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#61 out of 420 Full suspension bikes
Brand: Giant



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  • dralbright
    *****

    If you're looking in the low $2k range, this is the way to go. It's tough, reasonably priced, and very versatile.

    Pros
    An extremely versatile whip. Great balance between the durability and strength of all-mountain and light weight of cross-country rigs. A very good introduction to full-suspension riding.

    Cons
    Heavy. Not much way around it. (Though for a low- to mid-range full-suspension rig, it's definitely not bad.) Not a fan of the stock tires.

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  • Cody_Miller_
    *****

    You get some real high quality components for a good price. Great bike for someone who is just starting, you will go outside of your comfort zone on the trails if you ride this bike.

    Pros
    5" of travel, decent weight, bike sits good and is comfortable, great brakes, makes climbs seem easy

    Cons
    switched to the kenda small block's, changed the stem and handlebars to stronger azonic shorty stem and azonic world force bar. grips could be a little better too.

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  • goodstriker
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    I don't wish to condemn this model as all I've ever read about it is positive. But the one I bought is a lemon - maybe made on a Monday morning or Friday afternoon. I have always bought Trek in th past and in coparison they have always been bomb proof - my next bike will be a Trek and I'm afraid I'll never go near a Giant ever again.

    Pros
    I liked everything about this bike until about 2 weeks after purchasing it when it's particular problems first started to show.

    Cons
    Both wheels ( I can only guess it is the rims) continually destroy tubes - the tubes ALWAYS tear open in exactly the same spot(where the valve joins the tube) and can't be repaired. I've tried replacing the rim-tapes, altering pressures, buying different brand tubes from different shops, not screwing down the circular valve nut, etc). Eventually I took it back to the bike shop but they just said they'd never heard of this problem and suggested maybe my pump was faulty (!!). I've had maybe 2 dozen tubes blow out - sometimes they last 2-3 days, sometimes a week or 3. I've ridden for 10 years (I'm a daily commuter) and have never had a problem like this. In desperation I'm probably going to have to replace both rims and hope that that works unless someone can suggest something I haven't tried yet. This bike has cost me approx $200 in tubes over the 12 months I've owned it and if I replace the rims it will cost me a lot more. I'd like to sell it but don't want to pass the problem on to someone else.

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  • darrinw2001
    *****

    bought as a 09" close-out. great bike in this price range. had a Specialized FSRxc Pro and this bike is hands down better in ride and overall feel. Suspension is killer.

    Pros
    Rides Great! 5" of travel, nice geometry, great components for the price..

    Cons
    none so far

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