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We sell and love all kinds of bikes, but if asked to choose we'd probably all say that mountain biking is our main love. Our reasons for loving mountain biking would likely differ quite a bit. Some of us love the speed, others would say catching air, and others would say that getting away into nature is the main draw.

The reason you ride, where you ride and how you ride are the reason there are so many options and so many different "right bikes". If you want to get a new bike, please let us help you. We sincerely want you to have the best possible mountain bike experience and we've packed the shop with great bikes.

Lastly, as a reason to buy your bike at Bike Bros., we are pretty sure (we're told often enough) that we build our bikes really well. A well built bike can be the difference between a enjoyable ride and pure frustration.

Trends for 2017

Wide Handlebars: Mountain bikes are getting more and more comfortable to ride at high speeds. Wheels are getting bigger, tires fatter. Wide handlebars give you control over the front wheel and help to keep rider weight centered with loose elbows.

Slack Angles: Long, slack and low is the current bike design buzz-phrase. All these things contribute to making the bike stable - especially on steeps and at higher speed.

Single front chainrings: Look around and see that a large number of mountain bikes are doing 1x drivetrains. Reducing weight, reducing front shifting issues, allowing some frame designs to exist where front derailleurs got in the way, leaving the left hand to operate a dropper switch, less chance of chain bouncing off front rings... yup, the only real downside is a reduction in the range of gearing.

More people riding mountain bikes: Trails are getting busier and more people are super stoked on bikes. Awesome.

Big Tires: Whether you buy into fat-tire or plus-tire bikes, there is no denying that tire technology, rim technology, bikes... basically everyone wants fatter tires than they used to... the only question is how fat!

Bikes are getting better: We have a bike for $659 with Shimano 24 speed drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes: that is nuts. There are also a pile of bikes at the high end: Slayer, Altitude, Thunderbolt, Element, Trance, Reign... that are so good it boggles the mind. What a time to be a rider!

Bike Buying Tips (for Newbies)

Of most importance: leave your "buddy" who was apparently a "world-champ" cyclist of some sort "back in the day" - leave him at home. Bicycle technology has advanced significantly over the last few years. I hate being in the position to tell "champ" that everything he thinks he knows about bikes is totally outdated.

Now that you have lost "champ", visit your bank. Not just any bank, but the branch that handles your mortgage. We're getting silly today!

Seriously though... Let us begin - before the test-ride.

  1. Figure out what you are going to do on your bike. Will you ever go off-road? What will you do 90% of the time?
  2. Figure yourself out. Do you need the latest, greatest? Are you "frugal"? Are you, or could you be, serious about your mountain biking? How much are you comfortable spending?
  3. Learn. Get comfortable with bike terminology. Ask questions.

Choosing YOUR bike. Don't get your heart set on a bike purely based on appearances. You may be surprised how subtle layout differences between bike models can change the comfort and fit.

  1. This is when you have to visit a shop and not just any shop - it must be Bike Bros.
  2. Share how and where you want to ride, if you're a "latest-greatest" person or a "frugal" shopper. You must remember. What one person thinks is aggressive, another will think is tame and what one thinks is expensive is another man's chump-change. Talk to us.
  3. Try to zone in on a level of bike and rough price-point. We'll make suggestions, but it is all based on your feedback. That said, if you zone in on $1000 but you plan to race BC Bike Race that ain't gonna work. If you're planning to ride your mountain bike off-road on a weekly basis, plan to spend a couple thousand bucks.
  4. Test ride. Spend some time riding around. Play with the gears (because it is fun), but concentrate mostly on comfort and feel. Some bikes automatically feel great while some just don't. Pay attention to your butt, hands, neck, and lower back. Let us watch you. In some cases, people have become so used to poorly-fitted bikes, that they don't feel right on a perfectly fitted bike - in this case you need trust - in this case you need us.

Mountain Bike Technology

Gears: Mountain Bikes need gears - a broad range of them. Off road cycling involves sections of steep hills, both up and down, different soil conditions and friends who want to beat you back to the car to grab the last beer. For these differing conditions, gears are essential - the more the better used to be common wisdom... that thinking is shifting fast!

Modern mountain bikes (worth owning) have either 9, 10, 11, 20, 22, 24, 27 or 30 gears. The shifting is indexed, meaning your shifter clicks into each gear - when adjusted correctly (we are the only shop in the world that can do this) the shifting will be smooth, quiet and quick.

