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Liv Intrigue Range Review

Liv Intrigue Review

Price:

£2,099.00 - £4,199.00

Finance from:

£87.46/month (0% APR)

Carbon and alloy frames
27.5” wheels
Suspension travel
150mm front / 140mm rear
Women’s Specific MTB geometry
SRAM 12 speed on every model
A lot of bike for your money

Discipline:

Trail mountain bike

Weight:

Coming Soon


A great all rounder, the Intrigue is lightweight enough for traditional cross-country rides but still has enough big-hit-ability for more challenging trails.

Updated: 1st October 2019

Overview

A long-travel trail bike designed specifically for women, the Intrigue sits between the cross-country oriented Pique and the enduro focused Hail in Liv’s full suspension mountain bike line-up. The Intrigue offers capable performance on every type of trail, so is ideal for riders who want one-bike-to-do-it-all. In this Liv Intrigue review, we look at every bike in the range including both aluminium alloy and carbon fibre framed bikes.

This award-winning mountain bike combines the manufacturing expertise of Giant, Liv’s parent company, with a female-focused design philosophy. This means that the bikes are great value for such high-quality women’s specific machines. There are three bikes in the range, and each combines modern trail bike geometry with a very capable component spec.

Liv Intrigue

Frame

Carbon or Alloy

There are two frame options within the Intrigue range. The Intrigue 2 & 3 both share the same alloy frame. This is made from the highest grade ALLUXX SL-Grade aluminium which means that it is both lightweight and strong. The Intrigue Advanced has the same rear triangle as the other two bikes but the main frame is made from carbon fibre composite. This makes the Advanced frame lightweight and strong as well as giving it a smooth seamless look. All the bikes in the range get a forged carbon rocker link to control the rear shock.

Liv are one of the very few bike brands that offer a “true” women’s specific design. Liv use data collected from a global database that records up to 289 individual measurements. Combined with input from top-level female athletes this means that all Liv bikes are designed from the ground up to offer the best fit for female cyclists.

The angles of the two frame types are virtually identical. In line with modern geometry trends, the reach is longer than on previous Intrigue models with shorter stems to match. This is combined with a moderately slack 66.4° headtube angle and a reasonably steep 74.5° seat tube. This gives you a confident riding position on the descents while still being comfortable and efficient on the climbs.

Though Liv shares a lot of technology and engineering expertise with Giant, such as composites engineering and the Maestro suspension platform, the bikes themselves are developed from the ground up for female riders and have a bespoke geometry. Bike Radar

Liv Intrigue Geometry(Click to expand)

Liv Intrigue 2 and 3

X Small

Small

Medium

SEAT TUBE LENGTH (mm)

380

406

445

SEAT TUBE ANGLE

74.5°

74.5°

74.5°

TOP TUBE LENGTH (mm)

565

580

595

HEAD TUBE LENGTH (mm)

95

100

105

HEAD TUBE ANGLE

66.5°

66.5°

66.5°

FORK RAKE (mm)

44

44

44

TRAIL (mm)

110

110

110

WHEELBASE (mm)

1135

1151

1167

CHAIN STAY LENGTH (mm)

438

438

438

BOTTOM BRACKET DROP (mm)

15

15

15

STACK (mm)

577

582

587

REACH (mm)

405

418

432

STAND OVER HEIGHT (mm)

692

711

738

HANDLEBAR WIDTH (mm)

760

760

780

STEM LENGTH (mm)

40

40

50

CRANK LENGTH (mm)

165

170

170

WHEEL SIZE

27.5"

27.5"

27.5"

Liv Intrigue Advanced

X Small

Small

Medium

SEAT TUBE LENGTH (mm)

380

406

445

SEAT TUBE ANGLE

74.5°

74.5°

74.5°

TOP TUBE LENGTH (mm)

565

580

595

HEAD TUBE LENGTH (mm)

95

100

105

HEAD TUBE ANGLE

66.5°

66.5°

66.5°

FORK RAKE (mm)

44

44

44

TRAIL (mm)

109.6

109.6

109.6

WHEELBASE (mm)

1135

1151

1167

CHAIN STAY LENGTH (mm)

438

438

438

BOTTOM BRACKET DROP (mm)

15

15

15

STACK (mm)

577

582

587

REACH (mm)

405

418

432

STAND OVER HEIGHT (mm)

691

707

735

HANDLEBAR WIDTH (mm)

760

760

780

STEM LENGTH (mm)

40

40

50

CRANK LENGTH (mm)

165

170

170

WHEEL SIZE

27.5"

27.5"

27.5"

Read our Mountain Bike Geometry Explained guide for more information on MTB geometry. 


