The XtC SLR 29 marks the first time Giant has used its ultra-premium ALUXX SLR grade aluminum for a hardtail 29er. It’s also the lightest aluminum hardtail ever built by Giant at 1,429 grams (size small). Designed to ride with a 100mm suspension fork, the XtC SLR 29 is a race-bred climber that’s both smooth and agile on the trail.
The frame is engineered with a proprietary material consisting mainly of 6011 alloy. The raw aluminum undergoes state-of-the-art microscopic grain manipulation to achieve best-in-class strength-to-weight ratios. The tubes are crafted with our proprietary FluidForm process, which uses an injection of high-pressure fluid to form the alloy shapes. The tubes are then refined with our most advanced butting techniques. This process allows the frame tubing to be thinner and up to 20 percent lighter than those used in ALUXX SL framesets.
Frame geometry is optimized for 29-inch wheels, emphasizing speed and control with a 69.5-degree headtube angle and 74-degree seattube angle that create a confident, balanced feel on technical XC trails. The new Giant Crest 34 suspension fork offers a smooth, plush ride for added control. Boost hub spacing provides added tire clearance (up to 2.4-inch) and wheel stiffness, and a new Giant WheelSystem with tubeless tires delivers a more efficient, controlled ride quality with a reduced risk of flats. The frame is designed for a 1x drivetrain setup and features internal cable routing for a clean profile.
The XtC SLR 29 will be available soon in select markets. For more information, click here.