Giant 2001 Yukon SE Hardtail Bike

4.05/5 (19 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by maurice a Weekend Warrior from houston,tx,us

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2009

Strengths:    Great light frame; . good components for the cost. Nice color and paint finish

Bottom Line:   
I've been using for 7 years without any problem, I only replaced the tires, it all feels like the first day, the only thing it has needed cleaning, I love this bike

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $370.00

Purchased At:   Sun & Ski Sports


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John L. a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta, Ga

Date Reviewed: March 16, 2005

Strengths:    Good price, Pretty good components in an entry bike, decent brakes, nice frame.

Weaknesses:    Rims are weaker than most

Bottom Line:   
I dont know how people could give this bike bad reviews. ive had this bike for almost FIVE YEARS, and its given me nothing but close to 3,000 miles of great use. My parents bought me this bike as my first "good" mountain bike and ive rode it ever since. i LOVE this bike. Sure...its not a $1500 bike...but for the $500 price range, I am 100% completely satisfied with it. My giant has been more reliable and better perfoming than my friends bikes that cost around 6-9 hundred.

the ONLY problem i've had is the rear wheel warping more than I would like it to. The rock shocks Jett front shock is also at the lower end of the shock market, I find it bottoming out sometimes if im getting a little wild at riding.

As per the frame cracking, my friend has a top line Giant ranier that cracked its frame in a few days. But mine is still as strong as when I bought it. Also if you compare frames accross the giant line, especially with the ranier...they look...strangely...similar.

Per tire wear, the "cheng shin" tires that mine came with have been just fine for me opposed to some reviewers. They hold the road well, and are at least "decent" offroad. About wear... 3000 miles and im just rotating my tires... so that tells you about wear...very little, and I ride almost all road.

This is a great entry level bike that competes with bikes several hundred more than itself very well. Give it regular maintanace and it will give you years of great service.

Totally upgradable, add a front disk break, nicer wheels and tires, and a nicer front shock, and then you've got an even better bike.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Roswell Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Mongoose ATB

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Shawn a Weekend Warrior from Lakewood, Ohio, US

Date Reviewed: December 4, 2004

Strengths:    nothing about this bike is "strong"
the shocks are durable that's about it.


Weaknesses:    chainrings wore quick as did cassette. stock rims are very weak.

Bottom Line:   
the frame on this bike snapped in half right under me
second season of riding it
and i was wondering what that creaking noise was...

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Favorite Trail:   stinchcomb

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   century cycles

Bike Setup:   alexrims dm24's with stock tires, shimano hubs. deore lx f/d + crank. bb, i don't know. stock (acera?) r/d.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nitish a Cross Country Rider from Fremont, CA

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2003

Strengths:    Good begginer bike, not that heavy for the price. Good frame for price.

Weaknesses:    Krappy fork (very very crappy), not solid drive train

Bottom Line:   
This is a great begginers bike. Dont ever buy this if you are going to race or do any thing but ride once a week on easy fire roads. The geometery is not also that great. I wore out the drivetrain only after 8 months. I was really surprised by that. if you are going to commute as a city bike ar a lil weekend warrior then its a great bike that wont break the bank.

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Favorite Trail:   Laguna Seca XC Race Course

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $370.00

Purchased At:   Performance Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Costco bikes, Jamis hardtails, Cannondale F700,


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jeremy Johnson a Weekend Warrior from Denton, TX USA

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2002

Strengths:    It is cheap. That's about it.

Weaknesses:    The tires are horrible. Lots of rolling resistance and very soft outer knobs. The fork is very weak too. It only took a few weeks for it to give out. The entire front end feels very flexy.

Bottom Line:   
I bought the bike to see if I would enjoy MTBing. I thought this bike could last me about 6 months until I could afford a better bike. After just a few weeks, the thing felt like it was going to fall apart. The fork is dead. The front headset seems to have some play in it. It was just getting painful to try and ride this bike. If I had paid anymore, I would be angry, but for the money, it would probably be ok for a beginner that is light and never leaves the ground. I have ony jumped off a few curbs and one 12" DJ and the bike is already screaming to be retired.

