Giant Unveils All-New XtC 29 Range

Press Release


Giant is introducing an all-new range of XtC 29 off-road bikes with lightweight composite framesets that make them lighter and more responsive for XC racing and riding. This marks the latest evolution of an iconic hardtail that has been ridden to race wins and podiums at World Cups and other major professional XC races over the past 20 years.

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The new range includes two series: the XtC Advanced SL 29 and the XtC Advanced 29. Both have been reengineered with updated composite frameset designs that boast lower overall weights and improved performance compared to previous models.

 

Designed to optimize the stability and speed of 29-inch wheels for XC terrain, these composite hardtails deliver quick acceleration and responsive handling on the trail. Each frame is custom-tuned based on its size, with individual composite lay-up schedules made to optimize vertical compliance without compromising frame stiffness.

 

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Beyond the frame materials, geometry has also been updated to meet the needs of Giant’s pro XC racers, delivering a super-responsive ride that flies up climbs and boosts control on rugged XC racetracks and trails. An aggressive 69.5-degree headtube angle allows for quick but confident front–end handling, while the 73.5-degree seattube angle positions riders securely forward for aggressive climbing.

 

Both frames are designed for a 100mm suspension fork and feature optimized tube shaping to shave weight, maintain stiffness and improve ride quality. All of the new models are designed for 30.9mm diameter seatposts, which makes it easy to add a dropper post for riding aggressive XC terrain.

 

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Boost hub spacing delivers stiffer wheel performance, added tire clearance and improved handling on the trail, and all models come with Giant Tubeless System technology. Every bike is delivered with Giant WheelSystems and tubeless ready tires, making it easier than ever to enjoy the benefits of added traction, smoother trail control, and a reduced risk of flat tires.

 

XtC Advanced SL 29


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The 2020 XtC Advanced SL 29 1 features a superlight Advanced SL-grade composite frameset, 100mm RockShox SID Select Plus fork, and Shimano XT drivetrain.

 

The new XtC Advanced SL 29 builds on its World Cup pedigree with a totally reengineered frame that represents the lightest off-road machine ever built by Giant. The superlight chassis is handcrafted with pro-level Advanced SL composite for a total weight of 920 grams (size medium). It features geometry that’s optimized for its balanced, stable and fast-rolling 29-inch wheels. The frameset is custom assembled with a specific composite layup schedule that varies according to frame size. The result is supercharged climbing efficiency and smooth compliance through roots, rocks and ruts.

 

XtC Advanced 29


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The 2020 XtC Advanced 29 2 features a lightweight Advanced-grade composite frameset, 100mm RockShox Recon RL Solo Air fork, and Shimano SLX drivetrain.

 

Handcrafted with Giant’s Advanced-grade composite, the XtC Advanced 29 frameset weighs just 995 grams (size medium) compared to the previous generation’s 1259g). Like the pro-level XtC Advanced 29 SL, it’s handcrafted with a specific composite layup schedule that varies according to frame size to create the optimal stiffness-to-weight ratio with just the right amount of vertical compliance. The result is a bike that scoots up steep climbs and gives you added confidence and control on fast, flowy singletrack. Like the pro-level XtC Advanced SL 29, this one features Boost hub spacing, which improves wheel stiffness and adds clearance to run larger tires.

 




9 Comments

Super Sywurm, Oct 03 2019 10:48

This is what I want, unfortunately already got my new bike two months ago.

GiantTjop, Oct 03 2019 12:26

What a looker! Any idea on the pricing?

JohanMalan, Oct 03 2019 12:33

I found the previous generation Xtc Very hard, too hard. Zero vertical compliance in the rear triangle.
Hope these are better, I would decrease H/A by .5 to 1 degree.

Dieter ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), Oct 03 2019 02:23

I found the previous generation Xtc Very hard, too hard. Zero vertical compliance in the rear triangle.
Hope these are better, I would decrease H/A by .5 to 1 degree.

Can slap a 120mm fork on and you will decrease the angle by 1°

Baracuda, Oct 03 2019 02:47

I found the previous generation Xtc Very hard, too hard. Zero vertical compliance in the rear triangle.
Hope these are better, I would decrease H/A by .5 to 1 degree.

 

Way too hard. I road an XTC for years and then one day tried the girlfriend's Sliverback Sola. Didn't get back on the Giant. It is just abusive.

splat, Oct 03 2019 04:35

I see that they are back to 30.9mm diameter seatposts for dropper friendliness, unlike the Anthem...

Furbz, Oct 04 2019 10:51

i loved my XTC, perfect XC racer. telepathic in its feedback. 

pista, Oct 04 2019 01:12

What a looker! Any idea on the pricing?

4300 euro 

Yo-Yo, Oct 04 2019 07:02

Love the laziness of the local companies. Spez did the same thing with the launch of their new Kenevo. Big fanfare and press release going through the specs and the differences and then a tag at the end saying that only 1 of the bikes in the article you've been reading will be brought into South Africa. How hard / how much would it cost to amend to what is relevant to the local market and look like you'd considered the info in there and us.