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XtC Advanced 27.5

Ready to rip? Meet the superlight, ultra-efficient hardtail used by Giant XC Pros for fast World Cup courses.

When every gram, pedal stroke and ounce of control matter most, this is the choice for Giant’s World Cup XC pros. Handcrafted with Giant’s Advanced-grade composite, and purposefully engineered for the fast, stable 27.5-inch wheel platform, the all-new XtC Advanced 27.5 is the perfect balance between speed and control. The OverDrive 2 steerer tube produces flawless front-end handling even on rough courses. The combination of the MegaDrive downtube and PowerCore bottom bracket offer a super responsive and efficient chassis. Thoughtful touches including the integrated seat clamp and internal cable routing round out this unrivaled XC racer.

Technology:

  • OverDrive 2: Designed to offer unprecedented front-end steering performance, the system’s oversized headset bearings (1 1/2” lower, 1 1/4” upper) and tapered steerer tube work in harmony to provide supreme steering stiffness.
  • PowerCore: A massively oversized bottom-bracket/chainstay area features a fully integrated, 92-millimeter-wide bottom-bracket design.
  • MegaDrive: The precisely engineered, rectangular shaped downtube yields unprecedented steering and pedaling stiffness.
  • 27.5-Specific Geometry: XC frame geometry tailored for 27.5-inch wheel size hardtail to optimize acceleration, control and stability
  • Internal Cable Routing: Frame features unique internal cable porting for sleek, uncluttered appearance and performance.
  • Internal Seatpost Clamp: Lightweight, all-internal seatpost locking mechanism provides clean, confident clamping force where it is needed most.
  • 142/135mm Convertible Rear Thru-Axle Design: 142/135mm convertible rear dropouts let the rider choose which format works best for their needs.

Pricing:

  • XtC Advanced 27.5 1: $5,000
  • XtC Advanced 27.5 2: $3,925
  • XtC Advanced 27.5 3: $2,700

XtC 27.5

Float right up a steep, technical climb. Lean it a little harder through the turns. Speed? Check. Control? Double-Check.

You want the best of both worlds, right? With the all-new XtC 27.5, your wish has been granted. Giant engineers took everything they’ve learned from more than a decade of perfecting the race-bred XtC platform and optimized it for 27.5-inch wheels. The lightweight ALUXX SL alloy frame features an OverDrive 2 steerer tube for front-end stiffness and control. The geometry, designed for a 100mm fork, offers just the type of quick handling and stability you need for fast XC riding or racing.

Technology:

  • OverDrive 2: Designed to offer unprecedented front-end steering performance, the system’s oversized headset bearings (1 1/2” lower, 1 1/4” upper) and tapered steerer tube work in harmony to provide supreme steering stiffness.
  • Gusset-Free Design: Giant pioneered and perfected the use of radically shaped tubesets that provide all the strength and stability of gusseted tubes without added material and welds.
  • PowerCore: A massively oversized bottom-bracket/chainstay area features a fully integrated, 92-millimeter-wide bottom-bracket design.
  • MegaDrive: The precisely engineered, rectangular shaped downtube yields unprecedented steering and pedaling stiffness.
  • 27.5-Specific Geometry: XC frame geometry tailored for 27.5-inch wheel size hardtail to optimize acceleration, control and stability.
  • ALUXX SL Aluminum: Formed from raw materials in Giant’s own forging facility, this proprietary alloy features 30 percent additional stiffness over traditional 6061-series aluminum, while also reducing overall weight.

Pricing:

  • XtC 27.5 2: $1,700

Anthem Advanced 27.5

Ready to leave the competition in the dust? This new 27.5 rocketship is the choice of Giant Pros for technical XC terrain.

Engineered to give Giant’s elite-level racers every advantage on technical XC racecourses, this all-new bike features the raceproven performance of the Anthem name—smooth Maestro Suspension, confident handling and lightweight frame technology—but supercharged with a new purpose-built 27.5-inch-wheel frame design. Handcrafted with a superlight and stiff Advanced Composite mainframe and meticulously engineered geometry that’s optimized for a 100mm suspension fork, it’s the ultimate XC speed machine. Frame technologies include Giant’s OverDrive 2 steerer tube for precision stiffness and steering, internal cable routing, and dropper seat cable routing.

