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Giant Cypher 'W' Womens

4.75/5 (4 Reviews)

Product Description

  • Fox 32 F120R, 120mm suspension fork
  • Fox Float RP2 rear shock
  • Hayes Stroker Ryde Hydraulic disc brakes
  • Race Face Ride XC handlebar, stem and seatpost
  • WTB SpeedDisc XC rim/DT hub wheelset

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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by chepora a Cross Country Rider from Dillon, co, usa

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2011

Strengths:    Awesome bike fits perfect, great suspension and the brakes are amazing...upgraded to all xt components, mavic wheelset

Weaknesses:    pricey but worth it

Bottom Line:   
Awesome bike...find it used and ride the piss out of it. So great on climbs, downhill, xc, everything. The geometry is spot on for me I'm 5'6" and 125 lbs...riding the women's med frame size. Great bike for anyone wanting to step up their riding...very durable and well thought out/designed.

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Favorite Trail:   kessel's, monarch crest, anything in moab

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   private seller

Similar Products Used:   gary fisher hardtail

Bike Setup:   2008 giant cypher, fox float and mavic wheelset, hayes stroker brakes, xt components.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DiscoBiker a Cross Country Rider from Boise, ID

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2010

Strengths:    First and foremost, the Maestro suspension is FABULOUS!! The fit for this bike (compared to a Small GIANT Reign which I owned previously) is much better for me as a 5'4" woman. Also love the Shimano XT shifters, lock grips, Fitzik seat, XT 170 crank arms, shorter distance to the brake levers for my smaller hands, etc.

Weaknesses:    The biggest weakness I see--as a XC racer--is the weight. It's still VERY LIGHT (27 lbs) for a full suspension bike with 5 inches of travel but I'll be curious to see how it races.

Bottom Line:   
I was debating between the Cypher 1 and 2 and opted for the Cypher 1. I'm so glad I did that because of the light weight and Shimano XT derailleur system. Previously, I was riding a Specialized Era (which is about 1 lb lighter) with a SRAM x-9 setup but I MUCH prefer the maestro suspension and the shifting on the Cypher. The Specialized "brain" shock doesn't work nearly as well as the lockout system on the Cypher and when the shocks are engaged, the travel is smoother on the Cypher. I was pleasantly surprised because I was experiencing MORE pedal bob on uphill climbs with the Era than with the Cypher. Anyone who says Shimano didn't "UP THE ANTE" with their new XT system is nuts!! I really like it. I was also pleasantly surprised with the XT hydraulic braking system. I haven't raced the Cypher yet but I'm expecting it to be slightly slower uphill and much faster downhill. Can't WAIT for racing season!!

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Favorite Trail:   Squaw Creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Bob's Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Giant Trance, Giant Reign, Specialized Era

Bike Setup:   XT derailleurs, Fitzik seat, carbon seatpost, Shimano SPD pedals, Shimano XT hydraulic disc brakes,

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by glorycoree a Weekend Warrior from Pleasanton, CA

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2008

Strengths:    Pro-Pedal is nice when climbing up the typical East Bay Fire Roads. It keeps the suspension from eating up all of your energy on the climb. Good Geometry. The bike fits like a glove after a few modifications.

Weaknesses:    RaceFace bars were pretty bad. Too much upsweap. I swapped them out with Titec Hell Bent Bars. Also, the bike was outfitted with Deore parts. Not the lightest parts. I destroyed my rear deraileur on my first ride along with bending my rotor on the disc brakes. This bike didn't come with a quick release seat post clamp either so I had to purchase one of those as well. Hayes disc brakes aren't the best but definitely better than rim brakes. Oh.. the grips were pretty bad as well. I changed them out with some lizzard skin grips.

Bottom Line:   
The suspension setup is great. I love it. The bike handles really well. I think this is a great bike and I can see myself enjoying it for many years to come. the 5" of travel is pretty cush and despite the slack geometry, the bike climbs up really well. I would suggest this bike to any female looking for a good all around mountain bike!

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Favorite Trail:   Tamarancho

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Eden Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Ventana El Chamucho, Redline Flight Monocog 29er

Bike Setup:   Fox RL, Fox Float RP2, Hayes Disc Brakes, Titec Hell Bent bars, Shimano XT, Hope quick release seatpost clamps, DMR Mag pedals (REALLY NICE) WTB Diva saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rebecca a Cross Country Rider from Rock Island, IL 61201

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2008

Strengths:    Almost everything! The bike's geometry is what sold it for me. With the decreased headset angle (shorter rake), shorter cockpit length, and light weight (for a full suspension bike), handling and maneuverability is very responsive. The bike is well balanced. The bike is comfortable to ride and feels as though it sits more upright. The suspension is plush yet doesn't feel like pedal efficiency is compromised. The Hayes Stroker Ride brakes have a new piston design. While they look a little different, they work quite well. The Kenda Navegal tires are nice.

Weaknesses:    The Rapidfire shifting isn't a concept I care for. The shifting is reversed from what I am used to (it shifts to an easier gear with the forefinger, and shifts to higher gears with the thumb). I have other bikes and want them all to shift the same way. To me, it makes more sense to shift quickly to an easier gear versus to a more difficult gear as the Rapidfire does, but that is probably because that is what I am used to. I switched out the Shimano Deore rear derailleur with an XT to go back to comtemporary shifting. The grips aren't very soft and seem pretty cheap. I replaced them with a set of Oury grips. The handlebars were slightly wide for me, so I cut half an inch off of each side. Much better!

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike! I had test ridden a variety of other full suspension bikes (Specialized, Trek, and Gary Fisher) and I also own a Giant Anthem 2. This bike blows them all away! Its handling is so superb to anything else I have ridden. It's is light, surprisingly quick for full suspension, and a blast to ride!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Bike N Hike, Rock Island, IL

Similar Products Used:   Giant Anthem 2, Specialized Stumpjumper M4.

Bike Setup:   Aside from the XT rear derailleur, all stock.

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