First Look Friday: Giant Dirt-E, Specialized Ambush, and Fabric Line

First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're previewing the Giant Dirt-E ebike, Specialized's Ambush trail helmet, and a Fabric Line saddle.

Giant Dirt-E +1 LTD

 

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E-bikes are developing at a rapid rate with one big improvement being the integration of the battery into the frame and the rest of the bike. The Giant Dirt-E is one example of this with the battery stowed in the downtube.

 

The Giant Dirt-E +1 is the mid specification model featuring a mostly Shimano 2x10 drivetrain with Giant components making up the wheels and cockpit. A 250W Yamaha electric motor assists the rider's pedalling with a 496Wh battery providing the power.

 

Specification list:

  • Frame sizesS, M, L, XL
  • ColourAnthraciteblack-Racered Matt-Gloss
  • FrameGIANT Dirt-E + 27.5 ""AluxX SL aluminum for SyncDrive mid engine with integrated EnergyPak battery, OverDrive headtube, internal cable routing, integrated post mount disc brake recording, integrated Luggage Rack, upright and wheel guard-Up, replaceable derailleur Recording
  • HandlebarGIANT Connect TR riser bar, 25mm Rise, 31.8x730
  • StemGIANT Connect, ± 8 °, 31.8
  • SeatpostGIANT Connect, 30.9x375
  • SaddleGIANT Contact Upright
  • PedalsWellgo M149 MTB Aluminium
  • Front derailleurShimano Deore M618 Dyna-Sys Direct Mount
  • Rear derailleurShimano Deore XT Dyna-Sys Shadow Plus M786
  • BrakesShimano Deore M447, hydraulic disc brake, RT56 rotors (180mm)
  • Brake LeversShimano Deore M506
  • CassetteShimano Dyna-Sys HG50-10f. (Deore series), 11-36 Z.
  • Chain KMC X10e
  • CranksetGIANT by FSA CK-746-1 / IS, ISIS spline, aluminum, 38-24 Z. aluminum / steel chainring
  • RimsGIANT SXC-2 Disc Wheel Set, ETRTO 19-584
  • HubsGIANT by Formula Tracker Sport Disc sealed, 15mm thru-axle front
  • SpokesNiro 2.0 ~ 1.8 black, 32/32 spokes
  • TyresSchwalbe Rocket Ron Performance, foldable, dual compound, 57-584
  • Extras4A fast charger, anti-theft label powered by CODE-No.com, bell
  • Weight21.2 kgs (Medium)
  • MotorGIANT SyncDrive Sport powered by Yamaha Motor means, 250W, 80Nm, for doubly-chainring
  • Control unitGIANT pedal Plus powered by Yamaha 4-sensor
  • Operator displayCentral GIANT LC display with Sport Ride Control within reach
  • Battery packGIANT EnergyPakF Lithium Ion downtube battery, integrated 36V 13.8Ah (496Wh), lockable, onboard / offboard Charging
  • Retail PriceR 51,995

 

Specialized Ambush

 

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The Specialized Ambush is an extend cover trail and enduro helmet. For safety, Specialized have used varying EPS foam densities around the helmet to optimise impact absorption. For comfort, a 360 degree fit system holds the helmet in place while Specialized promise a cool head with the venting arrangement. The visor is easily adjusted during riding to accommodate for changing conditions as well as goggles. Our medium sized Ambush weighed in an impressive 295 grams. The Specialized Ambush retails for R2,599.

 


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Features:

  • Patented Aramid-Reinforced Skeleton provides internal EPS support.
  • Patented Energy Optimized Multi-Density EPS construction helps to manage impact energy.
  • Mindset 360 fit system provides a secure, customizable fit with 360-degree tension adjustment, five height positions, and an integrated dial for easy, on-the-fly adjustments.
  • Micro indexing visor allows for a wide range of fast, secure on-trail adjustments, as well as convenient goggle stowage.
  • 4th Dimension Cooling System with massive vents, internal Cross-Channels, and aligned exhaust ports increases airflow to keep you cool.
  • Low profile in-molded shell with smooth, snag-free exterior shape.
  • Extended coverage for added protection and durability.
  • Lightweight, quick-drying liner features a Gutter Action Brow that channels moisture away from eyes.
  • Tri-Fix web splitter for improved comfort and ease of strap adjustments.

Fabric Line


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The Fabric Line features a single piece pad that is split to form a central channel aimed at decreasing the pressure on the blood supple to sensitive areas. This, in conjunction with support offered to the sit bones, improves comfort and decrease numbness.

 

The base of the Fabric Line is made from a single piece of nylon which Fabric claim is durable yet flexible to provide further comfort to the rider.

 


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We have the Line Shallow Elite in a 134mm sizing for testing. The Shallow refers to the shape and suits riders looking for all day comfort over an aerodynamic seating position. Our test unit came in a few grams lighter than the claimed weight of 250 grams.




21 Comments

Morris Samuels, May 06 2016 01:12

Hi. I'm quite interest in the Fabric Line saddle range. Where can I get hold of the demo version?

raptor-22, May 06 2016 01:14

speak to your LBS to order demo saddles from Omnico

Rocket-Boy, May 06 2016 01:17

I dont get why the only saddle manufacturer I have seen do wider saddles is Spez.

