Giant Pistol 2 Older All Mountain Bikes

3.76/5 (17 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Frame: ALUXX Butted aluminum
  • Fork: Manitou Axel Comp
  • Handlebar: 6061 Riser, 31.8
  • Stem: AL 16 degree
  • Seatpost: Alloy
  • Saddle: WTB Pure V Comp
  • Pedals: Platform
  • Shifters: SRAM SX4


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by 0831 a Downhiller from Guildford, UK

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2010

Strengths:    Strong frame, capable of evrything i want to do. feels great to ride. nice saddle! brakes are better than i expected and when set up right are better than many hydaulics. easy to crank hard with less sus than downhill bikes.

Weaknesses:    forks are average at best. wheels needed replacing eventually, as did most parts, but only after about 4 years of abuse. hanger snaps often. hard to find a rear shock which fits.

Bottom Line:   
when i first had it, this bike was more set up to be an all mountain bike, but with some very beefy freeride parts, it performs amazingly on large jumps, drops up to 15 foot, and any dh track i care to throw it down, like a mini dh sled. it has seen a lot of abuse, and although it isn't doing what it was intended for, it works really well. i love it, but it does has a couple of issues. main one is shock, not a standard fitting so difficult to find one to fit (a fox vanilla r is available if you look hard enough) and the derailleur hanger snapped periodically until i changed the hanger type and derailleur itself. parts wore out after 4 years, but wheels lived a lot longer than i expected. overall, now i've modded it, it is a lovely bike which copes with everything from dh racing to freeride parks, and even a bit of uphill! highly recommended, especially for the money or anyone who doesn't want a full downhill sled. only 4 chillies because forks aren't great, but with my set up it's easily six chillies!

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Favorite Trail:   barry knows best.

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Les Gets

Similar Products Used:   kona stinky, santa cruz nomad

Bike Setup:   marzocchi 66rcs, fox vanilla shock (had to hunt to find one to fit) mavic ex729s on hope pro II, shimano groupset. hope c2 front brake.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by eastcoulee a Downhiller from Drumheller,Alberta,Canada

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2009

Strengths:    fun,cheap,good for singletrack downhill stuff,takes drops and jumps well

Weaknesses:    broke hanger,shifters are weak,rear derailer is sketchy, if u use it below freezing the forks get stiff and deraler does not work 2 well

Bottom Line:   
good bike, could use some better parts, but i love it.

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Favorite Trail:   double slide

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Cal's cycle

Similar Products Used:   norco titen

Bike Setup:   stock, but,new fatter rear tire with more grip,and better tube

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jeff rox a Downhiller from lancaster

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2009

Strengths:    well put together bike nice and adjustable real good rear suspension

Weaknesses:    the only problem i had with this bike is the front forks blew out and launched the coil into my shoulder

Bottom Line:   
great bike for its price i would advise any beginner to ride one unless ur trying bigger then 10 foot drops

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Favorite Trail:   sigle track in angles forest

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   buddy of mine

Similar Products Used:   the only bike i have ever road that i liked besides it was a hard tail kona and it could not compare to the full suspension


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by bikerkid12 a Weekend Warrior from Kelowna, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2009

Strengths:    Light, Great balance point, maneuverable, decent amount of travel

Weaknesses:    small tires, handling on rough terrain, derailleur (snapped it clean off my bike hitting a jump)

Bottom Line:   
alright bike for new riders buy it if you a new to biking, but don't buy it if you are going to do crazy stuff

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   cyclepath


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by American Bulldog a Weekend Warrior from Tampa,FL,U.S.

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2009

Strengths:    Very adjustable. Very quiet. Very durable. Easy bike for beginner. Quality, long lasting purchase for cheap (compared to other dual suspensions.) Compared to the new yukon fx, that took its place, it has more travel all the way around. Also, I like how you can manually adjust the rear suspension, as opposed to the yukon where you'll need some form of air pump.