Higher quality bikes typically have 1x10, 1x11, 2x11, 2x10 and 3x10 (20 and 30 speeds). 24 and 27 speed are now typical on bikes under $1300. This is coming down to what works best FOR YOU - not necessarily what is best. Talk to us about some of the pros and cons.

Brakes: Disc brakes are awesome - powerful in wet, dry, hot or cold. Disc brakes are superior because the braking surface is designed specifically for braking - so it is stainless steel - allowing the use of brake pad material simillar to that used in the Starship Enterprise (and cars). The same could have been achieved with a stainless steel wheel, but 35lb wheels would be a bit hard to pedal.

Mountain Bike Terminology

Types of mountain bikes

Hardtail: A bicycle with suspension forks and rigid frame. (front suspension only).

Full Suspension: A bike with suspension in the frame and fork. These can range from low-tech "pogo sticks on wheels" like the stuff you see at department stores to bikes that we sell (bikes that actually enhance your riding experience.)

29er: A mountain bike with 29" diameter wheels instead of 26" wheels. This is a touchy subject with some retro-grouches. The idea behind 29ers is that they benefit from being more stable, offering superior traction and rolling over obstacles more easily. Bike Bros. was one of the first stores in Alberta to stock and sell 29ers. We like 'em.

Plus Bike: A mountain bike designed to have tires between 2.8" and 3.2" wide.

Fat Bike: A mountain bike with tires 3.8" to 5" wide. Most often used on snow or sand but some people ride them all year.

Single Speed: This proud sub-culture of mountain bikes and riders use only one gear on their bikes. This is "that next level" for ultra fit riders looking for additional challenge. It also means less mechanical issues to deal with and a style of riding where the rider's skills must increase.

Geometry: In cycling, this is a general term to sum up the length, position or angle of different tubes. Changing a bike's geometry can affect both the comfort of the rider and how well the bike performs in different situations.

XC Bike: Cross Country (XC) Bikes are light mountain bikes that are designed to put the rider in a powerful position - especially for climbing. These can be either hardtails or full suspension with less than 4" of travel. XC bikes tend to favor efficient climbing over descending.

Trail Bike: These bikes, typically with 5" of travel, are designed to be as good for climbing as descending. The rider's position is slightly more upright than an XC bike with slightly slacker angles than the XC bike to add to stability - especially when descending.

All Mountain Bike: Favouring more aggressive downhills, the All Mountain Bike is still a capable climber even with 6" of travel. While the All Mountain bike is capable of riding uphill, it will take more energy and skill.

Freeride Bike: Pedalling efficiency is not a major concern on freeride bikes. These bikes are designed for stability and strength. Usually ridden at ski hills or places where using a truck to shuttle to the top of a trail is possible

DH Bike: Downhill (DH) bikes are similar to freeride bikes but more emphasis is put on the bike's stability - both with the geometry and amount of suspension (8" to 10" of travel).

Mountain biking in St. George Utah. This bicycle shop owner can ride a bike.

Why do you ride?

There is no right answer, but there is a right bike. New riders tend to focus on one type of riding - for them selecting the right bike can be a critical difference between great feedback and never catching the bug.

Experienced riders tend to develop multi-personalities - and need a quiver of bikes to match the mood. For these guys there is no "one" bike, instead having a bunch of bikes - sometimes for unique types of riding, sometimes just because more bikes is better.

A wise man once said, the right number of bikes is one more than what you already have. He also said keep your number of bikes to one less than will cause divorce.

messing around while supporting a friend who was doing 24 hours of Addrenaline solo.

A bit about suspension...

The question used to be, "is full suspension any good?". Well the story has changed. That question is now, "which company or which suspension design is good... or Best!?"

Suspension has evolved a bunch over the years. Some companies have devoted incredible amounts of time and money to come up with great mechanical engineering. Other companies concentrated on spending those same dollars on slick advertising. People are finally getting it. Some suspension designs just work better... they all work... but some work better.

Every year we are presented with numerous options for bike brands and models to sell. Some bikes look amazing. Some have great marketing that we know will help a brand sell well. Because we know and understand suspension... and we want to be proud of the product we sell... and feel a responsibility to our customers to sell only the best...

