Giant DH Comp 2003 Full Suspension

4.69/5 (16 Reviews)
MSRP : $3200.00


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris McBath a Downhiller from Woodinville, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2007

Strengths:    Almost everything, its not too heavy and its fast. Its pretty strong too.

Weaknesses:    The stock fork and chainguide. Put some locktight on the rear suspension bolts and your good to go

Bottom Line:   
If you can get it for a deal. Do it. If you can't get it for a deal. Do it anyways. This is one sick bike. If you like mostly downhilling and freeriding then get this thing. And whoever says this thing can do XC is crazy. I find that my DH is wayyy to heavy. But its impossible to break this thing. I'm 220 pounds and 6,0 and I just can't break it.

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Favorite Trail:   Local Trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Private Sale

Similar Products Used:   I've ridden my freind's Bighit quite a bit

Bike Setup:   Intense lock ons, Marzo Monster, Crank Brothers 50/50 pedals, e-13. The DH doesn't really need to have anything else changed except for the wheelset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sam fraser a Downhiller from qld

Date Reviewed: March 20, 2007

Strengths:    everything

Weaknesses:    tires

Bottom Line:   
great bike for under 4 grand

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Favorite Trail:   kenilworth

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   friends house

Similar Products Used:   giant glory

Bike Setup:   fantastic

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Aaron a Downhiller from Cairns Australia

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2004

Strengths:    Great bike takes the big hit and everything done 13+ foot drops and nothing has happened. Brakes are sweet!! Excellent rear suspension front boxxer race are SH!T!!!! Excellent price for what you get!

Weaknesses:    Swing arm bolts came lose on the second ride. BOXXER RACE ARE SH!T!!!!! Back shock is a pain in the ass to get to!!!

Bottom Line:   
This bike is AWESOME!!!!!! If your looking for a great bike that can do anything and take everything this is the bike for you. I have thrashed this bike and it still goes. I change the forks to 888's and f#cked off the boxxers. Now she goes better than before. Nice price for what you get. Goes to show that you don't to buy expensive bikes oranges and foes to get a decent downhill/freeride bike!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Cairns 1996 World Championship track

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Similar Products Used:   Kona stinky dee lux

Bike Setup:   Marzocchi 888's. snafu bars ends every else is stock.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Elijah a Downhiller from Durango, CO

Date Reviewed: March 13, 2004

Strengths:    Great company, good parts(except Boxxer and Chainguide), super smooth ride, sweet A$$ looks, Swinger 6-way, 5 yr. frame warranty!!!

Weaknesses:    Crappy Boxxer Race(damping sucks), crappy chainguide(NOT a bashguard at all), just a little bit difficult to adjust R. shock(get it dialed and your set though)

Bottom Line:   
This bike is freakin' sweet. All those chumps that tell you that you need to spend 5k+ to have a good race/freeride bike are smokin' too much. This bike rides super smooth especially with the Swinger 6 way (75psi, hi/lo compression 1.5 clicks from close, 16mm socket 4 turns in, rebound 4 clicks from close). Be sure to locktite linkage (AND leave overnight w/o getting on the bike -- VERY IMPORTANT!) before you ride the bike and you will be dialed!! This thing will amaze you. The only other real weaknesses are the fork and the guide. Other than that... this thing is bombproof and does anything (DH, Freeride, XC... oh wait). BUY IT NOW!!!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Local Shop

Similar Products Used:   Giant AC 2 w/ Jr. T

Bike Setup:   Shiver DC, Evil SRS guide, Blackspire 38T DH ring, Azonic A-Frame pedals, Titec Amore seat, Diabolus 31.8 bars, ODI Ruffian grips --- STOCK OTHERWISE

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul a Cross Country Rider from Olympia, WA

Date Reviewed: November 12, 2003

Strengths:    Very well built, heavy duty, great suspension and the brakes are sweet.

Weaknesses:    Weighs 40 lbs

Bottom Line:   
This bike is AWESOME, it feels like you are riding on air compared to other full suspension bikes which bottom out on the slightest bump. The wide front tire and geometry of the bike compares to riding a dirt bike only without the motor. The eight inch hydrolic disc brakes stop on a dime even when wet. This bike is definitely worth the price I paid.

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Favorite Trail:   Whistler Bike Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2200.00

Purchased At:   Hutch's Bike Shop in Bend OR

Similar Products Used:   Giant Warp DS1

Bike Setup:   All Stock except Crank Bros Mallet C egg beater pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stinky Pete a Weekend Warrior from USA

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2003

Strengths:    The bike is a dream
-awesome suspension
-takes the big hits
-decends like a dream
-it makes you feel like bender/steve peat


Weaknesses:    you always want to check the bolts on the swingarm before each ride because they come loose

Bottom Line:   
The is an awesome bike. If you are looking to do some freeriding or downhill, this is the bike of choice. It bombs the hill with speeds of a missile and takes drops with ease.
As the great Josh Bender once said:

"Life's to short not to go big. Gotta go Big"

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Favorite Trail:   Sibly-A dog Park in California...it has lots of funs drops and steep shutes

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Frame in Australia parts out here

Similar Products Used:   none except my kona chute which is a pretty aewsome rig

Bike Setup:   stock except redline pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by JP a Downhiller from East Coast

Date Reviewed: October 17, 2003

Strengths:    overbuilt, inspires confidence

Weaknesses:    crappy fork (boxxer race), rear shock is not only a pain to get to, but also has a tendency to blow up on you. Week stock bearings in main pivots and the chain guide is a peice

