Address: Nangang Road Section 1 No 289-2 (台北市南港區南港路一段289-2號)
I visited this store last night after noticing it on my scooter ride to drop off my girlfriend last week. Here’s what I saw and learned.
I was immediately approached by an employee within 20secs when walking into the store. Tall, skinny, glasses, I thought he was just a part time high school/uni worker there to help out. I was wrong. He dropped knowledge like no one else I’ve met in the Giant stores. Almost didn’t understand 70% of what he was saying. My Mandarin comprehension is high, but the knowledge he was dropping was waaaay too technical for me. The store itself is not too small and also has a B1 level for fittings and the ride-right system.
One thing I noticed that this store had that not many other Giant stores had were non-Giant bikes. I didn’t get a too close of a look at them, but it could’ve been customer bikes that came in for a tune-up, so don’t get too excited.
One new piece of info I found out here was that every Giant store has their own way of discounting your bike and services! This store gives you a 15% discount and gifts you accessories (water bottle, water rack, bag, front/back lights) If it’s a new bike, they said they would do a cleaning of certain parts (if I can remember correctly I think they said something about the handle bar and spokes. Don’t hold it against me though!)
Another new thing I learned, no Giant warehouses in Taipei, everything is stored in TaiZhong, so if they do not have your bike/size, they have to ship it up. This store gets shipments every Wednesday and Saturday. Lesson learned, call in advance before buying! Make sure they have your bike/size.[/quote]
Thanks, ranlee, for this goldmine of info on Giant stores!
My last bike was a steel-framed LeMond Alpe d’Huez road bike I used in the States for training and triathlons.
Seeing what a great deal Giants are here (25-35% cheaper than in the US), I started looking for a ride. On my hotlist are:
Giant Defy 3 22,800 (Sora)
Giant Defy Advanced 2-E 49,800 (105)
Giant Trinity Composite 2 62,800
Earlier tonight, I dropped by the Nangang store and was greeted right away by that same tall, skinny bike-geek. In the basement, I saw a Defy 3, a 2016 Defy Advanced 2-E, and a very nice TCR Advanced 1 KOM (Ultegra), but he said they would have to order the Trinity. I’m not as crazy about that bike since the discount vs US prices is much skimpier, but it is configured for triathlons so I wouldn’t need to buy and fit aero-bars. I asked if they had the green 2015 Defy Advanced 2, and they did - he told me that it was basically the same bike as the 2016 but it had a smaller gears in the back for more power. I also asked him about fittings and he said they can do it (I’m expecting really basic stuff).
Anyhow, thanks a lot for your post - at least I know what discounts are possible at this branch. I will also certainly check out that Donghu branch to see if I can get a chance to sit on a Defy to make sure it fits my body shape. Will post later.