Taking into consideration a bike's efficiency, durability, weight, price, handling characteristics and even the quality of after-sale service is how we selected Giant as our primary brand of suspension bikes. If you want to spend your money wisely, we have a bike for you.

A bit about Carbon...

Carbon (from Latin: carbo "coal") is the chemical element with symbol C and atomic number 6. As a member of group 14 on the periodic table, it is nonmetallic and tetravalentómaking four electrons available to form covalent chemical bonds. ... Oh, sorry, started geeking out a bit.

When used in bikes, carbon is a broad term. Carbon frames and parts vary greatly in strength, weight and cost. There seems to be a void of information regarding the material as we know it in the bike world. So I'll try to offer the basics:

  1. "T" is for Toray, one of the world's major carbon fiber manufacturers. When you see a number like T600, T700, T800, the T could stand for thread-count which is essentially what it means but it actually stands for Toray. The higher the T number, the stronger/lighter the sheets of carbon are. The higher T number is achieved through further, higher temperature processing of the carbon fibers to achieve higher purity. If carbon sheet doesn't come from Toray, it won't have a "T" number, it may just be called "high modulus". Because "High Modulus" doesn't actually mean anything measurable, it could be equal to lower strength than the T600 or up to T800. But it is a mystery.
  2. Monocoque, modified monocoque, Tube-to-Tube are general terms referring to how the frame is manufactured. Big companies like Giant use either monocoque or modified monocoque - partly because they're the world biggest carbon bike manufacturer and these are very expensive to set-up but result in faster mass production. Smaller companies typically do some version of Tube-to-tube manufacturing which is much more labor intensive but less costly for initial setup. I believe the end result is how well either of these techniques are employed, not necessarily the method itself.
  3. Layup. More than just a basketball term. In carbon manufacturing this describes the size, shape and orientation of little pieces of carbon sheet layered and epoxied over other layers to achieve the ultimate goal of price, weight, strength and stiffness. This can require lots of engineering and R&D to get the best results.
  4. Not Every carbon frame is equal. Try any bike you're interested in to get a "feel" for how it rides. Look for reviews about breaking and defects. This is how we end up with the brands we sell.

In general, carbon's selling features are that it can be engineered to offer incredible vibration damping (nice smooth ride) or can be incredibly stiff (for ultra powerful racer-types). At the entry prices, the focus is typically to get a nice, smooth ride with weight not being a huge factor. As prices go up, the quality of carbon and intricacy of layup are used to achieve greater stiffness and reduced weight.

Ask anyone who has ridden a carbon bike and there is a certain something that just feels awesome.

Fat Bikes

We live in a magical part of the world for fat biking. This part of Alberta has tons of keen fat bike riders which means lots of trails in consistently good conditions. There are a huge number of things to know about fat bikes. If you have questions, come in and chat with us.

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Big squishy tires make winter riding fun (and possible).

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With front suspension and a rigid frame, these make great bikes for people who want to do some town riding as well as some mountain biking on the same bike. Affordability and relative simplicity (compared to full suspension bikes) are the main benefits of a hardtail.

On the pricier end of the spectrum, hardtails divide into ultralight cross-country race bikes and burly trail bikes. In either case, the hardtail shines for being super-efficient and less fuss. Hardtails are an excellent learning tool for perfecting technique. Many riders are adding hardtails to their quiver of bikes to enjoy the simplicity, learn new skills or just for the pure joy and challenge.

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2017 Giant Talon

As always, the Giant Talon series of bikes is a category leader for value. They have a comfortable seating position, are durable, and basically make for a great all around bike that can give you a taste of off-road riding.

2017 sees the Talon getting a complete make-over with a geometry that takes its ques from much more expensive, serious mountain bikes. These geometry changes help riders feel more stable and confident: the bike will just be that much more fun to ride!

2017 Giant Talon 3

This sets an impressive bench-mark for quality and price. What really stands out is the quality of the less-noticed parts like hubs, rims, and cranks

24 Spd Shimano Altus/Acera shifting

Tektro hydraulic disc brakes

4" travel Suntour fork w/ lockout

weight: 31.7 lbs


2017 Giant Talon 2

Once again, a benchmark of quality and value. There literally isn't another bike that has this overall quality of frame, drivetrain and brakes near this price.

