Giant Glory Downhill Full Suspension

Giant Glory Downhill Full Suspension 

DESCRIPTION

With 8 inches of fully active Maestro Suspension mated to a lightweight, super-strong ALUXX SL via a co-pivot shock mount, Glory is everything Hart-and you-need to tackle the most extreme DH conditions. A stout OverDrive headtube, which is tapered to offer optimal steering stiffness, and race-ready DH geometry give Glory its confidence-inspiring feel on the most aggressive terrain.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 26, 2016]
Bindegal
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Even on the cheapo version, suspension is solid and works really well.Everything seems very durable.
Equipment on the bike seems like a very good compromise, they saved some cash where performance doesen´t really matter too much for going downhill.
The bike was advertised with Schwalbe tires but came with even better spec Maxxis tires, which was an unexpected bonus.

Weakness:

I´d wish they would give me the option of buying a Boxxer fork instead of the Domain as a factory upgrade.
If anything, the Maestro suspension in the back seems more capable than the fork.
The SRAM brakes are hardly DH-specific but surprisingly they seem to work well enough. Bring extra pads. :)
Unsurprisingly, pedaling is a pain. Forget about using this bike for anything other than parks or other means of uplift assistance.

This is for the 2016 Giant Glory 2. I believe US retail is $3150.
As a dedicated bike for bike park duty, this is a proper weapon indeed.
So for those of us who are not professional DH riders, the lower spec Glory seems like a good option.
For the money you spend, you get a very capable DH platform to just enjoy just as it is, or upgrade later on.
Highly recommended.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 23, 2015]
Amy
Downhiller

Strength:

I've had 3 Glory's in the past few years.
2012 Model 2 26"
2013 Model 0 26"
and now a 2016 Advanced 0 27.5".

None have disappointed in ride quality, build specs or reliability.
Smooth, Stable, Stiff and confidence inspiring. This bike takes whatever you throw at it. Builds are lightweight too!

Weakness:

Wheelsets have been too weak.
Downtube cable/brake routing on the 2013 - poor choice as I have pinched a few cables - re-routed them myself using frame stick on cable guides.

I've ridden a few different DH bikes, but I always come back to the Glory. It's great for racing and recreational riding. Ride one for yourself if you need proof.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 17, 2015]
Daniel
Downhiller

Strength:

I have a 2011 glory 0
This bike is absolutely amazing, i have gone down rock gardens and root sections that i can't even walk down, with no trouble at all. Most people prefer the new models since they run sram setup, but i have ridden both and i personally love saint set up and i wouldn't choose any other over it. The bike is not too heavy for a dh rig 36lbs, i have even managed to do enduro riding on it every once and a while without too much difficulty. The bike is very stiff, nothing wobbles or creaks, even after abusing it and racing it and having many falls with it. Handles any size jump with great ease. Definitely one of the best dh bikes. But if you are looking for doing extremely steep rough trails, i would say go with a demo 8, much lower center and further back, can definitely do steep better. If you are looking for a dh bike that is meant for speed, that will outrun every other racer, the glory is the way to go.

Weakness:

The stock rims are not that great, after about a year i managed to make my back rim into an oval. But i changed it to stans flow rims.

It is an amazing downhill rig, not too heavy, not too light. Also works amazing for freeride. Really is able to ram into sharp turns and conquer rocks and roots.

Similar Products Used:

2001 Kona Stinky

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 09, 2012]
Josh
Downhiller

Strength:

This is for the stock 2010 glory 01. Frame has almost perfect geo (agile and short), the suspension is very very efficient, smooth and skims over rough stuff. Wheelset, running gear, forks and cockpit all uses mid range sram spec, but performs perfectly. I like sram over saint anyway. Jumps like a boss.

Weakness:

Headset creaks if not greased regularly and the seals fall off when taking the fork off. Still works as intended.
Vivid 4.1 is pretty bad if not serviced by a suspension co. A Fox van rc would be better.
Although i think the stock HA is fine for most tracks, a lot people say an angleset or similar improves handling a lot. the back sun eq31 rim got a bit beat up but i replaced it with the exact same rim.
DH tubes that come stock make the bike feel pretty laggy and heavy. And michelin tyres aren't very confidence inspiring, just replace with Minions.

