With 8 inches of fully active Maestro Suspension mated to a lightweight, super-strong ALUXX SL via a co-pivot shock mount, Glory is everything Hart-and you-need to tackle the most extreme DH conditions. A stout OverDrive headtube, which is tapered to offer optimal steering stiffness, and race-ready DH geometry give Glory its confidence-inspiring feel on the most aggressive terrain.
Strengths: This is for the stock 2010 glory 01. Frame has almost perfect geo (agile and short), the suspension is very very efficient, smooth and skims over rough stuff. Wheelset, running gear, forks and cockpit all uses mid range sram spec, but performs perfectly. I like sram over saint anyway. Jumps like a boss.
Weaknesses: Headset creaks if not greased regularly and the seals fall off when taking the fork off. Still works as intended.
Vivid 4.1 is pretty bad if not serviced by a suspension co. A Fox van rc would be better.
Although i think the stock HA is fine for most tracks, a lot people say an angleset or similar improves handling a lot. the back sun eq31 rim got a bit beat up but i replaced it with the exact same rim.
DH tubes that come stock make the bike feel pretty laggy and heavy. And michelin tyres aren't very confidence inspiring, just replace with Minions.
Excellent bike, FAST, great for starting out and will also not let the pro riders down. It is a slightly higher, agile and steeper then most modern race bikes, but it all comes down to personal preference. Awesome value, however the operators and aurums are giving the giant a run for it's money. I think the suspension design eliminates pedal bob, maybe not as plush as say a demo, but you just have to change your riding style a bit I guess. It jumps like nothing else though. Get one!
Weaknesses: Cracked frame where the top tube meets the seat tube. Was replaced under warranty. Rims (dt swiss ex500) are narrow and designed for am so will not last. Standard cable routing is rubbish.
Fantastic race bike, bit of a shame about the flaws letting it down. Flicked a rock up with the front wheel and it punctured the rear brake line which made the next corner a bit hairy, I recommend re-routing down the top of the down tube. I'm unsure why they put am rims on a dh bike, maybe to save weight.
from Fortcollins, Co. USA
Date Reviewed: March 23, 2012
Strengths: *2011 Giant glory 00* Very nimble in the turns, and a beast flying down a strait away. Highly recommended!
Weaknesses: None, the rear shock makes a clanking noise when on diffiicult train, but still reall solid.
Sick bike, real solid lines, and great suspension!!
from United Kingdom
Date Reviewed: April 24, 2011
Strengths: Floating rear end makes it ride really light, especially seeing as mine weighs in at 45.4lb's. Eats rough stuff for breakfast, corners really well, pedals amazing, jumps amazing, you can send jumps with ease. weigh balance is spot on and it feels soo stable to ride at high speed and through techy shizz.
Weaknesses: well when i bought it it needed bushings replaced but thats not really a weakness. I'd say the only thiing is the weight but when you get on the trail you forget about it because it rides soo light
This bike is amazing and has completely changed my riding. I've gotten noticably quicker since having this bike. despite the scales saying 45+ lb's it feels very ligh tto ride. So, if your looking to pick one up second hand or if its one of your choices then do it, you wont regret it
Strengths: Very durable, takes all the abuses, smooth handling through rock gardens. I still am racing on this bike since 2009 of May. BB is at right low height than iron horse sunday which was too low.
Weaknesses: Honestly NOTHING!
I dont know when I am going to give up this frame, its very best at any race courses with very techy rocks, almost 9 inches of travel, while frame is very ridgiy, I have crashed pretty hard, bottomed out hard, and still no sign of crack nor bent. Just piovt bearings for rear suspension needed to be replace just a little less than year even though I ride it almost regularly. Looking forward to get an 2011 glory dh someday. Ill stick with it.
Favorite Trail: Poway, Fontana, and all secret trails in so.cal
Duration Product Used: 2 Years
Purchased At: From a guy on socalt
Similar Products Used: Iron Horse Sunday, Jamis Dailbo, Intense M6, Giant Faith (older)
Bike Setup: 08/09 Boxxer WC air tuned and rebuild by EC's mechanic, fox dh5 rear shock, atomlab flatty pedals, sunline 745, sunline direct mount, hayes stroker aces, azonic outlaws, sram x9 short cage, carbon fiber shock protector, OCT cranks, sunline seat.