2x9 Alivio/Deore gearing (18 speeds)

Shimano hydraulic disc brakes

upgraded 4" travel Suntour fork w/ lockout

weight 30.8 lbs


2017 Giant Talon 1

Suntour Epixon air sprung fork with rebound adjustment: saving weight and making a "real" suspension fork

2x10 Deore gearing (20 speeds)

Shimano hydraulic disc brakes

Weight 28.6 lbs


2017 Marin Nail Trail & Bobcat Trail 29er

Big wheels and hardtails go hand in hand. Big wheels smooth out rougher trails and add traction which means cumfy bum and a smile on your face. Marin's Nail Trail and Bobcat Trail 29ers bring slack angles and a very short rear end to give the benefits of big wheels while maintaining a nice, agile feel. Marin's heritage in mountain bikes shines through with great performing bikes at great prices.

2017 Marin Bobcat Trail 5 29er

Rockshox Recon Silver 100mm Fork
Shimano Deore 1x10 Drivetrain with wide range 11/42 Sunrace Cassette
Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brakes


2017 Marin Nail Trail 6 29er

Rockshox Recon Silver 120mm Fork with Thru-Axle
Sram NX 1x11 Drivetrain
142mm x 12mm Thru Axle rear hub for increased strength and stiffnes
Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brakes


2017 Giant Fathom

Now we're getting a bit more serious. The Giant Fathom is an all-new model that takes inspiration from some serious hardtails to make a first price point of a "real" trail hardtail. Key features are the even more pronounced slack geometry, higher quality/lighter weight alloy frame than Talon, longer travel front suspension fork (120mm compared to 100mm on the Talon), stronger/stiffer front axle AND dropper seatpost.

This bike blurrs the line between price point and hardcore. If you know you will be riding mountain bike trails but your budget says no to full suspension, this could be it.

2017 Giant Fathom 2

Suntour Raidon 120mm fork with rebound adjustment with 15mm thru-axle

2x9 Alivio/Deore gearing (20 speeds)

Shimano hydraulic disc brakes

internally routed DROPPER POST by Tranz-X (dropper post start at $250) Estimated Weight 30 lbs


2017 Giant Fathom 1

Suntour Axon 120mm fork with tapered steerer, rebound adjustment with 15mm thru-axle

1x11 Shimano SLX gearing

Shimano hydraulic disc brakes

internally routed DROPPER POST by Tranz-X (dropper post start at $250) Estimated Weight 28.5 lbs


2017 Rocky Mountain Growler

This is a Plus Bike. By definition, a plus bike uses tires ranging in width between 2.8" and 3.2" wide, compared to standard mountain bikes with tires typically at about 2.1" to 2.4" wide. So, what is the big deal?

In the case of the Growler, they use a 27.5" x 3" WTB Ranger tire. Because of its large girth, these tires can be riddern at much lower pressure than standard tires which provides both a smoother ride through rooty and rocky terrain AND gives heaps of extra traction in that lumpy terrain. I describe it as "Fun... like darn-tootin' fun".

In addition to the big fat tires, the Growler has a very progressive, slack geometry. Overall, this bike is begging to help you have a ton of fun on the trail! Oh... and if you might want to play on trails in the winter, 3" wide studded tires exist... so a Growler could be your all season fun machine.

One thing I must point out on Plus bikes: You Can't worry too much about weight. Yes, these bikes weigh more because of those tires, but there are performance advantages that make up for it!

2017 Rocky Mountain Growler 730

120mm fork

1x9 Alivio

Shimano hydraulic disc brakes

Rocky Mountain 760mm wide handlebars and short stem for up-to-date hardcore geometry

Weight 34 lbs


2017 Rocky Mountain Growler 740

120mm Suntour Raidon Alloy suspension fork

1x11 Sram NX with 11/42 range on cassette

Shimano hydraulic disc brakes

Weight 31.2 lbs


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2017 Marin Pine Mountain

This is a Plus Bike. This is Marin's take on a Plus Bike. This is built to be uber tough and to offer good value. It offers features like real Rock Shox forks and SLX 1x11 drivetrain. Marin has a pile of heritage in mountain bikes, and this takes advantage of what they know about making a fun hardtail with a Cromolly frame.

