14 Apr 2014

The three riders of the Giant Factory Off-Road Team are kicked off the 2014 World Cup downhill series riding prototype bikes featuring Giant 27.5 technology.

Marcelo Gutierrez raced his prototype Glory 27.5 to a podium finish at the Valparaiso Urban DH race in Chile over the winter. South Africa will mark its World Cup debut.

All three of the team’s riders—Danny Hart, Marcelo Gutierrez and Andrew Neethling—have been involved in testing and development of their new race bikes, and each is planning to race the prototype at the World Cup opener in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Based on feedback from the Giant Factory Off-Road Team riders, cable routing was redirected to the top of the downtube, with clean integrated fork bumper guards.
The all-new upper linkage takes its design cues from the current Trance 27.5 trail bike.
RockShox Reverb dropper seatposts were spotted on each of the Factory Team rider’s bikes.

Giant confirmed that the new prototype will be the basis of a new Glory 27.5 production bike.