Brand new for 2017, the Pique Advanced is Liv’s full suspension XC bike. It’s a fast and lightweight machine that is built for covering lots of miles as quickly as possible. Compared to the Liv Obsess carbon hardtail, the Pique is more comfortable and more capable on rougher trails, making it the more versatile option that will double duty between racing and weekend trail riding with your mates. Not so fussed about racing or having the lightest bike? Then you may want to check out the Liv Hail, which has more travel and bigger tyres for riding steeper and more technical terrain. But if you prefer riding cross-country trails and you want to do it on an efficient and lightweight bike that’s easier to climb with, then the Pique Advanced certainly ticks those boxes.
Like the aluminium Pique, the Pique Advanced is built around the Maestro suspension design, and delivers 120mm of travel front and rear. The riding position centres around Liv’s female-specific geometry, which places the rider in an upright riding position that promises more comfort and more confidence on the trail. Helping to drop weight, the Pique Advanced frame is constructed from carbon fibre, and it features smooth lines and heaps of standover clearance thanks to a sloping top tube. Utilising the inherent advantages of carbon fibre, Liv’s engineers have gone a long way to make sure the Pique Advanced is a high performance bike too. A large downtube connects the OverDrive head tube to a wide press-fit bottom bracket, which delivers masses of strength and stiffness to give the Pique a stable and planted feel on the trail. Thru-axles front and rear also help with stiffening up the junction with the wheels, so that handling is responsive and intuitive. Combined with lightweight tubeless wheels, slick 1x shifting, and the air-adjustable suspension, the Pique Advanced is a high performance machine.
The Pique Advanced frame is available with two different spec options. There’s the Pique Advanced 1, and the top-end Advanced 0, which gets a SRAM carbon wheelset, the RockShox RS-1 fork, and the incredible SRAM 1x12 drivetrain.
Riding typeCross Country
Drive trainSRAM X01
Gear ratios1x12 Mountain
Frame buildCarbon Mid
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