Giant 1999 Iguana SE Hardtail Bike

4.69/5 (29 Reviews)
MSRP : $590.00


Product Description

1999 Giant Iguana SE, mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Jett T2 fork


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by collin smith a Cross Country Rider from st. louis, missouri, usa

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2009

Strengths:    great frame, great crank,great shifters, great brakes,love the whole bike

Weaknesses:    seat post size sucks

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike i love it. If you find one buy it and ride it alot,It will not let you down. I ride mostly in the streets but i take the hard routes and hills . I ride everyday anywhere from 12-20 miles a day and no major problems yet. Bottom line great bike for the price and i only paid 180 for it in mint con.

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Favorite Trail:   downtown streets

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   craigslist

Bike Setup:   rock shox dart 3, bbb carbon fiber handlebars, bbb carbon fiber bar ends, dia comp brake upgrades, sette carbon fiber seatpost, sette lite racing saddle,dimension toe clips, race face good n evil sticky grips,kendra kross plus slick xc tires. more to come

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Josh a Weekend Warrior from Middleburg, VA

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2002

Strengths:    A strong bike, will hold up to abuse. A cool electric blue frame. Shocks rarely bottom out. Toe clips took getting used to, but they're great!

Weaknesses:    none that I found

Bottom Line:   
I have enjoyed riding this bike. It has worked great on all kinds of terrain, from road to rocky hills. Never had any problems with it. My previous bike, like I said, was a cheap piece of junk that hardly worked correctly more than two weeks. Shifting is much smoother than on the Sears junk. I'm only moving on from this Iguana because it is a little small for me, and I'm interested in trying a full suspension. I recommend this bike to anyone and everyone!

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   about $550, I think (it was a gift)

Similar Products Used:   none. my previous bike was a Sears-special Open Road piece of junk.

Bike Setup:   stock, with chainguard and kickstanc

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dingo Dan a Weekend Warrior from Colo. Sprgs., CO

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2001

Strengths:    looks bad ass. Good price, Giant is super cool about a no questions asked warrenty and can get you a new frame in half a week.

Weaknesses:    Look, im 13, and ive cracked 3 of the same frames! dont use it as a jumping bike. i do, just because giant gets me a new frame and a renewed warranty every time it breaks and its free! (super cool)

Bottom Line:   
the bike is a great value, plus giant's warranty is so sweet!

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Favorite Trail:   chutes ( its all downhill with berms)

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Cycle therapy

Bike Setup:   sram 9.0 and xt with avid arch rivals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David Nichols a Weekend Warrior from San Diego, CA USA

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2001

Strengths:    Good Frame, very sturdy, I like the rapid fire shifters

Weaknesses:    I can't think of any

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. I go biking when I can, and this bike does everything I need it to do. It is a good at going up the hills and it will fly on the downhills. I have not had any problems with the bike. It is a great bike for a good price.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Mountain Bike Warehouse

Similar Products Used:   Friends Bikes

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lon a Weekend Warrior from Canyon, TX

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2000

Strengths:    6061 frame, old school XC stem and bars. Great local dealer. Giant warranty.

Weaknesses:    middle chainring bent, Shimano is crappy about warranty, they take too long to tell you they won't warrenty yours, or the other 5 riders that have bent chainrings.

Bottom Line:   
I beat this bike every day except Thursdays. I've left it dirty after a muddy ride. It has sat out in the rain and snow. I've endoed bad enough to bend the seat into the seatpost. It's covered in scratches but hasn't dented. It lives to climb and is indifferent to pedal style, sit and spin, or stand and hammer, it is easily balanced front to back. When the trail points down it is sure footed and tracks well, even with the scary-fast handling of the long stem/XC bar. This is my last hard-tail because with better components will make a great bike even better. Too bad the value rating can't go past 5.
Buy it because it is a mid-level bike at entry-level price. The money you save between it and others will buy you a raceface crank and a good seat. Don't buy it if you are in the day-glow-jersey-drink-foreign-beer-because-the-other-riders-do-it-I'm-so-concerned-with-what's-in-fashon-wannabees. Buy it to ride. Giant and the local dealer will take care of you if you break it.