The Bear 28
from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Date Reviewed: January 31, 2011
Strengths: This review is for the latest model 2010 Giant Glory 00, i got it on staff discount for the above price in £ sterling not dollars, on a new full stock build. it is a large size.
pros; light bike easy to throw about, pedals well once set up, low stand over on large and decent TT length for a 6,2 tall rider, has not broke under my weight of 115kgs, stiff haven’t notice any flex, one of the best valued bikes on spec for under £4K RRP in 2010.
A major one: all sizes come with 450lbs rear spring and blue (medium) fox 40 spring, so if you buy a small or large you will prob need to spend another £200 on different springs. although i managed to get giant UK to swap springs for free after pointing out this flaw to them. i think treks DH bikes come spec to match size = bonus over giant bikes.
still experiencing a creaking noise from headset / bottom bracket? doesn't really effect ride quality tho!
Rear rotor on large size could do with being 8? not 7?.
bars quite short for DH if you’re tall; 685mm?
Now for 2011 has increase to £4750 here in the UK and not much changed: rims / bars / stem / update fork = not such a good value package as it was 2010!
i haven’t really ridden any other DH rigs so can compare the geo but i took on board what folks had mention about the 65.5 HA: there are various cups i might fit to see how that effect the HA and slacken it by 1.5 degrees, so its not the end of the world if stock geo is too steep for all you pros out there!
bottom line; more than good enough for my skills. i did consider the speshialized demo but i prefer the fox 40s.
if i were buying without a staff discount in 2011 for the new price RRP i would prob also consider a morewood! that said for spec / performance not much wrong with 2011 new giant glory's!
Favorite Trail: Matador / Make or Brake @ Innerleithen
Duration Product Used: 1 Year
Purchased At: my place of work: EB
Similar Products Used: not massively similar bikes but i ride the following; marin attack trail customized 6" AM bike. Cannondale caffeine hard tail 4" customized xc bike, used to ride 5" specialized Stumpjumper FSR expert.
Bike Setup: I changed a few thing from the off;
bars; elements nickle wide 780mm flat bar,
stem; straitline direct mount 28mm ultra short,
tyres; maxxis 60a high roller rear / minion F 60a,
grips; ODI troy lee,
seat post; thomson elite setback,
rear rotor; changed to larger 8?.
pedals; straitline flats.
from perth, western australia
Date Reviewed: January 25, 2011
Strengths: good reliable frame and a value for money.
Weaknesses: Frame is a tad on the heavy side.
Good all round bike can take a beating, frame is tank and it can plow through any thing you throw at it.
Bike Setup: 2008 giant glory DH1 all stock except DaBomb pedals
Date Reviewed: October 19, 2010
Strengths: Good Quality Straight off shelf
Weaknesses: Tyres make you washout all the time, headset and bb are creaking after 6 weeks!
It is my first downhill bike i have had it for just over a month and raced it once felt great. i took it out of my shed the other day after a 6 hour session at eagle and the frame was creaking like S*it when you pedalled and moved the forks. There alot lighter then the Sunday team x and it rides smooth. I bought a medium and im not a very rough rider but the frame creaks every time i sit on it!
The comment below doesn't seem likely but i would not doubt it is possible to break i have dropped it down a 12 foot drop and it survived the landing with no damage. Would recommend but not if you are a heavy weight rider i weight 65 kg and it is just right for me. overall they could add some better products for the headset as it has become so annoying when riding!
from warrington, Cheshire England
Date Reviewed: October 15, 2010
Strengths: Excellent front & Rear suspension,jumps like a cat with willingness, disc brakes 203mm rotor well made for the bike, sturdy, perfect geometry in my opinion.
Weaknesses: heavy but does not bother me, Do not buy this bike if your body frame is like a "WALKING STICK" come on go to the gym if you are a downhill rider!!! you need to be fit to ride this burly Giant Glory Zero
I am a Specialized bike rider eversince, but seeing this bike and after reading hundreds of reviews and after having one I could only say, this bike is exciting to ride, boost my confidence even better, and it's a head turner! geometry wise its perfect thank you GIANT for making such a Wonderful bike to ride!!! well done....
