Starting simply as the women’s extension of the Giant product line, Liv is quickly becoming a complete brand with a full range of bikes and dedicated accessories. Whether you’re looking for your next race machine, or simply a bike to cruise around town Liv continues to expand for 2017. New offerings including an interesting gravel/city bike and a starter set of matching apparel and gear…

The BeLiv City finds its roots in the gravel adventure bike group, where its little sister, the BeLiv 2, still stands. To start, the frame gets Gaint’s ALUXX grade aluminum, and has a split top tube that is commonly found among other Giant/Momentum bikes. Additionally, it comes with a complete fender set, a rear rack with straps, and inline brake levers. The 3×8 drivetrain is fueled by Shimano Claris, and it gets mechanical disc brake power. Sizes: XS-M Price: $980

The Izzy ThermTextura hoodie has a casual fit and a full zip front. A thin and light layer of insulation keeps the wearer warm, on or off the bike. The Izzy Leggings, unlike normal leggings (says my girlfriend), offer Giant’s SportComfor chamois, found in their mid-priced bibs/shorts. They’re made up of a breathable fabric that has formfitting characteristics. Size: XS-XL Price: $110 (Hoodie) $100 (Leggings).

The Liv Avida shoes look like a good option for those interested in a casual riding shoe. They have a recessed 2-bolt cleat design that should work well for those interested in spin classes, or riding with a set of hybrid pedals (half clip/half platform). Built in tech includes Giant’s MES system for flexible but efficient pedaling, ExoBeam nylon outsole, and ExoWrap for a snug fit. They add up to shoe that should be comfortable to wear around town while providing an efficient power transfer surface. Size: 36-43 Price: $100

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The Luta helmet is designed for those looking to stay safe, cool, and comfortable while on a budget. The TransTextura Plus pads control bacteria growth, while vents should allow for some airflow. Lastly, the Cinch ONE harness system claims to offer an adjustable and comfortable fit by increasing the rear pad surface area. Size: M-LPrice: $40


    • S on

      Because drop bars (or even bullhorn) are far more comfortable than straight bars on tarmac and light gravel. I have changed straight bars to drop bars at 2 city bikes and bever went back. Really really nice bike and the accompanying garments seem really nice too.

    • Deborah Liew on

      Because drop bars offer more hand positions for longer rides, better stability and security on descents, a better position when riding into the wind. Personally, I find flat bars too upright, and the position of hands on top of the hoods more natural.

  1. Andy on

    When are manufacturers going to realize that casual cyclists are better off with 1x drivetrains!? Stop putting triple chainrings on budget bikes already, just stop! They’re a maintenance nightmare if you’re a set-and-forget type of cyclist (practically every casual rider), impossible to clean, heavy, ugly, cause injury, grease stains, and most people don’t know how to use them effectively. I could be generalizing here, but the women they’re targeting may be even less interested in drivetrain upkeep, resulting in poor performance or running shop costs to keep things working.

    Kudos, however, for producing a tastefully black frame when for so long female riders had to put up with flower stickers and pink and purple.

  2. Natalie on

    As a female owner of this bike (and potentially the only female commenting on this thread about a female specific bike?) I can say it’s a perfect city/commuter bike. I specifically sought it out for the triple, the geometry, the drop bars, aluminum frame and the extras. And yes, I consider myself a ‘casual cyclist’ that can effectively operate a triple.

    • Anne on

      Thanks for your comments Natalie! I was looking for some reviews from women riders on here. Do you know roughly how much the bike weighs?

      • Beth on

        I just bought the Liv Beliv Flat bar, I wheelied it onto the bathroom scale and it came in about 28 lbs. This bike rolls fast, and its a bit twitchy and vibrations on rough road rattled my skull, but that’s adjusting to 700cc wheels and 85 psi is likely a bit high for a casual ride. The geometry feels natrual right out the gate. I was so stretched out and simultaniously cramped on my old hand me down mtb I never rode it. Only 2 rides in and I want to get out there again (even in this cold and rainy weather)

        The extras and female specific features were compelling for me, an entry level rider looking to commute and increase fitness. It has a kickstand, bell, fenders, handlebar tape on the grips (so rad) and very smooth shifters.. nicer then the Verve I tried out. I am not sold on the handlebars, they are not straight, nor straight back like a vintage bike. I love drops but didn’t want to spend the extra 300-600 and avaliability was limited. I am considering trekking bars, but it would mean committing to an even more curious looking bike.

        Will have to see how it holds up once I get over this initial excitement.. my first brand new bike.


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