Giant Boulder 2003 Hardtail

3.83/5 (36 Reviews)
MSRP : $220.00


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Markridesfairmount a Weekend Warrior from Doylestown, PA, USA

Date Reviewed: June 23, 2009

Strengths:    Good solid bike. all original except the pedals. frame shock and rims have sustained a heavy beating. gears shift smooth. shock responsive and worthy of some higher priced bikes

Weaknesses:    plastic pedals. and solid guard on front gear set.

Bottom Line:   
Good bike for a good price. it can take a beating. i ride with my brother and a group of friends. i am riding the cheapest bike in the group. i have no problem keeping up with my brother and friends who are riding the likes of KONA, TREK and Iron Horse full suspension downhill bombers. late last year i hit a patch of loose dirt and had a run in with a large tree, the bike took a good shot with no damage done. the only thing i dislike is plastic pedals. i have taken this bike off of jumps maxing 10' without question. the only damage the bike has sustained other than breaking a pedal(thats expected with plastic) is that I've bent a gear because of the inability of the bike to accept a rock ring. otherwise i love it.

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Favorite Trail:   Fairmount Park

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   Newtown Cycle and fi

Similar Products Used:   Trek antelope

Bike Setup:   All original. just upgraded to crank brothers 50/50 pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by blindmonke a Cross Country Rider from Vernon, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 14, 2009

Strengths:    extremely lightweight frame, highly suited for cross country riding. non upgraded works great for beginner or non agressive/recreational rider.

Weaknesses:    if not upgraded, componets are definate weak point.

Bottom Line:   
Great bike for agressive cross country rider but to be competent it definately needs major overhaul and upgrade.

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Favorite Trail:   Silver Star

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Giant Rincon, Rocky Mountain Hammer

Bike Setup:   Only Frame is stock, Rock shox Tora 302 fork, Shimano Mechanical disc, Upgraded Octalink bottom bracket & shimano crank, DT Swiss double wall rims with deore hubs, Shimano Alivio front and rear derailers, FSA pig threadless headset and stem, Race Face evolve low XC bar

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Charles from Valparaiso IN USA

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2008

Strengths:    VERY FAST! With my raod tires on have reached over 40 mph down hill, about 5 mph slower with trail tires on same hill. Gears are smooth shifting and the speed shifters are great for trail riding where "shifting is everything". A nice comfortable bike that handles well in most circumstances due to its exceptional balance and light weight. I ride this bike 12 miles a day to and from work as well as trail riding and have only thumbs up for its performance.

Weaknesses:    Here its lite weight is a draw back, on the trail. The frame flexes over serious trails giving a floating sensation that is rather unnerving and I am very hesitant to take any leaps of faith because I am not confident the welds would hold up. The highest I have dropped was 6' onto a 45 degree slope and although the bike held up I heard a very distinct cracking sound from the stress. Upon inspection at the shop no problems were found but I would not recomend trying it!! The front shocks though adjustable are a little stiff on the bottom end

Bottom Line:   
A great bike all around for the price but I would not use it for any trails above novice and stay away from drops or jumps. Even after a year I still look forward to my long rides to and from work because I really like this bike! If like me you are riding alot, I have two wheel sets, One with road, one with trail and the quick release set up makes changing them painless. An all around good bike for moderate use and the price is good.

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Favorite Trail:   None here, Mickleson trail in SD where I moved here from.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $183.00

Purchased At:   Used, Bucks Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale f700 (I broke the whole goose neck off this bike on the jump mentioned above)
Mongoose Tyax comp


Bike Setup:   Stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by greg c a Downhiller from mt kisco ny unided states

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2007

Strengths:    this bike is a good starter bike. Get it if you like cros country and are doing easy trails. the brakes lock well, strong frame

Weaknesses:    the rims on the bike are relitivly weak and bend when you need to ride it hard. The stock peddals crack easily

Bottom Line:   
this bike is great for starting cx but if you want to do beginer size stuf than this is the bike for you. when i got this bike it was great for me. until i started jumping, for a cros country bike this actualy holds up well for jumping 4 to 5 footers. i once tryed a 6 but then i snaped a weld.

