Giant XTC Alliance XC Hardtail

4.69/5 (16 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Frame: ALUXX SL Aluminum
  • Fork: Marzocchi MX Pro LO
  • Cassette: SRAM PG 970
  • Chain Shimano HG-73
  • Rims: WTB Dual Duty XC
  • Hubs: Formula 32H Disc
  • Spokes: Stainless steel 14G
  • Tires: Kenda Small Block Eight
  • Handlebar: Race Face XC Low Rise
  • Stem: Race Face XC, 6° rise
  • Seatpost: Race Face XC
  • Saddle: WTB Silverado Race


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by killabyte a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2012

Strengths:    light, nimble, strong, very fast

Weaknesses:    the finishing for the seatpost collar seems not reliable. I dont know what` s wrong with the front SLX derraileur but give some trouble i have never had any trouble with a such a component. SLX brakes quite good

Bottom Line:   
just add a good double riser handlebar and go for a nice run, no complaints so far. Kenda tyres (small block eight) are one of the best ive ever ridden, ultra fast and very complete unless heavy mud. They make you run as a F1 on hardpack terrain also good on asphalt, i found the 1.75 wide version a little too narrow but very fast, id prefer a 1,9 or 2,1 so one can run more confident when jumping or when receiving hard punishment downwards. When you get in to mud you will find that mud is thrown off the tyre easily, mud does not stick to the tyre that is awesome.

Its a shame that i bought a frame that is a little bigger for me so i need to make some tweaks to feel it more comfortable.

I will replace the rear derraileur with a shorter one, i dont like the chain shaking too much. The bike is brave and very fast.

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Duration Product Used:   1 year heavy use

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Triathlon store

Similar Products Used:   XTC team, iron horse, specialized stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   SLX complete, kenda small eight block 1,75, azonic PDW

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Heybeerman04 a Cross Country Rider from Middletown, RI, USA

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2011

Strengths:    Great fork with Marzocchi 100mm Air. Awesome frame. Forget the mountain goat, they are slow. You ever seen a bear climb a hill, they fly.

Weaknesses:    Tires, but I wanted more off than on road. Painful seat.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this as my first MTB. I hadn't rode in over a decade and took this thing out on the trail. At 190lbs and lacking much needed skill, I would have destroyed a lesser bike. I have continuously scared the crap out of myself with what I have been doing and the bike couldn't respond better. When I'm climbing a hill, It almost feels like the bike is doing most of the work. I got the bike on sale but after riding it I would have paid full price. From beginner to advanced, you will not be disappointed.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Silver Cycles, MD

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock except seat and tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mungo a Cross Country Rider from Austria

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2011

Strengths:    Wonderful frame: Supberb combination of aliminium and carbon and a perfect geometry.

Weaknesses:    Nothing in particular.

Bottom Line:   
Bike is a brilliant climber with a very sturdy frame. Perfect weekend racer. Have been riding various other more expensive bikes from friends and wouldn't trade it for any of those.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Bike Setup:   XTC 0 as sold.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by txtrailman a Cross Country Rider from Texas

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2010

Strengths:    2008 model: partial carbon fiber, Light frame, predictable handling, climbing like a goat

Weaknesses:    Cheap wheels, color, easily scared, chain came off twice so far (hard landing)

Bottom Line:   
Awesome bike for what I paid. Some upgrades might needed to make a weekend xc race bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Northshore

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   GaryFisher Wahoo '06
Trek 6000 '03
Trek 820 '96


Bike Setup:   Stock except:
Lizard Skins Lock on grip, SPD-520 clipless, X9 R.D., SRAM 971 chain, Jagwire shifting cable housing(red), new WTB seat

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gecko4wd a Cross Country Rider from Santiago

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2010

Strengths:    the frame is amazing very good geometry and balance and great looking bike, carbon fiber it's an eye catcher :)

Weaknesses:    some stock components are not the best and need to be replaced to get an optimus configuration.

Bottom Line:   
really fun bike to ride, it climbs like a gecko also it's super fast, has an oustanding acceleration and cornering. i'm really happy with the bike, the only problem that i had was the brakes, the avid juicy three that came in the stock setup was a problem, always with vibration and strange sounds from the rear end, tried everything, new rotors, new pads (metallic, organic) and doesn't stop, finally i decided to change and get a pair of elixir's 5 and problem solved, much more modulation and stop power also no vibrations or annoying sounds. i give it 4 chillis just for the annoying brake problem. i will recommend it with no doubt, go for it all the way.

