Giant was a company that was begun four decades ago with a single aim in mind – make cycling better for everyone – from the school kid in Iowa to the university student in London. The goal was simple, to make bikes that people would enjoy riding. And they have accomplished that goal far more successfully than they had dared hope when starting out. They have become one of the most well-known brands globally and are cited continuously for the innovation and craftsmanship that they bring to the table.
Where some companies focus only on leisure bikes, or racing bikes, or mountain bikes, Giant offers all three. Their goal is that everyone, no matter what they want the bike for, should enjoy their experience with it. The Giant Stance 27.5 exemplifies this attitude to a tee. They are big bikes and designed to handle rough terrain with ease. Every aspect of the bike, from the 27.5-inch wheel size to the Shimano brakes have been carefully put together to give you your best biking experience yet.
It’s time to get out there and try it for yourself. The first thing to consider is the 27.5-inch wheel size – these are wider tires that allow you to get maximum grip and security on any trail. The rugged design makes them harder to puncture or rip. The frame is made of aluminum, ALUXX-grade, and is built to withstand the knocks of the toughest trail. The bike helps to protect your body from the shuddering and hard jolts associated with particularly uneven trails.
This is made possible by the rear shock by Suntour that connects to the FlexPoint suspension travel. This, in turn, connects into the Axon travel fork, also by Suntour and the steerer by OverDrive. The combination means that the bike absorbs and dissipates most of the hard knocks and jolts before it has a chance to impact you negatively.
The design is rounded off with a set of Shimano M315 brakes. Known for their reliability and durability, these hydraulic brakes make it possible for you to stop in seconds. This is part of what makes this bike so maneuverable and useful on the trails. Climbing is simple – the tires give excellent traction, and the bike’s maneuverability makes it easy to execute difficult climbs. Coming back down again, you are in complete control, no matter what the gradient is like.
The price of this bike is arguably it’s best feature. If you are a beginner wanting to get a feel for what a professional bike can do, this one performs extremely well. It will give you a taste of what the higher end models offer at a fraction of the price. Is there a catch? Of course, there is – you will want to hit the trails every spare minute with your new bike.
• Made of durable aluminum – ALUXX-grade, the frame is lightweight. Also includes FlexPoint suspension of 120mm.
• Features the Axon travel fork by Suntour.
• Features the Epixon rear shock also by Suntour.
• The wheels are ready to be tubeless; the rims are double-walled, the hubs are by Giant as well. The spokes are made of stainless steel.
• Shimano M315 brakes.
• Shimano drivetrain.