Giant is introducing an all-new 29er bike for competitive XC racing and riding — the XtC Composite 29er. The bike was developed with input from Giant Factory Team Off-Road Team rider Carl Decker to produce a lightweight, race-ready, 29-inch-wheel hardtail.
“Riders told us they wanted a lightweight 29er that addresses some of the weaknesses people usually associate with 29-inch-wheel bikes,” said Kevin Dana, Giant Global Off-Road Category Manager. “With our experience and capabilities in composite engineering, Giant has been able to come up with some unique design solutions to best meet those demands.”
An oversized downtube, dubbed the MegaDrive, reveals one of the frame’s most distinctive features — asymmetrical design. The tube itself is offset to in order to maximize stiffness, especially in the bottom bracket area, according to a Giant release. Meanwhile, press-fit bottom bracket cups minimize weight, and extra-wide chainstays, which are also asymmetrically shaped, provide power transfer and ample rear tire clearance.
The XtC Composite 29er frameset also incorporates a tapered headtube for front-end stiffness and sharp steering.
“I went to Giant with some of the things I wanted improved that have historically been weaknesses of 29ers,” said Decker, who won the Downieville All-Mountain World Championship last year on Giant’s Anthem X 29er full-suspension bike. “I wanted precise steering. I wanted it to be stiff in the bottom bracket and to accelerate with tenacity. I asked for a better race bike, and Giant came through.”
Giant is releasing two models, the XtC Composite 29er 0 and the XtC Composite 29er 1, in the U.S. market first. Both are arriving at Giant retailers now.
XtC Composite 29er info