​First Look: Liv Langma Advanced SL 0 – Bike Magazine Australia

As some brands move away from female-specific geometry, Liv has jumped in head-first with a new women’s lightweight road bike designed specifically for climbing in road races. 

Liv has had the race-ready Envie for some time now and our editors love the aero frame and deep carbon wheels – but it isn’t necessarily designed to tackle big climbs – it excels more in stiffness than weight savings. That’s where the Langma comes in. Named after the Tibetan word for Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, the Langma is designed for the climbing-focused road racer to help them ‘fly to the summit’.

This isn’t just a version of the men’s TCR with female-specific touch points; the engineers at Liv started from the beginning to create this model, using global anatomical data to create models of the ideal climbing position for a female. The engineers also relied heavily on input from Team Sunweb riders like Coryn Rivera and Lucinda Brand.

The top of the Langma line is the SL 0 which comes in at a claimed 6.05 kg for a size Small. The weight is achieved through narrow tubing with a few oversized sections at the bottom bracket and at the junction of the seat tube, top tube, and integrated seat post of advanced grade composite frame material, something Liv calls ‘tuned stiffness’. To keep the weight down, the bike comes stock with slim profile Giant SLR 0 Composite wheels and tubeless tyres. All said, this is the lightest bike that Liv or Giant has ever produced.

Liv used Giant’s Contact SLR Flux stem to increase the aerodynamics of the bike— the brand claims this reduces drag by 1.75 percent.

The Langma will be offered at a variety of levels, with the SL 0 most expensive, down to the entry-level Langma Advanced 3. The SL 0 is not offered with disc brakes, but two other models in the line are equipped with disc brakes and thru axles. The line can accommodate a large range of sizes running through XXS to L.

Ride Impressions

The SL 0 that I tested in Follina, Italy comes standard with Sram eTap and a Quarq power meter, which I felt was a great touch to complete race-ready bike. We took the bikes up two substantial climbs; the second was a 16km climb that clocked in at almost 1,000m!

I am happiest powering through sprints, but I could definitely feel the benefit of the Langma on the ups. When the steep pitches of the climb leveled out to a steady grade towards the end, I took advantage of the light, stiff frame and made a real effort to accelerate. The bike seemed to fly up to the top of the climb (and I snagged 3rd on that Strava segment!).

The roads up the climb were not always the smoothest, but the bike floated over broken pavement, gravel, and road debris.

Best of all, the Langma doesn’t necessarily sacrifice speed for climbing ability; I was concerned that it would have a more upright feel because of its climbing focus – but it felt great pretty much out of the box. I removed all of the headset spacers but one and was able to get into a low, fast and comfortable position for trucking along on flat sections of road.

I even had the opportunity to open up a sprint or two on the winding roads into town, and the bike had a very snappy response. The Langma shares the oversized Powercore bottom bracket with the more sprint-focused Envie, and I credit a lot of the stiffness and snap to that. Liv admits that it is not the stiffest bike in the world, but says their goal was to find optimal stiffness for climbers, 

The Langma descended well, but did not have the aggressive handling as some other race bikes. I would be interested to get this bike into a bunch race and see how it manoeuvres through a group.

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