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Liv, the new women's cycling brand from Giant. Initially starting out as Liv/Giant, this brand has taken over completely as Liv, a women-specific brand. The aim being by women, for women. To emphasize this, their bicycles are designed by women. We got an opportunity to review the Liv Rove 3 DD, from their 2016 range of cycles. Here is what we thought.
The Rove 3 DD uses the in-house Giant ALUXX-grade aluminum, making it's frame lightweight yet sturdy. Designed using Liv's 3F philosophy which places emphasis on fit, form and function, this bicycle is ergonomically suited for women riders. The geometry of the frame ensures a comfortable riding form, and the downward sloping top-tube makes it stress-free to mount and dismount the bicycle.
The SR Suntour NEX front suspension fork is alright, but not the best mostly owing to it's 63mm travel. However, it works well on moderately bumpy trails and roads. When tested on a beaten-up trail, the suspension proved worthy.
The Rove 3 DD comes in one colour variant. The frame is black with fuchsia and teal designs on the tubes. The overall look of this bicycle is commendable and a major plus for the bicycle. It is sure to catch people's attention – parked or while on the road. Liv has gone all-out in terms of designing this bicycle.
The Rove 3 DD is equipped with a Shimano Altus front derailleur and a Shimano Acera rear derailleur. The shifting is handled by Shimano EZ Fire 51, 24 speed shifters. The shifters are well positioned, with good hand placement. However, there was a slight lag in the shifting when tested. The gearing is paired to a wide Shimano HG31 11-34t cassette which will be especially helpful while tackling steep and rugged terrains.
The Rove 3 DD comes equipped with Tektro TX-122, linear pull V-brakes. Linear pull brakes are a variation of “cantilever brakes.” Each arm pivots on a frame fitting called a “braze-on.” Like cantilevers, the pivots are located below the rim. The cable housing stops at one arm and the bare cable continues to a pinch bolt on the other arm. Pulling the cable then pulls the arms and brake pads to the rim. The braking was extremely responsive and powerful when tested on both wet and dry surfaces. I found it too responsive, the brake needed just a light press to work effectively. Clamping the brakes hard would have caused abrupt, extremely fast braking.
The Giant Connect XC handlebar that comes on this bicycle, is on the flatter side and is of a comfortable length. The positioning of one's hands on the grips is supremely comfortable and allows the rider's chest to be opened up. Thus, ensuring a comfortable riding position in addition to easy breathing.
The Giant S-RX4, 700x40C tires that come with this bicycle are road focused, though the treading on it does provide significant grip. The Giant X02 aluminum double walled rims are strong and handle the extra width of the tires well. When tested on wet surfaces, the tires had minimum slipping or skidding while braking. The width of the tires and treads ensure these tires can handle rougher roads without a problem.
The Liv Connect saddle is ergonomically suited for women riders, ensuring an upright, comfortable riding position. However, being slightly on the harder side, this saddle may cause discomfort on longer duration rides.
If city riding and occasional long-distance touring is in your books, then the Liv Rove 3 DD is for you. Priced at Rs.39,800, this versatile bicycle by Liv is greatly suited for roads or dirt paths. If you are looking to invest in a bicycle that is worth every rupee spent, the Rove 3 DD should be a definite front-runner.