An intriguing bike

Debbie Stopforth’s first impression of the Giant Intrigue was “what fun!” As a traditional cross country and marathon rider, she was delighted to get an opportunity to try Liv Giant’s ladies specific trail bike, the perfect machine for Enduro racing ladies. For those who don’t know the difference between marathon riding and Enduro riding, it’s quite simple. Marathon riding is more jeep track mixed with the occasional single track, whereas Enduro riding is specifically doing technical trails.

This Giant Intrigue makes you feel like a world champ on the technical downhills as it moves tirelessly and comfortably over everything!

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The bike arrived with all my bike set up measurements in mind. In fact, at first I thought Full Sus had got the usual 90mm stem length wrong until I realized that this Trail specific bike requires a shorter stem set in the riser position. This is amazing for the downhill control.

The Intrigue’s colour is described as “Blast Aluminium in Purple and Lime” and while all the ladies that saw it loved the colour, most of the men didn’t like it at all. Well, it is a Ladies specific machine after all, so it doesn’t matter what they think.

I set off on my first ride and admittedly had to work pretty hard up the jeep track to the top of Boulders in the Tokai Forest. The RockShox Monarch R is unable to lock out and is really designed for downhill pleasure and uphill pain. I remembered to use the travel adjustment feature on the front shock half way up the jeep track and it made a huge difference. You are able to change the travel from 140mm to 120mm on the RockShox Revelation fork. This changes your weight distribution by lowering the front end, which really helps you to climb more efficiently. Once I hit the technical uphill of Boulders I was delighted at how easy it was to power the Intrigue up over short, steep technical sections. It handles the roots and rocks with ease and I was able to keep a constant rhythm through this tricky section.

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Once up Boulders, I headed up the Beast and towards the Silvermine Gate. The saddle at this point started to catch me as I am used to a slightly wider saddle. This discomfort disappeared on the decent as I could activate the Giant dropper post. I don’t usually use a dropper post but tried it out and as the decent is so fast on this Intrigue, I didn’t even need (or want) to sit. With its 27.5 inch wheels, Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres and specifically designed shorter top tube for enhanced handling of the single tracks the Giant Intrigue is an absolute winner. It handles the downhills with precision and I was able to attack most technical sections with far more confidence and ease than I have ever done before. I do think the comfort I felt in moving through these sections can be attributed to the great rear shock system and adjustable front fork. The only problem that I encountered with the design of the lower bottom bracket was that I had a few clearance issues and connected some unexpected rocks.

In my ideal world, I would love to have two bikes. This fun and exhilarating Giant Intrigue to play on the trails and improve my technical skills and my usual old 29er full suspension steed to help me through the marathon riding and stage events I so love. It’s an INTRIGUING thought…

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Sus the Geometry:

All measurements in mm or degrees for a medium frame

Top Tube 580
Head Tube 115
Seat Tube Angle 73.5
Head tube Angle 68.0
Chainstay 446
Wheel Base 1 129
Standover height 796

 

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