We should introduce Giant has the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer - and also the best value for money.
And Ivanhoe Cycles is the largest retailer of Giant’s mountain bikes, with 3 massive showrooms and 1 concept store - Giant Hampton. That stuff aside, let’s dive into the details. What does the Giant mountain bike range look like?
Click 'Rear More' below to get an overview on the most popular bikes in the Giant mountain bike range.
GIANT MOUNTAIN BIKE RANGE 2020
/ GIANT ATX
Things start off at the Giant ATX mountain bike. It’s the most affordable mountain bike in the range and consists of 3 models:
- Giant ATX 1 Disc $679.00 (Grey) / Giant ATX 1 Disc $679.00 (Blue)
- Giant ATX 2 Disc $579.00 (Red) / Giant ATX 2 Disc $579.00 (Black)
- Giant ATX 3 Disc $499.00 (Black/White) / Giant ATX 3 Disc $499.00 (Black/Red)
As you move up the Giant ATX range the components gradually get better. Upgrades such hydraulic disc brakes (versus mechanical disc brakes), suspension and gears are the key areas.
/ GIANT TALON
Perhaps the most popular mountain bike in the range. The Giant Talon comes in two models with two wheel sizes (27.5-inch and 29er), giving you four options to choose from:
Compared to the ATX, all Giant Talon’s have hydraulic disc brakes. And they also have internal cable routing. This is where the cables are hidden inside the bike’s frame; minimising maintenance by reducing mud and grit from getting stuck on the cables.
What wheel size should you go for? Larger wheels will roll over stuff easier and for each wheel rotation, you travel further; making the 29er wheels more stable (especially on rough ground) and more efficient.
But smaller riders will definitely benefit from the 27.5-inch wheel because they will be easier to manoeuvre. Smaller wheels are also more reactive and easier to get around corners.
All said, there’s no right or wrong answer - it’s what you prefer.
/ GIANT FATHOM 29
For those who want to get into entry-level mountain biking and also want to ride with the family - it’s a happy medium.
Side note. If you’re going to put a child’s seat or baby seat on the Giant Fathom then consider the Thule RideAlong because it’s one of very few that will fit.
The Giant Fathom is where stuff gets a little more serious. More powerful brakes, smoother suspension and performance Shimano and SRAM drivetrains. And then there’s the frame.
All the other frames have been made from Giant’s ALUXX aluminium. The Fathom gets the new ALUXX SL stuff. It’s lighter, stiffer and has a sophisticated manufacturing method. That means it’s going to be more responsive and it’s going to deliver better handling.
There are 2 choices:
Between the Fathom 29er models there are differences in the suspension, brakes and drivetrain. We go through the details in the product pages below.
/ GIANT STANCE
The Giant Stance is the stepping point into an affordable dual suspension mountain bike. It’s perfect for riders getting into the sport of mountain biking and want to learn the core fundamentals on a bike that is designed for just this purpose.
Or if you have been learning to ride trails on a hardtail mountain bike and feel it’s time for an upgrade to something that is a lot more comfortable to ride.
Even though the Stance is Giant’s entry-point dual suspension mountain bike, it has far from entry level components. The parts have been carefully selected for their durability, economical replacement value and usability.
For MY2020, there are two Giant Stance models to choose from:
As you can see from above the Stance 29 2 obviously uses the larger 29er wheels. But don’t ignore the Stance 2 completely. Click the product link above or below to find out more.
For 2020 (and 2020 only), Giant has elected to use 2.60-inch wide tyres on 27.5-inch rims. Overkill? Not necessarily and it makes a lot of sense. Both Stance models use 120mm of rear wheel travel and are paired with a 130m travel suspension fork up front.
/ GIANT TRANCE
Possibly the most popular mountain bike in Giant’s range. Why?
Because it’s the most versatile dual suspension mountain bike. If you had to take one bike with you on mountain bike trails you’ve never ridden, it would be this bike. Because it’s a relatively efficient climber and delivers considerable stability on descents.
The Giant Trance family consists of 4 models:
Any Giant mountain bike that has word Advanced simply means they use a carbon fibre main frame.
All Giant Trance models use 140mm of rear wheel travel and are paired to a 150mm travel suspension fork.
/ GIANT TRANCE 29
The Giant Trance 29er was released in 2019. You can be excused for thinking it’s the same bike as the Giant Trance. Because it’s not. There are a few very big differences between the two bikes (besides the larger diameter wheels).
In brief, these are:
- 115mm of rear wheel travel, compared to 140mm.
- 130mm of front suspension travel, compared to 150mm.
- Carbon rear triangle, compared to aluminium.
For 2020, this is how the range looks:
/ GIANT REIGN 29
Quite possibly the most interesting bike in the range. Certainly the most updated bike for 2020.
Read our Reign 29 and Reign 27.5 comparison in our in-depth Giant Reign 2020 article.
There are 5 Reign 29 models to choose from:
And then there’s the new Reign SX 29 $5,299.00. This is a slightly more hardcore version of the standard Reign 29. Suspension travel has been increased to 170mm on the front (rear travel is the same at 146mm) and a Fox DHX2 coil shock is employed instead of an air shock to absorb larger, faster, repeated impacts.