Giant XtC 2 XC Hardtail

4.44/5 (126 Reviews)
MSRP : $1100.00


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by boo radley

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2013

Strengths:    Things I liked: reasonably light-weight compared to other bikes in the price range. Reasonably decent components: Shimano hydraulic brakes, DeoreXT RD, nice KMC chain, etc. Something about the geometry makes this bike climb like mad. Nice 20mm hub on front wheel. Great frame.



Weaknesses:    Seat is very uncomfortable, but that's going to be given for many folks/bikes. No QR seat post collar. Umm...a bit twitchy? This is both good and bad.

Bottom Line:   
This is my 2nd MTB, and 2nd hard-tail. I previously made a mistake by just buying a $500 bike off the floor at a chain outlet, and so with this second bike really spent some time comparing 29'ers in my price-range $1-1.5k. I will say check the sizing carefully. It's a "L" but I'm 6'1" with long legs and this bike fits me perfectly, because it's a 20" I believe.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ralph Reinacker

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2013

Strengths:    Nice strong frame, nice components...not the top of the line but nice and reliable. The wheels, handlebars,seat post, seat and all moving components have functioned very well. The bike is not heavy and it is not super light either....But it isn't a 5K bike. I raced this bike this season and it performed flawlessly, uphill downhill, rock gardens, roots log crossings muddy creek crossings and log jumps, it has proven to me to be a strong bike over all. I have nothing better to compare it to But I would buy another one if this one were to get stolen or damaged beyond repair. the tires Maxxi Aspens are also great with low rolling resistance although I have since changed a couple of times just searching for something better.

Weaknesses:    BB became dirty early on but was dissembled and cleaned which fixed the problem

Bottom Line:   
I have had this bike long enough to give a true review. If components are acting up as soon as you ride the bike it probably isn't the bike. Either the rider is inexperienced or the mechanic is inexperienced or he just missed something. So guys lets just stick to the facts. GREAT bike for the money I would choose it again. I think the component group is a perfect blend of quality, weight, price and durability.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ken S. a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2012

Strengths:    The bike is very light compared to an entry level bike around $500-$800. You really are paying for the frame. It climbs quite well and the suspension is great, you just float over rocks and bumps. (I live in AZ, and there are a lot of rocks to deal with).

Weaknesses:    If you're not used to a 29er it can almost feel like you are too high up because of the frame geometry. It takes some getting used to. The bike doesn't feel super stable on the downhills, but it isn't really meant for bombing.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike about two months ago, and while that isn't enough time to be completely "one with the bike" I feel like I've had enough saddle time to write a review.
Starting off, the bike (2012 model) is really all about the frame. The groupo is average to poor, but the frame is light, stiff and strong with great geometry for xc riding. I see it as a great second bike (or if you have money first bike) that you can really race with. The first couple rides threw me off (literally) because the frame geometry was so different for me. I've since gotten used to it but at first it was hard for me to ride feeling so high up and angled up. It almost feels like the front wheel is too far forward compared to the rest of the bike when you first get it.
It isn't the most manuverable bike, being a 29er, so if you're used to throwing the bike around this may not be for you. The wheel base is pretty long on the large, so it's kinda hard to be nimble on it. You really just have to take advantage of those big wheels and roll over stuff while working on technique so you don't get bucked off or go flat bouncing off a rock. I crashed more times on this bike that on my first mountain bike just because of how different it felt. Change isn't bad, it just takes some getting used to. I've found the sizes to run a little big. I'm 5'10 and the large is too big for me, but I went with it based on the stores suggestion (always go with you gut!). The bars are nice and wide, so those of us with broad shoulders are set up great in that area. It feels pretty natural and after shortening the stem it fit pretty great.
The components are average, Deore rear detaileur and Alivio (I think) front deraileur. The fork is pretty good though, it's really all about the frame and fork on this bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Desert Classic at SoMo (AZ)

Duration Product Used:   Two months

Purchased At:   Javelina Cycles

Bike Setup:   Stock components with a 70mm 5 degree stem vs the stock 90mm 8 degree stem.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Henrik B

Date Reviewed: May 19, 2012

Strengths:    Good for the beginner. Good stiff frame.

Weaknesses:    If you use it for XC, components will wear out sooner than you know.