Technology:

  • OverDrive 2: Designed to offer unprecedented front-end steering performance, the system’s oversized headset bearings (1 1/2” lower, 1 1/4” upper) and tapered steerer tube work in harmony to provide supreme steering stiffness.
  • PowerCore: A massively oversized bottom-bracket/chainstay area features a fully integrated, 92-millimeter-wide bottom-bracket design.
  • MegaDrive: The precisely engineered, rectangular shaped downtube yields unprecedented steering and pedaling stiffness.
  • Maestro Suspension System: Utilizes four strategically positioned pivot points and two linkages that all work together to create a single floating pivot point for the most active, efficient and independent system on the trail.
  • 27.5-Specific Geometry: XC frame geometry tailored for 27.5-inch wheel size Maestro suspension bike to optimize control, acceleration and stability
  • Internal Cable Routing: Frame features unique internal cable porting for sleek, uncluttered appearance and performance.
  • 142/135mm Convertible Rear Thru-Axle Design: 142/135mm convertible rear dropouts let riders choose which format works best for their needs.

Pricing:

  • Anthem Advanced 27.5 0 Team: $8,250
  • Anthem Advanced 27.5 1: $4,750
  • Anthem Advanced 27.5 2: $3,500

Anthem 27.5

XC race, marathon or all-day epic. For those who do it all, and want to do it faster, this new 27.5 machine is the answer.

What do you get when you combine the quickness and agility of the Anthem platform with the added handling and stability of 27.5-inch wheels? You get this, the next evolution of XC performance. It features a lightweight ALUXX SL full-suspension alloy frame, and awardwinning Maestro Suspension—meticulously engineered to optimize this new wheel size. The frame features Giant’s OverDrive 2 steerer tube for razor-sharp handling, plus a PowerCore bottom bracket for maximum pedaling stiffness and power transfer.

Technology:

  • OverDrive 2: Designed to offer unprecedented front-end steering performance, the system’s oversized headset bearings (1 1/2” lower, 1 1/4” upper) and tapered steerer tube work in harmony to provide supreme steering stiffness.
  • PowerCore: A massively oversized bottom-bracket/chainstay area features a fully integrated, 92-millimeter-wide bottom-bracket design.
  • MegaDrive: The precisely engineered, rectangular shaped downtube yields unprecedented steering and pedaling stiffness.
  • Maestro Suspension System: Utilizes four strategically positioned pivot points and two linkages that all work together to create a single floating pivot point for the most active, efficient and independent system on the trail.
  • 27.5-Specific Geometry: XC frame geometry tailored for 27.5-inch wheel size Maestro suspension bike to optimize control, acceleration and stability
  • Internal Cable Routing: Frame features unique internal cable porting for sleek, uncluttered appearance and performance.
  • 142/135mm Convertible Rear Thru-Axle Design: 142/135mm convertible rear dropouts let riders choose which format works best for their needs.

Pricing:

  • Anthem 27.5 3: $2,250

Trance Advanced 27.5

Take your enduro riding to the next level. Climb like an XC racer, descend with supreme confidence.

With its new 27.5-inch wheel platform, this composite Trance Advanced 27.5 is light, agile, and born to go fast on technical trails. Developed with input from Giant’s champion enduro pros, the Advanced-grade composite frame is engineered specifically for 27.5, the ideal wheel size for all-around trail capabilities. With 5.5 inches of smooth Maestro rear suspension, as well as an OverDrive 2 steerer tube and PowerCore bottom bracket for steering and pedaling stiffness, it’s an all-around trail slayer that climbs as well as it descends. Frame details include internal cable routing, integrated downtube protection and ISCG-05 chain guide compatibility.

Technology:

  • OverDrive 2: Designed to offer unprecedented front-end steering performance, the system’s oversized headset bearings (1 1/2” lower, 1 1/4” upper) and tapered steerer tube work in harmony to provide supreme steering stiffness.
  • PowerCore: A massively oversized bottom-bracket/chainstay area features a fully integrated, 92-millimeter-wide bottom-bracket design.
  • MegaDrive: The precisely engineered, rectangular shaped downtube yields unprecedented steering and pedaling stiffness.
  • Maestro Suspension System: Utilizes four strategically positioned pivot points and two linkages that all work together to create a single floating pivot point for the most active, efficient and independent system on the trail.
  • 27.5-Specific Geometry: XC frame geometry tailored for 27.5-inch wheel size Maestro suspension bike to optimize control, acceleration and stability
  • Internal Cable Routing: Frame features unique internal cable porting for sleek, uncluttered appearance and performance.
  • 142/135mm Convertible Rear Thru-Axle Design: 142/135mm convertible rear dropouts let riders choose which format works best for their needs.

