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Giant Renews Faith In the Youth Market With Serious Kids Trail Bike

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We have Faith in the youth to carry on the traditions, stewardship, and love of riding bikes. Giant Bicycles is renewing that Faith with an all-new, updated youth mountain bike. It’s a renewal, as the Giant Faith isn’t a new line, but it’s reimagined for a new generation of kids who want to have fun and shred. 

The Giant Faith is specifically for developing young riders. The new range features purpose-built (youth-friendly) suspension, updated geometry, and components for smaller, lighter bodies.

Giant Faith graphics
(All photos: Jordan Villella/Bikerumor)

A Return of Faith 

The new Faith range is the first of its kind from Giant. It’s a collection of high-performance, full-suspension trail bikes that are on par with adult mountain bikes. The difference is that they are specifically dialed for youth use and dimensions—right down to the dropper seatpost. 

Giant Faith headtube

The updated Giant Faith line starts with an aluminum frame with youth-specific geometry. The updated geometry expertly matches Giants’ all-new proprietary suspension setups, WheelSystems, and ergonomic touchpoints for smaller bodies. 

The small bike packs a lot of cool tech, so let’s start at the base. 

Giant Faith headtube welds

Giant ALUXX SL Frameset

Let’s start with the frame. The Faith’s canvas is a high-performance ALUXX SL aluminum frameset with youth-specific trail geometry. Weight is a big part of the picture here, and Giant wants to keep the Faith as slim and sleek as possible. 

The frame boasts features like internal cable routing, dropper post compatibility, and a tapered headtube. Its construction looks very beefy and on par with some serious alloy trail bikes. The graphics are cool and understated, with a bit of skate style mixed in. Plus, there is lots of blank space for stickers, and if your kids are like mine… the more, the better. 

Giant Faith hubset

TRA WheelSystems

Next up is the wheelset, and that, too, is youth-focused. Giant’s new youth-specific TRA WheelSystems borrows essential tech from the adult TRA WheelSystem, including nice modern wide rims, performance-level hubs, and extra thought put into the longevity of the build. 

The rims are slightly overbuilt, with 5mm rim walls that hopefully will keep these kiddos dent-free for a while. The rear wheel boasts a 72-tooth freehub, better than some adult mountain bikes. The hubs are easily serviceable, like most Giant TRA hubs, and should last. 

Giant Faith shock

Suspension Tuned for Young Riders

How a young rider sees the trail differs significantly from how a 6-foot-tall adult blasts through the single track. Their bikes should be able to tackle those unique demands and try not to hinder their riding growth. Giant feels the best way to overcome this is variable wheel sizes and suspension tuned specifically for kids. 

The Giant Faith uses the Giant FlexPoint rear suspension system with a Crest FloTrac Lite shock. New Crest Lite suspension forks with FloTune Lite dampers help kids tackle technical terrain with more confidence and control.

Giant Faith saddle

Two Distinct Giant Faith Models

The new Giant Faith range includes two models. The Giant Faith features a new Giant TRA WheelSystem with a 27.5-inch front wheel and 26-inch rear. The wheels borrow vital features and technologies from race-proven adult TRA WheelSystems, including WideGuard technology, to improve rim strength and reduce the risk of flats. The smaller Faith 24 has 24-inch TRA wheels front and rear for lighter weight and easier handling.

All Faith models have youth-specific cranks, brake levers, and new Contact Switch AT Lite dropper seat posts. The Contact Switch AT Lite dropper has a lighter action and requires less force/weight to initiate the drop, making it much easier for kids to use. The grips and levers are also youth-focused, with a smaller diameter grip and easier-to-access levers.

Super Active FlexPoint Rear Suspension

Both Faith models feature FlexPoint rear suspension systems with a Crest FloTrac Lite shock. This linkage-driven, single-pivot system creates consistent damping and spring performance throughout the travel. Like larger Giant bikes, it isolates the rear shock to provide small bump sensitivity through the entire wheel path.

