December 22, 2012
- Very light for a vintage frame!
- Giant quality
- nice and thin tubing that Giant makes look so cool
I just got this frame in trade. as a nekked frame it is extremely light. This might be a newer version than what the previous reviewers have tried. I have 4 quality nekked frames sitting in my basement right now and this one is by far the lightest one including 1 Kona hardtail.
I cannot wait to build this one up!
I have built this frame up and been riding it! It's a 2000-2002 SE. I have decked this bike out with Race Face, FSA, and Marin, components I got cheeply on EBay. It has super wide bars with Ergon grips and an external bottom bracket. An A2Z DM-UNI bracket has also been installed to upgrade the frame for a pair of vintage Hayes Sole hydrolic disc brakes and a vintage RockShox Judy.
Firstly I ride hard. I ride any where from 20-30 miles after work and anywhere from 40-60 miles on my days off. I ride places like FOMBA, Bear Brook, and Fort Rock in S.NH on a daily basis. These are prime New England rocky and rooty technical singletracks and tons of snowmobile trails in between. My normal XC ride is a Giant Anthem but it has been out of comission for the past month so I have been playing on the hardtail. I have been spoiled riding full squishy for a while now so when I first hopped on, it was stiff and ewwy. Once I got back to my roots and proper techniques I have come to love this frame. This bike is FAST! it climbs like a champ and decends like you would expect a hardtail to. This bike is rigid and the smallest amount of pressure on the pedals makes it jump forward. I know a lot of this is due to the updated 9 speed drive train and other componants, but this frame is very comfy and very able.
Being a 13( /-) year old frame already and then taking all the abuse I dish out is amazing!
I had built this bike to sell it, but after playing with it for a couple months on the trail I am going to keep it! Love this frame!