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#14 out of 272 27.5/650b bikes
Brand: Giant



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Q: what is the average weight
A: I weighed the bike with a small frame at 31 lbs with (Forte Convert) pedals.

Q: What is wrong with the maxxis ardent tires?

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  • wiresix

    Most people on the forums throwing shade on this bike have never ridden it. If you're beginner to intermediate, this bike is suprisingly good for it's cost. If you're planning on sending off huge jumps at your local bike park, it riding very fast rough downhill singletrack look for something else. BUT if you want a casual bike that can climb and have loads if fun shredding downhill sections, maybe this is for you. It's not a $3000 bike, but still very functional and fun for someone looking to improve their skills.

    Pros
    -Great bang for your buck.
    -2018 model fixed most peoples complaints. Now has a short stem, dropper seat post is standard, and 2x9 drive train
    -Suspension works well and is progressive enough to make its 4.7" travel able to soak up the big hits while still retaining small bump complience.
    -Tubless tires.
    -Hydraulic brakes are easy to modulate with one finger

    Cons
    Rear derailleur is slow to shift causing about a one second lapse in putting the power down between each shift. Still happy with the bike, but a good clutch style derailleur will be my first upgrade. It's super obnoxious when you're trying to keep up with other riders or powering up hill.

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  • DBenner
    ****

    I love it, I'm just starting back in MTB and this has me hitting the trails again. It's not a expensive, spec'd out decently, and a good ride. I easily did my initial setup, added a couple things that I prefer to ride with, and hit the trails. Bike was comfortable and responded well. I'm very happy with it.

    Pros
    Price point, comfort, feels stable, full suspension, all around decent bike

    Cons
    None really

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  • B305
    *****

    Excellent for the price and room for easy upgrading

    Pros
    Handles great, rides smooth, lots of traction on technical terrain

    Cons
    3 ring crankset is very odd and no real need for the large cog

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  • Carolinadude
    ****

    The Ghost Kato was close second for me. But in the end, the Stance just felt better underneath my feet. It's such a nimble bike for the money.

    Pros
    Nimble, climbs great, 120mm front and back, good for both cross country and trail.

    Cons
    None, at this price point.

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  • Saoko
    *****

    If you are not a Pro is ok for you, for the money is a really nice bike, cheaper than this Fullsuspension you will get a Walmart kind of bike.

    Pros
    I own this bike, 2016 model, great bike for the price, can do some upgrades and it will be a Pro Bike.

    Cons
    Heavy compare to other price range Bikes. Cranksets are not the best and really heavy, upgrade your stem and wheels.

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  • jonathangeiman
    ****

    This is the first brand new bike I've ever bought. I don't have much to compare it too. I've mountain biked in Michaux State Forest known for its rocks and technicality. I've definitely abused this bike in the two months I've had it. I've converted to tubless Bontrager xr4 in front and xr3 in the rear immediately. I got two flats my first two times out with the maxxis and tubes. I've added lock on grips and a 65mm stem. This has handled everything I've thrown at it and has done well. Though this is the nicest full suspension bike I've ever ridden as I have nothing to compare it too. Other than an old 29" Specialized Hardrock hardtail and a Diamondback Sortie 3 that's a size to small for me. This one definitely outperforms both. After two months, the rear derailluer has been finicky. Hindsight...I wish I would have spend more money for the Giant Stance 1. But I'm definely happy with this purchase.

    Pros
    Cost

    Cons
    tires

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  • BW_GT
    ****

    Ok. So after riding this bike for more than two weeks now, I am still impressed and still surprised with the quality of this bike. My girlfriend (and I) rode this bike on a couple of intermediate local trails and in Copper Harbor, MI. First of, in my vid review, I have mentioned how easy it is to pedal the bike uphill. Now for you who don't know me, I would like to point out that I hate going uphills. And I mean, hate to the point that people that ride with me would start rolling their eyes once they see a grade in the trail and would soon have to bear my constant moaning and complaining. In that note, for me to be able to climb this bike and still talk at the end says something. I can't really point out the gearing since it was the standard 3x9 drivetrain setup, and the fork and rear shock is pretty much the same as what I usually use, so it must be the bike geometry. Going downhill, I find the bike to be a bit unstable. The front end felt light, unconnected to the ground and felt wobbly every time I hit a bump or root on the way down. After a few minutes, I was able to adjust to the bike and find it very maneuverable and was zipping through the trees while going downhill. To some, a longer stem might help to keep the front end straight or maybe it is just (most likely) me and my lack of biking skills. This bike has modern features, so upgrading or finding parts when you progress shouldn't be an issue. It has a tapered fork tube and even cable hangers for if you want to have a seat dropper which by the way is my next upgrade. Again, as an entry level full suspension, this bike would very difficult to beat for the price. I highly recommend this bike for beginners or anyone who has a tight budget and would like to take up the sport.

    Pros
    Very nimble and maneuverable.
    Build quality and feel is great for entry level bike.

    Cons
    Grips needs to be replaced with locking grips.

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  • BW_GT
    ****

    Best bang for the buck. We have shopped around, looking for a decent full suspension bike and what we got with the Giant Stance 27.5 2 was more than what we expected.
    Went looking around (with a budget in mind) to upgrade my girlfriend's full suspension bike. What we saw were bikes pricing between $1,600 up to $2,200. The bikes at the bottom of the price bracket did not really impress me and would need some serious upgrading to make it at least decent. I figured I would need to spend another $700 to make the bike suited for the light to medium trail riding that we would be doing. After countless hours browsing through the interweb and going through showroom floors, we came across the Stance at a local bike shop. The bike was lined up with other Giant full suspension bikes, so I figured the price would be around $2K. When I saw the price at $1,470, at first I thought it was a typo or I was reading it wrong. Then my thoughts went through the parts list, expecting mechanical brakes, coil suspension - the usual suspects, but I was surprised with most of the decent parts that came with the bike. After tuning and upgrading to more aggressive tires, I was more impressed with how the bike handled. With all the bikes that we tested (at this price range), this is by far the best handling bike we have riden. The frame is beefy and the matt black and blue paint looks great.
    If you are looking for a good full suspension bike but on a budget, the Giant Stance 27.5 2 would be very hard to beat. With it's modern bike geometry, decent parts, great handling and good looks, (most) bike snobs will surely be impressed with the bike.

    **I said most bike snobs because there are some that are total &#@%. Hahaha

    Pros
    Best looking single pivot (FlexPoint) full suspension frame.
    Surprisingly nimble and quick.
    Stable and sure-footed suspension.
    Best price for an entry-level full suspension bike.
    Low standover.
    Shimano hydraulic brake levers and calipers.
    RockShox front and rear air suspension.

    Cons
    The Maxxis Ardent 27.5 x 2.2 tires are not enough to match the bike's capabilities.
    Press fit bottom bracket.
    3x9 drivetrain and QR front and rear dropouts instead of thru axles are a bit antiquated.

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