2017 Marin Pine Mountain 1

120mm RockShox Recon Silver fork with thru-axle

1x11 Shimano SLX gearing

Shimano hydraulic disc brakes

Schwalbe 27.5 x 2.8 tires - light and proven for our types of trails


2017 Marin Pine Mountain 2

Columbus Thron Tubing for the ultimate "steel" frame

120mm Fox Float 34 fork with thru-axle

1x11 Shimano XT Drivetrain and Brakes

Stealth Dropper Post

WTB Scraper Rims and 27.5 x 2.8 "Plus" Tires


Hardtail Mountain Bikes for Ladies

What differs between a unisex bike and a ladies bike? Well it isn't just pink colours and cute names. Giant's ladies bikes have altered geometry, handle-bar width, saddles, grips and even components. Keep this in mind though: the geometry and fit of a "ladies" model is typically designed for smaller ladies with long legs compared to same-sized-men. What does this mean? Well, some women fit "ladies" models beautifully but others don't. We have had men with short torsos and long legs end up on "ladies" bikes... just something to keep in mind. Just because Sex=F, it doesn't mean bike=ladies model.

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Liv/Giant Tempt

Giant's ladies line is called Liv. They put a pile of effort into designing bikes that work well for ladies. The Tempt is a super popular series of bikes that is comfortable with predictable steering and very well appointed details.

2017 Liv (Giant) Tempt 4

This is a nice all purpose bike that could be used for some light trail riding.

The combination of 24 speeds, hydraulic disc brakes and lockout fork help the bike stop, go and ride nicely.

Compare specifications: this is the category leader in quality at a popular price!


2017 Liv (Giant) Tempt 3

A bit more refined feeling, especially the shifters.

Shimano Alivio/Deore 18 speed drivetrain and hydraulic disc brake.

Once again: great quality components for the price.


2017 Liv (Giant) Tempt 2

Great feeling shifters and brakes and some weight reduction compared to Tempt 3 and 4

Shimano Deore 20 speed drivetrain and hydraulic disc brake, lighter fork with air suspension.

Once again: great quality components for the price.


Liv (Giant) Obsess SLR

Now this is getting into the light weight zippy stuff with a higher grade of alloy and better components.

Shimano Deore/SLX 20 speed drivetrain & Rockshox 30 gold.

vroom vroom. light bike go fast fast.


Giant's Maestro Suspension - a Quick Video

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Full Suspension Mountain Bikes

Giant is known for their Maestro suspension design. Maestro is a patented design generally classified as a short dual link - often lumped in with Santa Cruz' VPP design and DW Link which is found on Pivot, Turner and Ibis bikes. In general, engineers love the short dual link design because it allows so much freedom with being able to engineer how the rear end moves through its travel and how the shock is driven. Maestro bikes are known to pedal very efficiently without relying heavily on fancy shocks, have excellent small bump compliance, have long lasting sealed bearing pivots and have active braking.

Rocky Mountain's suspension design is called smooth link. While not quite as elaborate as the Maestro design, the ride characteristics are efficient pedalling and perhaps a touch less "squishy" when pedalling out of the saddle. The trade-off is that the bikes don't have quite the same small bump compliance. A really cool feature on the Rocky Mountains is their Ride9 which allows the rider to adjust the forward shock mounting hardware - this adjustment offers customization of the bike's geometry (head-angle and bb height) as well as adjusting shock ratio to suit lighter or heavier riders. Some of the fancier Rocky Mountain suspension bikes also feature handlebar remote operated rear shock adjustment between soft/firmer/very firm settings. Not my cup'o'tea but I know folks who use and love that feature.

Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt

This thing is a blast, and even blastier for 2017 because now all the carbon-frame versions come equipped with 130mm fork. If a light, fast, active bike that mixes the soul of a dirt jump bike with an all day trail bike excites you.. well the Thunderbolt is in a league of its own.

2017 Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 750 MSL

The MSL in the title means carbon. The 750 part tells you it is where the components are well selected for the performance oriented rider who wants stuff that works.

Weight: 26.9lbs (size Large)


Rocky Mountain Instinct

Go to BC and pay attention to what the hardcore bros are riding. You see a pile of Instincts, especially carbon ones. This is one of the raddest 29ers on the market with a geometry and feel that kills it on the climbs and the descents. An amazing option for a "one bike quiver" because it can race endurance or enduro. Be ridden on long buff Arizona singletrack or BC roots and rocks.

