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Found an inexpensive adventurer tourer (Giant ATX Lite)

Old 11-06-16, 07:07 AM
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Found an inexpensive adventurer tourer (Giant ATX Lite)

It's a bicycle with rigid forks and 27.5"x1.95" tires. At first, I wondered if it was either a mountain bike with rigid forks or a hybrid with large tires. It has front and rear eyelets for racks and aluminium frame and forks. Then I saw a bicycle a bit similar to it and realized Giant made an on road and off road tourer.
There are 2 versions sold in different countries.
ATX Lite GU (sold in countries like the U.S. and Canada)
ATX Lite GTS (I didn't check every country but this one is sold in Germany)
They even have a version in Norway with suspension forks. But the standover is taller than an ordinary mountain bike so that's why I kept on comparing it to other bikes to find out what it is. I figure the taller standover is made to make it suitable for riding on the road as well. The rigid fork is also slightly shorter than the suspension forks. Too bad Giant doesn't sell the frame and fork together so people can make their own build.

I may buy one in December and modify it (change pedals, saddle and tires etc.). This reminds me a bit though of when I saw the Kona Smoke with 26"x1.95" tires. My research shows that those tires were on only the first year. So I'd rather buy the ATX Lite before they make any changes. The dealer told me this was not available last year. It's really a 2017 model.
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its an Acera Tourney level of component bike, yes this stuff works perfectly well, but a level or two higher of stuff is a bit nicer.

That said, a bike is a bike and there is no reason this wouldnt work adequately for touring--other than the wheel set will be perhaps suspect with a load, and also 27.5 tires may be harder to find in certain places, although that really isnt an issue unless you leave for months and months and dont have a spare tire.

the 28 granny with 32 8 speed gives a sort of low gear (my guess is about 25 g.i) but not great and that crankset might be one without bolts for the chainrings, ie you cant change rings.

its very similar to lots of mid range hybrid type bikes out there, again, which can all work reasonably well for bike touring with some limitations.
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I don't think the 27.5 wheels and ability to run 2" tires make this a regular hybrid. If anyone wanted to change wheels and groupset they can.
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PQ?, Plan on Touring France?
650B is a tire size they started, first , Its called 27.5 over here now .. ETRTO 584 diameter Tire bead seat..
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I do not know if you want to do road or off road touring, but for me since I only do road touring, super wide 1.95 tires of any diameter are out of the question, I couldn't be caught dead on such a wide tire.
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Nice bikes. Low gearing - good. Eyelets for racks - good. NIce wide tires - good ( even racers are getting away from narrow=better non sense). I also agree that buying bikes at this time of year is the way to go, lots of good deals out there. If I was looking for a bike of this type i.e flat bars, and the price was right, I would certainly give these bikes serious consideration.
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