- why no giants
I’ve recently got a nice Giant Anthem. Not particularly exciting (I would rather have built something up myself if money wasn’t an issue), but it offered a decent spec for the price, ticks all of the required boxes for me, and gets good reviews. Not niche enough for STW, but a great bike.
I’m not sure that they are totally under the radar though – I think that they are just a bit under represented by the niche loving STW crowds. Are they not the biggest bike brand in the world or something?Posted 7 years ago
They’re rubbish that’s why.Posted 7 years ago
I mean Giant never bungs millions into R&D.
You never see pro road teams using them.
You never see them winning in cyclocross both pro and amateur.
Never seen on the XC or downhill circuit.
I could go on.
When STW was in it’s infancy, the Giant team were nowhere to be seen.
Rubbish rubbish rubbish, there’s always a story about a Giant failing every day, bet there’s loads on here.
Sadly I’ve always riden and raced them, and probably always paid over the odds unlike some stuff about.
Cavendish was always in a hurry to finish racing and get off his.joeeggMember
For some people mountainbiking is about having the latest “name” or most exclusive badge.A couple of years ago it was Commencal,now its Lapierres(preferably in white around here).Posted 7 years ago
The Giant marque has never been pushed like this by the media and i don’t think it needs to.I’ve got 2 Giants and both are great,finish,value,perfomance.My previous bike had an exclusive frame which cost more than my complete Giant full sus and was massively overrated.The Reign beats it everywhere.leggyblondeMember
I love my Giants. One beefed up 07 reign and an 06 TCR Advanced ISP.*
If I won the lottery, I’d still certainly have a few Giants in the stable. Who cares what STW snobs think?
* that is probably one of the most expensive bikes on this forum, despite not being niche…Posted 7 years agojulianwilsonMember
There is a quiet ‘nrs-love’ contingent on here that includes a couple of very prolific posters, which sometimes pops up and has a quick natter about generally how brill they are/were.
I have a delicioulsly retro xtc/nrs team. And a steel ebb’d singlespeed plus beard to balance it out. I ‘podiumed’ on the ss at the BBB last summer, and I have never come better than 13th on the NRS though, so they must be rubbish. 😉Posted 7 years agomboySubscriber
Giants are awesome bikes. I’m struggling to think of a bad one…
I’ve had a Reign X for a couple of years now, it’s awesome. No other bike I’ve ridden in the same category comes close, and I’ve tried a few…
Giant also offer unbeatable VFM compared to all the other major brands, you always get a lighter, better specced bike that rides a cut above the competition, at pretty much every price point.
They may be ubiquitous, but it’s for a reason… They are very good!Posted 7 years agoSpokesCyclesMember
Some are great. The Anthem X and the Talon are two of the best bikes in their class at the minute by a country mile.
Some are a bit funny. I’m not mad keen on the Reign. I find it too tall at the front. The Trance is good, but again a touch tall which will put some off. I’d happily own one though. Glory’s been getting middling reviews but I don’t know enough about how DH bikes should ride. They do a nice road bike though.
I’ve got an Anthem X and keep pondering about a Trance if I hadn’t got a Norco that fills that gap. My girlfriend rides an Avail road bike and both her and my mum have CRS/Escape hybrids. They do genuinely great hybrids.
I think the NRS is the worst bike I’ve ever ridden though, bar none.Posted 7 years agoSponging-MachineMember
I ride a giant, partly because they come in giant sizes.
True fact: the headtube on my XL trance is visible from space.
Used to be true, but they’ve stopped importing XL versions of most models. They’re certainly not the bargain brand that they were a few years ago either
I’ve had a few and never been disappointed.Posted 7 years agoAnditukMember
The Anthem has been raved about a bit, but other than that, there never seems to be much fuss over Giants, yet whenever they do come up, they always get glowing reports. Love my Trance, it just never seems to put a foot wrong. Had plenty of comments and questions about it when out too.Posted 7 years agotazzymtbMember
I think the NRS is the worst bike I’ve ever ridden though, bar none.
if you set up the suspension correctly it was a very fast xc bike. If you wanted a plush sofa that acted as a skill compensator then you wouldn’t like it at all.
The giant VT was a great bike as well for the time.
Looking forward to trying an anthem 29er for race duties.
I like them, but then I’m not a niche fan boy I just like stuff that works for the riding I do regardless of who’s made it 😀Posted 7 years agokaesaeMember
I like the Giant brand, the old VT is my favourite bike of all time, so far 😀 especially for the era it was ridden in and the DH team/comp can be picked up for pennies and once serviced they run great.
As for the newer bikes, they have a lot of good design features and are solidly built.
They are a good brand to own, however there are a lot of brands also comapnies, that could do with a hand, underdog complex. 😉
I think they should get mentioned more and have sales boosted, other wise we would have less choice and that’s not good.
A bit early for STW, have a good day if you canPosted 7 years ago
I think people forget how old the NRS is, and that its a race bike first and foremost. I loved mine.Posted 7 years ago
The Trance was a bit of a grounbreaker, its Maestro set new levels.
Had them all, but I’ve always had XTCs in frame only option. Riding an XTC makes you wonder how bikes like the ARC sell.chakapingSubscriber
Still miss my Anthem and Reign sometimes. Trance was a great bike too in its way.
There’s a lot of talk about the Maestro suspension (and it is good), but it’s the light weight of their newer frames that is really impressive. They make it very easy to build a decently light bike for not a huge amount of money.
I believe the Reign now has a slacker HA and shorter HT than my old ’08 frame, so I may yet be tempted back.Posted 7 years ago
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