Pricing:

  • Trance Advanced 27.5 0: $7,725
  • Trance Advanced 27.5 1: $5,350
  • Trance Advanced SX 27.5: $6,400
  • Trance SX 27.5: $4,050

Trance 27.5

Slippery roots, wheel-eating ruts, big drops. Whatever the trail throws your way, you’re ready with Trance 27.5.

All new and totally reengineered for the benefits of 27.5-inch wheels, Trance 27.5 is the best of both worlds—light and agile, yet also super stable on the roughest trails. The lightweight, stiff and super-strong ALUXX SL aluminum frame is mated with 5.5 inches of proven Maestro suspension. The frame also features Giant’s OverDrive 2 steerer tube technology for stiff, razor sharp handling in the rough stuff. Climbing or descending, there’s no better way to own the trail.

Technology:

  • OverDrive 2: Designed to offer unprecedented front-end steering performance, the system’s oversized headset bearings (1 1/2” lower, 1 1/4” upper) and tapered steerer tube work in harmony to provide supreme steering stiffness.
  • PowerCore: A massively oversized bottom-bracket/chainstay area features a fully integrated, 92-millimeter-wide bottom-bracket design.
  • MegaDrive: The precisely engineered, rectangular shaped downtube yields unprecedented steering and pedaling stiffness.
  • Maestro Suspension System: Utilizes four strategically positioned pivot points and two linkages that all work together to create a single floating pivot point for the most active, efficient and independent system on the trail.
  • 27.5-Specific Geometry: XC frame geometry tailored for 27.5-inch wheel size Maestro suspension bike to optimize control, acceleration and stability
  • Internal Cable Routing: Frame features unique internal cable porting for sleek, uncluttered appearance and performance.
  • 142/135mm Convertible Rear Thru-Axle Design: 142/135mm convertible rear dropouts let riders choose which format works best for their needs.

Pricing:

  • Trance 27.5 1: $3,500
  • Trance 27.5 3: $2,125

Talon 27.5

Carve through corners and fly up the climbs with the quick and agile Talon 27.5.

The super-responsive ALUXX aluminum frame features classic hardtail design updated with Giant’s innovative new 27.5-inch wheel technology. Designed to make the most of this lightweight yet stable wheel size, and engineered to work with a 100-millimeter suspension fork, it’s the perfect choice for sport and recreational riders that want the perfect blend of quickness, light weight and control on the trail.

Technology:

  • 27.5-Specific Geometry: XC frame geometry tailored for 27.5-inch wheel size hardtail to optimize acceleration, control and stability.
  • ALUXX Aluminum: Formed from raw materials in Giant’s own forging facility, this proprietary 6061 alloy features a best-in class strength-to-weight ratio.
  • Gusset-Free Design: Giant pioneered and perfected the use of radically shaped tubesets that provide all the strength and stability of gusseted tubes without added material and welds.
  • 100mm Optimized Geometry: Designed to offer outstanding handling in conjunction with a 100mm-travel suspension fork.

Pricing:

  • Talon 27.5 1: $1,380
  • Talon 27.5 4: $700
  • Talon 27.5 5: $570

Continue reading for more information, specs, pricing and full photo gallery of the new 2014 Liv/giant Women’s 27.5 models.

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 12 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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  • Luiggi says:

    Yeah, right. All the major players needed to segment the market and force us to upgrade/update our bikes because the bikes/frames were so good that we were all happy with our current bike, and nobody was buying a newer model. And yet they want to convince us it was for our own good. I’ve tried four 650b bikes, and in my humble opinion they aren’t as playful and nimble as my 26ers. Now if I’d like to upgrade my frame for a newer model, I’d have to buy a new set of wheels, a new fork, etc.

    Cool infomercial, but I still believe this isn’t in our best interests, but in the commercial ones (i.e. maximize revenues) of the bike industry.

  • John Park says:

    Wheel diameter has no bearing upon acceleration. If the rim and tire are the same weight the larger wheel will also be rotating slower; the effects cancel out. In order to get to the same rpm will take more energy, but that’s not the comparative case here.