Giant Faith Nino DH
When you forget your helmet, you wear Dads… Photo: Jordan Villella

Kids may or may not notice all the subtle nuances of the tech, but they can sure feel if it’s smooth. My son describes it as having a “magic carpet feel.” The above result is a smooth, active feel through the shock stroke with no harsh bottom-outs.

Giant Faith fork lowers

Crest FloTrac Lite-Shock

The Crest FloTrac Lite-Shock is designed and built in-house to complement Giant’s suspension platform kinematics for lightweight riders. It receives custom tuning for less force input and lightweight action.

Giant Faith fork top

Paired with Giants Triple Flow Path technology that stabilizes the shock’s motion when active, Crest FloTrac Lite gives smaller riders increased traction and control while descending or climbing. The Crest TR Elite Lite and Crest SL FloTune Lite forks are custom-tuned for light riders. The design boasts low-friction action and the latest Giant FloTune Lite damper. 

Giant Faith rear tire clearance

In addition, all Faith models feature Unified Suspension Setup, a guide displayed on the forks indicating optimal air pressure, and damper setting recommendations for both the rear shock and the fork based on rider weight. 

Giant Faith chain guard

135mm or 130mm of Real Travel 

The Faith series has 135mm of rear Travel, with a 140mm Crest SL FloTune Lite fork, which is explicitly tuned for riders weighing under 62kg. The Faith 24 series has 130mm of rear Travel and is paired with a 140mm Crest TR Elite Lite Fork, which is also explicitly tuned for riders weighing under 46kg.

Giant Faith crankset

Spec’d to Climb and Descend

Going down the hills is fun, but going up is OK, too, if you have the correct gears. Either Faith model comes with Microshift Advent X G-Series-10-speed, an 11×48 cassette paired with a 30T front chain ring. The crankset is a short 155mm (or 140mm on the 24″ model), hoping to limit pedal strikes and foster a balance of cadence and power.

There is no front derailleur, but there is a very beefy Giant chain guide. Paired with the Advent X G-Series derailleur equals zero dropped chains.

Tire-wise, the Faith gets serious, arriving with Maxxis Minion DHR II, 2.4, 60 TPI TLR. Paired with the Tektro hydraulic brakes with 180/160mm rotors, this bike should able to take on mountains!

Giant Faith GEO

Giant Faith Geometry

Giant Faith chain guard

Giant Faith Full Spec’s

  • Colors: Copper
  • Frame: ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum front and rear triangles, 12x148mm thru-axle, 135mm FlexPoint suspension
  • Fork: Crest SL FloTune Lite, FloTune Lite Damper, 140mm
  • Shock: Crest FloTrac Lite, 165/45mm, trunnion mount
  • Handlebar: Giant Contact TR, 20mm rise, AL6061 aluminum, 740mm
  • Grips: Giant small-hand
  • Stem: Giant Contact, 8 degrees, 40mm
  • Seatpost: Contact Switch AT Lite, 100mm
  • Saddle: Giant Romero
  • Pedals: Giant Pinner Lite
  • Shifters: MicroSHIFT Advent X Trail trigger shifter SL-M9505-R (with nanowire)
  • Rear Derailleur: Microshift Advent X RD-M6205AM
  • Brakes: Tektro, 180mm/160mm
  • Brake Levers: Tektro HD-J285
  • Cassette: Microshift Advent X G-Series, 10-speed, 11×48
  • Crankset: ProWheel Charm, 30t, 155mm
  • Bottom Bracket: Press Fit
  • Rims: Giant TRA WheelSystem, alloy, hollow rim wall construction, hookless, 30mm inner width, 40mm outer width, 21mm height, Wide Guard Technology.
  • Hubs: Front- Giant alloy, DBL, six-bolt. Rear – TRA 72t pawl driver, six-bolt
  • Spokes: Sapim Laser
  • Tires: Maxxis Minion DHR II, 26×2.4, 60 TPI, folding
  • Extras: Giant 1x chain guide

What Size Faith Does My Rider Need?

Giant gives some rough outlines of the size guidance. 

