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Old 03-03-11, 07:52 PM   #1
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Giant Boulder versus GT Aggressor

I finally found two bikes I like - but which one? Giant Boulder or GT Agressor? The Giant is brand new the GT Agressor is 5 years old.
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The Agressor 3 is Al. The Boulder is steel other than that I don't see much difference. The Agressor 1 is a step up. But being 5 years old I'd think $200 would be the most I'd pay and it would have to be perfect.
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They are wanting 175 for the agressor and 200 for the giant.
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200 for a New Giant is a good deal if it's at a Bike shop. You should also get a free tune-up after you ride it 50-100 miles. Stuff on a bike kinda settles in after it's been ridden. The bike shop checks spoke tension, cables and shifters, and makes sure bolts are tight.

I hesitated to say this but In My Opinion the Boulder is a $125 Walmart bike. The extra $75 is for getting a bike that's the correct size, adjusted to fit you, and the free tuneup. Is it worth it? I believe so. If they want to charge extra for the service then keep looking.

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200 for a New Giant is a good deal if it's at a Bike shop. You should also get a free tune-up after you ride it 50-100 miles. Stuff on a bike kinda settles in after it's been ridden. The bike shop checks spoke tension, cables and shifters, and makes sure bolts are tight.
Yup, what he said. ;-)

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I hesitated to say this but In My Opinion the Boulder is a $125 Walmart bike. The extra $75 is for getting a bike that's the correct size, adjusted to fit you, and the free tuneup. Is it worth it? I believe so. If they want to charge extra for the service then keep looking.
And I agree with this as well.

A few years ago I decided my wife and I would like cycling. We went to Toys R Us and bought 2 very inexpensive Mt Bikes. I brought them home, put them together, and a week later (2 rides less than 3 miles total) they were hung in the garage--still there!

I think the service of an actual bike shop would have been a huge help--even with the quality of these bikes!

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Old 03-03-11, 09:50 PM   #6
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steel is real

I hate allum bikes. This seems like a no brainer for that reason. I am ultra sensitive to the buzz and dont understand how so many people can ride those things. Forgot to clarify. I recomend the giant. I actually use to ride a Boulder from like 2000 or so and I liked it. My dad is still riding it. He is about 320 or so and has had no problems

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I hate to confuse the situation but if I remember right didn't they add a front suspension fork on the boulder. If so I would try to get the bike shop to swap it for a solid fork. I know suspension sounds like a good idea but it is not. At that price point it is a junk fork that will probably not last. Also, they steal your pedaling forces especially while standing. High volume tires and a good (brooks) springy seat is more than enough suspension.
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Both are entry level bikes.

The two bikes seem to be very comparable component wise. Steel vs. aluminum frames. The Giant may have a little lower gearing but not by much. The weight of the frames may make them comparable with the gear difference. I say ride them both and then decide.

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