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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17 comments
  • enrico650

    6/23/2011 7:58 AM

    @Captain Americrap, just sayin?, just sayin?
    Go back to school,Learn how to write, get your GED , come back, Post your comments.

  • Captain AmerrickA

    6/19/2011 8:09 PM

    enrico = moosey and smurf combined from MTBR.... just sayin....

  • bturman

    6/17/2011 6:48 PM

    enrico, wins aren't all about the bike...

  • enrico650

    6/17/2011 4:43 PM

    The 1999 Giant ATX team won more races than this Invention!
    3rd place at Forth William means nothing,Any company gets lucky with one of those, even Rocky mountain, they got it last year .

  • mtbmtbmtb

    6/17/2011 3:48 PM

    enrico you're stupid, these bikes are great

  • cmontjumper

    6/17/2011 3:45 PM

    enrico, the giant is amazing. some people complain about the current Glory's head angle but its honestly not bad. the website says 65.5 but its more like 64 and a quarter. at least mine is. it shredsa and im sure these changes will only make it faster! maybe I'll have to swap it out for the new frame soon but damn 36 pounds!? thats light!

  • thevish

    6/17/2011 3:24 PM

    I'm just being a whiney little bitch and half
    Joking.. I thought it was high quality aggressive reporting from spomer, and the bike has some seriously nice curves going on.

  • sspomer

    6/17/2011 2:02 PM

    @vish, it's my iphone and it was probably just needles breathing too hard at altitude : )

  • bturman

    6/17/2011 1:38 PM

    Haha, I knew thevish would chime in about the wind noise!

    Sick ride, Needles. I like how some of your decals match the boxxer stanchions.

  • thevish

    6/17/2011 1:35 PM

    spomer, i'm sending you a deadcat!

  • joshp

    6/17/2011 12:43 PM

    That head angle looks a lot better now for sure. Giant is killing it these days (love my ReignX). Hope to see Hart on the top step sometime this summer on one of those.

  • Acadian

    6/17/2011 11:19 AM

    These changes might make me buy another DH bike..
    while you are at it Giant - how about a regular BB or ISCG tabs on the Reign :o)

  • OCsponger587

    6/17/2011 11:06 AM

    enrico is now vitals biggest assclown. go back to pinkbike

  • bjenson

    6/17/2011 11:01 AM

    are you serious enrico? chances are very likely that the changes were made to improve the bike. why else would needles, hart, and driff ask for them??? and last I checked hart got 3rd at fort william on this bike...

    you have a nice hate record going

  • enrico650

    6/17/2011 10:51 AM

    Just when you think things can't get any worse, Giant takes a terrible bike and makes it even crapier!
    This contraption will never win world cups!

  • peewho

    6/17/2011 10:49 AM

    it looks slacker..

    P"

  • jpeters

    6/17/2011 10:21 AM

    Sick! and were those I Phone slomo's!? tricky