Giant is one the best known mountain biking brands in the world, and their bikes can be spotted every day on roads and trails across the world. Their story started in 1972 when King Liu together with several of his friends started the company.
Their big break came in 1972 when then CEO, Tony Lo, managed to strike a deal with Schwinn to produce bikes as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). When Chicago workers went on strike in 1980, Giant had to increase production and this lead to Giant being responsible for the manufacturing of more than two-thirds of all Schwinn bikes by the mid 1980s.
This agreement came to an end in 1987, when Schwinn decided to make use of a different manufacturer. New president Bill Austin decided the time was ripe for Giant to bring its own brand of bicycles to the market.
Giant had three guiding principles over the years, namely craftsmanship, innovation and inspiration. These principles were responsible for innovations like the first lightweight aluminium frames, major advancements in composite and aluminium engineering, their ground breaking Maestro Suspension and the pioneering Total Compact Road design.
The manufacturer claims that their bikes not only win races and design awards, but more importantly the hearts of those who ride the bikes. Sounds a little like marketing mumo-jumbo to me, but if you visit any mountain bike trail in the world, chances are that you will see a number of Giant bike owners who wouldn’t consider any other brand.
With a goal of giving the world a better cycling experience at a more affordable price, it is no wonder that Giant has become the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world.
With sales in more than 50 countries and more than 12 000 retail stores stocking their bikes, Giant is a household name when it comes to bicycles, and more specifically mountain bikes.
Where are Giant mountain bikes made
This Taiwanese company is widely regarded as the world’s largest manufacter of bicycles, and has facilities in China, Taiwan and the Netherlands.
Where to buy Giant mountain bikes
Giant mountain bikes can be bought from your local bike shop, or a multitude of online retailers. I prefer Amazon.com for all my mountain bikes, and accessories. Amazon’s service is very good, and their free shipping combined with their gracious return policies, makes them my recommended place to buy Giant mountain bikes.
How to size Giant mountain bike
Giant mountain bikes come in extra small, small, medium, large and extra large sizes. Not all models are available in all sizes though. The Glory and Trance ranges are only available in S, M and L, while the Trance, Anthem, XTC and Boulder ranges come in XS all the way to XL.
Giant has a very handy sizing chart that can be used for choosing the right mountain bike size.
How good are Giant mountain bikes
Giant is a respected manufacturer, and many professional riders regards Giant as one of the leading mountain bike brands. With a long history of innovations in the bicycle industry, their mountain bikes are regularly found on or near the top of lists of the best mountain bikes.
There are a number of professional cycling teams that are sponsored by Giant, and their accolades are too many to list here. Not only does bicycles made by Giant win races all over the world, they have also been awarded many design awards. Recently the Reign Advanced was awarded by Enduro Mountain Bike in the enduro category.
How much are Giant mountain bikes
Giant mountain bikes prices vary from around $300 all the way up to $8000 and above. They have options for recreational and professional riders of all sizes and skill levels.
This trail bike comes with dual suspension, and is priced in the $1500-$2000 range. The aluminium frame comes with components labelled as entry-level by the manufacturer, but the name belies the abilities of the components. You will get some serious performance out of the Stance.
The Anthem from Giant is a performance mountain bike and retail prices start around $2000 and goes up to almost $9000 for the Anthem Advanced models. It is aimed at cross-country and race riders, and comes in a variety of component options ranging from entry level to mid-range.
The Reign range from Giant is price from just over $2000 to just under $8000. The Reign 2 and 2016 Reign 27.5 come with aluminium frame and entry-level components. The Reign Advanced 27.5 is a full-suspension all mountain bike and comes with race components. You definitely pay for what you get with the Advanced.
The Talon is labelled as a Sport model by the manufacturer, and is a great cross country option for the newcomer or entry-level mountain biker. The Talon is aimed at those who want a bike with good parts and performance, but do not have the budget for a $2000+ mountain bike. Prices are around the $500-$700 mark, and if you can find Giant mountain bikes for sale you can get a really good deal on the well-built Talon.
The Trance range of mountain bikes is aimed at trail or endurance riders, and is typically priced from roughly $2000 for the basic Trance model to just over $8000 for the Trance Advanced. These mountain bikes are light, versatile and surprisingly agile, and performs just as well when climbing as when descending.
I highly recommend you check out Giant’s range next time you are looking to buy a mountain bike. Their bikes are highly regarded all over the world, and with their track record over the last 5 decades, it is easy to see why.
Whether you are a professional downhill racer, or a casual weekend cross country rider, Giant has an option for you at a price and a performance level that is just right for you.
If you decide to purchase a Giant MTB, you won’t be disappointed.