Giant XtC NRS 3 2002 Full Suspension

4.13/5 (45 Reviews)
MSRP : $1100.00


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Roberto a Weekend Warrior from Albuquerque, NM

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2004

Strengths:    Still going strong after much abuse

Weaknesses:    If you are having any trouble with your "drive train" on this bike - check the front rings. For me, brand new XT rings turned out to be too dainty to hold the chain when the rear suspension engaged. As you might imagine, this caused me much physical and emotional pain and suffering. ********** Make sure you get rings (esp. the middle) with BIG TEETH and you will have no worries. I don't think the boys at Shimano were thinking about these full suspension rigs as they shaved and tweaked every facet of their fancy little rings.

Bottom Line:   
Replace the chainrings with those having BIG TEETH or this bike will toss your chain and you will be verry verry sorry.

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Favorite Trail:   King Cedidro

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Bike World

Bike Setup:   Went with XT for most component replacements

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Taybn a Weekend Warrior from SF Bay Area, USA

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2004

Strengths:    Excellent climber, relatively light, great ergonomics, same frame as the high end nrs' so it's great for upgrading, lightening,etc.

Weaknesses:    stock tires sucked bad. Rock Shox Pilot SL sucks but i'll wait 'til it brakes to replace it.

Bottom Line:   
Therenot much the average rider is gonna do that the NRS won't handle. My bike sees some fairly technical trails and the suspension gets pushed (this bike takes some drops that it was never meant to) and so far it has held up well. There really aren't any comparable bikes for the money on the market. if you're looking for a good xc/trailbike that climbs like a hardtail and takes the edge off the bumps it's a great value.

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Favorite Trail:   Lake Chabot, Skyline (Napa)

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   Bike Connection, Mountain View

Similar Products Used:   I shopped for a dual suspension bike for about a year on a tight budget- rode or checked out a ton of bikes under 2k.

Bike Setup:   Stock except for: XT rear Derailleur, WTB Velociraptor tires, Xt front hub w/ disc brake and heavy duty chain.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by George a Weekend Warrior from Brasschaat, Antwerp, Belgium

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2004

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    about everything

Bottom Line:   
Here is the list of what I changed in those 1 1/2 year I own the bike: Wheels and tires, shifters, brakes, front derailleur, rear derailleur, rear shock( warranty replaced), springs front shock, saddle, and of course the drive chain 4 times.
The last thing what happened now is the seattube that broke, but no problem, the frame will be replaced (5 years warranty)
So, for a bike that coasted me € 1.000, I payed about €1.000 extra for keeping it riding. On the other hand, if I broke the frame every 2 year, I ride with a new frame for the rest of my life. Thank you Giant !
Buy this bike for city use. Don't buy it if you like going off the road.

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Favorite Trail:   Bouillon

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Cicli Cornelo

Similar Products Used:   Specialized FSR, Kona

Bike Setup:   Mavic Crossride, Ritchey Z MAX, XT for the rest, Sella Italia, Ritchey ahead

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Don a Cross Country Rider from Staten Island NY

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2004

Strengths:    Overall it’s a good bike. It climbs well. It excels in snow and mud. The bike has about 1,300 miles on it, it still rides well.

Weaknesses:    In the almost 2 years I have owned this bike I have replaced the bottom bracket, this is it’s second rear shock and the front shock has had to be rebuilt(no cost to me). I suspect the poor shock performance may be related to the fact that I weigh 200lbs.

Bottom Line:   
I got what I paid for… no more no less. I would recommend this bike. It does a great job of getting through mud, snow and thin ice. A lot of my riding this year has been below 20F and the bike and its suspension has had no troubles. Its steers well over rocks and roots on tight single track trails. It’s fast on the fire roads of upstate NY and pedals efficiently uphill.

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Favorite Trail:   Long Pond

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $825.00

Purchased At:   Bennit's Bike

Similar Products Used:   GT agressor 3 and a Toys R US $50 special

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bob a Weekend Warrior from Albuquerque

Date Reviewed: January 4, 2004

Strengths:    This is another FOLLOW UP review.
Forks turned out to be better than I thought . . .


Weaknesses:    Cranks turned out to be worse than I suspected . . .

Bottom Line:   
CRANKS - Don't sell yourselves short, get new cranks. I got new xt's & rings and installed them myself - but see product reviews before doing so (thanks MtbREVIEW!). For around $100 you can drastically improve the personality of this bike. Worth every penny.

