Giant 2001 Boulder 550 Rigid Bike

5/5 (1 Reviews)
MSRP : $300.00

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Victor a Weekend Warrior from Arcata, CA

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2001

Strengths:    I don't know if this bike is the "Boulder 550" all it says is "boulder" but I guess that will have to do...
The frame has a nice solid feel to it, but it still has some give so it doesn't feel too much like riding on a jack hammer. The seat is really nice, I found it comfortable even on a 15 mile ride on the highway. I wouldn't suggest taking longer trips with it though. Components are nice too, not top of the line, but decent; something you can rely on. The tires have good grip on the cornering. Oh and I can't forget to mention the "mega range" gear on the rear cassette, it's huge! You could climb up stairs with no problem if the tires had better grip. It has 34 teeth on it.

Weaknesses:    The bike's frame is cro-mo and does weigh a bit(not that I mind too much). I guess that's what I get for $210. The tires could have more grip to it, but they're decent. Like I said before the frame does have some give to it; when I'm cranking down on with my right foot when I'm in the highest gear I can hear the chain rub up against the derailer. I believe this is mainly due to the frame flexing a little. However other than the noise it doesn't effect anything else on the bike mechically.

Bottom Line:   
It's a nice bike for beginners(like me) and intermediates on developed trails. I'm going to upgrade in a year or two, but for now, the bike's going to do just well. It's bit heavier for a ridge, but it build character. ; ) For the price I got it for, it's an awesome deal! It's nice for riding around town for elite who might not feel comfortable about taking their multi thousand dollar bike to the ice cream shop and worry about it being stolen. Overall it's a well balanced bike and I would highly recommend it for beginners.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $210.00

Purchased At:   Revolution Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   Specialized hardrock(it's back home in AK, I didn't have a chance to use it before I moved to CA for school)

Bike Setup:   Um... (I just copied it from their website)
size Mens: S(17")
frame - Supersized Steel, with bi-oval down tube
derailleur - Shimano Tourney
derailleur shifters - Shimano EZ-Fire, 7-speed
cranks - SR/Suntour XR128, 28/38/48T
pedals - Steel w/ resin body
handlebar - Steel 1.5" riser
stem - OS Steel, Alloy
brakes - Alloy direct pull w/ power control
saddle - Giant Groove, Dual Density MTB with Kevlar bumpers
seatpost - Alloy micro-adjust
rims - Alloy , 36H
hubs - Alloy, QR, double seals
tires - MTB knobby w/ center ridge 26x1.95
cassette - Shimano 13-34T, 7-speed f/w
spokes - Stainless Steel 14G

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