Giant Explore E+ 2 GTS Review – $3.4k

The Giant Explore E+ 2 GTS is a hardtail cross country hybrid that comes in two frame styles, four sizes, and one color: metallic navy blue. Feature-complete with fenders, rear rack, and lights. Sold through dealers with excellent service and two-year warranty. Powerful SyncDrive Sport motor is a collaboration between Giant and Yamaha. It offers up to 70 newton meters of torque and measures wheel speed, cadence, pedal torque, acceleration, and slope for smooth and quick operation. Premium integrated lights with good side visibility. Good battery placement with ability to charge on or off the frame. Quality ergonomic grips with adjustable bar ends. Very comfortable saddle and adjustable 63mm travel suspension fork, tubeless-ready tires with reflective sidewalls. Tektro hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors. Excellent control pad design with USB-C charging port built in paired with bright color LCD display panel and smartphone app with motor tuning. The suspension fork does not have lockout and the preload clickers can be difficult to access. Battery charger requires a dongle to charge the pack off the bike, which adds clutter and could get lost.

0:00 Introduction, Giant and Liv brands, high-step vs. mid-step
0:48 Pricing and position within Giant ebike lineup
1:22 Battery and bike weight 58.7lbs, frame sizes, touch points
2:16 SR Suntour spring suspension fork overview, seat post option
3:33 Tire: tubeless ready, 50-70 PSI, gravel tread, reflective
4:53 Drivetrain: 42T chainring, 9-speed 11-42 microSHIFT Advent
6:34 Adjustable kickstand, Motor: SyncDrive Sport 70nm torque
7:29 Crank arms and basic cage pedals, charge port on the bike
8:33 Battery charger and adapter, single-click trigger shifters
10:15 Giant company background and shops, hydraulic disc brakes
11:22 Battery positioning and removal discussion, battery specs
12:41 Powering the bike on, button pad and display, great lights
18:27 Ride test begins handheld camera, third person brake test
20:03 General thoughts about the bike from my friends
22:39 Conclusion and site resources: compare, forums etc.

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