I think it would be an excellent choice for your first bike. I have been riding for about a year and a half and my first bike (which I still ride) is a 2004 Specialized Rockhopper. It is a bit on the heavy side and the components are not the best in the world, but it is solid. Of course I would recommend a Specialized, but Giant also makes a good product. I say go with it.Slanter said:Went looking at local bike shops today - seems the only used things they had for sale were department store bikes that people had traded in for more serious ones. But one shop did have a few new bikes that were close to my price range - Giant Boulders and the Boulder SE aluminum model. Since I don't plan to do anything like 3' drops, are these likely to be OK choices? It seems the most common complaint in the reviews is the weight, particularly for steel frame models. Since I'm already pretty heavy, is an aluminum frame worth the money?