Giant Maestro Suspension Technology

Sep 12, 2011
by Julian Coffey  

Giant asked Clay Porter, director and filmer of 3 Minute Gaps, to capture the core concepts behind Maestro Suspension Technology. Maestro is the very same technology behind Danny Hart and his incredible 2011 season, including his now infamous World Championship run in Champery.

whip contest on crabapple hits whistler bike park during crankworx 2011.

From big-hit to short travel, there's a Maestro Suspension bike for pretty much every riding style. Maestro is the full-suspension platform found on every Giant performance mountain bike - there are seven different travel/frame configurations.

Here are the core concepts behind Maestro technology:

Whether you’re climbing for glory or floating over rock gardens, Maestro Suspension doesn’t react to your pedaling power and doesn’t affect your pedaling efficiency.

Maestro utilizes four strategically positioned pivot points (identified as the four red circles) and two linkages that all work to create a single floating pivot point (blue circle). This single floating pivot point improves pedaling efficiency by counteracting pedaling forces that would otherwise create suspension compression (squatting) or pedal kickback (bobbing). Both seriously hinder performance by sapping energy from you and your bike.

Even under full braking forces, Maestro Suspension remains fully active and unaffected.

From high-frequency trail vibrations to heavy-hitting compressions, Maestro Suspension is able to soak up the full spectrum of trail impacts.

Maestro’s linear spring curve allows the rear suspension to be incredibly sensitive to small bump forces. And the floating pivot point lets the suspension remain completely active while braking, which keeps the rear tire in contact with the ground. The better the contact with the ground, the better the rear brake works. And the more sensitive the suspension is, the better your traction.

Danny Hart s Worlds Bike

Danny Hart s Worlds Bike
Hart's World Cup Giant Glory in full effect.

For more info on Maestro Suspension Technology and the complete 2012 bike line from Giant, visit

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