As soon as a 155mm comes up in the classifieds its gone, so clearly there are a lot of wider boned people around.

J∆kk∆ls, May 06 2016 01:19

I dont get why the only saddle manufacturer I have seen do wider saddles is Spez.

As soon as a 155mm comes up in the classifieds its gone, so clearly there are a lot of wider boned people around.

My Phantom is the only Spez item I own! 

BenGraham, May 06 2016 01:30

When did Giant start manufacturing motor bikes. Did I miss something?

YUMEYA, May 06 2016 02:39

Can by an ok motorcycle for 50k.

Are you allowed to ride the local trails with an electric bike?

BenGraham, May 06 2016 02:47

Can by an ok motorcycle for 50k.

Are you allowed to ride the local trails with an electric bike?

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stefmeister, May 06 2016 02:51

For me, the Ambush is the best fitting helmet so far - comfy and doesn't look like a mushroom head whilst giving ample coverage. Pity the price tag, otherwise I'd have bought one already.

iXS trail lid is a close second for me.

Iwan Kemp, May 06 2016 02:58

Can by an ok motorcycle for 50k.

Are you allowed to ride the local trails with an electric bike?

 

Not NEARLY the same. And I own a motorcycle.

ZakAttak, May 06 2016 03:05

Not NEARLY the same. And I own a motorcycle.

 

Motorcycle miles/yonks better?

AlanD, May 06 2016 03:05

Not sure I understand the purpose of these E-bike. I mean, if you want a motor then buy a motorbike, if you want to pedal, then get a bicycle.

This thing is on the fence.

BenGraham, May 06 2016 03:10

Not sure I understand the purpose of these E-bike. I mean, if you want a motor then buy a motorbike, if you want to pedal, then get a bicycle.

This thing is on the fence.

Don't get me wrong. I think an ebike is a great thing for the environment. If we just got rid of all cars and petrol motor bikes tomorrow in favour of ebikes the world would be a much better place. But in the minds of the public an ebike is an access concern on mountain bike trails.

 

Further I share your sentiment. If you are only trying to get from point A to point B as fast as possible you are not mountain biking you are commuting and I don't understand why you'd do that on an XC loop.

Nick, May 06 2016 03:15

Pedal assist is very different to turning a throttle and going. The Giant also stops assisting once the rider reaches 25 KPH.

 

I'd love the option of a capable e-bike to "shuttle" when such assistance isn't available. Could get many more runs at the steep trails. There are many practical applications for sensible pedal assist bikes without needing to ban them from trails.

 

You really have to hop on one to understand. It's feels like a bicycle and nothing like a motor bike.

AlanD, May 06 2016 03:22

If you need it to assist you at parts, then it's compensating for lack of fitness and or skill and thereby defeats the purpose of cycling which is about pushing the human element to the best of its ability.

It would be great from an environmental point of view if you were looking at getting rid of motorbikes amd replacing with these which I doubt will happen.

Soon there will humans integrated into these bikes, something like a bike transformer....lol

Rocket-Boy, May 06 2016 03:25

Not sure I understand the purpose of these E-bike. I mean, if you want a motor then buy a motorbike, if you want to pedal, then get a bicycle.

This thing is on the fence.

What if you were once very into mtb but for health reasons couldnt get up the hills anymore?

Do you stop riding or get an e-bike?

Same thing if you want to enjoy local trails with a significant other that cant keep up with you.

 

The point Im trying to make is e-bikes have a place.

Rocket-Boy, May 06 2016 03:27

 defeats the purpose of cycling which is about pushing the human element to the best of its ability.

 

That might be your perspective on cycling(its mine too) but I know plenty of people who just want to be outdoors and look around them while taking a leisurely cruise. 

AlanD, May 06 2016 03:31

That might be your perspective on cycling(its mine too) but I know plenty of people who just want to be outdoors and look around them while taking a leisurely cruise.


Too true, fun is the biggest part of it at the end of the day but doesn't mean you need an E bike...lol

AlanD, May 06 2016 03:33

What if you were once very into mtb but for health reasons couldnt get up the hills anymore?
Do you stop riding or get an e-bike?
Same thing if you want to enjoy local trails with a significant other that cant keep up with you.

The point Im trying to make is e-bikes have a place.


If you can't get up the hills then convert back to a 3x10 😆 and if the significant other can't keep up, they must train harder 😆

Bizkit031, May 06 2016 05:01

For me, the Ambush is the best fitting helmet so far - comfy and doesn't look like a mushroom head whilst giving ample coverage. Pity the price tag, otherwise I'd have bought one already.
iXS trail lid is a close second for me.

Love my Ambush doesn't feel like you wearing a helmet.

Pure Savage, May 06 2016 09:51

Every one that is anti e-bikes is just scared of being relegate to rank 232nd on strava down from 231! :P

OBicycleTouring, May 07 2016 02:50

The Giant e MTB looks nice but why only 250 watts?