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Favorite Trail:   freeway

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   bycycle world ny

Similar Products Used:   canondale chase 2

Bike Setup:   all stock exept new handle grips and kona peddals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jimmy from wethersfield, CT USA

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2007

Strengths:    awesome shifting, lightweight frame, great shocks, extremely fast

Weaknesses:    paint chips easily

Bottom Line:   
awesome bike! i've had this bike for over 2 years now and everything works like it did the day i got it (and since then, my speedomiter says that i have 1,073 miles) this bike is great for offroad riding and its first gear is great, making it easy to ride in otherwise difficult trail conditions. this bike is also great on the road and can go about 27 mph on a flat road. SO DONT HESITATE IN BUYING THIS BIKE! IT'S PROBABLY GOING TO BE THE BEST BIKE YOU'LL OWN FOR THE PRICE!

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Favorite Trail:   any trails in Cape Cod

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $370.00

Purchased At:   pedal power

Bike Setup:   speedomiter and new brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ian a Weekend Warrior from grants pass, Or., US

Date Reviewed: May 3, 2007

Strengths:    Holds up to hard hits, I've beat the hell out of this bike, drops, jumps, whatever is in front of me. It still wants more.
Very light, a great trail/all mountain bike!
CHEAP!


Weaknesses:    Slight flex to the frame, but hasn't effected anything.
As long as you take care of it it should take care of you.


Bottom Line:   
Great beginner bike, strongly recommend!
Even the rims are still true!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Bike Setup:   Iron horse Yakuza Aniki, 66, x-9, ?

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dylan a Cross Country Rider from guelph ontario canada

Date Reviewed: September 25, 2006

Strengths:    fork is good pedals are well go althought plastic nice stain stay shifts nicely seats is comfortable
brakes are amazing


Weaknesses:    fork is not that good in cold conditions

Bottom Line:   
nice bike for beginers not for seroius riders good price for good bike fork should get uprade but all in all good bike (dont use for drifting in wet conditions) nice bike for trals and minor jumps

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   ziggys

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Branden Dunn a Weekend Warrior from Glendale AZ USA

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2006

Strengths:    on hills and mountains and awesome suspension

Weaknesses:    the chain shifter and the chain streches quiet quickly

Bottom Line:   
the bike is an awesome beginner to advance rider

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Road Runner Bikes


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Skubbs a Weekend Warrior from West Jordan, Utah

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2005

Strengths:    It's a good bike for a good price. Nice seat. Good fo beginers.

Weaknesses:    Don't do anything extreme with it it won't be able to handle it. The shocks really suck when it's cold out.

Bottom Line:   
It's a good bike for beginers. Not the best! It's good for goofing off with your friends, If your going to get serious about biking your going to end up having to get a better bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Little Cottonwood Canyon

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $230.00

Purchased At:   Taylors Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Giant Eguana

Bike Setup:   It's got mega range gearing. So it is built to climb.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Noli a Cross Country Rider from Philadelphia

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2005

Strengths:    seat (second most comfortable seat ever), grips, cassette, price

Weaknesses:    cheap everything (except seat!)

Bottom Line:   
This was my first real bike after a Huffy, Magna, and Roadmaster. So i really thought this was a great bike that could take anything i could throw at it. When i moved to Vancouver, i started doing downhill mountain trails. Things i broke/replaced: bent handlebars, destroyed front rim, pedals, ovalized crank arm, brake pads, brake pads, brake pads. Things not replaced but in pretty bad shape after a year: cables pretty rusted, brake springs and screws rusted over and frozen, front derailleur just not doin' the job, seat kind of noisy, fork almost totally frozen.

To put this all into perspective: During the 15 months or so i rode this bike, i only had a car for about 4 of them. Meaning, this bike was how i got around. Easily several thousands of miles put on this bike, and in that light, i think it held up rather well. Also, PLENTY of recreational riding which included the aforementioned trails, 6 foot drops on grass, 4 foot drops on concrete, riding down countless sets of stairs, and some wheelies that just went wrong. The rust probably comes from having the bike in Honolulu and Vancouver, both VERY wet places near the sea. And i didn't lube or take care of the brakes as i should have. The bike was also shipped by UPS/FedEx 3 times, during which it took some SERIOUS beatings.

This should be a great bike for anyone not intending to do very extreme riding but wants the option of trailing. OR a good bike for poor college students (like me) who are sick of Huffies and Roadmasters.

