Outdoor Demo: Women's Edition - Interbike 2015

Sep 14, 2015
by Rachelle Frazer Boobar  
Liv are aware that a portion of their lady followers are interested in going hard out on the trails and so this year have introduced a slightly birlier version of teh Intrigue. The Intrigue SX comes with 160mm Rockshox Pike which slackens the head tube angle out from 66.9 to 68 degrees. Liv haven t messed around and have put 800mm bars on the SX and a shorter 50mm stem as well. Rounding out the turbo boost of parts is a 140mm Monarch Plus Debonair RT rear shock SRAM s X1 drive train and a set Giant s AM 2 Rims and Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35 up front and a Rock Razor 2.35 on the back. To make this baby your own you ll need to set aside 4475 USD.

Liv

Liv are aware that there are a good number of women out there who simply want to get rad out on the trails, and this year have introduced a slightly burlier version of their Intrigue to satiate this crowd. The Intrigue SX comes with a 160mm RockShox Pike, which slackens the head tube angle from 68 to 66.9 degrees and adds an extra 20mm of travel to the front of the bike. The SX also comes with 800mm bars and a shorter 50mm stem, and rounding out the parts of this muscled up machine is a 140mm Monarch Plus Debonair RT rear shock, SRAM's X1 drive train, a set of Giant's AM 2 rims and Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35 up front and a Rock Razor 2.35 on the back. To make this baby your own you'll need to set aside $4475 USD.

The Intrigue 1 keeps it s original intended design with a 140mm Fox 34 a Fox Float Performance Elite rear shock with DPS a combination of Shimano Deore and SLX Shadow drivetrain Shimano s M615 hydraulic disc brakes and Liv and Giant parts. If trail riding is your ticket the Intrigue 1 can be yours for 3200.
The Intrigue 1 keeps its original intentions intact with a 140mm Fox 34 Float fork, a Fox Float Performance Elite rear shock with DPS, a combination of Shimano Deore and SLX Shadow drivetrain, Shimano's M615 hydraulic disc brakes and Liv and Giant parts. For $3200, the Intrigue is a neat little package.

New for this year is the addition of the Lust 1 which at 3900 makes it the most affordable Lust in the Liv family. Made from Giant s Advanced Carbon Composite a step down from the lightest weight carbon in the front triangle and ALUXX SL Aluminum in the rear the Lust 1 comes with SRAM s GX11 drive train RockShox s 120mm SID fork a RockShox Monarch R rear shock SRAM Guide R brakes and a Giant wheelset.
New this year is the addition of the Lust Advanced 1. Made from Giant's Advanced Carbon Composite (a step down from their lightest weight carbon) in the front triangle, and ALUXX SL Aluminum in the rear, the 100mm Lust 1 comes with SRAM's new GX drive train, RockShox's 120mm SID fork, a RockShox Monarch R rear shock, SRAM Guide R brakes and a Giant wheelset. The Lust Advanced 1 retails for $3900 USD.

Liv

The Solstice is Camelbak s women s specific pack which is designed to sit lower than the men s version. The straps feature an over dramatised S curve to fit women s bodies better while the piping on said straps is made from velvetex so that when you re in a tank top you ll be less likely to get rub marks.

Camelbak

New from Camelbak this year is the Solstice, a 3 liter women's specific pack. The Solstice is designed to sit lower than the men's equivalent Skyline pack, with the bulk of the pack sitting further down the back. The straps feature an accentuated S curve to fit women's bodies better, and the piping on said straps is made from velvetex so that when you're in a tank top, you'll be less likely to experience any uncomfortable rubbing.

The Solstice s 100oz bladder sits low on the back. The blue straps are for added compression and help keep the reservoir close to the body even as it lowers in volume.
The Solstice's 3L bladder sits low on the back. The blue straps are for added compression and help keep the reservoir close to the body, even as it lowers in volume.

This side pocket features an elasticated overaly instead of a zipper stick your trail snacks in here for easy access while on the bike.
This side pocket features an elasticated overlay instead of a zipper, stick your trail snacks in here for easy access while on the bike.
Camelbak
Each pack comes with a tool roll, which you can pull out of the pack easily when needed. The Solstice retails for $130 USD and will be available by November.

This is a Skratch Lab cookie. Yes it is gooey and delicious.
This is a Skratch Lab cookie. Yes it is gooey, and yes it's delicious.

