Giant Rainier 2003 Hardtail

Giant Rainier 2003 Hardtail 

USER REVIEWS

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[Oct 17, 2010]
Jaymark
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Great all rounder goes everywhere, strong and indestructible...so far

Weakness:

Mech Brakes weren't best upgraded to Shimano Deore Hyraulics They're sweet and strong

Love the bike so much I can't part with it. It was one of the first to have disk brakes and so is a trend setter. Shame they don't make that model anymore.

Similar Products Used:

First MTB and now 6 years old! Going as good as it did although I have ridden Kona and GT and honestly they're no better

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 26, 2010]
TulsaClint
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Great frame, sturdy wheels. Good frame to upgrade components on as you progress in riding.

Weakness:

Fork is worthless. Manitou Axel fork adjustment seems to do nothing, finally broke the fork this year, arch snapped in half. Seatpost bolt snapped on me after 1500 miles.

Great hardtail platform to add upgrades too, great frame that I've ridden hard for years on tough technical trails. Only gets a 4 overall rating because some of the original components really don't belong on this bike and the bike could be a lot better, although more expensive, with better components (main thing i.e. is the Manitou Axel fork).

Similar Products Used:

Giant Iguana SE, Specialized Hardrock disc.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 20, 2010]
butterbeMTB
Racer

Strength:

very srrong & reliable

Weakness:

seat is very hard, handlebars are wierd

great beginner mountian bike will last longer than you.

Similar Products Used:

none

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 11, 2008]
Barkleyfan
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Brakes are a work of art, component spec is great for the price level, bike is plain sturdy overall.

Weakness:

Fork is WEAK. I weigh 230 lbs, and the fork simply can't handle me. Also notice alot of flex at the bottom bracket when I hammer.

Sturdy, not TOO heavy @ 28lbs, and a nice, precise drivetrain. This bike was the best hardtail Giant offered at the time, and by far the best hardtail I could find anywhere near the pricerange. I've beat the bike for years on Shirley Meadows, Mt Pinos, Keysville, Mt Elden, and various CC trails around Iowa. Tires wear pretty quick, but they're pretty decent otherwise. Drivetrain stays true (I've had to adjust it a couple times since 2003) and wheels have never had to be touched. Brakes are everything I could ask for; high power, good modulation, and low maintenance. The geometry is comfortable and responsive without getting nervous (19 inch)

I don't like the fork. At 230 lbs, I'm not a finesse rider. I'm thinking about trying to upgrade the fork to a heavier spring and a lockout. My only other complaint is BB flex, but at my weight, I have yet to find a frame that won't flex when I hammer.

All in all, this bike is hard to touch in it's price range, and it can be lightened up if you want to race.

Similar Products Used:

Too many to list

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 26, 2008]
jeepmb
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

high quality components,nice suspension, great tires, and very, very, very durable

Weakness:

durability comes at a price, this bike is a very heavy bike and has a hard time coasting

this bike rocks but it is extremely heavy for my needs so i am looking at other bikes such as the fuel ex 9, but for beginners this is a dream but being surrounded by a family of full suspension bikers its hard to resist them.


yes i would recommend this to a friend

Similar Products Used:

trek 4100

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 16, 2003]
Grant
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

good geometry, light frame, deore lx componentry, avid disc brakes

Weakness:

mosquito tires-get tioga factory DH, much stiffer sidewalls, heavier, but better for running low pressures

weak wheelsets (fine for normal cross country)

Axel Super fork-way too soft for any serious riding, switch it out for a zocchi MX Pro w/ eta

Although I have only had this bike for a little while, and have only really tested it's true possibilities once I must say this is an amazing bike. It has many great features such as the avid brake setup, the deore lx components, and the well designed frame. With all the bells and whistles that this bike has it is an amazing value at only 760(in our shop at least)

this bike is good around town for drops, jumps, wallrides, and stairs. It also performs at the BMX Track and on mountainous terrain such as the Kettle Moraine in Wisconsin

as for anyone who is thinking about this or a dual suspension bike, I would recommend the ranier if you want to build some skill.

Similar Products Used:

tested out just about every bike off the lines at giant/trek/fisher

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 15, 2003]
Red
Weekend Warrior

Strength:

Great deal, wicked Frame (light), mech. disc's, good components all round.

Weakness:

Pump required for fork.

No huge complaints and I beat the crap out of it.
Fork and brakes are great when setup properly.
Looks sweet, feels solid and keeps going amd going.
If you want a better bike, pay more money, period.

Similar Products Used:

Gary Fischer, Specialized, Trek, and a couple Norco's.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 12, 2003]
Alex Kotsakis
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

it has a really nice frame light ok brakes

Weakness:

rear derailer gets out of line (easily fixed) front brake rubs axel fork seems a bit flimsy no mager problems front brake rubs TIRES SUCK

Great bike for the price beside the fork being some what flimsy and the front brake rubbing it is a really good bike. With some easy upgrades like a shimano LX crank (make sure u switch the bottom bracket), a kore head , LX XT shifting setup, and some new brake pads i have found it somewhat compares to the Giant XTC 1. It is a great bike for a person who likes a fast cross country bike which can take the trails with ease.

Similar Products Used:

gary fisher sugar 4, specialized stupjumper pro, Giant NRS air

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 06, 2003]
Anton Fomenko
Cross Country Rider

Strength:

Disk brakes have Awesome stopping power! An Extremely light bicycle. The shock absorbs tons of bumps (And regarding those comments that say the fork "bottoms out", it's completely untrue! All yuo have to do is adjust the amount of air in the fork. Lots of gears on this bike and the rear derailleur works perfectly.

Weakness:

The Avid Disk Brakes rub and make noises! The front derailleur rubs. Also, its very hard to align the rotor properly with the pads. You also need to buy an expensive fork pump.

The Rainier is a great beginning XC Bicycle for anyone. However, if you are a beginning cyclist, it's better to get a Non-Disk Brake bicycle because the disk brakes require tons of maintenance.

Similar Products Used:

None, this is my first good quality bike

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 03, 2003]
Michael Schlereth
Downhiller

Strength:

frame

Weakness:

seat,wheels,grips,forks,tires

i like to dirt jump and this bike is set up for xc so if you are looking for a xc bike this is it if you are looking for something to dirt jump i would recomend a p1 or a ms isle

Similar Products Used:

none (first mountain bike)

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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