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Favorite Trail:   Chile

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Giant Bike Center

Similar Products Used:   giant rainier, giant yukon

Bike Setup:   i got the 2009 model and i change the tyres,handlebar,steem and seatpost for the following: maxxis crossmark 2,1 F&R, elixir 5 brakes, race face ride steem, seatpost and handlebar

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Giant beast a Cross Country Rider from Brisabne

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2010

Strengths:    The wieght of the bike is great.

Weaknesses:    The carbon may crack

Bottom Line:   
Great!!!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   ashgrove

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Rockshox phylo with fluid brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bjagger a Weekend Warrior from Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2009

Strengths:    Part carbon frame is amazing. Perfectly balanced bike. Execellent components for the price.

Weaknesses:    I had some trouble with one of the hayes brakes leaking. Brought it back to the shop and Hayes replaced the brake in a couple of days. Side-walls on the tires may be a bit thin as I blew one out on a routine jump, but that's bound to happen.

Bottom Line:   
I thoroughly enjoy riding this bike. I pretty much park the car because I take the bike everywhere. Roads, trails, it doesn't with this bike. As others have said, it climbs like a mountain goat. You can confidently hit slopes that you may not on another bike. It's extremely fast in all scenarios and very smooth. I would recommend this bike to anyone. If your looking at bikes under $1,000, consider spending a bit more on this bike - you will not be dissapointed.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Bikesports

Similar Products Used:   Giant Iguana, Norco Wolverine

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by hurddog a Cross Country Rider from port orange Fl

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2009

Strengths:    Climbs like a mountain goat! Shifts are spot on. Puts the power down like crazy. comfortable ride.

Weaknesses:    Chain suck if you let your stuff go dry. Rear brake can vibrate. Try organic pads in rear.

Bottom Line:   
If you want to climb past all your friends this is the bike!
Feels like a bike should. Light and fast. I gave up a $3000 fully for this bike with no regrets. Love it!

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Favorite Trail:   leadville 100

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1350.00

Purchased At:   bobs bikes

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kminton a Racer from Fort Smith, AR, US

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2009

Strengths:    Half aluminum half carbon fram, Rock Shox Recon SL fork are both awesome!

Weaknesses:    tires goop up easily, but that is not the bikes fault, just put different tires!

Bottom Line:   
GREAT bike. this bike just absolutly flies down the trails and climbes like an animal. The only thing that can hold back this bike is the rider panicing from going so fast, and even then the avid juicy 3's are plenty of brake to reign it in. great bike and i definatly recomend it to anyone looking to upgrade to a competition level hardtail.

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Favorite Trail:   Ben Geren Park Trails

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Scotts Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rock Hopper Disc

Bike Setup:   Stock. but going to add a set of kenda nevegals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KRG a Cross Country Rider from Adelaide

Date Reviewed: June 19, 2009

Strengths:    For the price the components are great. It came with XT brakes, XT shifters, XT front & rear derailleur, XT hubs and rims and Fox 32's, RaceFace Evolve for the rest. Don't have alot to compare it to but it flies on the the hilly roads for daily commute. On the trail it seems really balanced in the tight stuff.

Weaknesses:    The splash of carbon makes you want more and more. No real weaknesses.

Bottom Line:   
It does the job just fine for me, very light and stiff for the hills. The price is way, way less than the Giant XTC Advanced SL but mine came with exactly the same components (minus XTR rear derailleur). So for the bit of alloy in the frame I can afford to XTR it up way beyond the rear derailleur. XTR cranks here we come. Would recommend especially if you are going to do some road riding too, with the right tyres it simply flies. A great all-rounder if you want one bike to be able to take on everything.

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Favorite Trail:   Fox Creek, Sth Australia

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   None.

Bike Setup:   As above but now with Ritchey WCS seat, WCS Carbon Rizer and WCS Carbon 4 Axis Stem, Shimano XTR M970 SPD's. Plus Specialized Fatboys for a bit of speed getting to and from work.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 08_Yukon hard tail a Weekend Warrior from NORCAL

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2009

Strengths:    light and fast..excellent handling, the carbon/aluminum mix
doesn't have the recoil effect like a aluminum hardtail.


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike specialy on singletrack, it's awesome
climber and even fast on descent. No complains.

