Giant XTC Divide

I wanted to take an in depth look at my Tour Divide.

The basis for the bike is the Giant XTC which is their carbon cross country mountain bike which I’ve been riding for the past year set up as a more traditional XC bike. The amazing crew at Saint Cloud and Giant have got me set up on a new rig for the new year and my Divide run. 

From the stock set up I’ve made quite a few changes to get it Divide ready. I’ve kept the frame and the bomber SLX group set. SLX is nothing flashy but is a workhorse groupo that gets the job done! The brakes were upgraded to XT and I’ve swapped the stock wheels out for my Curve 30×30 to Son dynamo wheels, a custom painted Niner RDO fork, Profile Design Aerobars and a few other adjustments based on my preference and fit! 

I’m still tweaking a few things; namely playing with some saddles, chainring size and tyre size. Also considering a small top tube bag at the seat post. But otherwise, packed, this is more or less the bike and kit I will take on my Divide run.


Frame: Giant XTC

Fork: Niner RDO

Front Wheel: Curve 30×30 to Son 28 dynamo hub

Rear Wheel: Curve 30×30 to DT Swiss 350

Tyres: Maxxis 2.2” Ardent Race front and Ikon Rear set up tubeless with Stan’s

Post: Giant Connect SL

Saddle: Giant Connect SL

Stem: Thomson X4 90mm, 10’

Handlebars: Pro Koryak 720mm flat bar

Grips: Ergon GS2

Aerobar: Profile Design T4+

Light: Sinewave Beacon

Aerobridge/light mount: diy plastic tube

Shifters: Shimano SLX

Rear mech: Shimano SLX

Cranks: SLX w/ 32t ring

Cassette: SLX 11-46

Brakes: Shimano XT

Pedals: Shimano XT


Bar Roll: Revelate Sweetroll (small)

Mat: Torso sized piece of EVA foam

Sleeping Bag: Cumulus X-Lite 200

Bivy: Borah Snowyside

Feedbag: Revelate Mountain Feedbag

Gas Tank: Bike Bag Dude Top Tube Garage

Saddle Bag: Revelate Viscacha

Dry Bags: Sea to Summit 2L x 2

Puffer Jacket: Cumulus Climashield

Wind Jacket: Cumulus Windy Wendy

Waterproof Socks: Gore Bike Wear

Rain Pants: Montane Featherlite

Rain Jacket: Outdoor Research Helium

Arm Warmers: MAAP

Knee Warmers: MAAP

Neck Warmer: Buff

Repair Kit: Tube, patches, Park tyre boot, Dynaplug, quick link, spare pads, Squirt lube, Crank Bros multitool, rag, Fibre Fix spoke, electrical tape

Tracker: Spot Gen 3

Navigation: Garmin eTrex

Headlight: Exposure Axis

3 thoughts on “Giant XTC Divide

  1. Dialled looking set up! I just got the 27.5+ version of this running 2.8″ tyres. Keen to experiment with different tyre widths and 29er wheel on this. Have you tried anything bigger than a 29 x 2.2″ on that frame? Also, what did you use to mount the underside downtube cage? Cheers and all the best at TD.


    1. Cheers mate. Nah only 2.2” but there’s a tonne of room. I’d imagine you could easily fit a 2.4. Maybe even a 2.6” if you pulled the wheel back in the dropouts a bit. I’m running it slammed forwards.

      The cage is taped with electrical tape and then 3 zip ties before more tape. Super solid! The first layer of tape protects the carbon from the zip ties and the cage itself sits on the rock-guard


      1. Yeah I wasn’t sure if hose clamps would be a good idea on the carbon frame…
        My first time riding the plus tyres, super smooth but definitely a trade-off in weight and rolling resistance. I imagine you are going for speed 🙂


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s