Why the hell make a review i 2007 on a bike produced in 1999 and sold in 2000?. Because the bike is fantastic. I have had 5000 + km on the bike and half of it has been in the forrest. To day I only use the bike for my daily ride to work and from time to time for a nice ride XC. In 2005 I broke the frame, but had it repaired in 2006. It was not cheap, but the frame is better than ever today.
Im impressed of the quality of Giantframes. Today I mainly use a Giant NRS Composite 2006 Custom made for XC.
My next hardtail will be a XTC Composite 2006 model. No doubt..:)
a Weekend Warrior
from Puyallup WA USA
Date Reviewed: September 16, 2007
Strengths: Light light light, surprisingly strong for the weight also.
This bike was run pretty hard down some serious trails before i got my hands on it. I have ridden it a few times around Germany and its impressed me. Ive gone off a few 3-6 foot ledges and hit a few jumps at up to8 feet of air and this bike just takes it and smiles. It ahs mostly the same parts as when it was new 7 years ago and they are all still working perfect, although worn greatly from years of riding. Very east to climb and is fairly stable on the downhill for a light bike as well.
Similar Products Used: Diamondback Response Sport, Trek 4400
Bike Setup: Shimano Deore Crank and Derailleurs, Shimano DX brakes, Rock Shox Judy Fork, Ritchey handlebars and riser.
a Cross Country Rider
from antibes, france
Date Reviewed: May 16, 2005
Strengths: light, strong, beautiful
Ive just completed 15 000 kms on it in 2 years. Ride to work every day year round, some road, mostly fast pine forest trails. In all that mileage(kilometrage?)it has run at top speed like a Swiss watch. Never missed a gearchange, saved my arse from time to time when I hurled it like a madman down some unexpected gully or jump,all you have to do is remember to ride it light and not tense up,and the frame and kit just soaks it all up. This is the finest piece of equipment that I have ever owned in my life and you would have to kill me to take it off me. I look at full-suspension bikes from time time to time on the trails and then I never see them again because they are usually behind me. The only time it is disadvantaged is going over stretches of buried rocks in the trail and you have to travel at normal speeds for those. The rest of the time I dont even look at the trail surface because the bike is simply welded to me and to avoid things is a thought process and a twitch rather than any conscious effort. OK it cost a lot of money to build but it was the right decision for my lifestyle, trails, and mileage. I bought it instead of a car and it costs about 100 euros per month to keep on the go, mostly because I bin a rear tyre every 2000 kms and have it stripped and rebuilt twice a year. I hope to ride it for the next 20 years and insure it against thieving scumbags. I read that it is possible to break the frame, but if you do, chances are you will be travelling home in an ambulance and you have more to worry about than your bike.
Bike Setup: Built with XTR components top to bottom, Mavic CrossMax wheels, Sid Team adjustable forks. Carbon bars, seatpost, saddle, stem, and bar-ends
from Manistee MI USA
Date Reviewed: July 1, 2003
Strengths: Super Light, Good Gemometry, FAST,FAST,FAST
Weaknesses: Not many, Be careful that you don't beat it to hard.
This is a very fast responsive frame. I liked it alot untill it broke, Now i'm getting a SE1 frame for warrenty. I should have known better than to buy it used. But the frame looked good and rode great. Still does actually, but now that the frame is cracked i don't trust it. We'll see how the SE1 compairs. My frame was a 99 though and i think that they had a problem with them breaking that year. The warrenty guy knew exactly where it broke before i told him. If you can get a newer frame go for it, just be careful if it cracks it's no good. If your a racer this is good, if your just like to have a light trail bike forget it, it's just not durable enough. But the frame was made to race and of course thing do happen when your pushing the limits on weight.
Similar Products Used: Giant, Gary Fisher, Schwinn, Kona
Bike Setup: Front suspen. Shifters, cranks and pedals, oh and of course wheels all together about a 21 pound bike with out really tring.
Date Reviewed: April 14, 2001
Strengths: An extraordinary light frame that makes for one of the fastest bikes around. Have fitted a USE Alien carbon seat post, a Pace RC31 rigid carbon fork, and various other light-weight components to produce a machine that takes off like Ralph Schumacher on senna pods. It's one hell of a handsome bike.
Weaknesses: It's horses for courses, and this beauty is a cross country racer and not an all-terrain rock-hopper. Can't see it lasting too long if it's treated like a carthorse and not a thoroughbred.
