Giant XtC NRS 2002 Full Suspension

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[Oct 03, 2021]
BikeGirl503!!


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

Love my bike! Rides smooth and can go anywhere - pavement to off road. I wish I’ll be able to find something comparable when I need to.

Weakness:

I can’t say there’s any downside to this bike

Price Paid:
2000
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2002
[Jun 08, 2021]
DirtGuyy


OVERALL
RATING
4
Strength:

Just for kicks...yes, I still own my NRS, since 2003. It has been used and abused, seen the good trails in Whistler and Asheville, survived a few years dodging cars and potholes in the city of Chicago, and is now just a gravel/dirt road bike. Parts are getting harder to find, and I suspect its days are numbered, but it is the best money I've ever spent on a bike. A few components have been replaced over the years, such as cranks, fork, front brake lever/caliper, rear shifter, but most parts have been remarkably durable.

Weakness:

The ghost shifting, as mentioned by others, was a problem early on, but I switched to an 8-speed cassette and never had another problem. Some of the complaints in the reviews from way back when just make me laugh...yes, it was not that good on 5-ft drops. Is there any cross-country MTB that is? For its intended purpose, this was an excellent bike.

Purchased:
Used  
Model Year:
2002
[Jul 13, 2003]
Jesus Ruvalcaba
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

great suspension rock shock air judy the back suspension
27 speeds super light aluxx sl butted aluminum frame with a no resonance system suspension great avid v brakes fast al stem great helbent handlebar rappid fire shifting is great

Weakness:

only weknesses i have found is minnor ghost shifting when doing really sandy trails but only had that happen once

THE giant nrs xtc 3 is the best bike ive ever ridden in it can take even the hardest trails on great and i like how it feels like a hard tail up hill but when you need that back shock its there when on bumps or if your going more than 180 rpm is when the back air shock will funtion great you can always make suspension it whnever you want too the tires are some of the best going too the seat isnt that confertable which is why i got a kona seat and free agent pedals beacuse this bike is clip in pedals but i got those too for free with the dealer plus a specializes helmet all for 400 and the bike fells like a 1000 doller bike it is great

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[Jul 07, 2003]
brian
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

nrs system, geometry, stiffness, rear shock, handling and the handlbar setup

Weakness:

front derailer, fork, brakes

the giant XtC nrs 3 is good, but not perfect. THis bike is good for agressive crosscountry, but the fork can bottom out on 5+ ft drops. i love the way it rode because it has no bob and it acts almost like a hardtail that can soak up the bumps you run into. The problem with the front derailer was that if you were on the middle ring and you went off a drop and your back wheel id not hit first, the chain fell down to the smallest ring. it is great for doing just cross country, but the brakes didn't stop very efficiantly. if you do a lot of downhilling then this is not the bike for you.

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[Jun 16, 2003]
nando
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

NRS system rocks, excellent climbing.

Weakness:

Original fork, cransket, other components.

Here's the deal: This bike has the exact same frame as the top-of-the-line NRS Air (per Giant's own website). So if you alreadey have some decent components (like I did), buying one of these will give you more bang for your buck. Unless you're too concerned about the paint color scheme giving away your frame's year/model.
I'm very pleased with my NRS and how it rides compared to my hardtail. There really is no pedal-induced bobbing.

The frame does seem to run a little long for its size. Mine is a Medium and a full ¾" longer than my medium (long-top-tube) hardtail. So I went for an 80mm x 10° stem and that took care of that.

Rear shock setup instructions were dead-on. Follow them and enjoy the ride.

Will post a follow up by end of summer. For now, 5 chilis for awesome vale, 4 chilis overall unless I find out it's perfect.

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[Sep 01, 2003]
Walter
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

NRS, FS and real XC

Weakness:

bottombracket (ISIS) the standard RF replaced by some sort of FSA. ISIS sucks by design, so does Octalink.
Fork Manitou Skareb flexed, rebuild before it broke, replaced before it could brake, Marzocchi rulez
RS SID damper leaked air after a few months. Skweeks after rebuild,sucks in general. Guess its al in the name, SID, sounds like...