FORKS - If you weigh more than 100 lbs - get heavier weight fork oil (10-20 lbs) - & you will experience a lot more of that "plush" action that these forks lack with their factory standard 5 lb 'one-size-doesn't-fit-all' oil. Then set the air pressure based on your weight and these forks will serve you better than they did out of the box. Lots of bang for the buck - once you get 'em dialed in. Only use the Rock Shox "service" literature from their web site as a guide line. Don't be intimated by all the steps. Just change out the oil and you are good to go. Well worth it!

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Favorite Trail:   Cedro / Cedillo

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:    Bike World

Bike Setup:   New oil for the forks - new cranks / bb

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug a Weekend Warrior from New Jersey

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2003

Strengths:    Very sexy look. Great center of gravity. Amazing rear brake, especially for the money, nice components for the money.

Weaknesses:    The V brakes really do stink. I hate V brakes. They dont stop for anything when they are wet, muddy, hot, or have dirt or leaves in them. Also, the tires included are terrible.

Bottom Line:   
Amazing buy for the buck. But for more active riders, you gotta buy disc brakes. The Shimano Deore hydrolic disc brakes are amazing (another great buy for the buck). This bike is great, try it out, and trust me, you will love it after you test ride it.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Palace

Bike Setup:   2002 NRS 3, Shimano Deore disc brakes, Hutchinson gold elite squirpion tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jesus Ruvalcaba a Cross Country Rider from south lake tahoe,california,USA

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2003

Strengths:    great suspension rock shock air judy the back suspension
27 speeds super light aluxx sl butted aluminum frame with a no resonance system suspension great avid v brakes fast al stem great helbent handlebar rappid fire shifting is great


Weaknesses:    only weknesses i have found is minnor ghost shifting when doing really sandy trails but only had that happen once

Bottom Line:   
THE giant nrs xtc 3 is the best bike ive ever ridden in it can take even the hardest trails on great and i like how it feels like a hard tail up hill but when you need that back shock its there when on bumps or if your going more than 180 rpm is when the back air shock will funtion great you can always make suspension it whnever you want too the tires are some of the best going too the seat isnt that confertable which is why i got a kona seat and free agent pedals beacuse this bike is clip in pedals but i got those too for free with the dealer plus a specializes helmet all for 400 and the bike fells like a 1000 doller bike it is great

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Favorite Trail:   fallen leaf lake,nothstar mountain bike resort

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   sports ltd

Similar Products Used:   nirve burn bmx pacific mountain bike and mongoose

Bike Setup:   coler blue and silver nice frame designed perfect for racing i ride it evry day air shock fits great

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by brian a Weekend Warrior from everett, washington, USA

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2003

Strengths:    nrs system, geometry, stiffness, rear shock, handling and the handlbar setup

Weaknesses:    front derailer, fork, brakes

Bottom Line:   
the giant XtC nrs 3 is good, but not perfect. THis bike is good for agressive crosscountry, but the fork can bottom out on 5+ ft drops. i love the way it rode because it has no bob and it acts almost like a hardtail that can soak up the bumps you run into. The problem with the front derailer was that if you were on the middle ring and you went off a drop and your back wheel id not hit first, the chain fell down to the smallest ring. it is great for doing just cross country, but the brakes didn't stop very efficiantly. if you do a lot of downhilling then this is not the bike for you.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Similar Products Used:   specialized rockhopper fsr


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by nando a Cross Country Rider from Austin, TX

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2003

Strengths:    NRS system rocks, excellent climbing.

Weaknesses:    Original fork, cransket, other components.

Bottom Line:   
Here's the deal: This bike has the exact same frame as the top-of-the-line NRS Air (per Giant's own website). So if you alreadey have some decent components (like I did), buying one of these will give you more bang for your buck. Unless you're too concerned about the paint color scheme giving away your frame's year/model.
I'm very pleased with my NRS and how it rides compared to my hardtail. There really is no pedal-induced bobbing.

The frame does seem to run a little long for its size. Mine is a Medium and a full ¾" longer than my medium (long-top-tube) hardtail. So I went for an 80mm x 10° stem and that took care of that.

Rear shock setup instructions were dead-on. Follow them and enjoy the ride.

Will post a follow up by end of summer. For now, 5 chilis for awesome vale, 4 chilis overall unless I find out it's perfect.

