1
 tell me again why this bike has brakes? i dont think he used them on that epic run...

props.
  • 29 0
 Well he had to stop once he crossed the finish line. that the only reason i can think of.
  • 1 1
 ANYONE KNOW WHAT SIZE BIKE HE RIDES? MEDIUM??
  • 1 0
 It's a large.
  • 2 1
 that bike is really feelin the glory after that race Wink
  • 22 0
 Hey say's "a load of good pictures came up on pinkbike". But it sounded like: "a load of good bitches came up on Pinkbike". That's why the ladies look rather doubtful I think Smile
  • 11 1
 The poor Babes are standing there wondering .. .what the hell is he saying !! Go Danny !!! Can't wait for next Season !
  • 3 0
 Yeah Danny, that Champs run will live on Youtube forever and be watched and watched and watched.
You HAVE officially immortalised yourself - not many people get to do that in their lifetime.



By the way, on a slightly different point, its a bit anal, but can we have some numbers on Danny's bike?
Angles, legths etc
I guess its not just "stock"?
  • 2 0
 It's definately a non-standard shape and size. I doubt Giant will release the geometry/weight etc of such a high-level prototype, which is a real shame.
  • 1 0
 agreed^^^ plus thtat track is so ridiculously steep that the bike is probably a one-off with geo that would be almost unusable on any normal DH race track...
  • 7 0
 they should of kept the mud on it. it would be way cooler
  • 6 1
 such a nice bike. only a matter of time till giant jumps on the carbon dh bike train. mmmmmmm carbon giant glory
  • 2 1
 Big props to DH for winning the champs and biggupps to giant. Does anyone want to speculate on the weight of this rig? The only problem i have with this rig is the random use of colors all over. Silver yellow red blue etc no good
  • 2 0
 What colour is the English flag?
  • 1 0
 Danny: congratulations and ignore those people making negative comments on the internet and elsewhere. Some people just feel like they need to say irritating things for attention, but they won't get the pure reaction with their words that you got riding down that hellish track, will they? Incredible job!!!!
  • 2 0
 I hadn't realized he used clips on that run, I thought he had switched to flat pedals. That means that no one with flat pedals won a big dh race in 2011. Sam Hill will never catch up to these guys.
  • 3 1
 I hope it will make a lot of gramsavers shut up and realize that the 200grams they saved for 200bucks donť really matter that much Smile
  • 1 0
 sick bike,its a glory bike yeah!!! uh the tyres are ultra muddy discipline version,a wetscream will look like a poor and luv the girls,luv america,que buenas chicas que buenas que estan,arriba las vegas!!! ^^ Big Grin
  • 1 0
 So I take it the 2012 lineup (which is out already) doesn't have the new geometry?? The Giant website doesn't have to much to go on in the way of sizes and geo. I'm about 5'11", anyone know what size I should get??
  • 2 0
 Weight... head angles.... size of the frame... Surely guys we should be talking about the size of the girls kahunas on the right!!
  • 1 0
 Danny Hart did more for Giants marketing in 4 minutes than their marketing department have done in 4 years. I wonder how many members of the public know that it's 2 degrees and an inch away from a stock bike.
  • 2 0
 what a legend , he just loves the photos on pinkbike hahah awesome run danny !!!!!
  • 3 1
 Time for all thoes who bought a specialized demo after last years worlds to trade them in and hop on the glory bandwagon?
  • 1 0
 lmao @ wak designs i like your comments so true but funny to read the phrases you use. Hitler wasn't a bad guy, he just went a bit o.t.t.
  • 1 0
 Does somebody know that stuff which is on his chainstay. Is it this strange glue stuff???
  • 2 0
 no you can buy it at hardware stores its like super thick electrical tape works wonders for chain slap
  • 2 0
 Its called self amalgamating tape and it wraps round and sticks to itself. Very cheap.I've almost definately spelt that incorrectly!
  • 21 0
 ^ The irony is that you spelled 'amalgamating' correctly, but not 'definitely'.
  • 2 0
 hi Gregalff, the exact stuff is called 3M Mastic 2228 which you can buy direct from 3M Select or wherever sells it. Been using it myself, fantastic stuff.
  • 3 0
 Hammers hero Danny Hart
  • 2 0
 Boooooooooooooooooooooooooobs!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 that is one beautiful piece of race bred kit what i would do just to own something like that would defy belief Smile
  • 1 0
 Danny you HERO. Congratulations on the World Cup win!! Sooooo mint! Doing us Teessiders proud!
  • 1 0
 Danny Hart you make us Giant Riders proud in ONTARIO!! keep rippin' it for us at Doug's Cycle!!!
  • 1 0
 that bike worths ]$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ he probably will NEVER EVER EVER sell it ...
  • 1 0
 id love that bike the boxxers are soo nice
  • 1 0
 Color Scheme - Primary Ballin like a toddler
  • 1 0
 Somebody hated on Danny?!
  • 1 0
 I have a 2010 glory, should I get a angle adjusting head seat?
  • 2 0
 If you have a Fox RC4 shock in it, you can have the i2i length shortened without affected the stroke length. This lowers and slackens the geometry without affecting suspension action at all. And it's cheaper than an angleset.
  • 3 20
flag Lehel-NS (Sep 20, 2011 at 2:24) (Below Threshold)
 its called EYE TO EYE not I TO I lol
  • 18 1
 It's an accepted shorthand.
  • 1 0
 The shorter eye to eye drops the head angle 1 degree, lowers the bb one inch and voids your warranty. You can buy a works components headset for $130cdn which slackens your headangle up to 2 degree's, drop the bb almost 1 inch and you keep your warranty.
  • 1 0
 We've never had a problem warrenty-ing (is that a word?) Glorys with shortened shocks. Giant UK have never even asked, and that's on 4 or 5 different warrenty cases, all with shortened RC4s.

