Liv has broadened its performance mountain bike line, dropping last year’s Lust and Intrigue models in favour of the new Hail, Pique and Embolden.
Top of the pile, the new Hail is the new 160mm enduro machine and similar to Giant’s newly developed bikes, benefits from the Maestro suspension and its floating pivot point. You’ll also find the Trunnion shock mount, offering up smooth pedaling and a low centre of gravity. Weight is brought down and stiffness upped with the upper rocker arm being made from a multi-directional carbon layup.
Two builds – a €3,199 and €6,500 spec – are to be available to dealers. The high-spec version will carry SRAM’s 1×12 Eagle drivetrain and a RockShox Lyric RCT3 fork, among other kit.
Leigh Donovan, Liv’s Ambassador in Austria last week said: “In the past the Intrigue was a bit of a compromise, but this year we truly have a bike for each specific purpose. I’ve yet to ride it, but the numbers, including shorter reach and higher stack, as well as women’s specific geometry say it’ll ride perfectly.”
For the slightly less aggressive rider, the Pique offers 120mm of rear travel, paired with a 140mm fork and wider boost spacing.
“This would be the bike to sit between last year’s Lust and Intrigue,” adds Donovan. “Five different builds, including two Advanced and three entry builds will be available.”
Again, the Pique benefits from Maestro suspension, a carbon upper rocker arm, Trunnion shock mount and resulting short chainstay.
Finally the Embolden’s two builds enter the catalogue, offering an affordable option for the rider who doesn’t need top spec kit. Built from Giant’s Aluxx aluminium, the 120mm of front and rear suspension revolves around the FlexPoint system, which utilises flexible chain and seat stays to eliminate pivot points and linkages.
Liv says that it expects to further broaden its range prior to Eurobike, so check back shortly for updates.