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Thread: Which Frameset

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    Which Frameset

    I have an upgraded (SLX/XT, hydros, Fox etc) Giant Revel 2 2011 mtb (I bought the frame New and assembled it). I have a chance of buying a lightly used GIANT XTC 4 (T-mobile Ltd edition) frame for $240 (same size frames). I am not sure of the XTC year, I think 2008-2009. I usually ride medium level rides 20-30 kms. Do you think it is worth the upgrade?
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    Honestly I don't think you would notice any difference at all, they look similar in terms of geometry. I would assume they weigh almost the exact same too. Can i ask why you want to change frame sets?

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    The geometries on the Revel and XtC are a bit different.

    Check Giant's web site yourself and confirm. But IIRC, the XtC is a longer, lower bike.

    I'm confused, though. The frame in the first picture is a Revel. I assume the one in the second picture is your current bike? It doesn't look like an XtC to me..
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    The only reason to change the framesets is just because I thought buying an xtc that is supposed to be on the top of Giant's mtb list at this price is a good deal. Though if the xtc is longer and lower i would prefer to stick with my revel frame. The pictures are not the actual ones I just wanted to show the 2 frames. Thanks.

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    Although they might have some small differences in geometry, I believe you would be better off saving your money and eventually upgrading to FS or 29er or a FS 29er. (If you want to add a further level of complexity go Carbon)

    That way you will really notice a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markleo View Post
    The only reason to change the framesets is just because I thought buying an xtc that is supposed to be on the top of Giant's mtb list at this price is a good deal. Though if the xtc is longer and lower i would prefer to stick with my revel frame. The pictures are not the actual ones I just wanted to show the 2 frames. Thanks.
    This would be upgrading for the sake of upgrading. Which is fine, but I think you're making a better choice if you like your Revel's geometry.
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    XTC is a great frame one of the best i just purchased an xtc a few days ago! really happy with the purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    This would be upgrading for the sake of upgrading. Which is fine, but I think you're making a better choice if you like your Revel's geometry.
    I guess you reassured me with this. Thanks.

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