Great bike, bad choice in components.
Had some components replaced right away, great deal at my LBS.
Wish I had changed the fork right then, but then again, wouldn't know what I know now.
Very happy with my relative simple and inexpensive Marzocchi MX Comp Air.
The NRS system realy works great. I use a little less air pressure as recommended, more comfort, still no bobbing.

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[May 27, 2003]
Craig Jones
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Awesome climber - no bob on the uphills and with a quick twist on the rebound adjust it descends great - very smooth and the bike holds a line well.

Weakness:

Giant's choice of tires could have been better. The tread pattern of the Python's leaves a lot of room for improvement. On loose trails it loses traction easily. Changed it immediately after my first ride. The geometry of the bike takes a little getting used to compared to other bikes. I'm 6'2" tall and I noticed that on my 20.5" ride that the front end seems to pop up no matter how I position my seat and stance over the bike on climbs.

Picking this bike up at the end of the season saved me some bucks but even if I had payed the full price this would have been the best money spent! I am totally psyched by this bike. The Superlight was a more plush ride but it would have also cost a lot more with the same component set up so in my mind this was a better choice! If you want to maximize your value vs. quality this should be the bike of choice!!

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[Sep 06, 2003]
Rod C.
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

No Bob. Great Specs. Massive value. Made me a better climber and all around rider.

Weakness:

Ghost Shifting (until you realize how to eliminate it)
Python tires suck! The tubeless version flat easily.

Two things:
End ghost shifting by taking the rear deraliur cable out of the couplings that are on the seatstay. Instead of securing the cable in the couplings, use zip ties to secure it along the seatstay. I tried everything before learning of this solution. It's the only thing that worked at the cost is a few pennies for two zip ties!
Second Problem is the Python tires. I'm 147 pounds and ride light. I used to run Kenda Karisma tires and tube setup at 38 psi on my previous bike and never flated.
With the tubeless setup, running both Pythons and Comp S tubeless tires, I had at least 15 flats due to sidewall cuts in six months.
I switched to IRC Seracs and Kenda Karisma's (both tubeless)and have had only two flats (both from thorns) in 15 months.
Everything else about the bike is great. So happy with Giant that I bought a TCR 2 road bike.

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[Jul 05, 2002]
Robert
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

fantastic upgrade from a hardtail. You get the suspension without the bob.

Weakness:

None so far. Uhh wait ... it really looks too pretty to trash around in the dirt. But then again, boys will be boys.

Just started biking again 5 months ago for health reasons (hey, I'm 40 years old!). Started with a schwinn moab with a mozo fork. My cousin started bringing me along trailrides in San Mateo and Antipolo ... GOT ME HOOKED! I couldn't catch up to their NRSs and decided to buy my own a couple of days ago. Looked at the NRS1 and NRS2 frames but at $850 was too expensive until the shop pointed me to the NRS3 for $900 for the whole bike. Great bargain so got the NRS3 and transfered all the good parts from the moab and the rest is history. If you are switching from a hardtail ... this is the only choice. Great Bike !!!

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[Jul 05, 2002]
Re-Pete
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Lightweight
No Bob
Price

Weakness:

Locks up a bit under brakeing but will make you quicker cause you try to stay off the brakes

Why did I bother with the Hardtail the small weight penalty is worth the increased comfort and control.
I'm no elite racer and weigh 185 but am quicker on the NRS than I was on the hardtail
The only problem is I find myself now riding drops that I once never would of considered and contemplating a bike with another couple of inches of travel (for a second bike)
This FS is so addictave you will find yourself looking for rough stuff to ride just because you can and wondering what you could ride with a couple more inches of travel (or 8)
I've set the rear shock up at about 10pnd less than my weight and 65pnd in the negative which makes it a bit softer than Giant recomends but more active and I get the full travel
There is a small cycle in the rear when seated but its not from the pedals as it goes away when you stands so I think its just soaking up the weight of my ass coming down on the seat so I dont think it costs me any energy
No its not a downhill machine but as for XC and trailriding its the bomb
Can't think of a reason to take off a chilli

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