In the world of pro freerider Kurt Sorge, there’s no room for second guessing. That’s why Kurt rides Faith, the most advanced freeride bike ever built. With its lightweight, unyielding FluidForm ALUXX SL aluminum frame and 7 inches of plush Maestro Suspension travel-plus the ingenious adjustable geometry, with its convertible dropout system-Faith comes through when you need it most.
Strengths: Indestructable frame,
7" of easily tuned RockShox suspension,
strong factory wheels
37lbs (fully built, stock)
Weaknesses: Giant AM bar (personal preference. gave me wrist pain)
66 degree HA a bit steep for gnarlier downhill (but perfect for everything else)
The 2012 Giant Faith can conquer any gravity mission- freeride, downhill, and slopestyle. Though it may leave you wishing for a Glory to be faster on the steepest rocky stuff, the Faith will bring you down any trail you choose and then be there for you when the trail runs out and that untouched hill looks good, too. Strong riders will be able to pedal uphill and ride all day.
Really came alive for me with the longer/slacker dropouts.
After 3 days at Angel Fire Bike Park, my affair with the Giant Faith turned to love. It proved itself on every trail they had and went everywhere I wanted it to go. The X9 brakes performed well, the wheels stayed solid, and the bashgaurd and derailleur mostly held fast after a landing slide down the side of a wooden ramp.
Bottom line- The Giant Faith is amazing. 2012 is the last year (as far as I know) for the Faith, as Giant focuses on the Glory. If you're like me, a dual-crown might be overkill for your local trails, but you still want a bike to handle anything you build and any bike park you visit. If that's the case, do yourself a favor and get one before it's too late.
Date Reviewed: July 1, 2012
Strengths: A combination of Reign & Glory. An excellent all mtn, freeride and downhill bike. Very quick and nimble on tight turns. The rear wheel bites so well uphill making it pedable w/o noticing any bob. So plush and supple when landing those high jumps, which makes it truly a freeride bike. Downhill, it floats.
Weaknesses: Well, I guess my leg. More color option would be nice like a luminous green, or I can repaint it if I want to.
This frame is flickable in the air making me wanna learn tricks. Solid and reassuring, well balance geometry to weight frame. Total wt is dependent on components. Cheap parts equals heavy bike remember that formula kids!
Strengths: Unbelievably Amazing!! It is indeed the most advanced freeride/all mtn bike I have ever ridden, coming from 2 major brands top of the line bikes. Awesome! on downhill, It is like a lite beer Glory! The Maestro suspension is sick, it adapts to any type of terrain, fork and shock reactions. Gives me so much confidence on gnarly drops and jumps, simply bottomless.
Weaknesses: Well, I guess I just have to leave this blank.
Marzocchi 66 rc3 evi ti & roco wc ti coil is my ultimate all mtn/freeride set-up, sweeeeeet!
I have never written a review w/o a weakness on any bike except this. My buddy's are all wanting to borrow it all the time, I go, guys! just sell your intensely, specialzd, pivoting, turners and go to santa cruz and get your own, coz its not els worthy...
I'am being funny. Seriously! dudes and dudets, go get your own! if you can find one. This bike is so popular that even the company is having a hardtime keeping up.
Date Reviewed: May 13, 2012
Strengths: Super strong frame, stable, incredibly well balanced, pedals great uphill for a Freeride Bike.
Weaknesses: Marzocchi 66 RCV(not plush enough compared to my Rockshox Totem DH), Rocco R(Rebound to slow), Avid brakes(weak)
this is my 4th Giant bike after Reign, ReignX, Glory, I've been riding this bike for almost a year now and for me it's the perfect allround bike, Downhill, Freeride and even uphill ( gives you strong legs).
Bike Setup: 2010 giant faith 1 2010 avid code brakes 203 front and rear, reverb seatpost
from Auckland, New Zealand
Date Reviewed: September 4, 2010
Strengths: - This bike is a monster.
- Really good value.
- Even though classified as a Freeride bike, I find it works just fine downhill.
- Does this frame break? I weight 96kg and I like the taste of air, so far this bike is holding up.
Weaknesses: None really, if anything it is a bit heavy for a freeride class, but I use it for more of DH, so it doesn't bother me.
Similar Products Used: V-10, stab, sunday, glory, transition etc
Bike Setup: stock Faith 1 with juicy 7.
Date Reviewed: February 20, 2009
Strengths: Very Strong Frame! i have managed to endo this bike on a 25ft double, Nothing happened to the bike, i wasn't so lucky.
No pedal bob,
8" of travel, (feels like a pillow).
MAESTRO suspension! (Brilliant)
Looks Real Good Going Of A Cliff!
Get this bike 5 out of 5 hands down......
You won't be disappointed
Built for big drops, Huge air, And all out crazy!
Similar Products Used: V10, Demo 9, Super V, Nomad, Foes, Titus Motolite.
Bike Setup: Upgraded throuthout. Hadley, XO, E-thirteen, Raceface!
a Cross Country Rider
from Burlington,Ont, Canada
Date Reviewed: February 17, 2009
Strengths: Rock solid, stable, pedals incredibly well. Fantastics OEM spec, price, overall best do everything bike I have owned.
Weaknesses: Weight 42lbs as spec'd.
My 42lbs do everthing bike. When my friends bail the Faith steps up and gets her done. Smooth, precise, comfortable (i ride our 50 km Epic on this front of the pack)
Frame geometry and design flawless. Does way more then this bike should with grace. Truly a confidence insipring bike you will not be dissapointted owning at a phenomenal value.
Similar Products Used: Cannondale Super V, Giant Ac1, Nomad, Titus Motolite, Demo 8, Foes, V10.
Bike Setup: Many upgrades to most items. 66rc, Fox DH4, XO troughout, Raceface controls, Hadley rear hub (best upgrade) Mavic 729' Complete XO controls. Maxxis, Hayes.
from cumbria england
Date Reviewed: January 1, 2009
Strengths: awesome bike never let me down just takes evrything i can throw it off. and is even nice to pedal considering its a downhill rig.
Weaknesses: a bit heavy but i can keep up with a lot of cross contry lads on much lighter bikes than my giant.
i saw the frame in a catalogue loved it baught it and graduly built it up over about 6 months and i havent seen or rode another bike that is as good of an allrounder i love it get 1 you wont regret it!!
Strengths: It manouvers and corners brilliantly, there is a trick where you flip the shock plates which lowers the bb and slackening the headangle therefore making it more stable at higher speeds and better in the corners email me if you want instructions. Rear shock is very responsive and is very easy to set up so you can fiddle with the settings and find your perfect set up with ease! After two years the barings are still fine so no problems there, although when you do replace them there are quite a few to replace.
Weaknesses: I've been riding this for almost two years and the only problem i can think of is the weight but that isn't exactly a huge problem it still manouvers and handles just as well if not better than some top of the range dh bikes
For the price i don't think there is a better dh bike It's reliable, strong and fun to ride!
Similar Products Used: Muddy Fox team descent2, i've ridden a lot of my mates bikes (solid mission 9, orange 222/223 and more)and im not sure if its just that im used to my setup but i prefer the good old faith.
Bike Setup: I purchased the frame only and built it up from there. Boxxer race 07,Fox dhx4, Saint cranks, xt shifter/rear mech, hayes strokers, ex721 rims on pro2s, funn stem/deiti bars, NS pedals