  • Faith 24: 5-9 years old and features a 64.1 cm (25.2 in) standover height—27 pounds with pedals.
  • Faith is 9-13 years old and has a 67.6 cm (26.6 in) standover height—29 pounds with pedals.

Pricing and Availability

  • Faith $2,500
  • Faith 24″ $2,600

All Giant Faith models are available at Giant.com or your local Giant retailer, as we suggest dialing in the perfect size. 

Look for our first impressions shortly!

www.giant-bicycles.com/faith-range

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Nathan
Nathan
1 month ago

That’s a lot of money, but probably well worth it. Hats off to the Giant product managers. They really threaded that needle.

King County
King County
1 month ago

Cool bikes for a kid, but it is hard to get around the fact that anything with that much tech for a kid is a boat anchor. It would b like an adult riding a 65 lb (non)e-bike. Unless the terrain is especially rough, a kid could get away with rigid mtb, but with plus tires, sort of like early mtb.

Emo
Emo
1 month ago

Its actually pretty hard to find a decent MTB for a kid with geometry that isn’t all screwy. crank arm length, q factor, brake lever reach, etc… are all minor details that make a big difference on a bike like this. Most off the shelf parts just don’t work on a kids bike. The Woom bikes get it right, but they don’t have anything resembling a real mtb. While I feel the build is a bit overkill in the small sizes, its cool that Giant did this and it seems like they thought it through.

Angstrom
Angstrom
1 month ago
Reply to  Emo

The Prevelo Zulu series is also worth a look.

Emo
Emo
1 month ago
Reply to  Angstrom

Good point. The Prevelo’s are solid. My kid actually had the strider bike from them.

Collin S
Collin S
1 month ago
Reply to  Emo

The Woom OFFs at least on the smaller sizes get it right for a MTB. a bit wider tires, hydro brakes, 1 by drivetrain, carbon fork. Plus they hold their value. I have the 4 (20 inch wheels) and my daughter loves it.

Robo
Robo
1 month ago

Why does my 11yo need 130mm of travel on a trail bike? Proportionally, that’s too much travel for a kids height and weight. My kid could never compress that much suspension.

I’ve been looking at options for my kid and went with a 26″ trailcraft hardtail. Even that’s 25 lbs, which is still really heavy for a 70lb kid.

Dan
Dan
1 month ago
Reply to  Robo

You are thinking about it the wrong way, travel is travel no matter the size of the rider. The suspension needs to be correctly tunes for children’s weight range. Once that is done, compression the suspension should prove to be no problem if they are riding the same size obstacles.

Giant have tuned the suspension for the rider weight range as has many other companies. Companies do the same based on frame size, bike intent (xc, trail, enduro, or dh), and even gender

threeringcircus
threeringcircus
1 month ago

Nice features and all, but dang, a 30lb bike for a kid in those age ranges is pretty hefty relative to body weight. If it’s a grunt to push around on the trail, it’s going to be less fun to ride. For that price, I’d prioritize weight and manueverability, acknowledging there’s only so light it’s going to get. Maybe a hardtail like a Trailcraft with carbon fork, rims and bits, with wide supple tires at low pressure. Plus, building skills with a rigid bike early will only make for a better rider when graduating to suspension.

Agun
1 month ago

As a short guy (165cm/5’5), this bike kinda tickle me. Buy one for my son, and when he’s bored already… Hmmm… Gonna look after 2 3 years for the secondhand market i suppose

nooner
nooner
1 month ago

GIANT also makes a good kids hardtail. I inherited a 24″ GIANT Enchant. I use it on the pump tracks to build skills.

Collin S
Collin S
1 month ago
Reply to  nooner

I just looked up that bike, so many “meh” things. Cable disc brakes. Having hydros is SO much better for kids with weak hands. Head tube angle is very steep. The fork just looks heavy and cheap. Tires don’t look great.

nooner
nooner
1 month ago
Reply to  Collin S

Hey it works for me Collin, and it was free. I’m finally getting good enough to gap some of the rollers on the pump track. This Giant Liv Enchant retails for under $400 and could be a good started bike IMO.

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