Giant Fathom 2 vs Specialized Rockhopper Pro

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      I am new to MTB and after going on a few trails with a mate I’ve decided to take the plunge on a bike of my own.

      My budget is a top of £1000 and after doing some research, I am stuck between the Giant Fathom 2 (27.5″/29″) and the Specialized Rockhopper Pro (only 29″)

      What do you think would be the better option? To me they look fairly comparable aside from the Giant comes with a dropper seat and tubeless tyres as standard.

      I am 5ft 10, 30inch inseam and approx 13.5 stone.


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      First off welcome! Always good to hear a new person is getting into mountain biking.

      Both bikes seem like great options. The Giant has a bit more suspension and nicer tires along with the dropper I’d probably lean towards this bike. ( I had a Giant Anthem and it was an awesome bike)

      One thing I will mention is tubeless tires are really great. But have some pros and cons. You’ll need to be conscious of how much sealant you have and changing tires can be a bit of a hassle.

      On the plus you’ll “never” have to worry about flats on the trails.

      If you can test ride both at your local shop, or at a minimum see if you prefer the 27.5 or 29’er wheel. We are about the same size and I enjoy my 29er.

      Finally are there any good used bikes in your area?

      Best of luck!




    • #241444


      I have the 2017 Giant Fathom 2 and really love it except for one thing.  I wish that i forked over the extra cash for the Fathom 1 with the slx drivetrain because 2x really is inferior to 1x.  Otherwise it is a great bike, love the dropper post!  I would reccomend the 27.5 version because the 29er is more of an xc bike because it has Maxxis Ikons and only 100 mm of travel. Good luck!

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