Giant Introduces XTC SLR Budget XC Mountain Bike


These are polarizing times. Seems like everybody’s either on one end of the spectrum or the other. I speak, of course, of hardtails. There are more and more aggressive, boundary-pushing rigs out there, and the ever-present XC hardtail holdouts. But the latter are usually aimed at the gram-counting racers that clearly are a bit too serious about getting wattage to the rear tire. What about those of us who just want to catch the Tuesday night local circuit and simply aren’t into shreddy trail-oriented hardtails? Do we all have to spend $4,000 on a featherweight Euro-mobile? Nope, we do not. Giant just updated the XTC, now introducing the XTC SLR.

The completely new bike uses Giant’s most advanced aluminum, never before seen on a hardtail 29er like the XTC SLR. Yes, aluminum can be advanced too, in this case having undergone what Giant calls…

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