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Peter Cairns on the 2013 Giant Glory 0 DH

Peter Cairns on the 2013 Giant Glory 0 DH

With unpredictable Scottish winters, the one thing you can always bet on is by the time your new bike lands the elements are always going to be against you. A little rain and wind has never hurt, but a few inches of snow is more ski weather than biking weather. Giant UK were able to hook me up with the 2013 Glory 0, based on 2012 downhill World Champ Danny Hart's winning bike, nice and early in the year and I was itching to get out on it as soon as it was unboxed.

Testing ground for the bike was originally meant to be the renowned trails at Innerleithen just outside of Peebles however with the weather, aims were turned to Cambusbarron (Cambu to the regulars) near to Stirling. These trails built by local riders around a disused quarry and offer everything from dirt jumps to tight trails to a huge 40ft step down. Any decent mountain bike can handle these trails having ridden them on both a 6" trail bike as well as short travel 4X bike.

As mentioned in a previous blog, suspension setup is the best way of getting the most from your bike so first things first was setting up sag - between 30 and 40% on a downhill bike. Both the RockShox fork and shock were both air sprung making it simple to set to the correct pressure. Although base settings are supplied for compression and rebound adjustments, the only way to tune these in is by getting some mud on the tyres and having a play about.

The Boxxer WC fork came into its own on the first run, with perfectly controlled movement straight away. Over some of the rougher sections however it started to dive a little throwing rider weight forwards but with a few clicks of high speed compression added it stood higher and meant I wasn't getting bucked over the bars.

Peter Cairns on the 2013 Giant Glory 0 DH

Rockshox's Vivid air combined with tried and tested Maestro linkage made the bike incredibly planted when need be, but at the same time able to get that pop over a rougher section through independent start and end stroke rebound circuits.
Simple adjustments being made on the fly can completely change a bike making it feel as light and manoeuvrable as a short travel trail rig even if it has double the amount of travel.

In a size large, it felt perfect for my lanky 6'3" frame after sliding Giants own stem and bars forwards a little. With a new bike there is always a compulsion to fit personal favourite parts such as a new bar, stem, saddle and tyres however after a little tinkering I felt very much at home on the bike. Schwalbe Muddy Mary tyres gripped the snow as if it were only loose dirt and made testing the limits of grip good fun. SRAM's full XO DH groupset dripping with carbon including the crank arms, mech cage and shifter pod kept the weight down on the bike whilst maintaining strength to give it some abuse at the same time.

Only time will tell how the bike will settle in and act under the rigours of a summers riding in Fort William, Innerleithen and beyond but if its anything like the first ride it will definitely be a fun bike that can be pushed further than I can manage.

Peter Cairns on the 2013 Giant Glory 0 DH