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    XTC Composite 29er Thread

    Let's see some pics and testimonials specs of your rigs, people. Getting mine tomorrow. Will put in my $.02 when I get some mileage in.

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    Awesome! New bike day!!! Bet you can't sleep? It's like Christmas for big kids. Show us some build pics as she comes together.
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    It's put together in the shop ready to rock! Gotta drive 50 miles after work to pick it up but will be worth it! I got a good deal on it and it's a sexy looking bike. Will post up pics tonight.

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    XTC Composite 29er Thread-2013-04-04_18-24-46_671.jpg

    Well here she is. Like the bike. Riding a hardtail will be a bit different, especially without an adjustable seatpost. It's a sexy bike. I feel like I am flying on it.

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    2013 xtc composite 29er 3.

    2013 xtc composite 29er 3.
    Swapped out the following from stock. Stans arch wheels,fsa sl-k bars and stem. Giant connect sl composite seatpost.
    shimano 540 pedals. As is 23.6 pounds. This thing is superfast and handles great. The paint finish is top notch. The only thing i think will need replacing are the stock tires. They are pretty sketchy in loose, loose/over hardpack riding. No big deal though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by E ! View Post
    2013 xtc composite 29er 3.
    Swapped out the following from stock. Stans arch wheels,fsa sl-k bars and stem. Giant connect sl composite seatpost.
    shimano 540 pedals. As is 23.6 pounds. This thing is superfast and handles great. The paint finish is top notch. The only thing i think will need replacing are the stock tires. They are pretty sketchy in loose, loose/over hardpack riding. No big deal though.
    Tight whip. After I get done with some of my house projects my XTC will get the same treatment!

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    I recently converted my XTC Composite 29'er to a single speed, and snagged a 3rd Place at the Sea Otter Classic Pro/Cat 1 single speed race last weekend. Here is a link to my race report, and a kinda crappy pic of it. With a rigid fork this thing is weighing in a 17.4 lbs (with pedals).
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    ^ sick bikes.

    I picked up my Giant XTC Comp 1 last week. 24.58 lb stock for a medium, no pedals. Replaced a 2011 XTC 2 (alloy jawn) 3x10 drivetrain.

    I can't give a great ride report yet, but will circle back. On the initial ride it felt more compact and taller than my old bike, but the steerer is uncut and the stem is setup tall, and it is equipped with risers. The bike was a rocket though: stiff and the 2x10 setup was excellent in regards to gearing. The fork's CTD lockout seems to have shit the bed however so I am sending the fork to Fox for warranty service.

    I have some changes in the works:
    - dt swiss 240 hubs to arch ex rims (upgraded 36t ratchet)
    - conti xking 2.2 (tubeless)
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    My XTC 1 (med) weighs in around 25. Too broke from initial purchase to get new wheels but will get new rubber and convert to tubeless. After I drop my annual 15 lb I lose on my bike I will reward myself with a new wheelset!

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    Quote Originally Posted by E ! View Post
    2013 xtc composite 29er 3.
    Swapped out the following from stock. Stans arch wheels,fsa sl-k bars and stem. Giant connect sl composite seatpost.
    shimano 540 pedals. As is 23.6 pounds. This thing is superfast and handles great. The paint finish is top notch. The only thing i think will need replacing are the stock tires. They are pretty sketchy in loose, loose/over hardpack riding. No big deal though.
    What size is yours? I just picked up the same bike in a Medium that weighed in at 26.6 lbs without pedals. 3lbs is an awfully big weight reduction just from wheels, bar, and stem.

