a Weekend Warrior
from Silver Spring, MD, USA
Date Reviewed: April 25, 2010
Strengths: I've had my Giant Iguana for 17 years now. 93 Model. Full Cro Moly, Shimano Altus A20 crank, rapid-fire shifters, brakes, rear derailleur, Shimano C20 front derailleur. Great bike. A bit heavy, but it stays on the ground and gets me on down the mountain. The Cro Moly fork and frame seems to know what to do with the bumps and not bounce Iguana around. I've ridden the mountain bikes with the pogo stick front fork and all but the most expensive ones do nothing for me. My heavy old Iguana rides better and safer than them all. I don't ride the roughest trails but I've put this bike through enough to be impressed with how well it has held up. Other than tires, a new chain, pads, cleaning, tuneup, etc. nothing has gone wrong with my Iguana.
This was a well made machine. I wish Mountain Bikes were still made like this one. I don't mind a little more style, but the gimmicky designs and features nowdays do nothing for me.
Similar Products Used: Owned a Raleigh Mountain Bike of similar design years ago but did not like it.
Bike Setup: Stock except for Control Tech bar ends, and Zefal toe clips and straps.
a Cross Country Rider
from Taichung, TAIWAN
Date Reviewed: January 25, 2010
Strengths: Strong CrMo frame, durable components
Weaknesses: heavy, brakes failed within 10 years, minimal shock
I have to agree with all the other reviews. This bike has just kept going with very little maintenance for very many kilometers. It is heavy and now it's old, but my wife is very loyal, so when the neighbor wanted to sell the same model she was delighted to get another. I have to rate its overall rating low because it's now a very old, heavy bike. But she still outclimbs me. I think she should eat more.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: November 2, 2002
Strengths: The bike is a dream for the money i paid. Came with hayes disk brakes (mechanical) which work like a charm. It comes with good components for the money. It looks totaly hot. And it rides like a way more expensive bike.
Weaknesses: Shock is way to soft for my weight. If you weight over 170 lb you should consider upgrading your shock or atleast the springs. Springs run for around $80. And new shock will cost you about additional 250. So keep that in mind if you considering bying this bike.
The bike is just perfect. It's worth every red cent that i paid for it. It's afartoble and very relaible. Shock is too soft but it won't cost you too much to fix that problem. You won't have to spend a lot of money in order to get a very good bike. You should defenitly get this bike.
Similar Products Used: First giant. First bike of this class.
Bike Setup: 2003 Giant Iguana with Disc Brakes. frame Supersized ALUXX butted aluminum, integrated gusset, XTC geometry, Disc brake mount fork Manitou Six Sport, 3.1" travel derailleur Front: Shimano Alivio, Rear: Shimano Deore derailleurshifters Shimano EF-29, 8-speed cranks Giant, 22/32/44T pedals Steel w/ resin body, toe clips and straps handlebar Alloy 1.25" riser stem Giant 1 1/8 Ahead headset Integrated Ahead 1 1/8" levers Shimano EF-29 brakes Hayes Mechanical disc w/6" rotors saddle Giant Groove, Dual Density MTB with Kevlar bumpers seatpost Giant Alloy micro-adjust, 30.8, QR Seat lever rims Alloy, 32H doublewall, black w/ brushed sidewall hubs Shimano Disc, 32H, QR tires Hutchinson Mosquito 26x2.0 cassette SRAM 5.0, 11-34T, 8-speed spokes Stainless Steel 14G additional Chainguard
from St.Louis Missouri USA
Date Reviewed: October 20, 2002
Strengths: Well, I got this bike in '95 from a pawn shop...it's a '91 model I think. I put Rock Shox Indy S on the front a little after I got it. This bike rocks! Stable, easy to ride, durable, you can ride it hard and it comes out fine. Best bike I've ever owned(I'm 16 BTW).
