Last year's launch
of a revised aluminum version of Giant's venerable Glory DH bike, complete with 27.5” wheels, a longer front center, and a longer stroke rear shock, immediately led to questions about the possibility of a carbon fiber option. Those questions have been answered in the form of the Advanced Glory 27.5 0 and the Advanced Glory 27.5 1, two new models to Giant's DH lineup, both featuring carbon fiber front triangles and aluminum rear ends. With a claimed weight of 3008 grames for the frame without a shock, Giant says this is the lightest downhill bike they've ever produced, coming in at 245 grams lighter than the full aluminum version.
The bikes share the same geometry as their aluminum counterparts, with a 63° head angle and 439mm chainstays. The 8" (203mm) of rear travel is achieved via Giant's Maestro dual link suspension layout, which uses a rocker link mounted on the seat tube and another link that curves over the bottom bracket to join the rear swingarm to the front triangle. Cartridge bearings are used in the linkage in an effort to increase the rear end sensitivity by reducing the amount of force needed to activate the shock. Like the aluminum version, the Advanced Glory has integrated fork bump stops, and has the brake and derailleur housing routed externally along the top of the downtube.
The Advanced Glory 27.5 0 comes spec'd with a race-ready parts kit, including SRAM's new X01 DH 7-speed drivetrain, a RockShox Boxxer Team fork, Vivid R2C rear shock, and a set of DT Swiss EX 471 rims laced to DT's 240 hubs. MSRP is $8,500 USD.
At $5,355, the Advanced Glory 27.5 1 is competitively priced, with a RockShow Boxxer RC, a Vivid Coil R2C, and SRAM Guide brakes to keep everything under control, while Schwalbe's Magic Mary tires should provide plenty of traction for the most technical tracks around. Geometrywww.giant-bicycles.com