WOMEN’S SPE­CIFIC TRI-BIKE

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM BIKE RUN TRANSITION - BY CLAIRE DUN­CAN

ILIV AVOW AD­VANCE PRO 0 N 2014, GI­ANT Bi­cy­cles re­named its line of women’s bikes and ac­ces­sories from Liv/ Gi­ant to sim­ply Liv. The change high­lighted how the Tai­wan-based com­pany would de­sign and mar­ket women’s bikes.

Some brands ar­gue that there’s more phys­i­cal vari­a­tion within the sexes than across them. Gi­ant, with its cre­ation of Liv, was fol­low­ing a dif­fer­ent route based on the con­cept that women need their own bikes not just based on dif­fer­ing physiques, but for the way they ride. Liv also has its own re­tail stores, ap­parel, strong am­bas­sador pro­grams with am­a­teur and pro rid­ers, along with a strong so­cial-me­dia pres­ence. The goal is to em­power women to get out rid­ing. In 2015, Liv re­leased its first of­fi­cial fe­male-spe­cific triathlon bike, the Avow, which puts per­for­mance and fit for fe­male rid­ers first.

Re­cently, I tested the Avow Ad­vanced Pro 0, the high-end of the three ver­sions avail­able. Right away, the bike felt dif­fer­ent than other uni­sex mod­els I’ve tried. Us­ing global body di­men­sion stud­ies, Liv de­signed the Avow Ad­vanced Pro specif­i­cally for fe­male phys­i­ol­ogy, an in­dus­try first ac­cord­ing to the com­pany.

The frame is crafted with Aerosys­tem Shap­ing Tech­nol­ogy and an Ad­vanced-grade com­pos­ite layup tuned for fe­male rid­ers which keeps the bike weight low. Each tube is shaped to op­ti­mize aero­dy­namic per­for­mance.

The Avow Ad­vanced Pro 0 is the “superbike” ver­sion, with ev­ery last de­tail de­signed to help you go fast. This in­cludes a han­dle­bar­mounted aero hy­dra­tion sys­tem per­fect for tak­ing sips while stay­ing in an aero po­si­tion and an aero wa­ter bot­tle on the down­tube and a top­tube in­te­grated bento box, which will ap­peal to long course triath­letes who need to pack ex­tra nu­tri­tion along for their rides. The Gi­ant SLR 1 Aero wheelset (1,700 g) uses 55 mm car­bon rims and al­loy hubs. The bike is also equipped with Di2 shift­ing, but low­erend ver­sions of the bike come with me­chan­i­cal shift­ing for a more af­ford­able price.

Fe­male rid­ers can find a truly cus­tom fit on the Avow thanks to an eas­ily ad­justable aero han­dle­bar sys­tem. The bike uses the same car­bon base bar as the top of the line Gi­ant Trin­ity, with clip-on aero bars that can be po­si­tioned for op­ti­mal fit.

I found that, on the Liv Avow Ad­vanced, I was able to dial in a con­sid­er­ably more com­fort­able po­si­tion than other tri bikes. This helped me to stay in aero po­si­tion longer, ul­ti­mately push harder and also be able to de­scend con­fi­dently. Gi­ant’s Speed­con­trol brakes paired with the sup­plied car­bon spe­cific pads and wheelset al­low you to ride with con­fi­dence, too, pro­vid­ing lots of brak­ing power.

The bike comes in four sizes from XXS up to M, so triath­letes of all sizes will be able to find some­thing that works per­fectly for them in the Avow.

Women who haven’t been sat­is­fied with tra­di­tional tri bikes, or are sim­ply look­ing for some­thing new, should look at the Avow as more than just a great tri bike of­fer­ing good value. When you pur­chase a Liv bike, you’re join­ing a global com­mu­nity of fe­male cy­clists and triath­letes who look to em­power each other through the sport.

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