Giant’s 2019 range of bicycles cover all major categories of bicycles. The MTB range of Giant Bicycles has both recreational and hard-core trail bicycles. From the 2019 range we got the opportunity to test ride the Giant ATX 2 27.5 (2019) and here is what we thought.
Weight: 15.7 kgs
The ATX 2 27.5 (2019) is built with strong yet sleek tubes and curves, which are made from Giant’s ALUXX grade, butted aluminium. The head tube is only oversized on account of a ledge that curves up from the triangular down tube. The down tube also curves and tapers, before flaring out slightly to support the threaded and sealed bottom bracket.
The Suntour XCT front suspension fork is all about performance. With its 100mm travel this suspension fork can handle the roughest of trails with ease. The lack of a suspension lockout was a letdown as it would have helped get stiffer and faster on flatter surfaces on trails.
The Giant ATX 27.5 (2019) which I test rode came in a Charcoal Black frame with White and Red graphics. The matte finish paint job was perfect and the White/Red secondary colours were of perfect contrast. The internal cable routing made the bicycle look neat and also saves the cables from dirt and in turn prolonging the life of the cables and performance of braking and shifting.
The Giant ATX 2 27.5 (2019) gets a 3x7-Speed Shimano Tourney drivetrain, with three gears in the front and seven in the back, giving you the capability to climb steep inclines and go fast on urban roads. These gears are just enough for moderate level climbs and quick shifts on trails. The Shimano EF41 trigger shifters were the standard offer to operate Tourney derailleurs. For the price of this bicycle I expected to see Shimano Altus at the front and back as derailleurs.
This hardtail MTB features Tektro Mechanical Disc brakes at the front and rear. They are as powerful in both wet and dry conditions, so you won’t have to worry about cycling on rainy days. These Mechanical Disc brakes performed well during the test ride and were more than sufficient for moderate trails and rough urban roads.
The Giant Sports low raise handlebar was a bit aggressive and that slight raise from the middle contributed to the little bit of added comfort to the rider in terms of riding posture.
The ATX 2 27.5 (2019) gets Giant’s own branded wheels, matching double walled Alloy rims to provide quick and stable rolling. The 27.5” x 2.1” Giant Sport tires were treaded powerfully to give maximum traction on all kinds of roads and flat rough trails.
The stock Giant Contact Comfort (Neutral) Saddle has been designed for trail rides. The shape and width of the saddle was comfortable to keep the rider seated safe without any soreness and slips.
This hardtail MTB is comfortable to ride and is lightweight. The Mechanical Disc brakes were powerful and were safe to use on wet and dry surfaces. Entry-level Shimano Tourney derailleurs and the lack of a suspension lockout are small negatives but the ride quality does make up for it. Priced at Rs.42,999 (as on 16th July 2019) the Giant ATX 2 27.5 (2019) is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy an MTB for both trail rides and urban roads.
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