Weaknesses: Mostly my fault, from not being moved the seat post fused with the frame, my dad tried to get it unstuck, and it's really stuck in there and won't come out for nothing...the top of the seat post was weak and just broke off by me just trying to turn the seat, so it's unrideable :( Also had an intermitten gear slam(like it missed a tooth but the gears are fine), and the chain broke off and almost hit someone's car...
An awsome bike in every way. After 7 years of use, the only reason it's not rideable is my fault. It goes through everything in stride. Try going to some pawn shops and pick one of these up like I did. I suggest this bike for advanced cycleing kids that can ride it hard but yet know what they are doing.
Similar Products Used: Roadmaster Razor's Edge, junk, total junk.
Bike Setup: 1991 Iguana 21 speed, Rock Shox Indy S, rapid fire shifters, Trek speedometer, Shimano everything, black with the gold marks.
a Cross Country Rider
from Duluth, MN
Date Reviewed: August 9, 2002
Strengths: Love all the components!
This is one awsome bike. I have owned and used this bike daily for almost 10 years. I have never had to replace any components. I tune the bike up every spring and have had no problems with anything. This bike shifts very well under power. No compaints about anything!
Similar Products Used: Diamond Back Mountain Bikes.
Bike Setup: Stock except for toe strap pedals.
from Cranbrook, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: April 4, 2002
Strengths: Handle bars are good, tires are good
Weaknesses: Seat, forks are O.K, pedles
this is a pretty good bike, it is used for dh, small drops/jumps, ladders, and basic free rideing. I recomend this bike to any free rider looking for a bike to go any where and not off big ramps. don't buy this bike if you are really extreme.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 14, 2000
Strengths: Strong frame, nice forgiving ride, the STX and alivio parts actually hold up pretty well to a 240 Clydesdale.
This is one tough bike!!! I bought it in Feb. of 97 for $435 and have gotten MORE than my $$$ worth. I'm 240lb and it has held up to everything i've put it through. The deraileurs work surprisingly well and the cromoly is pretty forgiving. I now use it mainly for neighborhood rides with my wife and 2 kids; it's retired from hard riding. But, if I decided to take it out again, it would be there for me. A lot of people rag on the Wienman 519 rims but they have been nothing but good to me. I just finally needed some suspension so I bought a Paragon, but will always love and respect my Giant. The only negative is it's HEAVY!!! I didn't think it was until I got my new bike. But, if you can climb on a heavy bike, you can really climb on a light bike.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: April 5, 2000
Strengths: very stable,maneuverable,quick.
Weaknesses: heavy,stock parts are o.k.
To be honest with you,this bike is the 1990 model, so the stock parts were pretty much worn out. I just put 500.00(canadian eh!)into this beast. And I do mean beast because this thing has got to weigh 30 pounds. Overall tho,this apretty good bike for the buck. 100.00
a Cross-Country Rider
from Willoughby, OH
Date Reviewed: September 10, 1999
Strengths: Great bike for beginning riders! Solid chromoly frame and good, entry-level Alivio/STX components.
Weaknesses: It's heavy; no shock fork, cantilever brakes.
This was the very first good bike I ever purchased: $400 at a local shop. Eventually, I built it up with XT brakes-the Alivio/STX gruppo worked great-and took out the rigid fork and replaced it with a Manitou ProC threadless fork. I also took off the platform pedals and put on a Nashbar clipless...What an improvement! It was a great set-up for someone just learning how to ride.My Iguana was a 1997 dark green metallic with white and gold graphics.
Similar Products Used: ProFlex Animal, Cannondale CAAD3 custom.
Bike Setup: Currently own a custom-built bike on a Cannondale CAAD3 frame; 98 Manitou SX-R shock; XTR/XT components.
from Charlotte NC
Date Reviewed: July 13, 1999
Strengths: Bought it at a used bike shop as frame (199?-no idea what year it was, olive color if anyone knows, Id appreciate it if they could let ne know) for $50, built it up with 98' XT and 97' Manitou SX. It survived everything from 10' jumps to 200' downhills! It was the best cromoly frame I have ever owned
Weaknesses: none that I know of...
If your looking for a nice, entry level mountain bike, this is the one.