There’s little denying the booming popularity of assisted riding as e-bikes continue to rank as the fastest growing category of bikes globally. Taking full advantage of the increased interest, the world's largest bicycle manufacturer, Giant, has unveiled a host of new e-bike options for 2019, catering to all riders.
So regardless of whether you’re looking for a more efficient commute, a little extra assistance at tackling a hilly route with your fitter riding mates, or simply looking to explore a vast trail network with ease, the Giant 2019 E-Bike range has you covered. Join us as we take a look at the highlights of the range of assisted riding options on offer for the coming year.
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The range of powered up mountain bikes looks to cater to riders of all abilities. From full-on, full-suspension enduro machines to hardtails equally at home on city streets as they are on a fast flowing trails, there are options a-plenty.
Trance SX E+ Pro
Sitting as the burliest and most gravity-focused e-MTB option in the 2019 range, the Trance SX E+ is positioned as a high-end 27.5” full-suspension bike that blurs the lines between enduro and trail riding. Outfitted with a Fox 36 Factory fork offering up 160mm of travel and a Fox DHX2 Factory coil sprung rear shock offering 140mm of suspension out back, the Trance SX E+ simply offers a hard-hitting suspension package when compared to the new Trance E+ Pro. A SRAM X01 Eagle 12-speed groupset and SRAM Code R disc brakes prove the analog features alone are impressive before you consider the electronics on board.
Assistance comes courtesy of a collaboration with Yamaha in the form of its SyncDrive Pro drive unit, which is now tunable, allowing riders to adjust assistance modes to suit their riding style and providing up to 360% of assistance and 80nM of torque. This is paired with a downtube mounted 500Wh battery system and Giant’s all-new RideControl ONE display which offers up navigation as well as health and fitness tracking.
The frame is manufactured from Giant’s own ALUXX SL aluminium, the AM tubeless wheelset is also an in-house affair and is wrapped in Maxxis Minion 2.6” wide rubber front and rear.
- Trance SX E+ Pro: MSRP $6,700
Trance E+ Pro
Available in different builds, the Trance E+ Pro range is positioned as Giant’s e-MTB do-it-all trail offerings, with the whole range scoring 150mm of travel up front and 140mm at the rear, dropper seat posts, SyncDrive Pro drive units, 500Wh integrated battery systems and the new RideControl ONE display.
Replacing the Full E+ Pro that we reviewed late last year, Shimano provides its top-tier option with a new XTR 12-Speed groupset, with Fox providing the 36 Factory fork and DPX2 Factory suspension. Further down the hierarchy, the Trance E+ 1 features Fox Performance suspension matched with a SRAM GX Eagle groupset, whilst the entry-level Trance E+ 2 scores Shimano SLX shifting, and a Suntour Aion fork.
Models and pricing are as follows;
Trance E+ 1 Pro: MSRP $5,300
Trance E+ 2 Pro: MSRP $4,600
The range of Giant on road e-bikes swells from one offering in 2018 to three for 2019. Covering all riding preferences from fast and agile fitness riding, relaxed city riding and rugged urban adventures, see below for a brief overview of each model.
The only model in the 2019 line-up to carry over from 2018, the Quick E+ benefits from a price-cut and sports a specification list that places it well and truly amongst other electric super commuters on the market.
Designed with urban commuting and city riding in mind, the Quick E+ features a more upright position than the Fastroad E+ and has an impressive specification list that rivals its European competition. Powered by a tunable Yamaha SyncDrive Sport drive system combined with a 500Wh battery, the Quick E+ has more than enough performance to feel zippy, with the energy reserves to take riders in excess of 100 kilometers on a single charge.
Racks, fenders and lights are included as standard, as is a bottom-bracket mounted kickstand. Shifting comes courtesy of Shimano in the form of its capable mountain bike 10-speed Deore groupset, paired with a wide range 11-36t cassette outback. Large 180mm hydraulic disc brake rotors provide the stopping power whereas e-bike specific 27.5” wheels wrapped in 2.35” wide tubeless tires ensure that this is one ride capable of dealing with whatever the urban landscape throws at it.
- Quick E+: MSRP $3,000
Sitting as the most affordable option in the Giant e-bike range, the Lafree is designed as a modern city bike, built for everyday use and commuting duties. Complete with a gender-neutral and somewhat beach-cruiser-inspired step-through frame, the emphasis on comfort over performance is clear. Front and rear mudguards, a sleek royal blue color scheme and modest componentry round out the package.
The Lafree is powered by a SyncDrive Life drive unit which is claimed to run quieter than its more powerful SyncDrive Sport and Pro equipped stablemates, whilst a rack-mounted 400Wh battery provides the power. Shifting is courtesy of an 8-speed Shimano Altus groupset and Tektro provides the hydraulic disc brakes.
Lafree E+ 1: MSRP $2,300
* Lafree E+ 2: MSRP $1,900
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