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    Just Finished Cobbling It Together Today

    I just finished cobbling this 2012XTC composite frame/2013 Alloy Lefty XLR together today. 21.8 lbs as it sits with bar ends, pump clip, bottle cages, Garmin mount, blah, blah, blah. I hope it rides as nicely as it looks.
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    size medium. Big time weight savings in the wheels. Over 700 g's. With the stock racing ralphs. Also the stock bars,stem,seatpost. I'm not lying, weighed before and after. However,i just mounted some new tires that probably added a pound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by E ! View Post
    size medium. Big time weight savings in the wheels. Over 700 g's. With the stock racing ralphs. Also the stock bars,stem,seatpost. I'm not lying, weighed before and after. However,i just mounted some new tires that probably added a pound.
    Holy crap, over 700g?!? Now I understand how Giant got the MSRP below $2k with a carbon frame; they put wagon wheels on it. I was gonna hold off getting Stans Arches, but knowing this I gotta do it sooner rather than later. Thanks for the info. I just assumed the stock wheels were a little over 2kg.

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    tires are a big part of any wheelset weight savings. I swapped from the stock to Stan's Arch EX + DT Swiss 240 + conti xking + tubeless and it's about the same. maybe half a pound. I think because the tires weigh 400g more than the non tubeless ready stock tires.

    however, the 3 definitely has a heavier wheelset than the 1 stock. I did it mostly for tubeless

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    Tires & Wheels = next upgrade. I think I can drop 2 lbs from the stock with that and other upgrades. Just a question of how much $ I wanna drop.

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    Mine is more of a trail build than XC, so it actually gained weight and now tips the scales at a portly 28.6 lbs as pictured. Looking for a used set of Stans wheels to maybe shed a pound.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldozer27 View Post
    Mine is more of a trail build than XC, so it actually gained weight and now tips the scales at a portly 28.6 lbs as pictured. Looking for a used set of Stans wheels to maybe shed a pound.

    Nice get a new wheelset and go tubeless and you will instantly feel a difference. What kinda dropper is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldozer27 View Post
    What size is yours? I just picked up the same bike in a Medium that weighed in at 26.6 lbs without pedals. 3lbs is an awfully big weight reduction just from wheels, bar, and stem.
    Hey Bulldozer, is yours an XTC 3 or XTC 1? There is a couple of pounds difference in those two models. My new XTC 1 weighs ~ 25 lbs with crappy platforms on it that I have yet to swap out.

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    The dropper is one of the early Specialized Command Posts from '09. I must have got a lemon because it has been bulletproof since new, so this is the fourth bike to wear it.

    I broke in the bike today and am somewhat disappointed by the Recon fork, which is to be expected I suppose. I weigh 180, and even at 80psi (well below the factory recommendation) it was still way too harsh over minor chunk. So now my first priority is a used Fox or Reba before a set of lighter wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldozer27 View Post
    The dropper is one of the early Specialized Command Posts from '09. I must have got a lemon because it has been bulletproof since new, so this is the fourth bike to wear it.

    I broke in the bike today and am somewhat disappointed by the Recon fork, which is to be expected I suppose. I weigh 180, and even at 80psi (well below the factory recommendation) it was still way too harsh over minor chunk. So now my first priority is a used Fox or Reba before a set of lighter wheels.
    Adjust the rebound a bit. My Recon seems like fine. I probably ride it on stuff that is a bit rougher than typical "XC" trails. I really want a dropper on this, even though it is an XC bike. Every bike can benefit from one.

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    Thanks for the tip regarding rebound. It was cranked to maximum damping from the shop, which severely affected the compression stroke as well. Now I can just deal with upgrading the wheels.

    Why does your XTC1 have a Recon instead of the OEM Fox?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldozer27 View Post
    Thanks for the tip regarding rebound. It was cranked to maximum damping from the shop, which severely affected the compression stroke as well. Now I can just deal with upgrading the wheels.

    Why does your XTC1 have a Recon instead of the OEM Fox?
    That is a good question! I thought all XTC 1's came with the Fox shock. I paid $2200 for the bike so I think I got a pretty good deal on it. Gonna upgrade wheels and maybe get a dropper.

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    Can you post a few pictures of the single speed XTC? Thanks!

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    I did a quick review of my new XTC. Check out if you want. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpFUzWjWNBw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levinator View Post
    Can you post a few pictures of the single speed XTC? Thanks!
    Sorry for the delay on this! Here you go.

