Pros: Affordable entry level. I paid $499 which included lifetime tune-ups at Bicycle Depot of AZ. Included two levels better Shimano components and disc instead of V brakes with other comparable bikes. Solid construction takes a beating. Giant is biggest frame manufacturer and makes frames for many other companies. 29er is way to go for speed, stability, bunny hopping, and climbing (but not for precise technical riding)
Cons: Really hard saddle. Brakes squeal (prob need adjustment). Bike is burly 33 lbs.
Recommendation: Overall great bike for the money especially considering lifetime tune-up at $60-80 per visit. I've road mine on cruiser (Pemberton) and slightly more technical (Dynamite Rd. and Go John) trail in Scottsdale and would definitely recommend it for the $. Dumped it a few times and it held up better than my 50 year old frame.
Pros: Affordable and well built for its price-range. I've been riding it for a few weeks now, tried some abusive off-road and I'm very happy with it. The saddle was a bit uncomfortable at first, but this seems to improve after about 200km. If well-adjusted gears and breaks are decent considering the price
Cons: What you'd expect at this price: brakes and gears may need adjusting every now and then, tires aren't the best
Recommendation: A great bike for every starter/amateur like myself
Pros: Great bike. The fork is pretty good for the price, and I haven't had any problems with the drivetrain. Mine cam with Kenda Small Block 8's which are perfect for the dirt singletrack we have in Nebraska.
Cons: Disc brakes are a little finicky, but you get what you pay for. It is also a bit on the heavy side, but I'm not a weight weenie so it doesn't bother me.
Recommendation: I would recommend this bike for anyone who wants a decent bike without breaking the bank. If you can afford it, go for the Revel 0, but I love my 1 as it is.
Pros: Great bike. My boy and I both own one and ride them mostly on single track and road to get to the trails. This was the best bike we could afford and it has not let us down. Yeah, the tires are ok but no tire does everything.
Cons: Pedals suck, little mud and foot slips off. But, if you take one to the shin normally doesn't cut you.
Recommendation: Any one who wants an entry level bike on a budget, to see if they like it or a first mountain style bike,Buy it! Lots of mid range gears to help you with pedaling ability that alot of other bikes don't offer in this price range.
Recommendation: At 6'5" 329lbs this bike has held up great for the 4 months Iíve had it. I ride bike paths and single track dirt and it performs flawless. I recommend this bike to anyone looking for an affordable entry level bike.
Cons: tires spin in sugar sand and seat could b a little more plush
Recommendation: i am 6'3" 235 lbs and i love this bike. great price and its well built. i ride a smaller frame than recomended (medium frame) and it holds up very well. the tires and seat are minor cons and easily fixed. i would recomend this bike over and over