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Women’s specific Liv bikes has just introduced their new Avow Advanced, a carbon triathlon bike designed with adjustability, proper fit, and aerodynamics in mind to suit the female athlete. Developed based on the Giant/Liv 3F mantra: Fit, Form & Function, the Avow Advanced aims to eek out those seconds on the bike for competitive women triathletes, while helping them stay comfortable in their aero position longer for smoother transitions off the bike. Roll past the break for tech details on the new bike and a glance at the three builds that are coming…

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The Avow Advanced utilizes the latest aerodynamic and fit technologies to create a performance triathlon bike that is designed for speed and the perfect fit for women. The lightweight bike gets slick aerodynamic shaping throughout tailored to a women’s fit, and uses a frame layout entirely different than the upcoming Trinity Advanced that we previewed at the Tour from brother brand Giant. The frame also gets Liv’s high-level Advanced carbon layup tuned for the female rider sizes and weights, that helps keep bike weight low.

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Customizable fit is likely the best way to get aero and stay fresh for the run, so the Avow uses a flexible and easy-to-adjust aero handlebar setup and adjustable seatpost head/saddle combo to dial in the perfect position. Giant’s Trinity carbon bar in a narrow width provides the base on which aero clip-on bars provides adjustable positioning to maximize aerodynamics and minimize overall fatigue.

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Beyond the fit of the bike the Avow builds in Tri-functionality with a modular AeroVault System, including a handlebar-mounted aero hydration system for drinking in a tuck, a more traditionally located aero water bottle, and a toptube bento box.

In addition to the bike, Liv have a history of producing deeply integrated graphics, and for next year will put out a full line of apparel coordinated with the new bikes’ colors and graphics.

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The bike of course gets internal cable routing to keep air movement smooth and is compatible with both mechanical and electronic drivetrains. An invisible, internal binder-style seat clamp grips the aero post, and gets a smooth fitting cover to move air across it.

The Avow also uses Giant’s SpeedControl linear pull brakes for powerful aerodynamic stopping performance. The brakes get smoothly integrated behind the fork legs and under the bottom bracket, where they get a aero cowling to smooth air coming off the front wheel and downtube and over the spinning rear wheel.

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The Avow Advanced will be available in 4 frame sizes. The smallest XXS with a seatube of around 43cm will use a 650c front wheel (and 700c rear) to get the top tube short enough and handlebar low enough, without compromising handling.

Key Tech
• Advanced-grade women’s-specific composite layup
• PowerCore bottom bracket
• AeroSystem Shaping, with aerodynamic tubing and integrated streamlined water and fuel boxes
• AeroVault System offering easy access to integrated hydration and food/tool storage

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The Avow will be offered in three build options: the top-tier Di2 Avow Advanced Pro 0 throughout the top of the post, as well a more affordable Advanced Pro 1 model with a mechanical drivetrain, and the Avow Advanced which will share the same frameset but without the integrated AeroVault System.

Liv knows the importance of motivating athletes, and reaches out to women online to help those interested in competing in triathlons. Check out the digital hub they’ve developed based on a six woman Tri Tribe from professional athlete to first timer,  to offer training, nutrition, and mental tips to women looking to compete or just better themselves.

Liv-Cycling.com

 

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J
J
6 years ago

holy felt IA copy.

Aidan
Aidan
6 years ago

What a stupid idea for the XXS, are you crazy!!?? Ppl are supposed to carry two tyres?

D
D
6 years ago

Their XXS is a 48?

Cornelius
Cornelius
6 years ago

This is actually quite different from the Felt IA. If anything, it’s a lot more like the new Scott Plasma 5.

Liam
Liam
6 years ago

This is nothing like an IA.
Or do you think that every tri bike is just like the IA?

pmurf
pmurf
6 years ago

Paint is awesome! I would ride any of those finishes. (I’m a dude)

Derek
Derek
6 years ago

Well, kudos to them for actually making a women’s specific frame instead of just putting a new logo and different paint on a men’s frame and calling it a women’s frame.

Itchy Bon
Itchy Bon
6 years ago

It’s about dang time.

Aidan
Aidan
6 years ago

Not quite sure why this was deleted the first time but the biggest problem with this bike is the tyre size for the XXS, just stupid on so many level, having 650 & 700c wheels on the same bike is crazy.

I agree with Eric, many of the fit issues, elbow/hand position, saddle comfort and pedal position should be taken up by your fitter.

alvis
alvis
6 years ago

‘Advanced-grade women’s-specific composite layup’ Bicycle Science or BS as I like to call it.

JBikes
JBikes
6 years ago

I’m glad to see the 650c wheel (prefer both). My wife’s road bike runs 650c and she loves them. Basically refuses to look at new high end bikes because they abandoned this size. At 5′ 3″ she is probably on the cusp, but she just like the feel.

