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    Quote Originally Posted by bowseruni View Post
    speculating here, announced if US summer, available to public when?
    In NZ and Australia the new years models are usually available September e.g. 2014 bikes available from September 2013.

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    I hope they put tags on the trance for 2014

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    2014 Giant Reign 27.5 anyone? [/QUOTE]

    Guys, hear you loud-and-clear....just wait, good news coming this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantBicycle View Post
    2014 Giant Reign 27.5 anyone?

    Guys, hear you loud-and-clear....just wait, good news coming this summer.
    I know you can't see it, but ever since you posted this, I have been doing the happy dance! Saving funds has begun now! Any other details you can provide would be awesome! Thanks for listening to your customers too!
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    When can we expect the 2014 bikes to be announced and/or appear on the website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morkys View Post
    When can we expect the 2014 bikes to be announced and/or appear on the website.
    This. I'm really anxious to know when Giant will have its FS 650b offerings available before I go and spend my money on an SC Bronson.
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    It's not too early! Giant in 2014?

    Bikes get introduced at Eurobike (end of August) and are shipped to dealers right after. So 2014 for Giant is September 2013 at the earliest.
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    Based on the bikes available in my area, and the service and support I get from my LBS, I think I can hold out for Giant to release what I'm looking for, as long as they're going to do it. It would pretty much take Giant not offering what I want to make me order something from somewhere else.

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    I have been told by a bike shop owner in oz that Giant will have 650b in xtc,anthem, trance and reign(as pics from sea otter confirm). Despite selling 29ers in big volumes in western markets, giant have lost big sales in asia where smaller riders have been unable to get sizing right on a 29er. They might not release all models in all markets but have jumped on board 650b fully mainly due to lost sales in some markets.
    I cant see them turning away from 29ers particularly with the take up in Australia. I reckon in our market 650b will cater for the XS and S sizes(with other sizes available) with 29ers only available from M above

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    My GF is looking for a new bike next year, will be her third year riding and time for a new ride. I think we are leaning towards the AnthemX 650 as she is only 5 foot nothing and I feel that would be a good fit for her. Yes they make small size 29ers but lets face it she weighs 105 lbs and for her to spin up 29ers will take allot of power. I want to see her have fun on the trails and not struggle with big wheels. For me 29ers fit perfect but like anything its not a one fits all world. We will definitely be taking some on a test ride.

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    Love it, Giant jumps in hook, line, and sinker to the 650B market leaving the other big 3 in the dust! Good for them for leading the charge. Has to put pressure on the other 3 to build 650B bikes and even Specialized who's so 29'er driven I'm sure will want a piece of the pie....especially after disappointing results in the first world enduro round where the top 29'er was 15th place and that was Lopes on the new Ibis Ripley which is not exactly an enduro bike. Race was won on a 650B bike BTW.

    Looking forward to these new models and hopefully by summer would be nice.
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    Well, Giant's Josh Carlson ended up finishing 10th in PRO2 at the opening race of the Enduro World Series, on one of these protype bikes that have been discussed. Giant's Adam Craig came was 38th. Not bad for a stacked field! Must be cool to get to race these bikes before they are in production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enfig View Post
    I'm hoping for a Giant Anthem 29'er with revised geometry: shorter chainstays and lower stand over height.
    Me too!!!

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    I'm hoping they have employed someone else to design the paint schemes on their bikes! Also, it would be nice if they toned down the amount their name was printed on the bike, I think I counted the word giant 29 times on an Anthem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rednova75 View Post
    I'm hoping they have employed someone else to design the paint schemes on their bikes! Also, it would be nice if they toned down the amount their name was printed on the bike, I think I counted the word giant 29 times on an Anthem.
    This! How about some single color options for the love of God! Atleast my TX29 0 isn't as bad as the first run Anthem 29ers. But still, what happened to the older schemes? My old Reign was Olive drab and matte blk, very tough. My Trance X was that brushed aluminum.
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    Another thing. With Giant jumping head first into the 27.5 market, does this bode well or poorly for the chance at seeing a Reign/X 29er to compete with Speshy's Enduro 29? I have loved all my maestro bikes and do believe variety is the spice of life. I would love to see the G-men continue to produce all models in all wheel sizes, but know that is not likely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach417 View Post
    Another thing. With Giant jumping head first into the 27.5 market, does this bode well or poorly for the chance at seeing a Reign/X 29er to compete with Speshy's Enduro 29? I have loved all my maestro bikes and do believe variety is the spice of life. I would love to see the G-men continue to produce all models in all wheel sizes, but know that is not likely.
    My thought is that the look to 27.5 is a shot to 26" rather than 29ers. I can see those disappearing sooner than 29ers myself. But the Enduro is a unique bike anyways, and not many to compete with it. I just think Specialized and Trek missed the boat a bit with their release of their longer travel 29er bikes, and Giant dropping the hint that they are going with 27.5. Those are great bikes for sure, but I think the industry is headed towards 27.5 now, and Giant will be one of the early large companies to jump in. The will reap the benefits of the slower deciding Spesh and Trek. Just my thoughts anyways.
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    2 questions:

    a) Will the new Carbon "Reign" will also be available as a 26, or only 650b?

