Giant NRS Composite 2 XC Full Suspension

4.75/5 (16 Reviews)
MSRP : $2280.00


Product Description

For scorching speed and sizzling looks it's hard to better the Giant NRS Composite 2. This off-road rocket boasts a feathery carbon frame that bounds up climbs while its front and rear suspension devour obstacles on the way back down.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by afullsodacan a Weekend Warrior from Orlando, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2011

Strengths:    Practically no pedal bob, climbs like a champ, lightweight, stiff, fast, little chainslap, FOX SHOCKS, great value now that it is a few years old

Weaknesses:    Front fork is only an 80 mm, back shock also does not have a whole lot of travel, a lot of people feel that the brakes this bike came with weren't that great

Bottom Line:   
This is by far the best and nicest bike I have ever had. I have only had it for a couple weeks, but the few times I have ridden it, I have been very impressed. As far as pedaling, it is like a hardtail, but when it comes to bumps, it still gives well. It is fast, easy to control, and I feel like I can climb with it quite a bit better than my last bike. I have also finally gotten to see why Fox shocks are so popular--because they are awesome! The only drawback that I have seen for this bike so far is that it is pretty much limited to XC because it does not have a whole lot of travel--but that is fine for me because XC is all I really do.

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Favorite Trail:   Santos and Alafia

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $430.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Similar Products Used:   2005 K2 Crush


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Eric a Weekend Warrior from Fort Dodge, Iowa

Date Reviewed: September 28, 2006

Strengths:    The stiffness of the carbon frame completely negates the factors for which I sold the aluminum version of this bike. I was always flexing the AL version of this NRS at the bottom bracket, could feel it with every pedal stroke. I'm not a small guy, and not hard on equipment either, but the AL versions were too light for me. I loved the suspension design though, and it does really well in the kind of environment I ride in.

Weaknesses:    Should have come with a 100 mm front fork instead of an 80.

Bottom Line:   
I owned and rode extensively a 2001 NRS 1 (aluminum) for about 2.5 years. It was a great bike and I really enjoyed it. What I didn't like was that the frame was so flexy. I took a gamble after being without a good full suspender for a couple of years and bought a C2 on e-bay. The stiffness of the C2 completely resolved all of the issues I had with the AL version. So I kitted it out with full XTR. It's really a sweet bike to ride now. I just wish it had a 100 mm front fork instead of the 80 mm Fox. Maybe one day I'll upgrade. Or I can just ride the 7" travel squishy bike next to it. Overall, the C2 is a great bike. A few choice upgrades makes it outstanding. You don't need full XTR. Shifters and rear Der make a good start.

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Favorite Trail:   Sugar bottom

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   2001 Aluminum NRS

Bike Setup:   Hayes HFX9 carbons, Full XTR, Easton Monkey lite bar, Thompson stem, Eggbeaters.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Scott a Racer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2006

Strengths:    The NRS C2 frame is light and responsive. There is virutally no bob when climbing and you loose very little power through the pedal stroke in the full suspension. Through the rough stuff the carbon frame soaks up all the vibration usually associated with hard terraine. This thing is amazing!!!

Weaknesses:    So far I've had a few problems but nothing my bike shop wasn't able to support. For instance... The Hayes Sole disk brakes kept backing out over long rides... I put some blue locktite on the screws but it kept getting all over the place. This seized my brakes and had to be serviced by the shop. Next I had problems with the front Fox fork. They had to be sent back to Fox for servicing and to add insult to injury, Fox was unwilling to warranty the fork. They sent a $150.00 bill for a product that was faulty and barely a year old. And finally, the Easton EA 50 seat post that came stock with the bike literally fused with the carbon frame. It had to be released with prolink... Somehow when I'm riding the sweat trickles off my forehead and on to the seat post. The salt completely corrorid the post. I've never seen anything like this. Despite these problems the bike is by far the sweetest ride ever.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that this amazing frame was combined with a terrible component setup. But nevertheless, the bike, with a few upgrades is everything I could possibly want in a high performance mountain bike. The manufacturer could have put a better set of components but it would have increased the cost of the bike greater than $3000.00 this would have excluded many people from buying in at that price point. So, when you buy, try to negoitate a few upgrades and be prepared to spend a little to creat the ultimate bike. Remember your getting a carbon composite frame. With a few upgrades you will have a very fast bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim & Amasa Back

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Solutions

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruze Blur XC

Bike Setup:   XT crank and rear deraileur, LX front Der, Hayes Sole disc brakes, 317 disc wheeles, Cerit hubs, thompson seat post, Thompson stem, crank brothers pedals, LX shifters.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matt H. a Cross Country Rider from oregon

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2006

Strengths:    well to start out with i bought this frame, then put custon wheels on it, rock shox JUdy4 fork on the front, and i got hayes disc barkes on it and, and a fox float r shox on the back! this bike is all custom! this climbs great!it kicks a hard tails ass at every thing! climbing, it has no bob, and the shox works so good on the down hills the parts on it are insanely nice the hole thing is awesome ive been riden a hard tail sense i was 10 which was 5 years ago and this bike is the best mtb in book!

