Makes sense to me - if you've got the chainring issue sorted (which is a super simple fix, even if it's annoying that Giant made the spec mistake) and you've got Deore 4 pots, I just don't see why you'd sell the Fathom! Yes, it's annoying the fork has these problems...but, again, this is something Giant will take care of eventually, even if they are slow right now because of supply chain disruptions. Again, I totally get the frustration for new riders with the Crest clicking and such, but I'd count on Giant (given their size and capability) to make it right much more than many other companies.Thank you, good to know. After looking at similar hard tails...I'm leaning towards keeping my Fathom. Most everything I looked at was around $500 more expensive. That's not too bad, but they also all had cheap brakes which I would want to replace, adding more $.
The overall spec on Giants right now is simply in a different universe from other manufacturers. Specialized, for instance, is a total joke compared with Giant. To get the equivalent of the Fathom 2 spec on a Specialized Fuse, you'd be in at the $1900 level. It makes so much more sense to pick up a Fathom 2, update brakes as you go, use the Crest fork for a year or two. If people end up hating the Crest, the Fathom 2 is totally worth the upgrade to a nice fork down the line...and a Fathom 2 with either a $500-ish Marzocchi, or a $750/800-ish Fox or Rock Shox is a killer bike compared with that Specialized at $1900....and you'd still be under $2300 in total (across a couple of years) for the Giant.