Bottom Line:   
Not much to ad. Have rebuild it with complete XT an Reba. That helped.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by brian a Weekend Warrior from canada

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2011

Strengths:    light weight for the price...good frame for the price... comparable components to other bikes such as trek / gary fisher for the same price... mine is a 2011 xtc 2....i can imagine i will need to get a new front gear set and front derailer and chain soon once these break... i will not get getting the same one as stock

Weaknesses:    crappy front derailer has busted 3 times and the shifting has only worked properly on the front for 15mins max...tons of 5mm metal shavings on the chain which is prolly from the gears...rear derailer stopped shifting once but i think the real problem was the front with really weird sizing...i would never use the smallest of the 3 front gears even on hill climbs... this will be my 5th time taking it back to get fixed and i've only used if for 1 hour total in about 2-3 months... besides the front derailer comming unhinged and the front and rear shifters in need of constant adjustment... the disc brakes have been warped and because there's only one caliper on the brakes you need to constantly adjust the side of the brake pad that doesn't move to prevent warping and to stop... like others say it's a good frame for the price but you better be ready to constantly bring it to the bike shop or fix and make adjustments everytime you ride

Bottom Line:   
if you can get this frame only and add reliable components i'd say your in good hands... i haven't had it long enough to say if the shocks seat or other components that others have complained about are gonna bust....i have never taken this bike off road...only gentle riding on dry clean flat pavement except one time i went up hill on pavement for 2 mins... so i have baby'd it and have treated it like a road bike and still the gear problems persist...i'll be sure to add more info if more stuff breaks

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Favorite Trail:   trans canada

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   grand river cycle

Similar Products Used:   other giants

Bike Setup:   100% stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Conrad a Racer from Honolulu,Hawaii USA

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2011

Strengths:    frame,handle bars,stem,derailleurs,

Weaknesses:    seatpost,chainring main,frame creaking in BB and seat tube

Bottom Line:   
great starter bike its, fast,light,and upgradeable.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   friend of friend

Bike Setup:   rock shox psylo fork,raceface deus chainring set,XT cassette,XTR derailleur rear and deore front,XT dual combo brake shifters

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Cross Country Rider from Danville, CA,US

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2011

Strengths:    Great at uphill. Gets speed and keeps it well. Easy to control. Brakes work great if contiously maintianed. Great for XC and beginner racing. Amazing starter bike.

Weaknesses:    Rattles slot downhill. Chain rings wear and bend quickly. After a while it doesn't shift well. Dart 3's don't work to well and the lock-out broke after about 6 months.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is basically the best hardtial for the price. This bike works great for XC ridersI'm not a full suspension person so the XTC 2 is perfect for me. Everyone who rides it loves it!

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Favorite Trail:   Bathrooms

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Danville Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Nothing like it.

Bike Setup:   SRAM x5 shifters and rear derialluer. Shimano deore front derialluer.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by dhart a Cross Country Rider from laguna niguel, ca

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2011

Strengths:    Good all around bike that can also be used to do some mountain biking. light weight, shifts well, and has great geometry. Climbs like a goat

Weaknesses:    Might as well be riding a bmx bike on technical sections.

Bottom Line:   
As a all around bike that can also be used as a mountain bike this is a good purchase. As a straight mountain bike it nothing special. It rattles and shakes likes its coming apart on downhills sections with any bump. Pay the extra $400 and get a full suspension they are just as light now and the difference on the trail is unmeasurable.

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Favorite Trail:   aliso woods

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Derby bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4500, KHS XC team

Bike Setup:   Sram, wtb accesories, dart 3 fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matthew rich a Weekend Warrior from Albuquerque, NM, USA

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2010

Strengths:    Everything

Weaknesses:    Nothing

Bottom Line:   
I had been crusing around on a K2 from REI for a couple years and decided I wanted something I bit nicer. I am by no means an expert rider but I enjoy hitting the single track for 20-30 miles on the weekends and for this, this bike is awesome. Just fast single track; well probably not that fast but I still enjoy it and this bike makes it easy. Shifts on the fly, stops on a dime, climbs like a goat...This bike is everything I wanted it to be. Not expensive but not walmart cheap, easy to maintain, everything just works. I don't think this bike would work for everyone but for the casual weekend warrior I think it would be hard to beat.

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Favorite Trail:   Dragon's Back

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Bike World

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by welcometothegray a Cross Country Rider from Arizona

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2010

Strengths:    Lightweight frame with perfect geometry, decent stock components, low price.

Weaknesses:    None to speak of.

