Giant's 2018 model range sees two all new frame designs and updates to the favourites.
Long live the hardtail!
The hardtail truly isn't dead. And the Giant XTC Advanced with Boost spacing, and 29 or 27+ capability shows that.
With slacker head angles at 70 degrees (slack for XC) matched with 51mm offset forks, 425mm stays and 750mm bars, there's plenty of 'new school' XC in the XTC.
The top Advanced 29er 0 has a full XX1 Eagle spec with a Fox 32 SC Factory fork and Giant XCR Composite wheels. It's feather-light and ready to line up at a World Cup or National Series round.
The sliding drop outs are a neat feature, meaning you can set it up singlespeed and not have to worry about some funny chain tensioning device. The XTC Advanced range starts at $2799 with the XTC Advanced 3, featuring Suntour forks, a Deore 10-speed group set, and goes to the 0 as pictured above for $8499. Bearing in mind they all have the same frame, it really is a case of choosing your parts kit.
What we really liked the look of was the Giant XTC Advanced + 2. Based on the SLX-specced XTC Advanced, and selling at $3499, this model ditches the 29er wheels for 27 Plus units, and gains a dropper post as well.
The RockShox Judy fork is upped to 120mm travel, and the rotor grows to 180mm to match. What's harder to see is the included ISCG mounts on the XTC Advanced frames.
While a Plus hardtail might not be for everyone, bikes like this show that beyond the confines of XC racing there's still plenty of life in hardtails just yet.
There was heaps more at the Giant 2018 show, like the Glory range and their eMTB range as well. Head to the Giant Australia website for all the details.