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    Anybody got a lizardskin chain stay protector on there xtc....what size do I need? ?

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    Hey guys, I have a question regarding this bike. I own one and was wondering how much abuse it's actually able to handle? Is it able to handle small jumps at all? Last question, what does the XTC mean? Also is this bike considered a full out XC style bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabralkev View Post
    Hey guys, I have a question regarding this bike. I own one and was wondering how much abuse it's actually able to handle? Is it able to handle small jumps at all? Last question, what does the XTC mean? Also is this bike considered a full out XC style bike?
    This bike is a full on XC race bike. Of course how you actually use it is up to you. This is heavier carbon frame than most carbon race bikes out there and I have heard it is a bit more stout because of that but I am not sure. I think any bike should be able to handle occasional small jumps. I am not a hucker but I take this off of small jumps on every ride I am weigh in the high 100's. Not sure what "XTC" means, I thought it was a play the word "ecstasy" but "XC" in the since it's an "XC" bike.

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    Well hopefully the thicker headtube area and crank area can handle stress off jumps. Last thing I need is to make a jump 3-5 ft and BAM frame snaps.... that wouldn't be so good lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daz4311 View Post
    Anybody got a lizardskin chain stay protector on there xtc....what size do I need? ?
    You need the Lizard Skins Jumbo 29er protector, which is what I run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldozer27 View Post
    You need the Lizard Skins Jumbo 29er protector, which is what I run.
    I might purchase 1 before the chain starts to ruin the paint.

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    Quick question... would anyone know why when I spin the rear wheel I hear this weird grinding sound? I thought it was coming from the crank but when I put my ear to it, seems like it's coming from the cassette. Anyone else experience this before? Should I be worried?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabralkev View Post
    Quick question... would anyone know why when I spin the rear wheel I hear this weird grinding sound? I thought it was coming from the crank but when I put my ear to it, seems like it's coming from the cassette. Anyone else experience this before? Should I be worried?
    Could be your chainline is off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jms View Post
    Could be your chainline is off.
    How would I fix this?

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    Evolution is complete - with weights

    For anyone who cares, I've attached pics with corresponding weights and specs to show how various mods affected total weight.

    Stock w/o pedals: 26.6lbs



    Swapped OEM to Specialized Command Post, Azonic 420 pedals, Maxxis Crossmark tires: 28.6lbs (yikes!)



    Swapped OEM to WTB Rocket V Pro saddle, Fox F29 FIT 100RLC fork, Stans ZTR Arch EX Stock wheelset, Formula R/RX 180/160 brakeset, Shimano XT crankset and cassette, SRAM X9 Type 2 rear derailleur: 25.8lbs (whew!)


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    I am thinking about throwing a dropper on and a new wheelset. New fork seems too spendy.

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    This is the 4th giant and latest bike which I have. I trust the Giant.
    This is a xtc 29er composite 1 2012 and I have been on a mountain in West Macedonia in Greece
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    Quick question... can a 180mm rotor fit on the rear wheel? I was looking at the frame itself, and it might rub on the frame. I'm thinking of getting 180mm rotor for my front and was also thinking replacing the rear if possible. Thank you.

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    Also, will 120mm travel effect the ride? Would it also stress the headtube of the frame? I was hearing XC bikes can't handle much travel above 100mm unless I'm wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabralkev View Post
    Quick question... can a 180mm rotor fit on the rear wheel? I was looking at the frame itself, and it might rub on the frame. I'm thinking of getting 180mm rotor for my front and was also thinking replacing the rear if possible. Thank you.
    Just leave the stock 160 rotor in the rear if you are getting a 180 for the front. Most of the braking is handled by the front anyway.