Instincts have 130mm rear travel and 140mm forks for 2017: a setup that used to require buying the $7000 BC edition.

2017 Rocky Mountain Instinct 930MSL

Carbon Frame

Shimano SLX shadow+ 1x11 drivetrain, Shimano M506 brakes with 180mm rotors

Fox Float DPS shock, Fox Float 34 140mm Performance Fork

Race Face Aeffect cranks with 30Tooth narrow/wide, wide bars, short stem, Maxxis DHRII 2.3 tires

You just need to put on some pedals and this thing is ready to rip!


2017 Rocky Mountain Instinct 950MSL

Carbon Frame

Shimano SLX/XT shadow+ 1x11 drivetrain, SLX brakes with 180mm rotors

Fox Float DPS shock, Fox Float 34 140mm Performance Fork

Race Face Aeffect cranks with 30Tooth narrow/wide, wide bars, short stem

You just need to put on some pedals and this thing is ready to rip!


Rocky Mountain Pipeline

Yup. I'm a fan of plus bikes. I time my rides and my Pipeline has proven to be quicker both up and down compared to my previous bike. Traction. Fast roll-over in chunky stuff. Stable. The Pipeline combines the 2.8" wide tires with 130mm of rear suspension and 150mm travel fork. The geometry is relatively neutral (not too steep, not excessively slack) and results in the best "one bike" I have tried yet. Be prepared to love this bike, to fall in love with tubeless and become a tire-pressure obsessed geek.

2017 Rocky Mountain Pipeline 750MSL

Carbon frame. XT 1x11 drivetrain, Raceface Cranks

Shimano M506 brakes are the only slight weakness

Stealth Reverb seatpost, Maxxis Rekon tires.


2017 Rocky Mountain Pipeline 770MSL

Shimano XT shadow+ 1x11 drivetrain and brakes

Upgrade to Fox Factory 34 fork and float factory shock

Raceface Turbine bars and cranks. Maxxis Rekon tires.


Giant Anthem / Anthem SX

Giant's Anthem models blur the lines between a traditional XC race bike and modern trail bike. With 4.2" (110mm) of rear suspension and 4.7" (120mm fork) and relatively slack angles a good description would be zippy fast fun and an uber-climber. With the shorter travel and lighter weight (compared to Trance), expect to feel a bit more of what you're riding over - depending on what you're after, that is either a positive or a negative - that is why there are choices. The bike is super responsive to input at both pedals and handlebars which makes for a super agile bike that accellerates like a demon.

The SX version of the Anthem increases front suspension by 10 mm which results in slacker angles and a bit more plushness for the hands - giving a great option for a fast, lively bike.

2017 Giant Anthem 2

All the key features of a true perfomance bike at an incredible price!
SLX 1x11 drivetrain, Fox Suspension front and rear
Giant Dropper Seatpost


2017 Giant Anthem SX Advanced (Carbon)

RockShox Pike fork, Super Deluxe Shock
Sram X1 1x11 drivetrain and Guide RS Brakes
Giant Dropper Seatpost
Carbon Wide rims


Giant Trance 27.5

2017 should be the year of the Trance. Like car models, bike models survive for a few years. 2017 is year one for the new Trance platform. Wow! Did Giant deliver. Ride Quality, Component quality, Price - they NAILED each one. The new Trance is stronger, stiffer, lighter, more stable, plusher, more efficient. If you want to know all the details that resulted in these improvements, drop by and talk to us. Just DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY on another bike until you've seen and tried the new Trance.

Trance features shared by all models: 140mm rear suspension travel, 150mm travel fork. Boost hub spacing front and rear, Carbon Fiber shock driver link on ALL MODELS!!!, Trunion mounted shocks. They also followed current trends without getting stupid like many "internet" bikes. Longer front ends, shorter rear ends, slack head angle but not too slack.

2017 Giant Trance 4

This is what it means to be a benchmark. Yup, the best (by a HUUUGE margin) valued full suspension bike on the market.

Giant did a genius job of making a great riding sub $2000 bike. Alivio/Deore 2x9 gearing, tubeless compatible rims, Suntour air fork and shock


2017 Giant Trance 3

My Jaw dropped when I saw this bike. Beautiful!

Deore 2x10 gearing, tubeless compatible rims, Rockshox Suspension


2017 Giant Trance 2

And now... the benchmark in entry level performance trail bike (drum role please...)