Mal Burd models the SMith forefront helmet in Matt Opal with the Squad goggles.
Mal models the Smith forefront helmet in Matte Opal with matching Squad Opal goggles.


Smith

The new Smith Squad goggles made a splash during Crankworx this year, with multiple podium athletes donning the bright orange colored goggles as they graced the podium throughout the event. Smith have now released their women's colorway for the Squad, which features a peacock feather motif and teal and white highlights, Smith are calling it "Opal".

The Squad goggles come with two lenses and retail for 65 USD.
The Squad goggles come with two lenses, clear and mirror, and retail for $65 USD.

This tattoo may have been inspiration for The Squad women s goggle design.
Mal and her tattoo may have been inspiration for the Opal Squad women's goggle design.
The Forefront is now available in MIPS options.
Several of the Forefront colorways are available with MIPS technology for 2016.


Shimano

The WM64 is Shimano s off-road women s trail shoe. Something new this year is the Cross X strap. If you ve ever felt numb toes on a ride this strap system is meant to help aleviate pressure points by placing the strap in an off set position. The WM64 s come with leather uppers and retail for 120 USD
New on Shimano's mountain bike shoes this year is the Cross X strap. If you've ever felt numb toes on a ride this strap system is meant to help alleviate pressure points by placing the strap in an offset position. The WM64's come with leather uppers, a low profile and a micro adjust buckle and retail for $120 USD.
Shimano s Torbal system is designed to increase you guessed it tortional balance.
On the underside of the WM64's you'll find a glass fiber reinforced nylon sole and Shimano's Torbal system, or torsional balance, which is designed to provide movement where you want it and stiffness where you need it in your shoe.

The Shimano WM53 are a slightly more affordable trail shoe with a stiffer glass fiber reinforced sole that is slightly more suitable for XC riding and racing and retails for 100.
The Shimano WM53 are a slightly more affordable trail shoe, with a stiffer glass fiber reinforced sole that is slightly more suitable for XC riding and retails for $100.
WM53

YOu may remember that in last years coverage we lamented the loss of the Alpinestars women s clothing line. Well when I came upon the booth this year Guilo yelled out We heard your calls we re back We ll be taking a closer look at the full Stella line once we get into the halls of Interbike.
You may remember that in last year's coverage we lamented the loss of the Alpinestars women's clothing line. Well, when I came upon the Alpinestars booth this year Giulio yelled out "We heard your calls, we're back!" We'll be taking a closer look at the full Stella line once we get into the halls of Interbike.


MENTIONS: @GiantBicycle / @shimano / @AlpinestarsMTB / @SmithOptics




86 Comments

  • 75 1
 That woman carrying the camelbak has a strong beard game
  • 14 1
 Minor distraction from those rough hands caressing your camel...back.
  • 13 20
flag VPPFREEDOM (Sep 14, 2015 at 22:57) (Below Threshold)
 I though most women that ride bikes had a strong beard game...
  • 10 1
 Hairy and scary, bring your beer goggles. Extra thick ones too.
  • 5 0
 Wondered what this was about, scrolled back up to appropriate photo.... That's a girl? He can't wear that, it's women specific!
  • 3 0
 Enduro king Loic
  • 3 8
flag chyu (Sep 15, 2015 at 1:44) (Below Threshold)
 say NO to discrimination.
  • 4 1
 gigidy
  • 2 0
 Vodka-goggles?
  • 6 19
flag GetMounted (Sep 15, 2015 at 2:46) (Below Threshold)
 you no say that to girl. if you hear now at my house I fight you. I not seen girl grow beard so if I did I punch her nose. no beard grows from girls face. I ride trails faster than you and mine has big jump too ok
  • 17 0
 Was that a haiku?
  • 8 0
 GetMounted...spoken like a drunk Donald Trump...
  • 2 2
 So my wingnut is women specific cuz its sits low? No wonder I get funny looks!
Maybe cmlbak will come out with a black one and call it men specific.
  • 6 0
 Greg, I have nipples...does that mean you could milk me?
  • 10 0
 Am I the only one that gets a laugh when GetMounted comments? He seems to be an angry person .... ok
  • 3 1
 Real women have beards
  • 1 0
 CONCHITA WURST ?????
  • 3 1
 I not angry I like cigarettes like real man ok
  • 3 0
 I don't know since when has GetMounted been around, but I nominate him Troll of the Year, has been amusing me quite a lot these last days.
  • 1 0
 ok
  • 26 0
 so... tell me more of this cookie?