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Favorite Trail:   J Branch

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $330.00

Purchased At:   Shirars

Similar Products Used:   RMB Flow

Bike Setup:   Stock except BMX Pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Peter a Weekend Warrior from Pasadena, Ca

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2002

Strengths:    Frame, Shifters.

Weaknesses:    Wheels, wheels, wheels.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for a beginner. I ride about 70% road and 30% offroad so it doesn't get a whole lot of abuse. It needed a serious tune-up after the first time in the dirt. Wheels constantly need to be trued. Front fork is a little mushy and unpredictable. All in all it's great for the weekend warrior who's riding on groomed trails. Unbeatable for the money.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $260.00

Purchased At:   Jones Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Fisher Mamba, Specialized HardRock

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jj a Cross Country Rider from South Australia

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2002

Strengths:    Weight, nice and smooth when tuned right, looks pretty good too.

Weaknesses:    Shocks, wheels, bars, tires.

Bottom Line:   
I got this bike as a bridge between having no bike and paying a grand on an atx890 or trek 8500. It's been OK but if you handle it without the right amount of delicacy it starts whining and falling apart. That means: no jumps, taking it easy down slopes, not too many stacks. The shocks were ready for the trash after about 2 weeks. They bottom out just rolling off a kerb onto the road - and that's wound all the way up! The rims are made of cheese, I have to ride with my spokes at serious tension to keep them round. The tires are crap - you may as well walk uphill. And one of the teeth on the chainwheel actually broke off. Apart from that it's been good. I admit to riding it hard, and that's not what it's made for. If you want to commute on a comfortable and sporty bike, or want a bit of light off-road action, this could be your bike. But if you're more serious, forget about it and pay some bigger money on something tuff.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Similar Products Used:   atx870

Bike Setup:   Stock, apart from new seat.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hotei a Weekend Warrior from Houston, TX

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2002

Strengths:    Great frame; worthy of upgrades. decent components for the price. Color scheme makes for nice eye-candy

Weaknesses:    cheap, cheap, cheap-ass wheels. If you make the mistake of keeping them, buy yourself a truing stand....you'll be seeing a lot of it. Don't particularly care for the stem and bar, either

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for starting out. If your outings are tame you can leave it stock, but if you prefer to mix it up a bit this bike is definitely worth upgrading. One thing though...if you get the bike, replace the wheelset (if you look at it funny, it goes out of true)

I've had mine for almost a year and it always fares better than I on my adventures. I've put about 2,600 miles on mine. Until recently, I've gotten by with only routine maintenance, but I finally have an excuse to upgrade the drivetrain. The 42 chainring is worn out.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Sun & Ski Sports


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mat Reid a Weekend Warrior from Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2001

Strengths:    Light frame, comfortable seat and ride, smooth gear changes, extrememly upgaradeable.

Weaknesses:    Rock Shox could allow for more travel.

Bottom Line:   
This bike gets me where I want to go. Whether riding to work or hitting the dirt. I'm 29 it has allowed me to pick where I left off from my last BMX. The Yukon se is an extremely capable bike for bush and fire trails offering great handling, of your not afraid to throw it around corners and tracks a little. This bike is great for the moderate dirt rider who enjoys getting out amongst it with out trying to kill themself.

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Favorite Trail:   Both urban and off road

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Hammer & Cycle Queanbeyan

Similar Products Used:   Nil

Bike Setup:   Standard. Cat Eye lighting system.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Erik a Cross Country Rider from Raleigh, NC

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2001

Strengths:    Frame is very solid, most of the components are adaquate. I really like the seat.

Weaknesses:    Front chainrings really suck, literaly. Developed chain suck in like 3 hours of riding. The rims pretty much suck, too. I have had to replace the rear already. Tires have no grip when wet.

