Giant XtC NRS 2002 Full Suspension

4.47/5 (268 Reviews)
MSRP : $2000.00


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff Ackley a Weekend Warrior from Pickerington, Ohio

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2005

Strengths:    Great for older BMX'rs

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I'm a 40 year old former BMX'r from the late 70's and early 80's. Red Line, Mongoose, and Diamond Back were at the top of the chain. I'm to old to do what the kids are doing now. I've had a few mountain bikes over the last 12 years. I really didn't like them. The biggest issue was the weight. I purchased this bike three years ago and simply use it on camping trips and to ride around with my daughter.
Simply put, this bike is perfect for me. I have no complaints about it. It's very light and meets my needs perfectly. I seriously don't see myself ever having to purchase another bike. I would strongly recommend it to any old time BMX'r who has grown up but still misses that little bit of excitement. Expensive, but worth it.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Bike Source


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul a Cross Country Rider from Corvallis, OR, USA

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2005

Strengths:    Climbs like hardtail and descends so much faster. Awesome geometry design with no bob while pedaling.

Weaknesses:    Creaky seatpost/shim.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. I won't ever go back to hardtail. I had an '02 Giant Ranier which costed me 700. Got the NRS frame and swapped parts over and made some upgrades to it. Spent 500 for the frame with additional 400 for some upgrades. You should do the same if you had a nice hardtail with good components and want to try full suspension.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   mtbr classifieds

Similar Products Used:   2002 Giant Ranier

Bike Setup:   XT rear derailleur and crankset, deore shifters and front derailleur, mavic 717 discs, xt hubs, avid mechanicals, easton50 seatpost, easton70 stem, '02 marzocchi EXR, tima atac aliums

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mel a Cross Country Rider from Orlando, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: January 7, 2005

Strengths:    Best components (for the money) of any bicycle in the market at the time of purchase. Suspension works exactly as advertised. Microlube fittings on the front fork are a great feature.

Weaknesses:    Stickers on the front fork fell off almost immediately. Weak inner tubes.
Downgraded components for 2004/2005.


Bottom Line:   
This has been a very reliable bike. With minor routine maintenance, it has delivered many miles of trouble free riding, not only here in Florida, but in the more challenging trails of the Pisgah Ntl. Forest. The springs in the front suspension are excellent for someone in my weight range (155) but may be too soft for a heavier rider.

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Favorite Trail:   Cedar Rock, Dupont State Forest, NC

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   Bike Works

Bike Setup:   Stock.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jeff Milligan from Little Rock, AR, USA

Date Reviewed: August 19, 2004

Strengths:    Handles very technical (rocks, roots, etc.) trails adequately. Light weight makes for a very good climber. Anti-BOB technology is awsome for both climbs and road.

Weaknesses:    Tires - unless you're a racer Hutchison pythons should be at the bottom of your list.
Fork - 2 failures in under a year - a damper assembly and owers replaced due to cracked arch.
rims - Stock rims don't hold up well to rocky, rooty trails. After a half dozen broken spokes I had to upgrade.
Factory recommended fork/shock setup specs are off, too stiff.
Rear derailer - needs almost constant attention/adjustment.
Paint - metalic red is prone to fading.


Bottom Line:   
Touted as a great all around XC bike, I've found it's durability suspect. I ride this bike every day for cardio fitness and it hasn't held up to my expectations. I plan to upgrade the rear derailer and maybe the fork before giving up completely. Bottom line, the bike is a great climber and adequate descender for the weekend warior and or novice racer. I wouldn't recommend it to any avid/frequent trail/enduro rider.

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Favorite Trail:   Allsopp

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1450.00

Purchased At:   Chainwheel

Similar Products Used:   many

Bike Setup:   Stock except ryno lite rims and IRC tires.

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:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael Wirth a Cross Country Rider from Wooster, Ohio

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2004

Strengths:    This bike climbs like a mountain goat. The geometry is amazing, and if you build good componets with it you can have a cross country racer under 24 pounds.

Weaknesses:    I don't have any, except the stock componets were a little weak for me. So I took it to the top of the line.

