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punctureboypunctureboy Posts: 217
edited June 2009 in MTB general
i've noticed a lot of ill feeling towards giant in the cycling world. why is this? as far as i can see they produce often great bikes at incredible prices. in this credit crunch stricken world surely thats a good thing.

is it just a hatred of the fact that they are such a big company, or that they are so common?


  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    it does seem that the bigger companies tend to be less desirable.

    tis strange though as the big companies have buying power and loads of r&d at their disposal so you end up with good value well riding bikes.

    ive owned a couple of different giants and they were outstanding, the maestro system is as good a platform as i have ridden. the current batch of giants even look pretty awesome.
  • llamafarmerllamafarmer Posts: 1,893
    I've never noticed any "ill feeling" towards Giant myself, but as sheepsteeth says they probably suffer a bit from the "boring" big brand label among some riders.

    I wonder how many of those people you've heard the ill feeling from are riding bikes manufactured by Giant :lol:
  • DazzzaDazzza Posts: 2,364
    Likewise i've heard nothing bad mentioned. :?
    The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
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  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Not heard of this ill feeling, but most of the new Talons look censored .
  • dave_hilldave_hill Posts: 3,877
    I don't really think that there's any ill feeling, it's just that the majority don't look any further than Specialized or Trek.

    You can sort of compare the bike companies to car companies -

    Giant = Ford. Biggest in the world, doesn't do anything special, but what they do do is more than capable if a little unexciting. Plus they build more marques than you'd care to think about...

    Specialized = BMW. Love 'em or hate 'em, they're doing something right...

    Trek = Mercedes. Despite being huge, they can't really compete with BMW and will always be one step behind no matter what they do.

    Orange = Westfield. Expensive, some might say ugly, and built in a shed in Halifax. Haven't really done anything innovative in years and only those who own them really know the truth...
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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    yeah ditto, never heard any ill feeling towards them...

    I've just gota Giant Trance X5 and I am really happy with's super fast on single track and the rear sus holds can also throw it about lots and it doesn't complain.
    The finishing kit on it isn't the greatest but for 994squids the frame is brilliant.

    Giant seem to produce well spec'd bikes for the money and they are quality.. IMO.

  • punctureboypunctureboy Posts: 217
    i totally agree. I've just bought 2 myself, one full sus and one road. Its not really anything blatant just little comments popping up fairly regularly.
  • AndyAndy Posts: 8,207
    I own a two Giants, both carbon and I've never heard any bad things off others really.
  • MrChuckMrChuck Posts: 1,663
    Ill feeling and hatred are a bit strong, but they do seem to have a bit of a dowdy image compared to some of the other big players. Nothing wrong with them at all though, I have an XTC and wouldn't hesitate to get another Giant- probably an Anthem X if I were to look at a full susser.
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