Glory, Glory hallelujah!

So the wait is over and the first 2010 Giant Glory in South Africa is finally in my hands!

What you are seeing is Giant’s redesign of the proven Maestro-engineered Glory downhill race bike that is lighter, sexier and faster than its predecessor. As the downhill privateers choice in year’s past, this bike continues to deliver in 2010.

So the wait is over and the first 2010 Giant Glory in South Africa is finally in my hands!

What you are seeing is Giant’s redesign of the proven Maestro-engineered Glory downhill race bike that is lighter, sexier and faster than its predecessor. As the downhill privateers choice in year’s past, this bike continues to deliver in 2010. It gets a much needed weight saving over the previous model thanks to its cleverly hydroformed tubing and a new co-pivot shock/linkage mount at the bottom bracket that does away with the gaping “Glory hole” through which the shock used to pass on the previous models.

Custom changes to my particular bike include the extra wide 780mm Truvativ Boobar handlebar, a SRAM XO shifter, the new Fox DHX RC4 rear shock and some trick red anodized parts that make it a head turner of note.

The rest of the parts list reads as follows:

  • Rockshox Boxxer Team fork;
  • SRAM X9 derailleur,
  • SRAM DH970 11-26 cassette;
  • Raceface Atlas FR 38-T crankset and BB;
  • MRP G2 custom chainguide;
  • Avid Elixir R disc brakes;
  • Michelin HOT S 26×2.5 tyres;
  • DT 340 150mm rear hub.

Initial tests reveal that Giant have a winner on their hands – it stays planted in corners and can be lofted through the air with minimal input thanks to the light weight and well-balanced suspension. Pedalling efforts translate well through the pedals as with all the Maestro equipped Giant frame designs but most noticeable is how well the bike maintains speed through the rough and on flatter high speed terrain.

There will be one more Giant Glory 01 on its way to Olympic Cycles in Cape Town due to arrive in January 2010 – so if you want one you have a 2 month wait on your hands and will have to be first in the que, but if first impressions are anything to go by, it will be well worth the wait.

Just Plain Rood