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Giant XTC Advanced 3: A Closer Look
May 15, 2018, 12:00 am

As we've pointed out many times over the past few months, mountain bikers nowadays want more and more out of their bikes. We want our bike to be ready on race day, fun to ride for a long day of singletrack, and even up for a bikepacking adventure with pals. That's a pretty wide spectrum of traits to try to a design that does everything perfectly without sacrificing something somewhere. 

We won't make the claim that the XTC Advanced 3 is the perfect bike, but it's hard to find where it comes up short. Giant has packed a lot of value into this $1950 29er, and at 25 pounds with tubes, it checks all the boxes and then some. The overall build list centers around the Giant advanced composite frame and a slew of in-house Giant parts. It gets a Giant cockpit, with factory-tubeless XC 1 Giant wheels and Maxxis IKON 2.2 tires front and rear. The geometry is a pretty nifty balance between an all-out, low race position and a bit more flickable trail riding. One important note: check the head tube. If you are on the edge between a small and a medium the head tube lengths are actually the same on those two frames. 5'8-5'10" on a medium is nice and racy, if that's what you're looking for.

It comes spec'd with 10 speed Shimano Deore with a ShadowPlus rear derailleur, giving you a nice big range with an 11-42 cassette. The stock 30t chainring is great for singletracking or bikepacking, but if you're a Mud, Sweat and Beers or Iceman racer, you may want to grab a slightly bigger chainring to raise that top end up a bit. It's a really good opportunity to grab an oval Wolf Tooth or Absolute Black ring for smoother power transfer and better traction. 

But what really sets this apart from being just another carbon race bike is the adaptability. First, the frame offers sliding horizontal dropouts, something that you'll see more and more, but rarely on a bike with this type of aggressive geometry. These dropouts allow for some adjustability in your wheelbase, but more importantly, let's you drop that derailleur and go singlespeed very easily. For riders who like gears in the spring and a single cog in the fall, you can invest more in one bike and really get used to how it rides. 

Another hidden gem on this frame is the ability to run 27.5"+ wheels with a 3" tire. B+ wheels are a lot of fun to ride on singletrack, but have a special attraction here in Northern Michigan. The wide tires offer extra floatation in the sand, which is especially useful if you're out adventuring on unmarked trails, two-tracks or remote gravel roads to piece your ride together. Admittedly, you'll need to upgrade the fork from the stock 100mm travel SR Suntour in order to fit the wider tire up front, but lots of folks interesting in swapping back and forth already have a wider-spaced fork they like using anyway. 


May 8, 2018, 12:00 am

We had a great time at Mud, Sweat and Beers this past weekend! 

City Bike Shop Gravel Ride
May 2, 2018, 8:24 am

Gravel rides are finally back! Nobody does a ride recap like Brad Miller. Enjoy!

CBS Shines At Rust Shaker
May 1, 2018, 12:00 am

City Bike Shop had a great day of racing at Rust Shaker this past weekend! 

Spring Has Sprung! Here's Where To Ride
April 23, 2018, 12:00 am

Spring is finally here! Hit the roads this week and get ready for the trails to thaw. 

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