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Show Us Your Pits: Giant Factory Off-Road

Danny, Needles, and Craig Show Off

Words by Matthew Lee. Photos by Kaz Yamamura.
August 12th, 2013

The NSMB team took a trip down to the team pits this afternoon to see what all was going on. We hit pay dirt at the Giant Factory Off-Road tent, where Andrew Neethling and Danny Hart were relaxing after the World Cup race in Mont Ste. Anne. We also encountered Adam Craig’s Enduro World Cup rig.

Andrew Neethling, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

Andrew Neethling– fresh off the plane from Mont Ste. Anne, and getting set for another round of racing.

Andrew Neethling, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

A custom fender helps cut down on the number of tear-offs needed for a muddy run. Needles only needed two instead of the usual seven at Mont Ste. Anne.

Andrew Neethling, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

Name plates and flags on your bike are a sure sign you’ve made it.

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Coil-sprung Blackbox Labs suspension front and rear. Needles noted that the fork has a light compression, with good progression throughout the curve

Andrew Neethling, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

Another angle on the front end. Avid has updated their G2 rotor, and they have been holding up better in the World Cup environment.

Andrew Neethling, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

165mm cranks for the South African, on account of the low bb height.

Andrew Neethling, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

Oh magical top cap. What secrets do you hold?

Andrew Neethling, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

A tall dude needs a tall stem. Custom spacers help with that particular problem.

Andrew Neethling, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

The Blackbox touches are subtle. The longer you look, the more you see.

Andrew Neethling, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

A custom-fabricated offset headset adds exactly 4.98mm to the length of the cockpit.

Andrew Neethling, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

Another view of the headset. The devil truly is in the details on these bikes.

Andrew Neethling, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

Custom-fabricated caliper mud guards made from a Formula-1 race car fuel tank.

Andrew Neethling, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

These would be perfect for a muddy winter ride on the Shore

Picking Danny Hart’s bike out of the lineup was a relatively simple task, on account of his gold handle bars.

Danny Hart, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

More titanium to help stay on the bike.

Danny Hart, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

Another race, another plate. The pace of racing over the past two weeks has been relentless for those on the WC circuit

Danny Hart, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

It’s a good thing he doesn’t need to sit down much. Also note the Union Jack/Rainbow stripes combo.

Needles also had a Reign set up for the Air DH race on Wednesday, which he was more than happy to show off.

Andrew Neethling, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

Look for Needles to scrub and send every jump on A-Line this Wednesday aboard this steed.


We also got the chance to check out Adam Craig’s custom Trance that he raced in the Enduro World Series on Sunday.

Adam Craig, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

Craig’s custom Trance, still sporting dirt from the day before.

Adam Craig, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

No pit support for the first four stages meant packing everything you would need.

Adam Craig, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

SRAM XX1 drivetrain, with a 36-tooth front ring.

Adam Craig, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

No front derailleur required, with bonus room for a water bottle cage.

Adam Craig, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

When you’re a sponsored rider, everything has a logo.

Adam Craig, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

Craig has a bell on his race bike. No word on whether or not he used it to warn people while passing during the race.

Adam Craig, Giant Bicycles, SRAM, Crankworx, Whistler, Giant Factory Off-Road

750mm-wide carbon bars to keep things under control.


Those are some finely tuned race machines. Anyone else wishing they could park one of these in their garage?

  • slyfink

    Is that the Magic Mary on the front of Adam Craig’s bike?

    • CoilAir

      Yes indeedy. Going to be my next tire.