Giant Boulder XC Hardtail

3.92/5 (26 Reviews)
MSRP : $340.00


Product Description

A longtime favorite for its comfort and off-road versatility, Boulder is equally at home on a cruise through neighborhood streets or a weekend escape into the woods. With a suspension fork, durable steel frame and off-road-ready components, Boulder offers all the essentials for off-road explorations.
  • SR Suntour XCT V3 suspension fork
  • Shimano Tourney 7-speed gearing
  • Alloy rims
  • Color: Red


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by JGeiger a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2012

Strengths:    Great for the price, street riding, easy trail riding

Weaknesses:    cheap stock tires and tubes, cheap pedals, derailer, front gears

Bottom Line:   
Within my first week of purchasing this bike i got 20 holes in the tubes from regular street riding. Not even riding through glass or thorns, just on the street. This is due to the thin cheap inner tubes and the thin tires that came with the bike. I then madse an upgrade to slime filled tires to solve that problem. Another problem with this bike is that the chain seems to come off of the front gear almost every ride. When shifting to the highest gear of 7, the bike tends to take a long time to shift to that gear, sometimes 5 min. Now after having the bike for almost a year, one of the pedals cracked from simple uphill riding. The bike would be good for new bicyclists who ride primarily on well maintained trails and roads.

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Duration Product Used:   less than one year

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Competitive Edge Cyc


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by codeene a Weekend Warrior from nsw, aus

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2012

Strengths:    Good value. Good starting bike

Weaknesses:    Number of weakness become apparent when hitting difficult, harder terrain and longer cross country rides. Unresponsive braking and turning. Jarring. Heavy. Gear reliability issues.

Bottom Line:   
Note that this if for an older model and some of the components have changed on the new models. This bike is great on light terrain and is a bargain for light recreational use. Once you start riding on harder downhill, rocky/bumpy terrain rides and longer cross country rides there's some things to be aware of. The brakes have been reliable with no issue although they are sluggish. For downhill/tighter trails you might consider changing tires for better grip and braking grip so you don't lose traction. The handlebar set up is slow to respond for downhill (not sure how this works but I changed the handlebars to a FSA bar with a lower sweep and removed a spacer and found the steering improved noticeably for tight turns). The seat post (single bolt) is problematic. It doesn't hold the seat if you're on long rides in bumpy terrain. The shoxs work well enough on small drops/tree roots (can't comment on anything larger) but the front shox/handlebar/grip combination transfers the impact straight to the rider. Again this becomes an issue for longer rides over rocky terrain with continuous jarring. There is no smooth ride and between the jarring and weight the ride can become exhausting hours in. The gears have not been reliable. The front derailer has needed tuning with (1) skipping or not dropping into gears and (2) should you increase the width of your rear tire expect a lot of hassles with your chain rubbing. This is a good value bike for light recreational use. I would not buy this if you plan to get into biking more regularly, for downhill, or long cross country rides.

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Favorite Trail:   glenrock, newcastle

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Bike Setup:   Note. This is the older Boulder 2008 Disc model. Size 21 inch. Suntour XTC shox. Shimano Cable disc brakes. Shimano 24 speed.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by reeceo21 a Downhiller from dubbo

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2011

Strengths:    Good quality built frame, brakes have stood up to nearly everything. I have put this bike through nearly every test and it has done its job.

Weaknesses:    Rear derailleur doesn't cope with hard downhill riding or hard riding in general, front fork suspension isn't the best, crank tends to give out after a while.

Bottom Line:   
Good bike for the price. Great for simple riding around town and abit of cross country not really a bike for the pro bike rider. I have had alot of fun on this bike and its still going after 3 years of hard riding so i would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a decent bike without that huge price tag.

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Favorite Trail:   Select a State

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $360.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   mongoose switchback, trek 3500

Bike Setup:   Standard except tyres

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by James Ginn a Racer from Lakefield,Quebec,Canada

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2011

Strengths:    Incredible durability of parts for this price range. The only problem after almost 3000 miles of tough hill riding was a snapped gear cable.

Weaknesses:    I havent found any although it is a bit heavy like all steel frame bikes.

Bottom Line:   
Great entry level bike that is really dependable. Its built like a tank and seems near indestructable. The ride is smooth and non tiring even over long distances. I highly recommend it for great performance at a reasonable price.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Ateliers du Sport

Similar Products Used:   None.


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jefft03 a Weekend Warrior from Calhoun, Ga.

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2011

Strengths:    Great beginner bike. I found the bike to be very durable. tires hold to the trial well. Gears change well. Crashed I don't know how many times.

Weaknesses:    hard tail beat my back to death...but i do have some back problems. In the beginning had some chain problems..not staying on..adjustment took care of that.

Bottom Line:   
If your wanting a cheap, tough, easy to ride bike to try out mtn biking and don't have a-lot of money to spend...i recommend this bike...great for a college student on campus for riding to class. This bike lasted me for over 5 years just pounding it.

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Favorite Trail:   Raisen Wood & Booker T

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $275.00

Purchased At:   Roswell Bikes

Similar Products Used:   demo some Cannondale hard tails

Bike Setup:   standard setup.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by KonaKiller a Weekend Warrior from Spokane, WA

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2011

Strengths:    Great frame, little heavy. But not ONE break.

Weaknesses:    Derailleurs sometimes go out of wack, the chain is very weak also.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for the price, I love it. It's the best bike I've ever owned, I recommend it to everyone.

