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.
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!
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.
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.
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.)
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
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
Bike Setup: stock except for the pedals. swapped them for Haro pedals.
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
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
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.
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.
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
from Logan, Utah, USA
Similar Products Used: Giant Boulder, it's alot better than the boulder.
Bike Setup: Full sespention...
a Weekend Warrior
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.
Fantastic full suspension ride for the weekend rider who just wants to have fun and ride simple to technical terrain.
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
for $700 good bike, I will be doing parts upgrades in the future so if you have more money spend it on something better
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.
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.
As the title says i'm trying to decide between the Trek Fuel ex6 07, or a Giant Pistol 2. The price is dentical on both. I'm just getting back into mountain biking after taking 2 years off. I would like a bike that i could do small drops/jumps, and learn to become a little more technical to get into ... Read More »
there dirt cheap being buy one get one free.
i dont know much so i dont know if they fit. i measured the frame and forks with caliper and they should clear width wise. do i have any other concerns?
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My girlfriend just bought a Pistol 2. I was wondering if any one new of an after market upgrade for the rear shock mount (so that the shock can be upgraded) The bike comes with this 'screw in shock', and it would be really easy to machine a part so that you could mount a regular shock there. I know ... Read More »
i am trying to decide which bike to buy...i am new to this.
i am looking inot a specialized rockhopper, but recently found a leftover pistol 1 from the 06 line for only 699.
the rockhopper is 519 and does not have disc brakes, or rear suspension
what to do... what to doRead More »