Whistler Mountain Bike Park Teams Up With Giant & SRAM

Jan 31, 2012 at 17:23
by Tyler Maine  
Other new partnerships include RockShox Suspension and AVID Brakes while WMBP's longstanding relationship with SRAM continues...

Photo by Sterling Lorence

Danny Hart at Whistler on the Giant Glory - photo by Sterling Lorence


Whistler Mountain Bike Park and Giant Bicycles are excited to announce they will be working together for the 2012 bike season. Giant, one of mountain biking’s top bike manufacturers, will become the official bike partner of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Additionally the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is pleased to announce they will be working with RockShox suspension and AVID brakes this year, while continuing their partnership with SRAM and TRUVATIV.

bigquotesGiant Bicycles is one of the biggest, and arguably best, mountain bike manufactures in the world, and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is stoked to work with them. Giant's line of gravity mountain bikes are second to none, and we are extremely happy to partner with Giant, RockShox and AVID to supply premium mountain bike products to our customers. - Bike Park Manager Brian Finestone

Giant's Andrew Neethling on his way to winning the A-Line Downhill at Crankworx this past year.


Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s rental fleet of Giant bikes will consist of 150 Glory and Faith models. 50 of them will be set up for the expert or bike “fanatic” who wants to rent a top of the line race or gravity machine, while the remaining 100 will be set up for the novice to intermediate rider.

bigquotesWhistler Mountain Bike Park is not only the biggest and best lift-accessed bike park in the world, but it is also a great place to connect with riders from around the world. The incredible terrain in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park is the perfect testing ground for our mountain bikes. - Paul Nash of Giant Canada

The Giant bikes will be equipped with the latest DH specific components from SRAM, RockShox, AVID and TRUVATIV. The addition of Easton Havoc DH wheels and Maxxis tires results in an exceptional rental fleet for any type of rider. Each bike will be meticulously maintained by Whistler Mountain Bike Park mechanics who will be completing SRAM Technical University (STU) training and will have a thorough knowledge of the Giant bicycles.

The Whistler Bike Park Giant Glory's will also come in a custom Bike Park color edition.


Andrew Neethling took home second behing Steve Smith today at the Canadian Open.

Andrew Neethling racing in the Canadian Open on his Giant Glory.


With over 2,500 employees, offices in over 15 countries and a focus on getting people on bikes, SRAM is thrilled to continue an almost 11 year relationship with the Whistler Mountain Bike Park.

bigquotesWe consider Whistler Mountain Bike Park to be the most established and progressive mountain bike park in the world and we are always excited to continue to work with them. We had an extremely successful year working with Giant's Global Race Team last year, and we are thrilled to welcome Giant to the SRAM and Whistler Mountain Bike Park family. - David Zimberoff, SRAM Global Marketing Director
bigquotesThe Whistler Mountain Bike Park rental fleet will be composed of some of the most elite mountain bikes on the market. SRAM is a leader in the downhill mountain bike industry and we are delighted to continue to team up with them. - Brain Finestone

Danny Hart getting loose.

The Whistler Mountain Bike Park is currently under a few feet of snow, but expect to see the all-new Giant bicycles in Whistler Blackcomb’s rental stores in the spring of 2012. Opening day for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s 2012 season is expected to be in May.





82 Comments

  • + 30
 i think thats a good move on both their parts, BUT SO MANY CHANGES THIS YEAR!!!!! p.s the blue on the glory looks soooo good!
  • + 16
 everyone got a 8 ball for christmas.
  • + 25
 This is a GIANT step for whistler Wink Great to hear!
  • - 61
flag octalex1 (Feb 1, 2012 at 8:11) (Below Threshold)
 danny hart can lick balls
  • - 20
flag stinky-deluxe-smith (Feb 1, 2012 at 9:19) (Below Threshold)
 is there gunna be a carbon glory?
  • + 20
 this is so sick. definitely beats the horde of konas
  • + 11
 ^ And their marzocchi forks and hayes brakes...
  • + 0
 EEEWW KONA BARF BARF! finally no more brake bumps at that amazing bike park!
  • - 4
flag despar66 (Feb 1, 2012 at 20:46) (Below Threshold)
 so you guys are saying you would reject a free kona operator? wow, the world is ending.
  • + 7
 I don't think anybody said that...
  • + 3
 Lumpy just said he throws up over konas, that basicly means if he got one for free he would throw up on it soo....
  • - 3
 I was wondering how a bike park like Whistler was renting bikes like Konas. I like how it took Kona for EVER to step up their game after many broken frames and overall crappy designs. Well this year they're looking a lot better, but only because they're looking more like Giant hahahaha Look at the newer kona bikes, you'll see just what I'm talking about.
  • + 6
 why did i get such low props for asking if there will be a carbon glory?..
  • - 10
flag octalex1 (Feb 2, 2012 at 12:15) (Below Threshold)
 why did i get such low props for saying danny hart can lick balls
  • + 12
 cause your an idiot
  • - 9
flag octalex1 (Feb 2, 2012 at 17:10) (Below Threshold)
 ur mom
  • + 3
 @ xpirimint, there is more simularity with suspension designs between Kona and Trek than Kona and Giant
  • + 0
 I agree, completely. Just saying I think Kona is trying to get as close to Giant as possible w/o getting in trouble.
  • + 3
 HAHAHAHA, that just sounds like giant is a 15 year old girl and kona is a dirty paedophile...
  • + 3
 you have a wierd fetish?..
  • - 3
 your mom thats the reason your here
  • + 3
 HAHAHAH! oh wow, did you come up that all by yourself! you must have so many friends with OG jokes like that!
  • + 1
 if it's a weird fetish to want to ride young giants all day and of the night then yes, i have a weird fetish.
  • + 29
 See ya later kona. Maybe this means no more brake bumps
  • + 4
 This is the best comment in here.....lol Smile
  • + 1
 I agree top comment - but are(n't the braking bumps mostly caused by (slow) riders dragging down the trails?
  • + 1
 i thought it was from noobs skidding?
  • + 1
 same thing - when will they learn Wink
  • + 23
 "2012, the world as we know it will end"

