Giant recently announced the introduction its new XtC Composite 29er. The XtC Composite 29er was developed with input from Giant Factory Team Off-Road Team rider Carl Decker. One look at the radically engineered Composite frameset reveals some innovative new thinking in the quest to produce a lightweight, race-ready, 29-inch-wheel hardtail.
"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."
The massive ‘MegaDrive’ downtube reveals one of the frame's most distinctive features: an asymmetrical design. The tube itself is offset to in order to maximize stiffness, especially in the bottom bracket area, which uses Giant's PowerCore technology for maximum pedaling efficiency. Press-fit bottom bracket cups minimize weight, and extra-wide chainstays, which are also asymmetrically shaped, provide optimal power transfer and ample rear tire clearance.
The XtC Composite 29er frameset also incorporates a tapered headtube for optimal front-end stiffness and sharp steering. Together, these features result in a frame that's light and stiff enough to race but with improved vertical compliance and handling characteristics that make it ideal for technical XC trails and marathon distances.
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. For more information, visit your local Giant shop or go to giant-bicycles.com.