Giant XTC Advanced XC Hardtail

4.75/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $3250.00


Product Description

  • Fox 32 F100RL 100mm suspension fork
  • Select Shimano XT components
  • New Avid Elixer R disc brakes
  • DT Cerit hubs/SAPIM Race spokes/Mavic XM 317 rims, wheelset


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jeffkenn a Racer from Colorado Springs, CO

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2009

Strengths:    It climbs like no bike I have ever owned. Softer ride than my 853 steel frame. True race Geometry.

Weaknesses:    none.

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line. This is one of the best frames I have ever owned. I am so must faster on it and the ride is more plush than I thought it would be. I was skeptical at first but I am sold. I have always liked giant bikes but this one takes the cake. Cant wait to race it this season.

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Favorite Trail:   Cheyenne mountain state park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   EBay

Similar Products Used:   none.

Bike Setup:   2008 xtc zero, reba race, xo grip shifters, xo rear, xt front. Avid juicy ulimate brakes. Sun Ringle Black flag wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by migasson a Weekend Warrior from Melbourne

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2009

Strengths:    Light, well specified, fulfils it's intended purpose very well

Weaknesses:    Supplied tyres, could have done with something like Crossmarks

Bottom Line:   
A great bike. Decided to go a carbon hardtail purely to make it easier on the climbs!! charging through singletrack is definitely recommended on this, IT FLIES!! Giant know how to make a carbon frame, you get instant response from pedal input and the frame certain smooths out low to medium sized bumps. Going to alter the stem length, need it a little shorter and lower. Also the Kenda small block eights are probably fine on hardpack, but we're on the verge of winter...so off they come, to be replaced by Crossmarks/Medusas/Rendez's (i'll play to get the right combo..)

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Favorite Trail:   lots!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   where I work

Similar Products Used:   various full sussers

Bike Setup:   Stock, though changing tyres soon, (to Crossmarks) and altering stem length

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mefistofeles a Weekend Warrior from Rowland Heights, CA. , United States

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2009

Strengths:    Unbelievably fast and light, just puttering around in bike store parking lot does not do this bike any justice it needs to be thrashed around the his you know.

Weaknesses:    Compared to my full suspension bikes and Rocky Mountain's Hammer 29 geared it feels hard when landing off of sidewalks. Moderate sized bumps are noticable and large ones can be really throw you off balance.

Bottom Line:   
As a racer this bike is fast, it feels faster than my Bianchi Cross Concept (2008 Race Force/Rival). Whether or not the bike actually is faster than the Cross Concept is another story but it does move well and responds quickly to pedal input.

This bike flies riding around urban areas its almost too quick to use on sidewalks. Of course the frame is outrageously light.

In terms of recoil the frame isn't too bad. I can jump off of sidewalks with less recoil than an aluminum hardtail but its noticably harder than Rocky Mountain's Hammer 29er geared or any of my full suspension bikes.

It's behaviour around moderate to large bumps can be disconcerting going over large things quickly seem to be upset this bike. That's not to say recoil is unmanagble but going over things does affect stability.

This bike is all about speed in terms of acceleration weight and design. That's not to say that this bike won't handle the rough stuff,it would be on ebay now if it didn't, but it's really designed primarily for speed. Although the carbon does tame things a bit it's certainly not comparable to a suspension or even a 29er on a steel frame.

If you want to beat the hell out of your friends and go fast and be able to handle some moderate bumps then this is the bike for you. However if you want to cruise in comfort and ride around, unless going faster is a high priority, I would recommend going for a 29er steel hardtail or a full suspension bike. The XTC advanced is a nice bike but somewhat single minded in it's execution.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Dahon Fuego, Giant Trance X1, Rocky Mountain Hammer 29er Geared

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doctor_Salazar84 a Racer from Flint,MI,USA

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2008

Strengths:    the frames bottom bracket is solid! the frame dont sacrafice comfort for stiffness or vicversa. This is truly proof that Giant is a world class carbon frame builder

Weaknesses:    cheap stem, Handlebar, saddle, an seatpost. the grip force u to keep ur hands in the center or the grip, the clamps on either end are quite raised.

Bottom Line:   
best frame ive ever riden! its snowy out so i put on some continatal vertical pro 2.3 tires(Very agressive tire's) when riding down the road i dont even feel the tires humm i can hear them but i sure cant feel them. The bottom bracket is stiffer then any other bike ive riden. I'm the lead mechicanin at a bike shop so I test ride alot of bikes from road to all moutian and hands down the most comfortable/stiff frame ive ever riden. WoW!!

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Favorite Trail:   Holdridge holly mi

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1724.00

Purchased At:   Assenmacher cycling

Similar Products Used:   Giant OCR C2, Gary fisher 2001 team hardtail, S-works stumpjumper FSR, Redline monocog 29er, Trek 7100, Trailmate desoto,

Bike Setup:   xt drivetrain, slx front der. 970 cassett. fox f series fork, dt swiss 370/mavic 317 wheel set

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