MY GOD! its happening!
  • + 19
 Its funny how everybody disses giant, even when they make frames for almost every bike manufacture
  • + 2
 and they also don't know or maybe tend to forget that giant is the world's biggest bike manufacturer, merida playing 2nd to the title.
  • + 2
 Giant glory frames have gotta be one of the nicest out.. my freind rides one and i love the square tubes instead of the normal circular straight downtube
  • + 1
 isnt trek the biggest?
  • + 1
 most of trek's comfort fleet/hybrid/all around low-end fleet is manufactured by giant. I work in a Trek delaer and anytime a bike say sub-$500 comes in the tag says Giant Corp. on the shipping label.


Good to see whistler stepping up the quality of their fleet.
  • + 1
 Giant makes 9 out of 10 Trek (see made in Taiwan) Not just low end but high end as well. They are by far the largest bike manufacturer in the world. And they are filled with some great people who ride quite often that are definitely not slouches. wow I sound like I work for them I'll stop now.
  • + 17
 Welcome to the team Giant, RockShox and Avid!
  • + 11
 All that matters is what they said at the bottom of the article, "Opening day for the Whistler Mountain Bike Park’s 2012 season is expected to be in May." Only 4 Months left!
  • + 12
 See what one insane run and a crazy whip can do to sell bikes! Giant loves Danny!
  • + 10
 Bummer for Canada; it's weird that they don't have a deal with one of the many bike manufacturers that are Canadian!
  • + 3
 You're right, It should be Devinci!
  • + 1
 As awesome as it would be to have a Canadian brand supply WMBP with their bikes, it's not really feasible. For a company of Devinci's size it would be worth way too much (for Whistler and Devinci) to provide 150 Wilsons. Rocky Mountain "might" be able to pull it off, but Giant just so huge! It's easy for them to keep prices low on a fleet.
  • + 9
 Overdrive steerer tubes for everyone!
  • + 2
 there isn't overdrive on the double crown models (glory) because there is no stiffness gain due to the connection of the stem to the top crown.
  • + 1
 well, the other point of having an oversized head tube is bigger weld points for either the down tube and/or top tube which makes the bike stiffer and/or durable.
  • + 3
 He said steer tube. Not head tube...
  • + 1
 haha, sorry about that. its just that there are no patented Overdrive steerer tubes to begin with. its always been Overdrive head tubes. so the first thing that came to my mind are the head tubes. LOL!
  • + 5
 Glad to see the bike mechanics will be completing a SRAM course a couple of mechanics last year were idiots
  • + 5
 I'll get excited about rental bikes when WBP teams up with a brand from this side of the border.
  • + 3
 Devinci! I'd love to ride a Wilson!
  • + 2
 Here's what you can do on a Giant on A Line... if you're Danny Hart. contour.com/stories/danny-hart-jeep-air-dh-crankworx-2011--2
  • + 2
 Good riddance Kona! Gone are the days of riding my AM rig instead of renting a Stinky. Can't wait to trash a Glory at Whistler!
  • + 2
 This is exactly where I want to visit and progress on a Glory and Faith. Cool news.
  • + 1
 Looks like I've got a place to go on holiday (of course I'd be leaving my bike at home)
  • + 1
 The custom paintjob for whistler's glorys looks better than the new 2012 graphics!
  • + 1
 theyre going to be rebuilt constantly
  • + 1
 cracking frames invasion good think giant have good warranties
  • + 1
 what? no more garbanzos with the meal?
  • + 1
 Make them more durable !! Wink
  • + 1
 yeah wat about that
  • + 0
 Dislike. Giants are too steep.
  • + 0
 Sorry guys but the demo 8frame is the best bike around
  • - 1
 Glad the news is out. Nobody asking the question.... Why?
  • - 1
 What is happening to the world?
  • - 2
 Sounds a lot Gianter then Kona!
  • + 1
 Glad the news is out. Nobody asking the question.... Why?
  • + 1
 Giant is sponsoring Whistler! Win Win for both parties.
  • + 1
 Hey I wasn't saying it was a bad thing. There have just been a lot of major changes this year. Kona has been with Whistler for a while now so its interesting to see them out, and Giant in.
  • - 2
 i feel bad for the mechanic who have to rebuild those boxxers
  • + 1
 Why's that?
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