Composite technology

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With more than 25 years’ experience in carbon fiber engineering, plus a long history of rigorous testing and development with its professional athletes, Giant leads the way in composite bicycle technology. To meet the needs of performance riders—from professionals to enthusiasts—Giant offers three grades of composite technology.

ADVANCED SL COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY

Professional-grade frame technology used by Giant’s world champion racers. These frames are handcrafted with the most advanced materials, engineering and construction methods. T-800 Carbon Fiber: This highest grade raw carbon fiber is used to create a proprietary composite frame material that is woven and processed in Giant’s own composite factory. Fusion Process: Advanced SL toptubes are “grafted” to the seattube using filament winding and co-molding. This complex process involves hand weaving the two tubes together, then re-molding the area under heat and high pressure to unify the junction—resulting in a lighter, stronger junction than with traditional molding. CNT Technology: Carbon Nanotube Technology refers to a microscopic polymer added to Giant’s custom-blended resin*. Acting like miniature buttresses, CNT particles strengthen the layers of composite. Frames featuring CNT are 14 percent more impactresistant than those without it. Continuous Fiber Technology: This manufacturing process allows Giant to construct the front triangle of Advanced SL bicycles* with larger, and therefore fewer, sections of composite material. With fewer pieces and junctions, the frames are up to 100 grams lighter and significantly stronger. *Found on select 2013 framesets

ADVANCED COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY

High-performance frame technology used to handcraft extremely lightweight, stiff and compliant frames. T-700 Carbon Fiber: High-performance raw carbon fiber is used to create this custom composite frame material that is woven and processed in Giant’s own composite factory. Modified Monocoque Construction: The front triangle (downtube, headtube, toptube, seattube) is assembled and molded as one continuous piece. This front half is then joined to the rear chainstays and seatstays in a secondary process. Modified Monocoque Construction eliminates the outermost woven composite sheet to reduce weight without affecting ride quality, strength or stiffness.

GIANT COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGY

Performance-grade frame technology used to produce lightweight, stiff and compliant frames that balance ride quality and value. T-600 Carbon Fiber: Performance-grade raw carbon fiber is used to create this custom composite frame material that produces a lightweight, stiff and compliant ride. Modified Monocoque Construction: The front triangle (downtube, headtube, toptube, seattube) is assembled and molded as one continuous piece. This front half is then joined to the rear chainstays and seatstays in a secondary process. Modified Monocoque Construction eliminates the outermost woven composite sheet to reduce weight without affecting ride quality, strength or stiffness.

COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGIES

  Lightweight T-600 Material Lighter-weight T-700 Material Lightest-weight T-800 Material

Modified Monocoque Construction

Fusion Process CNT Technology Continuous Fiber Technology Giant Factory Built
Advanced SL     x x x x x x
Advanced   x   x       x
Giant Composite x     x       x