Giant ATX Elite 26-GI – 2017

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Description

Taiwanese manufacturer, Giant bicycles, have become well-known for their range of MTBs in the market that boast quality, performance and great-looks. We got the opportunity to review the Giant ATX Elite 26-GI, from their 2017 range of bicycles.

Frame, Fit, Comfort

The Giant ATX Elite 26-GI 2017 has been manufactured using Giant’s in-house ALUXX-grade butted aluminium alloy. Aluminium has long been used to manufacture bicycles owing to its durability and lightweight. This bicycle has been ergonomically designed to handle the specific geometry demands of a 26 inch MTB.

The riding position on this bicycle is relatively upright making for a comfortable, well-controlled ride. Equipped with an SR Suntour XCM HLO suspension fork, with 100mm travel, this bicycle handles bumpy roads, and trails efficiently.

Design

The first thing that catches your eye when you see this bicycle is the ‘ATX Elite’ branding clearly visible on the chain stays as well as the top tube. The Giant ATX Elite 26-GI 2017 is available in two color combinations – A camouflage green with orange, yellow and white accents, and a black with orange yellow and white accents. The bicycle has been prominently branded with ‘ATX Elite 26-GI’, and takes away from the simple/funky design scheme that Giant generally uses while designing their bicycles. This however, is not a cause of concern whatsoever.

Gearing

The Giant ATX Elite 26-GI 2017 comes assembled with a Shimano Altus front derailleur and a Shimano Alivio rear derailleur, commendable for their performance. Shimano SL-M4000 rapidfire shifters control the 27 speed shifting. The shifting was incredibly smooth and efficient.

Brakes and Steering

The Giant ATX Elite 26-GI 2017 comes equipped with Tektro HD- M290 disc brakes with 160mm rotors. The braking was found to be extremely responsive and effective, requiring a feather light touch on the brake levers to bring the bicycle to a full stop. The braking mechanism is sure to work efficiently while riding in wet conditions.

The Giant Alloy 31.8mm handlebar used on this bicycle ensures an open-chested grip and riding-position. The flat handlebar is optimum and ensures superior handling and control of the bicycle. The grips used on the handlebar are extremely comfortable, ensuring no pressure on the palms while riding for an extended period of time.

Ride Quality

The Giant ATX Elite 26-GI 2017 comes fitted with Kenda branded 26 inch tires that provide great grip while on challenging terrains and offer superior control and stability to the bicycle. Thus enabling an overall increased performance on a trail.

The Giant Sport MTB stock saddle that comes fitted on this bicycle is commendable for its – be it on a short or long distance ride.

Additional Information

Sizes

L, M, S, XL, XS, XXS

Colors

Gray/Yellow, Green/Yellow

Frame

ALUXX-Grade Aluminum

Fork

100mm travel, SR Suntour XCM HLO

Shock

N/A

Rims

GX28

Tires

26×1.95, Kenda K1104

Handlebar

31.8, Giant Alloy

Stem

Giant Sport

Seatpost

30.9, Giant Sport

Saddle

Giant Sport MTB

Pedals

Wellgo

Shifters

3×9, Shimano Alivio SL-M4000

Front Derailleur

Shimano Altus

Rear Derailleur

9s, Shimano Alivio RD-M4000 Shadow

Brakes

160mm, Tektro HD-M290 Hydraulic Disc

Brake Levers

Tektro HD-M290 Hydraulic Disc

Cassette

9-Speed, Shimano HG200 11-34

Chain

KMC X9

Crankset

22/32/44, Shimano FC-M351

Bottom Bracket

Shimano BB-UN100

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