Bottom Line:   
The bikes decent... the Giants tend to run really big, and ride more like a 125 than a DH bike. If your one of those people who likes to jump stuff and carress the bike, than stay away, unless your planing on puting in $$$ to really lighten the bike up a few pounds. For $3200 I think you can find a better deal but over all a good solid bike... and to be honest I doubt that Im going to be buying another Giant any time soon.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   GT DH-i race, Tomac 204, Kona stab, V-10

Bike Setup:   Supter T, mrp... a few other little changes here and there, but basicaly stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TJ Clark a Downhiller from Christchurch, New Zealand

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2003

Strengths:    Excellent components, not too heavey, does anything. excellent bike for the price. good for freeriders and downhillers

Weaknesses:    Afew minor problems with the Manitou 6way spv rear shock leaking oil. Also check all bolts on the rear suspensioin are lock-tighted as they unwind easily

Bottom Line:   
Highly recommend this bike. It will do any trail and jump off the roof of your house with no dificulties. May want to upgrade the front fork to something bulkier if you are a heavier rider who puts your bikes through some big hits.

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Favorite Trail:   Victoria Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   chain reaction cycles

Bike Setup:   7 inch rock shox boxxers. race face prodigy components with titec. stock standard and no problems

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan W a Downhiller from Jerra .NSW. Australia

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2003

Strengths:    stiff rear end
rear shock


Weaknesses:    pivots loosen easy
shock needs to be pumped up and is a pain to get to.


Bottom Line:   
bike is great, corners like a possesed rabit(very well).
very low centre of gravity takes big hits well and it pedals.
+ make sure you put about 100 psi in the shock (take it to your local bike shop)
+ great freeride or downhil bike.

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Favorite Trail:   mine

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $4000.00

Purchased At:   Phantom Cycles

Similar Products Used:   2002 comp 2002 ac

Bike Setup:   2003 boxxer teams (race are sh!t)custom cut comp 24's cut down bars ODI lock-ons

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steve-o a Downhiller from usa

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2003

Strengths:    Great low center of gravity... very stable, gets even better at high speed.

Weaknesses:    27.2 Titec seatpost inside shim bent easily. Giant's DH chainguide is NOT a bashguard.

Bottom Line:   
This bike kicks @$$. I am 6'2", 180lbs. This is the LARGE frame. I had to make some suspension setup changes, but now this thing is a guided missile! 8.25" with the
Swinger shock eats up big hits and really pedals well.

Raceface Prodigy DH cranks are plenty stout for big drops and gap jumps, urban assault, etc.

This is a great DH/Freeride rig for $3k(or less) ;)

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Favorite Trail:   secret

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Bike Setup:   Intense lock-on grips, Thompson seatpost, RF Diabolus stem, fork springs upgraded to X-firm. Evil (E13) SRS 44 special bash/chainguide. Swinger spring upgraded to 500lb.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DAVID a Downhiller from SOMERSET/ENGLAND

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2003

Strengths:    Good overall package
Looks mean in black
Great value


Weaknesses:    Lack of adjustability on Boxxer
Michelin tyre directional arrows face wrong way
Shock needs to be removed to access air chamber


Bottom Line:   
Great priced bike to get you downhilling
To remove shock from the frame unbolt it from top and bottom mounting and carefully slide the shock out by pulling it up through the top mounting from where you unbolted it from,it may scuff the plastic on air chamber slightly but nothing to worry about.You definatly do not have to unbolt any linkages or TAKE BACK END APART!!!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Bike Setup:   Standard spec

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick a Downhiller from Lakewood

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2003

Strengths:    This is a great bike for urban, freeride or downhill. Rear shock feels great. Boxxer is super stiff and plush. Pedals well.

Weaknesses:    The thru axel sticks in the hub making it difficult to remove. Linkage must be taken apart to make adjustments to the air volume and pressure in the rear shock.

Bottom Line:   
Rides second to few. Price cannot be beat. Overall a great choice for someone who likes big hits, fast decents and great handeling.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   Giant


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt Cribb a Downhiller from Edmonton

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2003

Strengths:    Pedals like a dream. absorbes big hits like they were curb and it doesnt breaks the pocket book for one of these.

Weaknesses:    linkage makes a funny clicking sound some times. you have to remove all the linkage to get the shock out.

Bottom Line:   
this bike rules. it has some downfalls but overall its wicked. it was designed a a race bike but it fits equallt well into the freeride market giant his gold with this bike and i hope it gets better

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Favorite Trail:   mill creek

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   pro deal from giant

Similar Products Used:   Bullit, kona stab, norco shore

Bike Setup:   stock with time A.T.A.C Z pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by terry a Downhiller from vic, australia

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2003

Bottom Line:   
It took me a while to get the rear shock out (to pump it up), so i wanted to save others mucking around. Undo both the bolts holding the shock in (at the top and bottom), remove the black 6mm bolt on the lowest point of the frame, and pull out the black linkage section. the rear wheel should now drop right down until it touches the seat, and you should be able to pull out the shock now.
and its a great bike!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $3020.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by matt a Racer from wollongong

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2003

Strengths:    great bike for the money you pay! the fork works well and the rear shock setup is second to none!!!

Weaknesses:    the fat tires tend to rub the fork if it gets the slightest bit loose

Bottom Line:   
great bike!!!!! few faults definitely the best bike ive raced!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $3600.00

Purchased At:   spearmans cycles

Similar Products Used:   Kona Stab primo, Specialized Big hit DH

Bike Setup:   changed the fork to a marzocchi shiver

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