Liv Intrigue RockShox 35 fork detail

Suspension

Fully active Maestro suspension

The Intrigue manages to tread that fine line between feeling fast and agile on flatter trails and climbs, and capable when the going gets tough.
Bike Radar

The Intrigue uses the same Maestro rear suspension system as the very popular Giant Trance. This fully active design uses four pivots with two linkages to create a virtual pivot point that works independently from braking and pedalling forces. This means that the suspension keeps on working properly all the time. Great for those bumpy climbs and rough descents. The 140mm of rear-wheel travel is ideal for technical trail riding. It’s enough for having a go at the very roughest tracks but won’t leave you feeling over-biked on mellower trails.

Up front you get 150mm of travel from the fork for a well-balanced feel when riding. The entry-level Intrigue 3 has a RockShox 35 fork. This is one of RockShox more affordable forks, but the technology used is much the same as that found on their high-end offerings of only a couple of years ago. This means that you get superb performance on rough terrain. The other two bikes both get highly regarded Fox forks. The Intrigue 2 has a Fox 34 while the Intrigue Advanced 1 gets a burlier Fox 36. Matched to a Fox DPX2 shock, this means that the Advanced model offers a more confident ride on challenging trails.

Liv Intrigue SRAM Eagle drivtrain

Groupset

Women’s specific touchpoints

The bike feels just as at home on trail centre blue runs as it does on day-long adventures, and it’ll take uplift days in its stride too.
Bike Radar

It is great to see that all three bikes get SRAM Eagle 1x12 speed drivetrains. The very wide range rear cassette gives you all the gears that you’ll ever need out on the trail while the single front ring makes gear shifting very easy. The main difference between the three drivetrains is that the shifting action gets smoother as you move up the range from 3 up to the 1. Braking duties are taken care of by Shimano on the alloy bikes with more powerful SRAM stoppers on the Advanced 1. The components on the more expensive bikes are also lighter weight which makes the bikes lighter too.

The saddles are all Liv’s own which are of course designed to offer female mountain bikers the best fit. The handlebar grips have a nice feel and are much narrower than you find on unisex mountain bikes. This makes them particularly good for those with small hands. Short stems and wide handlebars give you a confident riding position on the bike. Some might find the bars a little too wide, but it is very easy to trim them down if you need to. Each bike has a dropper post to help you make the most of each trail section without having to stop and fiddle with your seat post.

Liv Intrigue wheel and Maxxis High Roller II tyre detail

Wheels

Giant tubeless wheels

All the Intrigues roll on 27.5” wheels. These are the most popular wheel size, they’re nice and nimble and are particularly good for smaller riders. The wheels and tyres on each bike are tubeless which is a real plus point. With tubeless sealant added this system virtually eliminates punctures. Wide rims are combined with high-quality Maxxis High Roller II tyres. This is a great trail riding set up with bags of grip for those loose turns and plenty of volume to absorb the chatter on rough tracks.

The wheels on the Intrigue are all made by Liv’s parent company Giant. Making their wheels in-house reduces costs which means that you get high quality rolling for your money. The Intrigue 1 is fitted with the TRX-1 WheelSystem. With carbon rims, these wheels are tough as well as being lightweight and fast-rolling. The Intrigue 2 and 3 both have Giant AM wheels with regular alloy rims.

Overall the Intrigue felt stable without feeling sleepy; supple without feeling sluggish. Bike
Bike Mag

Liv Intrigue 3

Best for

Riding every trail

The Intrigue is focused towards riding the kind of terrain that you find at trail centres. With dialled geometry, the Intrigue offers a confident ride on all types of trails. You’ve got enough suspension travel for the rough technical trails but not too much for mellower ‘blue’ graded tracks.

Its trail riding focus makes the Intrigue a good all-rounder. These bikes are lightweight enough for traditional cross-country rides but still have enough big-hit-ability for the challenging tracks. In the right hands, the Intrigue is capable of tackling a gravity enduro race. If you like to ride a variety of different types of off-road trails but like to stick with the same bike, then the Intrigue is ideal.

Liv Intrigue headtube detail Liv Intrigue RockShox 35 compression damping dial
Liv Intrigue RockShox shock detail Liv Intrigue woomen's specific saddle
Liv Intrigue Maxxis High Roller II tread pattern Liv Intrigue SRAM Eagle drivetrain detail