Giant STP 2 Freeride Hardtail

4.28/5 (86 Reviews)
MSRP : $600.00


Product Description

  • Pedals: Alloy Platform
  • Handlebar: Alloy 1.25" riser
  • Stem: Alloy 1 1/8", Ahead
  • Headset: Integrated 1 1/8"
  • Spokes: Stainless steel 14G


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Freakshow745 a Weekend Warrior from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2011

Strengths:    Geometry - I feel most comfortable on this bike

Weaknesses:    would have liked to see horizontal dropouts

Bottom Line:   
GREAT beginners / intermediate bike
I REALLY cannot beat it for the price that I paid

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Favorite Trail:   everything

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   used

Similar Products Used:   cowan, P2

Bike Setup:   DJ comp, DH20 rims, DMR seat, specialized pedals, shwable Crazy Bob tires, Specialized fuse grips

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Earl a Weekend Warrior from canada

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2010

Strengths:    Good overall, would not buy another after poor service.

Weaknesses:    Derailler hanger has broke off 4 times already, poor design. Called Giant they say they don't have a problem and will not fix. Cost 20 each time

Bottom Line:   
Ok bike but unreliable,have had to walk home a few times with chain and derailler in spokes.Giant will do nothing for me. They should have a steel hanger instead of a poor Pot metal one.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Cycle path Calgary

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eoin Byrne a Weekend Warrior from Dublin, Ireland

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2010

Strengths:    Great brakes
Great gears
Great tires
Amazing shocks


Weaknesses:    Badly designed saddle


Bottom Line:   
Great bike at a very affordable price.
The saddle does get sore, but it is still worth buying, especially for the great suspension. You should buy the bike if you're looking for something to thrash around on the trails.

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Favorite Trail:   Dublin Mountains

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Superstore, Du

Similar Products Used:   Kona Shred


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sam stp a Weekend Warrior from gero western austrailia

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2009

Strengths:    -shimano hydrolic disk brakes
-dirt jumper 4 shocks
-snafu freestyle pedals
-jetblack blue hand grips


Weaknesses:    crappy seat, (hurts your ass after a while)

Bottom Line:   
awsome bike

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Favorite Trail:   geraldton bmx park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   bike force

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   ???

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Biker dude 146 a Weekend Warrior from canada

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2009

Strengths:    The stp2 has an overall good setup I really like the forks that came with it (DJ 4) good head set really likes the the frame and how low it could let you go. nice and light so it was easy to get high of jummps

Bottom Line:   
A very good bike for beginer rider or adavanced dort jumper i highly recomend it to anyone who wants big air time :)

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Favorite Trail:   any were that there is dirt jumps

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   MCC

Similar Products Used:   Kona Cowan , brody heathon

Bike Setup:   maily stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by James a Weekend Warrior from Rochester, NY, USA

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2009

Strengths:    geometry is amazing, you're practically sitting on the back wheel, incredible leverage

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
this frame is amazing. manuals and wheelies as well as bunny hops and taking jumps, kick drops, you name it. basically effortless. the leverage you get by the shortness of the chainstays is absolutely incredible. best frame i've ever ridden, bar none. can't wait to slap my z1 freeride on there.

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Favorite Trail:   Tryon Park West

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   from a friend

Similar Products Used:   norco wolverine, iron horse warrior, kona stuff

Bike Setup:   STP2 frame, manitou splice, bontrager king earl, rest of parts are stock off iron horse warrior

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by durbin a Downhiller from Melbourne, VIC, Australia "GO AUSSIE"

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2008

Strengths:    Tough as Frame, sweet to mono (can go 4eva), love the speed, brakes are awesome (but upgraded hydrolic Hayes system) and love the forks (probly coz I made the move frm BMX), Put her through hell and back but if you take care of her she'll just keep going!

Weaknesses:    There are none for me really maybe just a bit hard to thro around but only coz Im used to bmx's, But nothin really

Bottom Line:   
Sick bike, wouldnt swap her for anything, GREAT for all skill levels, cant be beaten, specialy for price.

If you have a chance to get one... DO IT!

Cheers guys!

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Favorite Trail:   Ryans road/ courtnys rd

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $420.00

Purchased At:   From a mate

Similar Products Used:   -

Bike Setup:   Hayes Hydrolic brakes and oversizes front disk, sun rims, marzocchi forks, shimano thumb gears.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from South Glens Falls

Date Reviewed: July 18, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Great Bike, Handles well on mountains, dirt jumps, trails, and urban riding. Do not worry about breaking anything its a solid built bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Moreau Lake State Park

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Ricks


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by I wanna go fast a Weekend Warrior from camden nsw

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2008

Strengths:    My stp 2 has very good solid shocks and you can thrash this beast around ever time you ride it.

Weaknesses:    NONE but my cranks!

Bottom Line:   
I would sugest this bike to anybody who is into dirt jumping or just the weekend ride.

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Favorite Trail:   one in my home town

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Camden discount cycl

Similar Products Used:   NOne

Bike Setup:   Marzconi DJ 3 shocks Raceface cranks bottom racket and handelbars,kenda tyres

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Greenfarmer a Weekend Warrior from beaverton ON Canada

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2008

Strengths:    The frame is built like a tank this bike it extremely strong.

