Spotted: Remi Thirion's New Giant Glory for the Lourdes DH World Cup 2022

Mar 25, 2022 at 6:01
by James Smurthwaite  

The bonanza of new bikes keeps coming this weekend as Remi Thirion has been spotted on a new Giant Glory.

Thirion signed with the Giant Factory Off Road Team at the start of last year and was seen riding a couple of prototypes in the latter half of the 2021 season. That development cycle looks to be continuing into 2022 as we've spotted this latest version of the Giant downhill bike.

Interestingly, Giant hasn't jumped on the high pivot train with this new frame and the suspension design looks to be largely similar to previous Giant models. However, compared to the bike Remi was riding last year, it looks like the front triangle shape has been subtly tweaked in shape, for example with a curvier profile and a longer headtube junction.

There have also been changes made to the rear end with a reshaped drop out and a flip chip on the rocker, although we aren't sure if that wasn't already built into the previous prototypes.

Note the flip chip on the rocker.

A photo of the previous prototype can be seen in the third picture of the below Instagram slideshow:


While Remi's mechanics couldn't tell us any more information about the frame, we have reached out to Giant and they told us, "the team (GFORT) has been testing multiple generations of prototypes, over the past two seasons (this is the third) , with the goal of perfecting the next generation DH bike from Giant".

Giant teased the bike in a recent press release that seems to have flown under the radar.



103 Comments

  • 151 14
 "Giant teased the bike in a recent press release that seems to have flown under the radar" lol giant hasn't been on the radar for a bit
  • 19 2
 Glory hasn't been, unlike Trances and Reigns..
  • 14 2
 @ka81: those barely picked up, the reign was in and out real quick.
  • 3 0
 @rhannigan: uhmm.. I thought we're talking about media radar...
  • 8 0
 Older Glory + Trunnion mount + bridged rocker link. Basically adopting all the design language from the 2017 and newer Trances/Reigns like the rest of the line.

