What’s better than getting your own custom tunes from a suspension manufacturer? For Giant, it seems the answer to that question is manufacturing suspension of your own. Already one of the world’s largest bicycle manufacturers, Giant recently unveiled their latest project – the Crest 34 suspension fork.
Yup, Giant seems to be moving into the world of suspension with a fork of their very own. According to the video above, the chassis for the fork was created completely in house and the lowers are cast using a proprietary smelting process with high pressure, temperature controlled molding called THIXMOLDING to provide an extremely stiff fork lower. A tapered steerer and forged crown also help to add stiffness to the chassis.
The forks offer a three position low speed compression setting with Open, Trail, and Lock-out settings, and a rebound adjustment knob at the bottom of the fork. The Crest is also compatible with remote lockout levers which will be available aftermarket from Giant for bikes that do not include one stock.
In the other leg, an air spring is used which offers adjustable volume with the addition or removal of air tokens.
A Boost 110 x 15mm thru axle is includes and it uses an indexed nut to allow for positional changes to the lever.
Forks will be available for 27.5 and 29″ wheels, with the 27.5 fork clearing a 27.5 x 2.6″ tire, and the 29″ fork clearing a 29 x 2.4″ tire. It seems that they’ll initially be offered in 100 or 120mm travel settings, so we’d expect these to start showing up on their short travel XC and Trail bikes in the near future.