Andrew Neethling's Prototype Giant Glory 17

Needles hits the whoops at the SolVista Bike Park as he practices for the Triple DHip stage race.

Needles and Duncan attack Cheez-it at SolVista. This trail will be used for the Avid Chainless stage.

OUT TAKES. Needles at Leogang during a smoking qualifying run. Race time is serious, but interview time can be fun. THANKS NEEDLES! -gordo (Leogang photo by Sven Martin)

Andrew Neethling introduced us to his prototype Giant Glory DH bike at the Triple DHip. Though you may not notice it immediately, this bike is not your typical Giant Glory DH.

Giant has embraced the needs and demands of their World Cup team and has worked on this bike with Duncan Riffle, Danny Hart and Andrew Neethling.

The Giant Factory Off Road team first got on these prototype frames right before the U.S. Open and they have raced them at Fort William and Leogang.

Needles couldn't give us specifics on this frame, but it is 'more relaxed' compared to their past bikes.

Geometry is the focus of this prototype. The bike does not use any new tube sets or weight-saving pieces, as Andrew and the rest of the team feel the bike is light enough with a 36-37lb proper DH build.

This frame has been in development for a while, with Duncan Riffle leading the charge last year. These current angles are for testing and there's no word about the future production of a frame in this configuration.

Andrew feels like the team is pretty satisfied with the way the new bike is handling at the moment. That does not mean the testing and tweaking will stop, however.

Andrew Neethling walks you through his Giant Glory DH prototype bike, while at the Triple DHip race. Though he doesn't go into specifics (he wasn't allowed to), he does give you the gist of the new layout and shreds in the process.
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