    Quote Originally Posted by cabralkev View Post
    Also, will 120mm travel effect the ride? Would it also stress the headtube of the frame? I was hearing XC bikes can't handle much travel above 100mm unless I'm wrong?
    120mm would slacken the head angle, making the steering slower. As for additional stress on the headtube, it's possible. Based on your other posts, it sounds like you should have gotten an All-Mountain hardtail, not a carbon XC one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldozer27 View Post
    Just leave the stock 160 rotor in the rear if you are getting a 180 for the front. Most of the braking is handled by the front anyway.



    120mm would slacken the head angle, making the steering slower. As for additional stress on the headtube, it's possible. Based on your other posts, it sounds like you should have gotten an All-Mountain hardtail, not a carbon XC one.
    I'll replace the front rotor instead then. Thanks for the info.

    I didn't realize the XC bikes were so limited to be honest. Reason why I got this style of bike was because I don't do serious jumps or anything like that during trail riding. Even though it's a XC bike, I do ride it as at trail bike. All I do is a bit of rock gardens, small jumps while riding through trails and that's it. I did attempt going down stairs, but that's nothing haha.

    Also, how come Fox labels their forks 120mm for XC bikes, if 120mm is too much? 32 TALAS 29 120/90 FIT CTD Trail Adjust Bike Fork | FOX

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    Here is a picture of my 2013 XTC 3 Comp, size Large.
    Upgrades include:
    Giant P-XCR1 Wheel Set with 36T Ratchet Upgrade
    Schwalbe RR EVO TLR Tires (tubeless)
    Thomson Masterpiece Setback Seat Post
    Giant Contact Risor Bar

    Future Upgrades include:
    XO1 or XX1 Drivetrain
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    Current weight 24lbs 11ozs
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabralkev View Post
    I'll replace the front rotor instead then. Thanks for the info.

    I didn't realize the XC bikes were so limited to be honest. Reason why I got this style of bike was because I don't do serious jumps or anything like that during trail riding. Even though it's a XC bike, I do ride it as at trail bike. All I do is a bit of rock gardens, small jumps while riding through trails and that's it. I did attempt going down stairs, but that's nothing haha.

    Also, how come Fox labels their forks 120mm for XC bikes, if 120mm is too much? 32 TALAS 29 120/90 FIT CTD Trail Adjust Bike Fork | FOX
    Just so you know, if you run a fork with any more travel than 100mm then you are going to void your warranty on the frame. Just because Fox says it is an "XC" fork does not mean it is compatible with any "XC" frame.

    The XTC Composite is virtually indestructible if ridden the way it was intended as an entry level cross country race bike. Although it feels bomb proof, it was not designed to be an all mountain bike, so I would be wary about continually taking it off 3-5 foot drops. Just my two cents.

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    this bike is fast and fun! 2014 29er Composite 1. swapped out the cassette for an XT 11-36. maybe a wheel upgrade later and put these on my son's Talon. i've had a blast on every new bike i've ever bought, but this is leaps and bounds better and a blast to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintlick View Post
    this bike is fast and fun! 2014 29er Composite 1. swapped out the cassette for an XT 11-36. maybe a wheel upgrade later and put these on my son's Talon. i've had a blast on every new bike i've ever bought, but this is leaps and bounds better and a blast to ride.
    Awesome!

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    Sometimes I wish I bought the medium or large of this bike... so I can have 2 bottle holders! lol I'm 5'7 and the medium was somewhat big for me haha.

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    I want to buy an adjustable seatpost. What's the size that I should get. Here is the one I want it fits 30.9 diameter.

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    Yeah the Giant takes a 30.9 seatpost.

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    Has any one broken a XTC Composite frame yet? If so where and how? I have a very unusual creak and I have went through everything. It only happens during climbing with pedal force and you can feel it through the frame. It is also intermittent during the climb and only starts about 30 min into the ride. I'm at a total loss now. If it was an alloy frame I would say its a break but who knows with carbon? It sounds like a metallic and not a thud. Does Giant put aluminum inserts anywhere internally? Can a carbon frame fail internally and not external? My LBS has went completely through this bike and cannot find anything mechanically wrong. I am afraid of a total on trail failure.

