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Giant DH Comp 2002 Full Suspension

4.48/5 (25 Reviews)
MSRP : $3000.00

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Unknown Downhiller a Downhiller from Australia

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2006

Strengths:    The frame is awsome!!!
Tuff, not to light, not to heavy!!
Geo is spot on for me!!

Weaknesses:    Stock Shock is very average!!

Bottom Line:   
Still a great frame to build on!!!

Take out the stock shock and throw in a 5th element (i used a 9.5"i2i with 3" stroke, bigger than the stock 9"i2i, 2.7 stroke) and you have a rocket ship!!! Lets you set a little more sag so its great for the little stuff and ramps up really well for the big fun stuff!!!!

Smash it!! Bash it!! and you can still go riding tomorrow!!
And its white!!! what more do you need!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Highland & Tambo

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Private Sale - Frame Only

Similar Products Used:   GT DHi
Big Hit

Bike Setup:   05 Boxxer rocking the front
5th element keeping the back on the ground
Hayes stopping me from hitting trees
Maxxis Minion F 2.7 on the front and a F 2.5 on the back.
Some Azonic, Sram and Race Face in the other spots and your cooking!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike U a Downhiller from San Diego, CA

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2005

Strengths:    Strong, Pretty low and fast, Just the right amount of travel

Weaknesses:    Not as for different kinds of riding besides downhill. However, this is a downhill race bike, so it shouldn't matter.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a great downhill rig that has spot on geometry for downhilling, strong enough to take freeriding, and enough travel for almost any rider. I have used this bike for everything from a cross country loop to downhill races. It's by no means a do it all bike, but if you are a downhiller who wants a good downhill bike, this can be used for other things. It is most at home on fast downhill courses with rocks, where the suspension really comes into its own. It also pedals surprisingly well. The geometry is my idea of a perfect downhill bike. It is a great value and perfect for any downhiller looking for a bike that works well in "socal courses" - pedally, sandy, and rocky. This being said, I personally am looking for a bike that is more catered to a freerider, who will occasionally go to a ski resort.

Bottom line - This bike does what its meant to and more.

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Favorite Trail:   Meadowbrook (Ted Williams)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   First downhill bike

Bike Setup:   Giant Dh Comp, Shiver, Rock Shox Pro Delux, Mavic 321's, Hope 4 pots, Maxxis rubber

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jim a Downhiller from Fullerton, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2003

Strengths:    The geometry and the handling of the bike is great.

Weaknesses:    Lock tight the bolts - No problems

Bottom Line:   
The bike is amazing! I am very happy with it. It's extremely stable in the air and on the ground. It corners excellent and it handles everything that I can throw at it. If you like downhill, then this is a great bike.

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Favorite Trail:   anything downhill

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Fullerton Bike Shop

Bike Setup:   Rock Shox Boxxer, Stratos El Jefe on rear, everything else is stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Richard from Australia, sydeny

Date Reviewed: December 18, 2002

Strengths:    very good bike, handles all the drops with ease, ive got boxxers on it and it runs smoothly, very easy to throw around, best for the price, and good products on it.

Weaknesses:    ummmmmm, nothing really, its pretty good, like of coarse there are some things u have to play around with, but still its pretty good, stronger rims

Bottom Line:   
one of the best bikes for the cost, can take the big drops, and really race ready out of the box, could do with better rims (stronger). but cant complain really

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Favorite Trail:   i do free riding, so anything i can jump off, or mono across, sydney city is good

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   camberra

Similar Products Used:   specialized BigHit, Kona stab, norco dh team

Bike Setup:   this bike is good for people who race, but also is good for freeriders who are just out there to have fun, in the best way possible, like me

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Clarke Smith a Downhiller from Melb, Vic, Australia

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2002

Strengths:    Corners well
Front is amazing taking huge drops
Light, nimble for size
Makes you look like Nico Vouilloz.
Fantastic landings/jumps

Weaknesses:    Weak rear Shox
Taking rear wheel off is a pain, to much messing around.
Forget about repairing a tube in a hurry, with the Mich tires.
Very hard to pedal on the street.....