Excellent bike, FAST, great for starting out and will also not let the pro riders down. It is a slightly higher, agile and steeper then most modern race bikes, but it all comes down to personal preference. Awesome value, however the operators and aurums are giving the giant a run for it's money. I think the suspension design eliminates pedal bob, maybe not as plush as say a demo, but you just have to change your riding style a bit I guess. It jumps like nothing else though. Get one!

Similar Products Used:

Morewood izimu, intense 951, IH sunday, spesh bighit.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 16, 2012]
Jon

Strength:

Light (around 18Kg) cornering, suspension

Weakness:

Cracked frame where the top tube meets the seat tube. Was replaced under warranty. Rims (dt swiss ex500) are narrow and designed for am so will not last. Standard cable routing is rubbish.

Fantastic race bike, bit of a shame about the flaws letting it down. Flicked a rock up with the front wheel and it punctured the rear brake line which made the next corner a bit hairy, I recommend re-routing down the top of the down tube. I'm unsure why they put am rims on a dh bike, maybe to save weight.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 29, 2012]
bruno lamothe

Strength:

"this review is for the frame only" excellent small and big bump suspension. pedals very well. easy to acces shock. frame weight is very low. price of frame is lower than most.

Weakness:

they could have used iscg 05, instead of iscg old. cable routing on the downtube could have been on top away from rocks.

im the kind of guy that like to try different bikes every year and this one is one of my favorites, the suspension is great, i dont feel like my legs are killing me half way trough a run like every other bikes i tried with 8" of travel and its more agile than my v10 was. Most people complain about the high bb and 65.5 head angle, but i try the bike with a angleset and 1.5 degree doesnt change the bike enough so that its worth paying for it.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 23, 2012]
Masons35608
Downhiller

Strength:

*2011 Giant glory 00* Very nimble in the turns, and a beast flying down a strait away. Highly recommended!

Weakness:

None, the rear shock makes a clanking noise when on diffiicult train, but still reall solid.

Sick bike, real solid lines, and great suspension!!

Similar Products Used:

First dh bike

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 19, 2011]
bigfrank
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

the only complete bike i could get with full saint/fox set-up beside a flatline at the end of the 2010 season. wish it was a demo8 with saint/fox set-up.(better fit for me, i ride very small bikes.My glory is xs!!!!)

Weakness:

stock michelin tire are crap; slip and slide all the time,everywhere.The front saint hub got loose on the first descent!Unacceptable for a bike in this price range. Didn`t come with pedals(would have been nice).It had a weird defect with the derailleur hanger, the hook was cast/machine too short. it scrapped the top of the golden part of the saint derailleur. The store(thank god) replace the part and the hanger.The rims are soft, i rode the bike 2-3 months only on weekends and the front as a wabble, the rear got some big kink in then. They will probrably die on me in 2012.would have been nice, in my opinion, to have the giant integrated stem with it(like in 2012)

the shortcomings (component wise) of the 2010 models seems to be corrected in 2011. So far i like it a lot, but it`s not a demo8.

Similar Products Used:

2005 demo8pro

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 03, 2011]
Giant Glory 650
Racer

Strength:

Super fast in the corners and through the bumps.This bike has a very solid feel at speed and seems to float over technical terrain. suspension is super plush and rides amazing.This bike's pedaling abilities exceeded my expectations.This has to be one of the best bikes on the market right now.

Weakness:

NONE...not right now

This bike is a racing machine.Its solid and will take whatever you can dream up for it.

Similar Products Used:

intense M1,M9

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 24, 2011]
Manchicken
Downhiller

Strength:

Floating rear end makes it ride really light, especially seeing as mine weighs in at 45.4lb's. Eats rough stuff for breakfast, corners really well, pedals amazing, jumps amazing, you can send jumps with ease. weigh balance is spot on and it feels soo stable to ride at high speed and through techy shizz.

Weakness:

well when i bought it it needed bushings replaced but thats not really a weakness. I'd say the only thiing is the weight but when you get on the trail you forget about it because it rides soo light

This bike is amazing and has completely changed my riding. I've gotten noticably quicker since having this bike. despite the scales saying 45+ lb's it feels very ligh tto ride. So, if your looking to pick one up second hand or if its one of your choices then do it, you wont regret it

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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