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Old 01-27-06, 07:53 PM   #1
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Giant Bowery?

My LBS today said that Giant's contribution to the ss/fixie craze will be coming out in two weeks.
I believe it's called the Bowery, and is set up similar to the Langster - freewheel, 2 brakes - but that is also comes with fixed cog and lockring on the flip side of the hub.

Anyone have any specs?
Pictures?
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Old 01-27-06, 08:00 PM   #2
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giant does and has for some time made a track frame, they just don't do a lot of marketing for it.
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Old 01-27-06, 08:03 PM   #3
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here's a link http://www.giant-bicycles.com/us/035....asp?range=250

check out the omnium
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Old 01-27-06, 08:09 PM   #4
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Yep, they have TCR level track frames in the UK: http://www.giant-bicycle.com/uk/030....sp?model=10322

They are supposed to bring out a carbon track frame this year also..though not in the US.

EDIT: Beat me to the punch!!!
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giant does and has for some time made a track frame, they just don't do a lot of marketing for it.
It says "first ever track frame set."
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that doesn't look too terribly bad. i wouldn't ride it around town, though. hell no.
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That seems pretty high-end.
My LBS made it out to be an entry level bike, a la the Langster.
And he called it the Bowery.
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probably something new, then. probably not out yet, no pics...hmm. giant's decent. but i'm not a fan of the langster...i mean...2 brakes? freewheel? what?
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I'm not a fan of the Langster either, but am always curious to new frame options.
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yeah, no doubt. i'll say that i'm interested to see how it turns out as well.
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yea, gokiburi saw the Giant Track frameset when he was in Japan.
It was all decked out in suberbe stuff.
It looks a lot cooler in Yellow.
If only it was avalible in america.




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i've never understood the sloping top tubes.
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i've never understood the sloping top tubes.
less material- less weight...
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... stiffer frame as well. Stiffer out of the saddle, I dunno if the long post can flex when you're seated. It's still ugly on a road/track bike.
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yea, gokiburi saw the Giant Track frameset when he was in Japan.
It was all decked out in suberbe stuff.
It looks a lot cooler in Yellow.
If only it was avalible in america.




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that looks road bike to me...locked next to a track bike.
Giant track bike's been available in UK for a while, lots of trackies use them, and know a courier who rides it as well.
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Here's a link to the Bowery on Giant's site...probably came up in the last couple of days:

http://www.giantbicycles.com/us/030....sp?model=11345

Looks kinda meh (and I'm a fan of Giant)...
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huh...the sloping TT looks weird, but i guess if it's lighter and stiffer..but i wonder by how much?

huh, well at least i know now. someday maybe i'll want a kickass racing bike and won't care about aesthetics, but for now they're both things i take into consideration. sort of. i mean, my bike's not purty, but some paint and new tape and tires....yeah.
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"Built for the professional messenger, the Bowery is Giant's ultra-refined, single speed city bike."


Suuuuuuure. How many messengers did it take for Giant to roll production on a courier-specific line? A few thousand? They're all buying Giants. Definitely.
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well, they did say "the professional messenger". singular.
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that looks road bike to me...locked next to a track bike.
Giant track bike's been available in UK for a while, lots of trackies use them, and know a courier who rides it as well.
I know that messenger too...


I don't like big aluminium tubes, but that bike is nice... and light (i think less than 6kg)
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What do you get when you cross a Pista and a Langster?
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the geometry on that...

anyhow, in the first pic, the bike actually looked sort of nice. doesn't look at all like the one in the second pic, though.
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Those two bikes aren't nearly the same, are they? The one the guy is holding up doesn't have a dramatically sloping top tube and has a weird angled seattube. That one looks nice, but the chrome... Ouch.
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i think the first picture is the track bike, not the bowery
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