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Favorite Trail:   Capital Peak, Eagle Point, in Palo Duro Canyon

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Bike Korner, Amarillo, TX

Similar Products Used:   '93 Mongoose (before AMF) Hilltopper sx - 3 years
'98 Voodoo Hoodoo- tested for a day


Bike Setup:   stock except Warrentied new crank set-steel 5 arm alivo instead of alloy acera. Pyramid gel saddle. Ritchey clip-in pedals, Summit gel grips. Tektro anti-chain-suck spacer.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Todd K. a Weekend Warrior from Canton

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2000

Strengths:    Pretty much everything, good tires, shiftes good, a great climber, has globs of traction, mud riding is good, excpet could use dics, suspension is very plush, fast bike too, and great ground clearance.

Weaknesses:    For the price pretty much nothing, except for the hard seat, though it is easy to get on and off, also pedals should be clipless

Bottom Line:   
Great bike, i love it and going to keep it all my life, its a good light bike that can get over pretty much everything once u get use to it, it has good traction, some good stock WTB tires, and drivetrain does not have any problems no matter what people say. i ride hard with it, i ride it about 5 hours a day both on and off road, and log on about 50 miles a week, its also got a good light frontend for wheelies but still keeps the bike balanced. hell i even do huge downhills with it, its not a downhiller but one reliable bike that can do everything almost. defintly deserves 5 chilis

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Favorite Trail:   anything rough

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   other crap bikes

Bike Setup:   some Specialized tires, LX rear derailleur, front and rear fenders, Sette Italia seat, rockshox seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Weekend Warrior from Savannah, GA

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2000

Strengths:    Everything!!! The best bike for the price!!!

Bottom Line:   
Great bike!!! I bought the bike used and the components were already upgraded to XT. I did upgrade the pedals and added a suspension seatpost. I'm 6'3" and 240lbs and can really put the bike through hell. So far not one problem!!! Highly recommended!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Gwinnett Street and Skidiway Island

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   Mongoose

Bike Setup:   Shimano XT's all around, suspension seatpost, etc.....

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tim G a Cross Country Rider from Bakersfield

Date Reviewed: March 28, 2000

Strengths:    Comfortable ride. Good components. Good value for the price. Excellent frame. An excellent bike for pratically any road surface.

Weaknesses:    I upgraded the pedals and seat post after reading some of the reviews. The seat post kept sliding down during riding.

Bottom Line:   
If you want a very good bike for a really good price I would check out the Iquana.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   I used to have a $2000 Kline. I'm just as happy with my Giant Iquana.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam Palmer a Cross Country Rider from Groton, MA

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2000

Strengths:    Great Lite snappy frame, responsive, and takes one heck of a beating. Vilociraptor tires, great all around. Good fell, you can tell what this bike is going to do. Hops well, and does everything when you want it. Also, long travel rock shox suck up the hard hits, so your arms dont tire out so fast.

Weaknesses:    Alivio drivetrain advertized as stx-rc. Alivio sucks! I already killed the whole drivetrain

Bottom Line:   
Great bike at a great price, just upgrade components when you break them. Frame design makes it a great bike.
I give it 5 value chili's cun, hey what kind of components do you expect for $550?
And I give it 4 overall chillis cuz whatever the price, my drivetrain broke, but love the frame.

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Favorite Trail:   Groton Town forest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Mongoose

Bike Setup:   Stock, with following exeptions:
Deore XT Crank, duerailuers, cog, SHifters, Brake levers.
Kore GASS pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan Smith a Cross Country Rider from Lakewood Ohio

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2000

Strengths:    SOLID, SOLID, SOLID, SOLID this bike has endured 6 foot dropoffs(some landed, some not) without complaining. I ride this thing like i hate it, and it comes back for more!

