a Cross Country Rider
from North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date Reviewed: September 21, 2009
Strengths: Great frame geometry, heavy duty, good and decent fork, shocks and shimano deore components
Weaknesses: -a bit heavy
-rear shocks placement - but some riders (like me) prefer to put their bottles in the back packs
Okay its 2009 and Im reviewing a 2006 Giant Pistol 1, well why now? Its simple, why not? I got the bike brand new in a LBS. Its a good price compared to other bikes that may start at 2k. The bike is very solid, beefy frame and the ride is smooth. It is a bit heavy. It is recommended for entry level to intermediate riders. Its great for cross country, trail riding, a bit of downhill (not extreme downhill), 4 foot jumps and everyday riding.
The Giant company is a veteran competetor, so like other brand names, it is reliable.
It is a four for me, coz you can always upgrade parts.
Similar Products Used: giant atx 840, Giant Yukon and GT Mountain Bikes
Bike Setup: stock but will upgrade to raceface components, seatposts, and may change pedals to crankbrothers
a Weekend Warrior
from Charlotte, NC
Date Reviewed: October 27, 2008
Strengths: Great frame design, great price (used), decent Shimano Deore components.
Weaknesses: Components could have been a bit better, rear shock placement isn't the most brilliant design ever, change of components from 2006 to 2007 model lowers overall quality. A bit on the heavy side at over 30 lbs.
I was able to scoop up a used 2006 Pistol 1, and I feel that it is a GREAT entry-level full-suspension bike. The market for them is phenomenal right now. I feel that the components via the 2006 Pistol 1 are far better than the 2007 version. I really don't know why Giant decided to drop the Tora 302 for an SR XCR, the Hayes Sole for the MX4's and the Vanilla R for their no-name Giant coil spring. Maybe they needed to cut some corners? I'm just not quite sure why Giant decided to swap to what I consider to be slightly inferior parts on the 2007 model. That being said, I'd highly recommend the 2006 model unless a 2007 can be had at a killer price. The Fox Vanilla R rear shock is a decent shock/spring set-up, but as others have noted, the way Giant has mounted it to the frame is a bit odd, and doesn't allow that much else to be mounted should it break or should the rider tire of it. The Shimano Deore components are definitely alright, but I do wish they would have at least put LX components on it. The Tora 302 is a decent fork for intermediate/advanced trails and should last awhile. Remember that this is not a downhill/free-ride bike. It is also a bit heavy, at over 30 pounds. But again, it's full suspension, so I expect some add heft. The frame can definitely take a beating though. Very solid! If you want an entry-level full suspension bike, I think this would be a fantastic choice, especially considering the used market. I don't know if there is a better bargain out there. I'm giving it 4 chilis because there is always room for improvement.
Similar Products Used: Various Giant Boulder's/Rincon's/XTC's, older Diamondbacks.
a Cross Country Rider
from Orange County NY USA
Date Reviewed: August 6, 2008
Strengths: Hydraulic Disk Brakes and Full Suspension.
Nice look to it: Love at first sight for me and had to take it home!
Weaknesses: 1)It is a bit heavy (approx 35.5 lbs.)
2)Due to rear shock position, no good place to mount a bottle cage. I had to go aftermarket with a velcro mount one and hang it someplace else.
Why am I, in 2008, reviewing a 2006 Bicycle? Why not? I just got it. Maybe your local bike shop has one sitting around too and you're wondering if you should buy it.
I know the Giant name isn't looked up to like Trek, Specialized or others, but I liked my last Giant. They are pretty good quality.
Mine was a leftover so I picked it up for $900 instead of the original price of $1100. Why nobody snatched it up before is beyond me.
It's a nice bike and replaced my Giant Yukon hardtail. The hydraulic disk brakes are very nice. I read the bad reviews on those brakes but I have no complaints of my own. The front fork soaks up bumps real good. The rear shock, I'd say so-so (although this is my first bike w/ rear suspension so I may be a bad judge).
Overall it is a very nice bike and I got mine at what I consider to be a fair price.
Bike Setup: all stock for now..eventuaully getting clip ins
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 26, 2006
Strengths: very good strong quick and "beafy" frame with good geometry for all mountain ride with still a reasonable weight for xc. the fork and the rear suspension give an almost bobing free ride and yet give more than enough travel when you need it. the option to change the travel on the fork help when going up-hill.
Weaknesses: the bike came with deore and it more than recomended to upgrade to xt if you find yourself on trail often. for free-ride wannabe i'd recommend a harder spring on the rear suspention. for weight freeks - a bit heavy
an Excellent package with Excellent value for $$$. for minimal cost you can upgrade and get top of the line parts and a real all-mountain bike that can climb with grace and go down like mad!!!
Similar Products Used: giant atx 840 specelized enduro fsr
Bike Setup: fork: RockShox TORA 302 U-Turn, 85-130mm travelrear suspention: fox vanilla r brakes: hayes sole xc drive system: full xt tyres: Kenda Blue Groove/intense c3 2.35 wheelset: Alex DP20 pedals: shimano 324
I am new guy here at this community. I would like to buy my first bike and i want full suspension. Now the question is if this bike Giant pistol 1 2006 is still worth buying for 475 euro. It is final sale of few last models, so it is brand new. I find it pretty good equipped for such price. ... Read More »
I am getting back into mountain biking and have been working within a <$700 budget. The last bike that I had was a Cannondale Beast of the East which rocked. I was thinking about a Specialized Rockhopper Disc, but what I would really like is a full suspension but there is no way my budget could ge ... Read More »
I am wondering if there was any changes from the 2006 Pistol 1 and the 2007 Pistol 1 as far as frame geometry, amount of travel, and what diameter seatpost does the 2006 have if different from the 2007. I am finding contradicting results when I Google the pistol frames for information thanks to Gia ... Read More »
I came across a fairly good price on an '06 Giant Pistol 1, but i'm wondering about the rear shock. One, of the only two reviews on Mtbr say that the rear shock is not replaceable with other shocks...
is this true that i won't be able to upgrade in the future on this bike? i'm new to the full sus ... Read More »