Based upon the Giant Defy range, the Liv Avail follows a similar ethos with a frame designed to provide an upright riding position for all-day riding comfort. While the Liv Envie is a purebred race bike, the Avail is better suited to longer distance riding thanks to its smooth-riding frame and stable geometry. Like the Avail Advanced, the Avail Advanced Pro also uses a carbon fibre frame, which offers an incredibly low weight to help you speed up the climbs. Liv have also added in a full carbon fibre fork on the Avail Advanced Pro, which helps to drop more weight, while increasing compliance even further. If your goal is predominantly short-distance criterium racing, then the Envie is for you. But if you want a versatile all-round road bike that you can take out for epic weekend adventures with your mates, while dabbling in organised events and some racing too, then the Avail Advanced Pro is a beautiful riding option that ticks a lot of boxes.
While the Avail is largely based upon the highly successful Giant Defy, it features female-specific geometry that relies on a unique frame that has been crafted for the female form. This provides a shorter reach to the handlebar, which is ideally suited to shorter female torsos. The end result is more comfort, and less strain on your back. The Avail shares the same D-Fuse carbons seatpost as the Defy, which increases vertical compliance to reduce the bumps from making their way to your saddle. Speaking of, Liv have provided a comfortable women’s-specific saddle on the Envie. Along with the gel handlebar tape and wider 25c tyres, the Envie is super smooth to ride even on rough backcountry roads.
Stepping up in componentry over the Avail Advanced, the Avail Advanced Pro can be had in the top-end ‘0’ model with lightweight carbon wheels, hydraulic disc brakes and wireless electronic shifting. The Avail Advanced Pro 1 steps down to a mechanical drivetrain, but provides the same carbon frame and fork at a much more accessible price point.