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    I think I found a problem with my bike.... Well I hope it's not a problem. The cable mounting that is screwed to the frame seems like its not fastened fully in. The mounting is raised but its not loose. After checking it out... I'm not sure what tool to use to tighten. It's a circle not even an alen key. Should I be concerned of the mounting not being fastened to the frame fully and it being raised off the frame?

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    This is what I'm talking about. Should I be concerned of it breaking or coming undone? I wiggled it and it doesn't seem loose.

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    I also developed rediculous creaking. I have removed seat post, cleaned, lubed and retorqued. Seemed to help initially but came right back. Tightened cogset, seemed to help but came back. Checked all the bolts, all seem tight. Gonna go check the cable guides now. Love this bike but can't ride it with the creaking. Way too annoying.

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    Tightened every bolt. Lubed every cable contact point. cleaned lubed and retorqued headset. Sounds like it's the Bottom Bracket or seatpost. Removed, cleaned and regreased and torqued. Still creaks. This line is around the BB area of the frame. Looks like I dropped the chain or the insert is cracking the shell. I'll have to get someone who see look at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabralkev View Post


    This is what I'm talking about. Should I be concerned of it breaking or coming undone? I wiggled it and it doesn't seem loose.
    Those cable guides are riveted to the frame, so there is no way to tighten them. Bring it back to the dealer since it is a warranty issue.


    Quote Originally Posted by aminkman View Post
    Tightened every bolt. Lubed every cable contact point. cleaned lubed and retorqued headset. Sounds like it's the Bottom Bracket or seatpost. Removed, cleaned and regreased and torqued. Still creaks. This line is around the BB area of the frame. Looks like I dropped the chain or the insert is cracking the shell. I'll have to get someone who see look at it.
    That is a chain drop for sure, and not the source of your creaking. Most likely it's coming from the seatpost like mine.

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    I took the seatpost apart at the rail clamps and they were dry. Thought for sure that was it. It wasn't. Removed the seat post, cleaned and lubed it. Still the same. I'm using carbon assembly grease. Out of ideas

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    Try to remove the replaceable derailleur hanger. Grease where it makes contact and tighten it back down. Weird, but sometimes this helps.
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    Bulldozer, What specifically did you do to the seat post to make it stop? What kind of lube, how much??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    Try to remove the replaceable derailleur hanger. Grease where it makes contact and tighten it back down. Weird, but sometimes this helps.
    I'll go try that right now, Thanks.

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    I use Finish Line Fiber Grip, which is a typical friction compound, between the carbon seattube and my aluminum seatpost. I'm fairly certain that is what causes the creaking as I have the same problem on my other bike where my carbon bar is bolteed to an aluminum stem. I just live with it because even I clean both surfaces and reapply compound, it will just creak again once dirt or dust mixes in.

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    Well I just pulled the derailleur hanger and applied a thin layer of grease on it's mating surface and the mounting bolt. It was a little dirty and dry. Then I removed the derailleur mounting bolt and lubed it. Quick driveway test and it seems squeak free. But it tricked me once before when I tightened the cogset, seemed to help but didn't. I'll have to go for a ride later and see if it's fixed. Thanks Silentfoe. Bulldozer, thats the same stuff I used and it didn't seem to make a difference even tho it totally sounds like thats the noise source.

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    The problem child.

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    Took my XTC Composite 1 29er for its maiden voyage last night on some XC singletrack near my home. I'd grade myself as a C+ or B- grade rider who is still learning the tricks of the trade but I couldn't have been happier with the way the XTC rode.