Weaknesses:    none jus have 2 clean it alot cuz i love it so much!

Bottom Line:   
this bike kick ass!jus about anything made by giant does!

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Favorite Trail:   any single track and cross country!

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   frame on ebay,parts from bikepeddler.

Similar Products Used:   rocky mt. slayer, and the Giant anthem!

Bike Setup:   hayes disc, JUdy4 rock shox,fox float r shox on back, race face crank and other parts jus dont wana name em all!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug a Cross Country Rider from Snoqualmie, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2006

Strengths:    Everything that's great about riding a hardtail with the benefits of 3" of rear travel. The bike is light, fast, corners well, and doesn't bob.

Weaknesses:    The cables wear through the finish quickly, the So1e disc brakes are not very well designed and had to be replaced. The bike comes with Hutchinson Python tires which are great for racing, but I wanted something with a bit more aggressive tread for technical singletrack.

Bottom Line:   
Highly recommend this bike for anyone moving from a hard tail to a full suspension but wanting to maintain the stiffness and agility of the former. This bike can handle anything from racing up to technical singletrack with small drops. Wouldn't want to hit any big jumps or drops with it, but it's perfect for everything else. Had this bike have shipped with better brakes and internally-routed cables, it would be a dream.

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Favorite Trail:   Kachess Ridge

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2250.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bike

Similar Products Used:   Klein Attitude Comp

Bike Setup:   I upgraded to Avid Juicy Seven brakes, everything else is stock.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Todd McCarthy a Cross Country Rider from Portland OR. USA

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2005

Strengths:    Light
Sexy Carbon fiber
Geometry
Ride
Climbing ability


Weaknesses:    The cables and brake lines wear throgh the finsh quickly. The Sole brakes are not good if you are going to ride hard. I would not use these brakes if you are going to RACE the bike.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the money.

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Favorite Trail:   Whoopee

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   Truth, Blur, Epic

Bike Setup:   New XT Crankset, Thomson stem and Elit setback seatpost, Easton Carbon MonkeyLite Handlebar, Hayes Carbon 9 disc with V6 rotors, Mavic 717 XC Disc rims with XT Hubs, Time ATAC XS Carbon Pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Milwaukeehaze a Cross Country Rider from Glendale, WI

Date Reviewed: December 22, 2005

Strengths:    Lightweight, plush feel with no "bob", handles like a hardtail, and looks cool.

Weaknesses:    Only the Hayes So1e brakes.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is awesome! I have owned 3 hardtails...2 Trek 8000's and a Klein Attitude and all were excellent bikes, but moving to a FS bike was the best move I have made! This bike eats up every bump with ease and handles like a hardtail, but will save my back on epic rides.

As you can see from the bike setup section, I have upgraded almost everything except for the frame and shocks and it comes in at just over 25 lbs. My Klein was 24.5, so this is awesome for a FS bike.

The bike came with some decent components, but the Hayes So1e brakes were terrible. I had the Hayes HFX-9 on my Klein and they were good. So, I upgraded to the Avid Juicy 7 and they rock!

If you can get your hands on this bike for a decent price like I did, go for it because it will be the best investment you make in a bike.

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Favorite Trail:   All of them!

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:   Wheel & Sprocket

Similar Products Used:   Only hardtails

Bike Setup:   All XT drivetrain except for stock raceface crank, SRAM rocket trigger shifters, Avid Juicy 7 disc brakes, Thomson post, WTB rocket V stealth saddle, EA70 carbon bar, control tech carbon bar ends, EA70 stem, and bontrager race-lite wheels. Everything else (which isn't much) is stock...frame and Fox fork and rear shock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Todd A a Weekend Warrior from Columbus,Oh

Date Reviewed: November 20, 2005

Strengths:    Light Weight, Weenies rejoyce! Stiff and responsive it was very fast.

Weaknesses:    Price, but you get what you pay for.

Bottom Line:   
This is a self build, my first at putting a custom bike together with high end gear. Fortunatley I already had the Sid and the 717's it saved about $650. I called around and found out that Giant sells the frames for $1000 to shops but retail to buyers for $1700. Got lucky and bought it from bike dr. in Heath for $1491 tax. The build was on. The bike bought as is comes with race face which is good gear but I chose lighter. Depending on the scale I use this full suspension weighs around 25 lbs.


