First Impression: Women’s Liv/Giant Invite 2

By Emily Walley

Liv/giant is Giant’s initiative to reach out to female cyclists offering bikes and gear designed by and for women. Click here to read the Liv/giant philosophy. The Invite 2 is Giant’s women’s-specific, drop-bar bike for mixed-terrain adventure. Its aluminum frame makes it light weight, only 24lbs. with the stock pedals, so I’m able to tote the bike up and down steps without a grunt.

At 5’4” the small Invite fits me well with a 60mm stem in place of the stock 70mm. The small has a 27.7-inch standover height, and no toe overlap without a fender! The Invite is also available in an XS making it a good option for shorter riders.

Avid’s BB5 mechanical disc brakes are a huge plus on this bike. They have great stopping power and will certainly be welcomed as winter closes in and things begin to freeze. The narrow, ergo-shaped handlebars provide multiple hand positions and the inline brake levers are designed so they can be reached from the top or side. Giant’s P-RX2 tires are slightly knobby and designed to work well in loose terrain, wet weather, and while cornering. Thus far the tires have functioned true to design, keeping me upright in sand and gravel.

In my first few jaunts across the city I found the Invite’s lively ride more alluring than its conservative aesthetic. The Liv/giant endurance saddle has been comfortable and supportive. I’ll be adding a rack and fenders and testing out the more adventurous side of this bike. Look for the full review in an upcoming print edition of Bicycle Times.

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