    It felt like a rocket ship up climbs, was very forgiving if I missed the right line and held my momentum very well. I'm looking forward to many more miles of smiles on this bike:

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    Noise is completely gone! Thanks Silentfoe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintlick View Post
    this bike is fast and fun! 2014 29er Composite 1. swapped out the cassette for an XT 11-36. maybe a wheel upgrade later and put these on my son's Talon. i've had a blast on every new bike i've ever bought, but this is leaps and bounds better and a blast to ride.
    Bike bike. This is something Im considering, either this or the standard Anthem 29er 1.
    Are you able to weigh your XTC Composite 1 29er (with or without pedals I don't mind)? Is it stock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcyclist View Post
    Has any one broken a XTC Composite frame yet? If so where and how? I have a very unusual creak and I have went through everything. It only happens during climbing with pedal force and you can feel it through the frame. It is also intermittent during the climb and only starts about 30 min into the ride. I'm at a total loss now. If it was an alloy frame I would say its a break but who knows with carbon? It sounds like a metallic and not a thud. Does Giant put aluminum inserts anywhere internally? Can a carbon frame fail internally and not external? My LBS has went completely through this bike and cannot find anything mechanically wrong. I am afraid of a total on trail failure.
    My XTC developed a creak after around 250 miles. I overhauled the bottom bracket twice before I finally just replaced it. I also thought it make have been a frame issue, but it turned out to just be the press fit bottom bracket. Do a google search and you will quickly see that press-fit bottom brackets are notorious for developing creaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzzkill911 View Post
    Took my XTC Composite 1 29er for its maiden voyage last night on some XC singletrack near my home. I'd grade myself as a C+ or B- grade rider who is still learning the tricks of the trade but I couldn't have been happier with the way the XTC rode.

    It felt like a rocket ship up climbs, was very forgiving if I missed the right line and held my momentum very well. I'm looking forward to many more miles of smiles on this bike:

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    How much does it weigh (and is it still stock components?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazid View Post
    How much does it weigh (and is it still stock components?)
    Yes, it's pretty much stock except for a new seat post and saddle. It weighs in around 26 pounds which I didn't think was too bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarBrahWyo View Post
    Let's see some pics and testimonials specs of your rigs, people. Getting mine tomorrow. Will put in my $.02 when I get some mileage in.


    Starting to put some miles on this one.

    I'm loving the short wheelbase steep geometry thing for XC.

    Weighing in at about 22lbs:

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    I am looking at picking up XTC composite HT and was wondering about rear tire clearance. I like to run 2.2 to 2.3 tires on the rear of my bikes (HT @ FS) here in Tahoe and Bend.

    What tires are people running?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushman3 View Post
    What tires are people running?
    Nobby Nic 2.25 Snakeskin TR Front
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    What kind of chainstay protectors are you guys using? I just got a LizardSkinz Jumbo 29er and it doesn't seem to fit this huge chainstay.

    I'd much prefer to get a neoprene protector other than using tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-random View Post
    What kind of chainstay protectors are you guys using? I just got a LizardSkinz Jumbo 29er and it doesn't seem to fit this huge chainstay.

    I'd much prefer to get a neoprene protector other than using tape.
    I got a Specialized protector because that was what my LBS had in stock when I purchased the bike. So I'm not sure how it compares to the Lizard Skin Jumbo.

    To fit it properly I slid the protector as far forward as possible since the most likely point of chain impact is near the crank. But it didn't sit there like I wanted it too because the frame tapers off toward the back. A zip tie to tighten the protector on the back fixed that and it fits perfectly providing all the protection I need.

    You can see it in my picture in post #63 above. Hope that helps and enjoy the ride!
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    Just picked this up.

    Made it a 1x10
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    Currently weighs 22.9lbs

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    Just got a 2014 XTC Advanced SL (29'er) frame. Going to build it up with with XX1 and other SRAM/Rockshox goodies.

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    I love my bike. Stoked to race it again this year. This will be my first full season with it, as my Anthem 29 cracked right before Sea Otter.

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    looking for a bit of info on sizing. Looking to get a composite 1 to replace my cannondale flash.

    Being 5ft 11 with 32" leg am i best on a medium or large?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by J273 View Post
    looking for a bit of info on sizing. Looking to get a composite 1 to replace my cannondale flash.

