Giant Glory Downhill Full Suspension

4.77/5 (87 Reviews)
MSRP : $5650.00

Product Description

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.

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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bindegal a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: November 26, 2016

Strengths:    Even on the cheapo version, suspension is solid and works really well.Everything seems very durable.
Equipment on the bike seems like a very good compromise, they saved some cash where performance doesen´t really matter too much for going downhill.
The bike was advertised with Schwalbe tires but came with even better spec Maxxis tires, which was an unexpected bonus.

Weaknesses:    I´d wish they would give me the option of buying a Boxxer fork instead of the Domain as a factory upgrade.
If anything, the Maestro suspension in the back seems more capable than the fork.
The SRAM brakes are hardly DH-specific but surprisingly they seem to work well enough. Bring extra pads. :)
Unsurprisingly, pedaling is a pain. Forget about using this bike for anything other than parks or other means of uplift assistance.

Bottom Line:   
This is for the 2016 Giant Glory 2. I believe US retail is $3150.
As a dedicated bike for bike park duty, this is a proper weapon indeed.
So for those of us who are not professional DH riders, the lower spec Glory seems like a good option.
For the money you spend, you get a very capable DH platform to just enjoy just as it is, or upgrade later on.
Highly recommended.

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Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Livigno

Bike Setup:   I replaced the grips with Ergon GE1´s, everything else remains standard.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Amy a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2015

Strengths:    I've had 3 Glory's in the past few years.
2012 Model 2 26"
2013 Model 0 26"
and now a 2016 Advanced 0 27.5".

None have disappointed in ride quality, build specs or reliability.
Smooth, Stable, Stiff and confidence inspiring. This bike takes whatever you throw at it. Builds are lightweight too!

Weaknesses:    Wheelsets have been too weak.
Downtube cable/brake routing on the 2013 - poor choice as I have pinched a few cables - re-routed them myself using frame stick on cable guides.

Bottom Line:   
I've ridden a few different DH bikes, but I always come back to the Glory. It's great for racing and recreational riding. Ride one for yourself if you need proof.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: June 17, 2015

Strengths:    I have a 2011 glory 0
This bike is absolutely amazing, i have gone down rock gardens and root sections that i can't even walk down, with no trouble at all. Most people prefer the new models since they run sram setup, but i have ridden both and i personally love saint set up and i wouldn't choose any other over it. The bike is not too heavy for a dh rig 36lbs, i have even managed to do enduro riding on it every once and a while without too much difficulty. The bike is very stiff, nothing wobbles or creaks, even after abusing it and racing it and having many falls with it. Handles any size jump with great ease. Definitely one of the best dh bikes. But if you are looking for doing extremely steep rough trails, i would say go with a demo 8, much lower center and further back, can definitely do steep better. If you are looking for a dh bike that is meant for speed, that will outrun every other racer, the glory is the way to go.

Weaknesses:    The stock rims are not that great, after about a year i managed to make my back rim into an oval. But i changed it to stans flow rims.

Bottom Line:   
It is an amazing downhill rig, not too heavy, not too light. Also works amazing for freeride. Really is able to ram into sharp turns and conquer rocks and roots.

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Favorite Trail:   boyscout

Duration Product Used:   3 years

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   2001 Kona Stinky

Bike Setup:   Shimano deore shifters and rear derailleur
Avid juicy bb5 mech disk brakes
36t wolf tooth single chainring
Marzocchi z5 bomber forks
Fox vanrc shock
Sram cranks and stem
Wtb seat
Bontragger rims
Specialized pro tires

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Josh a Downhiller

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2012

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.

Bottom Line:   
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!

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Similar Products Used:   Morewood izimu, intense 951, IH sunday, spesh bighit.

Bike Setup:   Slightly stiffer suspension, fast rebound, high front end.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2012

Strengths:    Light (around 18Kg) cornering, suspension

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.

Bottom Line:   
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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bruno lamothe

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2012

Strengths:    "this review is for the frame only" excellent small and big bump suspension. pedals very well. easy to acces shock. frame weight is very low. price of frame is lower than most.

Weaknesses:    they could have used iscg 05, instead of iscg old. cable routing on the downtube could have been on top away from rocks.