Favorite Trail: Delamere forest, Chicksands Bike Park
Duration Product Used: 3 months
Purchased At: Online bike shop
Similar Products Used: Specialized SX Trail, DEMO 8, Big hit 2
Bike Setup: Factory Stock.
from Canada, North Vancouver, BC
Date Reviewed: September 15, 2010
Strengths: Economical, comes with good parts groupo
Weaknesses: Cant stand up to constant North Shore and Whistler or bike park riding, life span is 1 year for aggressive riders.
The bike was pretty rad and I had a lot of fun but it cracked at the head tube (second time).
I use to like Giant until they rejected my warranty. I put more rides on this bike in 1 year than an average weekend warrior would in 5 years, this was Giants reason for rejecting my warranty of a cracked head tube. Based solely on this I wouldnt recommend a bike company that balks on a life time warranty after 1 year of riding a frame. If you are a hard rider like me, super tech, drops, jumps and high speed, then consider a different bike. I'd hate to see anyone have to pay for a crash replacement.
This was the second Glory frame, it cannot withstand a full year of bike park and north shore riding. Now that they made the bike lighter I anticipate more of them will break.
Bike Setup: 2009 World Cup Fox 40's with RCX 4 Fox rear shock
from Whistler, BC Canada
Date Reviewed: August 15, 2010
Strengths: Light weight but stiff, pedals surprisingly well for a downhill bike
Weaknesses: Couldn't find any
I was originally looking for a bike that is a lighter weight bike that can be ridden up hill to get to those wicked DH trails that you either have to walk your DH bike up or have a free ride/X-country bike to get to (but then suffer on the downhill)...But i still want something that is solid in the bike park as that is where 70% of my riding is done.
Was originally looking at getting the 2011 Trek Scratch, but after testing the 2011 Glory 01 @ Crankworx in Whistler this week... I think i'll be buying a DH bike. For a DH bike, this pedals soo well. Hardly any bouncing around while your trying to put the strokes in, and it was a demo bike... I'm approx 6'2' & 190lb...I only made a couple of quick adjustments to the shocks before i got on the hill & left it at that.
This thing corners like it's on rails. Feels so effortless to just pop over rough spots & the roots & rocks you have to pedal over just get sucked up by the rear suspension but without the power sucking bob. So light weight & smooth in the air. I also sent it of the GLC drop (for those who don't know whistler. It's a drop in full view of the public that can be anywhere from a 5-10ft depending how fast you hit it) & it took it like it was nothing.
I think i'm going to be putting my money towards the 2011 Glory 00 which comes with the new Fox 40's that have the new Kashima Coated stanchions & all Saint running gear.
Strengths: ***2010 GLORY frame***
Light, but Stiff!! Bike switches direction really, really fast and rails corners. Pop going off jumps is super similar to my Reign X. If you want to clear long rock gardens in a single bound this is the bike to be on. Pedals really well w/Hammerschmidt. Through chop it is smoother the harder you pedal so it encourages fast riding.
Weaknesses: Spring curve makes for a great poppy bike but it blows through the ending stroke travel on hard hits so you tend to run a slightly softer spring for good small bump compliance and then have to use bottom out control to keep it from bottoming out hard on the big hits. I think it would have been better with a little less extreme spring curve (would be much easier for the average Joe to tune).
I ride with quite a mix of people from Cat 1 DH racers to weekend warriors who have a lot of mechanicals and everything in-between. I like to either keep up with the better group or just ride my ride and I tend to be a pretty quick climber with most of these groups, so I figured I could ride a heavier bike without slowing the pack and it would make it more fun to session scary stuff. This might be my one bike quiver in places like Moab and Brianhead depending on group plans.
My Reign X has been an outstanding 1 bike quiver (if I could only have one this is the one I'd have) since I had my Blindside stolen last fall, but I got very out classed up at Whistler with the DH crew even w/DH wheels, Totem, & Coil. However, I'm keeping the X so I wanted 2 bikes that I could transition between without feeling odd. This bike is an easy switch for me. The Hammerschmidt makes me want to ride it even more just because it is soooo much better the any front derailleur. 50% of your shifting moves up front.
If you want a light DH bike that can pedal like a 6" bike, is super flickable, and jumps like a pornstar on a trampoline, this is your bike. If you are too much of a hack, or like big drops, I predict you will not like this bike cause it is sensitive and can blow through it's end stroke. Being off line and out of sync means you will feel more bounced around than on other rides. We'll see if this changes when I switch to heavier DH wheels/tires for true DH stuff.