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    Giant 2007 XTC 2 Advice...

    Chasing some feedback on the spec of the new Giant XTC 2 2007 model:

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/au/030...sp?model=10150

    Wanted the 2006 model, but Giant had run out of frame sizes

    Seems slightly down spec'd with basic differences being the brakes (Avid Juicy 3 vs Avid Juicy 5 on 06 model), the shifters (Sram 7 shifters vs Sram 9 on the 06 model), and Easton EA30 vs EA50 on the 06 for seatpost, handlebars, etc.

    Would greatly appreciate any feedback on the 2007 spec (above link) and any general advice on this bike (purpose will be general bush trail and urban riding - nothing too hard, but I am after a quality bike as a step up from my current Apollo MTB).

    Many Thanks...

    Frilby

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    How many duckets you looking to spend

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    Up to $2k (Aussie) but would prefer a little less ($1,500) if good value for money.

    Had settled on the XTC 2 2006 (for me - perfect spec, colour, etc), but only started looking about 2 months ago and no 21" large frames left in OZ

    After a good quality bike (I'm a heavy weight rider - 105KG + travel pack) so good quality shock, etc important. Prefer a hardtail as i do not intend to do any hard core off road, but will hit the bush walking tracks, etc. The rest of the time will be urban.

    Have looked at specialised, Giant, Avanti, etc and for 2006 the Giant XTC 2 was a gem, but for 2007 the playing field may have changed...

    Any and all advice greatly appreciated...

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    Im not good on the conversion stuff. This Specalized would be much better with a Fox fork & Avid BB7 disc brakes.

    https://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBk...keTab=techspec


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    Fantastic spec dogonfr, but unfortunately $3,200 (Aussie Dollars)!!!

    Welcome to the wonderful world of bike prices in Australia...

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    Quote Originally Posted by frilby
    Fantastic spec dogonfr, but unfortunately $3,200 (Aussie Dollars)!!!

    Welcome to the wonderful world of bike prices in Australia...

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    My guess is the bike will be very slightly cheaper, but not a lot.You mentioned the downgraded shifters, well that is not true as for 2007 the X7 shifters are identical to the 2006 X9, and the 2007 X9 is changed to be more like the XO triggers.

    The EA50 stuff is a downgrade, but not a big one, and the brakes are also minimal. All up I think it should cut down on the price a little without sacrificing all that much performance (at the most - a few grams).


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    New question here.

    Just had the price confirmed for the XtC 1 2007 at $1,970 Aussie $$$ (vs $1,470 for the XtC 2 2007) - $500 difference ($200 USD) and available in 5 weeks

    The differences are (XtC 1 vs XtC 2):

    1) Rockshox Reba Race vs Rockshox Recon 351 shock
    2) Shimano Deore XT vs Sram X7/X9 running gear
    3) Shimano Deore LX Hollowtech II vs Raceface Evolve XC crankset
    4) Mavic XM317 (28 spoke) vs Mavic XM117 (32 spoke) rims
    5) DT Swiss 14/15G competition vs standard 15G stainless spokes
    6) Avid Juicy 5 vs Juicy 3 disc brakes
    7) Easton EA50 vs EA30 bar/stem/seatpost

    A few questions regarding the above:

    1) Reba Race is dual air - is this a significant advantage over the Recon?
    2) How does Deore XT compare with Sram X9?
    3) Is there much difference between the cranks (aside from weight)?
    4) I am 105kg + riding pack - Is the 28 vs 32 spoke difference likely to be an issue?
    5) Will the difference in spoke count be negated with the DT Swiss spokes (are these spoke better than standard stainless spokes)?
    6) Juicy 5 vs Juicy 3 is a bit of an unknown... How would Juicy 3's potentially compare to say Hayes or Deore disc brakes?
    7) Is the difference between EA50 and EA30 just in weight or is it strength as well?

    Any advice/feedback greatly appreciated...

    Cheers,
    Frilby

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    Cool-blue Rhythm Giant, best bikes for the money.

    You just cant go past a giant for quality and value for money.

    Giant is a renowned brand that over the past few decades has introduced some revolutionary technology from their tcr geometry to maestro suspension designs. While U.S and European companies make their cheaper bikes in china or Malaysia Giant is a Taiwanese company who make all their bikes in one of their factories in Taiwan, even the top Tour de France race bikes.

    Now the giant xtc 2 is simply the best bike you can buy for the money. I looked around for months comparing price and spec and the giant was the hand down winner. For similar money you will get something with similar spec but a cheap and sloppy frame i.e. mongoose.

    While people stress about the “down spec” from the 06 model I think that this is irrelevant. All the sram groupsets have had a total makeover with the x9 group getting features of the xo and more robust materials and the old x9 gets relabeled as x7. And other things such as the Easton ea30 components and the avid juicy 3 brakes still make for an incredible package at only 1695. Components aside the frame in my opinion looks way cooler than the 06 xtc 2!

    If you are looking for a quality bike, which is suitable for recreational trail riding and even racing than look no further that the giant xtc 2. I myself have not had a chance to ride mine yet as I purchased it just before I broke my collarbone though expect a full review within a few months.

    hope this lengthy reply has been helpful,

    max

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    Giant is nice but ...

    Giant makes fine bikes; as do all the other top builders in Taiwan

    But at that price; the hardtail is a bit heavy for my taste

    I of course like our 21 lb hardtail at $1195 and find the components better overall

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...orderwhite.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikesdirect
    Giant makes fine bikes; as do all the other top builders in Taiwan

    But at that price; the hardtail is a bit heavy for my taste

    I of course like our 21 lb hardtail at $1195 and find the components better overall

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...orderwhite.htm


    I think this is a nice bike, but ... and a big BUT ....

    this guy is in Australia .... first, does bikesdirect ship to Australia? If so, what is the added shipping fee. 2nd $1200 US is about $1550 AUS .... 3rd, original post was 6 months ago ...
    Last edited by txjohng; 01-19-2007 at 01:29 PM.

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    ... and if we just ... Giant fanboy.

    Does anyone know the excact weight of the 2007 giant xtc 2?

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