Bottom Line:   
Fantastic bike for the money, suits me down to a tee.
Handles anything, anywhere.
Has given me a few good results.
Great World Cup Bike

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Favorite Trail:   Anakie D/h Mt Buller DH

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Bike Setup:   New Rock Shox Rear Shox
Everything else is stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by david from tasmania australia

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2002

Strengths:    great for downhilling, good tyres, good brakes, everything

Weaknesses:    i got the bike 2nd hand off the guy who posted a review below from tasmania, so it already had locktight on it, so no complaints on the linkage

Bottom Line:   
awesome bike for the price, rolls over anything, drops anything. not too much bob either. email me if your from tassie, not if ur an xc rider though

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   2nd hand

Similar Products Used:   SC bullit, dh team, kona stinky, few hardtails

Bike Setup:   stock except for grips, seat, and homemade mudgaurd on the back. junior t's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Seth Coleman a Downhiller from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2002

Strengths:    overall its pimpin

Weaknesses:    Bars

Bottom Line:   
First to get one in NZ and its all good,
and really sweet at DH with M Ts up front

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Favorite Trail:   Airport,the "PA"

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Raceway Cycles and Mowers

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Downhill

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Isaac James a Downhiller from New Zealand

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2002

Strengths:    Hussa of a bike good 4 big f off drops nice feel to rr end.havent maneged to blow rr shock yet still runing sweet frame is also heavy duty 4 people who have trouble with snapping frames! (wicked brakes go the hays!!)

Weaknesses:    seat hits rr wheel xt der bent

Bottom Line:   
tyres dont work in muddy contions work sweet in dry though.
had to lock tight main pivot bolt,fixed the proplem though..

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Favorite Trail:   Your Fat Moma

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   d8,kiwi

Bike Setup:   like a dh bike

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Joe Mailhot a Downhiller from Auburn, Me. U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2002

Strengths:    Excellent components for the price. Takes abuse well. Everything that I don't mention in the weaknesses. I like the wheelset and fork. The super T isn't a big heavy dh fork but the light weight and size, as well as the strong light wheel set is perfect for the technical, muddy, DH single track I ride.

Weaknesses:    The linkage comes loose but locktite solves the problem so I am not complaining. The linkage under the BB scrapes on stuff like logs or concrete if you try to trials ride over someting. The bash rings hit the obstacle as well but the linkage is getting hit hard too. The front tire doesn't have enough clearance for that fork.
My bike came out of the box with the rear rock shox shok leaking all of its oil!! giant just gave me the number to rock shox. I had to call rock shox three times and talk to three people before getting a new one under warranty!!!
Rear der. hangers cost $23!!!! they should be free!
My race face BB shreded the small drive side bearings. Again, giant gave me race faces number and race face failed to send me my replacement in time for a DH race!! That sucks

Bottom Line:   
The wheel set is light but tough, if you are breaking these wheels than you are going too big for most DH rigs and need an overbuilt hucker, or you have no finesse and should practice your style.
Switch tires, no clearance.
Awesome parts speck.
The fork and wheels give you a nimble bike. The suspension works and is good.
They need to fix the linkage bash problem.
I had enough warranty problems to leave a bad taste in my mouth. But for the money I paid, and the amount I ride this thing(every day) This is a real value.
Myles rockwell goes really fast on this frame so you know it is suitible for DH racing.
The bike gives more than I do on urban rides. It can also handle more than I can.

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Favorite Trail:   Sunday River, Me.

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Pedal Power in Auburn

Similar Products Used:   Santa cruz bullit, kona stab primo, gt lobo, karpiel armagedon

Bike Setup:   Maxxis 2.35 mofo---- my favorite tire ( 50 Du. casing )
I trimmed my bars, too wide for DH single track

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hagen a Downhiller from canada

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2002

Strengths:    everything except the chainguide and stem.

Bottom Line:   
I'm tired of hearing everyone rag on this bike. It pedals amazingly well and is easy to tune in. The rear must be reloctited when you purchase it. BIG DEAL. A three year old blind chimp could do that. It is burly and will last for years if taken care of properly and ridden with some FLOW!!!Swapping forks to monsters or next year's 32mm super t's would be an idea but otherwise this is the best bike for any money out there today. Add a 5th element and this thing would be unstopable.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2950.00

Purchased At:   westshore

Similar Products Used:   rm7, atx 1, vps dh, ac1

Bike Setup:   stock except got rid of the stem for a shorter one, swapped to shimano dx flats.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Randy a Downhiller from Long Beach,CA USA

Date Reviewed: June 9, 2002

Strengths:    cheap,beefy headtube,ok rear hub,sucks up the bumps good, jumps great

Weaknesses:    all linkage bolts need to be RED locktited Before u ride the bike("from a gaint mechanic"). The chain guide sucks big time,(the bolts catch on rocks & logs)it's held on by the bottom bracket & a frame tab(that will brake off). I cracked the top of the shock mount where it is welded to the frame. I bought a large & it came with a 600 spring(way to stiff). IT could use a floating rear brake.