But I agree that technically the angleset is a better solution. It's just not the ONLY solution.
  • 2 0
 @Lehel-NS

its been called "i2i" or "i-2-i" for many years in the bike industry

not sure where you have been hiding all those years?
  • 1 0
 Hmm, I was just speaking with Pat at Elka Shocks this summer as they were the first to fine tune the shorter i2i shock for the glory, he said from what he understood it did void the warranty. Although you may be right!
  • 1 0
 Are we talking about the warranty on the shock or the warranty on the frame?
  • 1 0
 I meant the warrenty on the frame.
I would have thought the only way to preserve warrenty on the shock would be to have the work done by an official Fox service centre (Mojo in the UK). Having said that, the company we use for custom shock work is www.j-techsuspension.co.uk, who cover their work for 3 months anyway.
  • 1 0
 How does slackening the head angle make the BB lower? and how much is the shock to get shortened?
  • 1 0
 When you shorten the shock, you can imagine it as rotating the whole front end slightly back. This slackens the HA, lowers BB and lengthens the front centre/wheelbase (ever so slightly).

www.j-techsuspension.co.uk will shorten your shock for £15 on top of their regular service charges. Call James on 01743 885390 and tell him Joe from Brooks Cycles sent you, he'll sort you out.

Both generations of Glory, the SC V10 and the Commencal Supreme can all benefit considerably from a shortened shock.
  • 1 0
 But surely it reduces your travel by that tiny bit? sounds like a good idea, I had a 2010 glory with a works components headset reducer, made it 10x a better bike! thinking about getting another one now
  • 1 0
 In the RC4 there's some 'hollow' space in the body. What they do is move the internals up, into that space, so it doesn't reduce the stroke of the shock at all. You still have 8" of travel with the exact same leverage ratio. The shock is just a little bit shorter in it's i2i measurement. On the older DHX shocks, you had to sacrific a bit of travel to shorten the shock, so the old generation Glory tends to drop to 8" instead of 8.8".
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the reply's. I just checked the giant web, and there new 2012 glory has the same head angle (65.5). Why are they not changing it if its so wrong?
  • 2 0
 The HA is not 'so wrong'. The listed head angle is with a Fox 40 slammed. And who runs their forks slammed? What Giant should have done is published the range of HA, like Specialized do for the Demo. Put an inclinometer on any Glory's stanchions and it will be slacker than 65.5.
  • 1 0
 Measuring off the screen, dannys ha is about 63.8 degrees
  • 1 0
 them tyres must be awesome, will be rocking them when its wet and muddy
  • 1 0
 I must make myself a set of those mud guards - pronto!
  • 1 0
 wil you tell us the weight also?
  • 1 0
 danny hart your my HERO Smile
  • 1 0
 anyone know the handlebar width he runs?
  • 1 0
 I like his tyre ! And the bike !
  • 1 0
 How much does his bike weigh? any body know? looks super light tho
  • 1 0
 anyone else notice the pedals...?
  • 1 0
 where can we get his tyres?
  • 1 0
 i want that bike
  • 3 2
 Looks like a Kona. Razz
  • 6 0
 And Kona's looks bloody fantastic. (the new ones)
  • 1 1
 makes me regret replacing my glory 00 with demo 2011... Frown
