If you’re looking for maximum riding versatility, then it does not get much more versatile than a cyclocross bike like the Brava. While Liv have built the Brava to be a highly competent cyclocross race bike, in reality, this bike is capable of so much more. In terms of the Liv range, it slots in somewhere between the Avail endurance road bike and the Obsess hardtail mountain bike. Compared to a road bike like the Avail, the Brava features tougher wheels, wider and knobblier tyres, and a stronger frame too. The riding position is a little more upright, with geometry that places an emphasis on stable handling for added confidence and predictability when riding off-road. Sure you can use the Brava for cyclocross racing, but it’s also a great bike for riding dirt paths and exploring forest singletrack on. Alternatively, you could slap on a pair of mudguards and use the Brava as a speedy commuter bike in the city. Or if you want to get in some training miles, swap in some skinnier 25c road tyres and use it for as a tough road bike. Or use it to do it all – the choice is yours.
The Liv Brava framset is based upon the Giant TCX SLR, with a high quality aluminium mainframe and a carbon fibre fork. Like the rest of the Liv range however, the Brava features unique geometry that is designed to put female riders in a more comfortable position. Aiding comfort further is a women’s specific saddle, and the same carbon D-Fuse seatpost that is used on the Liv Avail endurance road bike. This seatpost allows for additional flex, which means less vibrations and knocks on the trail make their way to your seat.
The Brava SLR features hydraulic disc brakes for smooth and consistent braking, which results in less effort at the lever to reduce fatigue on your hands. Strong Giant SX-2 rims and thru-axle hubs help to increase the Brava’s confidence off road, while Maxxis Mud Wrestler tyres ensure you’ll have plenty of traction regardless of the riding surface.