Giant DH Team - single-pivot four-bar Downhill Full Suspension

4.83/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $5000.00

Product Description

  • Fork: Manitou Dorado, 203mm travel
  • Shock: Manitou Swinger 6-way Coil
  • Headset: FSA Pig DH Pro
  • Shifters: SRAM X.9 rear only
  • Spokes: DT Competition 14/15G butted

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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex tynski a Downhiller from ireland

Date Reviewed: February 28, 2010

Strengths:    high BB, manitou shock, big jumps & drops, steep tech! pedal'ability, easy to control! light

Weaknesses:    high frame

Bottom Line:   
this is a truly amazing bike. ive been on it with about 3 months now and its never failed me! i plan to race a whole season with it this year and i feel it will pull me through to a couple podiums, it takes 40ft ski jumps no problem, it can hold ANY drop you throw its way and iv never been on anything that compares to it!

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Favorite Trail:   Clashnacrona, Dunmanway, Co.Cork, ireland, (DH)

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   irishDH

Similar Products Used:   nothing in comparrison!

Bike Setup:   05 frame, 05 boXXer W.C's (tf tuned), hope m4 brakes, rotors 8" front & 7" back.. imperial grips, azonic world force 762mm bars, truvative Hussefelt stem, mavic 321 rims, raceface cranks/chainring, MRP chain device, XT mech & cable & shifters, manitou 6way swinger shock 350ibs spring, WTB saddle, imperial headset, fatties flattie pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Roy a Downhiller from Nashua, NH, US

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2008

Strengths:    Extremely stable at high speeds. Corners like its on rails! (Thats cause all of its weight is carried low around the bottom bracket) Feels very light when riding and pedaling. And the finished look of the DH Team is beautiful!

Weaknesses:    The stock Manitou 6-way swinger shock started leaking when I was setting the stocks high and low speed adjustments.
Now there is air in the shock which causes it to top out hard, but only sometimes. And the first run I had on the Giant, the Maniou Dorado right fork leg started to leak around were the carbon fiber meets with the upper clamping area of the fork. But this just happened on my very first run with the bike and never happened again after that.

Bottom Line:   
I love the Giant DH Team and will run this bike for a long time. The DH Team feels a little taller than most DH rigs, but it handles extremely well at high speeds and blasts though any corner with losing any speed. It tracks the ground well and is smooth in the air and on big landings.
Just remember that the 2005 runs a 12X150 rear hub as the older years DH Teams run a 10X135 rear hub. Also, the DH Team uses a 100mm bottom Bracket!
I would give a 5 for value rating, but with the Manitou shock leaking before the bike is ever riden is a little sad. But thats Manitou's issue, not Giants.

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Favorite Trail:   Killington Mt.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   I've tried alot of different DH rigs and nothing feels like the Giant DH Team.

Bike Setup:   2005 Giant DH Team, 6-way swinger, Dorado MRD forks, RaceFace Diabolus cranks & seat post. Funn saddle and Funn fatboy bars. Hope M6 brakes. Ringle hubs with Mavic EX729 rims. Michelin tires. Sram XO drive train.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by aj a Cross Country Rider from ohio

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2006

Strengths:    i like it on roads

Bottom Line:   
it is good for road biking

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chris orice a Downhiller from newtown, powys, wales

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2005

Strengths:    great bike

Weaknesses:    not much!

Bottom Line:   
great bike! good at cornering and jumping . but also good at ruff stuff

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Favorite Trail:   caersws

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   brooks cycles, welshpool

Similar Products Used:   iron horse sunday and giant stp!

Bike Setup:   boxxer world cup forks , mrp, dmr wheels hope hubs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nathan Campbell a Downhiller from Brisbane, QLD

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2005

Strengths:    1.balanced
2.i swear its on rails
4.good componetry

Weaknesses:    1.little heavy(but how cares when theres shuttles)
2.manitou dorados twist after crashes but easily fixed

Bottom Line:   
BUY THIS BIKE, you cant go wrong with this bike
its so good on dh tracks wether slippery, rocky, fast, steep, jumpy, bumpy and just plain old anything.

the only thing is the dorados twist but you just have to loosen the crowns and straighten them again.

so bottom line BUY THIS BIKE, it wont let you down

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Favorite Trail:   clear mt

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $4600.00

Purchased At:   private sale

Similar Products Used:   04 giant dh comp

Bike Setup:   stock except for the tyres which are minions

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Hunter a Racer from MT

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2005

Strengths:    Fairly light,
suspension is great
corners really well
Very balanced

Weaknesses:    could be lighter

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike. The bike corners really fast, all the mass is carried low to the ground. The suspension is really balanced and so is the overall bike. The bike jumps really well and it is really stable at high speeds. The bike is a true complete race bike.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   The Bike Shop, Billings, MT

Similar Products Used:   Intense M1, Foes Mono

Bike Setup:   Chris King headset, Easton monkey light bars, crank bros mag pedals, est stock

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