    Being 5ft 11 with 32" leg am i best on a medium or large?

    Thanks
    I am the same size and I ride a large with an 80mm stem with a Thomson setback seatpost. The medium is just a little too cramped for me.

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    It all comes down to personal preference. I say medium will fit you best.

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    Damn, love your bike, especially the frame colors.

    My XTC:

    Sram X0 2x10 gripshift
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    Around 10kg (22lbs)

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    Quote Originally Posted by vietjdmboi View Post
    It all comes down to personal preference. I say medium will fit you best.
    +1

    I'm happy with my medium sized frame and am 5'11" with a 32" inseam too.
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    5'10.5" with 33" inseam; medium fits a gem.

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    How much can abuse can this carbon frame withstand? Anyone know? I own the xtc 29er 3 (2013) model. It's pretty much a trail bike now after a few upgrades I put on it. Waiting for Fox to send out the float 32 100mm CTD 2014 fork I ordered to my LBS. I wanted 120mm, but Giant said it'll void my warranty so I said forget it and ordered the 100mm.

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    It can't take trail bike abuse. It just isn't made for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    It can't take trail bike abuse. It just isn't made for it.
    Really? Does that mean I can not ride it off road? I hope you are wrong or Giant will be replacing a frame. Hope I did not pick the wrong 29'er.
    It's not the falling that hurts, it is the sudden stop at the bottom!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    It can't take trail bike abuse. It just isn't made for it.
    You got to be joking right... A $1900 bike can't take a bit of abuse? I don't mean going on jumps 13 feet high. I hope you're joking. The frame is carbon so I don't see why it can't take some abuse. I saw Santa Cruze carbon test and it's outstanding. I'm sure it's the same sort of carbon put in this bike, just a different style of bike.

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    Also if this bike was designed for XC racing (Which mine is slowly becoming a trail bike). Don't they ride through rough terrain most of the time and going through a bit of rock gardens? It seems their bikes are in 1 piece.

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    Im sure it can take some abuse, but it is an XC race bike. XC hardtails are not meant for drops, they are meant to be light and fast. Im sure it can handle rock gardens and technical riding, but air time is not what an xc hardtail is for. If you wanted a trail bike, you should have gotten at least an anthem with a 120 mm fork or a hard tail designed around a 120 fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meyer378 View Post
    Im sure it can take some abuse, but it is an XC race bike. XC hardtails are not meant for drops, they are meant to be light and fast. Im sure it can handle rock gardens and technical riding, but air time is not what an xc hardtail is for. If you wanted a trail bike, you should have gotten at least an anthem with a 120 mm fork or a hard tail designed around a 120 fork.
    Well that's perfect anyways, I'm never in the air anyhow. But in all honesty, if the bike can't handle a drop like getting off a sidewalk to the road without breaking... Then this bike is a fail in my books. But I'm sure that's not the case. I've seen this bike go through some abuse going downhill at the local trails I gone to and saw no issues. Again I would see an issue if the bike were to take a big jump where it's not designed for it. You can't baby the bike though. Yes it's an XC style bike, but isn't XC also known for trail riding as well...

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    Just got off the phone with Giant. He said the bike is capable of some abuse. He then went into detail stating that he even jumped a small set of stairs maybe 4-5 steps near the shop. He landed fine with no problem. What he said to me was of course you need to be experienced on how to land properly with good forks to absorb the landing. He did mention that he does not recommend it, but that's what he does and his bike hasn't snapped where the headtube is. Throughout the conversation I had with him, he mentions if my frame was carbon or aluminum. The moment I said I own the composite 3 model of the XTC 29er, his voice lit up and said "well then you're fine, carbon is way stronger than aluminum. If the frame where to reach it's limit and snap from a drop you'd notice instantly. Aluminum would take some time until when it breaks and impales you. We test our frames to make sure it takes a lot for the frame to break. As for carbon, again it's real strong more so stronger than aluminum. I weigh 210lbs, how much do you weigh? (I responded with 180lbs but summer I'll be 165lbs. He then goes oh you're fine!"