  • 1 0
 Don't worry, the Demo is a massively superior bike in most ways. Geometry (goes without saying) suspension design (I reckon the spesh's linkage is better) and the demo has a longer stroke shock which is always a good thing.
  • 1 1
 Sorry Danny, what did you say? I wasn't listening/watching lol
  • 1 1
 u have the best bike in the world!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 WAKI for mod tbqfh haha
  • 1 3
 Haters Gonna Hate.
  • 3 5
 yea I know, I'm a neonazi and I say it to everyone who hurts mu feelings. I'm tired of all this worldwide discrimination
  • 3 2
 you're tired of discrimination and you wanna revive nazism?????? durr mmkay!
  • 10 2
 oh fk dude... that was a way of showing how stupid the expression "haters gonna hate" is. Anyone can say it, a Nazi, a Pedophile, Justin Bieber, whoever, fk... a Polish neonazi buahahah, it's like American pacifist, or English barista buahahaha Big Grin


You're like these people who hear somebody saying "I think Christain faith is sht" - oh whatever "I think jokes about black people are ok now"-oh yea? "Stalin maybe murdered 58ml ppl but did a lot of good things to those who who didn't" - dunno, don't care, "a nazi muslim"- what??!! what?!!! what??!!!!!!
  • 4 0
 LOL ^^^^
  • 1 5
flag Lkiltie (Sep 20, 2011 at 8:16) (Below Threshold)
 at WAKldesigns what the fuck are you mentally retarded you want to bring back nazism but you hate worldwide discrimination i'm sorry but did you forget the second world war or did that one just slip your mind. FUKIN IDIOT.
  • 2 0
 o dear peoples a have far to much time to talk shit on here
  • 3 0
 ffkssake Lkiltie: reading through is a skill... get yer wee thumb out of yer arse now... fkn PCs everytime you hear something like a nazi, Muslim, gay, animal rights or anything that is trendy in "sensible topics department" at the moment, you're getting berserk, ready to smash anyone with tons of actual hate, before figuring out what's the whole thing about. Brainless squarehead reacting how you're taught to react.

It was a bloody "instructional" joke, I don't feel any sympathy for any nazi fkhead or any other kind of bigot (incl football fans Big Grin ), that thinks that his ideas are what's best for others
  • 2 0
 the glory has it is weight 36lb head angle 65 degree
  • 1 0
 Yea type-r it must be a great bike. Isn't Norway a strange shape?
  • 2 0
 ....remind me not to go to Poland!
  • 3 0
 Visit Poland!
  • 2 0
 Waki, could you please write a novel so I can sit down for a few days and do nothing but read your words. You crack me up.
  • 1 0
 You mean like"The story of Scrotie McBoogerballs?" I'll be writing something on my blog soon, some tests with little about components and tons of digression, I want to flood the bike world with my smartarse...
  • 1 0
 Oh yeah - TONS of digression!
  • 1 0
 WAKIdesigns you are truely hilarious. i got a good laugh out of the other stupid people on here not getting your point
  • 1 4
 Still don't like Giant. LOL
  • 8 0
 Thanks for your valued opinion, i'm sure Giant will consider this next time.
  • 1 0
 "chances are, if you aren't riding a giant, you're riding a giant" check where your frame was manufactured, giant does all their own carbon and aluminum. they own a good park in trek

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