    b) Will it be full carbon, or will it have a rear aluminium triangle, like the prototype in Punta Ala?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marsupilami View Post
    2 questions:

    a) Will the new Carbon "Reign" will also be available as a 26, or only 650b?

    b) Will it be full carbon, or will it have a rear aluminium triangle, like the prototype in Punta Ala?
    The question you should be asking is "Will the Reign still be available in 26?"

    Based on other production bikes and the prototype, I suspect it will have an Al rear.

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    Interesting time in the bike industry to see where the dividing lines fall. It appears that Giant is going 27.5 and 29. Speshy going 29 and 26. Trek going 26 and 29, especially with their two new releases. The next year or two will be interesting to see them play out.
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    It is an interesting time for sure......

    I think Giant learned from delaying a release of a 29er to see what would happen from the rest of the industry, and now they aren't going to miss out on the 27.5 frenzy.

    While the new 29" Enduro from Spesh and the two new models from Trek in 29" are super nice and unique in their own right, I think they got caught with their pants down, so to speak. Right around the same time the info was getting out about these new rides from Spesh and Trek, info started to leak from Giant that they had a few 27.5 models up their sleeve, in ridable prototype form, ready for a 2014 release. I don't think Spesh and Trek will be left out though, and they will rush a 27.5 to market ASAP.

    But already, this gives Giant a big jump on the competition for sure. They have played it the right way, by not showing any interest in the initial 27.5 craze, then showing a few models ready to rock and already racing in the Enduro World Series. Killer marketing, in my opinion. Go Giant Go!
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    It's not too early! Giant in 2014?

    "27.5 frenzy"

    Interesting choice of words. Something tells me the growth is going to slow with bike prices going up so much. Plus product lines with too many bikes can hurt more than help sales.

    We'll see, but bashing Specialized and Trek for not having a 27.5 model is just being ignorant of their scale of business practice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    The question you should be asking is "Will the Reign still be available in 26?"
    Actually, although that is a relevant point, in my case it does not apply. I already have an ALU Reign. The ideia is change for a carbon one.

    This last few posts got me thinking, how can a 1,70m tall guy (me) justify change to 650B?. It's true I haven't tried it yet. But, as an happy rider of 3 26' Giant bikes, I cannot foresee why change. (like Sam Hill's take on Dirt)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 69erEverything View Post
    "27.5 frenzy"

    Interesting choice of words. Something tells me the growth is going to slow with bike prices going up so much. Plus product lines with too many bikes can hurt more than help sales.

    We'll see, but bashing Specialized and Trek for not having a 27.5 model is just being ignorant of their scale of business practice.
    I wasn't sure who this was directed at, but I wanted to clarify that I wasn't bashing Specialized or Trek for not having 27.5 models. Sure, they may miss out on sales of 27.5 bikes if they don't have one and others do, just like the others may miss out on sales of longer travel 29ers. That doesn't mean one is better than the other, just different. It is all a gamble at this point.....where do you put your R&D money and marketing? You of course want it to go where the sales are, right? I would agree though, too many choices can hurt, but I think that is why many have mentioned the going-away with some of the other models, especially in 26" varieties.

    I do think 27.5/650b is on the verge of a "frenzy", absolutely. You don't? If not, why not? Look at what the big bike releases are lately, and what is being talked about on the forums, pinkbike, Dirt Rag, etc........27.5/650b enduro, all mountain style bikes. Yeah, I could go with the beginnings of a frenzy, sure. What would you call it?
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    It's not too early! Giant in 2014?

    I would call it "hype" as defined by the urban dictionary rather than a frenzy.

    "A fad. A clever marketing strategy which a product is advertised as the thing everyone must have, to the point where people begin to feel they need to consume it."

    For industry folks it has been a frenzy to feed the hype machine
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    Yeah I might be dating myself with this one but the "pet rock" was the biggest useless fad ever, it was a stupid rock and people ate it up. Not like you could just go outside and pick one up for free anyplace on the freaking planet.

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    Long live the Chia Pet!!!
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    I'm planning on getting the Trance X29 2. Should I wait for the 2014 model or otherwise wait to see what comes out in 2014?
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    It was probably salesman speak but he said that its risky waiting because sometimes to save money the bike might go to a lesser spec but also go up in price. I'm intersted in the color schemes for 2014 models. I'm ok with the TX29-2 color but its not my fav.