Bottom Line:   
im the kind of guy that like to try different bikes every year and this one is one of my favorites, the suspension is great, i dont feel like my legs are killing me half way trough a run like every other bikes i tried with 8" of travel and its more agile than my v10 was. Most people complain about the high bb and 65.5 head angle, but i try the bike with a angleset and 1.5 degree doesnt change the bike enough so that its worth paying for it.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Masons35608 a Downhiller 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.

Bottom Line:   
Sick bike, real solid lines, and great suspension!!

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Favorite Trail:   Oldflowers

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3700.00

Purchased At:   Full Cycle!

Similar Products Used:   First dh bike

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bigfrank a Weekend Warrior from quebec

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2011

Strengths:    the only complete bike i could get with full saint/fox set-up beside a flatline at the end of the 2010 season. wish it was a demo8 with saint/fox set-up.(better fit for me, i ride very small bikes.My glory is xs!!!!)

Weaknesses:    stock michelin tire are crap; slip and slide all the time,everywhere.The front saint hub got loose on the first descent!Unacceptable for a bike in this price range. Didn`t come with pedals(would have been nice).It had a weird defect with the derailleur hanger, the hook was cast/machine too short. it scrapped the top of the golden part of the saint derailleur. The store(thank god) replace the part and the hanger.The rims are soft, i rode the bike 2-3 months only on weekends and the front as a wabble, the rear got some big kink in then. They will probrably die on me in 2012.would have been nice, in my opinion, to have the giant integrated stem with it(like in 2012)

Bottom Line:   
the shortcomings (component wise) of the 2010 models seems to be corrected in 2011. So far i like it a lot, but it`s not a demo8.

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Favorite Trail:   bromont

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $4389.00

Purchased At:   intersport verdun

Similar Products Used:   2005 demo8pro

Bike Setup:   i put on some maxxis tires, straitline pedals. The rest is stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Giant Glory 650 a Racer from Redwood city,CA

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2011

Strengths:    Super fast in the corners and through the bumps.This bike has a very solid feel at speed and seems to float over technical terrain. suspension is super plush and rides amazing.This bike's pedaling abilities exceeded my expectations.This has to be one of the best bikes on the market right now.

Weaknesses:    NONE...not right now

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a racing machine.Its solid and will take whatever you can dream up for it.

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Favorite Trail:   Carlmont

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Passion BIkes

Similar Products Used:   intense M1,M9

Bike Setup:   Giant Glory,fox 40 wc,raceface atlas bars,twentysix stem/pedals,saint cranks,mavic wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Manchicken a Downhiller 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

Bottom Line:   
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

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Pinkbike (price in £

Bike Setup:   Glory-large frame. 04 888 rc, pro 2 on spank rims, truvativ holzfella crank, atlas fr bar, high rollers, 2011 tech m4 etc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dirtydeafpirate a Racer from Ramona, CA

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2011

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!

Bottom Line:   
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.

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Favorite Trail:   Poway, Fontana, and all secret trails in

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1100.00

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.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by The Bear 28 a Downhiller 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.

Weaknesses:    cons;
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!

Bottom Line:   
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!

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Favorite Trail:   Matador / Make or Brake @ Innerleithen

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1975.00

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.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dhtank a Downhiller 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.

Bottom Line:   
Good all round bike can take a beating, frame is tank and it can plow through any thing you throw at it.

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Favorite Trail:   satans steps swanview

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   giant glory dh comp, specialised demo 8

Bike Setup:   all 08 model stock apart from some mavic rims and dt swiss 440 hubs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jaso289 a Downhiller from Wollongong, Australia

Date Reviewed: December 10, 2010

Strengths:    This is a great bike, it is very strong and reliable even though ive only had it for around 2 months

Weaknesses:    NOTHING !!

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike you wont regret buying it.

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Favorite Trail:   Redsands

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   2008 giant glory DH1 all stock except DaBomb pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jezze a Downhiller from Australia

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!

Bottom Line:   
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!

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Favorite Trail:   The Mixer

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Jtcycles

Similar Products Used:   Iron Horse Sunday Team X

Bike Setup:   Stock with Maxxis Holy roller rear

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