Funny how most companies innovate their DH bike first, but in Giant's case, it was the 2017 Trance that was the proof-of-concept.
  • 1 0
 @Glory831Guy: it’s the one they sell the most of probably. Largest sample size when looking at warranty rates.
  • 4 0
 @DHhack: For sure, they probably sell hundreds, or thousands of Trances for every Glory sold.
  • 4 0
 I see “Giant Glory hole” every time
  • 83 1
 I like it. It looks like a Giant, it probably rides like a Giant and that has never besn a bad thing.
  • 76 1
 Looks exactly like their 2013 glory hahaha
  • 4 1
 Yes! , they just changed the Graphics, rigth before they got off the airplane @ Lourdes!
  • 2 2
 i was like, new glory is the old glory. seems they think only kids do this sport or something
  • 10 0
 @baca262: new found glory? Badum tssss
  • 1 1
 @naptime: i thought it was stolen!
  • 44 2
 Looks like a Glory...
  • 3 0
 Beat me to it.
It really does though, eh?
  • 20 0
 Maybe the new Glory comes in time with the next Shimano Saint, they can keep it in the lineup for 10 years then...
  • 20 3
 tad bit unshapely
  • 5 3
 Unshapely like an ellsworth
  • 6 1
 @weebleswobbles: you misspelled unacceptable.
  • 4 0
 @weebleswobbles: Steady on mate.
  • 12 0
 It looks fast, and Remy will make it even faster.
  • 13 2
 When you say new....
  • 10 1
 I am a fan of Giants price point and seemingly decent quality. Love my trance.
  • 7 0
 The Giant Glory is an amazing bike... the haters are the ones who are looking for the next new thing... bikes with new designs that will perform exactly as the old ones.. oohh...its 0.00001 faster...
  • 1 0
 pedals well, descends well, climbs decently for a dh rig....
  • 7 2
 In Giants defense I have to say, some bikecompanies overdue it with designiterations - cough, cough, commencal, cough.
As long as it's a solid bike, the rider is happy, why change it all the time? If the bottom line is, that less expenses for questionable prototyping, trickles down to cheaper but good performing entry level bikes, everybody wins. They don't want to be on the forefront and riding the wave, that's fine. They have a race program and someone in one of these forums told that they support their racers decently.
  • 3 0
 To be fair Commencal do over complicate stuff but they also win many more races
  • 1 0
 @8tom8: true, yet giant is still the biggest bike company. Don't know about Giant's revenue though. My point is - whatever works. Giant may get flak for not prominently developing new DH designs. But they seem happy. Commercial is pushing the envelope in Dh racing, yet I don't see a lot of their bikes around. Still, max seems happy.
  • 1 0
 Remy did better on that oh so old design than every Intense rider f.ex. Curious for the chain stay length, the Prime Thunderflash already has 460 with 160mm of travel and giants own Maestro 29ers currently end at 146mm
  • 1 0
 @styriabeef: yes very true they both have different goals in mind
  • 6 0
 Interestingly all recent bikes seem to go back to classic 90s suspension „systems“. Just with year 2000 suspension travel and 2010 reliability and 2020 geometrie.
  • 1 0
 Maestro classic 90's, not really
  • 7 0
 I'm curious if every people commenting looks like a glory would comment "looks like a V10" too.
  • 8 1
 They are just making some space for his massive balls Smile
  • 7 0
 Looks like they are using an SX Trail tubeset.
  • 5 0
 Gotta love Thirions style.
  • 4 0
 That’s dope. I’m on my second Glory and I love that bike. Such a workhorse.
  • 5 0
 If it ain’t broke don’t fix it…since Danny Hart won world champs
  • 4 0
 That Giant logo on the downtube looks sick
  • 3 0
 Guys, I just wanted to report that down here in hell, it’s gotten rather chilly.
  • 3 0
 GLORY, GLORY GLORY GLORY RENTAL!! Anytime I see a glory it reminds me of the last hecklers rock.
  • 3 0
 Hmm.. so how the old one looked like?
  • 2 0
 Had a different paintjob...
  • 3 0
 Looks like a Lenz Lunchbox
  • 3 0
 My first thought with how squished the front triangle looks
  • 2 0
 Pretty sure he was riding this one last year and no one picked up on it. He was riding an alloy frame with similar graphics
  • 3 0
 They have been on prototypes since 2019 at least
  • 2 0
 @ORTOGONAL555: Infact the Insta post added now proves this too, as he is showing kits from last season, posted in October 2021. Looks like Lenzerheide.
  • 3 0
 If its not broke then don't fix it ha
  • 3 3
 What do you do if it is broke?
  • 3 0
 @jomacba: Get a Warranty
  • 6 3
 That orange fork tho...gross.
  • 2 0
 Looks a lot like my 2012 Giant Glory
  • 2 0
 New for 2023.... *crickets*
  • 2 2
 I thought prototyping was meant to advance development? That poor thing looks like it came from 2015 and got some 2022 shoes forced onto its feet.
  • 2 0
 It still works better then 80% of Lourdes starters field in qualis
  • 2 0
 It's crazy how the Shimano saint never gets old
  • 2 0
 Giant. The only brand to get non-blurry prototype photos
  • 1 0
 in a recent progression of all brands/DH Bikes, this bike is just boring...
  • 1 0
 Suprising someone noticed
  • 1 0
 It looks a lot like all the Glory's...
  • 2 2
 Hmmm... most likely has 123.45mm of travel in the rear, that feels like 300mm.
  • 2 0
 Looks like a Giant Glory
  • 1 0
 recreating the winning bike from 2011 world champs eh
  • 1 0
 nevermind the bike, tell me about his shoes?!
  • 1 0
 Is it even new if it doesn´t have a high pivot?
  • 1 0
 The most uninteresting bike at the moment
  • 1 0
 Great. Now sponsor more riders like you ought too for your business size.
  • 1 0
 Giant Glory Operator
  • 1 1
 A Giant bike with shitty decals nothing new
  • 1 0
 Looks like a Glory
  • 1 1
 Ah giant, always 5 years behind the trends
  • 1 1
 This is a joke, right?
  • 3 5
 great job giant. nobody cares, low tech, junky riding bikes, best of luck to remi
  • 4 0
 Did you ride any? I don't own one, but everytime I jump on friend's Reign I'm amazed how well it rides, the suspension kinematics are sublime even without 1k$ shock.
  • 1 0
 @Plancktonne: my 2018 Reigns suspension action was better then my current FSR Enduros
  • 1 0
 He beat 80% of the field in qualis, so?
  • 1 4
 ....´cause nobody gives a f****** fly about a new Glory ;-)
  • 3 6
 Curved tubes are back!
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