Bottom Line:   
First and foremost, this hardtail frame is the best you'll find for the price. The stock components aren't so great, but it gives you a place to start upgrading. I see a lot of reviews listing 'freeride' as a con to this bike and I agree, if you're looking for a bike that can handle the abuse of dirt jumping and freeride, this isn't the one. It's a Cross Country bicycle.
I've ridden on a XTC frame for over 4 years, daily and it has taken some abuse from the rocks in AZ as well as the urban zoo. Equipped with Bontrager Earl's this thing makes uphill climbs so easy that it's hard to keep the front wheel down. A quick change to slicks instantly converts this machine into a very efficient urban ride.

The Bottom Line: If you're in the market for a hardtail XC bike that's just as smooth on the trail as it is on the street and you're not looking to spend a fortune, this is the one. You'll need to upgrade the components as they break (and they will) but the frame is what makes this ride.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Similar Products Used:   Giant STP, Specialized Stumpjumper, Giant OCR 2

Bike Setup:   LX components, Marz 700 Alta XC Forks, Mavic Crossmax XC with freehub, Bontrager Race X riser bars.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by J. R. a Weekend Warrior from Kennewick, WA

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2010

Strengths:    Good street bike.

Weaknesses:    Pedals, derailleur, tires

Bottom Line:   
I was a beginner MTB rider and now feel it would be better for me to step it up to a Giant Reign 1. Other than that the bike is a good starter bike for street and light trail riding.
Be prepared to wreck a lot if you use the stock handlebars.

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Favorite Trail:   State patrol

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $740.00

Purchased At:   Scotts Cycle and Spo

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Upgraded to SRAM X9 derailleur, 700mm RaceFace handlebars,and SunRingle platform pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nitrogenus a Weekend Warrior from TN

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2009

Strengths:    Fast, lightweight, Giant quality

Weaknesses:    Not the greatest component set on the 1 or 2.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great starter bike for anyone looking to get into mountain biking. I was not sure how serious I wanted to be when I first purchased this bike, but this bike has led me to learn a great deal of information. I have now invested INTO the bike nearly half of what I paid FOR the bike.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hayseed Dixie a Weekend Warrior from Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2009

Strengths:    Weight, decent components. Frame is as good as it gets in this category/price.

Weaknesses:    For the price and target user- none.

Bottom Line:   
Very simple and well done hardtail XC. The welds are fantastic (I still can't believe this is a Chinese bike...)and the bike looks great.

You suspect it's great because of the straighforward appearance and component selection. Then you ride it and you're confirmed.

If you can find these used at sub 450, it's probably the best deal on a hard tail, period.

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Favorite Trail:   Power Lines, State Penitentiary

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Similar Products Used:   Giant, Specialized

Bike Setup:   Bone stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mammoth a Weekend Warrior from Perth WA AUSTRALIA

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2009

Strengths:    Everything, seriously light. awesome components, if you buy second hand you get a seriously good deal. I got the 08 for 800 bucks its barely been ridden. I needed a bike to do everythng including the commute to work and this baby does it all.The remote lockout is a very nice feature, you come to an uphill section lock those forks and power up.And the shifting system.... F@CK yes, quick smooth and simple.

Weaknesses:    Havent had it long enough really. i can see it would be a handful on steep downhill sections i mean its stiff and light. But its not made for that so its not really a weakness is it.

Bottom Line:   
Buy it now! value,performance and what about the looks? its sexier than jessica biel.

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Favorite Trail:   goatfarm

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $800.00

Similar Products Used:   razor scooter?

Bike Setup:   Stock as a rock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RobXC a Cross Country Rider from Baltimore

Date Reviewed: June 26, 2009

Strengths:    Great intro bike, decent parts, nothing strong or awesome just...vanilla.

Weaknesses:    The BB is crap and expensive to replace. Powerspline sucks and nothing is compatiable with it so you have to upgrade the entire crank set. The hubs are also somewhat crappy and loosen easily. The Kenda tires also suck something fierce.

Bottom Line:   
For the value, its a great way to get introduced to real mountain biking. Again, nothing great about it, but it works well with what you get. The basic parts also force you to upgrade and learn about everything if you want to upgrade. As one of tech's said...its good, not great, but not crap...it's just...

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   My Shop

Similar Products Used:   None, but I have riden and literally thousands of bikes

Bike Setup:   Full X-9, Speed Dial SL, BB-7, Atomlab P.i.m.p. (last time i checked not a bad word...and a real product too), Reba Fork,

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