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Favorite Trail:   Knobb Hills Trail in Flower Mound, Texas

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   McCully Sports in Honolulu

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fischer Marlin, Specialized Hard Rock, Giant Iguana

Bike Setup:   upgraded to Wellgo steel pedals, better Shimano crankset

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Austin Olij from Langley, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 23, 2004

Strengths:    It's still a good bike for XC but that's about it.

Weaknesses:    Parts not durable after 6 months. Starting to break stuff.

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy it if you freeride. I learned the hard way and now I'm starting to break stuff. It's a sweet bike for XC because it's pretty light and the components are fine for that, but it won't stand up to even light to moderate freeriding. Ie: 4 foot tranny drops, jumping down stairs, skate park, dirt jumping, pedal kicking onto benches, etc. It's still a good bike, just use it for what it's meant for.

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Favorite Trail:   Stoke's Pit

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $411.00

Purchased At:   Sports West Bike & Blade

Bike Setup:   Shimano Exage 300LX cranks, VP565 pedals, Kenda Kinetics 26x2.35 tires, Kenda tubes, ATI grips, Alonzo brake pads, 2003 Marzocchi Bomber EXR Pro Coil 4" fork

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Austin Olij a Weekend Warrior from Langley, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 7, 2004

Strengths:    The frame. It's really light and it seems to withstand a good amount of abuse. I'm no hard core hucker but I know for a fact it can take 3 foot drops.
The tires are great too, they have excellent traction on everything!
One thing: THE PRICE!! You can't beat it


Weaknesses:    The front RST Capa TL fork. On one hand, it's nice and plush and rides nice, but on the other hand, it doesn't have near enough travel. 3 inches is not enough.
The brakes wore out too quickly as well. Also, they overheat during long downhill racing.


Bottom Line:   
It's not a hardcore bike. It's more for the new guy or the younger kid.
It's a great bike for cross country racing. I know because I've used it for just that. It's light weight is also very good. The gearing is good, and it's reliable, unlike some Sears or Wal-Mart bike. All it needs is some more travel and slightly wider tires.
The Giant Boulder SE delivers excellent quality, reliability, performance, and bang for the buck.
GO BUY NOW!

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Favorite Trail:   Stoke's Pit

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $411.00

Purchased At:   Sports West Bike & Blade

Similar Products Used:   None really

Bike Setup:   All stock except for the addition of: custom aluminum bashring, Kenda 26x2.125 Puncture Resistant tubes, CCM mini pump, custom chainstay guard.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris Schuele a Racer from Florence, ky, usa

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2004

Strengths:    Frame is light and looks real good

Weaknesses:    Rims,Components, and the fork it bottoms out on almost everything

Bottom Line:   
good bike to upgrade for 550 you get a good racer also good intro bike to take out and get started in the sport. looking at getting a giant xtc frame and building it up so if anyone know where to get a 03 xtc frame cheap drop me a line at prosoccer2115@yahoo.com

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $220.00

Similar Products Used:   trek haro leader

Bike Setup:   xt components manitou black elite mavic x139

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by matt clemons from newark, ny

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2004

Strengths:    The RST fork is a very smooth. It has been soft for the whole year. Also the shifting is good. the rapid fire is a nice edition.

Weaknesses:    The deralliuer that came on the bike was weak and wasn't the greatest. I had to get an upgrade on that and the back tire

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is for a teenger this bike is great for a first mountain bike. It works great off road and has nver let me down. I liked it and I'm sure so will you.

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Favorite Trail:   smc230@yahoo.com

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $375.00

Purchased At:   Geneva Bike Shop


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jdog a Weekend Warrior from Holland, Mi, USA

Date Reviewed: May 5, 2004

Strengths:    -Very nice frame
-light for the price
-good components for the price
-nice shock, tires and pedals


Weaknesses:    The rear deraler wasn't the best until i got it replaced. I got the same one now and its fine. I think mine was just a lemon

Bottom Line:   
For some one who is new the mountain biking this a great bike. This bike is also good for someone that just likes to ride for fun. This bike wounldn't be for the hardcore racer. Overall this is a great entry level bike from a great company "GIANT"

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Favorite Trail:   Fort Cuser

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Lakeshore cycle and fitness

Bike Setup:   Stock with sigma sport wireless computer and replaced rear deraler. I also replace a tube and some wires.

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