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Favorite Trail:   The Nut, Horse's Boot, RHR, Emma, ;-)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   Sugar, Titanium hardtail.

Bike Setup:   Med frame with 90mm stem, Mavic wheels, Psylo SL fork, LX Hollowtech crankset, Time ATAC pedals, SRAM 9.0 drivetrain, Avid SD3 brakes. Everything else stock.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jay Taylor a Weekend Warrior from Seattle, WA USA

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2003

Strengths:    Suspension,lightweight

Weaknesses:    Stock fork, wheels & brake pads

Bottom Line:   
Awesome bike except the Mavic 221 rims & factory spokes (at least for a big guy like me 6'5" 225#). Rear spokes shot after 6 months; paid $60. to rebuild the wheel with same rim - NOT !! Rim sidewall blewout at 9 months of mostly in city riding on pavement. Brake pads wear easily also.
I would buy another NRS but it would have to be the NRS1 with better components.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   900.

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Manitou Black Air Elite fork, everything else stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sean from california

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2003

Strengths:    frame is strong i took a 8 foot drop to flat on it and it had no troubles though i am only 125 pounds and it did bottom out

Weaknesses:    the front shock sucks, the peddels suck and the tires are by far the worst

Bottom Line:   
if i had another chance i would of got the nrs 2, the bike is very strong if ur a light rider you will have no problems plan on getting new pedals and the tires will wear out very fast i also broke the chain and cassett in less then a year but i ride alot ITS A GOOD ONE

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Bike Setup:   stock kinda mostly

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert a Cross Country Rider from Manila, Philippines

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2003

Strengths:    Durable, good value. A bike you can keep forever

Weaknesses:    Limited colors, too sweet to get muddy

Bottom Line:   
It's been almost 8 months, 17 pounds and 2,500 kms since I bought and submitted my first review of the NRS3. Had since upgraded to Alex wheelset and Avid Disc brakes (my gift for myself last Christmas). The bike still rides great and has saved me a couple of times. have used it climbing and descending and it is the best all around XC bike I know of.

Still the best money I spent.

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Favorite Trail:   Maarat, San Mateo

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   Joven Bikes

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Z.5, Dearo group set, Alex 24 blade wheelset and Avid Discs

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel a Cross Country Rider from Montreal

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2003

Strengths:    Value for money

Weaknesses:    Crappy 515 pedals, Cheap ^%^# suntour cranks, what were they thinking ?

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the money, but needed to spend a bit on some upgrades. The cranks have to go period!!!

Be careful to check the manufacturers specs, my dealer tried to substitute original parts for cheap crap parts until I caught him out. Don't forget to ask for the manual, shock pump and pedal cleats. They also tried to sell these to me when they come free with the bike. Choose a dealer you can trust.

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Favorite Trail:   Fall line - Mt. Bromont

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Primeau Velo - Laval

Similar Products Used:   Trek Fuel, Devinci Dragonfly

Bike Setup:   Stock with LX cranks, LX Disc /Mavic 223's, HMX-1 Cable Disc Brakes, Avid SD 7 Levers, Jagwire fitted

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Darren a Weekend Warrior from Brandon, Fl

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2003

Strengths:    Great value for the price. Very light (26 lbs). I love the paint scheme.

Weaknesses:    The soft front fork and cranks.

Bottom Line:   
I'm 5'9" and weight about 185 lbs, this bike is perfect for me. I have a medium size frame (18.5). I owned a trek 7000ZX and Cannodale M600 and would compare the quality of the bike to any manufacture. Nice bike and I look forward to doing some serious riding on it. Buy it, you'll love it.

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Favorite Trail:   Alafia State Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   AJ Barnes

Similar Products Used:   Trek fuel

Bike Setup:   Stock except for replaced the crank (Deore Hollow tech). Added lizard skins for rear shock and chain guard.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Karlo a Racer from Houston

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2003

Strengths:    Rear suspension, Wheels (rode on a flat for about a mile on rocky terrain without it bending or braking)

Weaknesses:    Frame, Mosquito tires, handlebar

Bottom Line:   
Used it during my christmas vacation on a trail in Mexico and almost killed myself, jumped a small creek and landed front wheel first (happens to everyone, sometime) wheel got stuck and the frame bent in half top tube broke flew over the handlebars landed head first. Bike needs stronger and thicker frame even if it gains a few pounds.

Still a very good bike for XC riding without any jumps higher than 2 feet.

Watch out landing front wheel first

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1200.00


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