    With that, he did say there would be a few 650's coming out next year. Not new news but exciting for those that are wanting a Giant 27.5er.
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    You can find some of the hardtail 27.5s listed now. Nothing FS yet though

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    Quote Originally Posted by fontarin View Post
    You can find some of the hardtail 27.5s listed now. Nothing FS yet though

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    Nice find! I hadn't seen that listing yet and that is interesting that they have it up. The hard tail, the Tempt, is a cool looking women's entry level 27.5 bike. It will be interesting to keep an eye on their site then to see if other models start showing up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fontarin View Post
    You can find some of the hardtail 27.5s listed now. Nothing FS yet though

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    That Talon 27.5 1 has a new feature - the invisible front disk brake rotor!

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    Ya that Tempt model looks cool. If it weren't for finding out my wife is with-child just last week, I would have suggested that for her. She rides a crappy Target bike now.

    I'm definitely going to wait until the full 2014 lineup is released. I just know that if I buy now that in a few months I'll wish I had waited. Might even be able to save up a little more coin. I'm only a couple hundred away from the Trance 29 2, my local shop has it at $1,800+tax.
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    I am seriously considering a Tempt for my lady. Either that or the talon. She's on a 20 year old Rincon now, and with the suntour loyalty program I could upgrade to an air fork for $175. Gonna talk to my lbs tomorrow.

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    Just an update on these prototype rides that the Giant Factory Off Road Team is riding for the Enduro World Series and the Oregon Enduro Championships.......1st and 2nd in Pro Men's and 2nd in Pro Women's...........on Giant 27.5 prototypes! These 27.5 bikes are quickly making a name for themselves!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Giant Chachi View Post
    Just an update on these prototype rides that the Giant Factory Off Road Team is riding for the Enduro World Series and the Oregon Enduro Championships.......1st and 2nd in Pro Men's and 2nd in Pro Women's...........on Giant 27.5 prototypes! These 27.5 bikes are quickly making a name for themselves!

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    PS - I don't mean to take anything away from the riders! They could have probably placed the same on just about any bike, but since this thread is about Giant and their bikes, that is what the focus of this post is about.
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    More info, different source. OK, maybe not new or different info, just different source:
    Giant Quietly Releases 2014 Men?s and Women?s 650b Models
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    Xtc 650b

    Was Emil Lindgren racing a 650b carbon xtc at the last World Cup? Sure looks like it from the pictures I have seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jps View Post
    Was Emil Lindgren racing a 650b carbon xtc at the last World Cup? Sure looks like it from the pictures I have seen.
    I'm reasonably certain you are correct. I know they have a prototype XTC out there with 27.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jps View Post
    Was Emil Lindgren racing a 650b carbon xtc at the last World Cup? Sure looks like it from the pictures I have seen.
    these? any others out there?





    If Giant is prototyping some new hardtails, I my ultimate wish is for them to come out with one with some form of replaceable dropout option to allow conversion to SS (i.e. I use & race an XTC as a SS currently with a tensioner...would love to be able to get rid of that....)

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    Big weekend for MTB news, with Santa Cruz coming out with their Furtado line and now the Solo, the 5" trail bike with 650b.

    Do you think this just amps Giant up with what they have coming, knowing that they could be one of the early ones with 27.5 offerings, and some good competition out there with these Santa Cruz rides? An all new Reign versus a Bronson? A Trance X 27.5 versus the new Solo? Things are getting interesting!
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    I just heard from a dealer in Australia that Giant is dropping the 29er Anthems in 2014 and will now be 650b. They apparently lost 10 of 1000's of sales in Asia as the 29 bike were just to big. The Trance will also be 650B only.
    blah blah blah

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    this makes sense for purely asian market, but why OZ?? 29er dually's sell bigtime. seems strange
    Quote Originally Posted by ozlongboarder View Post
    I just heard from a dealer in Australia that Giant is dropping the 29er Anthems in 2014 and will now be 650b. They apparently lost 10 of 1000's of sales in Asia as the 29 bike were just to big. The Trance will also be 650B only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucifuge View Post
    this makes sense for purely asian market, but why OZ?? 29er dually's sell bigtime. seems strange
    I don't know, make no sense to me.
    blah blah blah

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    just noticed this, XTC 27.5 in China:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozlongboarder View Post
    I just heard from a dealer in Australia that Giant is dropping the 29er Anthems in 2014 and will now be 650b. They apparently lost 10 of 1000's of sales in Asia as the 29 bike were just to big. The Trance will also be 650B only.
    I hope not I was planning on getting an AnthemX 29er next year. I bet they just add the 27.5 and just not offer the 29er in Asia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucifuge View Post
    just noticed this, XTC 27.5 in China:

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