Maestro is Giant and Livs unique off-road suspension system and can be found on almost all Liv mountain bikes that have rear suspension. This includes the Pique SX and Intrigue Advanced models, as well as the latest range of full suspension electric mountain bikes.
The system is now almost 15 years old and has undoubtedly stood the test of time, receiving huge amounts of praise from the wider cycling industry for its versatility across different amounts of travel, pedalling efficiency and bump compliance on a variety of different terrains.
The beauty of the Maestro system is in its simplicity. The technology uses four strategically placed pivot points (the four red dots on the image below), and two linkages work in sync to create a single floating pivot point (the red circle).
How Maestro works
Thanks to the four pivot points, which although are fixed to the frame, act as a type of hinge for the rear triangle, a single floating pivot point is generated. The fact that these are located on the two linkages of the bike means that the pivot point can move according to the lateral movement of the rear wheel and the position of this compared to the frame.
As a result of the carefully selected fixed pivot point positions, the near vertical wheel path and linear spring curve allow the rear suspension to remain responsive to small and bigger impacts, as detailed in the image below. You can view a useful video explaining the system here.
The latest Anthem and Trance off-road models feature updated Maestro Suspension systems with our new Trunnion Mount shock, and Advanced Forged Composite rocker arm. The Trunnion Mount allows for a longer shock shaft, which produces a lower leverage ratio, which in turn improves both pedalling and braking efficiency as well as offering a smoother ride.
In regards to the shock, the Trunnion Mount allows for the same effective eye-to-length on the shock/frame mounts but enables a longer bodied shock with a longer stroke to be fitted which dramatically changes the suspension characteristics and offers a wider rebound range. The Trunnion Mount also accommodates for shorter chainstays which improves speed, climbing capability and overall agility on the trail.
The Advanced Forged carbon composite rocker arm weighs less than the previous alloy version while being stiffer and stronger. During the manufacturing stage, we use a state-of-the-art high-pressure moulding process to produce the complex shape required. This ensures that the components created are lighter, stiffer and stronger than similar parts made from aluminium.
Why is Maestro so good?
We’ve explained what the Maestro system is and gave you a brief overview of how it works, but why do we use the Maestro system on our range of full suspension mountain bikes, and why is it so good?
Well, the unique pivoting system improves pedalling efficiency by counteracting heavy pedalling forces that would otherwise create suspension compression. The prevents any energy wastage from the pedals, and transfers more of it into power, making the rider faster on each pedal stroke.
The near vertical wheel path improves wheel traction on the ground. The better the contact with the ground you have, and the more control you receive as a rider. The more sensitive your suspension is, the better your acceleration, braking and cornering traction you receive.
Unlike other suspension structures, the Maestro system is totally independent of braking forces. No matter how heavy you brake, the suspension system will always offer consistent, reliable performance. This is a common complaint amongst other rear suspension technologies on the market and is a huge factor in the success of the Maestro system.
The Trunnion Mount means the bike can be manufactured with shorter chain stays, which results in a more centralised suspension system – an evenly balanced centre of mass makes the bike much easier to handle and the Advanced Forged Composite rocker arm means you can get the same superior trail performance, but at a fraction of the weight.
Bikeradar recently reviewed the Intrigue Advanced and commented that the Maestro system offers ‘levels of adjustability not often seen from suspension systems from the big players.' When they got their hands on the Pique SX 2, they noted 'The Maestro Suspension system offers a supple and controlled ride quality not dissimilar to much bigger bikes but without the sluggishness of a full-on trail/enduro bike.'
Now you’re equipped with all the knowledge you need about Maestro suspension, why not browse our range of Maestro-equipped bikes and choose your next ride. We offer 0% finance and zero deposit on all bikes starting from £500 when purchasing online so you can spread the cost of your new bike into affordable monthly payments. There’s free home delivery on selected models, and all Giant bikes include a lifetime frame warranty so you can ride your new bike with confidence.