Giant’s first-ever composite 29er was developed to meet the demands of our professional racers. They asked for the stability and control of a 29er, but with razor-sharp handling. Made with Giant Composite Technology, the frame’s massive MegaDrive downtube and OverDrive headtube give it quick, precise steering. Asymmetrical chainstays boost traction and acceleration. Find new confidence, and speed, with XtC Composite 29er.
Fox F29 RL with QR15 through-axle suspension fork
SRAM X.7 components
Giant Connect seatpost and stem
Giant S-XC29 2 rim/Shimano and Giant Tracker (15mm) hubs, wheelset
Strengths: Relatively lightweight, stiff, fast, good handling, stock grips are surprisingly good, brakes are top notch, shifting is fast, climbs great.
Weaknesses: Some might say heavy for a carbon bike (I prefer strength to weighs so maybe this isn't a weakness), stock tires stink,
I got this as a 2nd bike to my Stumpy FSR 29er. Wanted a fast HT for the tamer trails I ride when I am not on more dificult trails. haven't ridden a hardtail in years but I am liking it. To be honest, the bike feels like a 26er with the steeper HTA and snappy acceleration. It is a pleasure to ride, especially on fast twisty trails. The simplicity of the bike makes think of when I first started riding mountain bikes almost ten years ago. One thing I do not like are the ultra skinny stock tires. Some say the wheelset is heavy, but they feel light to me. Overall, great bike!
Date Reviewed: March 29, 2013
Strengths: Quick, relatively light excellent geometry, amazing bike for the $$$
Weaknesses: None yet
I had been riding my 29 Anthem and thought no bike could ride better. I have had this bike for about a month now. Couple mild trail rides then straight into the True Grit Epic in Utah. I had never ridden a 29er hardtail and was worried about rough terrain and handling. This bike is amazing. Quick turn in for a 29er. excellent accelleration, climbs steeps and descends beautifully. I swapped the wheelset for Crank Bros Cobalt 3 29ers and put my Race Face carbon sl seatpost and WTB Silverado Team saddle, and now the bike is a respectable 23.5 lbs with pedals. Downhill it is suprisingly solid. I thought the Anthem would outshine itin descents, but riding the same trails and switching bikes the last few days I find the same downhill speed with easier climbing. Best bike of the 4 I have owned. Would recommend it to anyone.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: March 24, 2013
Strengths: sustainable speed over and through rough terrain. Quick steering without being twitchy. Good stability at speed for a short wheelbase bike. Excellent acceleration.
Weaknesses: Heavy for a carbon composite bike. Wheel set is not tubeless-ready.
I bought this 2012 XTC composite 29er 1 after riding many candidate bikes for Xterra competition. A steep discount offered on this bike got me into a carbon frame. I'm 5' 10" and 173 lbs. The year-end clearance discounted XTC was a medium frame with stock flat bars. I took a leap of faith, based on reviewers who recommended switching to low-rise bars. This I did and it improved the geometry tremendously. I feel that had the dealer done this the bike would have flown off the shelf.
Haven't yet ridden my first Xterra but rode a preview of the course with the XtC and it performed beautifully and seemed to be able to conserve forward momentum better than most of the competition, although most riders were on 26" bikes. Took a little getting used to the quick steering response because I was used to a slower, more raked-out front end. I was oversteering the bike in tight slalom turns. Just had to relax and point the bike where I wanted it to go. The short wheelbase is moderated by the rotational momentum of the big wheels netting a quick turn-in bike that is stable in turns. Also the bottom bracket and chainrings don't seem to ground out because of the short distance between tires. Riding position has been comfortable for long hauls. LOVE the bike and will offer a report after the race.
Bike Setup: Stock, except for low-rise, carbon bars (Ritchey EC-90 sl) and ESI foam grips
Date Reviewed: March 3, 2013
Strengths: Stiff on the climbs, smooth in the turns, very fast on the descends. Put 22 miles on tight single track, performance was perfect, did not feel big but rolled over everything!
Weaknesses: Maybe an up grade on the rims to a tubeless ready type rim.
This bike handled quick, I rode a 26 Rocky Mountain Vertex large frame and ordered the Giant in a Med frame, the cockpit was very similar and comfortable, I can't believe I waited this long to go to a 29er!
Date Reviewed: January 15, 2013
Strengths: Climbs like there is a motor attached.
Weaknesses: Wheelset is hard to go tubless with and is a bit heavy.
Absolutely love this bike. I bought the 2013 model took it on one ride and fell in love. For the price I don't think there is another bike on the market that gives you this amount of compontents for the price as low as it is. Not for a carbon fiber ride. It does it all.
This bike is a real rocket! Fast, agile, relatively comfortable, easy to set up. The wheelset is on the heavy side, although robust and easily convertible to tubeless with Stan's. The stock Schwalbe Ralphs are TL ready in theory, but not in practice. I replaced them quickly, although they grip and roll well, but they leak air, whatever I did. The frame and the ride is comfortable and fast at the same time. The geo is agile, easy to manouver with the wide bars. Absolutely love it. I replaced the brakes and the seat right away, I cannot comment those, but the stock shifting works very well.
Strengths: As others have said - very fast. Also very maneuverable in technical terrain. Can't speak to the quality of the components due to lack of experience. I did change from 2/10 to 3/10 for better top and low end - happy with that decision but the stock 2/10 works fine, too.
Weaknesses: I'm about 6'2" and riding a large frame. Sometimes I feel a little high on it, especially when descending very steep terrain. Adjustable seatpost helps that.
Overall, very, very happy with it. Very efficient. Large cockpit - good if you have a tall torso and wide shoulders.
Strengths: stiff frame, adgile in singletrack, climbs well
Weaknesses: the wheels are a bit heavy, a little light in the front end,
this bike is lightning fast everywhere. I raced this bike, the only real problems with it is the fact the components are very mid-grade. I believe it faster than my 26" bike 90% of the race courses. I absolutely love this thing so far. It weights in at 25.5lbs stock except a truvativ noir flat bar.