Zinn Gigabike 29er Full Suspension

5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $2595.00


Product Description

The Zinn Gigabike 29er is a revelation in the world of full suspension mountain bikes for tall riders.
  • All Mountain model is heavier duty than the XC (and the Gigabike is heavier duty than the Megabike), with a big 5” of travel for all-mountain/freeride use.
  • Frame includes rear shock (usually Fox RP3 ProPedal).
  • Specifications assume a 125mm-travel fork with a through-axle front hub.
  • All-Mountain’s leverage ratio is 3.33 to 1 for 26”-wheel models; 2 to 1 leverage ratio (and a longer shock) for the Gigabike (XXL and XXXL 29”-wheel models)
  • Vertical rear wheel path
  • Huge pivot centered at bottom bracket (uses BB shell as its shaft) on enormous needle bearings. Long-lasting, easily lubricated with a grease gun via grease fitting under BB shell housing.
  • No chain kickback due to pivot location centered at bottom bracket.
  • Sculpted Zinn monocoque down tube provides unprecedented head tube support.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cormactooze a Cross Country Rider from SOUTH AFRICA

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2009

Strengths:    If you are a tall person, don't do yourself the disservice of riding a production frame. I am 6'4.5"; weigh 96 kg's. I have cracked about 5 frames over the past 20 years of mtb'ing. I thought I was taking a huge gamble by buying my first full susser, as it had 210mm cranks, was a 29er and a long travel 29er, I needn't have worried Leonard Zinn has done all the homework. The first thing I noticed is how stiff the front end of this bike is-there is no flex period all you feel is the fork going up/down linearly, this bike corners like nothing else, I still can't get the tires to lose traction in corners-I keep thinking to myself, how much more can I lean this bike before it breaks free-its just not normal to go that low.
This bike is so stable cornering at high speeds too, it makes you feel safe. The super curved down tube allows you to throw the bike around nicely. I ride the 210mm long Zinn cranks, this combined with the frame makes a super stiff platform, I have never felt such stiffness in the bb/crank area like this before-it really feels like there is no power lost when pedaling. During all drop off's and jumps that I have attempted the bike never felt harsh on landings just super soft.
This bike can climb, I can now climb stuff I never could on a hard tail and with less energy.
210mm cranks turn granny climbs into middle blade climbs.
210mm cranks felt a little weird at first but totally natural after 6 rides-makes me use hamstring 1/3 above knee more.
Bike weighs in at 32lbs, I recon I could I could get it down to 30 with I little tweak here and there. Having said that I never feel like I am on a heavy bike ever. Personally 32 lbs is very good for a 5" travel bike. Bike is a head turner and always a talking point

I never intend to own another bike as I have reach Nirvana!

Thanks to Nick and Leonard at Zinn Cycles for answering all my many lengthy emails


Weaknesses:    Cost & waiting period

Bottom Line:   
If you are a tall person, don't do yourself the disservice of riding a production frame. I am 6'4.5"; weigh 96 kg's. I have cracked about 5 frames over the past 20 years of mtb'ing. I thought I was taking a huge gamble by buying my first full susser, as it had 210mm cranks, was a 29er and a long travel 29er, I needn't have worried Leonard Zinn has done all the homework. The first thing I noticed is how stiff the front end of this bike is-there is no flex period all you feel is the fork going up/down linearly, this bike corners like nothing else, I still can't get the tires to lose traction in corners-I keep thinking to myself, how much more can I lean this bike before it breaks free-its just not normal to go that low.
This bike is so stable cornering at high speeds too, it makes you feel safe. The super curved down tube allows you to throw the bike around nicely. I ride the 210mm long Zinn cranks, this combined with the frame makes a super stiff platform, I have never felt such stiffness in the bb/crank area like this before-it really feels like there is no power lost when pedaling. During all drop off's and jumps that I have attempted the bike never felt harsh on landings just super soft.
This bike can climb, I can now climb stuff I never could on a hard tail and with less energy.
210mm cranks turn granny climbs into middle blade climbs.
210mm cranks felt a little weird at first but totally natural after 6 rides-makes me use hamstring 1/3 above knee more.
Bike weighs in at 32lbs, I recon I could I could get it down to 30 with I little tweak here and there. Having said that I never feel like I am on a heavy bike ever. Personally 32 lbs is very good for a 5" travel bike. Bike is a head turner and always a talking point

I never intend to own another bike as I have reach Nirvana!

Thanks to Nick and Leonard at Zinn Cycles for answering all my many lengthy emails

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Favorite Trail:   Pats Track

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Zinn cycles

Similar Products Used:   NONE, first full susser, Previous hard tails Gary Fisher super caliber, Trek 850 steel frame, Cannondale, Mongoose-IBOC, Marin Palisades Trail

Bike Setup:   White Bros Flow fork 135mm travel 20mm thru axle, King H/S and hubs, Stans Flow rims, Burgtec RideWide 750mm bars, X.0 drivechain, Blackspire chain rings, Zinn cranks 210mm, XTR pedals, Avid BB7 brakes , SDG carbon post, SDG saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Layne a Cross Country Rider from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2008

Strengths:    Custom sizing for large riders including custom cranks (up to 210mm)! Custom built with any components you want. Very strong solid frame design/construction, handles Vancouver's North Shore abuse even from a 250+lbs rider! Probably the only 29er with 5" of rear travel. Personal customer service.

Weaknesses:    As with all custom builds, some parts warranty and replacement parts only come from Zinn. Plan ahead, I ordered 6 derailleur hangers with my bike.

Bottom Line:   
For any big/tall rider looking for a premium designed/built bike that fits! At 6'7" I'd never ridden a bike that was even close to a proper fit, the wheelbase is about 5" longer than my last ride, and with everything proportional riding is far more comfortable and safer! Due to the proper dimensions, this bike climbs like a dream (no more tipping over backwards) and descends Vancouver's North Shore great.

The custom cranks (mine are 205mm) are phenominal, the larger frame and 29er wheels give plenty of clearance for them (even for all mountain riding). The proportional pedal stroke is integral to a comfortable/efficient ride.

Service from the Zinn shop is top notch, allowing you to buy just the frame and build the rest yourself, or spec out all the components and they'll build it for you (at OEM prices).

A reasonable price for such a top end bike! If you're a big/tall rider, you don't know what your riding can be like until you've been on a Zinn!!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $5300.00

Purchased At:   Zinn Cycles

Similar Products Used:   None - have never even seen a comparable bike

Bike Setup:   White Brothers Fluid 135mm 29er fork, Fox RP3 Propedal, DT Swiss EX 7.1, Chris King Stainless rear, Chris King 20mm front hub, SRAM X9 shifters/derailleurs, Juicy Sevens (8"), Panaracer Rampage 2.35 29er tires
As a more durable build rather than weight conscious it's about 34lbs (nothing for a 250lbs rider!)

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