It seems we just got used to the brownie standard.

Why can't this industry just find a standard and stick to it!

ARGHHHHH!
  • 10 2
 The cookie is BOOSTed with raspberry preserves. It's a new standard that apparently increases satisfaction by at least 10%
  • 4 0
 That cookie is female specific. They save the best for themselves.
  • 1 0
 We need a women's specific hub standard Just watch, that will be on the market in 3 years
  • 22 0
 If your female and dont like turquoise then its tough sh!t....
  • 1 0
 Yep, it's the new pink.
  • 2 0
 Im a dude and I like Seafoam Green!

I believe it clashes too much with past seasons Fluro Yellow and Limes; which isn't Enduro... Frown
  • 18 3
 800mm bars on a girls trail bike? Is that really needed?
  • 14 2
 Girls know best don't question.
  • 16 2
 Well, they don't exactly know what they want, but they want it, and want it NOW!
  • 10 3
 Makes it easy for them to cut their bars to whichever length works best
  • 7 1
 size does matter
  • 8 2
 Are the 800mm, women specific mm?
  • 1 0
 @AZRyder yeah, same like my cat Big Grin
  • 7 1
 If you don't give them, they will talk about gender equality.
  • 7 0
 Happy bride, happy ride.
  • 3 0
 I thought the bar width was quite Intriguing as well...
  • 5 0
 800mm bars .... well almost nobody Needs them
  • 3 1
 Size Queens! Plus like that guy from Rocky Mtn said, you don't know if you need something if it doesn't exist
  • 2 0
 well you cant cut something longer so...
  • 3 0
 Needed... for me at least no... but now rather than having to buy another set of bars I can take the set that comes on the bike and cut them to the appropriate size!
  • 9 1
 The GF wants to know why nearly all women specific bikes have fugly frames and are nearly always in Purple, pink or baby blue?

And why bike companies think that there is such a thing as a generic or average woman shape?

She's tried many but happy to settle with her TR450 and YT Capra instead
  • 3 0
 my GF doesn't understand as well
she Needs smaller grips and a female specific saddle
but why the "women specific" colours?
  • 3 0
 Its called pandering. Politicians and lamestream media use this all the time. First they'll put you into groups, call you millenials, x gen, mexican americans, dreamers, African-American. ...and on and on.
  • 7 3
 Mal and go way back; We met tweaking Z-74s back on Endor on a mercenary contract for the Empire. Surprised she was able to hold on to some of her gear. Well, when the rebels blew the crap out of that moon all hell broke loose. Good to see she made it out all right. I still have a pair of fur lined riding gloves she made for me. She was ruthless with the locals.
  • 2 5
 my best part where she on chain of Jabba ok
  • 1 1
 Mal and I...oops.
  • 1 0
 I would melt in front of Mal
  • 1 0
 I would melt in Vegas.
  • 12 8
 Honestly ladies, ditch these brands and their 'women specific' pink flowery marketing, just buy a normal bike with a low stand over in size small, you will have a much better time.
  • 10 2
 So how many women specific bikes have you ridden to come to this conclusion?
  • 11 1
 1. On one hand, the women's specific movement with identical frames and girly colors are stoooopid. 2. On the other hand, real women's specific geometry makes a ton of sense. My wife and many of her friend would concur.
  • 7 1
 The GF hates women specific bikes, they tend to be ugly shaped with shit kit and lame colours. The only companies that seem to make decent women's bikes are Juliana and Yeti and those are just the same as the men's bikes but in different colours and finishing kit. She'd rather have a Santa Cruz over a Juliana as it's the same bike and means the market is much bigger come sale time
  • 8 0
 Funny, that is EXACTLY how my wife feels about the SC vs Juliana thing. She has a handful of friends who ride on LIV bikes and they all have nothing but good things to say about them and the way they fit.
  • 3 1
 Why don't they just produce extra small frames? A small in a pastel color is not helping anyone that is 5ft or shorter.
  • 3 2
 Men can push out more wattage yes? So could it be possible that laying up the bottom bracket on a women specific rig a little softer might have some ride quality benefits to it?. Or the fact women tend to be tall in the inseam and particularly long in the femur, so a slacker seat tube angle would benefit from a fit perspective? There's a ton of R&D and engineering that go into these bikes. It's far more than just a smaller bike in a 'girls' color.
  • 2 0
 @ICAS - if that is the case then why would Santa Cruz start a whole separate company/division (Juliana) and not change any of the geo, materials, or layups? Again with yeti, same story. If "There's a ton of R&D and engineering that go into these bikes. It's far more than just a smaller bike in a 'girls' color." the why are major women's specific brands doing exactly that?

