Cycling trends, like fashion, come and go, the runway is queued with new arrivals and Liv has landed the Langma, a bike styled for any occasion. Cyclist finds out where it sits on the rack.
The Langma joins the Avail and Envie in Liv’s lineup, at first it’s hard to see where it fits in. The Avail, Giant’s first line to cater towards women, still continues as a premium offering but is rarely seen in the pro ranks, riders like Marianne Vos opting for the TCR. It wasn’t until the Envie, their aero offering, that Liv began appearing in the Women’s WorldTour.
This success signalled a change in the market for an aggressive women’s bike. Liv took their 3F Design Philosophy (Fit, Form Function) to create something akin to a TCR but better suited for a female rider, more race performanced-based than an Avail and more of an all-rounder than the Envie.
Developed with Team Sunweb, the Langma builds on technology proven through the TCR: compact frame design, Advanced Composite construction, MegaDrive and aero tubing, PowerCore BB, OverDrive 2 steerer, and flat mount disc brake options with thru-axles. Besides the frame the Langma is kitted out with race-spec Giant components, a Contact SLR stem, SLR wheelset with Gavia tubeless rubber.
Weekend warriors easily beat the 6.8kg UCI minimum long ago, but manufacturers continue watching their weight, the bigger brands more conscious than ever as they push their proprietary parts. Liv checked the scales to create “the most ultra-lightweight race bike to date,” understanding this is still very relevant in a bike designed for a female rider, 6.8kg may not seem much to the average male at 85kg, but for a lighter rider bike weight makes up a significant share.
Stay tuned for more details closer to release, so far Cyclist knows the Langma’s range includes five options: Langma Advanced SL, Langma Advanced Pro, Langma Advanced Pro Disc, Langma Advanced, and Langma Avanced Disc.