Bottom Line:   
If you are not afraid to spend a decent amount of money on a machine that will indeed preform for you, this is the bike. This is a cross-country racer, rider's dream machine. This bike is possibly on of the slickest rides on the market, and if your looking for one badass setup, look this direction. I would like to thank my personal mechanic at Orrville Cycling and Fitness, Mr. Seth Buckwalter, we like to call him Mungwalter. I hope you have found this review useful.

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Favorite Trail:   Vulture's Knob

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   William R. Buckwalter

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher Sugar Team Issue
Trek Fuel 100


Bike Setup:   2002 NRS AIR XTC Pro Series Frame
2004 Rock Shox Sid World Cup w/Lockout
FSA K Force Steapost, and Handlebars
FSA XC-115 Stem
XTR Cassette, Shifters, Front and Rear Derailleurs
XTR Crankset and Bottom Bracket
Selle Italia SLR Carbonio Saddle
Salsa Flip-Off Skewers
Crank Brothers Egg Beater Triple Titanium Pedals
Hayes HFX Mag Plus Hydraulic Disc Brakes
American Classic Disc Wheelset
SRAM PC-99 Hollowpin Chain
ODI Lockable Grips

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff Cross a Cross Country Rider from Wixom, MI USA

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2004

Strengths:    Light, strong, climbs awsome

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
This bike is amazingly quick and nimble. It weighs in at about 28 lbs and is the 22.3" model. It has dropped my times big time and makes me want to ride more often. I bought the frame off Ebay and built it up from my other bike with some upgrades. ALL the guys I ride with are amazed how much quicker I am on this thing...it's awsome...and it looks cool in Team Blue!

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Favorite Trail:   Island Lake

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Diamondback X2

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi Marathon, Magura Louis disc brakes, XT drivetrain, LX cranks, Mavic 223 rims, Hutchinson Python tires

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:5
Submitted by Maria a Weekend Warrior from San Diego, CA

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2004

Strengths:    awesome components for price, avid mech disc brakes are great, derailleurs are ok, rear shock absorbs bumps really well and doesn't bob while climbing hills

Weaknesses:    chain sucks, fell apart while riding on 2 separate occasions

Bottom Line:   
overall, i love this bike. i just got into mtn biking and i wanted a good bike but for a reasonable price. it climbs hills pretty well without the bob in the rear shock. frame is pretty lightweight, but giants bike frames run a little larger. the only problem i had was with the chain, but i think it was because i got the bike used and the previous owner pretty much wore out the chain. also, sometimes i have problems with the front derailleur, it doesn't shift properly, but that could just be it's not adjusted correctly.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $920.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   looked at specialized stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   stock parts, but with shimano xtr chain, shimano pd-m646 pedals, titec hell-bent handlebar

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2004

Strengths:    -Climbing
-Good Weight
-Decent mix of components


Weaknesses:    ?????Easily dented Top/Down tubes, if had to choose something.

Bottom Line:   
Excellent bike!!! First F/S bike I have owned and couldn't of picked a better bike. It tracks well in the corners, decends great and climbs awesome. I've but quite a few rides on this bike now through various terrains and couldn't imagine a bike handling any stronger. The NRS line has plenty of options whether you are an beginner or a racer. Only down fall is that they dropped the NRS 3 for 04 and down graded the components of the NRS 2 to compensate. Highly Recommend!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Used-MTBR.com

Similar Products Used:   Misc hardtails/FS

Bike Setup:   Stock with Truvatic crank

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 Paul a Weekend Warrior from Taipei, Taiwan

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2003

Strengths:    NRS system, lightweight, disc brakes.

Weaknesses:    Ghost shifting on the uphill - but a little tweaking and problems, so far, solved.

Bottom Line:   
This is my third Giant bike, but the last time I rode one - or any bike for that matter - was back in '96. What have I missed! Love the suspension system. Makes for a much more comfortable and smoother ride on any terrain than I was ever used to when I was younger. Disc brakes are good, but do tend to squeal at times. Ghost shifting was sorted with a little tinkering around. Overall am very pleased with the bike and am really just getting back into riding again after a long absence. Also you can never complain about the price of Giant bikes here in Taiwan compared to elsewhere - so excellent value for money.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00


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