I finly got out and did a first ride with little daylight at Alumn Creek and it bombed down hill, gained uphill well and switchbacks were made with an ease I have never ridden with before. Honestly I'd say I'm a poor rider, but with this I'm fair. My trek 4900 hardtail bounced and threw me around. This sucks up the tril prblems roots and rocks. I hate to say a good bike can make for a better rider. I adventure race and have found that a light weight full suspension is the only way to go. This can only be accomplished with carbon to keep weight down and flexibility. The bb is stiff and smooth other than tweeking the bike its probably the last MTN bike I may own.

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Favorite Trail:   Lake Hope State Park Trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Frame and some parts at Bike Dr.

Similar Products Used:   Trek fuel, cannondale scalple

Bike Setup:   Giant NRS Carbon Frame, Sette carbon riser bar, Sette edge stem, Carbon headset spacers, XT Dual Controls, Rock Shox SID Race, Mavic XC Disk 717's rim w/ XT hubs, IRC Mythos tires w/ tubs, XT Crank w/ shimano ES71 BB, SRAM HOllow Pin chain, XT fr derailer, XTR rear derailer, Sram SG 990 Cassette 05', Sette apex carbon seat post, selle san marco saddle, wellgo SPD/cage pedals for Adventure raceing.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aaron Martin a Cross Country Rider from San Diego

Date Reviewed: October 14, 2005

Strengths:    Light, great climber, nimble, very fast

Weaknesses:    The sole brakes just are just plain dangerous. The bike is almost to pretty to ride.

Bottom Line:   
Follow up on my first review. After several trips to Performance and a letter to their corporate office I was finally give a new set of hayes 9 brakes that have worked very well. the so1e brakes were giving me the same issues as others have had and on one trip to the shop the bike was given back to me with brakes that did not work. I complained and they were replaced. I have since made upgrades. I got some wheels built by dave at speed dreams and shaved almost 1.5 pounds off the bike. Other upgrades have me down to under 24 pounds and the bike is more responsive than ever.
The carbon has proven to be strong. I have had a few severe crashes one of which involved a head on impact at high speed that put me in the emergency room. I was more concerned about the bike but it came through without a scratch. I am 200 pounds and I have been riding an average of 50 miles a week since I got it so it has taken a beating. The only problems I have had have been a result of my crashes or other screw ups. besides the brakes the bike has been very solid. Passing people on climbs is very satisfying. The shocks have required no adjustments or maintenance. the allen bolts at the rear wheel on the chainstay have a tendency to loosen and creak but a drop of blue locktite ended that problem,

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Favorite Trail:   Noble canyon

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   I have tried them all

Bike Setup:   stans no tubes ztr olympic rims, Kenda nevegals, xtr rear and shifters. thompson stem and post, candy c pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony Clemente a Cross Country Rider from Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2005

Strengths:    This bike is fast. I sold my NRS2 and got this bike and love it. It points and rides the lines I want it to. The Fox front and rear combo are excellent. I normally want 100mm front but with the bike set-up I have the 80mm is sweet.

Weaknesses:    I am just afraid to scratch the carbon frame. I actually just purchased a Trance for my trail bike to prevent this poblem.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a Hard tail minus the butt beating.

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Favorite Trail:   Canal Loop KY

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Bike Setup:   XTR (Rapid rise) rear, EA 70 Straight bars w/Cane creek bar ends, Mavic Crossland Wheels with Hutchinson Spyders

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Anthony Hutton a Racer from OcalaFlorida,USA

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2005

Strengths:    Fox forks were stiff and buttery smooth, NRS suspension offers incredible efficiency. I liked the new LX components (with rapidrise). The bike just feels so fast!

Weaknesses:    Sometimes under hard braking, rear suspension tops out. Brakes (hayes sole) must be adjusted frequently and fade after longer rides.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is worthy of upgrades for years to come. While not an all mountain trail bike,a perfect full suspension bike for racing and blistering perfomance with a smaller price tag than its sibling: the composite 1. If you enjoy all day excursions, the bike is plush enough to keep you comfortable too.

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Favorite Trail:   razorback

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   santosbikeshop

Bike Setup:   Mostly stock. Switched WTB saddle for a specialized rival saddle. Also installed an avid 'rollamajig' for smoother shifting.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ryan a Cross Country Rider from Niagara Falls

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2005

Strengths:    Sexy carbon
Fox shox
Smooth LX gear
Great NRS suspension
Pretty light
Good value like all Giant bikes.


Weaknesses:    Like the others said, with a bike that wants to go so fast, it should have better brakes to slow it down when needed. The so1es were only marginally better than my HMX-1's.

Bottom Line:   
wow, this bike really sold me on the NRS design. It put a smile on my face. It is awesome how there is absolutely no bob at all even when hammering. Something many bikes can't pull off. The NRS has a reputation of being harsh, but i was plesantly surprised by the smoothness it could offer as well. A huge improvement over a hardtail. Sure, not as smooth as a trance or cake, but it is designed for a little bit different style of riding. The new LX stuff was so smooth as well. Very good choice for the C2. The fox fork was very stiff, and offers lockout as well. Great ride!