    Anyhow, he did say going through rock gardens and lifting off sidewalks or small bumps where both wheels are few inches off the ground is fine. He even did mention he landed hard on his front wheel first going off a sidewalk and the frame didn't break. At the end of the conversation I said I was glad I don't have to 'baby the bike'. He goes nah from a rider myself, don't worry the bike can take some abuse, just remember it's a cross country trail bike. I responded with, don't worry all I do is ride at the Don Valley Trails, I'm sure there's no 'mountains' there to jump off haha.

    Our conversation is more so a reference, but it's good to see someone who owns a XTC bike doesn't baby it.

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    I was thinking you were meaning more like 3-4 foot drops and whatnot. The bike should be fine for your intended use. Here in WV, most of our trails are filled with rock gardens and other technical features and many of the XC riders here ride carbon hardtails so you should be fine. XC and trail are about the same thing but now that there are one hundred different categories of cycling its hard to tell if someone means AM by riding trail or just regular every day XC riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meyer378 View Post
    I was thinking you were meaning more like 3-4 foot drops and whatnot. The bike should be fine for your intended use. Here in WV, most of our trails are filled with rock gardens and other technical features and many of the XC riders here ride carbon hardtails so you should be fine. XC and trail are about the same thing but now that there are one hundred different categories of cycling its hard to tell if someone means AM by riding trail or just regular every day XC riding.
    No worries. Eventually I'll buy a AM style bike with more travel down the road when I become more experienced. For the time being all the trails I do ride is cross country style with very little drops. The highest I may of lifted my bike off the ground was a foot high I would assume. That was due to roots coming out of the ground during the trail ride. I landed the bike on both wheels and carried on wards. Very impressed with this bike. Can't wait for the float 32 100mm CTD (2014) I ordered from Fox to come in. It's replacing the Recon TK gold that came with the bike

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    Don't ask a question if you don't want the answer. You said trail bike abuse. Not, a bit of abuse. The answer is no. The XTC is a xc mountain bike. It can handle trails and obstacles just fine but not crossing over into the category of a trail bike.
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    Oh no he went airborne... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silentfoe View Post
    Don't ask a question if you don't want the answer. You said trail bike abuse. Not, a bit of abuse. The answer is no. The XTC is a xc mountain bike. It can handle trails and obstacles just fine but not crossing over into the category of a trail bike.
    Oh please. Just stop with all of these minute categories. It's XC not trail - wtf? Where do you think XC takes place? On trails of course.

    XC racing:





    All hit at speeds faster than you could imagine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by juan_speeder View Post
    Oh please. Just stop with all of these minute categories. It's XC not trail - wtf? Where do you think XC takes place? On trails of course.

    XC racing:





    All hit at speeds faster than you could imagine.
    You my dude are my hero! lollll
    That second photo is insane! Wait did his 'xc hardtail' bike stay in 1 piece, or did it snap? Haha I'm kidding of course. These photos do ease up the stress of me choosing the xtc 29er composite 3. I invested a lot of money on it so far especially stripping most of the parts that came with it, to act as more of a 'trail' style bike. Was just worried I wasted my money on this bike, but after seeing those photos it's clear these bikes are able to be lifted off the floor more than an inch high lol. Just tired of hearing people sounding as you have to baby an XC bike... which you said yourself XC is trail basically, just not with anything more than 120mm travel to it. Clearly I'm not doing 5+ foot drops... besides I'm to scared shitless to do it anyways even if I did own a AM or Trail bike with 150mm travel.

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    You do realize that "trail" is a type of mountain bike. A bike which an XTC is not. I will stop trying to help you out here since it's obvious you're just going to shoot from the hip on this one. Keep in mind, I sell these bikes. I've seen what they can and can't handle.
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    I'm putting a Fox Talas 120mm fork on my xtc next week. You think the 20mm is safe? It shouldn't stress the frame would it?

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