Besides GT – whose new Verb bike hasn’t yet been available for us to test – Giant is the only big global manufacturer brave enough to go under the four-figure mark (in the UK) with a full-suspension bike. Its engineers have done a sterling job of delivering on the Taiwanese manufacturer’s reputation for sorted full-sussers too, and in some ways it’s better for its simplicity.
The Stance chassis follows the well-established format of more expensive Giants, complete with tapered head tube, press-fit bottom bracket (BB) and hydroformed tubes throughout.
Unlike most bike manufacturers, Giant creates its ALUXX alloy tubing and builds the frames in its own factory, rather than subcontracting them to one of the handful of mega manufacturers such as, er, Giant. We’ve always had excellent long-term durability experience with its full-suspension bikes, both in terms of bearing life and general toughness.
Giant build its frames in-house, from raw alloy right through to the finished bike, so the build quality and longevity of its bikes is second to none
The asymmetric rear end will take 2.35 to 2.4in rubber at a squeeze, and you get an easy-to-adjust post-mount rear brake. There are clips on the top tube for an externally cabled dropper post, such as Giant’s own Contact SL Switch, too. You don’t get the convertible (for different axle types) dropouts of more expensive models though.
Baked-in frame flex
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