Weaknesses:    The seat post sucks you can't get it tight enough to stay up

Bottom Line:   
This bike is extremely easy to do tricks on. Spinning is like a breeze and for the trials riders out there i'd suggest to upgrading to hyduralic disc brakes is a must. Keep an eye on the free riding hub and the crank screws they like to come loose. The bike is heavy because of the solid steal bar joining the crank shaft but it is really easy to pro hop at least 3 feet. This bike is good for beginners and experienced riders. This bike is better for street more than for dirt jumps because of the deraiuler. unless you shorten your chain by one or two links.

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Favorite Trail:   sidewinder

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   The Bike Stop

Similar Products Used:   DJ 300

Bike Setup:   all stock but have replaced the entire drive train: pedal arms, casset and chain, also the front brake

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mason bierer a Weekend Warrior from brighton, michigan, US

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2008

Strengths:    Strong,light,good shox, can ride everywhere

Weaknesses:    brakes suck, gear slips, small balence point for wheelies. need to put disks on it

Bottom Line:   
good for everyday use

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Favorite Trail:   back yark

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   d and d

Bike Setup:   lock ons, differnet tires

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by joevella a Weekend Warrior from Colgan Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2008

Strengths:    Light

Weaknesses:    Stones get kicked up into the front der from the rear tire and jam the der. I put sponge rubber to fill the void in the deraileur and the cam mechanism and this works. The front der is too close to the rear tire when using knobbies so it rubs. I machined a bit from the front of the der clamp - which lets the der sit slightly lower. this helps, but a road type der would have more clearance and not be subject to interference from stones. I can see why for 2008 they have dropped the front der from the model.

I'm not fond of the geometry - the bike is just too small for me ( 5' 10" ) - but it fits my wife ok ( 5' 2"), and I bought it for her ( I can't figure out how the P/O rode it, let alone raced it unsuccessfully for a season - he was 6' ).

The gears/deraileurs and shifters just don't shift as smoothly as my very old Bianchi dirt bike ( like butter ) - despite having spent most of a day tuning and adjusting and replacing what was broken or bent (with the same stock parts).

Also - not really impressed with the mechanical discs. My sons department store bike ( a rocky mountain - not bad kit.. ) has very severe discs that will put you over the bars when applied hard. The STP2 - well, its disc brakes are almost as good as the cantilever brakes on my aging Bianchi, but not quite.

I tightened the Marzocchi MZ II forks to max preload and they seem acceptable - but a bit flexible - most noticeable when applying the brakes.

I should say that we bought it for her to do cross country with - It may prove to work out, but seems better suited to trick riding.

Despite all this - the frame survived the P/O unharmed so must be quite strong. It feels like a high quality ride when you're not trying to shift or brake - but cramped for a guy my size - and I'm not a big guy.


Bottom Line:   
Doesn't seem well thought out ( front DER mostly - you can fix that with some creativity - but should you have to? ).

Frame must be strong - since it survived the P/O unharmed - but the stock components just don't work well together ( clunky shifting / only adequate braking from mech. discs ).

Handling seems high quality, but geometry is probably better suited to the smaller rider.

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Favorite Trail:   Albion Hills / Borden trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $375.00

Purchased At:   craigslist

Similar Products Used:   Bianchi dirt bike.

Bike Setup:   stock with a few tweaks.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hamo a Weekend Warrior from australia

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2008

Strengths:    the frame is very good can do mad monos.The forks are good crank and deralyer dose the job

Weaknesses:    rims are relay relay bad buckled them easy there alright if your doing straight drops and jumps but do anything cross ways like 180 360 and stuff up a tiny bit they will buckle.the tyres are good for street but slippery as on dirt.every thing els will do the job.

Bottom Line:   
this is a good bike with few upgrades.you dont even need to upgrade maby im just picky.goo for any level of skill.

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Favorite Trail:   redhead

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   hadleys belmont

Similar Products Used:   mongoose ritual

Bike Setup:   stock so far blew all my money on buying the thing but upgrading my rims and front tyre.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hamo a Weekend Warrior from australia

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2008

Strengths:    the frame is very good can do mad monos.The forks are good crank and deralyer dose the job

Weaknesses:    rims are relay relay bad buckled them easy there alright if your doing straight drops and jumps but do anything cross ways like 180 360 and stuff up a tiny bit they will buckle.the tyres are good for street but slippery as on dirt.every thing els will do the job.

Bottom Line:   
this is a good bike with few upgrades.you dont even need to upgrade maby im just picky.goo for any level of skill.

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Favorite Trail:   redhead

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   hadleys belmont

Similar Products Used:   mongoose ritual

Bike Setup:   stock so far blew all my money on buying the thing but upgrading my rims and front tyre.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan a Weekend Warrior from Canada

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2008

Strengths:    solid frame and forks,strong rims and the tires glide on pavement, real smooth ride

Weaknesses:    is heavier then expected but my last bike was a hardrock which is an aluminum alloy, unlike this bike, the stock seat was a bit uncomfortable so i would add your own on if i was to buy this bike again.

Bottom Line:   
great ride for the price, a solid dirtjumper but can handle street well too

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Favorite Trail:   grand river

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   greenride bikes

Similar Products Used:   specialized hardrock, norco ride, norco bigfoot

Bike Setup:   single speed, stock, axium seat

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