Mountain Biking - giant faith 3 as xc double???
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05-19-09, 09:23 AM
Whats up everyone.
I know my q is a little odd but do you think that i can use my giant faith 3 as a xc bike?? I realize that the weight might be an issue but besides that??? i have a longer stem that im thinking to put on it to center the weight more, and switch to xc tires. i just cracked my frame on my mk3 so now im left with the "faith"
Thanks in advance
05-19-09, 10:31 AM
its so incredibly overkill for XC riding, it has like 8 inches of travel. its going to be very heavy and inefficient on climbs. its got downhill geometry.
i suppose you can ride anything XC though. you'd be better off spending a few hundred bucks on a used hardtail in my opinion.
It will tire you out more; and, near the end of a long ride, you will feel like the bike does not coast. But, other than that, there are things to be said for slacker angles and some cush.
I have trail ridden (and even entered an XC race or two) on every 'big bike' I've owned, from a Yeti AS-X to a Transition Gran Mal to a Transition Blindside. My current trail bike is a Diamondback XTS-Moto. It's all do-able; it's just a matter of how much you are willing to suffer.
05-19-09, 03:51 PM
thanks for your input guys, im gonna try it out and see how it goes this weekend. If it wont work for me then for sale it goes. Does any1 of you what i could get for it?? besided some paint scratches (downhill lol) the bike is in good condition. paid $1900
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