    If you use the same type of rim and tire, the net overall [rotating and non rotating bike plus rider] acceleration loss between 27.5 and 29 is about .15% or one six hundredth difference. Plus the bike will be about a third of a pound heavier.

    There may be valid reasons for going 27.5 but noticeable differences in acceleration are hard to measure.

    • Ryan says:

      odd, since 29ers are noticeably more sluggish.

    • Chris says:

      Wheel diameter makes no difference to acceleration?? That’s flat out wrong mate, I’m sorry.

      A smaller diameter wheel in effect changes the “final drive ratio”…. and 1.5″ most certainly would make a difference.

      But dont take my word for it, just google “rolling diameter” and its effects on acceleration- and you will quickly find a lot of motor racing references proving my point. 1″ bigger on a car makes a difference…. so on a bike with only your own 2 legs, its even more noticeable.

  • the-one1 says:

    “superior technology”. WTF is that suppose to mean. It’s just a wheel of a larger diameter. The wheel was a “superior technology”, everything after that is just fluff.

  • Rideordie says:

    What the fail to mention is that all the slight differences in percentage points we because 650b isn’t really a 27.5 more like 27.125 making there arguments moot. Imma hold out for the 31ers. Now that’s a monster truck mobbing down the trail.

  • Rideordie says:

    Predictive text arrrrr what they fail… points are there their

  • EagleScout says:

    I did notice a BIG difference from 26 to 29. The 29 doesent handle well in twisty sections, Its seems to make me go slower. But it also seems like I can climb up hills and ride rock gardens with less effort on a 29.

  • Brooks Yancey says:

    What a $%^&*#@ load. 2% here, 1.5% there. Here’s a stat for you, 95% of riders out there with suspension forks don’t even know what their settings are, they just ride. All of this sounds like an attempt to over hype bikes that will ride poorly.

    • Dr Dog says:

      I tried a 650B frnt wheel with good results over 3 years ago. Also found that many cross country racers were secretly using this combo on some courses with great effect (some in spite of sponsors not having a 27) .
      Three years later I have given away a 29er, only will ride my 26 as an indoor trainer!
      On my third 27.5 conversion, & find them completely superior to the original designed for 26, except climbing on pavement!
      Finally as Scott won almost every 2012 cup race with a 650 (they did-NOT even have a 650 production bike at the time!) & many other XC wins later (Sea Otter 2013), I can have a 5″ travel bike made for 27.5!!!
      Ride what you like, but I will never ever ride a 26er off-road again!

  • Acupunk says:

    Here is what it comes down to: Ride the bike. If it fits you and “disappears” underneath you then buy it. Who cares what wheel size? I compared the Santa Cruz Bronson, the Tallboy LTc and Tallboy at a demo day recently. The Bronson felt more balanced and fluid of the 3 bikes. While I loved how the 29r’s rolled through the rock gardens I felt too up in the air on them. (I’m 6’1″) They were amazing and I wouldn’t turn them down, but the Bronson just felt right to me.

  • James Workman says:

    and short riders cheered! as tall people got the shaft once again!

    being tall in a world designed for the numerical averages, so as to reach / tap a broader market, ALWAYS! leaves the tall people CRAMPED!

    Long live the 29ers!

    BMX barrowed from the road racers in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s.. same as the MTB crowd.. and the 700c will NEVER! die.. because it is not a FAD! Not that 650b / 27 is a FAD.. because the short people of the World can reach the pedals easier.. and the middle of the road / normal or better yet the numerical average height crowd will feel better moving to a bike that is smaller.. thusly more maneuverable. because none of the men that are 5’5″ to 5″10″ want to ride a Small Frame 29er.. because of the word SMALL! being stuck I their SMALL(ish) Napoleon Complexes, LULZ!

    the 650b boils down to the majority of men riding are less than average height, look around on the hill and at the Pros.. what do you see, don’t hate me for speaking the truth!

    and these men who are spending money.. ALREADY!! have Small issues.. and thus a Bike with SMALL written on it or more accurately when a woman notices how short in length their top tube is.. some women go around measuring top tubes.. would then laugh openly at the demure size of the little(ish) man with the little(ish) top tube.

    why does everyone try to be so Polite to these angry little Napoleon Types?

    mean while the tall people.. who are always reaching stuff and being helpful in general.. are stuck being made the bad guys because we had finally an area where we could come together and be clumsy together.. with not a lot of people watching because we would be in the woods where they couldn’t see us being clumsy!

