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.