The 2021 Liv Intrigue 29 joins the Pique XC bike in Liv Cycling’s roster of 29er full suspension bikes created for women. Rocking 125mm rear wheel travel paired with a 140mm fork, the Intrigue 29 is the first Liv bike to offer adjustable geometry via the use of a flip-chip. We have the complete geometry figures right here, along with pricing, spec and availability info.
2021 Liv Intrigue 29 Trail Bike
The 2021 Liv Intrigue 29 is an aluminium trail bike, with geometry figures designed around a bank of women’s dimensional data. The frame sports 125mm rear wheel travel, delivered through a torsionally stiff forged composite linkage. That linkage design is based on Giant’s Maestro suspension platform, a linkage seen across their range from XC bikes to full downhill rigs.
It comes as no surprise to see that the Intrigue 29 is shorter in travel than its 27.5″ wheeled predecessor. Most brands drop the travel as the wheel size increases, as 29ers get away with a lot more going up and down trails.
At the linkage itself, the bike’s geometry can be adjusted trail side through the use of a flip-chip. Riders can chose to run the bike in the “high” position, said to be better for nimble handling and technical climbing. Or, they can opt for the “low” position, recommended for riding downhill sections.
OK, but how does the geometry actually change? In “high” mode, your head tube and seat tube angles are in their steepest position, at 66.5° and 77.8°, respectively. The BB is also at its highest point, with a drop of 1.2″.
In “low” mode, the head tube and seat tube angles slacken off to 65.8° and 77°, respectively. Concomitantly, the BB lowers to a drop of 1.6″. It’s these geometry changes that will be responsible for improved performance while descending rough and steep terrain.
Generally, a slacker head angle and lower BB give a bike more stability at speed, and the rider more confidence when pointing the bike down steep sections.
The flip-chip also adjusts the reach of the bike. Take the medium frame, for example. Reach in “low” mode is 16.9″ (430mm). Switch to the “high” mode, recommended for climbing, and it stretches out 9mm to 17.2″ (438mm).
Liv offer three frame sizes of the 2021 Liv Intrigue 29 trail bike, with a S-L range. Chainstays measure up at 438mm (17.2″), consistent across the size range. The stays provide sufficient clearance for up to 2.5″ tires, mounted on 30mm internal width rims.
In the US, the 2021 Liv Intrigue 29 is currently only available at one price point. The $3,000 Intrigue 29 2 model has a matte black/grey finish, and sports the following key spec:
- FOX 34 Float Rythm 140mm fork with GRIP damper
- FOX Float DPS Performance Shock
- Liv Sylvia Saddle
- Shimano SLX 12-speed drivetrain with 10-51T cassette
- Shimano MT520 4-pot hydraulic disc brakes
- Giant AM wheels, 30mm internal rim width
In some parts of Europe, the higher spec Intrigue 29 1 model is available in a gloss blue/black finish. It gets a Fox 36 Float Performance Elite 140mm fork, a Fox Float DPX2 Performance shock, a 12-speed Shimano Deore XT drivetrain and brakes, Liv Sylvia saddle and a Giant TRX-1 wheelset.
For full details on pricing and availability in your region, head to the Liv Cycling website.