Bottom Line:   
It took 9 months to brake the dhi & only 3 months brake this beefy frame. I have my doubts about this frame!But u can,t beat this bike for the price!

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Favorite Trail:   Tunnels,WOFTT,Cabels

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   can't tell u

Similar Products Used:   GT DHI,craftworks,M1

Bike Setup:   monster t, 321 rims, truvative cranks, xtr parts

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brian a Downhiller from Kennebunk, ME USA

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2002

Strengths:    Pretty much everything this bike kiss a$$

Weaknesses:    Rear shock
Chain guide(but its working fine)
Weight around 45lbs. (not bad)

Bottom Line:   
This bike can pretty much do everything. It pedals good and jumps great. I think any dher on a buget should def. consider this as their main rig.

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Favorite Trail:   Sunday River

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Allspeed

Similar Products Used:   Uzzi DH

Bike Setup:   Stock exept Romic rear shock(soon), Thompson seatpost, ODI lock-on grips, and Topo seat.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by richard goodsell a Weekend Warrior from tasmania australia

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2002

Strengths:    have had my bike for a few months now and it is holding up really well.likage design is very good, even though itmay come lose soon after riding for the first few times the linkage bolts have protective screw in caps over them so they cant come out fully and be lost and cause the linkage to fall apart.The hayes brakes are awsome.

Weaknesses:    brake cable routing needs slight modifying .The chain gude is a good design but needs to be held on with more bolts so when you hit a log or something it doesnt move.Like all bicycles that cop a heap of abuse you have to check all bolts every time you ride, use blue loctite like the warranty book says and torque the bolts up tight .DONT use glue!The tyres are insane to change, you HAVE to use tyre levers and talc.The outer chain guide material needs to be made of thicker aluminium.Seat is a bit too small,front forks need heavier springs for my weight 83kg.wheels could be wider

Bottom Line:   
After having this bike for about 4 months now I cant complain at all . To all the linkage whingers out there try some maintenance before you ride!dont let more expensive bikes fool you ! this is just as good if not better than some of those high buck jobs . If you think you have to pay a certain amount to get a good bike then think again.

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Favorite Trail:   rough and fast

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   giant atx990,iron horse dh pro,heaps of crappy hardtails ,Santa cruz heckler,avanti competitor.

Bike Setup:   odi lock on grips ,flat pedals,sdg seat,home made carbon fibtre mud / shock guard for the rear

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Dave a Downhiller from Durango, CO

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2002

Strengths:    Nice forks and thats about it.

Weaknesses:    Titus is crap, rear shock has blown out once and im just waiting for the next time it happens, frame has crappy bolts and threadwork. I sent the frame back to Giant and got a new one which has seemed to have not come loose. Lock Tide WILL NOT FIX THE PROBLEM. Superglue might. Chainguide is hard to adjust, wheelset is crap, i dont care what pros ride singletracks, they are crap. Heavy for an 8.25 inch travel bike.

Bottom Line:   
Don't waste your time. The bike retails for $3000 and it shows. Poorly thought through. Truly quality DH bikes are in upwards of $5000 if you want 8+ inches in back. Don't buy, however, if you are on a budget and dont mind wrenching every night on stupid stuff, go for it. It is cheap and will get you down the hill. Customer service was the only good thing about the experience, and now it's gone, I bought a Foes.

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Foes The Fly, Kona stab primo, Yeti DH-6, Santa Cruz bullit. (Buy one of thoes, they are worth your time.)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug Wilson from LaVerkin UT USA

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2002

Strengths:    This is a tough bike, good components, strong frame and rims, great tires.

Weaknesses:    Linkage loosened up. Use RED locktite!

Bottom Line:   
THis is my son's bike. He has ridden it hard and fast. He is into doing extreem freeride, downhill and drops. He has rode the Redbull Rampage course, the one in Virgin Utah, on this bike and it performed flawlessly. My son is very hard on bikes and components, yet this machine has held up perfectly, except for the linkiage loosening up at first. We got a torque wrench and some RED locktite and cured the problem. Nothing else has gone wrong. The suspension is awsome, plush and very progressive. The Marzocchi's are great up front and the tires are awsome, very sticky rubber. I give this bike the highest rating I can! I am very happy with it and so is my son.

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Favorite Trail:   Gooseberry

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Bike Zion

Similar Products Used:   Giant AC, Kona Stinky

Bike Setup:   Stock

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