Weaknesses:    It's a little heavy. Some other bikes do have more travel. And I'm racking my brain to try to be non biased, but the fact of the matter is I love this bike.

Bottom Line:   
I don't know if you can still get this bike new, but even if you can't it will probally be worth it used. I will never pawn or sell no matter how hard it gets or if I upgrade. This bike is a pure fun, thrill filling machine. And a beautiful work of art. It not only looks great, but Giant succeeded in creating a very sound piece of technology, that I belive should be ranked one of the best bikes of all time.

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Favorite Trail:   Alafia

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Joe Haskins

Similar Products Used:   Yukon FX, Boulder, and a Next,( but the only thing really similiar about the next is it was dual suspension. I destroyed it the first time I took it out. Bent the frame.)


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kevvin a Weekend Warrior from new hampshire

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2009

Strengths:    takes whatever I dish out, frame strong. good amount of suspension= 5inches front and rear light weight, well geared, can withstand 8 foot drops everything is replaceablevery affordable

Weaknesses:    derailleur strength front suspension deminishes when weather is under 45 degrees

Bottom Line:   
my first true mountain bike, finally got my parents to stop spending money buying a walmart bike every year none of my friends can keep up with me on downhills or uphills, I don't plan on getting a new bike any time soon, much better than any of its competition. bike not built for downhill racing or anything of that matter

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Favorite Trail:   powerlines in Rindge

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   naults cyclery

Bike Setup:   setup for strenuous trail riding, in the granite state trails

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ben1818 a Racer from powell river

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2008

Strengths:    very good at taking a beating. did some XC races on it but i would recommend a better bike for that. good bike for a beginner

Weaknesses:    derailleur hanger has broken on me about 10 times
fork tops and bottoms out
pedals suck
not good in rocky sections


Bottom Line:   
great bike for a rider just starting out. has taken a huge beating and has made it through. great bike for the price.

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Favorite Trail:   bucket of blood

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   suncoast cycles

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by freeridking a Weekend Warrior from Whitewater WI

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2008

Strengths:    Solid frame, great breaks, has taken all of my jumps, drops, hits, and crashes.

Weaknesses:    Rear derailure sucked so I swithced it with a Sram X9. Design of rear suspension.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. I rock out with my two boys that have a $2600 Yeti and the other has a Gary Fisher and I come out on top. Once you get the rear shock set right this bike will perform.

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Favorite Trail:   Kettal Morane (Best in WI)

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Bycyclewise

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Harder, skinnier seat, Sram x9 rear, better tires, crank bros clips, new low rise handle bar. Other than that STOCK.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by kory sumner a Downhiller from whitby ontario canada

Date Reviewed: July 10, 2008

Strengths:    the has held up for the most part. the rims have only minor bends and warps. the brakes stop me fairly well.

Weaknesses:    had to change the front and back tires. completely destroyed the bottom bracket and the rear shock. busted about 3 or 4 hangers.

Bottom Line:   
good bike for starting out but if you're going to bigger get a stronger bike. this bike can take downhill riding but not that well or that much

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Favorite Trail:   autobahn

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   impala bicycles

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   stock except for the pedals. swapped them for Haro pedals.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by DUSTIN HEALEY a Downhiller from prescott,az yavapi

Date Reviewed: August 2, 2007

Strengths:    the rims are strong,the handle bars are great,and thetires grip real easily on all types of weather mostly icey.

Weaknesses:    cant take drops that beg i took it off a 7' and the shock and bottom braket broke on me it sucked, the derailiuar hanger has broke after every other ride that i do and i do downhill/freeride

Bottom Line:   
the bike is great if u are rideing the trails to have fun for the weekend all the time but dont try what i did itll break easily but the bike was worth a lot for me next bike is a giant faith

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Favorite Trail:   307

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   bikesmith

Similar Products Used:   the all mountain bike

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by George a Cross Country Rider from Imperial, California , United States

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2007

Strengths:    Well the dealer did some research on the faulty parts, and decided to change the front derailor from sram, to a shimono, and the rims to a double wall support. The bike is heavy, but then again I would rather have a strongly built bike that won't break on landing. From what I have observed, it's VERY strong!!!

