Giant Faith 2 Freeride Full Suspension

4.74/5 (66 Reviews)
MSRP : $2250.00


Product Description

  • Frame: ALUXX SL aluminum
  • Shock: Manitou Swinger 3-Way Coil
  • Shifters: SRAM X.7
  • Headset: FSA Pig DH Pro
  • Spokes: Stainless 14/15G


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by tieac a Weekend Warrior from Temecula, CA. USA

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2011

Strengths:    tough as nails

Weaknesses:    heavy

Bottom Line:   
couldn't pass up the price for my entrance into the freeride world. i need to feel more confident than i was on my specialized and i'm very happy i bought it. aside from it being uber heavy, this bike gives you the added confidence boost to take your riding to the next level.

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Favorite Trail:   Vail Lake

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   craigslist

Similar Products Used:   n/a

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by halo2396 a Downhiller from santa rosa,ca,usa

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2010

Strengths:    this bike is very strong i bought this bike it was not the original front gear set up and the guy added a chain guide it is a very nice bike but monster triple bombers wuld have been nice also i herd the stalk pedals were small

Weaknesses:    scratches easily chain rusted easily and snapped other wize nothing besides that

Bottom Line:   
this bike is really good for bombing hills people say this bike is heavy but compared to my friends kona mine is light

the shocks are pretty tuff but this bike does take alot of maintenance other wise not much love my bike alot

if any 1 is selling some downhill fox forks can they please email me at halo2396@hotmail.com thanks

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Favorite Trail:   any tail at the foothills

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   criagslist

Similar Products Used:   i use to use my friends 2003 kona stab

Bike Setup:   it has jr triple bombers specialized tiers normal frame evything else basically normal

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by coolio a Downhiller from williams lake

Date Reviewed: January 13, 2010

Strengths:    great downhill bike very very durable can handle jumps drops switch backs pretty much anythin

Weaknesses:    a bit heavy hard to ride uphill

Bottom Line:   
awsome bike great first bike

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Favorite Trail:   aflo

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   red shreds

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock except pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by brendan a Downhiller from ireland

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2009

Strengths:    great all rounder nice suspension looks good when riding

Weaknesses:    tad bit heavy for my liking:)

Bottom Line:   
great bike unbelievable value for money

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Favorite Trail:   Leadmines,Co.Down

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $640.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   1st bike and its great

Bike Setup:   downhill style forks (fox)
good for jumps

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by my02 a Downhiller from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2009

Strengths:    Strong frame, solid feel, uber smooth suspension, pedals ok on the flat if you're prepared to spin, feels very stable when in the air

Weaknesses:    Scratches easily, heavy frame

Bottom Line:   
My first "BIG" bike and supremely happy with it! I needed something chunky as I'm 6'4 and 120kg.

My riding has improved no end with this bike, with confidence to hit bigger jumps, drops and whatever else come my way.

As a trail bike its obviously not great, but can still be pedalled as long as yo don't mind a workout.

I found my 05 frame (brown) having never been used so it looks like a brand new bike - some people are even asking if its the new 2010 model Faith!

Recommend this bike to anyone who might be looking to get their first DH / FR bike, who isn't worried about moving some extra weight and who wants a high degree of confidence that it will take some atomic hits!

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Favorite Trail:   Oxford Falls, Menai, Ourimbah

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Here and there

Similar Products Used:   none - its my first DH / FR bike. Also ride a Teocali but I guess thats a little different!

Bike Setup:   66RCVs, Saint brakes, 8" rotors, SLX shifters & rear mech, Saint F mech, E13 chain guide, singletrack rims, 4 way swinger shock, 800mm FSA gravity light bars, Race Face Evolve DH cranks and stem.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nzbiker a Downhiller from Blenheim,NZ

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2009

Strengths:    solid takes big hits well

Weaknesses:    mayb weight but its not really that heavy mines 20kg mines a a frame tho

Bottom Line:   
solid bike reliable cheap mine was only 1000nz but then i bought the 888s to upgrade from the 66s still only cost me around 1200 and looks sick with heaps of white parts

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Favorite Trail:   Mt Hutt

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   trademe

Similar Products Used:   glory

Bike Setup:   07 888rv with white lowers,dhx3,fizik freek,hfx9s,singletrackfront,729rear,e13srs,x7rearandshifter

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Giant rider a Downhiller from LA,california

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2009

Strengths:    This bike is BOMB-PROOF!. The fork is absolutely ah-mazing and the swiger shock preforms well too. The bike has a great feel, espesially when it corners. this thing also blows trough rough sections and even the ocasional rough landed jump.

Weaknesses:    HEAVY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
This is a BEASTLY bike that will eat up any drops, rock gardens, rough landings, tight corners or even small rodents in its way!

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Favorite Trail:   Shotgun, Mammoth

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Used, from a brittis

Similar Products Used:   Santa Cruz V-10, Santa Cruz Nomad, Giant Youkon FX

Bike Setup:   Stock, acept for a saint in the front and PEATY GRIPS!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ravioli7896 a Downhiller from sacramento ca

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2008

Strengths:    this bike is a god damn beast, it handles any trails up to double black diamonds. i can do 10 foot drops and it hold up, ANY terrain this bike can handle it has 8in travel rear 8.5 front and i could never bottem it out. THIS BIKE IS AMAZING and i never had ONE problem with it even on the biggest jumps. its got a great over flow preloader shock with coil. The 8in vented hydralic disc brakes have AMAZING stopping power and nothing compars to the shirts and deraillers. Any professional or good hard strong rider should get one

Weaknesses:    no weaknesses, this bike is amazing

Bottom Line:   
THIS BIKE IS AN AMAZING BEAST

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Favorite Trail:   Livewire at Northstar or any black diamons or up trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Northstar

Similar Products Used:   nothing compares

Bike Setup:   extremely hard trails, DH race and free ride, river, any trails

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by toby Call a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2008

Strengths:    solid, not bad looking, mine came custom with better spec (eg.888) so i get more out of it, but the frame is nice. suspension very effective, no brake jack, 8inches plenty enough. The inerrupted seat tube is a pain tho.