Bottom Line:   
Buy it if your looking for a starter bike, like I was. Buy it if you want to just get out and have some fun on a bike that can handle most trails. Dont buy it for hardcore drops. Be prepared to true the rims a lot and you have to learn how to shift it just right so you dont get chain suck.

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Favorite Trail:   Lake Johnson

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $360.00

Purchased At:   Allstar Bikes

Similar Products Used:   none, tried a Giant Rincon, Trek 4500, and a Specialized Stumpjumper.

Bike Setup:   Stock except for rear rim is a Sun Rhyno Lite.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Garet a Weekend Warrior from Mephis TN

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2001

Strengths:    Great Frame,it can take anything you give it! Shocks are good, they handle all sorts of smaller jumps and drop offs!


Weaknesses:    Crappy Chinese brand tires, and sometimes the gears click alot, but can be easily adjusted!

Bottom Line:   
This is a very good bike to begin with. It is also good to keep on using! Very easy to upgrade parts! I just started riding mountain bikes, i bought mine in taiwan and use it for all sorts of uses(errands, trails, street, and just plain fun.) This is a very nice bike and can take alot of beatings and still continue to be a great bike! I would recommend this bike to anyone and everyone who is a beginner to an average rider.

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Favorite Trail:   nywhere

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   $300

Similar Products Used:   None


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stacy 'Sung Hee' Kim a Weekend Warrior from Seoul, South Korea

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2001

Strengths:    Light and Strong Frame, Beautiful Color.

Weaknesses:    Wheel set & Tire

Bottom Line:   
It's not bad for the money. Giant bikes are awesome with great geometry for women.

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Favorite Trail:   Everywhere

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Bikeland, Seoul Korea

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4300, and some Cromoly Bike.

Bike Setup:   full Shimano Deore XT Drive Train

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy a Weekend Warrior from Indianapolis, Indiana

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2001

Strengths:    One tough frame (I've fliped the thing more than a few times, and it just takes it). comfortable feel, good handling, decent shifting.

Weaknesses:    Stock tires are enough for you to get by with, until you see what else is out there...

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the cost and it is easy to upgrade, so it can grow with you. It has been great on the hills and the trails for a entry level rider who likes to push it. I've put on close to 500 miles so far and it handles the road and the trails very well... It has got me riding all over the place: to work, to run erands, for fun. I have nothing bad to say about this bike (ok maybe the tires, but that is very minor!!!) So if you are looking for a quality bike that will last, check this one out!!!

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Favorite Trail:   anything new...

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle Garage Indy (bgindy.com)

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4500 (just didn't like the feel of this)

Bike Setup:   Stock, other than the tires. I put on a pair of semi-slicks for the light trails and paths. I'm still looking for a good pure off-road tire.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Keeper a Weekend Warrior from Atlanta, GA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 18, 2001

Strengths:    Rock Shox Judy TT front suspension, fairly light but tough frame, very responsive braking, rapid shifting, easily upgradable components

Weaknesses:    Horrible seat, tires could be a little better

Bottom Line:   
This is a great mountain bike for those who are just starting out or ride just a few times a week. The shocks can really take a beating without bottoming out on some pretty tough drops. I also like the fact that this bike is easy to upgrade... I quickly changed out the seat and plan on getting better tires. For now, this is just a wonderful bike that gives a clean ride and makes mountain biking enjoyable.

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Favorite Trail:   Bull Mountain, Dahlonega, GA

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $450.00

Similar Products Used:   Trek 4900, Giant Rincon SE

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel a Cross Country Rider from Montreal

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2001

Strengths:    Great bike for the price, it has an amazingly light and strong frame, it has the coolest Blue Mirror/Black color, and it shifts really well.

Weaknesses:    The RockShox Jetts are horrable, but other than that the bike rocks.

Bottom Line:   
A great bike for the price, it'll handle the punishment that you give it, handles great in forests and in rocky areas, its even great for small drops. If you do huge drops all the time then your better off with a full suspension bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Anything off-road

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Andre Lalonde Sports

Similar Products Used:   Giant Rincon and Giant ATX 840.

Bike Setup:   Stock.

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