Giant Faith 3 Freeride Full Suspension

4.67/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $1800.00

Product Description

The Faith 3 features 200mm of fully usable rear suspension for hard-charging freeride action.

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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by J.F. a Downhiller from BC

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2010

Strengths:    Bombproof frame, mostly pretty decent spec, a large frame that is actually large, maestro suspension does actually work, yes it's freaking heavy (50lb's I think) but what did you expect.

Weaknesses:    The suspension is definitely scraping the bottom of the barrel, soles apparently stink, if you want to climb you'll need a telescopic seatpost (not stock). All the giant brand stuff on it is junk.

Bottom Line:   
I've ridden this thing for about 5 years you can definitely consider this a long term test. I've ridden in a pretty good range of places across the province so I've got a good handle on the bikes overall capabilities.
This was my first big bike and in truth it's actually held up pretty well. It's held up pretty well before needing a complete rebuild of the wheels and those normal things that come at the end of a bikes lifetime. I would assume that the massively overbuilt frame could handle of few more years of beating yet I still have yet to see a broken one.
The old model faith is definitely heavy. It seems the last year of faith manufacturer's made a conscious effort to slim down free ride bikes, and in comparison to bikes half a a decade newer this thing is an absolute pig. However it actually can be muscled uphill, as the maestro system actually does reduce pedal bob pretty well. Moreover I find it pedals a lot better then the glory (DH) because it doesn't have the long slung out position of downhill bikes. The high riding position that accompanies this (comparable to an RMX)is a bit a a sacrifice on full on Dh run's but this is a commonality to all free ride bikes. You'll need a telescopic seat post to have a hope of climbing because the length of the seat tube is the smallest I've ever seen but once installed it easily outperforms most of its competitors on hills (not saying that it's not still brutally slow but still...)
The maestro system is pretty worry free as well I haven't replaced any pivots or bearing or w/e in the 5 years I've had the bike, and it never drop the chain except for when the bike is crashed. I'd recommend running double chaining with a bash guard rather then on a chain guard on this bike, makes the most of its limited climbing abilities.
Pretty typical for any bike of this price level the in house components are absolute crap. The grips develop clutch grip within a couple weeks, the pedals all lose grip within a month, and the stock chain isn't long for this world either. Another matter on the stock spec which genius at giant decided to put presta drilled rims on the bike? Although if your buying one of these bikes now all these components would be long gone, as will be most of the paint. The clear coating is nearly stripped off by a light breeze.
The suspension unfortunately is just crap. The drop-off triple is as progressive as nickle back, and you can expect it to bottom out pretty regularly due to the complete lack of any adjustment at all besides oil weight. It gets the job done on drops with descent landings (haven't exceeded 8-10 feet), but any sort of brake bumps leave it locked out. On the plus side it never requires any maintenance and never malfunctioned, although half the time it would be hard to tell. It did hold up to a pretty good beating and some wicked stanchion scratches without complaints so despite the flimsy looks no worries there. Ha def look for an upgraded front fork.
The rear suspension is more admirable but if it breaks manitou's horrible customer service (in Canada at least) will leave you buying a new shock. Which can be pricey for this length of stroke. For the same reason MAke SURE YOU CHECK YOUR REDUCERS. This is true for every bike but man don't shoot yourself in the foot like I did (600$ repair bill).
I hope that helps

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Favorite Trail:   7th Secret

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Most of the Budget 2005 big bikes stinky, atomik, etc

Bike Setup:   Stock except for grips, pedals, HFX-9's,

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jpculp a Downhiller from VA

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2009

Strengths:    Things a tank, takes everything i throw at it, Cant even feel the landing on a 10 foot gap. I need to build bigger

Weaknesses:    It will never climb p a hill

Bottom Line:   
Amazing bike, its a tank that will never break. Havent even gotten close to finding the limits on this thing

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Favorite Trail:   my backyard

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   used

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by e b roy a Weekend Warrior from us

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2008

Strengths:    the maestro suspension is amazing soaking up small cracks in the road to 10 foot drops

Weaknesses:    the fork bottoms very easily

Bottom Line:   
stock the bike is ok but if you change out the supension you will know what you where missing. the stock riser setup is a joke my bike came with about 4" of risers!!!
the bike would of got a better overall but i could only give it 4 chilis because of the suspension.
if your looking for a cheap bike you can do some upgrades to this bike is perfect for you. this bike is really not for any long trails scince it wieghs about 45 pounds but for freeride and dowhill and ocasional hills its perfect, low peadle bob with the meastro suspension.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Similar Products Used:   big hit fsr 3

Bike Setup:   888 rc, hopeing to get roco wc

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bruce a Weekend Warrior from lorton,va usa

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2008

Strengths:    super solid takes all the abuse you can dish out and wants more

Weaknesses:    lots of drivetrain problems

Bottom Line:   
this was my first real! bike and though i had lots of problems withe shifters and chain when it did work it was just amazing at what it does this is no uphill bike though i ride it to work every day up one giant hill and down one giant hill

will take curbs for breakfast

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   performance bike

Similar Products Used:   giant ac1 (no comparison)

Bike Setup:   avid juicy 7's 203mm r and f
sram x9 shifters
x9 rear derailure
sram cassette and chain
650lb spring in rear
crank bro's candy c pedals(or somnthing close to it)
stock tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael a Downhiller from Yelm, Washington

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2008

Strengths:    Great handling and stability, easy suspension adjustability, smooth landings

Weaknesses:    No chain guides stock, 45 pounds

Bottom Line:   
One of the best downhill/freeride bikes you can buy for the price. Definitely don't buy it if you want to climb hills.

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Favorite Trail:   Greenline 6

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Bike Tech of Olympia

Similar Products Used:   Faith 2

Bike Setup:   - Marzocchi Dropoff Triple(fork)
- Hayes Sole Hydrolic 8" brakes
- Truvative Hussefelt Cranks
- Manitou Metal Rear Shock
- One o one pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Taylor a Weekend Warrior from California

Date Reviewed: December 24, 2007

Strengths:    Downhill, Drops, Rocks, Smooth

Weaknesses:    UpHill,

Bottom Line:   
This bike is one of the smoothest, cheapest bikes in the class that you can get. Does Much better in uphill than most other bikes. Great bike for the price. I would definately recommend this bike to any bigginer through expert biker. Sweet bike all around.

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Favorite Trail:   Stagecoach

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   Demo 9, Santa Cruz v-10, Specialized Enduro, Giant Faith 1,

Bike Setup:   -Marzzochi Triple Drop Off
-Manitou Metal
-Crank Bros 50/50 Pedals
-Intense 2.5 tires
-Lizard Skin Lock on's
-Azonic Strip Bar (Handlebar)
-Hayes Sole Breaks (8 inch)

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