Weaknesses:    I would like to fing out if the rear suspension can be replaced, not that it has given me any trouble or anything, but in the near future I would like to change it out.

Bottom Line:   
This bike in an overall aspect is worth every dollar that you spend. Giant made a very strong frame that will be prudent for a man of a large stature and built. I would recomend for fufture preferance if your going to race in down hill, I would change the front forks, if you read the sticker on the fork, it will list it's use as a leizure riding fork, and it's strngly encouraged to not to used as a dirt jumper, or down hill. It is capable of pulling it off, if your weight is 170-200 pounds then it will hold a three foot jump with no problem. The bike is nice, quiet, and reliable, with a smooth suspension set up that is nice for enduro, and cross country, and with a slite modification to the derailors, and the front fork, it can also be made into a full time extreme downhill/freeriding bike. Hopefully the informamtion in which I listed was helpful, if you really into it, find out your self, and test it out.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Finish Line Pro Bike Shop

Bike Setup:   Stock, I have stomp pedals on it, and a pad on the seatm I do enjoy enduro riding, and where I live it's about 95 degrees in the morning, HEAT RASH IS POSSIBLE... not that it has happened to me, but can happen

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Devin Pfister a Downhiller from Logan, Utah, USA

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2007

Strengths:    Good Suspention, brakes, and gears.

Weaknesses:    kinda heavy.

Bottom Line:   
It's a very good bike worth the money.

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Favorite Trail:   River

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $650.00

Purchased At:   Sunrise Cycerly

Similar Products Used:   Giant Boulder, it's alot better than the boulder.

Bike Setup:   Full sespention...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Weekend Warrior from Utah

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2007

Strengths:    Good solid ride. Hasn't had any malfunctions other than a flat tire. Really smooth full suspension. Under $1000. Well worth $800. Tore slickrock in Moab up with it. Took a beating without any problems. Can handle descent drops without any problem.

Weaknesses:    Not the lightest of bikes.

Bottom Line:   
Fantastic full suspension ride for the weekend rider who just wants to have fun and ride simple to technical terrain.

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Favorite Trail:   Slickrock

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Taylor Bike Shop


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jeremy Corey a Weekend Warrior from Jacksonville, FL

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2007

Strengths:    Made by giant, some of the components are not the best, but for the money pretty good bike, not to heavy, very flickable moves around easy, hits jumps like a pro

Weaknesses:    broke the derailleur hanger first day out, lbs guy replaced it with a beefier one no charge, 2 days later broke the sx4 derailleur (into pieces) bunny hopping off a curb, lbs guy said was a fluke and replaced with sram X7 not so sure about sram derailleur's anymore, other then those probs the bike holds up well. and dont know anything about the giant hv rear shock or how replaceable it is with a better one, doesnt look like you can havent researched tho

Bottom Line:   
for $700 good bike, I will be doing parts upgrades in the future so if you have more money spend it on something better

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Favorite Trail:   one with good flow

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   completely stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric a Weekend Warrior from Oklahoma City

Date Reviewed: December 24, 2006

Strengths:    Over all it hasn't let me down yet. Its my first full suspension bike i have had. After the first month of riding and adjustments, its ran smooth and many have told me on the trail i'm very quiet.

Weaknesses:    Didn't care to much for the pedals that came with the bike. I just replaced them with a good pair of ankle biters, that where on my old bike.

Bottom Line:   
Its a good soild bike for the price. I just say take ur time breaking it in and get it adjusted. get it from a good bike store that will stand behind thier bikes and life should be good.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $800.00

Similar Products Used:   The only other bike i had was an toy's R us Mongoose. Which i broke its back axle on a good drop. Since i'm kinda of a big guy i went for the full suspension.

Bike Setup:   All stock, but pedals

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