Weaknesses:    WTB saddle sucks,
bottom bracket needed replaced after 2 weeks(my brother's too, we have identical rides)
Cheep rims


Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is this.....this bike (for the money) rocks.
I have beaten this bike, abused this bike,....(insert
another creative metaphor here)...this bike!

I love it. it has held up to more punnishment
than any bike i have ever owned.

I am not, by any means, a weathy individual, but
i like to ride hard, so i go out and buy a $500
r so bike, and run it till it don't run no more.
this bike won't stop runnin'!




5 of the flamin' ones!

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Favorite Trail:   Vulture's Knob, Wooster Ohio

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   schwinn mesa, gt (can't remember name)

Bike Setup:   stock except the following....titec hellbent riser dh bar
Time atac pedals
titanium/kevlar saddle
Shimano LX bb

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Craig a Weekend Warrior from Raleigh, NC

Date Reviewed: December 6, 1999

Strengths:    
Excellent value for the money!
Great tires
Good components
Solid frame


Weaknesses:    
For the money - none to speak of...


Bottom Line:   
This is an excellent bike for anyone except perhaps a serious racer. Beginners can be confident that it will meet their needs as they develop and more experienced riders will appreciate its high quality frame, solid value, and its ability to take abuse. I use it frequently on rather technical trails and it does great. I have also put slicks on it and done fairly long-distance road touring. Versatility and value -- BUY IT.

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Favorite Trail:   
Rocky Road - Raleigh, NC

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
This is my third mountain bike. I started 6 or 7 years ago with a Schwinn Impact Pro MOS, then moved to a Trek 930 - all in similar price ranges. The Iguana SE is by far the best bike.


Bike Setup:   
Stock - with Rock Shox T2s.

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Kenny Davis a Weekend Warrior from Plano, TX

Date Reviewed: November 8, 1999

Strengths:    
Solid Build
Easy to Handle
Good Looks
Takes a Beating


Weaknesses:    
Pedals
Saddle
Rims


Bottom Line:   
When this bike is dead and gone I will look at Giant first for a new one. This bike is a sweat heart as far as handling those tight turns. I have taken it of drop offs, down some major downhills and had a few bad wipeouts with this thing, but it just keeps going.
If you are looking at this bike, be ready to get a new saddle, cause that WTB saddle will let you know its there. I also put on some Shimano clipless pedals, get rid of those toe straps, they will do you harm.
For the price this is the perfect bike.

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Favorite Trail:   
Erwin Park

Duration Product Used:   
6 months

Similar Products Used:   
Raleigh M50
Schwin Moab


Bike Setup:   
RS Jett T2

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Danny a Weekend Warrior from Hastings, MI

Date Reviewed: October 7, 1999

Strengths:    
like the short chain stays, turns on a dime


Weaknesses:    
broke the seatpost after two weeks, lame stem


Bottom Line:   
i'd buy another iguana se if i don't upgrade to the xtc ds1, (if i can afford it that is)great bike for the money

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Favorite Trail:   
yankee springs

Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
giant boulder


Bike Setup:   
stock

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Salvatore a Weekend Warrior from New York, NY

Date Reviewed: August 30, 1999

Strengths:    
Great components
Smooth Ride
Nice Looks


Weaknesses:    
Uncomfortable Seat
Pedals


Bottom Line:   
This is a sweet bike for the price, especially if you are a beginner like myself. The first weekend I rode this bike I tore apart Central Park without a problem.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   
Stock

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Weekend Warrior from Virginia

Date Reviewed: August 23, 1999

Strengths:    
Components
Price


Weaknesses:    
Brake levers


Bottom Line:   
Buy this one. It has the best stock components in its price class. It has a better fork, better brakes, and better tires than other bikes near its price. Set this rig side by side with something like a Hardrock A1 and compare the components and this Iggy is the clear winner.

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Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Hardrock
6500 and 7000
Rockhopper


Bike Setup:   
110 mm stem
Otherwise stock

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