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Spring, summer, winter or fall, the physics remain the same: A lighter bike does everything wth less effort.
The Farley 9.6 is built around a superlight OCLV Mountain carbon fiber frame and OCLV carbon fiber Haru fork, making every alloy frame feel heavy and clumsy underneath you. The frameset is not only light, but also tremendously strong for razor-sharp handling and power delivery. Adjustable Stranglehold thru-axle rear dropouts let you alter the wheelbase up to 15mm to dial in handling in a wide range of trail conditions. A tapered head tube/steerer tube all but eliminates front-end flex, improving handling prowess further. Thru-axle fork dropouts add an extra dash of handling precision. The Farley 9.6 features a polymer Carbon Armor downtube shield to ward off rock strikes. Internal routing for a remote dropper post and external routing for hydraulic brake lines make servicing the Farley 9.6 simple. Bottle mounts aren't forgotten. We recommend hot cider in your water bottle.
A fatbike relies on enormous tires to gain control on snow, ice, slush, dirt and mud. The wider the tires, the better the grip. The previous generation of fatbikes used 26" wheels, proving a very large ground contact patch when combined with 3.8" tires. The Farley 9.6, however, uses 27.5" wheels, and 4.5" wide Barbegazi Team Issue tubeless-ready tires. This gives the Farley 9.6 even more grip for riding in slippery, snowy and messy conditions. Converting to tubeless eliminates over 2 pounds (!!) of rotating mass out of the wheels, making the Farley 9.6 even quicker off the start line and out of tight corners. Alloy SUNringlé Mulefüt 80 SL wheels are laced to Bontrager alloy hubs with stout 15mm thru-axle skewers. The rear hub's 108T RapidDrive freehub almost completely removes "free play"; the delay between pushing down on the pedals and actually getting power into the rear wheel. A pretty useful feature when traversing technical terrain or icy rock gardens.
SRAM produces the Farley 9.6's single-ring drivetrain, reducing mechanical complexity and weight. SRAM's 12-speed GX Eagle rear shifter, GX Eagle rear derailleur, 30T GX Eagle crankset, 11-50T Eagle cassette and GX Eagle chain all function seamlessly for lightning-quick operation and long service life. SRAM also supplies the Level TL hydraulic disc brakes that use DOT fluid for especially cold conditions. A Bontrage Arvada saddle sits atop an alloy seatpost, while an accessory-ready alloy Bontrager Elite Blendr stem, alloy Rhythm Comp handlebar and ESI Chunky grips complete the cockpit.
The best performance you can get is when you get maximum bike-for-your-dollar. The Giant Stance 29 2 does exactly that.
Giant's ALUXX-grade aluminum frame gets the Stance 29 2 off to a great start, with light weight, precise handling and excellent power transfer. The bike's geometry is more relaxed than an XC bike, improving confidence on steep descents and broken terrain. Giant's lightweight FlexPoint rear suspension allows the rear wheel to follow the contours of the trails with minimal moving parts. Managing the bike's handling is done with air-adjustable suspension front and rear. Out back, a Suntour Raidon R rear shock offers up 120mm of travel. Up front, a Giant Crest 34 RCL fork with 130mm of travel helps keep the bike where you point it. Both shocks feature adjustable rebound knobs for dialing in handling precision. A tapered OverDrive head tube improves handling in twisty singletrack, while internal cable routing keeps the bike looking clean and sleek.
One of the component highlights of the Stance 29 2 is the addition of Shimano's 12-speed Deore single-chainring drivetrain. Yes, this is a 12-speed full-suspension mountain bike for less than $2000! A Shimano Deore shifter, Shimano Deore 10-51T cassette, Shimano chain, and a clutch-equippped Shimano Deore rear derailleur delivers brilliant performance-per-dollar! A 30T Praxis Cadet alloy crankset does power delivery duty over every inch of the trail.
Rolling stock consists of Giant's own tubeless-ready alloy AM 29 wheels and knobby tubeless-ready 29x2.35" Maxxis Forekaster tires. The combination of a 30mm inner rim width, tubeless capability and aggressive tire tread adds boatloads of traction in rock gardens and loose surfaces. Speed control is critical in technical terrain, and Shimano's MT200 hydraulic disc brakes help with that task in all conditions, sunny or muddy. An alloy Connect seatpost, Romero saddle, alloy Contact stem, and alloy Connect Trail handlebar complete this amazing value in a trail bike.
If you're an adventurer more than a racer, and want a hardtail mountain bike that's up for it, the Fathom 29 2 is ready.
The Fathom 29 2 is built around a light ALUXX-SL aluminum frame, ensuring excellent handling, climbing and pedaling response. A tapered OverDrive head tube adds a precise feel in tight and twisty singletrack, while a press-fit bottom bracket ensures flex-free power delivery. The slack 66 degree head tube angle makes every technical descent less tricky. Internal cable routing adds a clean look, too. With an air-adjustable Crest RCL suspension fork, the Fathom 29 2 can tackle rock gardens and technical terrain with confidence. The Crest RCL's 130mm of suspension travel handles rough rock gardens and stair-step descents much better than a short-travel XC fork. A 10-speed Shimano shifter operates a clutch-equipped Shimano Deore rear derailleur, adding fingertip precision to every gear change on the Fathom 29 2. Tektro supplies the hydraulic disc brakes and meaty 180mm rotors, adding excellent stopping power even in wet and muddy conditions. 30mm wide alloy 29'er wheels are shod with tubeless 29x2.5" Maxxis tires, boasting considerable grip over gravel, dirt and mud. A Giant Contact Switch dropper post gets the Romero saddle out of the way on steep "tip-ins" with a handlebar-mounted remote lever. Alloy Contact handlebars and stem complete this trail-ready machine for the riders who have no finish line.