Starkenn Launches Giant ‘XTC Advanced 27.5 O Team’ at Rs. 5.65 Lakhs (ex-showroom, India) – A Mountain Bike (Bicycle)

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  •          Gautam Taode, becomes the first Indian to raise on podium the Indian Flag in Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge 2014

Pune, December 4th 2014 Pune based biker Gautam Taode created history as he emerged as the first Indian to complete Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge 2014 held recently at Bali- Indonesia.

Starkenn Sports Pvt. Ltd honoured Gautam Taode for the rare feat. On this occasion Starkenn Sports Private Limited launched its finest range of mountain bike ‘Giant XTC Advanced 27.5 O Team’. The bike was launched by Mr. Pravin Patil, Managing Director and CEO of Starkenn Sports pvt. Ltd in presence of Gautam Taode  The feather weight bike has a composite frameset designed to handle the specific geometry demands of 27.5 inch wheels. The bike has a flawless mix of weight, comfort and performance.

Purposefully engineered for the fast, stable 27.5-inch wheel platform, the all-new XTC Advanced 27.5 is the perfect balance between speed and control. The combination of the MegaDrive downtube and PowerCore bottom bracket offer a super responsive and efficient chassis. Thoughtful touches including the integrated seat clamp and internal cable routing round out this unrivaled XC racer.

In the Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge 2014, Gautam competed against top notch international bikers and completed the distance of 1.4 kilometers in 3 minutes 7 seconds and 127 microseconds. Gautam is now planning to participate in the World Downhill Championship to be held in August next year. Gautam is a Giant Starkenn Rider who currently uses – Giant Glory. Giant Glory is a regarded as the best bike in the category. Previously Gautam had emarged as runners up Nepal Urban Downhill Palpa in 2013, as well as clinched the second place in the Himachal downhill mountain bike international trophy last year.

Gautam Taode with his Mean Machine - Giant Glory
Gautam Taode with his Mean Machine – Giant Glory

Commenting on his achievement, Mr. Gautam Taode  said, “It gives me great pleasure to become the first Indian to have completed the Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge 2014. I feel honoured to have been felicitated with an award by Giant and Starkenn. It was an extremely challenging race with a difficult terrain and steep slopes. However, my relentless practice and focus, helped me complete the race. It was one of the tougest downhill races I have competed in and my special thanks to Giant-Starkenn who helped me prepare for and complete this race. I was also excited to be a part of the launch for Giant’s Finest mountain bike, and look forward to riding the same sometime soon.”

Commenting on Gautam’s accomplishment and the launch of ‘XTC Advanced 27.5 O Team’, Mr. Pravin V Patil, Managing Director and CEO of Starkenn Sports pvt. Ltd. said “We are really proud of Gautam’s achievement and would be associated with him for his further endeavours. We have seen the attitude of people towards Downhill biking evolve over the past few years and it is very pleasing to know that this form of cycling is catching up in India.Needless to say this form of cycling is dangerous and needs state of the art equipments which Giant Starkenn takes care of. We will keep striving to provide many such platforms where cycling enthusiasts all over the world can come together and partake in such events. Additionally, we are proud to present Giant XTC Advanced 27.5 0 Team, an elite mix of weight, comfort and performance.”

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{Caption: (Right to Left):  Picture 1 & 2: Mr. Pravin V Patil, Managing Director and CEO of Starkenn Sports pvt. Ltd and Gautam Taode, first Indian to complete Asia Pacific Downhill Challenge 2014 held at Bali- Indonesia at the launch of range of mountain bike‘XTC Advanced 27.5 O Team’ }

The Indian bicycle industry is approximately Rs 4,500 + crore in value with the super-premium bike market accounting for approximately Rs 100 crore in sales. With a total sale of 3000 super premium bikes annually, Pune becomes one of the most important and fastest growing market in India for these bikes.  There has been a surge in sales of super premium bicycles in last 4 years in Pune as the city continues to show a positive trend towards cycling. Promoting the cycling trend in Pune, Starkenn Sports Pvt. Ltd. has been the front runner in proactively organising events and activities for enthusiasts across the city.

About the Bicycle – Giant ‘XTC Advanced 27.5 O Team’ :

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Overview:

At the core of this premium-level mountain bike lies a featherweight composite frameset designed to handle the specific geometry demands of 27.5-inch wheels. An elite mix of weight, comfort and performance handling are built into each frame, offering the advanced off-roader the opportunity to pilot a bona-fide 27.5 hardtail.

Features:

  • SRAM XX1 1×11 drivetrain
  • RockShox SID XX 27.5″ 100mm suspension fork w/ X-loc Sprint remote
  • Avid XX World Cup disc brakes
  • Giant P-XCR-0 27.5 Wheelsystem w/ composite rims
  • Color: Composite/Blue

Specification:

FRAME
Sizes M,L
Colors Composite/Blue
Frame Advanced-Grade Composite
Fork RockShox SID XX 27.5″, 100mm Travel, QR15, X-loc Sprint remote lockout, OverDrive 2 steerer
Shock
COMPONENTS
Shifters SRAM XX1, 1x11s
Frontderailleur
Rearderailleur SRAM XX1
Brakes Avid XX World Cup
Brakelevers Avid XX World Cup
Cassette SRAM XX1 10-42, 11s
Chain SRAM XX1
Crankset SRAM XX1, 34T
Bottombracket SRAM GXP Press Fit
WHEELS
Rims Giant P-XCR-0 27.5 Wheelsystem, composite
Hubs Giant P-XCR-0 27.5 WheelSystem, [F] QR15, [R] 142×12 Thru-Axle
Spokes Giant P-XCR-0 27.5 WheelSystem
Tires Schwalbe Thunder Burt EVO 27.5×2.1″
OTHER
Extras
Weight The most accurate way to determine any bike’s weight is to have your local dealer weigh it for you. Many brands strive to list the lowest possible weight, but in reality weight can vary based on size, finish, hardware and accessories. All Giant bikes are designed for best-in-class weight and ride quality

Frame Geometry:

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Size HeadAngle SeatAngle TopTube HeadTube ChainStay WheelBase StandOverHeight
Centimeters Degrees Degrees Centimeters Centimeters Centimeters Centimeters Inches
M/18 (44.0) 69.5 73.0 59.5 10.0 43.0 108.8 79.4
L/20 (49.0) 69.5 73.0 61.5 11.0 43.0 110.9 81.7

Technologies:

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With Giant’s in-house manufacturing capabilities, each step of the production process can be closely monitored so that every alloy bike meets the tightest tolerances and highest quality standards. Ride Giant’s ALUXX Aluminum Technology and experience the finest aluminum frames available.

ALUXX Aluminum Technology is available in two grades:

ALUXX SL

The highest strength-to-weight ratio.

State-of-the-art tubeset forming, heat treating and joining techniques.

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Effective strength-to-weight ratio.

Tried-and-true materials and construction techniques.