Strengths: Nice component mix on bike, capable of more than I can throw at it so far. No failures despite several hundred kilometres with no maintenance when on a trip.
Weaknesses: Wide bars make some narrow trails impassable. If using as a do-all bike, invest in a second cheap wheelset with slicks to throw on for around town riding.
Good solid bike. Can handle steep uphills, with enough travel in the front to take the downs that follow. An excellent bike for someone looking to get into mountain biking without a huge budget to throw at it. Solid performer that won't complain whether you're hauling an extra fifty pounds of groceries home on it, or cranking up a rock-strewn mountain side.
Bike Setup: WTB Enduroraptor tires (UG from WTB Velocirator); Rockshox Judy XC LongTravel (UG from RS Indy); Shimano XT Rings / Crank / BB (UG from No name); Shimano XTR Rear Derailer (UG from Shimano LX)
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 15, 2000
Strengths: Price, components, which seem to varry regionally , as mine had an LX crank,and RS T2
Weaknesses: Pedals....changed them right away, fork is a little soft but I'm a little heavy
I wanted to upgrade, but I loved the feel of the bike so instead of buying a new bike I added better components, sure the frame isn't that light , but it would be less costly for me to loose weight. Overall a great bike, and race worthy, I did 3 races last summer with it , she preformed admirably. This year my son was btween bikes and borrowed mine for a race, he loved it and it didn't let him down, BTW where did u get that poor excuse for a "Sedona" in the pic.
Similar Products Used: Rocky's we have 3 of them in the house
Bike Setup: LX derailers, Avid arch 4.0, Bomber Z5 air, Crow bar, shim 545 clipless, and of course "the Fender"
a Weekend Warrior
from Toronto, Canada
Date Reviewed: April 10, 2000
Strengths: - great specs for the price; love the mega 9 drivetrain - pretty light considering it's a chromoly frame - the bike's shifts are as smooth as butter - Jett T2 fork won't seize up in cold weather - easier to steer than my friends $1500 bike!
Weaknesses: - long settling in period; I had to take the bike to the shop twice to align the brake pads, and they still squeal if they're wet! Wires need some time to stretch as well. - horrible seat; had to replace it
This bike is one big step up from crappy department store bikes. The extra cogs in the back really come in handy when you're climbing up hills or decending them. For the price of the bike that I got ($850, including mods), plus two years unlimited maintence, it's a steal. This bike is good the the beginner to intermediate rider and also the recreational. Also, that picture of the bike on the page is the wussiest Sedonna that I've ever seen, if it is a Sedonna. Mine looks so much better. Five flaming turds overall!!
Similar Products Used: Gary Fisher Big Sur Giant Rincon Specialized Hard Rock
Bike Setup: Giant Sedona SE RS Jett T2 mix of LX & STX-RC components
a Cross-Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 22, 1999
Strengths: components for price
Weaknesses: Hard rock saddle Generic cage pedals
Brought it to bed with me for two weeks, then decided to test it. I'd probably like a $2000 bike alot more, but for the price, i'm very happy! Tweaking and tuning is a learning process for me but the bike has yet to let me down. If this were a car, it would compare with a Mazda 626. Not bad.