Giant XTC Mountain Bike Review

4.31 out of 5
By Matt Miller    on Oct 8, 2018

By Aaron Chamberlain    on Apr 6, 2017

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Giant XTC-2
Giant XTC 1
Giant XTC 29er
Giant XTC 29er 2
Giant XTC 0
Giant XTC 0 29er
Giant XTC SE 2
Giant XTC 27.5 2
Giant XTC Composite 29er 1
Giant XTC Composite 29er 2
Giant XTC Jr 24
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Giant XTC Composite 29er 1
Giant XTC1

March 3, 2016
Model/Year: 2012

Pros: 29er
Racing Ralph tires
Marz fork
Elixir brakes
Wheels set up tubeless nicely

Cons: Heavyish
Racing Ralph tires

Recommendation: This thing shreds SE Wisconsin trails! You may have noticed I listed the Racing Ralph tires as both a pro and a con, but that is because they are good for racing (obviously), but are not very good for regular riding. Besides that this thing climbs like a demon and descends surprisingly well. For a hardtail it is surprisingly good at suppressing trail chatter. The only thing I could suggest for improvement is shorter chain stays so you can manual easier. This is perfect for any XC (maybe trail?) rider that loves hardtails as much as I do.

December 30, 2015
Model/Year: 2014 XTC 27.5 2

Pros: Light weight and nimble, handles crisp and quick on flowy single track. Climbs great with perfect gearing for intermediate trails.

Cons: Not for downhill on highly technical trails as it tends to bounce and drag/scrape on big rocks.

Recommendation: A perfect bike for those like me that do not ride highly technical or dangerous downhill trails. As expected, this 27.5 hard tail handles quick and certain and climbs very well. As new, only added Oury grips and Maxxis Crossmark 2.10 tubeless tires (very fast). Recently replaced tires with Maxxis Ikon 2.35 tubeless tires for additional control on rocky technical trails.

July 11, 2015
Pros: Great components and build I've redden a lot of bike hard tails and hd I like this one the best.

Cons: Can't find any

Recommendation: Go get your self a xtc 1.

June 7, 2014
Model/Year: XTC Composite 29er 1 2012

Pros: So light, stiff, super responsive

Cons: Standard wheels are a little heavy; sometimes cornering is a little dicey, but that might be because it's too big for me

Recommendation: I wouldn't recommend someone of my size riding this as a first bike since it's meant for someone taller, but if it's your size or you can handle it, it's great!

May 29, 2014
Model/Year: 2012

Pros: - pedaling stiffness
- stability over varied terrain
- light and durable frame

Cons: - stock wheelset is heavy

Recommendation: Strongly recommend for riders interested in cross-country riding and racing

May 4, 2014
Model/Year: 2014

Pros: This bike is super fast, lightweight, handles really well, and the Deore XT components are nice.

Cons: Racing Ralph tires leave a bit to be desired. It's pretty light, so climbing on loose terrain gets a bit hairy with the stock tires.

Recommendation: The XTC is a great bike for the money. If you're looking for a carbon hardtail that is light, has good components and handles well, I recommend it.

January 25, 2014
Model/Year: 2013

Pros: Light. Fast. Great handling. Quick. Climbs like a mountain goat on steroids. Did I mention it's FAST? This bike was born out a pro racers needs (Carl Decker), and this is what Giant created. It is a beast of a machine.

Cons: It is a hard tail. The lack of rear suspension makes it scary light, but you lose a bit of comfort. If you are looking for a Laz-E-boy on wheels, THIS IS NOT YOUR BIKE! Comfort is sacrificed in the name of speed. Those long 3 hour rides will leave you sore, even if you are wearing padded shorts.

Recommendation: Buy this bike if you want a serious riding/racing machine. Once you've tasted the sweetness of carbon fiber, you'll never want to ride aluminum again.

December 14, 2012
Model/Year: XTC 29er 2/ 2012

Pros: Hydraulic disk brakes, light aluminum frame, perfect fit, high quality parts and great price

Cons: Tires had too little traction on leaves and muddy turns. Perfect for the sand pits though.

Recommendation: This is by far the best bike I own so far. Fits like a glove with great response in the fork. When I took this on the trail for the first time, I rode faster, and was actually able to keep up with the folks that have full suspension, competitive bikes. Treks of this quality cost 1.5 times as much. This bike is perfect!

April 26, 2012
Model/Year: 2011 XTC 29er 1

Pros: Feels like it rides on rails
Great climber
fairly light stock weight

Cons: Geometry doesnt inspire downhill confidence
sterring can be a bit awkward at times

Recommendation: Overall a great bike from giant. If you can afford to spend the extra money to get the 1 instead of the 2 you will be quite happy with the marginal component upgrade. Great climber, if your looking to begin cross country racing this is a great budget bike to get started on.

July 15, 2011
Model/Year: 2009 XTX 1 $800.00

Pros: Good build and good components. The bike handles excellent and is very light at least when compared to other aluminum hard tails.

Cons: None Yet.

Recommendation: The bike (2009 XTC 1) retailed for $1,300 I picked it up Feb 2010 on clearance for $800. I've put over 600 miles on it last year 2010 and so far this year I've put another 400 miles on it. I must say after owning a Trek and Haro hard tails the Giant is awesome. When commuting on pavement I maintained 12-13 mph on the Trek and Haro. On the XTC 1, 17-18 mph this is on pavement, on hard packed dirt 13-14 mph requires little effort. Not bad for 47 year old guy trying to lose weight to help his diabetes.

Giant XTC 4.31 out of 5 based on 19 ratings. 19 user reviews.