As for women’s specific composite lay-up. I don’t think this is marketing BS. Women, on average, are lighter than men for a given height and push lower forces into the frame. There is no reason to design a frame for a standard male when the forces it will see are lower. Carbon lay-ups can be adjusted to be more forgiving for the assumed lighter rider.

Granted, this is not essential, but if you are choosing between two framesets, a more compliant frame that is stiff enough for your size may be a deciding factor in purchase over a frame that feels harsher because it was designed around a male’s weight and power output.

JBikes
JBikes
6 years ago

@pmurf
Agree, same with the Avail. It is soooo much better looking than the Defy to the point that I will demo an Avail just to see if it fits (my short torso may come in handy there…)

Eric Hansen
Eric Hansen
6 years ago

BikeRumor getting SALTY with their post moderation. Doesn’t change the utter irrelevance of this pandering product.

Gari
Gari
6 years ago

Having a very short torso, this bike would work for me!!! I’m a dude by the way, and the colors quite cool, would ride the hell out of it

pink & shrink
pink & shrink
6 years ago

@JBikes That’s not women’s-specific lay-up, it’s light-person-specific lay-up. Has nothing to do with the rider having — or lacking — a penis. Just guessing.

Aside from the marketey bullsh*t, they look like nice bikes, for short torso-ed, short femured, light people. Female or male.

Awesome
Awesome
6 years ago

What an awesome bike.

stardusk
stardusk
6 years ago

And us guys just get all the black, boring bikes. Like these so much more, Same goes for the nice touch of color on the Liv-plantur women team bikes compared to the Giant mens team bikes.

JBikes
JBikes
6 years ago

pink & shrink – yes correct. But the whole bikes incorporate component specs that fit builds held predominately by females. So I see no reason to not market them as such. A good bike store can point people in the correct direction and explain options.
Kind of like women’s shoes. There will always be outliers, but there are differences between the average foot and ankle build of a male and female and as such good shoes/boots are built differently.

coll
coll
6 years ago

@everyone freaking out over 650b. Have you ever seen a pursuit bike? you might have an aneurysm

Lennart
Lennart
6 years ago

Too bad they don’t change the rear wheel to 650c too (only need to change the front chain rings to accommodate for the gear ratio changing). I believe Mirinda Carfrae had or has a setup like that.
Having 2 different wheel sizes means always having 2 different tires with you. My guess is they cheaped out on investing in another rear triangle mould.

David
David
6 years ago

So they go to the trouble of building a bike (just the XXS size) that can’t be used in TTs or ITU events (so only Ironman) because of the uneven wheels. But the stack is only 8mm lower and reach 4mm longer than an Orbea Ordu OMP which has two 700C wheels.

There is nothing that makes this bike womens specific in practice. Tritone saddle rarely works for women. As others have mentioned – it’s a fairly light, high stack tri bike.

Giant really shouldn’t try to be clever. Stick to building high quality vanilla bikes (not the custom steel variety).

Tracie
Tracie
4 years ago
Reply to  David

Cervelo’s 45 inch bike comes with 650’s and it is super balanced. I think a 650 wheel front and back would have been great.

greg
greg
6 years ago

If the front wheel is going to be 650, the rear one might as well be also. No benefit. Just keep the chainstay length within manufacturer requirements…

Big Earl
Big Earl
6 years ago

Sounds like VERY few people understand the ride quality and fit of a womens bike esp. tri. Giant/Liv I am sure has left no stone stone uncovered in dialing in this bike. Why the tongue lashing on the 650 ft wheel. The rider that it is intended for will love it because the bike will fit them properly without the compromise of the 700 ft wheel.

Perni
Perni
6 years ago

What size would you go for if you are 171 cm tall? Small? Not sure if there is a difference to bikefit a Tri vs racer.

Krystal
Krystal
5 years ago

Ladies, if you are looking at an xxs please go to Liv’s website and read the information on fit for small women. This bike has been intelligently designed…for small women. 700 in back-no compromise on speed. 650 in front – smaller fit, smaller wheel on a small frame eliminates wheel/knee interference while turning.

sharikarina
4 years ago

Just to put this out there because I’ve seen some crappy responses on this thread… been riding on the Avow Advanced Pro 1… and it is the best bike I have ever ridden or laid my eyes on. You are absolutely crazy if you want to strike this one down without even riding it. My cadence has improved and my form is so much better and this is after riding the Trinity W Composite 2. It’s a win-win for me and I encourage petite riders like myself to really look into it.

Tracie
Tracie
4 years ago
Reply to  sharikarina

What size are you riding? I own an older style P2 and I am looking to update my tri bike.

Jackie Kelly
Jackie Kelly
3 years ago

I own a kuota k-factor but I am looking to upgrade. I am also under 5ft 2 so I am looking at the Avow also but I have just purchased 700 wheels so maybe the xs frame will suit me