Last weekend Giant Bicycles introduced its 2009 factory riders at Woodward West in Tehachapi, California. Over the course of two days an assembled group of bike media folks met and mingled with the team riders and took turns trying to hurt ourselves on Woodward West's giant foam pit. Giant put the weekend event together to introduce team riders Oli Beckingsale, Adam Craig, Carl Decker, Kelli Emmett, Jeff Lenosky, Jared Rando and Kurt Sorge.
After watching Adam Craig send if off 10-foot hucks on his Trance X, the Bike magazine covet ops team was able to infiltrate the deepest levels of Giant Bicycles security, and, under the cover of darkness, we wrangled these spy shots of Giant gravity rider Jared Rando’s new 2010 downhill race sled.
Giant wasn't able to give us exact specs but says the bike is a fair bit lighter than the current Glory DH model and equally stiff. This new model will be named numerically, as most of Giant’s other bikes, instead of using the current “DH” nomenclature.
Stay tuned to bikemag.com for more coverage on this bike when it's officially launched later this year.