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Favorite Trail:   China Camp/ Lake Chabot

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   08 Giant Yukon/SJ FSR

Bike Setup:   RS Team Reba u-turn/ XC One wheelset/ Kenda Karma lite rear/Kenday Bluegroove lite front/ RF Dues cranks/ Next Sl seat post and bars/Avid Elixir bakes/ XTR shifter & derailuers/ 22.5 pounds

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gordon04 a Cross Country Rider from Calgary

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2009

Strengths:    Geometry is perfect. Balanced, both up and down hill. Frame absorbs bumps well with the carbon top tube and seat stays. Extremely fast ridden on any singletrack.

Weaknesses:    None that I can tell, I suppose the components could be better, but by not much (at least in the performance department).

Bottom Line:   
This bike is awesome. The 1/2 carbon fibre frame is significantly noticable out on the trails and I can't stress how perfect the geometry is. Giant is one of the biggest for a reason and I think this bike exemplifies what they are capable of.

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Favorite Trail:   Sideshow

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Similar Products Used:   Steel Specialized Stumpjumper with Manitou 3's
Santacruz Heckler with Fox Vanilla 36


Bike Setup:   Stock, added a layback seatpost with 1/2" setback and increased stem length to 110mm. Swapped to Candy C pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by uncomplientspud a Cross Country Rider from Ajax

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2008

Strengths:    part carbon fiber frame, good front fork, sm8's, relatively light,stroker brakes

Weaknesses:    doesn't cook my meals for me. Once every 7 rides i would get chain stick, however i have not had it in about 3 months now, so keep your chain clean, just like any other bike.

Bottom Line:   
bought this bike after using a friends for some time to trail ride. All i can say is wow, what a great bike. Compents it comes with are all good-great. Love the tires and brakes in particular. For me there is nothing like hammering an uphill on this bike and getting to top. Can't say anything bad about this bike, love it.
If you are looking at this bike, you should seriously consider it, great bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Seaton trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $15000.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Bike Setup:   sm8's or kenda klaws

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by RWW2003 a Weekend Warrior from Kalamazoo, MI

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2008

Strengths:    Carbon/aluminum frame is very strong and very light. Sharp paint job (black, white and silver). Equally quick on pavement or the trail. Nice front fork, eats up vibrations and bumps.

Weaknesses:    Giant doesn't give out stickers with the purchase of your new bike anymore. :(

Bottom Line:   
Killer bike. Carbon/aluminum frame absorbs bumps. Lockout on the fork allows for excellent energy transfer when tearing around on campus. Kenda tires are equally quick on pavement as well as on the trails. Flashy paint job, colorful fork and powerful Hayes disc brake system are more than enough to turn heads anywhere you go. Oh, did I mention that this thing flies up hills?

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Favorite Trail:   Fort Custer-Red

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1099.00

Purchased At:   Alfred E. Bike

Similar Products Used:   Giant Iguana, Mongoose Threshold Sport

Bike Setup:   Hayes Stroker Ryde (hydraulic) Brakes, Kenda Small Block Eights, Marzocchi Bomber, RaceFace RideXC Crank, Shimano Derailleurs, Sidi Clipless Shoes...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dogger a Cross Country Rider from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2008

Strengths:    It's a hardtail, smooth, super light frame, eats up all vibrations before u feel them, decent components, climes like no other.

Weaknesses:    Maybe.. Clearance between Race Face front chain ring and frame.

Bottom Line:   
After riding mostly full suspension for the last two years I wanted to go fast again. Tested bikes for days. Jumped on the alliance and I was amazed how the carbon smoothed everything out. Thought I was on a dully at times! Its strong, light, and can be tossed around with ease. Weighs about 24.5 lbs stock. Mostly I ride single track on river trails or just bush wack my way threw the city. The Kenda small block eight's are good for dry dirt,small loose gravel and roll fast on tar. Don't take them in wet mud. When it comes time to stop the hayes stroker stop with excellent modulation and enought force for XC. The Marzocchi shock is quick to react and has enough adjustments to keep me happy. Love the lock out feature, Instant power to the ground baby! So if u are looking for a fast, light xc bike that is worth upgrading, the alliance is two steps ahead of the rest. Hands down.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Woodcock Cycle

Similar Products Used:   Giant NRS,ds2,boulder. Norco. Devinci Desperado ect..



Bike Setup:   Truativ team carbon seat post

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