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The Giant Summer Sale: Our Top Picks

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The season is just getting started. We might have steamrolled into September, but we’ve still got a full schedule of rides and races on the horizon and, thanks to Giant and Liv, you’ve got a really good excuse to pick up a new bike. 

The Summer Sale is here, and you’ve got a few days left to check out bikes on sale. There are some killer deals on the sale sheet, and to make it easier for you, we picked out three of the best deals. Like what you see? Call us and we’ll get the bike ordered up for you! We typically see bikes in the shop in 5 days, which means you’ll have a leg over the top tube in no time. 

Full Suspension Racer and Shredder: This is a bike we’ve loved since spring. The Giant Anthem 1 NX Eagle is a killer build for anyone who spends all day weaving together mile after mile of singletrack, but still wants to hit the start line at races like Bear Claw Epic and Iceman Cometh Challenge. A tough, lightweight aluminum frame offers up a sturdy platform on 27.5” wheels; ride width rubber for shredding and 2.25”s for race day! The huge gear ratio with SRAM Eagle 12 speed means you’ll never run out of gears here in northern Michigan, and 130mm travel means you’ve got all day comfort, too. Throw in a dropper and 25% off, and you have a bike that’s probably the best deal of the sale! 

Gravel Grinder: The Giant Revolt 2 is the best bang-for-your-buck in the world of gravel, and now it’s an even better deal. Need a bike to rack up road miles, hit the gravel race scene, and explore a mix of pavement, singletrack, and gravel on every ride? Here you go. Take advantage of D-Fuse technology on the handlebars and seatpost for a smooth ride quality, plus massive 45c tire clearance to tackle the sandpits that make up some of the most challenging parts of gravel riding. With 50x34 gearing up front, you’ve got the range to stick your nose in the wind at 30+ and still climb up rocky, loose trails. It might be the most versatile bike Giant bikes, and one of the best-spec’d bikes for the kind of riding most folks will do with it. Through the end of the week, it’s 15% off! 

Get Between The Tape: It’s cyclocross season! The Giant TCX SLR 2 is the perfect bike for the privateer racer. Bomb-proof aluminum frame, SRAM Apex 1 drivetrain, tubeless ready wheels, and hydraulic brakes that make even the most challenging ‘cross courses manageable. If you’re new to cyclocross, this is a great option to get something new, modern, and up for the circuit this fall. There’s a big difference between gravel and cyclocross geometry, and it will only take a lap for you to feel it. 

Give us a call; we can help you size up the right bike and look at everything Giant and Liv have on sale. Stop in and see us; we have a couple of these bikes in stock right now! 

The Perfect Arcadia Grit & Gravel Bike Is...

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After a glorious day of racing at Mud, Sweat and Beers, plus a full day of embracing beer and tacos on Cinco de Mayo, it’s time to look at to the next big (and local) thing: Arcadia.

Arcadia Grit & Gravel offers up one of the most unique concepts in the state. The mountain bike race has relied on a route that’s like nothing else to provide both a fun experience and a killer challenge to racers of all abilities. To start, the race combines nearly 10 miles of pavement, gravel, and two-track, plus two key climbs, to sort riders out. An opening ascent two miles in and another long, grueling climb near the 8 mile mark serve as separators, but there is plenty of time to be gained in the sinuous, rolling pavement in between.

The reward for all that cranking is arguably the best singletrack in the state. The Arcadia trail system combines two loops of flowing, winding, exhilarating trail on either side of a lonely, quiet gravel road that splits the trail in two. Riders are often giggling throughout these two sections of trail, and the final two miles back to Arcadia and the finish are simply a blur. Throw in blooming trillium at the roadside and some sunny weather, and there’s hardly a more beautiful race on the calendar.

But that sharp divide in terrain gives some riders a bit of indecision. A gravel bike for the first half, and take your chances on the trail, or is is smarter to survive the paved surfaces and thrive in the singletrack? It’s a decision that’s heavily influenced by your level of confidence in bike handling. We take a look at two options, one with drop bars and one for our mountain bikers.

Giant Revolt 2. The ideal rig for giving it a go on the gravel. The Revolt 2 comes with a 2x drivetrain that offer up a wide range of gearing options for the steep opening ascent of Erdman Road, which sees pitches over 11% and much of it in loose sand. Alternatively, you’ll have a big gear for stomping away on the pavement and will be able to stretch the bunch on the long paved downhill. But what about the trail? Well, the Revolt fits up to 700 x 48 or 650 x 2.0 tires, so you can get some pretty wide rubber on there for more traction once you hit the singletrack. You can see all the Revolt options here.

Scott Scale RC. For the singletrack shredder, going with a feather light hardtail is the way to go at Arcadia. While the race is just about 50/50 between gravel and singletrack, most racers would argue that the most important part comes with the sharp right turn into the woods at the top of Taylor Road. The ascent of the longest climb in the race almost immediately tosses riders from wide open roads to tight, twisting, trillium-lined singletrack, and if you hit it tired, you can get gapped quick. That’s why riding your lightest hardtail is a really smart option. To survive the gravel and pavement, make sure you’re running a 32t or bigger chainring to avoid spinning out. Once into the trees, slap off your lockout and get shredding! Check out the full Scale family here.

Do you have any tips for riders taking on their first Arcadia Grit & Gravel? Let us know in the comments!