Shimano SLX 1x11 drivetrain, combined with the NEW Fox Rhythm fork and Float rear suspension AND stealth dropper post


2017 Giant Trance 2

This bike is so good it comes in 2 colours.



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Giant Trance 27.5 Advanced (carbon)

What do you get when you combine one of the best conceived full suspension mountain bikes with the magic of carbon. Hows about a sub 28lb bike with 5.5" of travel that will beat your friends to the top of the hardest climb, then beat them to the bottom again with confidence...

2017 Giant Trance Advanced 2

"Value" carbon trail full suspension bikes is my least favorite bike in most brands' lineup. Why? Well they think people will be all in love with the carbon and pay no attention to the carp components.

This bike breaks that mold by using some pretty awesome components. Rockshox Yari fork is a touch heavy but feels amazing. Sram GX is pretty awesome 1x11. Giant's carbon wheels are... what? Carbon rims on a "value" bike? Wheels are usually where the value bikes serve up their smelliest carp... but these wheels are amazing... and the tires AND rims are tubeless ready... so not even the tires are junk. I'm chanting how much I love Giant right now...


2017 Giant Trance Advanced 1

Who came up with the stupid saying, "the cat's meow?". This bike is the Cat's Ass!

Shimano XT 1x11 with 11/46 cassette. XT Brakes. Fox Factory Suspension. Carbon rims.

As good as any of the uber expensive brands, perhaps better. Buy the Giant, take your savings to pay for a fancy hotel in Sedona for two weeks and ride your butt off!..


Giant Reign

The Reign is a smashing success combining 160mm (6.3 inches) of travel, long/slack/low geometry and Maestro suspension. With the top of the line version weighing less than 28 lbs and the entry version only weighing about 33 lbs, this bike blurs the lines between Trail Bike and Freeride Bike.

While not an Anthem on the climbs, the bike is incredibly efficient considering what it is capable of when pointed downhill. The Maestro suspension combines excellent efficiency with great small bump compliance, resistance to bottoming out and the pivots are very robust.

Consider the Reign if you want one bike to ride everything from West Bragg to Silver Star with your favorite type of riding involving high speeds and air-time.

2017 Giant Reign 2

Combining the awesomness of Rockshox Yari with SRAM NX 1x11 drivetrain and Guide brakes there are no "must upgrade" items before you can ride this bike seriously. It even has a Giant stealth routed dropper post so you'll be able to afford you lift pass at Silver Star.


2017 Giant Reign SX

I tested this bike on rooty, rocky cross country trails. Not because I'm an idiot but because I knew it would be incredibly good on lift accessed/shuttle accessed trails. I wanted to see how much of a penalty it would have as a trail bike. I had a shirt eating grin after riding this. It is incredible! It isn't an XC race bike but it is probably the most capable "ski hill ready" bike there is.

Long travel Lyrik fork, coil shock, 1x11 blah blah blah. Just come in, look, ask, buy, shred.


2017 Giant Reign Advanced 1

This bike went down in price since 2016 while adding carbon rims to the Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes with 11/46 cassette. Seriously the best money you could spend on an All-Mountain bike.


2017 Rocky Mountain Slayer

Rocky Mountain Bikes just released the burliest, most beautiful super aggressive All-Mountain bike ever. It is the Slayer. They only come in carbon. They're 165mm rear travel, 170mm fork. They're slack as all Golly Gee Willickers and a crazy low bottom bracket. All this adds up to being a Pocket DH bike that actually pedals around the trails pretty well (if you are cautious of pedal strikes).

2017 Slayer 750 MSL

The base level of performance ready components. Lyrik fork, Super Deluxe Debonair, SLX/XT combo with 11/46 cassette.


2017 Slayer 770 MSL

Even more Legit. Full XT. Turbine Cranks. XT hubs and Stans ZTR Flow rims. And Rocky always puts on good rubber!


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Full Suspension Mountain Bikes for Ladies

Giant cares about Ladies. They have put a pile of effort into making the best ladies bikes. They call it 3F - Fit, Form, Function. Rather than just painting a small mens bike pink and calling it a ladies model, Giant makes entirely different bikes for women. They have specific geometry and parts to match what ladies are asking for. Keep in mind, if you don't have a stereo-typical (long legs, short body) ladies body, then one of the men's models may be a better fit.

