GIANT XTC SLR 29 2
Bike Review

GIANT XTC SLR 29 2 Bike Review

Giant XTC SLR 29 2 Bike Review

GIANT XTC SLR 29 2 Bike

This GIANT XTC SLR 29 bike was purchased for my wife instead of the Tempt 0. After comparing the components and features of the XTC to the Tempt it was clear that the XTC was a better value for the money. The only drawback to this decision was the Stand over Hight at 28.6” inches for the small versus the Tempt at 27”. The rest of the bike geometry was very similar. This bike performed excellently all season long and we did not regret the purchase. I would recommend this bike to any female rider that fits the sizing requirement of the small since the XTC is not offered in an XS.

PROS

  • Frame: ALUXX SLR-Grade Aluminum, No issues with the frame. The geometry is almost identical to the Temp series so there were no issues riding. This bike was also lightweight and handled great on the trail.
  • Brakes: Shimano BR-MT200, Brakes worked great all year only needing a few minor adjustments to realign. Stopping power and time was excellent and made you feel comfortable while flying down a steep section.
  • Tires: Maxxis Recon Race 29×2.25, foldable, TLR, EXO, tubeless, Loved the tires! 29” tubeless tires rock and the tread was perfect for the XC trails. These tires had enough grip for all uphill ascents and sharp cornering, but not too much that it slowed you down while riding on the flats.

CONS

  • Frame: ALUXX SLR-Grade Aluminum, No issues with the frame. The geometry is almost identical to the Temp series so there were no issues riding. It would have been an improvement to have a lower standover height but that was the only drawback.
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM SX Eagle, shifted ok, not sure if this was an issue with the shifters or the derailleur. We did have it tuned up, but the problems never really stopped. This did not ruin any of our rides but next purchase we will be upgrading this feature.
  • Fork: Giant Crest 34 RRL, 100mm, 15×110, remote lockout, the fork worked fine but it would have been nice if they used the same fork that the Fathom came with. More travel would have made for a better ride.

Detailed Breakdown of Features
Giant XTC SLR 29 2

Detailed Breakdown of Features Giant XTC SLR 29 2

1. Size : S M, L, XL

We have this bike in a size small and my wife rides it. She is 5’4” and the XS bikes looked too tiny on her. When deciding between a LIV Tempt 0 and the XTC the deciding factors were the quality of components. You get more bike for your money with the XTC. The only drawback is the stand-over height is not as low as the Tempt series.

2. Color : Dusty Blue or Black

Both colors look good but the only available color to us was black. We put some extra stickers on it to bring some color and individuality. stickers by grattitudegifts.com

3. Frame : ALUXX SLR-Grade Aluminum

No issues with the frame. The geometry is almost identical to the Temp series so there were no issues riding.

4. Fork : GIANT Crest 34 RRL, 100mm, 15x110, remote lockout

The fork worked fine but it would have been nice if they used the same fork that the Fathom came with. More travel would have made for a better ride.

5. Handlebar : GIANT Connect XC, 31.8

Even though the handlebar was the same width as the Tempt series we cut about 0.5” off each side. This made for a much more comfortable ride.

6. Stem : GIANT Contact

Worked well with the geometry of the bike, no issues

7. Seat Post : GIANT Connect 30.9

No issues with the seat post at all. Liked that it had measurements on the back so we could document the correct height.

8. Saddle : GIANT Sport

No issues with the saddle all year.

9. Shifters : SRAM SX Eagle

Liked the SRAM shifter more than the Shimano shifters. The main reason for this was that both triggers use the thumb instead of the thumb and index figures.

10. Rear Derailleur : SRAM SX Eagle

Shifted ok, not sure if this was an issue with the shifters or the derailleur. We did have it tuned up, but the problems never really stopped. This did not ruin any of our rides but next purchase we will be upgrading this feature.

11. Brakes : Shimano BR-MT200

Brakes worked great all year only needing a few minor adjustments to realign. Stopping power and time was excellent and made you feel comfortable while flying down a steep section.

12. Brake Levers : Shimano BR-MT201

Since this was purchased for a women rider it would have been an improvement to have a brake lever that was closer to the handlebar. One finger braking was not a major issue but more of a stretch was needed.

13. Cassette : SRAM SX Eagle, 11x50

Plenty of range available for all downhill and uphill sections.

14. Chain : SRAM

Used chain wax and cleaned randomly through the season. Had no issues with this.

15. Crankset : SRAM SX Eagle, 30t

Performed like expected, had no issues.

16. Bottom Bracket : SRAM, press fit

No issues with this either. Some creaking while ridding but nothing out of the ordinary.

17. Rims : GIANT XCT 29

Didn’t have to straighten out at all.

18. Hubs : Shimano

Bike rolled and kept speed while coasting. No issues with the hubs at all.

19. Tires : Maxxis Recon Race 29x2.25, foldable, TLR, EXO, tubeless

Loved the tires! 29” tubeless tires rock and the tread was perfect for the XC trails. These tires had enough grip for all uphill ascents and sharp cornering, but not too much that it slowed you down while riding on the flats.

Giant XTC SLR 29 2 Bike Review
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