There are two reasons why you should consider buying the ATX 1 2020:
First, it’s the best ATX 1 Giant has ever produced.
And two, it’s the perfect top-end recreational mountain bike - without actually going over the top.
In this preview, I’ll go through some stuff that will give you not only a better understanding of the bike but also an appreciation for how good this mountain bike is.
As the best recreational mountain bike in the range, it’s designed for those riders who are searching for a superb all-purpose mountain bike for:
- General fitness rides.
- Short commutes to work.
- Riding with the family (child seat compatible).
- Teenager riding to and from school.
- And mountain biking on easy trails.
There’s not much the ATX can’t do. They only place and purpose where it’s not suitable is frequent (once a week) mountain biking on intermediate technical trails.
This is going to sound super bias, but nevertheless it’s the truth:
Giant makes some of the best quality aluminium frames in the industry. And the ATX is no exception. It’s also backed by a Lifetime Frame Warranty.
It’s made from 6000 series aluminium which is light and durable. The frame can easily accommodate a child’s seat or pannier racks for touring and long adventures.
Another high-end feature is internal cable routing.
Instead of attaching to the outside of each tube, the run on the inside of the main downtube. This protects the cables from rust, grit, dirt and mud. And minimises the maintenance needed on them.
As a recreational mountain bike, Giant’s engineers have paid close attention to geometry and handling. In other words, how you sit and feel on the bike.
And it’s been designed to give riders a relaxed and upright seating position. So, even if you haven’t used a bike in years you will instantly feel comfortable on the ATX 1.
It’s an easy bike to ride. It’s not a race bike where it’s going to aggressive and nervous. Quite the opposite.
The front end of the ATX 1 has been tuned to deliver stable and predictable handling. It’s a real advantage if you’re riding on rough rail trails or beginner mountain bike trails (such as Lysterfield Park).
It’s also worth noting that the back end of the ATX 1 is deliberately been shortened. This makes the ATX more responsive, better for climbing and slightly easier to manoeuvre.
This is the first time (ever) Giant has used hydraulic disc brakes on the ATX 1. In fact, the upgrade is so significant, the ATX 1 comes awfully close to the Giant Talon 3. And it’s cheaper.
Tektro HDM275 hydraulic disc brakes are...everywhere. And there’s a good reason why.
Tektro is one of the largest brake manufacturers in the world. The 275 is their recreational level hydraulic disc brake. It’s got enough power and control for general-purpose riding and easy mountain biking - so it’s a perfect fit for the ATX 1.
And if you’ve never used hydraulic disc brakes, here are the advantages:
- The hand effort at the brake lever is significantly lighter. Which is great for adults but even better for smaller riders.
- The brake lever can be adjusted in towards the handlebar for smaller hands.
- Less maintenance is required compared to mechanical disc brakes.
- And hydro brakes are safer. Kind of like having ABS on your car, they will slow you down without skidding and losing control.
In the past, the ATX 1 has had 24 gears. Now it’s got 16.
To keep the drivetrain simple and efficient.
There are a lot of gears that you can’t use by having 3 front chainrings, that’s why Giant has dropped it to 2 front chainrings.
These gears are paired to eight rear gears. This gives plenty of range to climb steep inclines and delivers good speed on flat surfaces.
The following is the official Giant ATX sizing chart. But do take it with a grain of salt - it’s not always accurate. That’s why coming instore, where we can see you on the actual bike is a far better way to size a bike.
For pre-teens and teenagers who are in between two frame sizes (such as XS and S), we’d recommend going the size up. It will last longer, but we can make adjustments to make the larger frame size ‘smaller’ and more manageable.
The ATX 1 comes with a:
- Lifetime frame warranty (to the original owner only).
- 2 years on the Suntour suspension and Shimano components.
- 1 year on everything else.
A copy of the Giant Owners Manual can be found on the PDF link at the top of the page.
FRAME SIZE (WHEEL SIZE)
XS (26”), S (26”), M (27.5”), L (27.5”), XL (27.5”)
ALUXX grade aluminium
Suntour XCT HLO w/lockout, 100mm travel
Giant Connect, low-rise, 31.8mm
Giant Sport, 10 degree
Giant alloy, 30.9mm
Shimano SL-M315, 16 Speed
Tektro HDM275 hydraulic disc, 160mm
Tektro HDM275 hydraulic
Shimano HG200, 12-32T, 8sp
Giant alloy, double wall
Alloy disc, 32H
Stainless steel, 14g
Giant Sport, 2.1”