Start by taking a look at Giant's frames. Giant bike frames are fully butted with all butting done in the factory. Not only do many of Giant's competitors not butt their own tubing, but they will cut corners by not butting a top tube, down tube, seat tubes or seat stay like Giant does every time. Giant ovalizes its frame tubing at the factory. Again, very few companies do this. Ovalized tubing provides a larger weld area which serves to strengthen the frame. Ovalization also reduces the weight by controlling wall thickness where it's needed the most. All Giant ATB's and crossbikes have mono stay seat stays. The result is better rear braking power and control due to reduced flexing. Giant's aluminum frames are custom welded by hand, just like the expensive custom frame makers. Giant has never had a reported aluminum frame failure. Giant uses all heat treated 6000 series aluminum. Heat treating is one extra step that Giant takes to insure frame strength and reliability.
There are a lot of reasons why Giant makes the best bikes in the world. The biggest reason is their manufacturing facilities - arguable the most advanced factory in the world. Giant produces everything under one roof - from drawing, butting, and swagging to welding, heat treating, painting, decaling, assembly and final shipping. All other bicycle manufacturers source out one or many of these production phases. Not Giant. Giant stands alone.
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