Marketing.
  • 1 0
 Because it's cheaper Smile

And different philosophies of course.
  • 5 0
 I have nothing but good to say about the Liv line-up. If you spend the time to look at their bikes you'll see they haven't done the "shrink it and pink it" philosophy of other brands. They have a lower stand over and as a woman (who is short) this is awesome! I will be riding the Intrigue SX for 2016, not because it's a "womans bike" but because it fits me so well! As for colouring... I guess that's personal preference but I've seen some pretty pastel "mens" bikes out there this past year and personally thing the matt blue finish is sick.
  • 1 0
 I think most of you guys/gals see the women specific push as bad because most of you are established riders already. They're marketing to get more women into the sport and it seems to be working very well(at least here in Colorado). Most of the womens I know at least are tired of the dark solid colors and/or stealth that us guys like, but they do prefer the bright colors of the new Santa Cruz bikes over the Juilana though.
  • 1 0
 I'm all for the push to bring women into the sport. It's just most of the women I ride with aren't that impressed with a lot of the kit available.
  • 3 0
 LIV crew is a great group. They know what they are talking about and are super helpful with setup. After a demo my wife bought a Advanced carbon. She has been shredding on it for 6 months now without any issues other than me trying to keep up. Thanks LIV for making XS carbon bikes for the petite rider.
  • 3 1
 Seems like these womens specific bikes are only for people under like 5'3'' who cant fit on a regular small bike. I mean why the hell get a large womens specific, im sure its close to the same size as a regular medium bike which is way better...... Anyone else think these may be for just really short women? like under 5'2'' who cant fit on a small regular bike.
  • 5 0
 not true, womens specific bikes have different geometry. so a large womens bike, has a very different fit than a mens bike of the same size. Liv is the only brand I've found that builds from the ground up towards womens spec. geometry (longer legs shorter torso). So, Liv womens bikes have shorter top tubes and longer seat tubes, basically. Also there are usually a few other tweaks (saddle, chainring size etc.) that make them much more female friendly! I'm 5'8" and loooooooove love love the fit of my Liv Intrigue, and my SX is on the way Smile compared to a mens Giant Trance w/ similar specs, I'd take the intrigue any day
  • 1 0
 "New this year is the addition of the Lust 1, which at $3900, makes it the most affordable Lust in the Liv family. "
Not true... unless im reading wrong... the Lust 2 retails for around 2,500 the Lust 1, which is not pictured, retails for around 3,200 and the LUST 1 ADVANCED, which is the bike that is actually shown is around 3900... c'mon Pinkbike!
  • 1 0
 Indeed indeed. That should all be updated now!
  • 4 1
 By the looks of those Liv bikes women prefer steep head angles and longer stems. I don't think so.
  • 2 0
 Beautiful calf, beautiful tattoo. You're just plain blind.
  • 3 1
 Am I gay if i want to wear all those stuff??
  • 2 0
 no, it's cool.
  • 3 2
 That's a lot of light blue and pink.
  • 2 1
 yip, oo gear for women - must be pink and pastely!
  • 4 0
 One day maybe... we will have true colors... There's always hope.
  • 1 0
 Helmet is ponytail friendly!
  • 1 0
 Mix all those aforementioned colors together and what do you get? Grey.
  • 8 10
 Was her calf so wrong that she had to smear that gray tattoo all over it?
  • 10 1
 You are color blind.
  • 3 0
 I see yellow, orange, blue, black and green, but no grey.
  • 12 0
 Maybe he's really a dog. A very advanced dog.
  • 14 2
 The rumor has it that in some states they still burn color blind people
  • 4 7
 you no like tattoos then you big girl. all my friends have big tattoos and girls like us. when it hot I wear no top and walk to shops and girls like. you do not know colors because you have black eye from my fast punch ok
  • 3 1
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