- Josh Carlson’s Carbon 650b enduro machine. We’ll see if this ends up being Carlson’s secret weapon
Words and Photos by Ryan Palmer
When my close friend, Giant Factory Off-Road team Manager, Joe Staub told me on the phone that there’d be some cool stuff at their team camp, at Giant Headquarters in Newbury Park, California, I was intrigued. The official invite from Giant’s Global PR man, Andrew Juskaitis sealed the deal. I knew I had to make the drive up.
When I arrived, I noticed four ominous figures dressed in black sitting at the end of a row of team bikes. They looked a lot like Trances and Anthems, but they were wearing new shoes, 650b shoes that is.
- It looks like the seat tube on the Anthem-esk model gets some 3D carbon reinforcement.
While Giant remained tight lipped about giving any model names or geometries, it looks like these Maestro suspension bikes will offer between around 110 millimeters and 150 millimeters of travel, respectively for the shorter and longer travel offerings.
- The shorter-travel 650b bike will likely possess around 110-millimeters of travel, with a carbon front triangle and alloy rear.
Carbon? I can almost hear you ask that question. Yes, carbon.
After some schmoozing and a bite to eat, we headed out for a ride, where team riders Kelli Emmett, Josh Carlson and Adam Craig took these latest prototypes on their maiden voyages. These riders have been testing previous versions, but these frames were only delivered and built moments before the event, so it was their first time riding this latest rendition. I guess we’ll know they like it when we see them competing on these mystery models.
- Sexy carbon…there was a lot of the stuff on display at Giant