When you buy this women’s bike, you’re buying into a community as well.
There are a lot of things that go into choosing a new bike. In my opinion, some people fixate too much on brands, the drool level of the parts, weight and appearance, and forget about other important aspects which determine how much they enjoy using it.
Tthe 2016 Liv Avail 1 Women’s Disc is so much more than the sum of its (well thought out) parts. For new riders this alloy, Shimano 105 specced, AU$ 1,799 disc model is an entry point into a whole new community. In Australia, there are regular rides in most capital cities, and a quick look at the #LivBeyond hashtag on instagram will show you how big this community is becoming on a global scale.
I tested the Avail 1 Disc for the Summer 2016 issue of Bike magazine (Australia). The bike itself has a robust and instinctive ride feel with a frame geometry that encourages comfort and stability. A PDF copy of the full review is here. An excerpt and a gallery of extra images from the very first ride are below (so clean!). Double tap the images to see them bigger if you’re reading from your mobile.
Thanks to Giant Sydney for building the Liv Avail 1 Disc test bike and taking the time to set it up in store.
Liv’s user experience research led to a second set of levers to give women extra confidence when getting into road cycling.
Mechanical discs. Great in the wet!
These mechanical discs require less hand strength than many traditional set ups. A big plus for women with smaller hands.
The view from above.
A solid, reliable, instinctive performer.
Grab a coffee and enjoy the read.