It is said that kids are often your worst critic because they not only speak the truth but they are always undiplomatic about the way they do it. As I shoot along on my MCM they invariably shout out "Nice bike Mister". That says it all doesn't it?
Similar Products Used: None really! Previous bike was a similarly priced but completely different, full suspension - K2 3000.
Bike Setup: Pace RC31 shock; Magura discs; Titec bars & saddle; USE seat post; RaceFace chainset; Shimano XT.
Date Reviewed: April 1, 2001
Strengths: LightLightLight Nice Geometry stiff BB
Weaknesses: I can SEE the frame flex as I move around on the seat. I know it doesn't need to be stiff that way but it's disconcerting. Also I'm not too sure about the long term durability
It's a nice frame. I don't think I would've payed the $800 or $1000 for it originally, whatever it was, but $550 was good enough. (My LBS had had it since '99 and needed to get rid of it) I hope it lasts until I finally decide that I should buy an NRS. (and have the $!)
Weaknesses: Bottom Bracket shell flexes resulting in a BB that will work loose.
Rides sweet. Kinda like a wet dream that's come back the very next night...stiff when climbing, soft when going back down. Great ride. 5'1", 170lbs, raced it, dropped off stuff on it, rode slow on it, rode fast on it. Feels like a BMX bike set up to play in the hills. I could keep going but I won't...gonna get another one soon though...
Bike Setup: XTR, Gripshift, Englund Kit Judy, Various other extras, Duct tape.
a Cross Country Rider
from matlock England
Date Reviewed: June 14, 2000
Strengths: Too many to list, simply the best bike i have ever owned (and broke)
Weaknesses: None up to a month ago, then my right chain stay broke!!
If you are thinking of spending this type of money on a frame (£600 in England), go for it you won't be dissapointed. Allthough i have broke my frame i dont believe this to be a problem as giant are replacing it under warrenty.
Bike Setup: mcm frame, esp gear set up, XT everywhere else
from La Mirada, CA
Date Reviewed: January 12, 2000
Strengths: light, solid, compliant, the best "hardtail" frame made.
Weaknesses: none I can find.
I have an older generation model which still has the CADEX name on it. It was the last year before Giant aced the Cadex brand and went back to Giant. I picked this frame up about a year ago at a shop that was closing. I had not been ridding much off road for a few years due to a bad downhill accident. I have been ridding mountainbikes for over 20 years, and have gone through about as many bikes. This is the best frame I have ever ridden, bar none! The frame is rocksolid in the corners - no flex at all. The frame is super light - flys up hills. The frame is vertically compliant - soaks up so much trail harshness it is unbelievable. It is a quiet frame - none of the clinking and clanging of steel or aluminum frames. What more can I say?
The really sad thing for me is that due to previous injuries, I can no longer ride a conventional bike. I loved this frame! It now just hangs in my garage. I can't stand just looking at it any more, knowing I can't ride it. I would be willing to let it go to a good home. I am in the Los Angeles, CA area.
Similar Products Used: numerous steel and alluminum mountainbikes.
Bike Setup: Full XT with XTR rear der and casst. Manatou fork.
a Cross-Country Rider
from Nottigham, England (GB)
Date Reviewed: August 3, 1999
Strengths: Super light, very stiff, yet comfortable, I find the bike confidence inspiring even though i've only had it a short time.
Weaknesses: the frame feels different to any other bike i have ridden, so this can put you off for the half hour of riding.
This is the Best bike i have ever ridden, I have only had a short period of time but it has inspired me to ride harder and fatser than my old bike. Yeah, the team riders bikes do break, but they are not the bikes we buy, they are designed to last one race and are so light that they do break prematurely. But the MCM's we buy are designed to last and this bike rules, I would not go back to anything else.
I was thinking of buying this frame but what put me off was watching the tour VTT on eurosport and seeing one of the giant guys frames falling apart on the rear drop outs. That really filled me with confidence. I also watch the Grundig round in Plymouth, England and witnessed Rune's bike simply fall apart at the lugs of the main frame. Please note I don't own this frame - and I probably never will buy it myself I'm just drawing attention to this problem Giant seems to have with this frame. I will give three chillis so I don't affect the overall rating of the frame - that should be decided by owners.
from the Netherlands
Date Reviewed: October 6, 1998
I have raced on many bikes but I have never raced on such a perfect bike as this. The frame is super stiff side ways so there is no energy loss, is very rigid in corners and never the less it is a very confortable frame even RHUNE HOIDAHL said this so who am I too question that. I buildt it up with XTR so I have no complains. I give it the full 5 red hot chilli pepers.