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Giant Defy 1 goes disc for 2016

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The 2016 Giant Defy 1 Disc should prove to be a highly popular entry-level road machine

The 2016 Giant Defy 1 Disc should prove to be a highly popular entry-level road machine (Image credit: Courtesy)
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The Liv Thrive 0 Disc (AU$1,499) is pitched as a performance hybrid and fast commuter

The Liv Thrive 0 Disc (AU$1,499) is pitched as a performance hybrid and fast commuter (Image credit: Courtesy)
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The 'Cross City 2 Equipped' (AU$699), comes fully ready to begin commuting and light touring

The 'Cross City 2 Equipped' (AU$699), comes fully ready to begin commuting and light touring (Image credit: Courtesy)
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The highly versatile Revolt (Revolt 2 pictured) continues for 2016

The highly versatile Revolt (Revolt 2 pictured) continues for 2016 (Image credit: Courtesy)
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The 2016 Giant TCX SLR 1 looks like a solid entry into cyclocross racing

The 2016 Giant TCX SLR 1 looks like a solid entry into cyclocross racing (Image credit: Courtesy)
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The women's equivalent to the Talon 27.5 1 is the Tempt 27.5 1 (AU$1,599)

The women's equivalent to the Talon 27.5 1 is the Tempt 27.5 1 (AU$1,599) (Image credit: Courtesy)
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Sitting at the top of the Talon hardtail range is the Talon 27.5 1 (AU$1,599)

Sitting at the top of the Talon hardtail range is the Talon 27.5 1 (AU$1,599) (Image credit: Courtesy)
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There's plenty of disc brake options for the adults, and now there's disc brakes for the kids with this XTC Jr I Disc 24

There's plenty of disc brake options for the adults, and now there's disc brakes for the kids with this XTC Jr I Disc 24 (Image credit: Courtesy)
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The Roam (Roam 2 Disc pictured) is a versatile fitness hybrid that can handle some light off-road riding too

The Roam (Roam 2 Disc pictured) is a versatile fitness hybrid that can handle some light off-road riding too (Image credit: Courtesy)
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For the eager young ones is the TCR Espoir 24 - 24in wheels and 16speed Shimano Claris gearing

For the eager young ones is the TCR Espoir 24 - 24in wheels and 16speed Shimano Claris gearing (Image credit: Courtesy)
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Very 'Giant' in its paint, the Talon 27.5 4 will sell for AU$749. This is a new release of a model we tested back in 2014

Very 'Giant' in its paint, the Talon 27.5 4 will sell for AU$749. This is a new release of a model we tested back in 2014 (Image credit: Courtesy)
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The ATX name returned in 2015 from a long hiatus. It's priced between the entry-level Boulder, and the intermediate Talon series

The ATX name returned in 2015 from a long hiatus. It's priced between the entry-level Boulder, and the intermediate Talon series (Image credit: Courtesy)
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With Shimano Claris components, the Defy 4 is available at AU$899

With Shimano Claris components, the Defy 4 is available at AU$899 (Image credit: Courtesy)
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The 2016 Giant Defy 3 (AU$1,099)

The 2016 Giant Defy 3 (AU$1,099) (Image credit: Courtesy)
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The Liv Avail 3 (AU$1,099) offers Shimano Sora 18-speed shifting

The Liv Avail 3 (AU$1,099) offers Shimano Sora 18-speed shifting (Image credit: Courtesy)
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The 2016 Giant TCX SLR 1 looks like a solid entry into cyclocross racing

The 2016 Giant TCX SLR 1 looks like a solid entry into cyclocross racing (Image credit: Courtesy)
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And for the women is the Liv Brava SLR - a whole AU$499 cheaper than the men's TCX SLR 1

And for the women is the Liv Brava SLR - a whole AU$499 cheaper than the men's TCX SLR 1 (Image credit: Courtesy)
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The flat-bar road Cross City range continues for 2016 - headlined by the pictured Cross City 0 Disc

The flat-bar road Cross City range continues for 2016 - headlined by the pictured Cross City 0 Disc (Image credit: Courtesy)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

Sneaking past media attention and straight onto dealer floors, Giant Bicycles in Australia is already selling much of its 2016 recreational bicycle range.

Traditionally, Giant Australia handpicks certain models from the brand's larger international line-up and so such models as the Defy 0 and 2 are missing from the Aussie range. Despite this, we can still see some common trends of what's to come globally.

While much of the range continues with minor component and colour revisions from last year; the addition of disc brakes to the highly popular Defy 1 road bike is a standout. We suspect the Defy 0 has received a similar update, but await confirmation from other international markets.

Defy and Avail alloy gets discs

Following the introduction of disc brakes to the Giant Defy and Liv Avail Advanced ranges in 2015, it appears the entry-level models have received a similar update.

Stopping with TRP's brilliant Spyre mechanical disc brakes, the Defy 1 Disc and women’s Liv Avail 1 Disc (AU$1,799) should be hugely popular bikes for 2016. Both men's and women's models will offer a mountain-easing 11-32t cassette matched to compact gearing, with shifting handled by Shimano 105 components.

The 2016 Liv Avail 1 Disc

Looking at the pictures, the Defy 1 Disc and Avail 1 Disc appear to be using standard quick release axles front and rear. The frames are full alloy, with carbon-bladed, tapered steerer forks up front.

While we're unsure on disc brake status for the Shimano Tiagra equipped Defy and Avail 2, we can confirm that the Defy/Avail 3 (Shimano Sora) and Defy/Avail 4 (Shimano Claris) will remain with rim brakes for 2016.

TCX SLR 1 in green

2016 Giant TCX SLR 1

Priced at AU$2,200, the TCX SLR 1 looks to be a solid entry for cyclocross racing. TRP's Spyre mechanical disc brakes appear once again, along with a combination Shimano Ultegra/105 11-speed drivetrain.

2016 Liv Brava SLR

Sitting a little cheaper at AU$1,699, there's the women's Brava SLR. It bears a pretty close resemblance to the TCX SLR 1, but offers a cheaper wheelset, FSA crankset and Shimano 105 rear derailleur.

Click on through the gallery above for a look at a handful of other new models.

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