Giant 1999 MCM SE Hardtail Bike

3.11/5 (9 Reviews)
MSRP : $1800.00


Product Description

1999 Giant MCM SE, mountain bike, front suspension, Mountain Mix components, Rock Shox Judy SL, 3.15" travel fork


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Reviews 1 - 9 (9 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steven Crout a Cross Country Rider from Edgewood, KY USA

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2001

Strengths:    Weight, componentry, price and overall handling.

Weaknesses:    Brakes and spontaneous frame cracks.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike! It handles like a dream...the naked carbon fiber look is wicked as hell...perfect price for what they give you. However, (isn't there always one), the brake setup is something my 10 year old cousin could build better in craft-time at school. Unless you are an experienced rider, you will suffer from using this brake setup. I almost immediately took this setup off the bike, replaced with a hydraulic setup, and didn't even contemplate putting them on another bike. The pieces are hanging about on my wall in the garage as show, along with other parts over the years. Even after spending for new brakes ($200), this bike is a steal. Then, after I thought all was well and good, I noticed a generous crack in the top-tube about 6 inches in from the seatpost. I had inspected the bike before I rode, and after riding a very tame 3 mile trail (NO JUMPING INVOLVED ANYWHERE!!), I noticed the crack. My Giant rep is replacing the bike, but unfortunately, they have none of this frame available. Now, I will be back to riding Aluminum for awhile...

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Favorite Trail:   East Fork Lake

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   Montgomery Cyclery

Bike Setup:   19.5" with Formula MD-1 Cable Disc Brakes, Deore/XT combo, WTB Velociraptor...etc...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Shaun Orr a Downhiller from SLC Utah

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2001

Strengths:    Solid feel, Looks good, frame handles well, feels good.

Weaknesses:    The brakes

Bottom Line:   
i have nothing be great things to say about al the components except for the brakes. This bike has Forumula MD-1 disk brakes that look great, but suffer from the worst craftmanship, customer support, and functionality of any product I have ever tried. The only upside is that I called the US distributer for Formula and told them that their brakes almost got me killed and they sent me their new 2001 Activa brakes as replacements. GET RID OF THE FORMULA BRAKES and this bike is awesome for the price.

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Favorite Trail:   Porcupine Rim (MOAB)

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1500.00


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Robert a Cross Country Rider from Nashville

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2001

Strengths:    Medium light weight.
Great climber.
Very responsive singletrack ride.
Absorbs bumps well.
Carbon fiber looks sexy.


Weaknesses:    Fragile frame.
Poor customer support.
Basic stock components.


Bottom Line:   
An awesome riding bike that is telepathic to your imput. The frame really responds well to turns, climbing, and anything you throw at it. With aftermarket upgrades you can get it close to 20 pounds. Unfortunatually, the frame is brittle and rocks you kick up can show light damage. The area around the bottom bracket will show radial hairline cracks before a year. The frame from my old Bridgestone is in better condition. Luckily even with several frame cracks there is no flex and it hasn't broken yet, but it does put a seed of dout in the back of your head when your riding really hard. 5 stars for the ride, 0 stars for the build quality.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Similar Products Used:   Proflex, Bridgestone, Trek

Bike Setup:   XTR, Raceface, Sun/Ringle, etc. etc.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Darren Robinson from Denver, CO

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2000

Strengths:    Light stiff frame climbs well

Weaknesses:    The frame began to crack, and flake without any impact to the frame whatsoever within 1 month on the right seat stay.

The frame is simply fragile

cable actuated disc brake suck (constantly squealing) and do not even compare to v brakes.


Bottom Line:   
Do not buy this bike if you want a frame that is going to last more than 1 year. Giant DOES NOT stand behind their products and chose not to replace the frame citing that their was impact to the craked are when no paint had even been touched and stickers were in tact.

GIANT IS A JOKE!

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Favorite Trail:   Walker Ranch Columbine Gulch Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Campus Cycles Denver, CO

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Stump Jumper M2 Comp

Bike Setup:   Great components with exception of the brake system

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Eric Wood a Cross Country Rider from Trail, Oregon

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2000

Strengths:    Carbon fiber frame, Judy SL shox, Everyting but the brakes

Weaknesses:    Formula disc brakes. Don't even try to stop if you are over 200lbs. I actually called the president @ Giant and left a message that eventually I would be suing them because I went over a cliff or my wife would because I was dead. They sent me upgaded shoes and it was better. For the money it is still worth it but I will upgrade to another disc brake system as soon as $$$ possible.

Bottom Line:   
A great frame with awesome componets. perfect when you upgrade to a Hayes disc brake system. I waited 10 years to upgrade from my old chrom moly and have to admit I felt like I was gliding through the woods the first time I road it. I can hardly explain how different it felt everything was right I was free, then I had to stop! OUCH!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Rogue River Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Jan Russell a Cross-Country Rider from Switzerland

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2000

Strengths:    
Carbon Frame
Light
Component Selection
RS Judy SL
Price


Weaknesses:    
Formula Disc Brakes


Bottom Line:   
A good bike,it climbs awesome.The problem is Formula Disc.V-Brakes are better than Formula's!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
TREK 8900SL
Giant ATX 990


Bike Setup:   
Giant MCM+RS Judy SL+Hope Disc Brakes+Thomson Seatpost etc...é

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by gerhard yurkovic a Weekend Warrior from nyc

Date Reviewed: November 4, 1999

Strengths:    
carbon frame, fork


Weaknesses:    
formula brakes


Bottom Line:   
forgiving light frame, nice fork
problematic brake set up, unpredictable modulation, loud squiek wet or dry, insufficent braking power, 25.25lbs(med)
overall weight 25 1/4 lbs(med)

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Duration Product Used:   
3 months

Similar Products Used:   
litespeed obed/xtr/manitou sx


Bike Setup:   
out of box,
flite gel seat,
shimano 747 pedals

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Giant a Cross-Country Rider from Indy,In

Date Reviewed: May 11, 1999

Strengths:    
SRAM 9-speed - AWESOME !
The Bike climbs and corners REALLY good !
The Price is right...


Weaknesses:    
The frame flexes and causes the formula
disk brake rotors to hit the brake pads.....
has anybody else had this problem ?
The 'feel' of the Avid brake levers w/the
formula brakes is not very good.
The seat is marginal...
Too many stickers on the frame !!!


Bottom Line:   
If you can tolerate the poor performance of the brakes it is an awesome ride !

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Favorite Trail:   
Knobstone Trail

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   
Rocky Mountain Thin Air
Specialized Rock Hopper Comp



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Mick a Racer from Ellington, CT

Date Reviewed: March 30, 1999

Strengths:    
Light frame
Decent drive train
Judy sl
Formula cable discs


Weaknesses:    
Seat
Bottom Bracket


Bottom Line:   
This bike rides great. The carbon frame is extremely light, stiff, and climbs awesome. The new judy sl has an excellent feel out of the box. The new formula cable acuated disc brakes are far superior than V Brakes. What other bike company offers this much bike for $1800 and weighs 24lbs.

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Favorite Trail:   
Soapstone Forest

Duration Product Used:   
less than 1 month


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