Bike shootouts usually corral similar bikes that sell for around the same price to battle it out for supremacy. This shootout is a little different. The two bikes from Giants are only similar in price. They have different wheel sizes and a totally different approach to how those wheels connect to the trail. One bike has dual suspension, while the other has a suspension fork and a rigid rear end. So why compare these two seemingly different bikes? Because that is exactly what any rider looking for a $1000 mountain bike is going to have to do. This shootout is not so much between bikes as it is between the riding experiences you’ll get from each bike.
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