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Teversal, Pleasley, Rowthorn & Skegby Trails


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Off Road Cycling guide to converted Railways & Trails in Derbyshire &  Nottinghamshire and beyond!!

2003 Press pic of the Giant XtC 4

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Dave's Giant
XtC SE 4 page.

This page is about my Giant XTC4 Performance Hard tail X Country Mountain bike, I have owned this since new in 2003, I have (at time of update July '12) in over 9 years of owning it done 100's and 100's of miles on it, to keep the page short I have put photo's of it when it was brand new in 2003 and how it is in July 2009 & July 2012 (lower page), with the suspension and brakes, XT wheels, Crank set & Rear derailleur also Sram X0 cassette having a major upgrades, the upgrades themselves alone cost a lot more than the bike did when new but it has transformed the bike

My Giant Xtc4 when brand new in May 2003

Above pics (May 2003), My Giant XtC 4 when it was brand new in May 2003 and before it was ridden, it was (and still is) my pride and joy

My Giant XTC4 is a high performance hard tail bike, Butted and low weight AluxX 6061 Aluminium tubing, Giant Integrated Headset design for lower maintenance and smooth outlook, originally fitted with Manitou Axel Comp front fork with 80mm travel, Shimano LX/ Deore shifting components and originally fitted with Giant MPH Hydro disc brakes, Alex rims and SR Suntour crank

Price:                    600

Frame:                  AluxX 6061
Weight:                 13.5 KG (with upgrades weight now approx 12KG
Colour:                  Dreamsilver
Fork:                     Manitou Axel Comp, (upgraded in Aug '08 to Rockshox Revelation 426 coil U Turn)
Speed:                  27 gears
Derailleur's:          Shimano Deore LX (upgraded in July '10 to Shimano Deore XT M772 Shadow)
Cassette:               9 speed Sram 7.0 11/34T (upgraded in July '10 to Sram Redwin PG990 11/34)
Crank set:             175mm 22/32/44T (upgraded in July '10 to Shimano XT M770 Hollowtech II)
Bottom Bracket:     Ofmega cartridge (upgraded in July '10 to Shimano Deore XT Hollowtech II)
Brakes:                  MPH-3 hydraulic disc brakes (upgraded  in Dec '08, Avid Juicy 7, Gen 2 Rotors 203mm F / 185mm R)
Rims:                     Alex DM18 Alloy double wall (upgraded in July '10 to Shimano XT M775)
Hubs:                     Alloy Shimano M475 (upgraded in July '10 to Shimano Deore XT M775 centre lock disc)
Tyres (F/R):            Hutchinson Scorpion
Handle bar:           580mm, alloy, flat
Saddle:                  WTB Rocket V
Chain:                    Shimano Hyperglide (upgraded in July '10 to Sram powerlink 991)
Extras:                   Water bottle and cage

 I purchased my Giant XtC 4, last week in May 2003, from a Giant Dealer, Roy Jarvis & co in Ripley, Derbyshire . I wanted the XtC to replace my Tensor, though the Tensor was an ok recreational bike, I wanted more gear ranges for off roading which the XtC has, The XtC will virtually go up any steep hill you can keep your balance on without falling over backwards. It also can be a fast road bike, I have achieved an impressive 44.
3 mph on the road on my XtC, it would probably go a few more miles an hour faster but it was fast enough for me I can assure you.
 I had a Cateye cordless 7 cycle computer fitted to the bike when I bought it, it was a freebee thrown in by the bike shop (Thanks Guys) as I wanted one fitting anyway. I also then registered my XtC 4 at bike which means my bike has a log book and is on a database, and also had a Data Tag fitted for extra security. Not forgetting a decent bike lock!!!


After several trips out on my Giant and fine tuning and altering the angle of the handle bars, seat height and angle for my best riding position, I have now got it set up., and after 4 months of owning it, I can well recommend the bike, and is light years better than the other mtb's I've owned, not that I've ever paid this much for a bike before, but I can tell, it is defiantly worth paying out the extra for

January 2004, It's now 8 months since buying my XtC, It has been extremely reliable so far, one thing that is a bit annoying is the brake pads rattle against the disc at over 15mph and sounds like a dull tuning fork

My XtC in 2013.
After 10 years of owning my XtC it has had a few major strip down/rebuilds in the last few years, the original Manitou forks were bust on the internal damping rod, crank was creaking and wheels bearings notchy, front disc bolts loose, seat creaking, the list goes on, after a couple of evenings work and a pair of new Rockshox, the old gal was as good as new, I've also fitted Avid Juicy 7 Brakes with 203mm rotor on the front and 185mm rotor on the rear.

Rock Shox purchased from and XT wheel set pictured on the home page

My Giant XTC 4 in July 2009, with Rock Shox Revelation 426 coil U turn 85-130mm,
Also with Avid Juicy 7 Brakes graphite finish with Avid Gen 2 Clean sweep rotors 203 front 185 rear,

My Giant XtC 4 in 2012
(More Info & Pics Coming soon)

Upgraded Parts Specifications

Rockshox Revelation 426 coil u-turn
85-130mm U-turn adjust coil fork

Revelation offers unrivalled stiffness to weight for standard QR 130mm forks.
Intended Application: All Mountain
Travel: 85-130mm, Travel Adjust: U-Turn 85-130mm
Weight: 1905g (4.2 lbs)
Spring: Coil, Spring Adjust: Change spring
Damping: Motion Control, Damping Adjust: External rebound, floodgate, compression and lockout
Lowers: Magnesium
Crown: Forged, hollow, 6061 T-6 aluminium
Steerer Tube: Butted Aluminium
Upper Tubes: 32mm 7000 series aluminium, low friction anodised with travel gradients
Colour: Diffusion Black



  • Shimano Deore XT, HOLLOWTECH ll Crankset
  • Steel/carbon composite construction and middle gear doubles durability
  • Thicker and stiffer 44T ring
  • Amazing shifting performance
Model Number FC-M770
Crank Construction HOLLOWTECH II
Cassette Compatibility 9-speed
Chain Compatibility Super Narrow HG for 9-speed
4-Arm Chainrings yes
Cahainring Sizes 44-32-22T
Bolt Circle Diameter 104/64mm
Crank Arm Length 165/170/175/180mm
Crank Arms forged aluminum / hollow type
Outer Chainring aluminum
Middle Chainring steel + composite
Inner Chainring aluminum
Chainring Bolts & Nuts aluminum (bolt), steel (nut)
Chain Guard no
Chaincase Compatible no
Bottom Bracket included
E-type FD Compatible yes
Chain Line 50mm
BB Shell Width 68/73mm
Average Weight 853g including BB


For my gallery page on the full Giant XTC range for 2003, 2004 & 2005 Click Here


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