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Sugar, Cake, Trance

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tommy Torres a Cross Country Rider from IL

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2005

Strengths:    Awesome climber (makes me feel like a better climber), steering is in complete dialation, pretty light and lightning fast, bobless yet plush when needed, FOX shocks rock, the CF frame is sexy & mezmerizing

Weaknesses:    Rear derailuer kept slamming frame. I could have tuned it, but I threw on a SRAM X.9 and soon an X.0. Brakes are weak. Doable, but not very consistant. Need to go Juicy soon. Rear stock Pythons are hooked up, but at times the front washes out easily.

Bottom Line:   
It had me at "hello Halo-halo hill!" There were some climbs that just use to kick my butt, but the bike just seems to want to take me where ever I want to go. Down hills are fun, fast and easier to manage. Nothing hardcore like 7ft drops, but it easily handles jumps, logs, roots, ruts, whatever, with precision and speed. She is sooo dialed. The FOX shocks are key to the her all-terrain stance and balance. Their adjustabilities
are all that's needed for XC.

The brake are pretty much broken in, but they seem to fade at what I would normally think were medium length descents.

How tough is this bike? I was single-tracking her and took a hard left over a root that shot down into a 20-25ft ravine. Nose dived the front tire at the bottom to roll it into a 10" rock that threw me and the bike pretty hard. I was mangled, but the NRS was not damaged.

Two of my friends have Carbon NRS's so it's fun to see them in action, because you know you're working the same pace and looking the part as well. I really enjoy this bike and I'm sure anybody else would too. If you're looking for an all out XC assult on all your favorite trails, the NRS C2 is the one for you. Happy trails!

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Favorite Trail:   Bullfrog

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   On-line

Similar Products Used:   Giant for life!

Bike Setup:   SRAM X.9, FSA K-Force CF riser handlebars, FSA OS-140 CNC Alum/CF stem, Mavic UST Crossroc with tubless 2.0 Pythons/2.2 Bulldogs, CF rocker arms

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

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2005

Strengths:    Great bike! Zero bob while climbing and plush on the downhills (Thanks to Fox). Light for a FS XC bike!

Weaknesses:    Brakes-Hayes Sole. Had to use adjusting screw to increase lever firmess so I wasn't crushing my other fingers while braking. By the end of the race the levers were soft again. Stopping power was weak for disc brakes and also seemed to fade a lot during long descents. My XT hydraulics seem to brake better!

Bottom Line:   
I had to rent this bike for a 50 mile race because my hardtail had some mechanical issues. This is the first FS XC I have ridden and it was awesome. I will soon go to a FS setup for racing. Even though I had never ridden this bike, it didn't take long to get comfortable on it. Despite being a little heavier than my hardtail, this bike climbed just as good. It also saved my azz on the downhills since parts of the course were very rough. As I mentioned, I was not impressed with the brakes but those can be upgraded. Great ride for racing or recreational XC!

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Favorite Trail:   Many

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   None, first time on a FS XC.

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Neil Ireland a Cross Country Rider from Bolton, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2005

Strengths:    Suspension-Fox front and rear are extremely well balance and rear "zero bob" works as advertised. Light weight...Carbon Frame

Weaknesses:    Brakes-Hayes Sole. These brakes leave a lot to be desired. Initially, I was adjusting them (tightening cable back up to get lever pressure back) after every ride. A pain in butt. Finally a little lock tight and I have eliminated this step. However, they are single piston hydraulic and my Avids on my previous bike had better stopping power and less headaches

Bottom Line:   
Overall, this is a very nice ride. It is quite light for a FS ride @ 27lbs. Climbing is also very quick for a full suspension and I have not felt compromised in comparison to a hardtail in the least. While the suspension is fairly tight, it is very sufficient for XC riding or racing in that it compresses where needed without getting jarred out of your riding position over bumps. I mentioned the brakes are mediocre at best for a disc. This will likely be my first upgrade.

I must mention that this ride is very quick too. It seems to perform best while going fast and also in tight singletrack. Overall a very worthwhile investment. If you are interested in a bike you can race, either seriously (may want to upgrade a couple of things) or for fun, this is a great buy. Will be interesting to see how well the Carbon holds out...

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Favorite Trail:   Albion Hills Various

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   None-I am a devoted Giant customer

Bike Setup:   Currently Stock

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Epic Comp or Giant NRS Composite 2 ?

Cannot decide decide between those bikes. Epic Comp Large 2005 or Giant NRS Composite 2 Medium. Same sticker price on both in local bike shops. Giant comes without pedals. New bike will be used for racing a dozen short track courses (around 1h each) and 5-6 one or two days raids every year. ... Read More »

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