Weaknesses:    frame is very heavy, my bike must c.45lbs or more. some unnecessary aluminium. could be simpler and sleeker.

Bottom Line:   
a good entry level big bike, but one heavy mutha, don;t beleive the freeride garb, this bad boy aint going uphill unless your lance armstrong

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Favorite Trail:   le tour DH chamonix

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   0range223 ,patriot, kona stinky.

Bike Setup:   faith 2(sprayed white), 888s, DH evolve cranks, Hope 6pots, Mavic 729s, deity (white) bars...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by justin saltel a Downhiller from quincy

Date Reviewed: October 10, 2007

Strengths:    really good and holes up

Weaknesses:    front fork dottom out to each

Bottom Line:   
it is a really good bike for downhill

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Favorite Trail:   live wire (norhtstar)

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   plumas expeditions

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   jrt,fox3.0

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by luke stanley a Downhiller from harpenden

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2007

Strengths:    amazing grip perfect for downhill, and amazing strenght

Weaknesses:    not good for the road but then u dont buy one for the road and the pedals need to be changed

Bottom Line:   
amazing bike good if you are just starting or been doing downhill for a while

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Favorite Trail:   fort william

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   dysons

Similar Products Used:   scott, kona, santa cruz

Bike Setup:   stock apart from grips and pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by luke stanley a Downhiller from harpenden

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2007

Strengths:    amazing grip perfect for downhill, and amazing strenght

Weaknesses:    not good for the road but then u dont buy one for the road and the pedals need to be changed

Bottom Line:   
amazing bike good if you are just starting or been doing downhill for a while

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Favorite Trail:   fort william

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   dysons

Similar Products Used:   scott, kona, santa cruz

Bike Setup:   stock apart from grips and pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jacob a Downhiller from Benicia,California,USA

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2007

Strengths:    plush and rides really smooth compared to my first bike...a single pivot

Weaknesses:    heavy!!!!!!
really hard to lighten up


Bottom Line:   
great bike if u dont mind the weight

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   2005 Giant Faith w/WTB timberwolfs,2005 marzocchi 888rc,sun s-type front rim,sunline v2 bars

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stu a Downhiller from Chapel Hill, NC

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2007

Strengths:    This is an update now that I have ridden it more:

The fork is perfect. Someone called my fork the "Jackhammer T" because it is so nice and plush. For downhill, plush = the best. It bottoms out occasionally, but hey, if you're not bottoming out, you're not using your suspension to its full potential.



The DHX 3.0 is great. I have it set to 120 psi and have the coil pretty stretched. It is now nice and plush and eats up drops like no tomorrow. The rebound is your preference; mine is set decently low. It's perfect for me: takes big hits but won't bounce me off.


Weaknesses:    Pedals. BAAAAD pedals. I never knew that they were bad until I got a little muddy. My feet slipped like crazy and cost me on a jump. Get some DMR V-12's. It took me a ton of searching to find those, and damn are they totally worth every penny. Cheap, efficient, and are incredibly reliable and durable. Not to mention, they look cool :)

Also, I highly recommend Five-Ten Impact shoes. They'll run you about $95...so they aren't cheap. But I love em. These shoes aren't your $95 show-off shoes. They're made to get downright muddy, dirty, and still perform with the greatest traction ever. They're also very easy to clean once the mud has dried.



***NOTE THAT THIS BIKE DOES NOT COME WITH A CHAIN GUIDE!!***

Buy one from e.13 if you have a chance. Mine slips to first gear a lot and I will be investing in a chain guide very soon. Very much worth it for downhill trails. You don't have time to shift on those, so when it slips, it sucks.



A pro told me to remove all of the spacers on the fork. So, I did. The handlebars now sit very low and it feels much better. Plus, it gives me much more control over my bike.

Here's the problem: You will have an impaler-of-doom as a stem on the front. Cut that thing the instant you take all those spacers out. Trust me, it'll be huge and is a hazard to your riding.


Bottom Line:   
Great bike after you customize it to your liking. To break down what you should do:

1. Get DMR V-12 pedals

2. Remove all spacers on the fork/handlebar and cut the stem very short

3. Adjust your fork so it is very plush

4. Adjust your rear suspension so it is plush. You may have to play around with it a bit. Make sure the rebound is good

5. Get an e.13 chain guide and completely remove your front derailleur; after all, you're gonna be downhilling with this bike and always want it in 2nd gear anyway :)

6. *optional* Get Five-Ten Impact shoes


Once you do that, you should feel like you have a whole new bike. I never knew how much potential it had until I did those things to it. It's highly, highly worth it to do those.

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Favorite Trail:   Magic Forest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Frank's Cyclery

Bike Setup:   2006 Faith 2

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cody costa a Downhiller from centennial,coloroado, usa

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2007

Strengths:    Great bike the suspension is amazing the color is awsome rides perfect corners good takes hits like a champ

Weaknesses:    the pedals suck, highly suggest new ones, the forks are a little soft lots of pedal bob im getting new fox 40s then it will be perfect

Bottom Line:   
this is a awsome bike you cant beat the price the forks are a little soft i suggest new springs and higher oil level or just get new ones, great hucker it can handle anything, corners good climbs like you would expect a 40 pound bike to climb, for the money it is a amazing bike.

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Favorite Trail:   wild thing at keystone

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   adventure cycling

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock except for pedals

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