All too often, entry level mountain bikes have geometry that doesn’t really suite less experience riders. But thankfully the Giant Fathom has nailed this and provides an entry into mountain biking for enthusiasts that will inspire confidence and build skills. What do we mean by this? Well for starters the Giant Fathom has a more relaxed head angle that you often find on 29er hardtails at 69 degrees along with shorter chain-stays and a dropper post!... Yes, that’s right, a dropper post. What a revelation this bike is for those wanting to get started on a bike that will develop confidence and skill on a budget orientated steed. So for those new to the sport looking for an XC racing machine, this isn’t the right choice. But if you are new to mountain biking and want a bike that will hit-up XC trails fast and confidently then you are in the right place. The dropper alone will add volumes of confidence as you drop the seat down before steep technical terrain. Once you get used to this feature it is very hard to go without.
The frames are constructed with Giant’s ALUXX SL graded alloy. This is their most cost effective frame material but does incorporate some features such as internal butting to reduce frame thickness where possible. Another nice feature included on this frameset is a tapered steerer. While standard on higher end models for just about all brands, this is an unusual performance feature offered at this price point and one we believe is worth noting. The wider bearing at the bottom of the head tube adds around 15% stiffness to the steering system, something that helps greatly in rocky, technical terrain.
The Giant Fathom comes in two models. Fathom 1 & 2. The Fathom 2 is a mix of Shimano Deore and Alivio with a basic Suntour suspension fork. The Fathom 1 comes with a Shimano SLX drivetrain, a lighter wheelset and upgraded fork from Suntour that utilises a 15mm thru axle for increased stiffness. The fork also has adjustable low speed compression which is again a nice feature to be included on a bike at this price point allowing riders to dial in the perfect suspension feel for their specific terrain and riding style.
Riding typeCross Country
Gear ratios1x11 Mountain
Frame buildAlloy Mid