a Weekend Warrior
from Temecula, CA. USA
Date Reviewed: December 12, 2011
Strengths: tough as nails
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.
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
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 email@example.com thanks
Bike Setup: downhill style forks (fox)
good for jumps
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
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!
Bike Setup: 07 888rv with white lowers,dhx3,fizik freek,hfx9s,singletrackfront,729rear,e13srs,x7rearandshifter
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.
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!
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
Favorite Trail: Livewire at Northstar or any black diamons or up trails
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Purchased At: Northstar
Similar Products Used: nothing compares
Bike Setup: extremely hard trails, DH race and free ride, river, any trails
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.
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
Bike Setup: 2005 Giant Faith w/WTB timberwolfs,2005 marzocchi 888rc,sun s-type front rim,sunline v2 bars
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.
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.
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
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.