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Favorite Trail:   Boondocks (Manmade)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Flagstaff Cycle

Bike Setup:   Simple/Hardtail

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Grundig77 a Weekend Warrior from Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Date Reviewed: January 9, 2011

Strengths:    Easy Gear Change, Looks Good

Weaknesses:    Uncomfortable seat, smelly

Bottom Line:   
None, really.

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Favorite Trail:   Super Duper Spinny Looper near Billville

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $495.00

Purchased At:   Georges Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Mongoose Mountain

Bike Setup:   Simple

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Markridesfairmount a Weekend Warrior from doylestown PA USA

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2010

Strengths:    durable frame, smooth shifting, good overall feel

Weaknesses:    could use a better fork, more reliable 3peice crank, a little heavy for a hardtail. better pedals

Bottom Line:   
The initial performance of the bike was impressive, the shifting was very smooth and fluid. The brakes have performed flawlessly from the first ride, I have rode the bike in many varied conditions. Recently have encountered some issues. Broke the original pedals on a trail ride. Bent the handle bars on a mild jump. And for the second time in less than three years im going to have to replace the three piece crank due to stripped bolt and rounded opening. As a smooth trail rider you will be very pleased. If your looking for something to hit a technical section, ditch the boulder and go for something more reliable.

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Favorite Trail:   ralph stover, high rocks

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Newtown Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Trek antelope, Gary Fisher,

Bike Setup:   Crank Brothers 50/50 pedals, inverted factory stem, replaced handle bars.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Wooduk a Weekend Warrior from Western Australia

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2009

Strengths:    Frame Size,Gearing,Disc Brakes,Feeling of strength whilst cycling.

Weaknesses:    Air loss in tyres but starting to think the problem could be the valve caps.Had to replace allen keys for metric

Bottom Line:   
Have always brought mtbs from the chain stores, splashed out a few dollars and havent looked back, the bike is a sheer pleasure to ride. Best experience I`ve ever had riding a mtb even talked a couple of good mates into purchasing one.

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Favorite Trail:   John Forrest Bridle Trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $529.00

Purchased At:   Guilford Cycles

Bike Setup:   Replaced saddle for giant biggest seat for comfort and purchased Zefal/Swan mud reflectors.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by shorster a Weekend Warrior from pickerington ohio

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2009

Strengths:    GIANT BOULDER this is the best bike i have ridden,sure the frame is a little heavy but the oversized frame is the best for people over 6' this bike is good for trails had it over 3 years no problems

Weaknesses:    too heavy

Bottom Line:   
i cant knock it it was free frame just added wheels and seat.you cant get much better for a all a round bike,the best bike i have ridden

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   picked up frame out


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Spacedraptor a Weekend Warrior from Burnley, Lanacashire, England

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2009

Strengths:    Solid Feel, Great looks, Great Gear

Weaknesses:    Heavy

Bottom Line:   
I ain't no pro mountain biker but hey that's my point, i ride my bike to work everyday which is a dream and is now my highlight to my day both morning and evening, i would recommend this bike to anyone it is a solid work horse for commuting and fun at weekends for trails riding and XC endurance, as i say i aint no pro but this bike is just soooooooo much fun. i recommend you buy one if your in the market for a cheap mountain bike with big features.

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Favorite Trail:   Gisburn Forest

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   OnYerBike

Similar Products Used:   all sorts of mountain and road bikes

Bike Setup:   Standard

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ro55 a Downhiller from scotland

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2009

Strengths:    good frame good tyres

Weaknesses:    forks get stuck after proper mtbiking v-brakes are alright tyres lose air quickly ok gear changing

Bottom Line:   
its a good bike for beginners and is quite good for learning i am able to do the local dh course, jumps and xc route on it. consider upgrading forks

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Favorite Trail:   perth dh

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $342.00

Similar Products Used:   mongoose rockadile, carrera fury am

Bike Setup:   08 stock spec

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by taboyc0 a Weekend Warrior from Lexington, KY

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2008

Strengths:    Good price and workmanship

Weaknesses:    Shifting from 2 to 3 on the front gear requires you to hold the shift lever for a couple of seconds. The tires seem to lose air fairly quickly.

Bottom Line:   
This is the first bike I have ridden since the Murray mountain bike I rode from age 12 to 16. I was going to buy a name-brand bike from a chain sporting goods store, but decided to pop into the local bike shop and found the wonders of a large frame for someone over six feet tall. It was well worth the extra hundred dollars. I bought it get a little more low joint impact exercise on short commutes and it does that fine. I could see myself wanting more of a road/hybrid bike in the future, but I have no doubts that this bike will last long into the future.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Pedal Power in Lexin

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Stock setup with added Giant Wireless computer and a rear rack.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sako a Weekend Warrior from New York, NY

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2008

Strengths:    
Good geometry. Easy to ride.


Weaknesses:    Still trying out the saddle, though my butt is getting sore with just a few hours ride a day. Kinda heavy, though its weight could be a plus with its solid feel.

Bottom Line:   
Pretty good so far. I really enjoy riding this bike. I rode off-trail yesterday and no complaints. Yep, it's a bit heavy, but then, its weight gives it that solid feel. I would recommend this bike to others.

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Favorite Trail:   Park Trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   Roberts

Similar Products Used:   None. I ride a 12 speed race(road) bike. This is my first MTB.

Bike Setup:   Stock, straight out of the box, I was told.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rich a Cross Country Rider from Columbia, PA. USA

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2008

Strengths:    Great ride. smooth front suspension and comfortable fit.

Weaknesses:    have not found one yet.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike all around. I would recommend if they still made the 17" frame.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Lancaster Bicycle Shop

Similar Products Used:   N/A

Bike Setup:   Shimano brakes and derailers, road and trail tires. Not much more than that.

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