From a humble start as a bike manufacturer, Giant has since grown to become one of the biggest brands in the cycling world and a household name here in Singapore. Arguably, many budding cyclists, of both the road and offroad varieties, have at some point considered purchasing a Giant bicycle.

Having  focused on its road segment, with new composite TCR models and the launch of a women’s specific line of bikes, 2012 saw Giant (predictably) unveil its latest developments for the mountainbike (MTB) segment.

And as the much vaunted benefits of running 29er set-ups gain traction, Giant’s new 2013 Anthem and Trance models are now shod with 29-inch wheels.

Anthem X Advanced 29er 0

First developed for the Rabobank-Giant World Cup XC Team, the new Anthem X Advanced 29er 0 is the bikemaker’s first composite full-suspension 29er. Complete with Advanced-grade Composite front triangle and ALUXX SL aluminium rear swingarm and Maestro suspension, the Anthem has been engineered for both precision control and speed on even the gnarliest trails.

Trance X 29er

For the all-mountain ride, Giant has also updated its award-winning Trance model to wear 29-inch wheels. The result: an ALUXX SL frameset tuned reap the benefits of its larger wheels. Maestro suspension, OverDrive 2 steerer tube and PowerCore bottom bracket also combine to make the Trance X 29er a complete package for owning the trails.

Glory

As its name suggests, the new 2013 Glory has been developed with performance in mind. FluidForm ALUXX SL frame and re-engineered frame geometry (with 63.5-degree head angle, lower bottom bracket and longer wheelbase) set the Glory up for stable, yet radically quick descents. Rider willing, of course.