InBMC SLX vs Giant Fathom … Which Should I Buy?
Question for Joe
So I am torn between two MTB’s. I’m currently looking at the BMC SLX and the Giant Fathom. I’m pretty new to this sport and thought these two bikes would be good entry level bikes. Please steer me in the right direction.
BMC SLX vs Giant Fathom … Which Should I Buy?
First off, thanks for joining us here at Mountain Bike Diaries.
The type of question you pose is quite difficult to answer for several reasons … the biggest being I have never been on either of these two bikes. As a matter of fact, I have not even heard of these two models before reading your question. I did ride a Giant Trance in Moab for a week, but that is a totally different level of bike.
After looking through the spec’s I think you are quite correct, these bikes are quite similar and either would make a good first bike … if you really want a hardtail.
I live in California and do a lot of in the rough, rocky areas of Arizona, Utah, and my home state. I would never think of buying a hardtail considering the type of trails and the style I like to ride.
But you live in Iowa. Although I have never been to your state I have heard things are pretty flat and void of large, jutting rock formations. So, for your area a hardtail makes perfect sense. (When I visited Arkansas I noticed most people rode hardtails, although the preferred brand seemed to be Salsa.)
Now my feeble comparison (since I have not have demo’d the bikes).
The Giant has a 1×11 setup. The BMC is a 2×10.
I had my old Stumpjumper set up for 2×10. In 2015 I bought my Camber. I love the 1×11 on my Camber. I always know where I can find my next gear.
The Giant also comes with an internal routed Dropper Post. Some people have a Dropper Post and seldom use it. I use mine dozens of times each ride.
The Giant comes with a 120mm Suntour Fork. The BMC has a 100mm Rockshox Reba. I do not know much about either of these shocks. My Camber had a Rochshox but the Pike model. The feel of these shocks would be something I would want to experience before buying.
The Giant is set up with Shimano SLX throughout, while the BMC comes set up with Shimano XT. I believe the XT products are superior to the SLX. I have found XT level components are generally lighter and better engineered than SLX.
I have looked into both of the systems listed (Shimano M365 and Shimano BL 506) and have not been able to tell which is better. I think they must be pretty comparable.
Many of the other components seem quite comparable. The major ones (like the frame design, geometry, wheels, etc.) I cannot comment on.
Okay Chad, I hope this little bit of information has helped you a little in your comparison … BMC SLX vs Giant Fathom. Maybe we can get some of my readers to comment on these two bikes (or other hardtails they prefer). However, I strongly urge you to get out and demo these bikes. Only then can you be sure you will be happy with what you have purchased.