RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CA/USA--Giant USA has announced that it will sell its NRS suspension equipped XtC DS1 and XtC DS2 in the American market even though no licensing agreement has been reach yet with Specialized Bicycles. Specialized claims that the Giant system may infringe on one of its patented full suspension designs.
"We've not reached an agreement with Giant," said Carmella Lavorsi in Specialized's public relations department. "We're still working with Giant on the patent issue. We're going to try to reach an agreement."
Giant touts the NRS (No Resonance System) design as the first cross-country suspension system that eliminates bobbing while retaining full power to the pedal stroke. It unveiled the bike last year, but quickly withdrew it from the US market after Specialized complained .
Giant will offer the XtC DS in two models retailing for US$1,850 and US$1,300 respectively, as well as a US$1000 frameset available with both cantilever and disc brake mounts. (WJ)