Modern mountain bikes are amazing machines. Compared to bikes from just a few years ago, the latest mountain bikes are lighter, faster, more comfortable and more efficient than ever before. Take the Liv Pique for example. Built from lightweight aluminium and using the efficient Maestro suspension design, the Pique makes it easy to pedal up the climbs and speed along winding singletrack. Once the track starts to get rough however, the combination of the Pique’s 120mm of suspension travel, powerful hydraulic disc brakes and grippy Schwalbe tyres ensures you’ve got plenty of traction and control to tackle all the rocks and roots that get in your way. Combined with its upright and comfortable riding position, the Pique is a true go-anywhere machine.
In terms of the Liv mountain bike range, the Pique sits between the Obsess carbon race hardtail, and the longer travel Hail full suspension bike. As such, the Pique is designed to offer a fun and stable ride in a lightweight and efficient package. It’s frame and suspension design draws from the Giant Anthem range, but Liv has utilised a women’s specific geometry on the Pique for female riders who are after a more comfortable and confidence-inspiring ride. Both the fork and rear shock are air-adjustable, so you can setup the Pique for your riding weight to ensure the suspension is smooth and supported. You can also lock out the suspension, which is useful for riding on the road or on smoother sections of trail. The Pique also features thru-axles front and rear, which help to increase overall wheel stiffness for better handling and responsive steering.
There are two models in the Pique range, which are both built around the same aluminium frame and Maestro suspension design. The Pique 1 upgrades to a slick Shimano 1x11 drivetrain, and also features a height-adjustable dropper post, so you can get the seat out of the way at the flick of a button on the handlebar.