Lean, green, riding machines. Giant goes for DVO. And DVO goes for Giant. It’s a classic mountain bike love story. What is different here is DVO says they are focusing 100 percent on the Giant off-road program. Giant is going to get unlimited access to DVO’s engineering, product development and attention to tuning, along with race support.
Riders have already been riding their new setups and getting used to the updated suspension. Come March, once everybody has their initial setups dialed, Giant and DVO will be hosting a team camp for the athletes to work closely with the DVO engineers in order to fine-tune their suspension.
DVO founder Bryson Martin said they will be creating and tuning shock technologies for specific usages and the unique demands of pro racing. “For enduro, we’ll have a rear shock and matching front fork,” Martin said. “In downhill, where you’re pushing things to the extreme we have some really cool, outside-the-box product planned for those guys.”
Speaking of downhill, the team will include seven-time Colombian downhill national champion Marcelo Gutierrez, Irish national champion Jacob Dickson and American Eliot Jackson. Last year, the DH team saw Gutierrez on two World Cup podiums. Giant and Gutierrez are hoping the DVO partnership will result in more for the 2018 season.
Not much has changed on the Giant enduro team. Except the suspension of course. Australian Josh Carlson and Canadian Mckay Vezina will both be returning atop the Giant Reign Advanced for the Enduro World Series. Joining the two men is Rae Morrison of New Zealand who will be representing the Liv women’s brand at the EWS.
On the XC side, Giant has a group of North American regional athletes focusing on major races around North America.
It will be interesting to see the classic DVO green on the race track come summer. Time will tell if it pays off.