    Tall People are being forced out of MTBing! by the little people! they steal everything!

    if you didn’t find this entertaining and or funny.. You Suck! not me.

  • Wacko says:

    Please.. 29ers aren’t going away and stop thinking all short people are bitter and vindictive. I could care less if my bike had a XXXXS stamp on it as long as it fit correctly to how I want to ride.

  • BigAussie says:

    I own a Giant Anthem 26″ custom build and a Giant talon 0 29er
    The anthem is my number 1 choice every time its just more fun
    I can see the point of a 27.5″ anthem it should be good but I will not be in a rush to get rid of the 26″
    back to the talon its spot on for moor rides but it feels a bit dull at the trails
    also giants own brand wheels on the cheaper models are not good my 29er wheels lasted 1 winter then I changed them for some mavic crossrides made it a better ride

  • sam says:

    I was holding out on the 29 er fad as long as I can and I believe it is for taller riders (5’10″) above guys. I am 5’8 and happy with my 26 until i rode a 9er after much hesitation. For starter going over roots and logs got much confident just cause it dint want to trip as easily as my 6er did and this was a hard tail as compared to my 6er full suspension and still the tire size soaked up the bumps and was easier to pedal climbs ! I am still going to hold out for the 27.5 , cause I think vertically challenged rider like myself will have trouble throwing around a 9er like i do with my 6er. But the 27.5 may be a happy medium for guys like me !

  • Mick says:

    I just moved from a Nomad to a Bronson and the 27.5″ are better. Most times I don’t notice them but when doing slow techie rocks they’re way better. Easier to hold a line through sketchy stuff too whether fast or slow, carves berms better, even seems to do skinny north shores better too although I’ve no idea why, and compared to the Nomad, it hops through the All Mountain Trials sections of the track I ride like a trials bike, but that’s probably down to the bike, who knows, and I reckon I ride faster, but it’s sometimes hard to work out if that’s because the bike is so refined or it’s the wheels, but probably a combination of both. End of the day 27.5′s are evolution in progress but that’s not to say that a good bike, regardless of wheel size, will always be a blast to ride, but IMO 27.5′s are more fun to ride than 26′er’s. The only thing I don’t like is that I’ve clipped my balls a few times on the back tyre when hanging off the back of the bike (ouch) but seem to have unconsciously adjusted my riding style as it’s not happened for awhile. I’m thinking that 29′er riders must have problems with the family jewels.
    A 27.5″ Nomad would be a game changer I reckon.

  • Tomek says:

    Holy s$&t! I was looking for some help in deciding if I should “upgrade” my 14yr hard tail stump jumper … I love that F-er and I feel like I can attack any trail without hesitation. Maybe it’s the engine? But seriously – if I’m having fun attacking the hills on my old 26er … Why the F should I be considering spending a lot of money on a new bike? Somebody shed some knowledge – I am cheap but I invest wisely for long term use! 27.5 or stick to my O.G. ride?

  • Mickey says:

    GIANT is the biggest bicycle producer in the world !

    But in the factories they actually produce aswell for other brands:

    i.e. Scott, Trek, Colnago, Bonetrager, ….whatever.

    Do not think that a bicycle brand is producing his own frames or parts…….

  • Shawn McAfee says:

    I like that Giant is pushing the envelope and trying something different. It shows a lot of confidence from the brand to step out and try something new.

    That said, I’m not 100% positive I agree with the 27.5 as a platform. It makes sense in some applications and regions, but others maybe not. I guess only more testing on the trails will prove to be right or wrong.

  • Si Walker says:

    Hi All,
    I have had 26ers for years and last year got a 29e, they are just too big in tight rutted ground like the peaks etc and at 5’9 i think the bike is just too big even on a medium frame. I am just about to buy a 650B and going for the Giant, it just has it for me cant wait to hit the trails and getting out for a long weekend in Wales 

  • DV says:

    I just got a 27.5 Giant Talon 4 in a the small frame size since I’m 5′ 7″. It’s acceleration is incredible, boy does it grab and grip and go, although I’ve never ridden a 26 so take my opinion there with a grain of salt. I tested a handful of 29ers, specifically Cannondale, GT, and Marin and just found them to not be as nimble as I like. I feel like I can do laps around a 29er, not really, but you get the idea. Ride with the GIANTS!

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