If it matters... we sell about as many mens bikes to women in this category... just saying.

2017 shows how devoted to the Ladies program Giant/Liv is. The Pique and Hail are completely different from anything in the men's program. One thing I must point out: the Giant Trance and Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt will probably continue to be our most popular full-suspension bikes sold to Ladies. These are not "woman's" bikes, but between excellent geometry, stand-over height and suitability with our surrounding trails these bikes just are popular with both genders.

Giant/Liv Pique

This line of bikes is designed to be a light, agile trail bike that is a bit more forgiving than the average XC race bike, but a bit more agile than bikes with more suspension.

The SX Version adds 20mm of travel to the front end to slacken the geometry and allow for a more stable high-speed / descending bike.

2017 Giant/Liv Pique 3

Fox Suspension front and rear. Deore 2x10 shifters and derailleurs.

This is a more agile option to the Trance 2. By offering this bike in 2x10 gearing, it offers easier climbing gears than the Trance 2 while still offering the performance benefits of the Fox fork and shock.


2017 Giant/Liv Pique SX

RockShox Revelation 140mm Fork & Deluxe RT shock Sram GX 1x11 / Sram Guide R brakes


2017 Giant Hail

This 160mm travel All-mountain bike is roughly similar to the Reign. It has, however, boost hub spacing, carbon driver link and is 1 degree steeper than the Reign (so essentially it just happens to share the same amount of suspension as a Reign but is 100% its own thing). This is a great option for a very aggressive riding lady. With angles that make the bike like a long legged trail bike or agile all mountain bike.

2017 Giant/Liv Hail Advanced 1

A Carbon frame, Fox Talas 36 Performance fork, Float X2 Performance shock are the foundation. There's a lot of money devoted to suspension parts here so this thing will ride like a dream!

The rest of the components are SLX/XT 1x11 with new, wide Giant PAM wheels.


lots of on-sale bike models .

Fat Bikes

This is a fast changing game. What has been exciting is watching the value quotient increase over the last couple years as fat bikes move out of the "obscure" realm into being relatively main-stream, high production. Along with Value, the bikes' fit and feel are improving and starting to mimic that of mountain bikes.

Once again, Rocky Mountain is our "GO TO" fatbike brand and for rather obvious reasons. They represent some of the best riding fat bikes and also very good value. Look at the better quality -30 and -50 models and notice the DT Swiss 350 rear hubs. If you're new to fat bikes, you wouldn't know this but the rear hubs get destroyed - FAST. The move to a DT swiss hub shows dedication to making bikes that are for people who actually ride lots. NICE!!

2017 Rocky Mountain Blizzard -10

A category leader for quality fat bike at entry price.

Shimano 1x9 drivetrain with special 24t single front chainring for practical gear range - no more front derailleurs clogged with ice. Mechanical Tektro disc brakes. Amazingly, a Sun Ringle Rear Hub.


2017 Rocky Mountain Blizzard -30

Alloy frame and fork, Sram DB1 disc brakes, Sram NX 1x11 Drivetrain with 11/42 cassette

DT Swiss 350 rear hub for long life. Maxxis Minion Tires: thick enough tread that grip studs are a studding option.

The price on this bike has increased since 2016 but it is a MUCH BETTER bike now too. Between the rear hub and 1x11 drivetrain upgrade this is much improved.


2017 Rocky Mountain Blizzard -50

Alloy frame, Rockshox Bluto 120mm fork, Shimano 180mm disc brakes, XT 1x11 drivetrain


Rocky Mountain Suzie Q

A racing fat bike. Lighter, more nimble. carbon.

The Suzie Q name comes from the fact that it has the narrowest possible "Q Factor" of any fat bike. Q-factor is essentially how wide apart your feet are on the pedals. With the racer, or speed oriented rider in mind this bike sets a new standard. One interesting thing about the Suzie Q is that it can also accept 29+ wheel/tires to become a super light summer bike or hardpacked winter bike.

2017 Rocky Mountain Suzie Q -70 RSL

Carbon Frame and Fork, 27.5 x 3.8 Tires, Shimano XT 1x11 drivetrain and brakes with 11/46 Cassette. DT Swiss 350 rear hub, Raceface Turbine handlebar and crank.


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